Drake’s “One Dance” (Cash Money/Republic Records) is shuffling towards a 15th consecutive U.K. No. 1 and is now in sight of a place in the history books.
The Canadian rapper’s hit holds a slender lead in the race to the chart summit. “One Dance” is No. 1 on the U.K Chart Update, with little separating the single from the midweek No. 2 (Jonas Blue feat. JP Cooper’s “Perfect Strangers” via Positiva) and No. 3 (Calum Scott’s “Dancing On My Own” via Instrumental). According to the Official Charts Company, the gap between “One Dance” and “Dancing On My Own” is just 373 combined chart sales.
If Drake keeps a grip on top spot when the new chart is published Friday, he’ll draw level with Wet Wet Wet’s 15-week unbroken stretch at the summit with 1994’s “Love Is All Around”. Bryan Adams has the all-time streak with “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” which owned No. 1 for 16 weeks successive weeks back in 1991.
The top new releases at the midway point of the chart week include 5 Seconds Of Summer’s song from the Ghostbusters soundtrack, “Girls Talk Boys” (Capitol), which is at No. 12 and should give the Aussie pop-punk band its sixth top 40 hit, while Katy Perry’s Olympics anthem “Rise” (Virgin) is on track to give the U.S. pop singer her 20th U.K. top 40 hit. “Rise,” which dropped last Friday (July 15), is at No. 13 on the Chart Update.
Meanwhile, Michael Kiwanuka’s sophomore studio set Love & Hate (Polydor) has taken the lead for the U.K. albums crown. Love & Hate, the London singer’s followup to Home Again, which peaked at No. 4 in 2012, is 1,300 copies ahead the No. 2-ranked album, Adele’s 25 (XL).
The midweek top 5 is rounded off by Christine & the Queens‘ Chaleur Humaine (Because Music) at No. 3, Biffy Clyro’s Ellipsis (14th Floor) at No. 4 and Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams (Parlophone) at No. 5.
Good Charlotte are poised for a strong debut with their seventh studio album, Youth Authority (MDDN). It’s at No. 8 on the midweek chart, their best chart showing for more than a decade.
The weekly U.K. singles and albums charts are published late Friday local time.