So as expected the Drake 1-2-3 predicted in the first midweeks never did materialise (although he came damn close, as you will doubtless know). That meant that although it had to come from behind for the first time since it was released, Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran landed an 11th straight week at No.1 in the UK.
That’s enough to make it one of the ten longest-running No.1 hits of all time and one of only seven to reach this total consecutively. Naturally we should note that four of these have all come in the last five years, long runs at the top becoming far more common thanks to the slow-moving rate of the streaming market.
The definitive list is available in many places, but just for the record the list of all-time longest-running No.1 hits is as follows:
Frankie Laine - I Believe (total - consisting of 3 spells at the top)
Bryan Adams - Everything I Do (I Do It For You)
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (total - an amalgam of its 1975 and 1991 runs)
Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around
Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla - One Dance
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (total - 13 consecutive)
Slim Whitman - Rose Marie
Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee - Despacito (total - consisting of 3 spells at the top)
Tones & I - Dance Monkey
Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits
But this is a list we can now set in stone. The ACR clock (counting the consecutive weeks in which a track’s streams have declined relative to the market) has now ticked three times meaning Bad Habits will now see its streams halved in value for chart sales purposes. Making its replacement at the top more or less inevitable. And as regular subscribers will know, there is a ready-made replacement waiting in the wings. But we’ll come to that soon enough.