Ed Sheeran scores the rare Official Chart double this week, as Perfect notches up a second week at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart, while its parent album ÷ reclaims the top spot.
A week before 2017’s Official Christmas Chart, Ed’s Perfect is in pole position, propelled to the summit last week thanks in part a new mix featuring Beyoncé. Another new version featuring classical singer Andrea Bocelli has been released today (Dec 15). Check out this year's Official Christmas Number 1 contenders here. To be the first to find out who's leading this year's Christmas Number 1 race, sign up for the Official Charts Newsletter and opt in to Breaking News bulletins.
Meanwhile, Ed’s latest album ÷ returns to the top spot for an 18th non-consecutive week at Number 1, dethroning Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All, which slips to 2.
It’s the third time Ed has managed the Official Chart double this year, when ÷ and Shape Of You were both at Number 1 for individual weeks in March and April.
Making up the remainder of this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 5 are P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma (3), Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s Together Again (4) and Rag’n’Bone Man’s Human, which climbs eight places to return to the Top 10 at 5.
New entries and high climbers
Michael Buble’s Christmas album lifts two spots this week to return to the Top 10 at 10. The festive collection spent three non-consecutive weeks at the top on its release in 2011, and has returned to the Top 10 every year since. It’s also this week’s most streamed album, with 7,500 of its sales coming from streams. Check out the biggest selling Christmas albums this century here.
Further down, three albums return to the Top 40: The Killers’ latest set Wonderful Wonderful jumps nine places to 34, Niall Horan’s debut Flicker moves from 41 to 39, and former Keane frontman Tom Chaplin sees his yuletide collection, Twelve Tales Of Christmas, leap 12 places to Number 40.
Look back at every Number 1 single on the Official Chart in 2017 so far below: