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Ellie Goulding’s ‘River’ Flows on ‘First Look’ U.K. Singles Chart

Ellie Goulding's Christmas present might come a couple days late: the British singer's cover of "River" is surging on the U.K. chart.

Ellie Goulding’s Christmas present might come a couple days late: the British singer’s cover of “River” (Polydor) is surging on the U.K. chart and could go to No. 1. 

The track, a remake of Joni Mitchell’s 1971 Christmas folk song, jumps 10 places to lead the U.K.’s “First Look” singles chart, which is based on weekend sales and streaming activity. 

If it stays put when the chart proper is published this Friday, it’ll be Goulding’s third No. 1 following “Burn” (from 2013) and “Love Me Like You Do” (2015).   

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Christmas cheer is spread all over the early chart, with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia) at No. 3; Wham’s “Last Christmas” (RCA) at No. 4; The Pogues’ “Fairytale Of New York” (Warner Bros) featuring Kirsty MacColl at No. 6; Shakin’ Stevens’ “Merry Christmas Everyone” (RCA) at No. 9; Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (Mercury) at No. 11; John Legend’s cover of “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” (Columbia) at No. 13; Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas” (Mercury) at No. 14; Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everyone” at No. 16; Leona Lewis’ “One More Sleep” (Syco Music) at No. 19; and Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me” (Republic Records) at No. 20.

Based on early data, LadBaby’s Christmas No. 1 “I Love Sausage Rolls” (FRTYFVE) will enjoy a short reign. It topples from the summit to No. 8 on the “First Look” chart.