Ed Sheeran beats Take That as ÷ claims a fourth week at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart
Despite huge first-week sales, Take That couldn’t topple Ed Sheeran’s ÷ from the Number 1 spot. The trio score this week’s highest new entry on the Official Albums Chart at 2, notching up 113,200 across physical, download and streaming equivalent sales.
It means Ed claims the Official Chart double for a fourth week, as Shape Of You logs a mammoth 12th week at the summit.
James Blunt scores his fifth Official Albums Chart Top 10 with The Afterlove, new at 6, while Scottish alt-rockers The Jesus and Mary Chain return to the Top 40 for the first time in over two decades with Damage And Joy at 16, and Southampton punk band Creeper are a new entry at 18 with Eternity In Your Arms.
Take That’s 2005 retrospective of nineties hits – Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection – rockets 67 places to Number 25 following the band’s appearance on ITV’s Saturday Night Takeaway last week; Steel Panther score their third Top 40 album with Lower The Bar, new at 26; and Michael Bublé’s Nobody But Me also zooms up the chart, climbing 41 slots to land at 27.
Singer-songwriter Steve Hackett lands a ninth Top 40 album with The Night Siren, new at 28, Phil Collins’ hits retrospective The Singles bounds 39 places to 35, while Trey Songz is new at 40 with Tremaine – The Album.
Ed’s grip on the Top 3 has loosened, with Galway Girl at 2 and Drake’s Passionfruit climbing a place to Number 3. Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson’s Symphony lifts two places to 4, and Ed’s Castle On The Hill completes the Top 5.
Meanwhile, Kygo and Selena Gomez’s It Ain’t Me rebounds 12 spots to 7, Issues by Julia Michaels edges closer to the Top 10 at 13, up 15 places, and Bruno Mars’ That’s What I Like moves ten rungs to 16.
Zayn scores this week’s highest new entry with Still Got Time ft. Partynextdoor, entering at 24, Lorde’s Green Light shifts 14 places to 26, and Rag’n’Bone Man’s Skin re-enters the Top 40 at 30 following the unveiling of its accompanying music video this week.
Click through every Official Number 1 album of 2017 so far below: