Ellie Goulding steals Mark Ronson’s chart crown

Ellie GouldingCHART ANALYSIS: Let our resident pop factition Russell Iliffe give you the lowdown on the movers and shakers in the UK and US charts this month.

Ellie Goulding (left) has scored her second UK number one hit – and the fastest selling single of the year so far – with Love Me Like You Do.

The track is taken from the soundtrack to the much talked-about film adaptation of notorious publishing phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey.

Among its songwriters is Swedish power-house Max Martin, who has penned mega-hits over the years for the likes of Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Backstreet Boys. He also picked up the Best Producer Award at The Grammys last night.

While Love Me Like You Do registered UK sales of over 172,000 according to Official Charts Company (OCC) figures, the track also climbs to number 14 on this week’s US Billboard Hot 100.

Additionally, it’s also only the UK’s second number one single of 2015, having toppled Mark Ronson and his Uptown Funk, which clocked up an impressive seven weeks at the summit.

Ronson and featured vocalist Bruno Mars still rule the roost in the States though, sitting tight for a fifth week despite strong competition from Ed Sheeran.

Suffolk singer-songwriter Ed is currently holding at number two for a third week with his highest charting US hit to date, Thinking Out Loud.

Another track currently enjoying huge transatlantic success is Take Me to Church by Ireland’s Hozier. The song has now notched up 28 weeks on the UK chart, peaking last week at number two.

The singer-songwriter’s debut single has also peaked at number two across the pond and was named by Spotify as its most shared song of 2014.

On the albums front, this week’s UK chart-topper comes courtesy of Bob Dylan and his 36th studio offering Shadows in the Night. The set features Dylan’s interpretations of standards recorded by Frank Sinatra, including Autumn Leaves, What’ll I Do and Some Enchanted Evening.

The album qualifies as Dylan’s eighth to top the UK chart, his first turn at the summit being back in 1964 with The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

Elsewhere, The Charlatans are more closely associated perhaps with the nineties thanks to a succession of hit singles during that decade, including The Only One I Know, One to Another and North Country Boy.

However, all six of their 21st century studio albums have in fact made the top 40 with recent release Modern Nature reaching number seven. It gives the Tim Burgess-led band their highest charting studio offering for 14 years.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift has returned to the number one position on the US albums chart for a tenth non-consecutive week with 1989. This feat makes Swift only the second woman in American chart history to register two albums with at least ten weeks on top of the chart.

The only female artist bettering Swift is Whitney Houston who managed three albums which each spent more than ten weeks at the summit.

Finally, fellow US pop princess Katy Perry recently saw her 2013 smash Roar become the UK’s 157th million-selling single. It is the Super Bowl star’s second OCC million-seller, following her 2010 pop anthem Firework.