Miss Goulding remains at number 1 for a 4th consecutive week with Love Me Like You Do, which has now become her longest-running number 1 single. The song, which is taken from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, was also the most streamed track of last week with over 2.3 million streams.
For the first time this year the entire top 5 remains static, with Hozier at 2 with Take Me to Church, Mark Ronson at 3 with Uptown Funk, The Weeknd at 4 with Earned It and Rihanna’s FourFiveSeconds at 5. Fortunately the rest of the chart was more eventful, as there were a total of 6 new entries in last weeks chart, the highest of these being Kelly Clarkson’s comeback single Heartbeat Song at number 7. The song is her first top 10 hit since Stronger which was released in 2012, and gives the star her 9th top 10 hit. Sam Smith earns his 5th consecutive top 20 single as Lay Me Down enters at 15 following his performance at the 2015 Brit Awards. The track, which was originally released as a ‘buzz’ single for the album back in February 2013, is the 4th song by Sam to feature in last weeks chart. Ed Sheeran also has 4 songs in the chart as Bloodstream enters for the first time at 35, again thanks to a Brit Awards performance.
Swedish mega star duo Axwell & Ingrosso land at number 22 with Something New, whilst London dance group Disciples are new at 24 with They Don’t Know. Following an infamous performance at last weeks Brit Awards Madonna’s Living For Love enters at number 26 after just 4 days on sale, giving the singer her first top 30 hit since Celebration in 2009. Notable climbers come in the form of Taylor Swift’s Style, which climbs 8 places to number 28, and James Bay’s Hold Back the River which climbs 5 places to enter the top 10 at 8. James joined the likes of Sam Smith, Adele and Ellie Goulding by winning the Critics Choice Award at this years Brits, and as such expectations for his debut album are high. The biggest climber came from French DJ David Guetta as What I Did for Love soars 14 places to number 6. The track features the vocals of Emeli Sande and it became the 4th song to reach the top 10 from his album, Listen.
It’s fair to say that the Brit Awards have had a huge impact on album sales last week, as the entire top 5 consist of performers from the ceremony. Earning a 7th non-consecutive week at number 1 is Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour and hot on his heels is Ed Sheeran’s X. Sam becomes the first artist to achieve a number 1 album which includes streaming figures as well as physical sales, as streams now officially contribute towards album sales. Rising a massive 15 places, Royal Blood’s self titled album climbed to number 3, whilst George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage and Taylor Swift’s 1989 complete the top 5 at 4 and 5 respectively.
The highest new entry comes from Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti at 6. The album, which was originally released in 1975, serves as a remaster and includes previously unreleased songs. Chris Brown’s and Tyga’s collaborative album Fan of a Fan the Album enters at number 7 and London duo Public Service Broadcasting land at 11 with The Race for Space, becoming the band’s first top 20 album. Rock band Black Star Riders enter the chart at 13 with their second album The Killer Instinct and American Rapper Big Sean scores his highest charting album with Dark Sky Paradise at 23. Finally, German rock band Scorpions land at 31 with their 20th studio album, Return to Forever.
The Official Singles Chart is presented every Sunday from 4pm-7pm on BBC Radio 1.