The biggest names in pop are locked in battle for the U.K.’s singles chart crown.
X Factor U.K. 2016 season winner Matt Terry is expected to place at or near the top of the Official U.K. Singles Chart with “When Christmas Comes Around.” The song, written by Ed Sheeran, was released late Monday night (Dec. 12) — just 24 hours after Terry was crowned series 13 champ.
“Christmas” should bring joy to Terry and Sheeran. According to the Official Charts Company, the track is expected to make a make big impact on Wednesday’s sales flash.
Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik’s surprise release “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (Republic) will challenge for the top spot when the singles chart is published late Friday. The song, lifted from the upcoming Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, starts at No. 5 for the best debut on the Official Singles Chart Update.
Louis Tomlinson’s first solo single “Just Hold On” (Syco Music) also makes a case for the chart crown. With just one full day on sale (against three full days for other releases), the One Direction singer’s collab with EDM star Steve Aoki opens at No. 21 on the midweek chart. Tomlinson delivered an emotional performance of the song on the X Factor final, which he dedicated to his mother Johannah Deakin who passed away last Wednesday after losing her battle with leukemia. The track is expected to soar up the chart by week’s end.
Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” (Atlantic) continues to lead the way at No. 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart Update, followed by Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Human” (Best Laid Plans) at No. 2; the Weeknd featuring Daft Punk’s “Starboy” (Republic Records/XO) at No. 3, Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane’s “Black Beatles” (Interscope) at No. 4 and the Taylor-Zayn team-up rounding out the top 5.
Meanwhile, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s Together (Decca) replaces the Rolling Stones’ Blue & Lonesome (Polydor) at the top spot of the U.K. Albums Chart Update. It’s the first stint at the top for Together in six weeks on the survey. Elvis Presley’s The Wonder of You (Legacy/RCA) is at No. 3, Little Mix’s Glory Days (Syco) holds at No. 4 and Olly Murs’ 24 Hours (RCA) completes the top 5.