Pokémon Sword gets UK number one in physical charts

November 18th, 2019

With both Pokémon Sword/Shield and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order being big releases in massive franchises last week, people were wondering who’d take the top spot in the UK physical charts this week, and GamesIndustry.biz reports that it’s Pokémon Sword that’s topped the list, with Shield coming in at three and the double pack at seven.

In fact, it’s the biggest exclusive game of the entire year, being the third-biggest physical game launch, sitting just behind multi-platform games FIFA 20 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

These figures have been taken from combining the sales of all three listings, and taken together, these have made the second biggest launch for Pokémon games in UK history, selling 33% (or 43% if you count the dual pack as double games) more than Black and White, also shifting 53% (or 64.6%) more than Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee from last year.

That said, sales are actually down 39% (or 34.5%) from Pokémon Sun and Moon, released in 2016.

As for Star Wars, Respawn’s game was the fourth-biggest physical game launch of the year, with sales 33% lower that Star Wars Battlefront II. PS4 made up 66% of sales, with Xbox One making up the rest.

This week also sees Death Stranding drop 71% in sales, moving from two to eight, with Need for Speed Heat also dropping from five to 11.

For the full top 10 look down below. Can Pokémon stay at number one?

1. Pokémon Sword / Nintendo
2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order / EA
3. Pokémon Shield / Nintendo
4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Activision
5. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
6. Luigi’s Mansion 3 / Nintendo
7. Pokémon Sword and Shield: Dual Edition / Nintendo
8. Death Stranding / Sony
9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
10. Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 / Sega

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Dance Monkey now the longest female UK Number 1 since Leona Lewis

November 15th, 2019

Dance Monkey continues to boogie at the top of the Official Singles Chart, earning Tones and I a mammoth seventh week at Number 1.

By extending her lead at the top, Australian singer-songwriter Tones and I – real name Toni Watson – now has the longest-running UK chart-topper by a female lead since Leona Lewis’s Bleeding Love, which spent seven weeks at Number 1 in 2007.

Dance Monkey scored 83,000 chart sales to keep its spot at the summit, including 9.6 million streams.

Meanwhile, J Hus claims this week’s highest new entry with Must Be at Number 5 – the British rapper’s strongest debut and highest charting track to date.

Production trio Meduza are on the cusp of landing their second Top 10 with Lose Control ft. Becky Hill & Goodboys, up three to 11; rapper Fredo lands his seventh Top 40 single with Netflix & Chill at 13; and Dave earns a 15th Top 40 with Paper Cuts at 15.

Following his boxing match win against Logan Paul, British YouTuber KSI enters the Top 40 at Number 18 with Down Like That ft. Rick Rossm Lil Baby and S-X; US singer-songwriter Arizona Zervas vaults 18 places to Number 24 with his global breakthrough hit Roxanne; and Young T & Bugsey’s Don’t Rush ft. Headie One is new at 28.

Further down, rising London-born singer and rapper Darkoo scores her UK Top 40 debut with One Acen collaboration Gangsta at 34; Endor’s rework of Danzell’s 2004 dance hit Pump It Up climbs seven spots to 36; and Tom Walker’s Better Half Of Me zooms 14 places to 40.

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Modern Warfare manages to hold off Death Stranding

November 11th, 2019

Death Stranding has only just been released after years of speculation and anticipation, and now GamesIndustry.biz reports that it has debuted at number two on the UK physical charts, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare still holding onto the top spot.

It’s actually the second-biggest exclusive and second-biggest new IP released this year, behind Bend Studio’s Days Gone, with Death Stranding selling 36% fewer units at launch.

Elsewhere Luigi’s Mansion 3 drops 59% compared to last week, sitting at number four, and Need for Speed Heat is parked up at number five, selling 41% fewer copies than Need for Speed: Payback in 2017.

In a throwback, the Nintendo Wii version of Just Dance 2020 is actually the second most successful version, accounting for 21% of all sales. The game itself is at number 15 in the charts, with 55% of these sales being on the Nintendo Switch.

For the full top 10 check down below. Are you surprised that Death Stranding isn’t top?

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Activision
2. Death Stranding / Sony
3. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
4. Luigi’s Mansion 3 / Nintendo
5. Need for Speed Heat / EA
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
7. Fortnite: Darkfire Bundle / Epic Games
8. Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 / Sega
9. Minecraft / Microsoft
10. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville / EA

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Tones and I extends her reign at Number 1

November 8th, 2019

Tones and I is showing no signs of flagging on the dance floor as she marks another week at Number 1 with Dance Monkey.

