I Don’t Care sees the singer overtake the two artists she previously shared the record for most No 1s with – Rita Ora and Geri Halliwell
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has become the first female British singer to achieve five No 1 singles on the official UK chart. I Don’t Care is her second smash in just over 100 days, blowing past prior No 1s by Ed Sheeran and Meghan Trainor.
With five No 1s in five years, Cole has seen more chart success than even Kate Bush, Amy Winehouse, Susan Boyle and Adele. The previous record for a British woman artist was four No 1 songs, which Cole shared with Rita Ora and Geri Halliwell. “I am so happy and proud of us for achieving the No 1 and place in history today,” the former Girls Aloud singer tweeted on Sunday night.
Last week’s No 1, Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, fell one place to No 2. Despite the small drop, the song broke the Official Charts Company’s record for most streamed song, garnering 1,638,000 listens over the past week. Chart watchers should also keep their eyes on Tom Odell, whose cover of John Lennon’s Real Love debuted at No 21. The song is notable for its use in a Christmas ad campaign by John Lewis; the retailer’s previous Christmas campaigns have generated No 1 singles for Lily Allen and Gabrielle Aplin.
Over on the album chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 hasn’t enjoyed the same success in the UK as at home: it tumbled two spots, from No 1 to No 3, behind Ed Sheeran’s X and Motion, the newest record by Calvin Harris. Andre Rieu is new in at No 4.
Official singles chart top five
1. Chery - I Don’t Care
2. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
3. Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass
4. John Legend - All Of Me
5. Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
Official albums chart top five
1. Ed Sheeran - X
2. Calvin Harris - Motion
3. Taylor Swift - 1989
4. Andre Rieu - Love In Venice
5. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
This article was written by Sean Michaels, for theguardian.com on Monday 10th November 2014 07.52 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010