Taylor vs Rihanna vs Sam & Kim: It's a three-way battle for the UK's Number 1 single
It’s a three-way battle for dominance on the Official Singles Chart this week.
Rihanna’s big comeback track Lift Me Up (taken from the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever original soundtrack) is in an incredibly close race with Taylor Swift’s current chart-topper Anti-Hero and Sam Smith & Kim Petras’ former chart-topper Unholy for Number 1.
With less than 300 chart sales separating the top three with four days of tracking left, it’s still all to play for. Unholy (3) previously reigned at Number 1 for a full month, while Lift Me Up (2) represents Rihanna’s first new material in six years.
Her last Number 1 came in 2017 with Wild Thoughts, alongside DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller. If Life Me Up does ascend, it would be Rihanna's 10th to top the Official Singles Chart. The tender hymf-inflected ballad is expected to be the first of two new tracks from the Wakanda Forever OST, with more new music set to follow Ri's upcoming Super Bowl headline half-time show early next year.
But don’t count Tay out just yet - after an incredible record-breaking Official Chart Double with Midnights last week, Anti-Hero (1) will be a hard act to beat.
Three tracks could hit new peaks inside the UK Top 10 this week; Oliver Tree and Robin Schulz’s unstoppable Miss You (5), Stormzy’s Hide & Seek (6) and a possible first Top 10 hit Venbee & Goddard with Messy In Heaven (10).
After years of hype, SZA’s Shirt is finally here, tracking to debut at Number 15 midweek.
Meghan Trainor and her doo-wop bop Made You Look is the biggest gainer on today’s Official Chart First Look, currently up ten to Number 18.
The Official Singles Chart Top 100 is revealed on OfficialCharts.com every Friday at 5.45pm. Follow the Top 40 countdown live on BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart show with Jack Saunders.
Official Chart First Look Top 20 - October 30, 2022
|NEW||2||LIFT ME UP||RIHANNA|
|2||3||UNHOLY||SAM SMITH & KIM PETRAS|
|6||4||FORGET ME||LEWIS CAPALDI|
|8||5||MISS YOU||OLIVER TREE & ROBIN SCHULZ|
|7||6||HIDE & SEEK||STORMZY|
|3||7||LAVENDER HAZE||TAYLOR SWIFT|
|10||8||PSYCHO||ANNE-MARIE & AITCH|
|14||10||MESSY IN HEAVEN||VENBEE & GODDARD|
|9||11||I AIN'T WORRIED||ONEREPUBLIC|
|12||12||UNDER THE INFLUENCE||CHRIS BROWN|
|4||13||SNOW ON THE BEACH||TAYLOR SWIFT FT LANA DEL REY|
|5||14||I'M GOOD (BLUE)||DAVID GUETTA & BEBE REXHA|
|15||16||BIG CITY LIFE||LUUDE & MATTAFIX|
|13||17||BAD HABIT||STEVE LACY|
|28||18||MADE YOU LOOK||MEGHAN TRAINOR|
|16||20||ANOTHER LOVE||TOM ODELL|
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