Dance Monkey notched up 11,450 downloads – its highest weekly downloads figure so far – and scored over 9.33 million streams to land a sixth week atop the Official Singles Chart with a combined sales tally of 84,500.

Tones and I’s domination means Dua Lipa starts at Number 2 with her comeback single Don’t Start Now, which opened the MTV EMAs in Seville last weekend.

Blackbear’s Hot Girl Bummer hits a new peak, rising seven places to Number 18, and Jax Jones’ This is Real, featuring Ella Henderson, leaps 11 slots to Number 19 – Ella was last in the Top 20 with Kygo, back in 2015.

There’s a new entry at 23 for Krept & Konan, D-Block Europe, and Ling Hussle, with Tell Me, and Krept & Konan crop up again at 28, rocketing 19 places with their Wizkid collab, G Love.

Niall Horan’s Nice To Meet Ya rises eight slots to 26; M Huncho is new in at 30 with Thumb, featuring Nafe Smallz; and AJ Tracey and Skepta’s much-anticipated collaboration Kiss and Tell makes its debut at 31.

The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK are serving chart realness, debuting on the UK’s Official Singles Chart before the inaugural season of the BBC Three show is even over. Break Up (Bye Bye) death-drops straight in at Number 35, following episode 5’s girlband challenge. Poundz zooms 13 places to 37 with Opp Thot; and Halsey’s Graveyard rebounds three slots to re-enter at 40.

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Gaming charts: Modern Warfare fights off Luigi’s Mansion 3

November 4th, 2019

In the UK physical game charts this week, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is holding onto the top spot (thanks, GamesIndustry.biz), although Luigi’s Mansion 3 has become the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch physical game of 2019, landing at number two.

This sold faster than The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Super Mario Maker 2, and physical sales are 140% more than the last game in 2013. As a reminder, this doesn’t include digital sales either.

Sales for Modern Warfare are down 49% from its launch week, and at number 12 we have the return of the classic Aladdin and Lion King platformers, selling best on Switch, which is where 48% of sales were.

WWE 2K20 falls from number three to 14 this week, dipping 81% in terms of sales, and EA’s Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville has actually sold more in its third week than it managed in its first.

For the full top 10 look down below. What can topple Modern Warfare?

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Activision
2. Luigi’s Mansion 3 / Nintendo
3. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
5. The Outer Worlds / Private Division
6. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint / Ubisoft
7. Ring Fit Adventure / Nintendo
8. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville / EA
9. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
10. MediEvil / Sony

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Dance Monkey scores highest sales week yet to stay at Number 1

November 1st, 2019

There’s no moving that Dance Monkey off the top spot just yet, as Tones and I extends her reign at Number 1.

The viral hit scored its highest weekly sales tally yet, with 85,820 combined sales – including 9.54 million streams – to land a fifth week atop the Official Singles Chart.

The last Australian act to manage a five-week stint at Number 1 was Gotye’s Somebody I Used To Know, back in 2012.

Selena Gomez lands her fifth Top 10 as Lose You to Love Me rockets 62 slots to Number 3, her highest ever chart position in the UK – further down the chart another Selena track, Look At Her Now, is also brand new at 26.

Following the release of his ninth studio album Jesus is King, Kanye West scores three new entries in this week’s Top 40: Follow God is in at 6, giving him a 20th Top 10; Selah is new at 19; and Closed on Sundays bows at 20.

Lizzo scores her first ever UK Top 10, with Good As Hell, leaping 12 slots to Number 7 thanks in part to a new remix featuring Ariana Grande; Floss by AJ Tracey, featuring Mostack & Not3s, is new at Number 22 following the release of the deluxe edition of AJ’s self-titled debut album.

Coldplay return with Orphans, in at Number 27, and Niall Horan’s Nice to Meet Ya breaks into the Top 40 for the first time, climbing to Number 34.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare tops the British gaming charts

October 28th, 2019

It might not come as a surprise, but Call of Duty: Modern Warfare dominated the Brittish charts last week, and actually sold 39% more than Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 did last year (this is only physical copies), according to Games Industry. The sales did, however, not meet those of Call of Duty: WWII from 2017, even if it should be noted that digital sales are way higher today.

Despite fairly low grades (our review is brewing right now) and criticism on social media for a plethora of bugs, WWE 2K20 debuted right behind FIFA 20. It was followed by The Outer Worlds, and Games Industry notes that many probably expected a better position from this game, but reminds that it has very high digital downloads as it is a part of Xbox Game Pass. A prime example of this is the fact that the game has 78% of the physical sales on PS4 and only 22% on Xbox One.

