It's Magic! As 'Rude' Climbs To Number 1 In The UK

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Canadian band MAGIC! have topped the UK Singles chart with their reggae-infused track ‘Rude’, matching their US Billboard-topping success.

Magic! Rude Number 1
Canadian four-piece Magic! rose to number 1 in the UK Singles chart on Sunday

The four-piece originally released the single at the back end of 2013, but last week it leapt from number 50 all the way up to number 2, and now they’ve dethroned Cheryl Cole’s ‘Crazy Stupid Love’, featuring rapper Tinie Tempah, from the top spot. Cole's comeback single falls to number 2, while dance music producer and vocalist ZHU enters at number 3 with ‘Faded’.

Magic!’s smash hit was named after the reggae term ‘rude boy’ and concerns a real-life relationship between the band’s lead singer Nasri and a former girlfriend. A significant portion of the track’s success has been attributed to online streaming, recording the highest amount of streams for a number one single since the chart rules were altered a couple of months ago to take them into account.

MORE: Introducing the band behind the summer’s big hit single ‘Rude’

In the UK Albums chart, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran continued his stay at number 1 for a sixth consecutive week with his second album X. Dolly Parton’s career-spanning compilation Blue Smoke remained in second, while a tribute album to the late JJ Cale, curated by Eric Clapton and featuring several guitar legends such as Mark Knopfler, John Mayer and Tom Petty, was a new entry at number 3.

Meanwhile, Petty himself scored a new entry at number 7 with Hypnotic Eye, his thirteenth studio album with his long-time back-up band The Heartbreakers. Though he is considered rock royalty in his native America, it’s only his second UK Top 10 album following 1991’s Into The Great Wide Open.


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