Ed’s fourth album wins its second week overall at number 1, after soaring at number 2 for the past three weeks.
By the time of its debut, Equals became the UK’s best-selling album of the year, although it was overtaken a few weeks later by Adele’s 30 – which this week finished at number 2 with less than 500 sales in the charts between the two releases.
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran is also picking up UK number 1 single with the collaboration of Elton John Merry Christmas, as people across the UK celebrate the holiday season.
After being pushed to number 2 by her baking-themed revamp – LadBaby’s Sausage Rolls For Everyone, featuring the pair – Merry Christmas returns for a third total week atop the official singles rankings. Everyone’s sausage roll record drops from number 1 to number 29 this week.
The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York ft. Kirsty MacColl climbs three at number 4, and Brenda Lee’s Rockin ‘Around The Christmas Tree is four at number 5. Lower in the Top 10, Michael Buble’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas is up four at number 7, while George Ezra climbs two places to a new high of number 8 with Come On Home For Christmas, and Andy Williams’ It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year climbs six places to number 9.
Entering the Top 20 for the first time this year, Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms (16), Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney (17), Olivia Dean who climbs eight places with The Christmas Song (19), her first Top 20 hit in the UK and One More Sleep by Leona Lewis (20).
After releasing a new remix with Ed Sheeran, Nigerian singer Fireboy DML’s Peru ranks 28 four weeks atop the official UK Afrobeats chart with the track.
Further down, four more Christmas hits climb this week’s Top 40; NoÃ«l (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love (32), Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewie (34), Snowman – Sia (35) and Let It Snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! – Frank Sinatra (39). In total, there are 33 Christmas Songs in this week’s Top 40.