Calvin Harris and Sam Smith reclaim Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart

October 19th, 2018

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith have reclaimed the Number 1 on this week’s Official Singles Chart.

The pair’s track, Promises, chalks up a sixth stint at the top after being ousted last week by Dave’s Funky Friday ft. Fredo, which slips to Number 2, finishing a very close 1,026 combined sales behind. Funky Friday was the most streamed song of the week, with 7.13 million plays over the last seven days.

Promises is Calvin’s tenth UK Number 1 single and Sam’s seventh.

New entries and high climbers

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s Shallow – taken from the Number 1 cast recording of A Star Is Born – lifts two places to Number 4 to become Gaga’s highest charting single in seven years, after 2011’s Number 3-peaking Born This Way.

Little Mix claim this week’s highest new entry with Woman, landing at Number 5 after leading the way earlier in the week. The track is the first taster of their upcoming fifth album LM5.

US rapper Kodak Black makes a strong debut with Zeze ft. Travis Scott and Offset, new at 11, as does reggaeton star Bad Bunny with MIA – his Drake collaboration enters at 13.

Further down, there are big climbs for French Montana’s No Stylist ft. Drake, up from 29 to 19, and DJ Snake’s mega collaboration Taki Taki ft. Selena Gomez, Cardi B and Ozuna zooms 12 spots to Number 21.

Finally, Jess Glynne’s Thursday – taken from her newly-crowned Number 1 album Always In Between – debuts at 24, and UK rapper Cadet & rising star Deno Driz make their Official Chart debut with Advice, up five places to Number 40.

View this week’s Top 100 Official Singles Chart in full

Black Ops 4 physical sales top charts despite series low

October 15th, 2018

It’s no surprise to hear that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is at the top of the UK boxed charts, but it’s not actually that strong a performance from the game when stacked up against the series history, as this is the weakest start to a game’s sales since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare all the way back in 2007 (as reported by

What’s more is that these sales are almost 50% down on last year’s WWII, and 59% down compared to Black Ops III, although it’s worth noting that this could be due to a shift in preference for digital. After all, Black Ops 4 has set several records for Activision in this area, becoming the biggest digital day one launch ever for them.

So it’s not all doom and gloom for Call of Duty, as it’s impressed digitally, positioned itself as the second biggest boxed launch of the year behind FIFA, and is still number one. We also know that 58% of the sales were on PS4, with 41% on Xbox One and the rest on PC.

WWE 2K19 is another new release, coming in at number four in the charts despite physical sales also being down 37.5% compared to last year, with FIFA 19 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey holding firm at numbers two and three respectively.

For the full top 10 make sure you look down below.

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
2. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Ubisoft
4. WWE 2K19 / 2K Sports
5. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft
6. Spider-Man / Sony
7. Super Mario Party / Nintendo
8. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy / Activision
9. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
10. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe / Nintendo

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Dave’s Funky Friday ft Fredo debuts at Number 1

October 13th, 2018

Congratulations to South London rapper and musician Dave, who lands straight in at Number 1 on this week’s Official Singles Chart with Funky Friday.

The independently-released track, which features Fredo, debuts at the top after notching up 6.7 million audio and video streams over the past week – and knocks Calvin Harris & Sam Smith’s Promises to Number 2 after five weeks at the summit.

Speaking from a recording studio in London, Dave told “I’m speechless right now. I just want to say thank you to everyone that’s helped us get this Number 1. I can’t even explain to you how grateful I am.”

Dave’s Number 1 debut is a big moment for British rap music. Of its impact on the Official Chart this week, SB.TV founder Jamal Edwards said: “I feel very fortunate to be alive and living in this age where stuff like this is happening. It’s a very monumental time for British music and this is definitely one of these moments that we will remember for a very long time. I’ve seen Dave & Fredo’s rise from the ground up and I feel like there’s so much more to come, very exciting indeed. Making history for real!”

New entries and high climbers

Elsewhere in this week’s Top 10, Rita Ora’s Let You Love Me lifts a spot to enter the Top 5 at 5, and Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s Shallow zooms seven places to Number 6. The climb earns Gaga her first Top 10 single in five years. Two more songs from the A Star Is Born soundtrack enter the Top 40 this week: I’ll Never Love Again lands at 35 and Always Remember Us This Way bows at 39.

Eminem’s Venom, taken from his Number 1 album Kamikaze, is new at 16 following the release of its music video last week, while there is a big climb for MK’s Back & Forth ft. Jonas Blue and Becky Hill, vaulting 16 places to 21.

Further down, US singer Halsey lands her first UK Top 40 entry and a headline artist, entering at 24 with Without Me, Drip Too Hard by Lil Baby & Gunna jumps 22 spots to 28, and Stoopid by 6ix9ine ft. Bobby Shmurda is new at 34.

