Ariana Grande breaks UK chart record as she enters fifth week at Number 1

December 7th, 2018

Ariana Grande extends her reign at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart with thank u, next on to a fifth week, setting a new streaming record.

The track notched up a massive 14.9 million streams this week, 7.9 million of which were from its music video, released last week. It’s the highest number of plays in a week in UK chart history, overtaking Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You, which racked up 14.2 million streams in a single week last year.

Grande’s fifth week at Number 1 gives her the longest-reigning chart-topper for a female artist since 2008, when Katy Perry managed a five-week stint with I Kissed A Girl.

Meanwhile, Ava Max climbs to Number 2 with Sweet But Psycho, up four positions from last week, and Halsey’s Without Me hits a new peak at Number 3.

This week’s highest new entry goes to X Factor champion Dalton Harris, whose winner’s single The Power Of Love ft. James Arthur debuts at Number 4.

New entries and high climbers

James Arthur has a second Top 10 entry as Rewrite The Stars with Anne-Marie leaps nine spots to 8, 6ix9ine rockets 29 places to Number 9 with Kika ft. Tory Lanez, and Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus debut at 10 with Nothing Breaks Like A Heart.

US rapper Meek Mill scores his first UK Top 40 single with Going Bad ft. Drake at 17, 6ix9ine features a second time with Mama ft. Nicki Minaj and Kanye West at 29, and Tom Walker returns to the Top 40 following his X Factor final performance with Leave A Light On at 31.

Finally, eight Christmas favourites feature on the chart this week, led by Mariah Carey, who zooms 28 places to Number 6 with All I Want For Christmas Is You. The others are: Wham’s Last Christmas (14), The Pogues’ and Kirsty MacColl’s Fairytale of New York (18), Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas (26), Michael Buble’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (30), Merry Christmas Everyone from Ariana Grande’s Santa Tell Me (35), Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone (36), and Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee (39).

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

FIFA 19 moves to top of the table

December 3rd, 2018

Right now is a tough time to be in the UK video game charts, as Red Dead Redemption 2 is still selling strong and being bolstered by the launch of its Online beta, but that hasn’t stopped FIFA 19 from reclaiming the top spot and pushing Rockstar’s goliath into second place.

It’s more bad news for Fallout 76 too, as following on from a number of controversies – from the quality of the bag in the Power Armour edition to the game’s technical performance – Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic outing slips out of the top 10 into number 11. Battlefield V, however, hangs onto the fourth place position, and for the full top 10 you can look below.

1. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
4. Battlefield V / EA Games
5. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft
6. Spyro: Reignited Trilogy / Activision
7. Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! / Nintendo
8. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Ubisoft
9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
10. Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle / Warner Bros. Interactive

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Ariana Grande’s thank u, next holds on to Singles Chart top spot

December 1st, 2018

It’s been another mighty seven days for Ariana Grande as thank u, next holds on to Number 1 for a fourth week.

The chart titan keeps Little Mix and Nicki Minaj’s Woman Like Me at Number 2 – though Jess Glynne finishes fewer than 300 combined sales behind them with Thursday at Number 3.

Halsey secures her first Top 5 single as a lead artist with Without Me at 4, just ahead of Ava Max, who leaps seven places to Number 6 with Sweet But Psycho – her first UK Top 10 single. Elsewhere in the Top 10, Kodak Black’s Zeze ft. Travis Scott and Offset rebounds two spaces to Number 8.

New entries and high climbers

Zara Larsson’s Ruin My Life advances four slots to Number 11, 1999 also rises four spots to put Charli XCX & Troye Sivan at Number 13, and Khalid’s Better lifts three to a new peak at Number 15.

Ellie Goulding cracks the Top 20 with Close To Me ft. Diplo and Swae Lee at 18, and London rapper Digdat scores this week’s highest new entry at Number 20 with Airforce after a remix featuring Krept & Konan and K-Trap was released.

Further down, George Ezra’s latest single Hold My Girl climbs eight rungs to 25, rapper Sheck Wes leaps ten positions to 27 with Mo Bamba, Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris jump 11 placings to a new high at 29, and 6ix9ine’s Kika ft. Tory Lanez enters at 38.

Finally, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You returns to the Top 40 for its 12th consecutive year.

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

Battlefield V struggles at launch

November 28th, 2018

The UK retail charts were late this week, presumably, cause there was a lot to tally up after Black weekend. In fact, a report on GamesIndustry.biz indicate that around 300,000 consoles were sold with PlayStation 4 leading the pack ahead of Xbox One and Switch in what was an even race. The massive amount of punters in stores also made for a bit of a switch up at the top of the charts where FIFA 19 took over from Spyro Reignited Trilogy. The big new release this week, Battlefield V, struggled to live up to the sales of previous entries in the series and was down 63% compared to Battlefield 1 in its first week. While an argument could be made that some of that could be compensated by digital sales, it’s still a massive drop.

