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Ellie Goulding Scores Third U.K. No. 1 Single With Cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’

Ellie Goulding's cover of Joni Mitchell's "River" (Polydor/Universal) becomes the U.K.'s final No. 1 single of 2019.

Ellie Goulding‘s cover of Joni Mitchell‘s “River” (Polydor/Universal) becomes the U.K.’s final No. 1 single of 2019.

“River,” released in Amazon Music’s Amazon Original series, is Goulding’s third chart-topper, after 2013’s “Burn” and the 2015 release “Love Me Like You Do.” The new track climbs 11-1 on combined units of 78,000.

With the chart week ending last night (Dec. 26), sales of festive favorites remain strong, and Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia/ Sony) jumps 8-2, matching its peak of the last two years and of its original 1994 release.

Wham’s “Last Christmas” (RCA/Sony) is up 5-3, setting a new all-time streaming record of 17.1 million plays. It overtakes Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings,” which recorded 16.9 million plays in a week in January this year. “Fairytale Of New York” (Warner Bros) by the Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl climbs 14-4, again equalling its 2018 peak, as “Own It” (Merky/Atlantic/Warner) by Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy falls 2-5.

Shakin’ Stevens’ “Merry Christmas Everyone” (RCA/Sony) is up 16-6, its best showing since it topped the chart in 1985. Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (Mercury/Universal) vaults 17-7 and Elton John‘s “Step Into Christmas,” also on Mercury, from No. 19 to an all-time best of No. 8.

John Legend‘s version of “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” (Columbia/Sony), another Amazon Original release, races 34-9 and Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” (EMI/Warner) 29-10. Last week’s No. 1, Ladbaby’s charity novelty “I Love Sausage Rolls” (Frtyfve), crashes to No. 57.


Meanwhile, Rod Stewart‘s You’re In My Heart (Rhino/Warner) starts a third week atop the album chart.

Stewart’s album logs 47,000 combined units, according to the Official Charts Company, to resist the challenge of Michael Bublé‘s perennial seller Christmas (Reprise/Warner), which rises 8-2. Bublé’s set, which spent three non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2011, has not been as high as No. 2 on the U.K. chart since 2012. Stewart’s sales this week are 96% physical, whereas the Canadian singer gets 66% of his tally from streaming.

Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI/Universal) moves back 4-3 on the new album countdown, and Robbie Williams’s The Christmas Present (Columbia/Sony) 7-4. Stormzy’s Heavy Is The Head (Merky/Atlantic), which entered at No. 2 last week, falls to No. 5.

Ed Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations Project (Asylum/Warner) is up 10-9 and Billie Eilish rebounds 17-10 with When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go (Interscope/Universal). On the compilations chart, Now That’s What I Call Music 104 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) ends the year with a seventh week at No. 1.