Coldplay and BTS Tackle Ed Sheeran For U.K. No. 1

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It’ll take something solid to knock Ed Sheeran from No. 1 in the U.K. Coldplay and BTS might provide that hit.

“My Universe,” Coldplay’s collaboration with BTS, debuts at No. 2 on the First Look chart, which ranks the most popular tracks based on U.K. sales and streaming data over the first weekend.

According to the OCC, just 1,000 chart sales separate the current leader, Sheeran’s “Shivers,” and the Max Martin-produced collab.

“My Universe” is lifted from Coldplay’s forthcoming album Music Of The Spheres, due out Oct. 15. So far, Coldplay has collected two No. 1 singles in their homeland (for “Viva La Vida” and “Paradise”), while BTS has a U.K. chart best of No. 3 (for “Dynamite” and “Butter”).

Sheeran has ruled the chart for 13 consecutive weeks with “Bad Habits” and now “Shivers.” His latest track should enjoy a boost following the Brit’s performance for the return episode of BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show, which aired last Friday (Sept. 24).

Further down the list is “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” by Nigerian artist CKay, which looks set to retain its Top 10 position for a second week. It’s currently at No. 9. The tune was first released in 2019 and has discovered a life of its own thanks to a string of international collaborations and remixes.

Meanwhile, Sheeran’s tribute to the late Australian music entrepreneur Michael Gudinski is set for a return to the Top 20, lifting 21-16 on the chart blast.

The Official U.K. Singles Chart is published late Friday, local time.

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