Drake Leads Midweek U.K. Chart With 'God's Plan'https://www.billboard.com/articles/colu ... -gods-plan
2/20/2018 by Lars Brandle
Drake is on track for a seventh stint atop the U.K. singles chart with “God’s Plan” (Cash Money/Republic Records), while a slew of Brit Award-nominated artists enjoy sales bursts in the run-up to the annual industry gala.
Following the release of its official video, “God’s Plan” holds at No. 1 on the Official Chart Update with a lead of 2,000 combined units over Rudimental’s second-placed track “These Days” (Asylum), featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen, according to the Official Charts Company.
Meanwhile, Portugal. The Man's “Feel It Still” (Atlantic) improves 6-3 in its 27th week on the survey, Dua Lipa’s “IDGAF” (Warner Bros) is up 6-4 and “This Is Me” (Atlantic) by Keala Settle and the Greatest Showman Ensemble, tumbles 3-5. Also making a move on the midweek chart is Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All The Stars” (Interscope) from Black Panther: The Album, up 11-8, as Camila Cabello's “Never Be The Same” (Epic/Syco) leaps 14-9 after she performed the song on Dancing On Ice.
On the midweek albums survey, there’s evidence music fans are swotting for next week’s Brit Awards. Dua Lipa, who is nominated for five trophies, including album of the year, sees her self-titled Warner Bros. debut rise 11-4 while three-time nominee Ed Sheeran is up 5-2 with Divide (Asylum) and another artist with a hattrick of nods, Rag'n'Bone Man, sees his debut Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia) improve 12-9. Brit Award nominated artists Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Liam Gallagher, Stormzy and Foo Fighters all see album sales spikes. The 2018 Brit Awards will be held Wednesday (Feb. 21) at London’s O2 Arena.
Leading the way on the midweek U.K. albums chart is The Greatest Showman (Atlantic) soundtrack, which is aiming for a seventh frame at No. 1. Two new sets are poised to enter the top 10, British rock band Temperance Movement’s A Deeper Cut (Earache) at No. 3 and veteran Scottish alternative rock act Belle & Sebastian’s trilogy-completing How To Solve Our Human Problems - PT 1-3 (Matador) at No. 6.