Ed Sheeran’s ‘Equals’ wins close battle in UK – Billboard
It was a close battle, but in the end, Ed Sheeran = (equal) reigned supreme in the UK chart race to win a fourth title.
Since its release last November, Sheeran’s latest Asylum LP has racked up over 524,000 chart sales in the UK, where it’s certified platinum with a combined 300,000 units.
The English singer and songwriter holds off a fiery departure from Bad Boy Chiller Crew, whose Disrespectful (Relentless) bows at No. 2, for the week’s highest new entry.
Disrespectful is the second mixtape from the Bradford-based dance group, consisting of Gareth “GK” Kelly, Kane Welsh and Sam “Clive” Robinson.
Earlier in the week, Sea Power (formerly British Sea Power) was aiming for the top spot with Everything was forever (Golden Chariot), their eighth studio album. The album fell to No. 4 on the Official UK Albums Chart, for the rock band’s highest chart appearance.
Another new arrival in the Top 10, Metronomy, the alternative pop-rock group whose fifth studio album Small world (Because the Music), starts at No. 7, matching its previous high with that of 2014 love letters. Small world topped the Official Vinyl Albums Chart this week.
After appearing on the Super Bowl Half Time Show, Eminem Curtain Call – The Hits (Interscope) lifts 8-6, its highest position since leaving in December 2005.
Also new to the Top 40 are London post-punk band White Lies, whose As I try not to fall apart (PIAS Recordings) starts at No. 14, while Nashville rock band Goodbye June make their first top tier appearance with See where the night goes (Earache), new at No. 33.