Taylor Swift is facing a stiff challenge for the U.K. singles chart crown.
Swift’s “ME!” (EMI) exploded out the gate last Friday, smashing multiple YouTube streaming marks. In the U.K., however, the new single trails Stormzy’s “Vossi Bop” (Merky) by just 530 combined chart sales at the midweek stage, according to the Official Chart Company.
“ME!” featuring Brendon Urie set new global benchmarks for all-time leading female and solo 24-hour debut (with 65.2 million views) and sits at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update, though it boasts a 5,300 advantage on digital downloads over Stormzy’s early leader.
A confirmed headliner at this June’s Glastonbury Festival, Stormzy has never led the Official U.K. Singles Chart. Swift has done it just the once, with “Look What You Made Me Do” from September 2017.
On the U.K. albums sales flash, Pink takes pole position with her eighth album, Hurts 2B Human (RCA). If it holds its ground when the Official U.K. Albums Chart is published this Friday, the Philadelphia pop star will have a third No. 1 after 2008’s Funhouse and 2017’s Beautiful Trauma.
It’s a good chance to do so. Hurts 2B Human has by far the most CD and digital sales in the first half of the week, according to the OCC, with a 12,000 combined sales lead over second-placed The Balance (Island), the third studio LP from Welsh indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen.