George Ezra on track for first UK number one single
Written by Scott McGerty on 26th June 2018
Singer-songwriter George Ezra is on course to claim the first chart-topping single of his career with latest hit Shotgun.
Ezra, 25, was denied the honour last week by Clean Bandit, whose duet with US singer Demi Lovato called Solo climbed one spot to knock Jess Glynne’s I’ll Be There off the top spot.
But now Monday’s Official Chart update shows Shotgun and Solo have swapped around in the top two spots on the singles chart.
Ezra previously got to number two earlier this year with Paradise while his breakthrough hit Budapest peaked at number three.
Late rapper XXXTentacion is set for a dramatic rise up the chart, with his song Sad rising from 31 to number five according to the update.
The American artist, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was fatally shot in Florida last week at the age of 20.
The current top five on the singles chart is completed by Anne-Marie’s 2002 and Glynne’s former number one, which stay at three and four respectively.
On the albums charts The Greatest Showman’s place at the top is under threat from US rock band Panic! At The Disco.
Panic! At The Disco is now a solo-project led by founding member Brendon Urie. The sixth record to be released under the Panic! name, Pray For The Wicked, is currently 5,500 combined chart sales ahead of the musical’s cast which includes Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman.
As a group their highest charting album in the UK was Pretty Odd, which reached number two a decade ago.
Ezra’s album Staying At Tamara’s has dropped one place to three on the updated chart.
The update follows an announcement from the Official Charts Company that streaming and downloading of videos from artists will soon count towards the UK’s official singles countdown.
The change will be effective from the chart published on July 6.