Ed Sheeran scores first Number One single with ‘Sing’

Sam Smith is still at Number One in the Official Album Chart with his debut LP

Ed Sheeran has claimed his first Official Singles Chart Number One with ‘Sing’.

The song took the top sport in the chart this afternoon, and is the singer-songwriter’s first ever Number One single, managing 124,000 sales, though he has had 12 Top 40 releases to date, as well as penning One Direction’s 2012 Number One single ‘Little Things’. “It’s fantastic!” he said to The Official Charts Company. “It’s nice to finally have a Number One in my home country. Thank you to everyone who supported the single for making this happen.” The song was was co-written and produced by Pharrell Williams and comes from Sheeran’s second album, ‘x’, which is set for release on June 23. Other new entries in the Official Singles Chart include Kasabian with ‘Eez-eh’, which is in at Number 22.

In the Official Albums Chart Sam Smith takes his second week at Number One with ‘In The Lonely Hour’ and Coldplay are still at Number Two with ‘Ghost Stories’. The week’s highest new entry is Clean Bandit’s debut ‘New Eyes’, which is in at Number Three.

Led Zeppelin’s reissues were all new entries in the Top 20, with their self-titled debut at Number Seven, ‘Led Zeppelin II’ at 12 and ‘Led Zeppelin III’ at 10. Meanwhile, 97-year-old Dame Vera Lynn made British chart history as the oldest living artist to have a Top 20 record, with her new collection ‘Vera Lynn: National Treasure’ in at Number 13. “I am delighted! It is wonderful to hear these songs again, and it’s warming to think that everyone else is listening to them, too,” she commented.