It’s been an exciting week on the UK Official Singles Chart. Harry Styles captured his first No. 1 as a solo artist with “Sign of the Times," which ended his pal Ed Sheeran’s 13-week "Shape of You" chart reign. Per an Official Chart report, Sheeran and Styles are currently embroiled in a tight three-way race for No. 1 with Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson’s single “Symphony.”
Per the midweek update, Sheeran is projected to reclaim the No. 1 position with Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson's track clipping close behind him at No. 2. Sheeran’s Irish-themed track “Galway Girl” follows at No. 3 and the One Direction boy-bander-turned-solo-artist falls to No. 4 with "Sign." Here’s the catch: Anything could happen because all four tracks are separated by a mere 5,000 units. That’s really close.
Sheeran, who is currently promoting Divide’s next official single, “Castle on the Hill,” has been a great sport about Styles’ recent chart victory. He recently replied to a BBC Radio 1 tweet that speculated he would be happy about his friend’s newfound solo good fortune by saying, “genuinely am.” How nice is that?
Sheeran notably wrote several tracks for Styles and his One Direction band mates including “Moments” from 1D’s debut solo album Up All Night. He also co-wrote the song “Don’t Let Me Be Yours” from Zara Larsson’s sophomore album So Good. Larsson’s Clean Bandit collaboration “Symphony” hails from the same album.
Electronic dance-pop group Clean Bandit has previously claimed the UK No. 1 Singles position twice. First, with their Grammy-winning 2015 hit “Rather Be” and again with their 2016 Christmas No. 1 single “Rockabye,” which features Sean Paul and Anne-Marie.
It's a bit of a nail-biter, waiting to see who officially nabs the next UK No.1 Singles Chart position. Sheeran notably continues to command the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 lead with “Shape of You” for the twelfth week in a row.
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@BBCR1 genuinely am— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) April 14, 2017