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26 February 2022

Ed Sheeran Reclaims Top Spot In UK Albums Chart

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Ed Sheeran has returned to the top of the UK Albums Chart with = (Equals), four months after the album first hit the summit. Following the release of his Bad Habits remix with Bring Me The Horizon last week, Ed’s album – which has accumulated over 524,000 UK chart sales to date – climbed one place to reclaim the No 1 spot.

This week’s highest new entry at No 2 comes from Bradford-born Bad Boy Chiller Crew, with their second mixtape Disrespectful. The group – made up of Gareth ‘GK’ Kelly, Kane Welsh and Sam ‘Clive’ Robinson – also reached No 3 on the Official Record Store Chart.

Thanking fans for their support, Bad Boy Chiller Crew told Official Charts: “We’ve got nothing but love for our fans, thank you. Our dreams are coming true. We want the world to party. It can be a dark place, but we just want to provide some feel-good beats.”

Elsewhere in the Top 10, Sea Power are a new entry at No 4 with their eighth studio album Everything Was Forever. The album – the first released after the group rebranded from British Sea Power in 2021 – becomes their highest UK Albums Chart placing to date. Everything Was Forever is also the best seller in independent record shops this week.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran has spoken to BBC Radio 2 about his plans for 2022: “This year is actually going to end up being busier than last year, which I’m really excited about. There’s a lot coming out.

“I’ve wanted to span genres. I had a load of people hit me up in different genres, ranging from metal to drill music, and I just said yes to everything. It’s been a really interesting collaborative process.”

Sheeran enthused about the possibilities collaboration opens up for his music: “It’s quite lonely being a solo artist sometimes and it’s quite exciting, like I did a session this morning at 7am with a guy called Kodak Black who’s from America and after that I did a session with a guy called Kwengface who’s from Peckham.”

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