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Elton John and Dua Lipa claim UK chart top spot from Ed Sheeran with ‘Cold Heart’

It marks John’s first UK number 1 single in 16 years

By Hollie Geraghty

Elton John poses with his Official Number 1 Single Award for 'Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)'.
Elton John with his Official Number 1 Single Award for 'Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)'. (Photo: Rocket Entertainment)

Elton John and Dua Lipa’s track ‘Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)’ has reached number 1 on the Official Singles Chart after three consecutive weeks at Number 2, knocking Ed Sheeran off the top spot.

The track marks John’s first UK number 1 single in 16 years, last topping the charts in 2005 with his feature 2Pac’s posthumous ‘Ghetto Gospel’.

It was also announced on Wednesday (October 13) that John became the first artist to land a top 10 single in the UK charts in six different decades.

The current number 1 is a mash up of John’s former hits ‘Sacrifice’, ‘Kiss the Bride’, ‘Where’s the Shoorah?’ and ‘Rocket Man’.

‘Cold Heart’s’ success ended Sheeran’s four weeks at number 1 with ‘Shivers’. The track is also Lipa’s third number 1 after ‘New Rules’ in 2017 and ‘One Kiss’ in 2018.

The pair’s mash up collaboration has seen 64,000 chart sales, including 5.9 million streams and 5,000 copies on limited edition CD.

Yesterday (October 14) Sheeran urged fans to stop streaming his chart-topping hit to allow John to take the top spot.

Writing on Twitter he said: ​​“@eltonjohn is so close to knocking me off the #1 spot in the U.K.

“It will be his first number one in almost twenty years and I really want it to happen. Please go buy/stream/download Cold Heart with @dualipa now, 15 weeks at #1 was more than I ever expected anyway, love you all.”

He added: “Who doesn’t wanna be knocked off by Elton anyway.”

The British musical icon John was recently forced to postpone his UK tour dates after injuring himself in a fall.

In a statement shared by The Guardian he said: “At the end of my summer break I fell awkwardly on a hard surface and have been in considerable pain and discomfort in my hip ever since.

“I will be undertaking a program of intensive physiotherapy that will ensure a full recovery and a return to full mobility without pain.”

He added: “I know how patient my incredible fans have been since Covid halted touring last year, and it breaks my heart to keep you waiting any longer. I completely feel your frustrations after the year we’ve had. I promise you this – the shows will return to the road next year and I will make sure they are more than worth the wait.”