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U.K. CHARTS: ELTON DETHRONES ED

Elton John and Dua Lipa have ended Ed Sheeran's 15-week reign on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart, while Sam Fender has earned his second #1 album. 

Elton and Dua’s “Cold Heart” (EMI/Warner Records) moves up one place to claim the top spot today after three consecutive weeks at #2. The track shifted 64k this week, including 5.9m streams and 5k copies on limited-edition CD. 

It’s John’s eighth #1 single in the U.K. and his first in 16 years (his previous #1 was a feature on 2Pac’s posthumous 2005 single, “Ghetto Gospel” [Interscope]). Lipa, meanwhile, earns her third #1.

Former Little Mix-er Jesy Nelson claims this week’s highest new singles entry with her solo debut, “Boyz” f/Nicki Minaj (Polydor), at #4. 

Elsewhere in the Top 20 are new peaks for Becky Hill and Topic’s “My heart Goes (La Di Da)” (Polydor) at #13, “Love Tonight” (ONELOVE) by Shouse at #18—its first Top 20 hit—and “Meet Me at Our Spot” (Polydor) by THE ANXIETY, aka Willow Smith, and Tyler Cole at #19 

Dermot Kennedy climbs two to #24 with “Better Days” (Island), while Sam Fender scores his first U.K. Top 40 single, with “Seventeen Going Under” flying into the chart at #26 following the release of his chart-topping second album.

On the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, Fender’s Seventeen Going Under (Polydor) hits #1 on 44k in sales. He's scored the biggest opening week of 2021 in the U.K., outselling the rest of the Top 10 albums combined. Of Seventeen Going Under’s 44k, 79% was physical.

James Blake has a career best, with Friends That Break Your Heart (Polydor) debuting at #4. Adele’s 25 (XL) jumps 21 places to #6 on news of her new single, "Easy on Me," and album release date. 21 rises 34 places to #14.

Outside the Top 10, Justin Bieber’s Justice (EMI) rises 44 places to #17 with the release of its expanded Complete Edition, and Trivium’s In the Court of the Dragon (Roadrunner) opens at #20.

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