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Ed Sheeran tops British single charts

Ed Sheeran hit the top of the British singles chart on Sunday with “Sing”.

Singer Ed Sheeran. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran hit the top of the British singles chart on Sunday with Sing, the 23-year-old's first No.1 track, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday.

Sing was co-written and produced by American star Pharrell Williams and is taken from Sheeran's forthcoming second album X, which is due for release on 23 June. Sheeran has previously had 12 other top 40 singles.

Sam Smith's Stay With Me held firm at No.2 as last week's chart topper, I Wanna Feel by Secondcity, dropped to No.3.

Smith had a second week of success in the album charts with In The Lonely Hour holding onto the top position for a second week running. Coldplay clung on to second spot, fighting off new entry New Eyes by Clean Bandit.

The 70th anniversary of the Allied D-Day landings helped to propel 97-year-old Vera Lynn, known as _The Forces Sweetheart _for her wartime performances and recordings, into 13th place with a collection of re-released songs.

With Vera Lynn: National Treasure, Lynn became the oldest living artist to reach the British top 20, the Official Charts Company said.