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Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shivers’ on Course for No. 1 Debut In U.K.

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Ed Sheeran performs onstage during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 12, 2021.

Ed Sheeran looks set to extend his reign over the U.K. singles chart, only he might do it with a new number.

Sheeran’s latest “Shivers” gets away to a fast start to lead the First Look chart, which ranks releases based on the weekend’s sales and streaming activity.

“Shivers” debuts at No. 1 and opens up a lead of 10,000 chart sales over the No. 2 track, Sheeran's “Bad Habits,” which has logged 11 consecutive weeks at No. 1.

Both tracks will appear on the English singer and songwriter's forthcoming solo album = (equals), due out Oct. 29.

Further down the chart blast, Elton John & Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart” (Pnau Remix) is on course for its first stint in the top 10, as it lifts 11-4. If it keeps its momentum, Elton will score his 32nd Top 10 hit in the U.K. and Dua Lipa her 12th.

Just outside the top 10 Central Cee’s “Obsessed With You,” new at No. 11. The drill rapper’s latest single samples Pinkpantheress’ recent Top 40 release “Just For Me”.

The Official U.K. Singles Chart is published late Friday local time.