British electronica trio Years & Years have ended Ellie Goulding’s four week reign at the top spot with their new single King. The group have rocketed into the social sphere since their talents were acknowledged by the BBC, who awarded them the BBC Sound of 2015 award back in January. The act broke into the mainstream music realm with their previous single, Desire, which reached number 22 when it was released in November 2014.
Falling to number 2 is Ellie’s Love Me Like You Do, which is taken from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. It’s not all bad news for the star though, as the song remained the most streamed track of the week with 2.15 million streams. Rihanna’s FourFiveSeconds, a collaborative track with Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney, climbs two places to number 3, whilst Hozier’s Take Me to Church falls two places to number 4. Completing the top 5 is R&B singer The Weeknd, whose track Earned It falls just the one place to number 5.
The highest new entry in last week’s chart come in the form of dance song When the Beat Drops Out by Marlon Roudette at number 7. The song achieved success throughout Europe and has now given the DJ his first top 10 hit in his native country. Another dance single to enter last week’s chart was Make Me Feel Better by Alex Adair at number 13. The song serves as the breakthrough hit for the British producer, who previously provided remixes for artists such as Ella Henderson and Ed Sheeran. The final new entry comes from Kanye West with the single All Day at 18. The rapper gave a controversial performance of the song at this years Brit Awards, and it became his 22nd top 20 hit. Taylor Swift’s Style continued its ascent up the chart by climbing six places to number 22, and Imagine Dragons’ Demons re-entered the chart at number 33 thanks to a performance of the song on a recent episode of The Voice.
On the albums front, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds earned their second number 1 album with Chasing Yesterday. The album became the fastest selling album of the year so far as it racked up nearly 89,000 sales, though it failed to claim the top spot on the streaming chart, which was taken by chart topper Ed Sheeran. Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour spends its 41st consecutive week in the top 10 as it falls one place to number 2, whilst Ed’s X also falls one place to number 3. George Ezra is a non-mover at 4 with Wanted On Voyage and rock group Royal Blood fall two places to 5 with their self titled album.
New entries in the album chart came in the form of Kelly Clarkson’s Piece By Piece and The Overtones’ Sweet Soul Music. Piece By Piece gave Kelly her fifth top 10 album here in the UK, whilst Sweet Soul Music became the five-piece harmony’s fourth consecutive top 10 album. UK country duo The Shires land at number 10 with their debut album Brave, meaning that the group made chart history by becoming the first British country act to get a top 10 album. English rocker Steven Wilson acquired his highest charting album as Hand. Cannot. Erase. lands at number 13 and Carole King’s A Beautiful Collection makes it chart debut at 32.
The Official Singles Chart is presented every Sunday from 4pm-7pm on BBC Radio 1.