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Ariana Grande tops first combined singles chart

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Singer-songwriter Ariana Grande has topped the UK singles chart which, for the first time, has combined sales and streaming figures.

Grande's Problem FT Iggy Azalea achieved "chart sales" of 113,000 copies, comprising 106,000 sales and 712,000 streams.

The new rules say each track must be played for 30 seconds before counting as one stream, with 100 streams the equivalent of one sale.

Ed Sheeran's X topped the album chart.

The album, pronounced as "multiply", has become the UK's fastest-selling album of 2014 so far, selling 275,000 copies.

In the singles chart, Grande squeezed out a challenge from former X Factor star Ella Henderson - whose former number one track Ghost took the second spot with more than a million streams from sites including Spotify, Deezer, Napster, O2 Tracks, Xbox Music, Sony's Music Unlimited and Rara.

The streaming contribution to this weeks chart sales, taken as an average, is just over 20%.

Official position Artist Streaming figures
1. Problem Ariana Grande FT Iggy Azalea 712,481
2. Ghost Ella Henderson 1,068,198
3. Budapest George Ezra 835,882
4. Sing Ed Sheeran 1,321,746
5. Gecko (Overdrive) Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill 532,233

On top of his album chart success, Sheeran also claimed the most streamed track of the week with more than 1.32 million plays of his track Sing - which charted at number four.

It came in just behind Budapest by newcomer George Ezra, one of many artists whose sales were boosted by a performance at Glastonbury last weekend.

The top five was rounded out by former chart toppers Oliver Heldens and Becky Hill with Gecko.

Australian four-piece and winners of Kerrang! magazine's international newcomer award, 5 Seconds of Summer landed their first top five album after their self-titled album came in at number two.

Mirroring his singles chart position, Ezra's Wanted On Voyage was third, with another Glastonbury performer - the irrepressible Dolly Parton - and her latest album Blue Smoke coming in at number four.

Michael Jackson fans paid tribute to the late King of Pop, pushing his 1987 album Bad into the top five, following the fifth anniversary of his death.

Singer/songwriter David Gray's 10th album, Mutineers, scraped into the top 10 with folksters Bellowhead two places behind him at 12, with their fifth album, Revival.

Glastonbury headliners Metallica saw their 1991 Black album re-enter the Top 40 at number 26 while Disclosure saw their album climb 92 places to number 27.

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