So we make that five weeks at No.1 for We Don’t Talk About Bruno, but having noted last week that the single had increased sales every single week it had topped the charts, this week the Encanto track fell back very slightly, last week’s 59.9K sales turning instead to 59.1k. That’s significant as the single is now old enough (8 weeks) to be subject to the ticking of the ACR clock. It means Bruno’s days at the top are numbered if its sales keep on declining in this manner relative to the rest of the market.
As was widely expected Ed Sheeran’s The Joker And The Queen makes its chart bow, some way short of the top of the charts but doing more than enough to reach No.2. This is the first time the epic ballad from Equals has officially charted. In the week of the album’s release last November it was the eighth most-popular cut from the album. landing enough streams to post a notional chart sale of 18,162 which would have been enough to make it comfortably a Top 20 single were it eligible
This rise to prominence is naturally due to the release of the new duet version which adds vocals from Taylor Swift - not that you would know this looking at the chart listing above. Unlike in America where Billboard will cheerfully adjust the artist credit of a song if there’s a particular version which is the overwhelmingly more popular one, Official Charts here generally stick to the rule that the “primary” (ie, first released) version of the track is the one that determines who is credited. And as the Taylor Swift remix is a late arrival to the party, she won’t be acknowledged - unless of course the label make a special case for this to happen.
The application of this rule can sometimes seem a bit inconsistent, and indeed you will note that Ed Sheeran has two of this week’s Top 3 singles by dint of having been added to the credits of Peru, this despite the track first charting last year credited to Fireboy DML alone before the remix that added Sheeran’s contribution had been added to the pile.
In short: nobody has asked for Taylor Swift to be added to the credits for The Joker And The Queen meaning she remains invisible.
As it turned out however the single was never destined to top the charts, at least not this week. A chart sale of a mere 39,000 meant it actually finished some distance behind Bruno in the sales race. And it was never truly in contention.