A Perfect Week For One Direction


One Direction end Justin Bieber's reign at the Top of the Singles Chart as their latest single 'Perfect' heads straight to the No1 spot.

This is their eighteenth single to appear in this chart, their twelfth Top 10 hit and their sixth time at the summit. Justin Bieber drops just one place to No2 with 'What Do You Mean?' while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also drop a place as 'Downtown' slips to No3. With no new entries in this week's Top 50 it is down to Jamie Lawson to inject some interest into an otherwise very unchanged Top 30. His hit of 2011 'Wasn't Expecting That' re-enters at No25 after his support slot for One Direction in Dublin last Friday - it's first time back in the Chart for four years.

With a close battle for the No1 spot on this week's Album Chart it is Ed Sheeran's 'x' that takes the No1 position with yet another return to the top. With a total of nineteen weeks at No1 'x' now enters the Top 3 all-timers list for weeks at No1. Adeles '21' spent 35 weeks in pole position while Oasis' '(What's The Story) Morning Glory' had 20 weeks at No1. Ex-Westlifer Markus Feehily is this week's highest new entry with his debut solo release 'Fire' at No2 while Demi Lovato takes the second of this week's new releases at No3. 'Confident' is her fifth studio release and her highest debut position to date - her previous best was No5 for 2013's 'Demi'. Jamie Lawson also makes his best impression on this Chart since signing to Ed Sheeran's Gingerbread Man label, as his eponymous fourth album enters at No5. There are two more new releases in this week's Top 30. Entering at No19 is Jean-Michel Jarre for his first recording for eight years - 'Electronica 1: The Time Machine'. Recorded with a host of collaborators it is the first volume of a two-part project - the second part due out in spring 2016. Pentatonix enter at No21 with their self-titled fourth studio album to take the final new entry in the Top 30.

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