Ed Sheeran, MAGIC! Rule U.K. Charts

Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran performs on The Pyramid Stage on Day 3 of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 29, 2014 in Glastonbury, England.

MAGIC! have made “Rude” a chart-topper on both sides of the Atlantic, after climbing 2-1 with the RCA/Sony single in the U.K. yesterday (Aug. 3). Ed Sheeran’s X (Asylum/Warner Music) moved into a sixth week atop the album chart. 

The MAGIC! single made the lower rungs of the U.K. chart on audio streams alone, then on its official release, raced 50-2 last week and now completes its climb to the top. The Official Charts Company reports that “Rude” has claimed the highest streaming proportion of a No. 1 single since that data became chart-eligible last month. 1.4 million streams represented a 16% share of its performance. 

Two other songs had seven-figure streaming totals last week, reports the OCC: “Problem” (Republic/Universal) by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, with 1.05 million, and George Ezra’s “Budapest” (Columbia/Sony), with 1.02m. 

Last week’s new entry at No. 1, Cheryl Cole’s “Crazy Stupid Love” (Polydor/Universal), featuring Tinie Tempah, fell to No. 2, while low-profile electronic singer-producer Zhu debuted at No. 3 with “Faded” (Polydor/Universal). Also new inside the top ten were teenage “Britain’s Got Talent” TV talent show finalists Bars & Melody, at No. 5 with “Hopeful” (Syco Music/Sony); and “Kisses For Breakfast” (Atlantic/Warner Music), a collaboration between British singer Melissa Steel and featured vocalist, Jamaican star Popcaan, at No. 10.

Sheeran’s continuing reign on the album chart came as Blue Smoke – The Best Of Dolly Parton (Sony Masterworks) held at No. 2, staying ahead of Eric Clapton & Friends’ tribute to the late J.J. Cale, The Breeze (Polydor/Universal), which opened at No. 3.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ new set Hypnotic Eye (Reprise/Warner Music) came in at No. 7, their best U.K. ranking since Into The Great Wide Open reached No. 3 in 1991. Welcome To The Jungle (RCA/Sony) by British pop quartet Neon Jungle arrived at No. 8 and David Guetta’s Nothing But The Beat (Parlophone/Warner Music), which reached No. 2 in 2011, re-entered the chart at No. 9. Now That’s What I Call Music! 88 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) started a second week atop the compilation chart. 


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