• Singles: Niall fails to cracks top 10 on debut, DJ Khaled keeps top spot
• Albums: Ed Sheeran returns to #1, Nick Cave Best Of debuts in top 10
We are 20 chart weeks into the year and there have only been four different acts topping the chart this year.
DJ Khaled continues his occupation at the top of the chart with “I’m The One” holding on for a second consecutive week.
The big mover this week was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with “Despacito” zooming from #10 to #2 on its fourth week on the chart.
The action near the top of the chart means Ed Sheeran has fallen out of the top two for the first time in 17 weeks. His “Galway Girl” actually moves up a spot from #4 to #3 while “Shape Of You” is really venturing into unknown territory, pegged at #4, its lowest ever chart spot after a remarkable run of 18 weeks in the top 10.
Just two tunes managed to debut inside the top 50 this week:
#11 Niall Horan with “Slow Hands”
#37 Jonas Blue with “Mama” featuring William Singe
Topping the albums chart has been an exclusive club so far this year too thanks to Ed Sheeran. He returns to #1 this week for the ninth time in his 10 weeks on the chart. “Divide” is leading the chart again after last week’s champs Bliss N Eso have slipped back to #4 in “Off The Grid’s” second week of release. Sheeran again has two albums in the top 10 after “X” edged higher from #12 to #10 in its 151st week charting.
In a very busy week with 12 albums crashing into the top 50 on debut, Nick Cave was the big winner with “Lovely Creatures – The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (1984-2014)” new at #8. There are tracks from the 15 albums released in that period, beginning with 1984’s “From Her To Eternity”, through to “Push The Sky Away” (which ranked #1 in February 2013).
Brace yourself – here is the list of other new chart debuts this week:
#15 At The Drive-In with “in•ter a•li•a” Five years on from reuniting, the American post-hardcore band release their fourth album.
#17 San Cisco with “The Water” Fremantle quartet return with their third album two years after “Gracetown” peaked at #2 March 2015.
#20 Chris Stapleton with “From A Room: Volume 1” American country singer-songwriter releases his second studio album.
#21 Kasabian with “For Crying Out Loud”
#22 Asgeir with “Afterglow”
#23 Mac DeMarco with “This Old Dog”
#25 Logic with “Everybody”
#29 Blondie with “Pollinator”
#33 Pond with “The Weather”
#35 Motionless In White with “Graveyard Shift”
#37 Diana Krall with “Turn Up The Quiet”