Ed Sheeran Doubles Up Atop U.K. Albums and Songs Charts for Third Time in 2017

Greg Williams
Ed Sheeran

For the third time in 2017, Ed Sheeran claims a U.K. chart double, topping the singles and album charts simultaneously. “Perfect” (Asylum/Warner) starts a second week at the singles summit while the ÷ album moves 2-1 for its 18th week at the top.

Sheeran's album last topped the U.K. listings at the end of August, having debuted there in March. He previously had both No. 1s when the album and “Shape Of You” lead the way at the same time in March and again in April. ÷ unseats Sam Smith's The Thrill Of It All (Capitol/Universal), which is down to No. 2 as Pink's Beautiful Trauma (RCA/Sony) improves 4-3.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Together Again (Decca/Universal) is down 3-4, but there's a 13-5 improvement for Rag 'n' Bone Man's Human, which has never been out of the top 20 since it spent its first two weeks at No. 1 in February and March. There's also a 12-10 climb for Michael Bubl√©'s Christmas (Reprise/Warner Music), which thus makes the top ten for the seventh consecutive holiday season, having had three non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on its 2011 release. His version of “It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” is up 45-18 to become a top 20 U.K. hit for the first time.

Sheeran's “Perfect” single would now appear to be favorite for next week's Christmas No. 1 spot, after the release today (15) of another new version, this time featuring classical Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. There are a remarkable 17 Christmas songs in the new top 40, with Mariah Carey's irrepressible “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia/Sony) up 5-2. That equals its original 1994 peak and betters the song's peak position in the digital era of No. 4 in 2007.

Wham! rise 6-3 with another holiday perennial, “Last Christmas” (RCA/Sony), its first time in the top three since 1985. The Official Charts Company reports that both the Wham! and Carey singles have been streamed more than four million times each over the past week. The new top five is completed by Camila Cabello's “Havana” (Epic/Syco/Sony), featuring Young Thug, which holds at No. 4, and Rita Ora's “Anywhere” (Atlantic/Warner Music) is down 3-5.

The other festive song in the top ten is “Fairytale Of New York” (Warner Brothers/Warner Music) by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, which rises 10-7. Several other seasonal anthems also achieve their best peak for decades, with Band Aid's original 1985 version of “Do They Know It's Christmas” (Mercury/Universal) up 16-12, its best placing since it was first released.

Brenda Lee's “Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree” (MCA/Universal) is up 42-15, its highest placing since 1963, Shakin' Stevens' “Merry Christmas Everyone” (RCA/Sony) moves 21-16, its best showing since it topped the chart in 1985. Elton John's “Step Into Christmas” (Mercury/Universal), which peaked at No. 24 on first release in 1973, becomes a top 20 single for the first time with a 63-19 climb.


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