Take That have reached the coveted number one spot on the UK Official Singles Chart with their first single as a trio. The single These Days knocked Band Aid 30's charity single Do They Know It's Christmas? from the top of the charts just one week after it became the fastest-selling single of 2014.
Gary Barlow shared a picture on Twitter with his bandmates Mark Owen and Howard Donald to thank fans for their support. The 43-year-old held a sign saying: "'These Days' Number 1!!! Thank you so much. xxx"
He also told a fan that they celebrated their chart success with a "group hug".
sold just 2,500 more copies than Band Aid 30
, Sir Bob Geldof's
song to help fight Ebola in West Africa, which features big names including Bono
, One Direction
The track is Take That's 12th number one single, and their first since bandmate Jason Orange announced he was leaving
the band at the end of September.
A statement posted on Take That's website broke the news, which saddened fans around the world.
Jason confirmed that he didn't want to commit to recording and promoting a new record, adding: "I have spent some of the best years of my life with Take That and I'd like to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey, including my band mates, who I feel are like brothers to me."
Take That are continuing as a trio after Jason Orange left the band
Talking of the shock departure to Chris Evans, Gary said: "We'd been promising our fans for two years now 'this record's coming', and like Mark said, we got to the beginning of the year and we said to J 'listen, we've got to start this record'.
"We waited and waited until the last point and we're rushing everything now because we finally got a decision and we have to respect that. We want to move forward as a three right now."
The band will surely hope to match their chart-topping success with their seventh studio album III, which is out now.