New entry ‘It’s My Birthday’ by will.i.am and 17 year-old singer Cody Wise has topped the UK singles chart, knocking Ariana Grande and Iggy Azealea down to second place with ‘Problem’. ‘It’s My Birthday’ was co-written by by A.R. Rahman who won an Oscar for Best Original Score for Slumdog Millionaire. With this entry, will.i.am has now claimed his tenth UK number one single.
Elsewhere in the singles chart, Ella Henderson, despite being pushed down to third place, has now remained in the charts with her début single ‘Ghost’ for five weeks. Her upcoming début album, Chapter One, is set for release 22nd September in the UK.
The Vamps have made extraordinary progress with single ‘Somebody To You’, which has moved up 35 places. The single, which features Demi Lovato, now sits comfortably in fourth place after having been in the charts for six weeks.
Sam Smith, Sia and George Ezra all remain in the top 10, despite being pushed down a few places due to will.i.am’s ‘It’s My Birthday’ and The Vamps’ climb to fourth place.
In the album chart, Ed Sheeran’s x remains in number one spot, followed by a new entry from Manic Street Preachers, with their twelfth studio album, Futurology. ‘Walk Me To The Bridge’, the first single to be lifted from the album, was leaked earlier this year. It is accompanied by a video directed by Kieran Evans, the BAFTA award-winning director of Kelly + Victor.
Dolly Parton’s, Blue Smoke, moves up one place to take the third spot in the album charts. The singer-songwriter, best known for her country music, took to the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury last month on the festival’s final day. Fellow Glastonbury performer, Sam Smith, remains in the charts for his seventh week, with début album In The Lonely Hour moving up one place.
Elsewhere in the album charts, there are some new entries. Example’s Live Life Living enters the charts in eighth position, while Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear enters in eleventh place.
Listen to this week’s number one single, ‘It’s My Birthday’ by will.i.am and Cody Wise, below.