Kendrick Lamar Can't Knock Ed Sheeran Off Top of U.K. Albums Chart
On the U.K. album and singles charts Ed Sheeran reigns supreme, again. After Harry Styles' first solo single, "Sign of the Times" (Columbia/Sony) bumped Sheeran out of the No. 1 spot on the U.K. singles chart last week following the 13-week reign of Ed's "Shape of You" (Asylum/ Warner Music), Sheeran is headed back to the top spot according to the Official Charts Company album survey.
The midweek Chart Update has Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson nipping at Ed's heels at No. 2 with "Symphony" (Atlantic/WArner), while Sheeran also holds the No. 3 spot with "Galway Girl" and Styles drops down to No. 4. Only 5,000 copies separated all four tracks at press time. Kendrick Lamar could be headed for his first top 10 as a lead artist with "Humble" rising 22 spots to No. 9, with another five HUMBLE. tracks expected to hit the top 40 by Friday (Apr. 21): "DNA" (22), "LOYALTY" (27), "ELEMENT" (33), "LOVE" (39) AND "YAH" (40).
After debuting her new song "The Cure" at Coachella over the weekend, Lady Gaga is headed for her 19th U.K. top 40 hit this week as the synthy pop song is looking to debut at No. 25.
On the album chart Sheeran could land a seventh week at No. 1 with his ÷ album, with Lamar's DAMN. aiming for a No. 2 bow, with three other albums expected to debut in the top 40 this week: Tinie Tempah's Youth (No. 8), John Mayer's The Search for Everything (No. 11) and King Blues' The Gospel Truth (No. 30).