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.
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.
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.
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.