One Direction Claims Fourth U.K. No. 1 With 'Drag Me Down'
One Direction's first single as a quartet, "Drag Me Down" (Syco Music/Sony), has not only become their fourth No. 1 in the U.K., but created a new streaming record in the territory, with 2.03 million streams in its opening week. The Official Charts Company's new sales data also showed British rock outfit the Maccabees landing their first No. 1 album with Marks to Prove It (Fiction/Polydor/Universal).
"Drag Me Down" is One Direction's first chart-topping U.K. single since "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)" in March 2013. Prior to that, they achieved the feat with "What Makes You Beautiful" in 2011 and "Little Things" the following year.
The new singles chart had Calvin Harris and Disciples climbing 6-2 with "How Deep Is Your Love" (Columbia/Sony), as Little Mix's three-week reign with "Black Magic" (Syco Music/Sony) ended with a fall to No. 3. The other top 10 arrival was The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" (Universal Island), which climbed 17-8. His labelmates Disclosure improved 29-13 with "Omen," featuring Sam Smith.
The Maccabees' fourth album beat Lianne La Havas' sophomore release Blood (Warner Bros./Warner Music) to No. 1 by 1,300 combined chart sales, say the OCC. The British singer-songwriter reached No. 4 with her 2012 debut Is Your Love Big Enough. The Maccabees' previous highest chart showing was also at No. 4 in 2012, with Given to the Wild.
Years & Years' former No. 1 Communion (Polydor/Universal) dipped 2-3, Ed Sheeran's X (Asylum/Warner Music) 3-4 and Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) 4-5. Florence + the Machine rebounded 12-8 with How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Universal Island) and Led Zeppelin's final Rhino/Warner reissue packages, Coda, Presence and In Through the Out Door, entered at Nos. 9,10 and 12 respectively.
Last week's new entry at No. 1, the Chemical Brothers' Born in the Echoes (Virgin EMI/Universal), fell sharply to No. 11. British soul singer Joss Stone debuted at No. 13 with Water for Your Soul (Stone'd), and following the sudden death of Liverpudlian singer-entertainer Cilla Black on Aug. 1, Rhino/Warner's The Very Best Of compilation re-entered at No. 14. Her 1964 No. 1 "Anyone Who Had a Heart" reappeared on the singles chart at No. 41. Now That's What I Call Music 91 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) started a second week atop the compilation chart.