Chart Watch: It’s Ed Sheeran’s Week

Paul Grein
·Writer

Ed Sheeran's "Sing" rebounds from #16 to #13 in its 11th week on the Hot 100, equaling its highest ranking to date. In addition, his "Afire Love" is the week's third highest new entry at #37. Both songs are from his sophomore album, x, which will enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week with sales in the 180K range.

This week's big Hot 100 news is Maroon 5's "Maps" emerging as the week's top new entry at #14. I covered this, and all the top 10 action, in a Chart Watch blog that we posted Wednesday. If you missed it, here's a link. This blog focuses on key movers and debuts below the top 10.

"Latch" by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith jumps from #14 to #12 in its 14th week. The song reached #11 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart in November 2012 … One Republic's "Love Runs Out" jumps from #30 to #23 in its seventh week. But you know what? It still hasn't overtaken the group's monster hit "Counting Stars," which rebounds from #27 to #22 in its 53rd week. Humungous hits like that are hard to follow.


Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" drops from #23 to #25 in its 15th week. It peaked at #14. The song returns to #1 on Hot Country Songs, displacing Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll," which features Bryan. These two songs have locked up the #1 spot for 15 straight weeks (nine for Bryan, six for the collabo). But Jake Owen's mellow summer song "Beachin'" will probably take the top country spot next week.

5 Seconds of Summer's "Kiss Me Kiss Me" is the week's second highest new entry at #28. Digital sales rank: #7 (135K). It's from the group's eponymous debut album, which is due July 22. Four "Kiss Me" songs have made the top 20: Sixpence None The Richer's "Kiss Me" (#2 in 1999), "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" by Flo Rida featuring Sammie (#3 in 2009), Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly" (#12 in 1988) and Petula Clark's "Kiss Me Goodbye" (#15 in 1968).

Charli XCX

's "Boom Clap" drops from #29 to #31 in its third week. (A chart blip, no doubt.) Digital sales rank: #10 (97K). The song is featured to great effect in The Fault In Our Stars. It's the musical backdrop to the most joyous scene in a sad (but excellent) movie … "Bailando" by Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona jumps from #40 to #35 in its eighth week … Wiz Khalifa's "We Dem Boyz" jumps from #62 to #53 in its 10th week … Tiesto's "Wasted" jumps from #76 to #54 in its third week … Becky G's "Shower" leaps from #75 to #55 in its third week … Coldplay's "A Sky Full Of Stars" rebounds from #71 to #56 in its eighth week. The song has climbed as high as #10.

"No Mediocre" by T.I. featuring the red-hot Iggy Azalea is the week's fourth-highest new entry at #58. It's from his upcoming ninth studio album, Paperwork: The Motion Picture. (T.I. had a huge album in 2008 titled Paper Trail) … Kenny Chesney's "American Kids" debuts at #82 … "Really Don't Care" by Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd jumps from #92 to #83 in its third week.


"Rather Be" by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne jumps from #97 to #86 in its second week. The song topped the Official U.K. Singles Chart for four weeks in February … Jennifer Lopez's stylish "First Love" debuts at #87. It's the second Hot 100 single from her current album A.K.A., which enters The Billboard 200 at #8 this week … Lana Del Rey's "West Coast" re-enters the chart at #100. It has climbed as high as #17. It's from Ultraviolence, which enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week. Anybody out there want to figure out the last time someone had the #1 album and the #100 single the same week? Happy hunting.

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