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Sheeran returns to number one spot


Ed Sheeran has returned to the number one spot

Ed Sheeran has returned to the number one spot

Ed Sheeran has returned to the number one spot

Ed Sheeran has regained the number one position in the official singles chart with his song Thinking Out Loud.

The track first topped the charts five weeks ago but since then had dropped down to number four.

Thinking Out Loud has been in the Top 40 for 24 weeks. When it first reached the top position it claimed the record for the longest ascent to number one of any single in the Official Chart's history.

The song, from Sheeran's album x, overtook midweek leader Union J's You Got It All, which falls into second position.

Nearly 29% of Thinking Out Loud's combined chart sales figure comes from audio streams. With over 1,672,000 streams in seven days the single has beaten its own record for most-streamed song in a single week.

Last week's number one, Take That's These days, slides down to number three, while Taylor Swift's Blank Space is at number four and Olly Murs and Travie McCoy's Wrapped Up takes the fifth spot.

Christmas songs have also begun to climb the chart with Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You at 17, The Pogues' Fairytale Of New York at 18 and Wham's Last Christmas at 39.

In the Official Albums Chart, Take That's III has become their sixth number one studio album. It features their first material as a trio, following the departure of Jason Orange.

With sales of nearly 145,000 in the last seven days, III finishes the week over 38,000 copies ahead of the number two album, Sheeran's x.

Take That have topped the album chart in the past with Everything Changes (1993), Nobody Else (1995), Greatest Hits (1996), Beautiful World (2006), The Circus (2008) and Progress (2010).

At number three in this week's album chart is Rock Or Bust by AC/DC, followed by Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour, at four, and One Direction's Four, at number five.

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