Nation’s No 1 chalks up 2.56m streams, while Status Quo chalk up their 500th week on the album chart
Mark Ronson has chalked up another record-breaking week on the singles chart. With Uptown Funk already having set a new record for most streams in a week, with managed 2.49m streams, the song featuring Bruno Mars – which stays at No 1 – was streamed 2.56m times last week.
Ronson is followed by a new entry at No 2, in the form of Wish You Were Mine by Nottingham DJ Philip George. The rest of the top five consists of Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, Ben Haenow’s Something I Need and Taylor Swift’s Blank Space. Kanye West’s Only One, recorded with Paul McCartney, may have attracted a huge amount of media attention, but the public have been less excited by the song, which has entered the charts at No 35.
The two biggest stories of the week on the albums chart involve a debut artist and a group of veterans. George Ezra’s first album, Wanted on Voyage, has returned to the No 1 spot, three months after first topping the chart, with sales of 72,000 last week. Making up the rest of top five are Ed Sheeran (X), Sam Smith (In the Lonely Hour), Taylor Swift (1989) and Paloma Faith (A Perfect Contradiction).
As for the veterans, Status Quo’s album Aquostic (Stripped Bare) notched its 11th week on the chart, taking the band to their 500th week on the albums chart in total.
The group are the 50th act to achieve the 500 mark, but are still a long way behind the record holders, Queen, who have spent a total of 1,457 weeks on the chart.
Quo frontman Francis Rossi said: “To be celebrating 500 weeks in theOfficial Album Chart – that’s almost 10 years! – feels incredible. It’s almost surreal that this band that we formed all those years ago could reach this point. It’s a tangible achievement though, and a milestone we’re very proud of.”
This article was written by Guardian music, for theguardian.com on Sunday 4th January 2015 21.29 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010