All Formats:
1. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
3. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar
4. Battlefield V / EA Games
5. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft
6. Spider-Man / Sony
7. Fallout 76 / Bethesda
8. Pokémon Let’s Go / Nintendo
9. Spyro Reignited Trilogy / Activision
10. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe

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Ariana Grande spends a third week at Number 1

November 24th, 2018

There’s no shifting Ariana Grande from the top of the Official Singles Chart, as thank u, next claims a third week at Number 1.

thank u, next is Ariana’s first ever UK chart-topper all on her lonesome and her longest running – previous chart-toppers , Problem ft. Iggy Azalea and Bang Bang with Jessie J & Nicki Minaj each managed a week at Number 1. The song finishes the week 24,000 combined sales ahead of nearest rival Little Mix’s Woman Like Me, which moves back up to its previous peak of Number 2.

Former Number 1 Shallow, by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, drops a place to Number 3, while Jess Glynne rises three spaces to 4 with Thursday, claiming her ninth UK Top 5 single. Jess is now level with Rita Ora for number of Top 5s by a British female soloist, and Rita is right behind her at 5 with Let You Love Me.

New entries and high climbers

Pink shoots up 25 spots to Number 11 with A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined, and is this week’s most downloaded track, while Polaroid by Jonas Blue, Liam Payne and Lennon Stella takes one step forward to Number 12.

Ava Max’s Sweet But Psycho zooms 19 places to Number 13, her first ever UK Top 20, while another high-flyer from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined, Rewrite The Stars, awards James Arthur & Anne-Marie this week’s highest new entry at 16.

Ellie Goulding and Diplo close in on the Top 20, rising nine slots to 21 with Close To Me ft. Swae Lee, while Little Mix’s newest release Strip ft. Sharaya J debuts at Number 25 – their 21st UK Top 40 hit.

Elsewhere in the chart, Cadet & Deno Driz reach a new peak with Advice (30); Clean Bandit, Marina & Luis Fonsi’s Baby, crawls six places to a new best (32); and Hold My Girl by George Ezra enters the Top 40 for the first time (33).

Following his performance on The X Factor last weekend, Tom Walker ascends 21 rungs to return to the Top 40 with Leave A Light On at 36; Sheck Wes impacts at Number 37 with Mo Bamba; Nafe Smallz, M Huncho & Gunna debut at Number 38 with Broken Homes; and finally, Panic! At The Disco’s version of The Greatest Show from – yes, you’ve guessed it – The Greatest Showman: Reimagined, takes a seat at Number 39.

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Gaming charts: Spyro stands tall above fierce competition

November 19th, 2018

Last week was a pretty hectic week for the world of video games, as there were plenty of new releases to enjoy, and now GamesIndustry.biz has provided us with the UK charts, showing that Spyro’s Reignited Trilogy is the winner of the battle for supremacy, sitting at the number one spot.

Pokémon Let’s Go also launched last week, with Pikachu in at four and Eevee in at six, but stock issues in the UK meant that less units came in from Nintendo’s European warehouse than anticipated. Also, download sales aren’t included in these figures, and if you bundle both Pokémon Let’s Go games together, they’d be top of the charts.

With regards to Spyro, 75% of sales came on PS4, and some might be surprised to see Fallout 76 as high as it is (number three) since there has been a lot of criticism leveled against it. Sales are indeed down 82.4% when compared to Fallout 4, but it actually generated the most revenue in UK retail last week, since Spyro had a lower price.

For the full top 10 list check down below:

1. Spyro: Reignited Trilogy / Activision
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar
3. Fallout 76 / Bethesda
4. Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu / Nintendo
5. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
6. Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee / Nintendo
7, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
8. Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle / Epic Games
9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
10. Hitman 2 / IO Interactive

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Ariana Grande claims a second week at Number 1

November 17th, 2018

Ariana Grande’s thank u, next holds on to the Official Singles Chart Number 1 single for a second week with another bumper week of sales and streams.

The song achieved the biggest weekly UK streaming figures of any track so far this year, with 9.76 million plays. It’s the highest since Luis Fonsi’s Despacito racked up 10.6 million UK streams in a week in May 2017.

thank u, next posts a combined downloads and streaming equivalent sales figure of 95,000 – more than double its closest rival, Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (2).

Elsewhere in this week’s Top 10 Halsey climbs to new heights with Without Me, up three places to 6, Post Malone’s Sunflower ft. Swae Lee lifts two spots to 8, and Freya Ridings rebounds three places back to Number 9 for a third time with Lost Without You.

New entries and high climbers

In the Top 20, Zara Larsson climbs eight spots to Number 14 with Ruin My Life; Khalid also scales eight places with Better at 16; Charli XCX zooms 24 places into the Top 40 with 1999 ft. Troye Sivan (17), earning Charli her tenth UK Top 40 single, and Cheryl has this week’s highest new entry at Number 19 with long-awaited return, Love Made Me Do It.

