Wiz Khalifa has scored his first number 1 single as a lead artist and his second in total, after reaching number 1 as a featured artist on Maroon 5’s payphone. The track, See You Again, is taken from the Fast and Furious 7 soundtrack and serves as a tribute to actor Paul Walker who died in a car crash in November 2013. The song is the fastest selling single of the year so far with 193,000 sales, as well as breaking the record for most streams in a single week (3.68 million). The song surged 21 places to reach the top spot.
Despite being denied the top spot, Jamaican reggae singer Omi still has cause for celebration as his single Cheerleader climbs a massive 25 places to number 2 in the chart, thanks to the digital release of the song. The track has attained massive success across Europe thanks to the Felix Jaehn remix and was rush released here in the UK. Falling 2 places to number 3 is Jess Glynne’s Hold My Hand, meaning that her 3 week reign at number 1 has come to an end. New in at 4 is Spanish DJ Dr Kucho! and Gregor Salto’s Can’t Stop Playing and completing the top 5 and falling just 2 places is Years and Years’ King.
UK Grime artist Lethal Bizzle narrowly missed the top 10 with his latest single Fester Skank, which entered the chart at number 11 and thus became his joint highest charting single along with 2014’s Rari Work Out. Australian rapper Iggy Azalea scored her 7th top 40 hit last week as Trouble landed at number 21. The track features American singer Jennifer Hudson and is the second single to be released from her re-packaged album Reclassified. The final new entry comes from Irish band Kodaline, whose single The One lands at number 27. The song was the second song to be released from the album Coming Up for Air which reached number 4 in February. The accolade for highest climber last week went to both Meghan Trainor’s Dear Future Husband and Major Lazer’s Lean On as they both rose 11 places, reaching number 29 and 13 respectively.
American singer-songwriter Paul Simon claimed his first number 1 album in 25 years with The Ultimate Collection last week. The singer is best known for being a member of folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, and in his 43 years as a solo artist he’s had 15 solo top 40 albums.
James Bay, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith all hold their positions as their albums Chaos and the Calm, X and In the Lonely Hour remain at 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Liverpudlian indie-rock band The Wombats claim their second top 5 album as Glitterbug enters the chart at number 5. US rock band Halestorm enter the chart at 10 with Into the Wildlife and as a result score their first top 10 album in the UK, and American singer Shawn Mendes lands at 12 with his debut album Handwritten.
American rapper Tyler, the Creator earned his second top 20 album as Cherry Bomb enters at 16 and X Factor winner Shayne Ward lands at 17 with Closer. British alternative indie-folk band Stornoway make an appearance at 20 with Bonxie and Irish folk band Villagers’ Darling Arithmetic débuts at 27. Beth Hart, a singer from LA, lands at 33 with Better Than Home and Scottish legend Lulu is at 35 with Making Life Rhyme, her first album in 10 years. Finally, Arizona based indie rock band Calexico make their top 40 debut as Edge of the Sun lands at 37 and American alternative rock band Eels are at 40 with their live album Royal Albert Hall.
The Official Singles Chart is presented every Sunday from 4pm-7pm on BBC Radio 1.