George Ezra Blasts to U.K. Singles Chart Summit With 'Shotgun'

George Ezra Blasts to U.K. Singles Chart Summit With 'Shotgun'


George Ezra has his first U.K. No. 1 single, as “Shotgun” (Columbia) rises 2-1 in its 14th chart week. It's business as usual on the album chart, with a 21st non-consecutive week at the summit for The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner).

“Shotgun” entered the Official Charts Company's singles survey at No. 35 in early April, spending the next eight weeks outside the top 40 before climbing 20-8-4-2. It finished the chart week 6,500 combined units ahead of last week's No. 1, Clean Bandit's “Solo” (Atlantic/Warner Music), featuring Demi Lovato, which moves back to No. 2.

There's no change at No. 3, where Anne-Marie's “2002” (Asylum/Warner) sits tight, or No. 4, Jess Glynne's “I'll Be There” (Atlantic/Warner). The June 18 death of rapper XXXTentacion continues to impact the chart, as “Sad!” (Bad Vibes Forever) climbs 31-5. His “Moonlight” and “Changes” also climb again, 32-17 and 33-22 respectively.

Years & Years are up again 8-6 with “If You're Over Me” (Polydor/Universal), and “I Like It” (Atlantic/Warner) by Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J. Balvin rises 9-8. 

The Greatest Showman had a relatively close fight on its hands for the No. 1 album honors this week, finishing just over 2,000 combined units ahead of Panic! At The Disco's Pray For The Wicked (DCD2/Fueled By Ramen). Its No. 2 entry is the act's highest since 2008's Pretty Odd, which also peaked there. The new title is also the week's bestselling vinyl release, according to the OCC.

XXXTentacion's album catalog is also in posthumous demand, with Question Mark (Virgin/Universal) up 9-4 and 17 (Bad Vibes Forever) climbing 13-11. Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Divide) (Asylum/Warner) is back in the top five, improving 6-5. Easy listening singer Jane McDonald debuts at No. 6 with Cruising With Jane McDonald (Channel 5).