Ed Sheeran and Stormzy’s ‘Take Me Back To London’ on Track for U.K. No. 1


Ed Sheeran is headed back to the top of the U.K. singles chart.

The English singer and songwriter leads the Official Charts Company’s First Look survey with “Take Me Back To London” (Asylum), his collaboration with Stormzy. If it stays put when the weekly chart is published this Friday, it’ll give Sheeran his eighth No. 1 single in his homeland, including three from his latest album No.6 Collaborations Project, after “I Don’t Care” and “Beautiful People.”

Stormzy, a 2019 Glastonbury Festival headliner, has hit the Official Singles Chart summit just once, with June’s “Vossi Bop.”

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift’s new album Lover (EMI) is making its own charge to a U.K. chart crown, and three tracks from it appear in the top 20 of the sales blast. Its title track rises 23-9, “The Man” is new at No. 13 and “Cruel Summer” starts at No. 16.

Swift is on a streak, having bagged No. 1s with her three last albums, Red, 1989 and Reputation.