5 random chart facts of the week that might surprise you

Liam's big debut, a delve into Rita's archive and Selena brings liars back to the chart…

The Official Chart is full of quirks and surprises. Every week we pick out some of our favourite highlights – here are five to kick off your weekend. 

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Highest climber this week is Jonas Blue with Mama, which features William Singe. Mama rockets 10 places to Number 12, and is Jonas's fourth Top 20 hit. He's reached Number 2 twice in 2016, with Perfect Strangers and Fast Car – can he go all the way with this one?

2

Highest new entry this week comes from Liam Payne, who is the fifth and final former member of One Direction – OK OK four of them are "on hiatus" – to release solo material. ALL of the guys went Top 10 with their debut solo releases, with Zayn and harry going straight in at Number 1. Liam's Strip That Down is in at 3. With Harry's Sign Of The Times at 10, this puts two 1D bandmates together in the same Top 10 for the first time since History's last week in the Top 10 in February 2016. Interestingly, Zayn's debut solo hit Pillowtalk was Number 2 that week. View the Top 100 singles that week.

 

MORE: How do One Direction's solo singles stack up? Official Charts compares their sales, streams and chart placings

3

Following the tragic events in Manchester this week, fans, friends and supporters have been finding comfort in Ariana Grande's music, with one song in particular seeing a resurgence. Ariana's One Last Time, which was originally released in 2015, has made a big re-entry on the chart, going straight back in to Number 11 from nowhere. This already beats its previous chart peak of 24 in June 2015. ❤️️

MORE: Ariana Grande's One More Time reaches a new chart peak

4

Selena Gomez returns to the Top 40 this week with Bad Liar, at 35. Now, you'd think the chart would have seen plenty of songs with "liar" in the title – breakup songs are pretty popular, after all – but we can confirm only TWO "liar" tracks have managed to blag their way into the Top 40. Anarchic, noisy Rollins Band took double-A side Liar/Disc to Number 27 in 1994, and then in 2007, the definitive song about dirty rotten cheats, Beyoncé and Shakira's Beautiful Liar, spent three weeks at Number 1. You gotta believe us! It's true!

 

5

Rita Ora's back! New single Your Song, with a little help from Ed Sheeran, is out this week, and we LOVE to have a route through our stats to see how an old song is performing, so we thought we take a look at one of Rita's classics. How about one of her Number 1s? How We Do (Party) hit the top in August 2012, has sold a total of 421,000 downloads and managed 5 million plays since we started counting, but how's it holding up five summers later? 46 of you have downloaded How We Do (Party) this week, while it's been played 41,280 times. And that's how we do How We Do (Party). (Don't forget the brackets (or parentheses to give them their other name).)

 

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Take a look at this week's full Official Singles Chart Top 100