Singer-songwriter Jess Glynne has managed to stay at number 1 with her latest single Hold My Hand. The song sold over 80,000 copies last week and was streamed 1.62 million times, and was only 5,000 copies ahead of the number 2 track.
Meanwhile, at number 2 on the official chart is Ed Sheeran’s Bloodstream, which rises twenty four places due to its reworking by drum and bass group Rudimental which was released last week. The song serves as Ed’s fourth consecutive top ten single from his album X. At number 3 and falling one place is James Bay’s Hold Back the River, whilst Years and Years’ King also falls the one place to number 4. Completing the top five is the ubiquitous hit Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson. The song has now spent seventeen weeks in the top ten and is the best selling single of 2015 so far.
The highest new entry in the chart comes from N-Dubz front man Dappy with Beautiful Me at 19. The track became Dappy’s fourth top twenty hit in the UK and his first since 2012. Olly Murs makes an appearance at 34 with Seasons, the latest cut from his album Never Been Better, and Jamaican reggae singer Omi enters at 37 with Cheerleader. Making its top forty debut is Major Lazor’s Lean On which features the vocals of Danish singer Mo and lands at number 38. The final new entry comes from Luke Friend, who was a finalist in 2013’s X Factor, with Hole In My Heart at 40. The highest climbers of the week was Sia’s Elastic Heart which shot up thirteen places to number 10 and Kygo’s Firestone which rockets seven places to reach a new peak at 15.
English electronic dance group The Prodigy earn their fifth consecutive number 1 album with The Day is My Enemy, which tops the chart six years after their previous number 1. The Fat of the Land, which was released in 1997, remains their best selling album, having been certified four times platinum.
Last week’s number 1 album, James Bay’s Chaos and the Calm, falls one place to number 2, whilst both Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour and Ed Sheeran’s X also fall just the one place to 3 and 4 respectively. Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear makes its top ten debut as it vaults nineteen places to number 5 after a performance on The Voice last month.
Other new entries include Carrie & Lowell by US singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens at 6, which in-turn becomes their first ever top ten album. Liverpudlian indie-rock band Circa Waves enter at number 10 with their debut album Young Chasers and Finnish metal band Nightwish’s Endless Forms Most Beautiful makes an appearance at 12. Hudson Taylor, who consist of Irish siblings Harry and Alfie, enter at 24 with their debut album Singing for Strangers and American alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie land at 28 with Kintsugi.
20 year old French producer Madeon breaks the chart at 30 with his debut album Adventure and British guitarist-songwriter Steve Hackett earns his eighth top forty album with Wolflight at 31. Finally, rap rock band Hollywood Undead land at 34 with Day of the Dead and Canadian rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress enters the chart at number 37.
The Official Singles Chart is presented every Sunday from 4pm-7pm on BBC Radio 1.