English pop star Ellie Goulding has managed to remain at number 1 for a second week with her latest single Love Me Like You Do, with combined sales of 118,000 (that includes digital sales plus streaming figures).
Hozier’s Take Me To Church spends its 7th consecutive week in the top 10, climbing one place to number 2, and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk falls just one place to number 3. It was announced during Sunday’s chart show that the song had broken the million sales barrier a few days ago, meaning it is the 158th song to reach this feat since the charts began over 60 years ago. At number 4 is a new entry for DJ Fresh and Ella Eyre, Gravity, giving the producer his 7th top 10 hit. Completing the top 5 is last week’s number 4; FourFiveSeconds, the lead track for Rihanna’s forthcoming album and features both Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney.
Other new entries in the top 10 consist of Ayo by Chris Brown and American rapper Tyga at 6 and Doing It by the English singers Charli XCX and Rita Ora. The song is the third single to be taken from Charli’s upcoming album, Sucker, which is out Monday 16th February. Further down the chart, Ne-yo enters at number 14 with his comeback single Coming With You and Dutch producer Bakermat scores his second top 30 hit as Teach Me lands at 22. Last week’s lowest new entry comes from Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons, as their comeback single I Bet My Life emerges at 27. The biggest climber of the week belongs to Earned It by The Weeknd, which climbs 18-10, making it his first top 10 hit.
On the albums chart, Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour rises 3 places to claim the number one spot for the 6th time since it was released back in May 2014. The climb is no doubt due to his recent winnings at the 2015 Grammy Awards, where he won 4 awards including Best Pop Vocal Album. Ed Sheeran’s X holds its place at number 2, whilst Drake’s latest album If You’re Reading This Its Too Late lands at number 3. The album was a surprise release on Friday 13th February, meaning it had only two days worth of sales before last week’s chart. Nevertheless, the album gave the Canadian his third top 10 album in the UK. Kodaline’s second album, Coming Up For Air, makes its debut at number 4, and George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage climbs one place to re-enter the top 5.
British Indie Rock band Peace enter the album chart at number 12 with Happy People, giving them their second top 20 album. Jack Savoretti, an English Italian acoustic singer, earns his first ever top 20 album with Written In Scars, which appears at number 13, and the American folk singer-songwriter Father John Misty grabs his first top 20 album as I Love You, Honeybear lands at 14. Representing a genre that is surprisingly rare in the British album chart, American Southern country/rock act Blackberry Smoke make an appearance at number 17 with their 4th album, Holding All the Roses. The album grants the act their first top 20 album here in the UK.
At the tail end of the chart, English folk group The Unthanks enter at 26 with Mount the Air, whilst the self-titled debut album from new band Black Rivers arrives at 35. The group consist of two thirds of the band Doves, who have taken a break from recording music. Finally, the 57 year old American singer Gretchen Peters claims her first top 40 album with Blackbirds at 39.
The Official Singles Chart is presented every Sunday from 4pm-7pm on BBC Radio 1.