Former Take That star Robbie Williams has scored his first U.K. number one single in eight years.

Candy topped the pop chart on Sunday (04Nov12), becoming the fastest-selling single by a male artist this year (12) in the process.

It's Angels singer Williams' 14th number one - his seventh as a solo artist - which ties him with former bandmate Gary Barlow, who co-wrote the tune.

The hit topples Labrinth and Emeli Sande's Beneath Your Beautiful, but the Scottish singer won't be too glum - she was the toast of Britain's Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards in Liverpool, England on Saturday night (03Nov12), taking home a trio of trophies for Best Album (Our Version of Events), Best Female and Best R&B/Soul Artist.

On the U.K. albums chart, Dj/producer Calvin Harris' 18 Months beat Kylie Minogue's The Abbey Road Sessions to the top spot.