Haim & JAY-Z Latest Challengers to Yield to Ed Sheeran on U.K. Albums Chart

Ed Sheeran performs on NBC's Today show at Rockefeller Center on July 6, 2017 in New York City.
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Ed Sheeran performs on NBC's Today show at Rockefeller Center on July 6, 2017 in New York City.

Ed Sheeran starts another week atop the U.K. album chart with ÷ (Asylum/Warner), this time withstanding the new challenges of JAY-Z and HAIM. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's “Despacito” (Interscope/Universal) moves into a ninth non-consecutive week as the No. 1 single, becoming only the 20th song in U.K. singles chart history to log that long at the summit.

In its 14th aggregate week at the top, Sheeran's album thus becomes his longest-running No. 1 album in his home country, overtaking x, which logged 13 weeks in 2014. That title holds at No. 10 on the new Officlal Charts Company survey. ÷ now has combined units of just over two million in the territory.

Haim enter at No. 2 with Something to Tell You (Polydor), a little under three years since its predecessor Days Are Gone opened at No. 1. JAY-Z's 4:44 (Roc Nation/Universal) arrives at No. 3, while Public Service Broadcasting start at No. 4 with Every Valley (Play It Again Sam). Rag 'n' Bone Man falls back 3-5 with Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music).

Two further titles return to the top ten: Radiohead's reissue of OK Computer (XL Recordings) rebounds 12-7 after its release on vinyl, and Little Mix's Glory Days (Syco Music/Sony) moves 11-9, as its single “Power” dips 8-10. I Love Reggae (Ministry of Sound) starts a fourth non-consecutive week atop the compilations chart. 

“Despacito” records new streams of 6.7 million and 28,000 downloads to retain its singles crown. DJ Khaled's “Wild Thoughts” (Black Butter/We The Best), featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, holds at No. 2 and “Unforgettable” (Black Butter/Def Jam/Universal) by French Montana featuring Swae Lee at No. 3.  

Calvin Harris' “Feels” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean, improves 6-4, as “Mama” (Positiva) by Jonas Blue featuring William Singe falls 4-5. “Came Here For Love” (Ministry of Sound) by Sigala and Ella Eyre jumps 12-6.


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