If it was affirmation that made Justin Bieber sob at this year’s VMAs, then his current dominance in the UK singles charts must be overwhelming.
Two weeks after scoring his first UK No 1 and breaking streaming records, the singer returns to the top of the singles charts with What Do You Mean?
The track was temporarily knocked off the top spot by Sigala’s Easy Love, but this week reclaims his position, and is also the most streamed track of the week, notching up over 3.62m listens in the last seven days.
Calvin Harris and Disciples are up one to No 3 with How Deep Is Your Love, while Jess Glynne slips one place to No 4. The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face was a non-mover at No 5.
It was also an important week for Stormzy, at No 18, who scores his first top 40 hit. The grime star makes chart history: Wicked Skengman Part 4 is the first freestyle to ever break into the top 40.
Meanwhile, on the album charts, Welsh rock group the Stereophonics have scored their sixth album chart No 1 with Keep the Village Alive. Surging past Bring Me the Horizon’s That’s the Spirit, the band finish just 1,300 combined chart sales ahead of this week’s No 2.
“I love this band. To have got to No 1 on our own record label is amazing!” Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones said. “Twenty years in, fans old and new have got us to the top! We love ya! Thank you all. Keep YOUR village alive.”
Stereophonics have scored 11 top 40 albums since the start of their career – with Performance and Cocktails (1999), Just Enough Education to Perform (2001), You Gotta Go There to Come Back (2003), Language. Sex. Violence. Other? (2005) andPull the Pin (2007) previously topping the charts.
Fresh from positive reviews of their comeback album, the Libertines score their fourth top 40 today with Anthems for Doomed Youth at No 3, while former chart-topper Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh slides two places to No 4.
Duran Duran earned their 10th UK Top 10 with Paper Gods, which is at No 5. Richard Hawley’s Hollow Meadows (No 9), Slayer’s Repentless (No 11) and Leona Lewis’ I Am (No 12) are some of the week’s other new entries, while Stevie Wonder’s The Definitive Collection came in at No 19, following a boost from James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke.
This article was written by Guardian music, for theguardian.com on Friday 18th September 2015 18.00 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010