Ed Sheeran set for Christmas No.1 with Perfect

Ed Sheeran set for Christmas No.1 with Perfect

Ed Sheeran is still taking on himself (and Eminem) for the Christmas No.1. 

Perfect, the current No.1, has a comfortable lead in the Official Singles Chart midweeks, with 56,366 sales to date this week. That's more than 13,000 ahead of Eminem's River (feat. Sheeran), which has sales of 42,826 so far and is set to debut at No.2.

Festive songs are making their mark in the Top 5 with Wham!'s Last Christmas at No.3 (36,558 sales) and Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You at No.4 (20,907 sales). Rita Ora's Anywhere, a former No.1 contender, is at No.5 (19,755). Big Shaq's Man's Not Hot is still growing and moves 8-6 (18,878 sales).

Outside of the Top 10, Eminem's Revival provides the rapper with new entries on the singles chart, including In Your Head (which samples The Cranberries' Zombie) at No.14 (11,297 sales). The lead single Walk On Water (feat. Beyonce) rebounds 54-18 (10,582 sales).

On the albums chart, Eminem's late bid for the Christmas No.1 album looks to have paid off with Revival's 99,571 sales to date giving the rapper's ninth LP a commanding lead over Sheeran's ÷ (80,733). 

Elsewhere, there are new entries for Linkin Park with One More Light - Live (No.28, 7,328 sales) and Star Wars - The Last Jedi - OST (No.31, 6,331 sales).

You can view the full Top 40 singles and albums charts below.

SINGLES:

         
LW POSN POSN  TITLE ARTIST LABEL
1 1  PERFECT ED SHEERAN ASYLUM
NEW 2  RIVER EMINEM FT ED SHEERAN INTERSCOPE
3 3  LAST CHRISTMAS WHAM RCA
2 4  ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU MARIAH CAREY COLUMBIA
5 5  ANYWHERE RITA ORA ATLANTIC
8 6  MAN'S NOT HOT BIG SHAQ ISLAND
7 7  FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL RHINO
6 8  DIMELO RAK-SU FT WYCLEF/NAUGHTY BOY SYCO MUSIC
10 9  I MISS YOU CLEAN BANDIT FT JULIA MICHAELS ATLANTIC/POLYDOR/REPUBLIC
13 10 17 MK COLUMBIA
11 11  LET YOU DOWN NF EMI
4 12  HAVANA CAMILA CABELLO FT YOUNG THUG SYCO MUSIC
12 13  DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS BAND AID MERCURY
NEW 14  IN YOUR HEAD EMINEM INTERSCOPE
14 15  WOLVES SELENA GOMEZ & MARSHMELLO INTERSCOPE
16 16  MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE SHAKIN' STEVENS EPIC
15 17  ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE BRENDA LEE MCA
54 18  WALK ON WATER EMINEM FT BEYONCE INTERSCOPE
27 19  BARKING RAMZ POLYDOR
19 20  STEP INTO CHRISTMAS ELTON JOHN MERCURY
23 21  DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS CHRIS REA RHINO
21 22  NAKED JAMES ARTHUR SYCO MUSIC
18 23  IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE MICHAEL BUBLE REPRISE
31 24  BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA PINK RCA
20 25  ROCKSTAR POST MALONE FT 21 SAVAGE REPUBLIC RECORDS
22 26  I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY WIZZARD RHINO
25 27  I KNOW YOU CRAIG DAVID FT BASTILLE SPEAKERBOX RECORDINGS
NEW ***  LIKE HOME EMINEM FT ALICIA KEYS INTERSCOPE
9 28  SILENCE MARSHMELLO FT KHALID MINISTRY OF SOUND
26 29  NO WORDS DAVE FT MOSTACK DAVE
NEW ***  BELIEVE EMINEM INTERSCOPE
NEW ***  REMIND ME EMINEM INTERSCOPE
34 30  TIP TOE JASON DERULO FT FRENCH MONTANA WARNER BROS
28 31  NEW RULES DUA LIPA WARNER BROS
30 32  MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE UMOD
17 33  BLINDED BY YOUR GRACE - PT 2 STORMZY FT MNEK MERKY
29 34  SANTA TELL ME ARIANA GRANDE REPUBLIC RECORDS
NEW ***  BAD HUSBAND EMINEM FT X AMBASSADORS INTERSCOPE
35 35  HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) JOHN & YOKO/PLASTIC ONO BAND APPLE CORPS
36 36  ONE MORE SLEEP LEONA LEWIS SYCO MUSIC
39 37  WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME PAUL MCCARTNEY CONCORD/EMI
NEW ***  TRAGIC ENDINGS EMINEM FT SKYLAR GREY INTERSCOPE
37 38  IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE  YEAR ANDY WILLIAMS COLUMBIA/LEGACY RECORDINGS
32 39  DECLINE RAYE FT MR EAZI POLYDOR
42 40  TOO GOOD AT GOODBYES SAM SMITH CAPITOL

ALBUMS:

LW POSN POSN TITLE ARTIST LABEL  
NEW 1  REVIVAL EMINEM INTERSCOPE POLYDOR
1 2  DIVIDE ED SHEERAN ASYLUM ATLANTIC RECORDS UK
2 3  THE THRILL OF IT ALL SAM SMITH CAPITOL CAPITOL
3 4  BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA PINK RCA RCA LABEL GROUP
5 5  HUMAN RAG'N'BONE MAN BEST LAID PLANS/COLUMBIA COLUMBIA LABEL GROUP
4 6  TOGETHER AGAIN MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE DECCA DECCA
7 7  A LOVE SO BEAUTIFUL ROY ORBISON/RPO SONY MUSIC CG SONY MUSIC CG
6 8  THE ARCHITECT PALOMA FAITH RCA RCA LABEL GROUP
8 9  GLORY DAYS LITTLE MIX SYCO MUSIC SYCO MUSIC
11 10  WHO BUILT THE MOON NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING SOUR MASH SOUR MASH
12 11   DIAMONDS ELTON JOHN MERCURY/UMC VIRGIN EMI
9 12  CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS AND THE  RPO ELVIS PRESLEY SONY MUSIC CG SONY MUSIC CG
15 13  TWENTY FIVE GEORGE MICHAEL AEGEAN RCA LABEL GROUP
13 14  NAT KING COLE & ME GREGORY PORTER BLUE NOTE DECCA
10 15  CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE REPRISE WARNER BROS
19 16  THE BEST OF ELBOW POLYDOR POLYDOR
18 17  AS YOU WERE LIAM GALLAGHER WARNER BROS WARNER BROS
14 18  REPUTATION TAYLOR SWIFT EMI VIRGIN EMI
17 19  SHERIDAN SHERIDAN SMITH EAST WEST RHINO (WARNERS)
16 20  AMORE ANDRE RIEU DECCA DECCA
21 21  IBIZA CLASSICS PETE TONG/HERITAGE OR/BUCKLEY POLYDOR/UMC/UMOD POLYDOR/UMC/UMOD
22 22  LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE -  VOL 1 GEORGE MICHAEL SONY MUSIC CG SONY MUSIC CG
20 23  SONGS OF EXPERIENCE U2 ISLAND ISLAND
23 24  SONGS FROM THE STAGE LEADING LADIES EAST WEST/RHINO RHINO (WARNERS)
24 25  IN A WINTER LIGHT ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG EAST WEST RHINO (WARNERS)
25 26  OUR GENERATION TOKIO MYERS SYCO MUSIC SYCO MUSIC
26 27  SCREAM ABOVE THE SOUNDS STEREOPHONICS PARLOPHONE PARLOPHONE
NEW 28  ONE MORE LIGHT - LIVE LINKIN PARK WARNER BROS WARNER BROS
30 29  X ED SHEERAN ASYLUM ATLANTIC RECORDS UK
35 30  WEMBLEY OR BUST JEFF LYNNE'S ELO RCA RCA LABEL GROUP
NEW 31  STAR WARS - THE LAST JEDI -  OST JOHN WILLIAMS WALT DISNEY UMC
27 32  WHEN YOU'RE SMILING BRADLEY WALSH SONY MUSIC CG SONY MUSIC CG
29 33  KIDZ BOP 2018 KIDZ BOP KIDS RAZOR & TIE UMOD
31 34  STRONGER THRU THE YEARS CLIFF RICHARD RHINO RHINO (WARNERS)
28 35  CHRISTMAS WITH DANIEL O'DONNELL DMG TV DEMON MUSIC
39 36  FLICKER NIALL HORAN CAPITOL VIRGIN EMI
33 37  GANG SIGNS & PRAYER STORMZY MERKY MERKY
41 38  CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS EMINEM INTERSCOPE POLYDOR
34 39  WONDERFUL WONDERFUL KILLERS EMI VIRGIN EMI
38 40  IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH CAPITOL CAPITOL
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