Little Mix and Clean Bandit Still Invincible on U.K. Charts
With no changes atop the U.K. charts, Clean Bandit's “Rockabye” (Atlantic/Warner), featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, is the No. 1 single for a ninth week. Little Mix's Glory Days (Syco Music/Sony) spends a fourth non-consecutive week atop the album survey, to match Destiny's Child 2001 run with Survivor as the longest-running girl group No. 1 album of the millennium.
“Rockabye” thus becomes the 18th song to spend nine or more weeks at the top of the U.K. singles chart, in a countdown that shows Rag 'n' Bone Man's “Human” (Best Laid Plans) moving back 3-2. It trades places with “I Would Like” (Black Butter/Epic/Sony) by Zara Larsson, with Little Mix's “Touch” steady at No. 4 and The Weeknd's “Starboy” (XO/Republic/Universal), featuring Daft Punk, back up 8-5. The song peaked at No. 2 in October; this is its 15th consecutive week in the top ten. Neiked's “Sexual” (Neiked Collective), which hit No.5 last month, rebounds 11-6.
Also climbing again is The Weeknd's other collaboration with Daft Punk, “I Feel It Coming,” up 19-13 after reaching No. 9 in December. JP Cooper's “September Song” (Universal Island), which spent the last two weeks at No. 45, makes a sudden dash to No. 16, and John Legend's “Love Me Now” (Columbia/Sony) races 38-17.
The Little Mix album may have drawn level with Destiny's Child, but it has work to do to match the longest run atop the U.K. album chart by a female group, which is the Spice Girls' 15 weeks with Spice in 1996-'97. The OCC reports that combined U.K. sales of Glory Days now stand at 434,000.
Racing 24-2 on the album chart is “superstar DJ” Pete Tong's Classic House (Polydor/UMC/OMOD) with the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley. It features orchestral adaptations of classic dance tracks, and was inspired by the ensemble's performance at the Royal Albert Hall in July 2015, for the so-called Ibiza Prom.
Without any new releases on offer, the chart welcomes Adele's 25 (XL Recordings) back into the top ten for the first time since August, as it rises 14-7. Christine & the Queens' U.K. breakthrough Chaleur Humaine (Because Music), which spent ten weeks in the top ten from June last year and reached No. 2, catapults 71-19.