One Direction make a glorious return to the Official Singles Chart today as Drag Me Down not only enters straight in at Number 1, but sets a new streaming record.
The group’s first single as a quartet, following the departure of Zayn Malik in March, debuts at the top of this week’s tally and earns the highest first-week streams for a single ever in the UK, racking up 2.03 million plays in its opening week across chart-reporting streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and more.
Drag Me Down is One Direction’s fourth Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart; following What Makes You Beautiful (2011), Little Things (2012) and One Way Or Another (2013).
Meanwhile, Calvin Harris and Disciples’ How Deep Is Your Love reaches a new peak on this week’s tally, leaping 6 to 2, and last week’s Number 1 Black Magic by Little Mix is at 3.
Rounding off the Top 5 are Lost Frequencies’ Are You With Me (4) and Years & Years’ Shine (5).
New entries and high climbers
The Weeknd earns his second Top 10 today with Can’t Feel My Face, which jumps from 17 to 8, and Disclosure’s Omen ft Sam Smith zooms 29 to 13.
This week’s biggest climber goes to producer Joe Stone, who vaults 172 places to Number 17 with his house re-working of Montell Jordan’s This Is House We Do It. Jordan’s original peaked at Number 11 in 1995.
Rapper Silento enters this week’s Top 40 at 19 with his viral hit Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), YouTube star Joe Weller debuts at 28 with Wanna Do ft Emil, and Shaggy scores his first UK Top 40 hit in 13 years today with I Need Your Love, climbing nine places to Number 36.
Finally, following her death last Sunday, Cilla Black’s former Number 1 Anyone Who Had A Heart re-enters the tally at Number 41, giving the track its highest chart placing in 51 years.