It’s a sixth consecutive week at Number 1 for Taylor Swift’s Anti-Hero.
Clocking up just short of 4.9 million streams, Midnights album favourite Anti-Hero continues its reign at the top despite competition from Meghan Trainor’s Made You Look, up one to a new peak at Number 2, and messy in heaven by venbee, goddard. and ArrDee, up two to Number 3.
Also landing a new peak this week are Anne-Marie & Aitch with PSYCHO (5), as the collab climbs into the Top 5 for the first time.
Newly-independent artist RAYE rockets 25 places to Number 6 with new single Escapism. ft. 070 Shake, marking her first ever Top 10 single as a lead artist, and third in total. Previously she reached the Top 10 with 2016 Jax Jones feature You Don’t Know Me (Number 3), 2020’s Secrets with Regard (6) and Bed with Joel Corry and David Guetta (3).
Speaking exclusively to OfficialCharts.com, RAYE said: “It’s nuts, it’s very cool. It’s been 10 years since I dropped my first song, and I now have my first Top 10 record as a solo artist. It takes time, it takes persistence and there’s no predicting what can happen. It’s a bloody great feeling. I’m like ‘wait, I’m independent and I’m having commercial success?’ I’m still processing it.” Read our exclusive interview with RAYE here.
Festive regulars from Mariah Carey and Wham enter the Top 10, with All I Want For Christmas Is You (8) leaping 10, and Last Christmas (9) up 14 places respectively, leading a total of 11 Christmas favourites in this week’s Top 40; more on that below.
Just outside the Top 10, Stormzy sees Firebabe up 15 places to Number 11 following the release of his third album This Is What I Mean, plus the album’s title track debuts at Number 32, becoming his 28th Top 40 single.
Ascending five places this week is Joel Corry & Tom Grennan with Lionheart (Fearless) (22), in part enjoying a boost thanks to a new ‘Come On England’ version released to mark the World Cup.
Finally, this week’s chart sees an influx of Christmas songs as the British public chuck on their seasonal playlists.
Outside the Top 10, these are: Merry Christmas – Ed Sheeran & Elton John (15), Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee (18), It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Buble (20), Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens (26), Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande (28), Fairytale of New York – The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl (30), Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson (31), Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid (34), and Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms (36).