Ed Sheeran, Cheryl Cole Top U.K. Charts

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Ed Sheeran performs at the 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam on July 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA.

Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fifth week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (July 27) to secure the longest consecutive run at No. 1 on the survey since’s Adele’s “21” in 2011. Cheryl Cole’s “Crazy Stupid Love” (Polydor/Universal), featuring Tinie Tempah, debuted at No. 1 to make her only the third British female to have four solo British chart-toppers. But the biggest record-breaker of the week was “Now That’s What I Call Music! 88” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal), which sold the highest weekly total for any album, 224,000 units, to debut at No. 1 on the compilation chart.  

Sheeran’s album sold 33,000 more units last week to pass the 400,000 sales mark, in the longest reign on the artist chart since “21” had 11 uninterrupted weeks at the summit, out of a final total of 23. “X” is now also the longest-running No. 1 by a British male solo artist since James Blunt’s “Back To Bedlam” managed eight weeks in 2005, according to the Official Charts Company.

It was another banner week for “Blue Smoke – The Best Of Dolly Parton” (Sony Masterworks), which was already the country superstar’s highest-charting album in the U.K., and this week climbed 3-2 in its seventh week. Sam Smith’s former No. 1 “In The Lonely Hour” (Capitol/Universal) climbed back 4-3, George Ezra’s “Wanted On Voyage” (Columbia/Sony) 5-4 and Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” (Parlophone/Warner Music) 8-5.

Electronic pop artist La Roux’s long-awaited second album “Trouble In Paradise” (Polydor/Universal) debuted at No. 6, while Richard Thompson’s “Acoustic Classics” (Proper), on which the respected guitarist and singer-songwriter has re-recorded many of his best-known songs in unplugged versions, arrived at No. 16. Rock veterans Yes extended their U.K. album chart span to nearly 44 years with “Heaven & Earth” (Frontiers). The new “Now” compilation, “Now That’s What I Call Music! 88” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal), debuted at No. 1 on the compilation chart.

Cole has had a total of nine U.K. No. 1 singles including four others with Girls Aloud and one as part of the Helping Haiti charity single cover of “Everybody Hurts.” The new single, which is from her upcoming fourth solo album “Only Human,” had a combined sales chart figure of 118,000 last week, of which the OCC reports 3% were audio streams.

Magic’s current Hot 100 No. 1 “Rude” (Sony Music) raced from No. 50 to No. 2 on the new chart, as Ella Henderson’s former No. 1 “Ghost” (Syco Music/Sony Music) moved back 4-3. Ezra’s “Budapest” also rebounded, 4-3. “Boom Clap” (Asylum/Warner Music) by Charli XCX made its top 75 debut at No. 6, but there was a sharp decline to No. 8 for last week’s No. 1 single “Me and My Broken Heart” (Interscope/Universal) by Rixton.


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