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Ed Sheeran expected to maintain grip on top of charts ... again


Will he ever let anybody else take charge of the charts again?

Ed Sheeran’s dominance of the UK charts looks likely to continue into a fourth straight month.

At the halfway stage ahead of Friday’s update, the singer-songwriter is on course to remain at the summit of the Official Singles Chart with Shape Of You, which would mark 13 weeks in the number one spot if it is not toppled by another of his tracks, Galway Girl.

In the Official Albums Charts, Ed’s Divide remains top as it has done since its release in early March.

Elsewhere, Jamiroquai’s long-awaited return is on track to be this week’s highest newest entry in the album charts with Automaton currently second, while Goldfrapp’s latest release, Silver Eye, is fifth.

Rag’N'Bone Man’s Human is on course to remain inside the top five in third, ahead of Take That’s Wonderland which will drop two places to fourth in its second week since release at the current rate of sales and streams.

And fresh from collecting his Nobel prize for literature in Stockholm, Bob Dylan may land his 39th top 10 album with Triplicate, which starts at 10th.

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Behind Ed in the singles charts, Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson’s Symphony is on course to swap places with Drake’s Passionfruit in third and fourth, while Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s effort, Something Just Like This, looks to return to the top five as it climbs one place.

At the current rate of sales and streams, the highest new entry in the singles charts will be claimed by Calvin Harris for Heatstroke, his collaboration with Ariana Grande, Pharrell and Young Thug, at 16th while Kendrick Lamar’s latest single, Humble, is at 21.

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