Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Lead U.K. Sales Charts

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Ed Sheeran performs live at Radio 1's Big Weekend at Glasgow Green on May 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  

Ed Sheeran has scored his first U.K. No. 1 single, debuting at the top of the new chart published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (June 8) with “Sing” (Asylum/Warner Music). Sam Smith started a second week at the album chart summit with “In The Lonely Hour” (Capitol/Universal) as wartime favorite Dame Vera Lynn set a new chart record by debuting in the top 20 at the age of 97. Led Zeppelin’s catalog reissues claimed three of the top 12 positions.

“Sing,” co-written with, and produced by, Pharrell Willliams, sold close to 124,000 copies last week, according to the OCC. Twenty-three-year-old Sheeran had 12 top 40 hits to his name, amassed in two weeks shy of two years since he debuted with the No. 3 hit “The A Team” in June 2011. That remained his highest-charting single until the new hit. 

Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” single, which topped the chart two weeks ago, held at No. 2, with last week’s bestseller, “I Wanna Feel” (Ministry Of Sound) by techno/house producer SecondCity, down to No. 3. “Wiggle” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) by Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg, climbed 19-9, Derulo’s ninth U.K. top ten appearance as a lead artist. 

There were two further new entries in the top 20, with the 40-strong Neon Brotherhood’s charity release “Hope Ain’t A Bad Thing” (Neon Sound Studios) in at No. 16. It was released by friends of the Teenage Cancer Trust campaigner Stephen Sutton, whose heroic fund-raising exploits attracted huge publicity across the U.K. and beyond. Sutton died on May 14 after raising over £4 million ($6.7 million). 

Meanwhile, “The Drop” (New State) by Lethal Bizzle and Cherri Voncelle entered at No. 20.

Sam Smith’s album sold a further 48,500 copies last week for a two-week total of 150,000. It stays ahead of its predecessor at No. 1, Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” (Parlophone/Warner Music), as classically-influenced dance-pop band Clean Bandit debuted at No. 3 with “New Eyes” (Atlantic/Warner Music). 

In a slew of new entries inside the top ten, Paul Weller’s “More Modern Classics” (Virgin/Universal), a compilation of his work over the past 15 years, arrived at No. 6, just over 37 years after his first album chart appearance with The Jam. Rhino/Warner Music’s expanded reissues of the first three Led Zeppelin albums all figured significantly, their self-titled first release re-charting at No. 7, their third at No. 10 and their second at No. 12. 

Hank Marvin, the former frontman and hero of the Stratocaster with British chart giants the Shadows, started at No. 8 with “Hank” (Demon), a new collection of summer-themed instrumental interpretations featuring one new composition. It’s Marvin’s first album since 2007’s “Guitar Man,” which debuted at No. 6. “Hank” extends his run since the Shadows’ album chart debut in their own right, after several releases backing Cliff Richard, to 53 years, and it’s 45 years since Marvin’s own solo chart debut with a self-titled 1969 release.

Dame Vera Lynn’s “National Treasure — Ultimate Collection” (Decca/Universal) opened at No. 13 to make the “Forces’ Sweetheart,” at 97 years and nearly three months, the oldest artist ever to appear in the U.K. album top 20. It’s 52 years since her “Auf Wiedersehen Sweetheart” became the first record by any foreign artist to top the Billboard chart, staying there for nine weeks. Dame Vera celebrates 90 years in show business this year.

On the compilation chart, the Walt Disney/Universal soundtrack of “Frozen” is No. 1 for a third straight week, ahead of “Now That’s What I Call Music! 87” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal), which had six weeks at No. 1 before it.


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