Business as Usual for Ed Sheeran Atop First U.K. Charts Of 2018

Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Aug. 27, 2017 in Inglewood, Calif.

Ed Sheeran begins the new U.K. chart year just as he ended the old one, topping the singles and album charts simultaneously. “Perfect” (Asylum/Warner) starts a fifth consecutive week as the market's best-selling track, while ÷ (Divide) gets its 20th week at the album summit.

Official Charts Company data shows “Perfect” staying ahead of Eminem's “River,” featuring Sheeran, which moves back 3-2. There's a 6-3 climb for “Man's Not Hot” (Universal Island) by Big Shaq, a new peak in its 15th week in the top 40. Rita Ora's “Anywhere” (Atlantic/Warner), which had three weeks at No. 2 in November and December, rebounds 8-4, as does the former No. 1 “Havana” (Syco Music/Sony) by Camilla Cabello featuring Young Thug, 12-5.

There are also new peaks for “I Miss You” by Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (Atlantic/Warner), 18-6; MK's “17” (Columbia/Sony), 23-7; and “Barking” (Polydor/Universal) by Ramz (30-8). “Wolves” (Interscope/Universal) by Selena Gomez & Marshmello (Interscope/Universal) regains its previous peak with a 20-9 climb, and “Let You Down” (EMI/Universal) by NF does the same with a 25-10 jump.

Sheeran's album ends the week ahead of Sam Smith's The Thrill Of It All (Capitol/Universal), which is at No. 2 again, as Rag 'n' Bone Man's Human (Best Laid Plans/Sony) climbs 4-3. After the Dec. 26 opening of The Greatest Showman in U.K. cinemas, its Atlantic/Warner soundtrack races 39-4, as Eminem's Revival (Interscope/Universal) dips 3-5.


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