Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud” is Number 1 on the Pop Songs, Adult Contemporary, and Adult Pop Songs chart. It’s only the fourth record to top three charts. Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me” went to Number 1 on three charts, and so did Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” and Celine Dion‘s “Because You Loved Me.” “Thinking Out Loud” was third song dropped from the singer’s X album, which dropped one position to Number 3 on the UK Albums chart. Sam Smith made history by becoming the first artist to top the UK Albums chart under its new charting system, which collects data from digital downloads, music streaming, and physical sales.
This week, history was made again on the UK Albums charts. The Shires‘ Brave album debuted at Number 10, becoming the first British country music band to enter a Top 10 position on the UK Albums chart. The Shires consisting of Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle, are also the first UK recording act signed to Decca Records through Universal Music Group Nashville. The Shires’ Top 10 debut proves that the UK music scene is embracing country music. “The UK Country movement is really starting to make waves within the UK music industry, and it’s an honor to be a part of it,” Rhodes said. Bob Harris of BBC Radio said he is amazed how The Shires have affected the young generation. “I’ve never known things to be quite as exciting as they are today. Country music is now appealing to a completely new and young generation,” Harris stated.
The duo is impacting mainstream radio, and they are continuing to gain popularity in the UK. In order to put The Shires’ success into perspective, the duo’s Brave album is currently on the same music chart that also features Sam Smith (In The Lonely Hour), Taylor Swift (1989), Kelly Clarkson (Piece By Piece), Ed Sheeran (X), Sia (1000 Forms of Fear), and Imagine Dragons (Smoke + Mirrors). The Shires recently performed at the Country to Country music festival, which was held in London. They will also headline several dates in the UK starting on April 8th in Leeds. The band will perform in Gateshead, Glasgow, Manchester, Milton Keynes, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Oxford, and other cities in the UK. The tour will conclude on April 27th in Bedford at the Bedford Corn Exchange.
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