Monday 19 March 2018

Taylor Swift in line to score first UK number one single

The US superstar could be about to see her catchy new track debut at the top of the charts.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Taylor Swift could finally top the UK singles chart with her new track Look What You Made Me Do.

The US pop star released the hotly-anticipated single on Friday to much fanfare, and by midweek Swift’s song had been downloaded 20,000 times and streamed 2.4 million times, according to the Official Charts Company.

The electro-pop track, the lead single from Swift’s forthcoming album Reputation, also broke Spotify records for the most streams in a day on its release, with eight million plays globally.

The video, released on Sunday during the MTV Video Music Awards, has already been watched more than 51 million times.

Swift, who recently allowed her back catalogue of music to appear on Spotify after three years away from the streaming service, has so far peaked at number two in the UK with three of her previous singles – Love Story, I Knew You Were Trouble and Shake It Off.

Two of Swift’s albums have managed to top the charts however – 2012’s Red and 1989, released two years later.

Last week’s number one, New Rules by Dua Lipa, is currently sitting at number two on the Official Singles Chart.

Dua Lipa

Singer Pink’s What About Us is at number three, up from four last week, while Calvin Harris’ star-studded Feels is down one to number four.

The top five at the mid-way stage of the week is completed by Justin Bieber’s Friends with producer BloodPop.

Over on the Official Albums Chart, US rockers Queens of the Stone Age look set to claim their first UK number one with their new record Villains.

The album, the band’s seventh, is currently outselling its closest rival – A Deeper Understanding by US band The War On Drugs – by three-to-one.

Another US group, PVRIS, could also land in the top five by the end of the week, as their new effort All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell is currently at number three.

Ed Sheeran’s Divide has slipped down into fourth place, and former Westlife star Shane Filan’s new solo effort Love Always is at number five.

Press Association

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