UK’s First Chart of 2016: All Top 20 Commonwealth Artists

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U.S. Billboard published an article today about the first UK singles chart of 2015 which has Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” at #1. What the article did not mention is that there is no track from an American artist in the entire Top 20 of the chart. All tracks are from Commonwealth artists. United Kingdom artists have 12 of them: Adele’s “Hello” #3, Fleur East’s “Sax” #6, One Direction’s “History” #7, Coldplay’s “Adventure of a Lifetime” #8, Sigala’s “Sweet Lovin'” #9, Mnek’s “Never Forget You” (with Sweden’s Zara Larsson) #10, Little Mix’s “Love Me Like You” #11, Jess Glynne’s “Take Me Home” #13, Wstrn’s “In2” #14, 99 Souls’ “Girl Is Mine” #15, Stormzy’s “Shut Up” #17, and One Direction’s “Perfect” #19.

Canadian artists have 7 of the Top 20: Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” #1, “Sorry” #2, and “What Do You Mean” #4; Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” #12; Drake’s “Hotline Bling” #16; and The Weeknd’s “The Hills #18 and “Can’t Feel My Face” #20.

Australia has one thanks to Grace’s cover of “You Don’t Own Me” #5.

Note that some of the featured artists or members of the predominantly British bands are non-Commonwealth, and Mnek is co-credited with Sweden’s Larsson on “Never Forget You”. For all intents and purposes, however, we can say that the entire Top 20 is Commonwealth which is quite remarkable.

“Stitches” is the first single from Shawn Mendes to make the Top 20 (as well as the Top 40) in Britain. As we mentioned previously, Justin Bieber is the first Canadian artist to score three number one singles in the UK.