• Singles: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” with Justin Bieber a global #1
• Albums: Ed Sheeran back on top, Linkin Park top 10, Chris Cornell fans rally
For a second consecutive week Justin Bieber is enjoying top spot via his guest vocal on Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito”. The song is a monster hit globally too and ranks #1 both in the UK and USA.
The only new entry in the top 10 is Niall Horan with “Slow Hands” which climbs from #17 to #10 in its third week. That gives Horan two out of two when it comes to singles in the top 10 after “This Town” peaked at #5 last October.
The highest chart debut this week just missed the top 10 – Liam Payne‘s “Strip That Down” featuring Quavo lands at #11 as Payne becomes the final One Direction member to conquer the charts as a solo artist.
Not far behind Payne is Selina Gomez who is new at #13 with “Bad Liar” with its memorable sampling of Talking Heads‘ “Psycho Killer”.
Just two other singles managed to land in the top 50 on debut:
#37 Katy Perry with “Swish Swish” featuring Nicki Minaj, a track from Perry’s June album “Witness”
#45 Camila Cabello with “Crying In The Club”
Ed Sheeran makes it 10 weeks at the top with “Divide” after moving back to #1 after last week’s #1 “Harry Styles” drops a spot to #2.
Linkin Park arrive at #3 with their eighth album “One More Light” (pictured) and an impressive album chart record. The previous album “The Hunting Party” peaked at #3 in 2014.
The effect of streaming album tracks has no doubt helped Chris Cornell fans push both that Seattle band’s “Superunknown” album back into the top 10 at #7, alongside Audioslaves‘ self-titled set at #8. In all seven albums featuring the late singer-songwriter are back in the top 50. Let’s hope we see some Allman Brothers Band material back in the chart next week after the sad passing of Gregg Allman.
Melbourne folkies Pierce Brothers crack the top 10 on debut with “The Records Were Ours” at #9. This is the first in a trilogy of EPs to be released across the next few months.
A deluxe repackaging of Blink-182‘s 2016 album “California” has pushed the album back into the chart at #10 after it peaked at #2 last year.
Three other albums debuted inside the top 30 this week:
#18 Papa Roach with “Crooked Teeth”
#24 Rascal Flatts with “Back To Us”
#35 DragonForce with “Reaching Into Infinity”