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Saturday, December 16, 2017

UK Mid-Week Chart: Perfect #1, River #2, Wham! #3

It's shaping up to be a three-way battle for the 2017 Christmas Number 1. 
Ed Sheeran is leading a three-way battle with Eminem and Wham for the 2017 Christmas Number 1 after 24 hours, OfficialCharts.com can confirm.
Official Charts Company early sales reports (based on pre-orders and early sales data up to midnight last night), indicate that Ed Sheeran opens the week as front-runner in the biggest chart race of the year.
Ed’s latest single Perfect is currently just ahead of new entry from US rapper Eminem, River (2), which also features Ed. Wham's Last Christmas is riding on both of their tails at Number 3.
Last Christmas is the best-selling song ever never to reach Number 1, and this year a campaign backed by bandmate Andrew Ridgeley has been launched to get the festive classic to the top one year after George Michael's death.
Christmas hits by Wham!, Mariah Carey and The Pogues have also been proving incredibly popular on streaming services in 2017, so expect to see a streaming boost for these classics in the chart as the week progresses. But there is a long long way to go yet. The majority of streams still have to be counted, along with 6 days of sales, the race is still wide open at this stage.

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