Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ Scores U.K. Christmas No. 1 Honor as Eminem Tops Albums

Ed Sheeran has secured the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1 single of 2017, starting a second week at the top with “Perfect” (Asylum/Warner), as Eminem enters the album listings in pole position with Revival(Interscope/Universal).

The Official Charts Company reports that Sheeran’s track had combined units of 85,000 over the past week, comprising 45,000 downloads and 6 million streams. Sheeran describes the achievement as “an actual dream come true.” “Perfect” was also Friday (Dec. 22) certified double platinum by trade body the BPI.

Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect' Scores U.K. Christmas No. 1 Honor as Eminem Tops Albums

Sheeran was, in a sense, his own closest rival for the honor, via his guest appearance on Eminem’s “River” single, which debuts at No. 2. “Last Christmas” (RCA/Sony) by Wham! holds steady at No. 3 as Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia/Sony) dips from No. 2 to No. 4. Rita Ora’s “Anywhere” (Atlantic/Warner Music) remains at No. 5.

“Man’s Not Hot” (Universal Island) by Big Shaq climbs from No. 8 to No. 6, bolstered by a “Christmas Edition” of the track, as “Fairytale of New York” (Warner Brothers/Warner Music) by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl stays at No. 7. “I Miss You” (Atlantic/Warner Music) by Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels improves from No. 10 to No. 8, and “Let You Down” (EMI/Universal) by NF climbs one spot to No. 10.

Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect' Scores U.K. Christmas No. 1 Honor as Eminem Tops Albums

Revival is Eminem’s eighth consecutive U.K. No. 1 album, scoring first-week combined units of 132,000, according to the OCC. That’s the second-best opening tally this year, behind Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide), which falls to No. 2 this week with nevertheless impressive combined units of 121,000. Eminem thus ties ABBA and Led Zeppelin for the record of most consecutive best-selling U.K. albums.

Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect' Scores U.K. Christmas No. 1 Honor as Eminem Tops Albums

Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All (Capitol/Universal) falls from No. 2 to No. 3, and Pink’s Beautiful Trauma (RCA/Sony) slides down one spot to No. 4, as Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human (Best Laid Plans/Sony) holds at No. 5. On the compilation chart, Now That’s What I Call Music 98 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) starts a fifth week at No. 1.

Source:billboard.com

 

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