'Three Lions' Follows England's World Cup Run With No. 1 Return


The England soccer team's heroic run to the semi-finals the World Cup has catapulted the 1996 U.K. chart-topper “Three Lions” by comedians Baddiel & Skinner and the Lighting Seeds back to No. 1. Drake's Scorpion (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) secures a second week atop the album chart.

“Three Lions” topped the chart for two separate one-week runs in 1996 to coincide with that year's European Championship tournament, then a 1998 update for the World Cup reigned for three weeks. The song thus becomes the first ever to have four runs at No. 1 with the same artist line-up, according to the Official Charts Company. The 1996 original has new combined units 80,000, comprising 43,000 sales, 6.8 million audio streams and 5.2 million video streams. 

George Ezra's “Shotgun” (Columbia/Sony) falls to No. 2 after two weeks on top, while Clean Bandit's “Solo” (Atlantic/Warner Music), featuring Demi Lovato, holds at No. 3. Drake enters the singles list at No. 4 with “In My Feelings” and falls 2-5 with last week's new entry “Don't Matter To Me,” featuring Michael Jackson

There's also a 9-6 climb for “If You're Over Me” (Polydor/Universal) by Years & Years, while “Rise” (Positiva/Universal) by Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack rises 11-7. The Facebook campaign to bring Green Day's “American Idiot” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) back into the charts to coincide with President Trump's British visit results in a No. 25 reappearance.

Combined units the Drake album continue to be dominated by streaming, which accounts for 90% its total, compared to an opening 78%. The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) climbs back 3-2, while Years & Years complement their singles debut with a No. 3 arrival for the sophomore set Palo Santo (Polydor/Universal). 

Ezra's Staying At Tamara's holds at No. 4, while 23-year-old London-based singer-songwriter Tom Grennan debuts at No. 5 with his first album Lighting Matches (Insanity), which is also the bestselling vinyl title the week. Love Island — The Pool Party (Ministry Sound) debuts atop the compilations chart.