Will.i.am Celebrates 'Birthday' No. 1 in U.K., Ed Sheeran's 'X' Retains Albums Crown

Will.i.am, Britney Spears 'Scream & Shout' On New Single

will.i.am has landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as headline artist and tenth overall. “It’s My Birthday” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Cody Wise, arrived at the summit yesterday (July 13), as Ed Sheeran began a third week atop the album chart with “X” (Asylum/Warner Music).

“It’s My Birthday” extends a run which began for will.i.am in 2003, when Black Eyed Peas posted the first of five U.K. bestsellers with “Where Is The Love.” His first No. 1 in his own name was 2012’s “This Is Love,” featuring Eva Simons, followed the same year by “Scream & Shout” featuring Britney Spears, and he’s been the featured artist on No. 1s by Usher and the Script. 

Last week’s new entry at the summit, “Problem” (Republic/Universal) by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, fell to No. 2, with Ella Henderson’s former No. 1 “Ghost” (Syco Music/Sony) down 2-3.

The big climber within the top 40 was boy band the Vamps’ latest hit “Somebody To You” (EMI/Universal), which raced 39-4. British singer-songwriter George Ezra’s “Budapest” (Columbia/Sony) fell 3-5 and Jess Glynne, the British singer-songwriter who’s been featured vocalist on two U.K. No. 1 singles this year, Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” (Atlantic/Warner Music) and Route 94’s “My Love” (Rinse Recordings), achieved her first hit as lead artist on Atlantic, as “Right Here” made its top 40 debut at No. 6.

Sheeran’s album sold a further 52,000 copies last week for a three-week tally of 327,000, outselling Manic Street Preachers’ “Futurology” (Columbia/Sony), which debuted at No. 2. Dolly Parton’s “Blue Smoke – The Best Of” (Sony Masterworks) continues to thrive, climbing again 4-3.

Example’s Epic/Sony debut “Life Live Living” became his third U.K. top ten album, entering at No. 8, while Sia’s “1000 Forms of Fear” (Monkey Puzzle/RCA/Sony) made a No. 11 start. Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” (Interscope/Universal) profited from his British live dates to rebound 65-14. On the compilation chart, “The Nation’s Favourite Motown Songs” (Motown/Universal Island/UMC), released to tie in with a 90-minute ITV documentary aired on July 6, debuted at No. 1. 


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