Ed Sheeran is chasing a fourth week at Numbers 1 and 2 on the U.K. Singles chart while the La La Land soundtrack is twirling toward the albums chart title.
The No. 2 position at the midweek stage is held again by Sheeran’s "Castle on the Hill," which benefited from its youthful travelogue video which arrived a week ago. The English singer and songwriter’s comeback tracks will appear on his upcoming ÷ (Divide) album, which is due March 3 and should get a massive push in his homeland when he plays arenas up and down the U.K. through April and May.
Jax Jones featuring Raye’s club track "You Don’t Know Me" (Polydor) is at No. 3 on the midweek chart, Little Mix’ "Touch" (Syco) is at No. 4 and Brits Critics’ Choice award winner Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s "Human" (Best Laid Plans/Columbia) completes the top 5 (Rag ‘N’ Bone Man also enters the chart with his new track "Skin," at No. 28).
On the heels of the release last Friday of its official video, "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" (RCA/Republic) by Zayn and Taylor Swift rises 19-14 on at the midweek stage while Major Lazer has the highest new entry with "Run Up" (Because Music), new at No. 18.
A slice of candy-coated Hollywood nostalgia could earn top ticket on the U.K. albums survey as the soundtrack for the 14-times Oscar-nominated La La Land (Interscope) leads at the midway stage.
The soundtrack already won Golden Globes for best film score and original song (for “City Of Stars”) and could add the U.K. chart title when the survey is published this Friday. Pete Tong’s Classic House (Polydor/UMC/UMOD) slips to No. 2 on the Official Albums Chart Update, while British rock band Deaf Havana debuts at No. 3 with their fourth album All These Countless Nights (So Recordings), Little Mix’ Glory Days (Syco) is at No. 4 and X Factor U.K. alum Lucy Spraggan’s I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing (CTRL02) is new at No. 5. New albums by Train, Migos, Kehlani and Kreator and Max Richter are on course to bow inside this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 40.