Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (Asylum) has ruled the Official U.K Singles Chart for the last six weeks and it’s still in pole position at the midway stage, though not by a great margin. The British singer and songwriter’s latest song “How Would You Feel (Paean),” which dropped last Friday, is just 700 downloads and streaming equivalent sales behind for second place on the Official Singles Chart Update. Sheeran also has the fifth bestseller at the midweek stage with “Castle on the Hill.”
According to the Official Charts Company, the last act to replace themselves at the top on the chart was Justin Bieber, whose “Love Yourself” succeeded “Sorry” in December 2015.
British hitmakers Take That should stamp an impression on the chart with their new single “Giants” (Polydor). The single, produced by Mark Ralph (Clean Bandit, Years & Years) and lifted from their upcoming album Wonderland, starts at No. 4 on the midweek chart and should enjoy a boost with the release of two separate CDs of the track this week.
Take That, now a trio of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, will release Wonderland, their eighth studio set, on March 24. The pop veterans have an enviable chart history, with seven U.K. No. 1 albums (including their most recent album, III, from 2014), 15 No. 1 singles and eight Brit Awards.
Another new arrival looking to make a big splash on the weekly chart is “It Ain’t Me,” a collaboration of Norwegian producer Kygo and U.S. pop singer Selena Gomez. The track dropped last Thursday and sits at No. 10 at the halfway point of the chart cycle. Kygo has cracked the top 10 on just one occasion, with his 2013 track “Firestone” featuring Conrad, while Gomez has managed it twice (“Naturally” from 2010 and “Come & Get It” from 2013).
Further down the chart, Maroon 5 is feeling the love for their Future–assisted track “Cold” (Interscope), which arrived on Valentine’s Day and starts at No. 29; Linkin Park’s “Heavy” (Warner Bros) featuring Kiiara begins at No. 33; and Sia’s “Helium” (Republic) — lifted from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack — rises to No. 38.
Rag ‘n’ ‘Bone Man’s debut album Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia) is on course for a second week at the top of the Official U.K. Albums Chart after putting in a superhuman performance in its first week.
Human scored the fastest-selling male solo album of the decade in its first week by shifting 117,000 units en route to outselling the rest of the top ten combined.
At the halfway stage of the chart cycle, Human is outselling its nearest rival — Amy MacDonald’s fourth studio LP Under Stars (EMI) — by nearly 2-to-1, according to the OCC. The title track from the album, meanwhile, is at No. 3 on the singles chart update.
Ryan Adams‘ Prisoner (Blue Note/Pax AM) breaks out with a career-high No. 3 for the U.S. singer-songwriter, while Ed Sheeran’s sophomore album X rises to No. 4 and the Trolls (RCA/Villa 40) soundtrack climbs to No. 15, a new peak in its 19th week on the chart, powered by the film’s release on DVD.