Drake may have bumped Ed Sheeran out of first place on the Billboard 200 Chart with his hot new playlist, More Life, but the “Shape of You” singer is still holding the top spot on the UK Albums Chart with Divide. At midweek, however, the wildly popular British band Take That is closing the gap on Sheeran with its eighth studio album, Wonderland, which debuted at No. 2.
Per Billboard, Take That moved an impressive 96,000 units since its March 24 release. This really isn’t too much of a surprise, considering the band’s diehard fans have been craving new material and remain fiercely loyal, despite the departures of Robbie Williams and Jason Orange from the group.
The remaining three members, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen are having a great time as a trio. They just teamed up with fellow Brit and host of “The Late Late Show” James Corden for a hilarious rendition of Carpool Karaoke to support the UK’s Comic Relief 2017 Red Nose Day campaign.
The warm reception to Wonderland in its first week proves Take That’s heavy staying power in the pop arena. However, no one has yet been able to topple Ed Sheeran from his UK charting throne – and it doesn’t look likely they will this week.
Midweek stats suggest the “Castle on the Hill” singer will stay put on top of the UK Albums Chart for a third week in a row. And, he’s also speeding toward another UK charts double this week with “Shape of You” clinching the No. 1 UK Singles Chart position for a staggering 11 consecutive weeks.
Sheeran’s infectious Irish-themed track “Galway Girl” is holding at No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart for the third consecutive week while “Castle on the Hill” falls behind it in third place. Drake debuted at No. 4 on that chart with “Passionfruit” and More Life drops two places from No. 4 to No. 6 on the chart update.
It’s nice to see Ed Sheeran’s pal and Divide tour opener James Blunt clinch the No. 4 midweek spot with his new album The Afterlove. This marks a Top 10 ranking for the “You’re Beautiful” singer, whose last album, Moon Landing, was released in 2013.
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