Finally, viral sensation Baby Shark returns to the Top 40 this week, rebounding 15 places to Number 36

View this week’s Top 100 Official Singles Chart in full

There’s no stopping FIFA 19 at the top of the gaming charts

October 8th, 2018

It’s hardly surprising that FIFA 19 holds on to the top spot in the UK retail charts this week, even with formidable opposition in the shape of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Forza Horizon 4. It should be noted that while Odyssey came in second in the all formats chart, Forza Horizon 4 did sell more if the SKUs are separated (individual formats). Perhaps an indication that Odyssey sales came in a little soft, there was no comparison with previous Assassin’s Creed launches provided by GfK Chart-Track. Elsewhere, new releases Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise and Astro Boy Rescue Mission came in 21st and 22nd respectively.

All Formats:

1. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
2. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Ubisoft (new)
3. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft (new)
4. Spider-Man / Sony
5. Super Mario Party / Nintendo (new)
6. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
7. Tekken 7 / Bandai Namco
8. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
9. Project CARS 2 / Bandai Namco
10. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar

Individual Formats:

1. FIFA 19 / PS4
2. FIFA 19 / Xbox One
3. Forza Horizon 4 / Xbox One (new)
4. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / PS4 (new)
5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Xbox One (new)
6. Spider-Man / PS4
7. Super Mario Party / Switch (new)
8. Tekken 7 / Xbox One
9. Project CARS 2 / Xbox One
10. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / PS4

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Calvin Harris and Sam Smith deny Marshmello and Bastille their first Number 1 single

October 5th, 2018

It’s a fair bet Calvin Harris and Sam Smith will be a little happier than Marshmello and Bastille today – Calvin and Sam’s collaboration Promises has seen off all challengers to remain at Number 1.

It’s a fifth week at the top for Calvin and Sam, with a lead of 12,000 combined sales, but we can’t write off helmet-wearing producer Marshmello – real name Christopher Comstock – just yet. Happier, his team-up with British band Bastille, edges up two places to Number 2, giving Marshmello a new UK personal best.

If Marshmello and Bastille make it next week, it will be a first chart-topper for both acts. Marshmello’s previous peak was Number 3 last November, with Silence, featuring Khalid. Bastille peaked at Number 2 twice, back in 2013, with Pompeii and Of The Night.

New entries and high climbers

Mark Ronson and Diplo’s Silk City project has gone Top 5 with Electricity featuring Dua Lipa, rising three slots to 4, while Rita Ora claims her 13th Top 10 as Let You Love Me leaps eight places to 6. This means Rita Ora now holds the Official Chart record for the British female solo artist with the most Top 10 singles.

Freya Ridings leaps 11 to score her first Top 10 with Lost Without You at 9, and following his Strictly Come Dancing performance, George Ezra rebounds six with former Number 1 Shotgun, now at 10.

Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis is up seven slots to 11 with Be Alright, while Panic! at the Disco climb to 12 with High Hopes – their highest ever chart position in the UK.

Lady Gaga lands her 20th Top 40 hit with Shallow, a duet with Bradley Cooper, her co-star in A Star is Born, new at 13; while Sigala, Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor and French Montana zoom 16 places to Number 17 with Just Got Paid; and Labrinth, Sia and Diplo’s supergroup LSD break the Top 20 with Thunderclouds advancing five slots to 18.

Lil Wayne scores two new entries on this week’s Top 40 following the release of album Tha Carter V: Mona Lisa featuring Kendrick Lamar is new at 21, while XXXTentacion collaboration Don’t Cry goes straight in at 28.

US singer and songwriter Khalid leaps seven places to 24 with Better; while DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Cardi B and Ozuna are new at 30 with Taki Taki; MK, Jonas Blue and Becky Hill break the Top 40, rising seven to 37; and Lizzy, Fredo, Young T and Bugsey are a re-entry at 39 with Ay Caramba.

View this week’s Top 100 Official Singles Chart in full

FIFA 19 tops the UK gaming retail charts

October 1st, 2018

FIFA 19 is the best-selling game in the UK at retail over the last week, with the series knocking old Spidey off his spot at the top of the charts. According to early stats shared over at, this year’s game is already the biggest video game launch of the year, despite the fact that week one retail sales are actually down 25% year-on-year. For the time being the UK charts don’t take digital sales into account, so it could well be that digital downloads account for nearly all of the aforementioned 25% drop (indeed, sales may even surpass those of last year).

It’s been a good week for the accountants at Sony, with Spider-Man becoming the second best-selling game of the year so far, overtaking Far Cry 5 – impressive when you think that Insomniac’s web-slinging adventure is a platform exclusive. Sony’s console also accounts for 64% sales of FIFA 19, and 54% of sales of the top ten’s other debut title, Valkyria Chronicles 4. Check out the GfK Chart-Track top ten below:

1. FIFA 19 / EA
2. Spider-Man / Sony
3. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
4. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
5. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two
6. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe / Nintendo
7. The Elder Scrolls Online / Bethesda
8. NBA 2K19 / Take-Two
9. Valkyria Chronicles 4 / Sega
10. Minecraft (Xbox Edition) / Microsoft

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Calvin Harris and Sam Smith score a fourth week at Number 1

September 28th, 2018

There’s no breaking Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s Promises – the duo have chalked up another week at the top of the Official Singles Chart.

The pair’s dance collaboration finished over 6,500 combined sales of nearest rival Eastside, from Benny Blanco and Halsey, to rule Number 1 for a fourth week, notching up 6.6 million plays across streaming services.

