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U.K. MIDWEEKS: SHEERAN DETHRONED?

Is Ed Sheeran’s British chart rule coming to an end? Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson (pictured) are currently #1 on the Official Singles Chart, while a self-released comeback from ‘90s pop group Steps is 4k sales ahead of ÷ (Atlantic) at midway stage. Other high entries come from Shawn Mendes, Imelda May and Texas.

Clean Bandit’s track “Symphony” (Atlantic) looks headed for the top spot for its fifth week inside the Top 5 as it sits 4k sales ahead of Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” “Galway Girl” is next at #3, followed by Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” (Columbia) at #4.

Mendes has the highest rising single as “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (Virgin EMI) rockets 138 places to #5. The song was released Thursday and added as the opening track to Mendes’ Illuminate on streaming services. It has support at BBC and Capital and is #3 on iTunes.

Lower down, Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign rise eight to #7 with “Swalla” (Warner Bros.) and Rag’n’Bone Man is up seven places to #10 with “Skin” (Columbia).

On the Official Albums Chart, Steps’ Tears on the Dancefloor, distributed by Absolute Label Services, has shifted Sheeran down to #2 and could scupper his chances of an eight-week reign.

Irish singer/songwriter Imelda May is new at #3 with fifth album Life Love Flesh Blood (Decca) and Rag’n’Bone Man is down to #4 with Human (Columbia). After signing to BMG, Texas start at #5 with ninth album Jump on Board. Indie metalcore band While She Sleeps are at #7 with You Are We, while Maximo Park are behind with Risk To Exist (Cooking Vinyl) at #8.

The Record Store Day effect has four releases with potential Top 40 placements. David Bowie's Cracked Actor (Parlophone) is at #10 while Bowpromo—featuring remixes of Hunky Dory—is at #26. The Cure's reissued Greatest Hits (Polydor) is at #35 and the Bruce Springsteen live album Hammersmith Odeon London '75 (Legacy) enters at #39.

 

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