Ed Sheeran Holds Off Calvin Harris in U.K. Album Race

Ed Sheeran attends The 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Feb. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.
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Ed Sheeran attends The 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Feb. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles. 

Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Asylum/Warner) starts a 13th non-consecutive week atop the Official Charts Company's U.K. album chart and denies Calvin Harris' Funk WAV Bounces (Columbia/Sony) a new entry at No. 1. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's “Despacito” (Interscope/Universal) holds at the singles summit for a second consecutive and eighth aggregate week.

Harris' album is his second U.K. No. 2 in a row, after late 2014's Motion, in the wake of two consecutive No. 1s, with Ready For The Weekend in 2009 and 2012's 18 Months. Rag 'n' Bone Man moves back 5-3 with Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music) as another former chart-topper, and Royal Blood's How Did We Get So Dark? (Warner Brothers/Warner Music), holds at No. 4.

U.S. rockers Stone Sour achieve a career-best No. 5 entry in the territory with Hydrograd (Roadrunner) at No. 5. The group has been charting in the U.K. since 2002, their previous highest ranking being No. 6 with Audio Secrecy in 2006. The Bee Gees' Timeless: The All Time Greatest Hits (Capitol/UMC/Universal) rises 9-6, and Sheeran's x improves 12-10 to record its 95th week in the top 10.

“Despacito” added 30,000 new downloads and 7.2 million streams to its tally in the chart week to last night. It again holds off DJ Khaled's “Wild Thoughts” (Black Butter/We The Best), featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, which rests at No. 2. “Unforgettable” (Black Butter/Def Jam/Universal) by French Montana featuring Swae Lee climbs 4-3, and “Mama” (Positiva) by Jonas Blue featuring William Singe 5-4. “Strip That Down” by Liam Payne featuring Quavo (Capitol/Universal) rebounds 6-5.

“Feels,” from Harris' album and featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean, races to No. 6 after two weeks at No. 21. Rita Ora's “Your Song” (Atlantic/Warner Music) is up 10-7, and Maggie Lindemann's “Pretty Girl” (Parlophone/Warner Music) rises 12-9 in its tenth chart week.


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