Ed Sheeran and Beyonce's 'Perfect' Is Surging On Midweek U.K. Charthttps://www.billboard.com/articles/colu ... k-uk-chart
12/5/2017 by Lars Brandle
Ed Sheeran’s year-long domination of the U.K. charts isn’t over just yet. The British singer and songwriter’s duet with Beyonce, “Perfect,” is on track to do as its title suggests as it takes the lead on the Official Singles Chart Update.
The original version of "Perfect," which featured only an acoustic guitar, entered the chart at No. 4 back in March but it's surging after Sheeran released the song as an official single, this time as a collaboration with Beyonce.
If "Perfect" hangs onto top spot when the tally is published this Friday, it’ll become Sheeran’s fourth U.K. chart leader after “Sing,” “Thinking Out Loud” and “Shape of You.”
Coming in at No. 2 on the midweek chart is Rita Ora's “Anywhere,” which has already logged three weeks in the runner-up position, while Camila Cabello's “Havana” dips to No. 3.
It’s the time of year for festive favorites to return to the upper tier of the sales chart and, like clockwork, some familiar tunes climb the midweek survey. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia) and Wham’s “Last Christmas” (RCA) snag Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, while Pogues featuring Kirsty Maccoll’s classic “Fairytale Of New York” (Warner Bros) is at No. 9, the Band Aid project’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (Mercury) returns at No. 16, Shakin’ Stevens’ “Merry Christmas Everyone” (RCA) reenters at No. 18 and Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” (EMI) hits No. 23.
On the midweek albums chart, U2 is out in front with Songs of Experience (Island), the veteran Irish rock band’s 14th studio set. Songs of Experience has a 7,000-unit lead over Sam Smith’s second-placed The Thrill Of It All (Capitol), according to the Official Charts Company. If Bono and Co. hold the advantage when the weekly chart is unveiled, it’ll be the band’s 11th No. 1.