Ed Sheeran Closes In on Another U.K. Chart Doublehttps://www.billboard.com/articles/colu ... art-double
1/9/2018 by Lars Brandle
Ed Sheeran is on track for the U.K. chart double once more as Divide (Asylum) and “Perfect” rule the respective albums and singles surveys at the midweek stage.
Since Divide dropped in March 2016, the British artist has managed the double on nine occasions, more weeks than any other artist this decade, according to the Official Charts Company. He could extend that feat to double figures when the charts are published this Friday, and there’s a good chance he’ll set another record.
In second place on the Official Chart Update is “River” (Interscope), Sheeran’s collaboration with Eminem which sets up the Brit for another milestone. Currently, Sheeran is tied with Justin Bieber as the artist with the most weeks concurrently spent at Nos 1 and 2, at 13 non-consecutive cycles, the OCC notes.
Elsewhere, Rita Ora’s “Anywhere” (Atlantic) climbs 4-3, while “For You,” her collab with Liam Payne from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, is on target for the highest new entry at No. 4 while Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels’ “I Miss You” improves 7-5.
Also on the midweek chart, Bruno Mars’ latest single “Finesse” (Atlantic) makes a strong start at No. 9 thanks to the release of a new remix featuring Cardi B; homegrown R&B star Craig David’s “I Know You” (Speakerbox) recording with Bastille lifts 17-11; and Justin Timberlake’s comeback track “Filthy” (RCA) opens at No. 13, just one place above Jax Jones’ “Breath” (Polydor) featuring Ina Wroldsen.
The biggest threat to Sheeran’s albums chart crown comes from The Greatest Showman (Atlantic) soundtrack, which rises 4-2 on the Official Chart Update and is just 800 combined sales behind Divide, according to the OCC.