Calvin made chart history with Promises, his tenth Number 1 overall, and eighth of the decade, giving him more chart-toppers since 2010 than any other artist. Sam isn’t far behind: Promises is his seventh Number 1.

Elsewhere in the Top 5, the week’s most-streamed song from Kanye West and Lil Pump, I Love It, scored 7.32 million listens and holds firm at 3, while Marshello and Bastille’s Happier climbs a place to a new peak at 4.

New entries and climbers

Jess Glynne’s All I Am breaks the Top 10, advancing two slots to 9, while the week’s highest new entry is the posthumous collaboration between Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, Falling Down, in at 10. Co-written by ILoveMakonnen, Falling Down features a verse by XXXTentacion’s which was recorded after Lil Peep’s death as a tribute, only for XXXTentacion himself to pass away months later.

Eminem is new at 13 with Killshot, a response to Machine Gun Kelly’s diss track Rap Devil; Rita Ora is new at 14 with Let You Love Me; Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis’ Be Alright breaks the Top 20 at 18; while Freya Ridings’ Lost Without You reaches a new peak climbing five to 20.

French Montana is a new entry at 21 with No Stylist, featuring Drake; Khalid’s Better rockets 13 places to 31, while Mumford & Sons round off the new entries, starting at 40 with Guiding Light.

View this week’s Top 100 Official Singles Chart in full

Spider-Man is still perched atop the UK gaming charts

September 24th, 2018

Insomniac is continuing to enjoy success with Spider-Man, with their platform exclusive web-slinging adventure making it three weeks at the top of the UK retail charts. Aristocratic grave robber Lara Croft has to make peace with yet a second week in second place, while Crash Bandicoot has spun up the charts a solitary place to complete the top three (replacing NBA 2K19 which drops to fourth). Otherwise, there’s not a ton of interesting movement to tell you about, so gaze at the GfK Chart-Track top ten below and then let’s all move on.

1. Spider-Man / Sony
2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
3. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
4. NBA 2K19 / Take-Two
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
6. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
7. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
8. F1 2018 / Codemasters
9. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Microsoft
10. Sonic Mania Plus / Sega

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Calvin Harris and Sam Smith extend reign at Number 1

September 21st, 2018

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith extend their reign at Number 1 to a third week on this week’s Official Singles Chart.

The pair’s collaboration Promises easily claims another week at the summit, just shy of 6,000 combined sales ahead of their closest competition Benny Blanco’s Eastside ft. Halsey & Khalid (2).

Promises was streamed 6.8 million times over the past week, and is Calvin’s tenth UK chart-topper and Sam’s seventh.

Elsewhere in this week’s Top 5, Marshmello’s Happier ft. Bastille lifts one place to 5 to earn the elusive producer/DJ his third Top 5 single and Bastille their fourth.

New entries and high climbers 

Two songs enter the Top 10 for the first time this week: club hit In My Mind by Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino jumps six spots to Number 8, and Silk City (aka Mark Ronson and Diplo)’s Electricity ft. Dua Lipa hops five places to Number 10. The track is the first from the Silk City project to enter the Official Chart, while Dua claims her sixth Top 10 in the space of 18 months.

Machine Gun Kelly’s scathing diss track to Eminem, Rap Devil, zooms 16 rungs to Number 15, David Guetta’s Don’t Leave Me Alone moves up five places to enter the Top 20 at 18, and Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis lifts five places to 22 with his global breakthrough hit Be Alright.

Finally, two songs make their Top 40 debut this week: Jason Derulo notches up his nineteenth UK Top 40 single with Goodbye ft. David Guetta, Nick Minaj and Willy William, up ten spots to 33, and Sigala’s Just Got Paid ft. Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor and French Montana vaults 14 to 37.

View this week’s Top 100 Official Singles Chart in full

Spider-Man holds off Tomb Raider

September 17th, 2018

Two of the biggest releases of September have come out within a week of each other – Spider-Man and Shadow of the Tomb Raider – and as reported by, Spider-Man has actually held off competition from Lara Croft to stay at number one in the UK charts for a second week, with Shadow of the Tomb Raider making do with number two instead.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Shadow of the Tomb Raider though, as week one sales are 25% higher than Rise of the Tomb Raider, although that launched as a timed exclusive for Xbox One while this one launches for PC and PS4 too. Compared to the first game in 2013 though sales are more than 70% down (even if these charts don’t factor digital sales in), with 63% of sales coming on PS4, and the rest on Xbox One (PC is almost entirely digital).

Spider-Man sales are down 42% though, while NBA 2K19 comes in at number three, with 65% of sales on PS4 and 33% on Xbox One, with a tiny 2% on Switch. After a price cut we’ve also seen Elder Scrolls Online reappear in the charts too, and for the full top 10 take a look below.

Can Spider-Man get a third week?

1. Spider-Man / Sony
2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
3. NBA 2K19 / 2K Sports
4. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy / Activision
5. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe / Nintendo
6. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
7. F1 2018 / Codemasters
8. The Elder Scrolls Online / Bethesda
9. Lego The Incredibles / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
10. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo

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