In what was the closest race to number 1 of the year so far, English singer-songwriter Jess Glynne has now spent three weeks at number 1 with her single Hold My Hand. The song became Jess’ third number 1 single in total, following the singles Rather Be with Clean Bandit and My Love with DJ Route 94 which were released last year. Jess is currently working on her debut album which is due out later this year.
Disney star Nick Jonas achieved the highest new entry last week as his single Jealous reached number 2. Nick was previously a member of The Jonas Brothers before leaving the group in 2010 to pursue a solo career. Jealous became the singers highest charting song to date here in the UK and his first ever top ten hit. Electronic trio Years and Years climbed one place to number 3 last week following a performance on last weeks Graham Norton Show and James Bay’s Hold Back the River falls one place to 4. Completing the top five is Bloodstream by Ed Sheeran, which became his tenth top hit last week.
The Voice UK winner Stevie McCrorie was on track to debut at number 1 in the midweeks but only managed to reach number 6 on Sunday with his winning track Lost Stars. Despite not reaching the top spot Stevie still managed to become the highest charting winner from The Voice UK, beating Andrea Begley’s My Immortal which reached number 30 in 2013. Further down the chart Dutch dance duo Pep & Rash score their first top twenty hit with Rumors at 17 and Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again lands at 22. The song is taken from the Fast and Furious 7 soundtrack and entered the chart based on streaming sales alone. The final new entry came from American singer Meghan Trainor whose song Dear Future Husband enters the chart at number 40. Notable climbers last week came in the form of Omi’s Cheerleader, a global smash hit that climbed 37-27 due to strong streaming sales, and Major Lazer’s Lean On which rose fourteen places to 24.
US pop-punk band All Time Low earn their first ever number 1 album with Future Hearts, though with sales of less than 20,000 it is the lowest selling number 1 album of the year so far. The band have been together for ten years and have released six studio albums.
Only missing the top spot by a mere 278, James Bay’s Chaos and the Calm holds firm at number 2. The album is the third album released this year to be certified Gold status (sales of 100,000) after Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ Chasing Yesterday and Meghan Trainor’s Title. Ed Sheeran’s X and Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour swap places to 3 and 4 respectively and last week’s number 1 album, The Prodigy’s The Day is My Enemy, falls to number 5.
There were only two other new entries in last week’s album chart; alternative-rock group Drenge at 14 with Undertow and Brian Wilson, from Beach Boys fame, at 25 with No Pier Pressure. The Script’s latest album No Sound Without Silence re-enters the chart at 23 thanks to a performance on The Voice UK final and Ellie Goulding’s Halycon re-surfaces at 34 thanks to a price cut.
The Official Singles Chart is presented every Sunday from 4pm-7pm on BBC Radio 1.