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You are reading James Masterton's Chart Watch UK, the fascinating weekly guide to the stories behind the hits populating the Official UK Charts. Read this week's column along with the complete 25-year archive, a resource of over 1300 articles covering a quarter of a century of popular music history.

I can remember Eminem topping the charts for the first time. When all the tabloids screamed it was the end of civilisation as we knew it. Almost 20 years later he is there for the ninth, even if that also means Ed Sheeran continuing to do extraordinary things.

Four days before Christmas and three days after. This was a sales and streams week of two halves. Should we really be surprised that means Ed Sheeran rules all? Step this way for the big(?) new year chart.