Sam’s collaboration with John Legend, Lay Me Down, debuts at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart with a combined chart sales figure of over 105,000.
The Comic Relief track becomes Sam’s fourth Number 1 in less than two years following La La La with Naughty Boy, Money On My Mind and Stay With Me, and marks John Legend’s first UK chart-topper. Proceeds from the track have contributed towards the £78,082,988 raised by Comic Relief so far this year.
While Lay Me Down is the most physically purchased and most downloaded track of the week, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s FourFiveSeconds takes the title of the most streamed, racking up 2.12m listens over the last seven days.
11 other tracks have been streamed over 1 million times in the last week; Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do (1.99m), Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk FT Bruno Mars (1.69m), Hozier’s Take Me To Church (1.67m), Years & Years’ King (1.64m), The Weeknd’s Earned It (1.50m), Maroon 5’s Sugar (1.44m), James Bay’s Hold Back The River (1.34m) Chris Brown & Tyga’s Ayo (1.29m), Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud (1.27m), Sia’s Elastic Heart (1.08m) and Avicii’s The Nights (1.02m).
Over on the Official Albums Chart, Sam’s debut LP In The Lonely Hour returns to top spot for an eighth week, making it the first album by a male solo artist to achieve six different spells at Number 1 in Official Chart history. Only three other artist albums have ever beaten the tally; Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water (8), Adele’s 21 (7) and Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events (7).
In The Lonely Hour - which was streamed more than 3600 times this week - finishes over 12,000 chart sales ahead of midweek leader Madonna, who scores this week’s highest new entry with Rebel Heart (2).
Official Singles Chart new entries
Flo Rida’s GDFR FT Sage The Gemini and Lookas lands at Number 3 today, scoring the rapper his 13th Top 10 single, while collaboration with Juicy J, I Don’t Mind (8) earns Usher his 19th.
Mumford & Sons are at 20 with Believe - the lead single from the band’s newly-announced third studio album Wilder Mind. Elsewhere, Calvin Harris’ Pray To God FT Haim makes its Top 40 debut at 35.
Finally, Clean Bandit’s Rather Be FT Jess Glynne (39) and John Legend’s All Of Me (40) climb six and three places respectively to re-enter the Top 40 today.
Official Albums Chart new entries and high climbers
Former X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson scores a third UK Top 10 album today with Billie Holiday covers record Lady Sings The Blues (7), while Blue score their sixth Top 20 with Colours (13).
Bryan Ferry’s Avonmore re-enters the Top 40 at 28, trailed by Clean Bandit’s New Eyes, back in at 30. This week’s highest climber, George Benson’s The Ultimate Collection ascends 17 places to 37, while Spandau Ballet’s The Story – The Very Best Of is up four places to 40.
Other high climbers include Madonna’s Celebration, up 11 places to 27, and Ella Henderson’s Chapter One, up 10 places to 12.