SZIGET FESTIVAL, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – 2019/08/07: Edward Christopher Sheeran, English singer, … [+]
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Ed Sheeran is back at No. 1 in the U.K. with his latest champion, “Own It.” The track is his second leader as a featured act, as the tune is fronted by grime superstar Stormzy (and it also features Burna Boy). With another chart-topper to his credit, the singer-songwriter has advanced once again on the list of the soloists who have scored the most rulers in the island nation.
“Own It” is Sheeran’s ninth No. 1 in the country, which puts him in fifth place among the solo acts who have collected the most drivers on the songs tally.
Sheeran is currently tied with both Eminem and Rihanna, who have racked up nine No. 1 smashes in the U.K., including one together.
Just one additional controller ahead of Sheeran, Rihanna and Eminem is Calvin Harris, who is one of only four solo acts to score double-digit No. 1 hits in the U.K. It seems likely that any of the three musicians sitting in fifth place, especially the man who just advanced, may match Harris at some point in the not-too-distant future…though by then he may himself have pushed forward again as well.
Madonna is in third place by herself with a lucky 13 No. 1 hits, and the legendary Cliff Richard is one ahead of the Queen of Pop with 14 leaders across the pond.
Among all solo musicians, Elvis Presley leads the way, and the race isn’t a close one. The pioneering rocker collected an incredible 21 No. 1 smashes with music he recorded during his lifetime. At the moment, nobody is threatening his record, but at the rate people like Harris and Sheeran are sending their popular releases to the top of the tally, there’s no telling what could happen over the next several years.
Sheeran’s No. 1 blockbusters include seven tracks he fronted—“Sing,” “Thinking Out Loud,” “Shape of You,” “Perfect,” “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber, “Beautiful People” with Khalid and “Take Me Back to London” with Stormzy—as well as a pair of singles he earned a featured credit on—“River” with Eminem and now “Own It.”