Ed Sheeran Holds Kendrick Lamar Off U.K. Album Summit and Returns to Singles No. 1

Ed Sheeran photographed at Wembley Stadium on Nov. 10, 2014 in London.
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Ed Sheeran photographed at Wembley Stadium on Nov. 10, 2014 in London. 

Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. (Interscope/Universal) is held off the U.K. album chart summit by Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Asylum/Warner Music), but the American rap great not only gets a No. 2 start there, he places five tracks from the album in the singles top 40. Sheeran's “Shape Of You” returns to the top of that list for a 14th aggregate week.

Sheeran finished the chart week some 30,000 combined units ahead of Lamar on the Official Charts Company album survey, to record a seventh week with the U.K.'s No. 1 album. Rag 'n' Bone Man's Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music) dips 2-3 on the new countdown, with Drake's More Life (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) steady at No. 4, as are Take That at No. 5 with Wonderland (Polydor/Universal). There's a third top ten album for Tinie Tempah, new at No. 9 with Youth (Parlophone/Warner Music).

Sheeran had 13 straight weeks at No. 1 with “Shape Of You” before he was unseated by Harry Styles' first solo hit “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia/Sony) last week. “Shape” now bounces back 2-1 as “Symphony” (Atlantic/Warner) by Clean Banditfeaturing Zara Larsson moves back 4-2. Sheeran's “Galway Girl” starts another week at No. 3, while the Styles single drops from the top to No. 4. Drake's “Passionfruit” holds at No. 5.

“Humble,” the lead single from DAMN., is its highest-placed track on the singles chart, climbing 31-6. Next to show is “DNA” at No. 18, with “Loyalty” (featuring Rihanna) at No. 27, “Element” at No. 33 and “Love” at No. 39.



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