Finally, Games Industry notes that MediEval also did fairly well considering that it generally got average scores and that both Ring Fit Adventure and Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville are continuing to sell well during their second week on the market.

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
2. FIFA 20
3. WWE 2K20
4. The Outer Worlds
5. MediEvil
6. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
7. Ring Fit Adventure
8. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
9. Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
10. Minecraft (Switch Edition)

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Tones and I keeps dancing at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart

October 25th, 2019

Tones and I’s Dance Monkey extends its reign at Number 1 on the Official UK Singles Chart with another week of impressive sales and streams.

The track claims a fourth week at the top notching up 81,000 chart sales over the past seven days, including 9 million streams. Dance Monkey outperformed its closest competitor, Regard’s Ride It, by almost double.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran’s South of the Border continues to head north on the chart, up three places to Number 4, while Lewis Capaldi’s Bruises lifts three places to a new peak at Number 6.

Two songs enter the Top 10 for the first time: Aitch’s Buss Down ft. ZieZie climbs three spots to 8, and Maroon 5’s Memories leaps nine rungs to 10, earning the US band their eleventh UK Top 10 single.

Production trio Meduza make this week’s biggest climb within the Top 40; new single Lose Control ft. Becky Hill and Goodboys is up 18 places to Number 15. Lizzo’s Good As Hell also breaks into the Top 20 for the first time, up four places to Number 18. A new mix of the song featuring Ariana Grande was released today and will impact next week’s chart.

Further down, there’s a climb for Halsey’s Graveyard, up seven spots to 29; Hot Girl Bummer by Blackbear soars 11 places to make its Top 40 debut at 30; Jax Jones earns his tenth UK Top 40 single as This Is Real ft. Ella Henderson vaults 21 rungs to 33; and The Script’s The Last Time lift eight places to 40 – the band’s eleventh Top 40 single.

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FIFA 20 holds off The Witcher 3 on Nintendo Switch

October 21st, 2019

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, FIFA 20 is still at the top of the UK physical game charts for another week, despite big releases like the arrival of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Nintendo Switch.

The Switcher actually made it to number four, with 96% of the copies being on Nintendo’s console, pushing the 999% increase of sales week-on-week. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also sits at number two, with Ring Fit Adventure, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and the Switch version of Minecraft also showing their face in the top 10.

Blizzard’s Overwatch sat at number 11, however, having just released its Switch version. Speaking of which, FIFA’s Switch version made up 5% of its sales.

For the full top 10 check down below. What can topple FIFA?

1. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
3. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint / Ubisoft
4. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt GOTY Edition / CD Projekt Red
5. Ring Fit Adventure / Nintendo
6. Minecraft: Switch Edition / Mojang
7. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville / EA
8. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening / Nintendo
9. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
10. Borderlands 3 / 2K Games

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Dance Monkey sees off Travis Scott to claim second week at Number 1

October 11th, 2019

Tones and I’s Dance Monkey extends its reign at Number 1 on this week’s Official Singles Chart, holding off a fierce challenge from Travis Scott’s Highest in the Room.

Dance Monkey notched up over 70,700 chart sales this week, including 7.34 million streams, to claim a second week at the summit.

Travis’s Highest in the Room, a new entry at Number 2, becomes his second Top 10 and his highest ever chart peak in the UK.

Dermot Kennedy, who tops this week’s Official Albums Chart, scores his first UK Top 10, as Outnumbered advances six slots to a new peak of Number 8; Jorja Smith lands her highest charting single as Be Honest, feat. Burna Boy, rises four places to 11; and Sam Feldt’s Post Malone, feat. Rani, rebounds four to a new peak of 13.

Justin Bieber’s collaboration with country duo Dan & Shay, 10,000 Hours, starts at 19; Buss Down, from Aitch feat Ziezie climbs five to break the Top 20 at 20; while Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, and Cardi B’s team-up on South of the Border is up sixteen places to 24.

After a near-miss earlier in the year, Summer Walker lands her first UK Top 40 hit with Playing Games, which rockets 68 slots to 25; Camila Cabello pops up again, this time rising eight to 29 with Liar; Riton & Oliver Heldens also advance eight with Turn Me On feat Vula, to 29; and Halsey scores an eighth Top 40 with Graveyard, up eleven to 38.

View this week’s Official Singles Chart Top 100