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Harry Styles Ends Ed Sheeran's Reign Atop U.K. Singles Chart

Harry Styles performs on Dec. 1, 2015.
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Harry Styles performs on Dec. 1, 2015. 

But Sheeran remains at No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart, with The Chainsmokers' debut full-length bowing at No. 3.

Harry Styles' first hit as a solo artist, “Sign of the Times” (Columbia/Sony), enters the U.K. chart at No. 1 to end Ed Sheeran's 13-week reign with “Shape of You” (Asylum/Warner Music). But Sheeran's ÷ (Divide) starts a sixth week at the top of the Official Charts Company album survey.

Styles' single had 3.5 million streams and 39,000 downloads in its first week of release, beating Sheeran to the top spot by just over 3,000 combined units. “Sign of the Times” is the first single from the One Direction heartthrob's self-titled debut album, due May 12. With “Shape of You” down to No. 2, Sheeran still has two of the top five on the singles chart, as he dips 2-3 with “Galway Girl.”

“Symphony” (Atlantic/Warner) by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson falls 3-4, as does  “Passionfruit” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) by Drake, 4-5. Martin Jensen's “Solo Dance” (All Around The World/Universal) and Zedd and Alessia Cara's “Stay” (Interscope/Universal) move up one place each at Nos. 7 and 8.

÷ added another 84,000 combined sales to its tally to stay ahead of Rag 'n' Bone Man's Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music), which remains at No. 2. Recent chart regulars The Chainsmokers have the highest new entry of the week at No. 3 with their debut full-length album Memories...Do Not Open (Disruptor), as Drake's More Life slips 3-4 and Take That hold at No. 5 with Wonderland (Polydor/Universal).

British rock staples Deep Purple land their first U.K. top 10 album since 1987's The House of Blue Light, entering at No. 6 with inFinite (earMUSIC). It's their 10th top 10 album in their own country, a sequence that began in 1970 with Deep Purple in Rock. Father John Misty scores his first top 10 album in the territory at No. 8 with Pure Comedy (Bella Union) and Mike and the Mechanics are also back in the top 10 after a long absence, of 21 years in their case, as Let Me Fly (BMG) starts at No. 9.