Ed Sheeran Back At U.K. Album Summit, More Singles Glory For Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's “Despacito” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Justin Bieber, holds off the challenge of former One Direction member Liam Payne to start a third week atop the U.K. singles chart. Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Asylum/ Warner) moves back to the album summit for a tenth non-consecutive week at No. 1.
“Despacito” scored combined sales of 114,000 last week, comprised of 51,000 downloads and 9.4 million streams, for its best weekly tally so far. DJ Khaled's “I'm The One” (Black Butter/We The Best), on which Bieber also features, along with Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne, holds at No. 2.
Quavo, in turn, guests on Payne's solo debut “Strip That Down” (Capitol/Universal), which debuts at No. 3. That means that each One Direction member has now had a solo top ten hit in the U.K., after No. 1s for Zayn's “Pillowtalk” and Harry Styles' “Sign Of The Times,” a No. 2 for Louis Tomlinson's “Just Hold On,” with Steve Aoki, and a No. 9 for Niall Horan's “This Town.”
Shawn Mendes' “There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back” (EMI/Universal) holds at No. 4 on the new singles chart, as “Symphony” (Atlantic/Warner Music), by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson dips 3-5. Charlie Puth has his third U.K. top ten single, climbing 12-9 with “Attention” (Atlantic/Warner Music).
Ariana Grande's “One Last Time” (Republic/Universal), which previously peaked at No. 24 in the territory in June 2015, re-enters at No. 11 in the wake of the terrorist attack at her Manchester concert on Monday (22). Her Dangerous Woman album rebounds 62-30.
Sheeran's album has been in the top two for its entire 12-week chart stay, and now moves back to the top after two weeks at No. 2. ÷ thus changes places with Harry Styles' eponymous solo debut album for Columbia/Sony; Rag 'n' Bone Man's Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music) is at No. 3 again.
Linkin Park's One More Light (Warner Bros./Warner Music) starts at No. 4, while Engelbert Humperdinck's 50 compilation (Decca/Universal), which marks the 50th anniversary of his breakthrough hit “Release Me,” arrives at No. 5. Pop long-runners Erasure have a No. 6 debut for World Be Gone (Mute).