'Three Lions' Follows England's World Cup Run With No. 1 Return

'Three Lions' Follows England's World Cup Run With No. 1 Return


The England soccer team's heroic run to the semi-finals of the World Cup has catapulted the 1996 U.K. chart-topper “Three Lions” by comedians Baddiel & Skinner and the Lighting Seeds back to No. 1. Drake's Scorpion (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) secures a second week atop the album chart.

“Three Lions” topped the chart for two separate one-week runs in 1996 to coincide with that year's European Championship tournament, then a 1998 update for the World Cup reigned for three weeks. The song thus becomes the first ever to have four runs at No. 1 with the same artist line-up, according to the Official Charts Company. The 1996 original has new combined units of 80,000, comprising 43,000 sales, 6.8 million audio streams and 5.2 million video streams. 

George Ezra's “Shotgun” (Columbia/Sony) falls to No. 2 after two weeks on top, while Clean Bandit's “Solo” (Atlantic/Warner Music), featuring Demi Lovato, holds at No. 3. Drake enters the singles list at No. 4 with “In My Feelings” and falls 2-5 with last week's new entry “Don't Matter To Me,” featuring Michael Jackson

There's also a 9-6 climb for “If You're Over Me” (Polydor/Universal) by Years & Years, while “Rise” (Positiva/Universal) by Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack rises 11-7. The Facebook campaign to bring Green Day's “American Idiot” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) back into the charts to coincide with President Trump's British visit results in a No. 25 reappearance.

Combined units of the Drake album continue to be dominated by streaming, which accounts for 90% of its total, compared to an opening 78%. The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) climbs back 3-2, while Years & Years complement their singles debut with a No. 3 arrival for the sophomore set Palo Santo (Polydor/Universal). 

Ezra's Staying At Tamara's holds at No. 4, while 23-year-old London-based singer-songwriter Tom Grennan debuts at No. 5 with his first album Lighting Matches (Insanity), which is also the bestselling vinyl title of the week. Love Island — The Pool Party (Ministry of Sound) debuts atop the compilations chart.