Ed Sheeran returns to the top of the chart for a 2nd time with his song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ this week. It is already a record breaker in that no other song has ever entered the top 40 before and taken 19 weeks to get to Number 1 a feat it achieved on November 6th and now a full 5 weeks later it goes back to the top. It was the 3rd single released from his 2nd studio Album ‘X’ which is also the biggest selling Album of this year so far.
In total there are 4 new entries this week with the highest being at Number 2 for Union J with ‘You Got It All’. Union J were originally a trio consisting of Josh Cuthbert ,Jaymi Hensley and JJ Hamblett who auditioned for X Factor in 2012, George Shelley also auditioned as a solo artist but was persuaded to join the group, together they went on to finish 4th in that years competition. This current hit is their highest chart placing to date they have had 3 previous top 10 singles.
The other song to enter the top 10 is at Number 7 for Blonde featuring Melissa Steel with ‘I Loved You’. Blonde is a British duo who are tasting chart success for the first time, Bradford born Melissa Steel has now appeared on the top 40 4 times this year as lead artist, on her Number 10 hit ‘Kisses For Breakfast’ and as featured artist on the Kove song ‘Way We Are’ (Number 30) and the Krishane song ‘Drunk And Incapable (Number 27).
New in at Number 16 is Ella Henderson with the 3rd hit from her debut Album ‘Chapter One’, the song is called ‘Yours’, the previous 2 songs ‘Ghost’ and ‘Glow’ peaked at Number 1 and Number 7 respectively. Henderson was born Gabriella Michelle Ella Henderson on 12th January 1996 and finished 6th on the 9th series of X factor in 2012.
Ed Sheerans chart dominance looks set to continue, not only has he this week’s Number 1 single he also is at Number 30 with ‘Don’t’ which is now in its 24th charting week and he also has this week’s final new entry which is at Number 38 with the song ‘Make It Rain’. The track has been specially recorded to feature in the 7th and final series of the American television drama ‘Sons of Anarchy’.
Also this week there are 3 re-entries which all keep popping up at this time of year. Back with us at Number 17 is Mariah Carey with ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’, it was originally the Xmas Number 2 single of 1994 beaten to the top spot by East 17 with ‘Stay Another Day’. The song has gone on to be Mariah Careys most successful single selling to date in excess of 14 million copies worldwide, this is the 10th different year it has now charted. One place lower at Number 18 we welcome back another old friend in the form of The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl with ‘Fairytale of New York’, the song was the Xmas Number 2 single of 1987 beaten to the top that year by the Pet Shop Boys with their version of ‘Always on My Mind’. The Pogues return Fairytale to the chart for the 11th time, it is the most played xmas song of the 21st century. The xmas hatrick is completed by Wham new in at Number 39 with ‘Last Christmas’, this song was the xmas Number 2 of 1984 beaten to the top spot that year by the original Band Aid song ‘Do They Know Its Christmas’ which George Michael also appeared on. The song ‘Last Christmas’ was a double a side in its original format with ‘Everything She Wants’ on the flip side, it is the biggest selling UK single to have never got to Number 1.
As always enjoy the music.