Slowly but surely he’s done it. Ed Sheeran has made his way to the top of the Official Singles Chart with his latest release ‘Thinking Out Loud’ claiming the longest ascent in chart history.
Over on the Official Albums Chart, unsurprisingly, Taylor Swift’s latest album ‘1989’ has gone straight to the top of the charts to become the fastest selling female album of the year so far.
First up with the Official Singles Chart and the Official Charts Company are tonight reporting that after spending 19 weeks in the UK Top 40 ‘Thinking Out Loud’ has climbed to the top giving Ed Sheeran his second Number (1) in six months – following ‘Sing’ back in June.
The hitmaker told OfficialCharts.com: “I’m not used to having Number 1 singles and this is my favourite song on the album, my favourite song I’ve written, so I’m really proud it’s getting this recognition.”
‘Thinking Out Loud’ has now sold over 356,000 copies – 89,000 of those coming from this week alone and the track has been streamed nearly 14,000,000 times to date – 1.6 million times in the last seven days according to the Official Charts Company.
Elsewhere in the Top 5, Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’ is at Number (2), ‘Shake It Off’ from Taylor Swift is at Number (3), ‘Bang Bang’ from Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj is at Number (4) while ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ from Jeremith Ft YG is at Number (5).
New entries on the chart this week include German producer Parra for Cuva with a reworking of 1990 hit from Chris Isaak ‘Wicked Game’ which now features Anna Naklab and is at Number (6), while Calvin Harris is new at Number (23) with ‘Open Wide’ featuring Big Sean.
Following their performance last week on the X Factor, OneRepublic’s ‘I Lived’ is at Number (29) while ‘Love Runs Out’ re-enters the chart at Number (38). ‘Let It Go’ by Idina Menzel climbs 18 places to Number (36) following X Factor contestant Lauren Platt’s performance last weekend.
Over on the Official Albums Chart it’s all about Taylor Swift as her latest release ‘1989’ soars to the top of the charts after selling an impressive 90,000 copies in the last seven days to become the fastest-selling album of the year by a female artist overtaking Sam Bailey.
In second place to Taylor is close pal Ed Sheeran with ‘X’ which is at Number (2) while Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ is at Number (3). Ben Howard is at Number (4) with ‘I Forget Where We Were’, while George Ezra’s ‘Wanted On Voyage’ is at Number (5).
There are five other new entries this week in addition to Taylor Swift including Annie Lennox with ‘Nostalgia’ which is at Number (6) while Mallory Knox are at Number (16) with ‘Asymmtery’. At Number (17) are Black Veil Brides with their self titled EP.
As for Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens his 14th album ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’ enters at Number (22) and this year’s Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers are at Number (35) with ‘Dead’ – seeing a 4000% sales uplift this week alone.
Check out Taylor Swift in action below and make sure you check out the full top 100 of both charts right here – Singles // Albums and let us know what you think about the charts. Are the two number ones deserving of that place at the top?