Ellie Goulding, Imagine Dragons Lead U.K. Sales Charts
Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" (Polydor/Universal) set a new streaming record in the U.K., as it started a third week atop the singles chart. Meanwhile, Imagine Dragons scored their first No. 1 album in the territory with Smoke + Mirrors (Interscope/Universal).
Goulding's song from the Fifty Shades of Grey album had a combined chart sales figure of 118,000 in the week ending Saturday (Feb. 21), according to the Official Charts Company. That was helped by total streams of 2.58 million, beating the previous record of 2.56 million set by Mark Ronson's former No. 1 "Uptown Funk" (Columbia/Sony), featuring Bruno Mars.
Hozier's "Take Me To Church" (Universal Island) held at No. 2 in its 23rd week in the top 40, with Ronson steady at No. 3. The Weeknd's "Earned It," also from the Shades soundtrack, climbed 10-4, while the album started a second week at the top of the compilation chart. The singles chart also saw Maroon 5's "Sugar" (Interscope/Universal) climb into the top ten for the first time, 11-7, with Avicii's "The Nights" (Positiva/PRMD/Universal) back up 9-8.
As it awaits its Billboard 200 debut, Imagine Dragons' second album beat the No. 2 U.K. peak of its 2012 predecessor Night Visions. Sam Smith fell to No. 2 with In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal).
Scottish rock veterans Texas debuted at No. 5 with Texas 25 (P.I.A.S. Recordings), their set of new songs and remakes from their catalog with producers Truth & Soul, recorded for their 25th anniversary. Another long-running British rock band, Thunder, opened at No. 9 with Wonder Days (Ear Music), their best showing (and first time in the U.K. top ten) since 1995's Behind Closed Doors debuted at No. 5.