Elsewhere, James Arthur climbs five places with Empty Space (22), and posthumous single Bad from XXXTentacion enters at Number 23. London rapper Fredo debuts not far behind at Number 25 with BMT.

Jason Derulo’s opera-influenced collab Goodbye with David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj & Willy William moves up five slots to 26, Billie Eilish hits a new peak at 29 with When The Party’s Over, just ahead of Ellie Goulding, Diplo and Swae Lee’s Close To Me at 30, which has climbed four spots following the release of the song’s music video.

Finally, rising star Ava Max enters the Top 40 with Sweet But Psycho at 32 followed closely by the return of Baby Shark by Pinkfong at Number 33.

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

Red Dead Redemption 2 enjoys a third week at number one

November 12th, 2018

It’s not often that the top five of the UK retail chart remains unchanged from one week to another, but this is exactly what we’re dealing with this week as there is a distinct lack of major new releases. Red Dead Redemption 2 continues to have a firm grip on the chart and it remains to be seen whether Fallout 76 can manage to take number one next week. Only one new title managed to get into the top 40 with Carnival Games on Switch managing to get to number 20.

All Formats:

1. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
3. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
4. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft
5. Spider-Man / Sony
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
7. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
8. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Ubisoft
9. Lego Harry Potter Collection / Warner Bros.
10. Lego DC Super-Villains / Warner Bros.

Individual Formats (units):

1. Red Dead Redemption 2 / PS4
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Xbox One
3. FIFA 19 / PS4
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / PS4
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Xbox One
6. FIFA 19 / Xbox One
7. Forza Horizon 4 / Xbox One
8. Spider-Man / PS4
9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Switch
10. Super Mario Party / Switch

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Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” debuts at Number 1

November 9th, 2018

Ariana Grande debuts at Number 1 on this week’s Official Singles Chart with her break-up anthem thank u, next.

The single – released last Saturday night – has amassed an impressive 73,000 combined sales in six days, including 6.7 million streams. It finishes over 26,000 combined sales ahead of its closest competitor, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s Shallow (2).

thank u, next is Grande’s third UK Number 1 single but first ever solo chart-topper. Her previous Number 1s are: Problem ft. Iggy Azalea (2014) and Bang Bang with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj (2014).

Despite being about past relationships, thank u, next has been praised for its positive messages of self-love. The song notably premiered just moments before Grande’s ex-fiancé, Pete Davidson, was due to appear on Saturday Night Live; previews had shown him referring to their break-up in sketches on the programme.

Grande is only the fourth single to debut at Number 1 this year following Drake’s Nice For What and God’s Plan, and Dave & Fredo’s Funky Friday. The last female artist to do it was Taylor Swift with Look What You Made Me Do in August 2017.

New entries and high climbers

Jess Glynne jumps 11 places to Number 7 with her latest single Thursday, and Without Me by Halsey zooms 13 places to Number 9 – her highest charting single as a lead artist.

Jonas Blue, Liam Payne and Lennon Stella’s Polaroid vaults 28 places into the Top 40 at Number 16 following their performance on The X Factor last week, and Zara Larsson edges closer to the Top 20 with Ruin My Life, up six to 22. James Arthur’s Empty Space rockets 39 places to 27 to earn him his eighth Top 40 hit.

Further down, Clean Bandit’s new single Baby ft. Marina & The Diamonds and Luis Fonsi debuts at 33, ahead of Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris’ brand new track I Found You at Number 35.

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

Charts: Red Dead Redemption 2 remains on top

November 5th, 2018

The latest UK retail charts are in, courtesy of Chart-track, and it’s no surprise that Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 remains in first place. In fact, the game recorded the best second-week sales of any title released in 2018. As we march towards Christmas, the big hitters occupy much of the top ten with new releases struggling to make much of an impact. This week saw the re-release Lego Harry Potter Collection land at number 8, with Football Manager 2019 just behind it in a rare chart appearance from a boxed PC exclusive. Further down the chart at number 15 was Diablo III: Eternal Collection for Switch, and way back at 27 was Focus Home Interactive’s Call of Cthulhu.

All Formats:

1. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
3. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
4. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft
5. Spider-Man / Sony
6. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Ubisoft
7. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
8. Lego Harry Potter Collection / Warner (new)
9. Football Manager 2019 / Sega (new)
10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo

Individual Formats (units):

1. Red Dead Redemption 2 / PS4
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Xbox One
3. FIFA 19 / PS4
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / PS4
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Xbox One
6. Forza Horizon 4 / Xbox One
7. FIFA 19 / Xbox One
8. Spider-Man / PS4
9. Football Manager 2019 / PC (new)
10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo

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