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Sunday, April 19, 2015

UK Chart Roundup: Shayne Ward's Fan-Funded Return & 'Furious 7's High Octane Reign

First thing's first: Let's pause for a moment and pour one out for The Voice UK winner Steve McCrorie, whose cover of Adam Levine's Begin Again soundtrack song "Lost Stars" debuted at #6 one week ago, and, seven days later, has dropped to #68. I never understand why these TV singing competition hopefuls don't just take the easy way out and resort to porn?

That brings us to 2005 X Factor winner Shayne Ward, who this week makes a bit of history as his fan-funded fourth album Closer debuts on the UK album chart at #17 — the highest chart position for a record done through the PledgeMusic platform. Not bad for an album devoid of any major label backing, and all in all, it winds up being Shayne's fourth Top 20 album. Unless I'm missing something, this also marks the first album Mike Stock had a hand in producing to reach the Top 20 since Robson & Jerome's Take Two hit #1 in 1996.

Oh, well, and would you look at that...

Last but not least, we should note the significance of the Furious 7 juggernaut. Over the weekend, the film reached $1.1 billion at the global box office after only two full weeks of release. Likewise, the soundtrack topped the US album chart this week, while lead single "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth achieved the same feat on the Billboard Hot 100. The song follows suit now in the UK, ending the three-week reign of Jess Glynne's second single as a lead artist, "Hold My Hand."

"See You Again" is now the fifth single to top the UK chart in 2015 (if we discount "Uptown Funk," which first reached #1 in 2014, fell off and then returned to the top in January).

The UK Top 10:

1. "See You Again" - Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth *1 week*
2. "Cheerleader" - OMI
3. "Hold My Hand" - Jess Glynne
4. "Can't Stop Playing" - Dr. Kucho, Gregor Salto & Ane Brun *new*
5. "King" - Years & Years
6. "Jealous" - Nick Jonas
7. "Hold Back The River" - James Bay
8. "Bloodstream" - Ed Sheeran & Rudimental 
9. "Sugar" - Maroon 5
10. "Firestone" - Kygo feat. Conrad Sewell

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