Ed Sheeran Has a New Top Two on the U.K. Songs Chart, As Rag 'n' Bone Man's Reign Continues on the Albums Chart
Ed Sheeran again has the top two tracks on the U.K. singles chart, but as “Shape Of You” (Asylum/Warner Music) starts a seventh week at No. 1, it's now joined in runner-up spot by the new entry “How Would You Feel (Paean).” Rag 'n' Bone Man follows his British Breakthrough success at Wednesday's BRIT Awards (as well as the previously announced Critics’ Choice title) by starting a second week atop the album chart with Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music).
“Shape Of You” continues its reign with 7.37 million streams and 34,000 downloads, according to the Official Charts Company. Sheeran performed both that song and the former No. 2 “Castle On The Hill” at the ceremony; “Castle” slips 3-4, giving him three of the top four titles, as Rag 'n' Bone Man's album title song “Human” falls 2-3. Katy Perry's “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol/Universal), featuring Skip Marley, follows her BRITs performance of it by climbing 7-5. Kygo & Selena Gomez's “It Ain't Me” (Columbia/Sony) debuts at No. 9.
The Rag 'n' Bone Man album sold 69,000 combined units last week, to retain the top spot ahead of Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald, new at No. 2 with her fourth consecutive top 5 entry Under Stars (EMI/Universal). She topped the chart with her 2007 debut This Is The Life.
There's a U.K. career-best No. 3 entry for Ryan Adams with Prisoner (Paxam/Blue Note/Universal), ahead of two long-runners, Sheeran's x, up 7-4, and Adele's 25 (XL Recordings), 6-5. There's a first top 10 appearance, with a 12-6 climb, for the Trolls soundtrack (Villa 40/RCA/Sony). Brit Awards 2017 (Sony Music CG/UMOD/WMTV) enters the compilation chart at No. 1.