Taylor Swift Has Her First U.K. No. 1 Single
Taylor Swift has her first U.K. No. 1 single with “Look What You Made Me Do” (EMI/Universal), eight years after her chart debut there. Meanwhile, Queens of the Stone Age have their first chart-topping album in the territory as Villains (Matador) goes straight to the summit.
Swift's single had downloads of 30,000 and 5.3 million streams in its first week, according to new Official Charts Company data. She has reached No. 2 on the U.K. singles countdown three times, with “Love Story,” “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “Shake It Off.” Her new single ends the two-week reign of Dua Lipa's “New Rules” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), which slips to No. 2.
Pink's “What About Us” (RCA/Sony) is up again 4-3 to complete the first all-female top three since October 2014. Calvin Harris' “Feels” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean, dips 3-4 and “Friends” (DefJam/Polydor/Republic/ Universal) by Justin Bieber & BloodPop 2-5. “More Than Friends” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) by James Hype, featuring Kelli-Leigh, is up 10-8.
The QOTSA age album had combined first-week units of 32,000, more than twice the total of Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Asylum/Warner), which falls to No. 2. The band's previous U.K. best was with its last album, Like Clockwork, in 2013. The War On Drugs arrive at No. 3 for their first U.K. top 10 album, A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic/Warner).
Lowell, Mass., rock outfit PVRIS lands a best-to-date No. 4 with All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell (Rise) and former Westlife member Shane Filan starts at a solo career-best No. 5 with Love Always (Ocean Wave). Fifth Harmony's eponymous third album on Epic/Syco/Sony opens at No. 10. Now That's What I Call Music 97 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) starts a sixth week atop the compilation chart.