Tones And I Battles Dua Lipa for U.K. No. 1 Single

ISSUE 23 2018 - DO NOT USE!!!! - ISSUE OUT OCT. 11, 2018
Sami Drasin
Dua Lipa photographed on Sept. 24, 2018 at The Paramour Estate in Los Angeles.

Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) is swinging to a sixth consecutive week atop the U.K. singles chart, though Dua Lipa's latest track “Don’t Start Now” (Warner Records) is mounting a challenge.    

“Dance Monkey,” which has monstered the Australia singles chart for 14-straight weeks, an all-time streak, leads the midweek U.K. charts

Dua Lipa, however, is set for the week’s highest new entry as her latest track “Don’t Start Now” (Warner Records), which she performed Sunday at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Seville, Spain, enters at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Chart Update. Should the dancefloor-ready tune hold on when the weekly chart is published this Friday, “Don’t Start Now” will give the Londoner her seventh top 10 U.K. single. It's currently leading the midweek Irish chart. 

Dua Lipa enjoyed a U.K. breakthrough in 2016 with “Hotter than Hell,” which reached No. 15 on the national chart. She’s since hit the summit on two occasions, with “New Rules” in 2017 and the following year with “One Kiss,” her collaboration with Calvin Harris

Over on the midweek U.K. albums chart, an all-star cast of actors with a good cause has taken outright lead. The 11-track covers album BBC’s Children in Need: Got It Covered (Silva Screen) features actors from The Crown, Doctor Who and other popular shows, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Guy Chambers on production duties.  

Got It Covered has an advantage of almost 4,000 chart sales at the midweek stage, made up of physical copies, digital downloads and streaming equivalent sales from across the weekend, according to the OCC.

Coming in at No. 2 is Jeff Lynne’s ELO with From Out of Nowhere (RCA), for what should be the production maestro’s 11th U.K. top 10 album, while British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka starts at No. 3 with his third studio set KIWANUKA (Polydor), and Bob Dylan’s Travelin’ Thru: The Bootleg Series 15 (Sony Music CG) opens at No. 4. Travelin’ Thru could mark Dylan’s 39th top 10 album.


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