Wiz Khalifa Tops U.K. Singles Chart As Paul Simon Has First No. 1 Album in 25 Years
Wiz Khalifa has scored the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year to date with “See You Again” (Atlantic) featuring Charlie Puth, which rose 22-1 with a combined chart sale of 193,000. Sunday’s (April 19) new Official Charts Company data also saw Paul Simon hit the album summit for the first time in 25 years, as The Ultimate Collection (Sony Music), timed for his British tour dates with Sting, entered at No. 1.
Khalifa thus beat the previous best weekly tally for 2015, Ellie Goulding’s 172,000 for “Love Me Like You Do” (Polydor/Universal). “See You Again,” from the Fast and the Furious 7 soundtrack, also created a new weekly streaming record, with a total of 3.68 million streams, more than a million better than Goulding’s best tally of 2.58 million. “See You Again” set two records on Spotify following its release.
The No. 2 single on the new U.K. chart is also a fast second-week climber. OMI’s reggae track “Cheerleader” (Ultra) raced into the runner-up spot from last week’s No. 27 debut. After three weeks at the top, Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Hand” (East West/Warner Music) fell to No. 3.
The Spanish house DJ Dr. Kucho entered at No. 4 with his “Can’t Stop Playing (Makes Me High)” collaboration with Gregor Salto and Ane Brun on Ministry of Sound. “Firestone” (Epic/Sony) by Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell rose 11-10, and the highest new entry of the week (at No. 11, unusually low for that distinction) was Lethal Bizzle’s “Fester Skank” (Virgin EMI/Universal), featuring Diztortion.
Simon has three previous No. 1 albums to his credit in the U.K., his self-titled 1972 set, the 1986 landmark Graceland and 1990’s The Rhythm of the Saints. The European leg of his tour with Sting started in Krakow, Poland last month and the U.K. and Ireland dates began on April 7 in Dublin, concluding at the 02 in London last Thursday and Friday.
James Bay’s Chaos and the Calm (Republic/Universal) held at No. 2, and there were top ten debuts for Liverpool indie rock band the Wombats at No. 5 with Glitterbug (14th Floor) and U.S. rockers Halestorm at No. 10 with Into The Wild Life (Atlantic/Warner). Now That’s What I Call Music 90 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) leads the compilation chart for a third week.