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Zayn Debuts at No. 1 on U.K. Singles Chart With ‘Pillowtalk’

Zayn's post-One Direction career gets off to a stellar start on the new U.K. singles chart.

Zayn‘s post-One Direction career gets off to a stellar start on the new U.K. singles chart, published today (Feb. 5), as his solo debut “Pillowtalk” (RCA/Sony) enters at No. 1. The Official Charts Company reports that the track’s combined sales of 112,000 make it the fastest-selling single of the year to date. Meanwhile on the album chart, David Bowie becomes the first artist in six years to replace themselves at No. 1.

The combined sales tally for “Pillowtalk” incorporated 4.97 million streams, as the track stayed ahead of “Fast Car” (Positiva/EMI/Universal) by Jonas Blue featuring Dakota, which climbed 3-2. Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” (EMI/Universal), which topped the bestsellers for the last two weeks, fell to No. 3.

Zayn Headed for Top 10 Debut on Billboard Hot 100

There was a 13-4 climb for Rihanna’s “Work” (Roc Nation), as Justin Bieber slipped 2-5 with “Love Yourself” (Def Jam/Universal). Danish soul-pop outfit Lukas Graham raced 24-6 with “7 Years” (Warner Bros.) and there was a 14-10 improvement for “When The Bassline Drops” (Jem/Speakerbox) by Craig David & Big Narstie. It’s U.K. soul long-stayer David’s first time in the top 10 since “Hot Stuff (Let’s Dance)” reached No. 7 in 2007; he reached No. 1 twice in 2000, with “Fill Me In” and “7 Days.”

After three weeks atop the album chart, Bowie’s Blackstar (ISO/Columbia/Sony) relinquishes pole position to his Parlophone/Warner Music compilation Best of Bowie. That collection rises 3-1, having first appeared in November 2002 at No. 11, its longtime peak until its new top 10 debut at No. 3 two weeks ago. The last time an artist succeeded themselves at No. 1 was also a posthumous occasion, when Michael Jackson’s The Essential replaced his Number Ones after his death in 2009.

With Blackstar at No. 2, it’s also the first time that an artist has held the top two spots on the artist chart since Adele did so in May 2011, with 21 and 19. The new top three is completed by Sia, whose This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA/Sony) had led the way in early-week sales flashes, but debuts at No. 3.

Adele’s 25 (XL Recordings) fell 2-4, and Bieber’s Purpose 4-5, while there was a No. 6 debut for Charlie Puth’s Nine Track Mind (Atlantic/Warner Music). After its free-to-download launch, conventional sales of Rihanna’s Anti gave it a No. 7 debut.