Shady really is back. Eminem is cruising to his ninth U.K. No. 1 single as “River” (Interscope) featuring Ed Sheeran flows to the head of the midweek survey.
The track, lifted from Em’s latest album Revival, which summited on the Official Albums Chart last month, is 3,000 downloads and streaming equivalent sales ahead of its nearest competitor, “Sheeran’s” “Perfect” (Asylum), at the halfway point in the chart cycle, the Official Charts Company reports.
Eminem’s eight No. 1 singles are the most for any rap artist in the U.K. His hit list includes “The Real Slim Shady” (2000), “Stan” (2000), “Without Me” (2002), “Lose Yourself” (2002), “Just Lose It” (2004), “Like Toy Soldiers” (2005), “Smack That” with Akon (2006) and “The Monster” with Rihanna (2013).
“River” will join that roll and extend his record should it hold onto top spot when the Official Singles Chart is published on Friday.
Just behind “Perfect” is Craig David’s “I Know You” (Speakerbox Recordings) featuring Bastille, up 10-3 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update; while, Ramz’s “Barking” (Polydor) is unchanged at No. 4; Jason Derulo’s “Tip Toe” (Warner Bros) featuring French Montana rises 12-5 and Jax Jones’ ”Breathe” (Polydor) featuring Ina Wroldsen improves 14-6.
Norwegian newcomer Sigrid could cap a spectacular week with her first U.K. top 10. The singer’s “Strangers” (Island) soars 94-8 after she collected the BBC Sound of 2018, an accolade previously won by the likes of Adele, Sam Smith, Haim and Ellie Goulding.
Meanwhile, Camila Cabello has the highest new entry on the Official Albums Chart Update with her debut solo album Camila (Syco Music), which starts at No. 2 behind The Greatest Showman (Atlantic) soundtrack.
Camila could become the pop singer’s highest-charting album on this side of the Atlantic, eclipsing the No. 6 peak of 7/27 (Syco Music), released in 2016 by her former group, Fifth Harmony.