The Vamps Could End Ed Sheeran's U.K. Chart Reign
It’s been another eventful week so far for Ed Sheeran. The British singer-songwriter appeared in a guest role on the series 7 season-opener of Game of Thrones (not all reviews were glowing), then shut down his Twitter account just a day later. According to the Official Charts Company, Sheeran might also lose his chart crown.
British pop group the Vamps is leading the midweek chart with Night & Day (EMI), their third album, with Sheeran’s Divide (Asylum) trailing in second place.
Night & Day is a two-part project, the second of which -- the Day Edition -- is due to drop in December 2017.
Meanwhile, new entries from London duo Oh Wonder (Ultralife at No. 3 via Island) and English MC Bugzy Malone’s (King Of The North at No. 4 via Ill Gotten) crack the top 5 on the Official Charts Update as Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s former chart-leader Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia) holds at No. 5.
X Factor series 6 winner Joe McElderry is hovering just outside the top 5 with Saturday Night at the Movies (BK Records). McElderry's fifth studio album begins at No. 6 on the midweek chart, just one place above a new, posthumously-released John Denver collection.
There’s movement at the top of the Official Singles Chart Update as "Wild Thoughts" by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller (Black Butter/We The Best) switches places with “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber to grab No. 1. Just 1,300 combined sales separate the two singles, the OCC reports.
If "Wild Thoughts" stays put when the Official U.K. Singles Chart is published this Friday, it’ll give DJ Khaled his second No. 1 and Rihanna her ninth.