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U.K. CHARTS: DUETS, ANYONE?

Ed Sheeran has scored his fourth U.K. Official Singles Chart #1 with a reworked version of “Perfect” (Atlantic) f/Beyonce, as X Factor boyband Rak Su debut at #2 with their feature-heavy winner's single, “Dimelo” (Syco) f/Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy.

Rak Su were crowned winners of the X Factor on Sunday, and the show has introduced the duet concept for their inaugural release this year. "Dimelo" follows last year’s #2 single, “When Christmas Comes Around” by 2016 winner Matt Terry.

“Perfect” first peaked at #4 in March, and the duet version has sold 89k combined this week. After spending 15 weeks at #1 this year, is Sheeran have a shot at claiming the coveted Christmas #1?

Prior to hitting #1, the Prince of Wales presented Sheeran with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) medal Thursday at Buckingham Palace.

Rita Ora is #3 with “Anywhere” (Atlantic), followed by former #1 “Havana” (Syco) by Camila Cabello f/Young Thug at #4. In fitting with the season, Mariah Carey’s classic f “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia) has risen to #5 from #22.

On the Official Albums Chart, despite sitting at #1 midweek, U2 have ended at #5 with Songs of Experience (Island). The album is one position higher than predecessor Songs of Innocence, an iTunes exclusive for a month in 2014.

Instead, Sam Smith is back at #1 with The Thrill of it All (Capitol) returning to the top spot after three weeks away.

Further down, P!nk rises five places to #4 with Beautiful Trauma (RCA). The second highest new entry this week is Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley with Ibiza Classics (Universal) at #17.

 

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