Only once before this year has a single started with six-figure combined units, when Ariana Grande delivered an opening 126,000 with "7 Rings." The Sheeran/Bieber track had 13 million streams and 22,000 downloads, according to the Official Charts Company. It's Sheeran's sixth U.K. No. 1, and Bieber's seventh.
Lil Nas X's “Old Town Road” (Lil Nas X/Sony) is steady again at No. 2, while Stormzy's “Vossi Bop” (Merky) falls to No. 3 after two weeks on top. Lewis Capaldi's “Someone You Loved” (EMI/Universal) is down 3-4 and “Piece Of Your Heart” by Meduza featuring Goodboys (Polydor/Universal) improves 6-5.
Meanwhile, P!nk moves into a third week at the album chart summit with Hurts 2B Human (RCA/Sony). Behind P!nk on the album chart, Billie Eilish returns 3-2 with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope/Universal). The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner Music) bounces back 5-3, as does Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody (Virgin EMI/Universal), 7-4 and George Ezra's Staying At Tamara's (Columbia/Sony), 9-5.
Rock diehards Whitesnake arrive at No. 7 with Flesh & Blood (Frontiers) to extend their total U.K. top ten albums to ten. The first was Ready and Willing in 1980, and the most recent Good To Be Bad in 2008. Sheeran's singles success helps his ÷ (Divide) (Asylum/Warner) to climb 14-8, its first time in the top ten since January, and 80th in total.