2016: The Year in Charts

Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran Lead U.K. Sales Charts

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Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson in "Uptown Funk."

Artist-producer Mark Ronson has landed his first U.K. No. 1 single, after “Uptown Funk” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Bruno Mars, entered at the top Sunday (Dec. 14). Ed Sheeran’s X (Asylum/Warner Music) rose again for its tenth aggregate week at the album summit.

Ronson’s collaboration with Mars had a combined sales chart figure of 118,000 in the week to Saturday night, according to the Official Charts Company. That comprised 105,000 downloads and 1.35 million streams. Last week’s bestselling single, Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” fell to No. 2, as Ronson became a contender for the coveted Christmas No. 1 spot, which will be confirmed next Sunday (Dec. 21).

Band Aid 30’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal), which topped the chart in late November, is now back in that race after the release of a physical CD single of the fundraiser took it back up 12-3. Take That’s former No. 1  “These Days” (Polydor/Universal) fell 3-4, as Dutch producer Oliver Heldens’ “Last All Night (Koala)” (ffrr/Universal), featuring vocals by KStewart, entered at No. 5. One Direction’s “Night Changes” (Syco/Sony) climbed 19-7.

The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” (Rhino/Warner), feauring Kirsty MacColl, climbed 18-11, overtaking the other festive perennial, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia/Sony), which edged 17-16. There was also a top 20 entry for Bring Me The Horizon’s “Drown” (RCA/Sony), at No. 17.

Sheeran’s X sold another 152,000 units to reclaim the album crown, as another of the year’s sales highlights, Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal), moved back 4-2. Olly Murs’ No. 1 of two weeks ago, Never Been Better (Epic/Sony), rebounded 6-3. 

Take That’s III fell five places from last week’s No. 1, while Michael Bublé’s Christmas (Reprise/Warner Music) moved back 13-10. The compilation chart champion again, moving into a third week, was Now That’s What I Call Music! 89 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal).