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U.K. MIDWEEKS: SHEERAN BACK ON TOP

It's a battle between Atlantic and Syco on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart this week with Ed Sheeran currently sitting at the top spot with a duet version of “Perfect” (Atlantic) f/Beyonce. Over on albums, U2 are heading for an 11th #1 with Songs of Experience (Island). 

Should “Perfect” hold on to its place, the track will bring Sheeran's total number of weeks at the top of the singles chart in 2017 to 15. After winning the X Factor Sunday, boyband Rak-Su released their debut charity single, “Dimelo” f/Wyclef Jean &Naughty Boy (Syco). It’s #1 at iTunes—will the track have cracked the Official Charts Top 10 by Friday?

Another Atlantic act, Rita Ora, is still at #2 with “Anywhere,” followed by long-running #1 “Havana” (Syco) by Camila Cabello f/Young Thug. You know it’s Christmas when Mariah Carey and Wham! are back in the Top 5: Carey’s classic festive tune “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia) has risen to #4 from #22, followed by “Last Christmas” (RCA) by Wham! at #5. This week’s highest new entry is Louis Tomlinson with “I Miss You” (Syco) at #30. 

On the Official Albums Chart, U2’s 14th studio album is currently 7k combined sales ahead of Sam Smith with The Thrill of It All (Capitol). Predecessor, Songs of Innocence—which was an iTunes exclusive for a month—peaked at #6 in the U.K. when it hit wider retail in 2014. 

Further down, thanks to a performance on the X FactorP!nk rises five places to #5 with Beautiful Trauma (RCA). The second highest new entry this week looks set to be Pete TongThe Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley with Ibiza Classics (Universal) at #13. 

 

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