The Division 2 tops the gaming charts

March 18th, 2019

Considering anticipation for The Division 2 before release it might not surprise you to hear that it’s debuted at the top spot when it comes to the UK physical charts, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz, but it may surprise you to hear it fell well short of the original’s launch figures, gathering 20% of what the first game sold in its launch week.

60% of these sales came on PS4, with the rest on Xbox One, and since many people have posted a review in progress as they work their way through the massive game, as more reviews continue to drop this will no doubt affect sales.

Devil May Cry 5, however, slips from first place to number six after facing a 76% drop in sales compared to the week before, with Red Dead Redemption 2 riding into number two with a 22% increase in sales. Grand Theft Auto V sits just behind at number three, having a whopping 121% bump.

In number five we also have The Lego Movie 2 Videogame after the game launched in Nintendo Switch, while Anthem fell out of the top 10 to sit at number 11. For the full top 10 list though, be sure to check down below.

Can The Division 2 hold onto the top spot?

1. The Division 2 / Ubisoft
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar
3. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
4. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
5. The Lego Movie 2 Videogame / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
6. Devil May Cry 5 / Capcom
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
8. Far Cry: New Dawn / Ubisoft
9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate / Nintendo
10. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe / Nintendo

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Lewis Capaldi lands a second week at Number 1

March 10th, 2019

Lewis Capaldi hangs on to his Number 1 position on the Official Singles Chart, just ahead of Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man, who take the runner-up spot for a second week.

Someone You Loved crosses the finish line 6,000 combined sales ahead of Giant; and while Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man didn’t quite nab the top spot, they did pick up the most downloads this week.

Mabel’s Don’t Call Me Up lands at Number 3 after overtaking Ariana Grande’s two former Number 1s Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored and 7 Rings at 4 and 5.

This week’s highest new entry comes from the Jonas Brothers; their long-awaited return after six years Sucker flies straight in at Number 6 to become their first ever UK Top 10 single.

Just You And I by Tom Walker climbs two to 8 as his debut album What a Time to Be Alive takes Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

Elsewhere on the chart, Cardi B and Bruno Mars’ collaboration Please Me climbs seven spots to 13 following the release of its music video; I’m So Tired by Lauv & Troye Sivan climbs three to a new peak of 14; US rapper and producer Roddy Ricch’s collab with Chip and Yxng Bane How It Is debuts at 18.

Lewis Capaldi’s Grace edges closer to becoming his second Top 20 single, climbing three to Number 21; Kehlani’s Nights Like This ft. Ty Dolla Sign rises four to Number 29; London rapper Swarmz scores his first Top 40 entry as Bally ft. Tion Wayne rockets 22 spots to Number 32.

Finally, Sigrid should feel like celebrating as Don’t Feel Like Crying becomes her second Top 40 single after zooming 31 places to 34.

See the full Official Singles Chart Top 100

Anthem takes the top spot for a second week

March 4th, 2019

Last week Anthem debuted at number one in the UK boxed charts even though it managed significantly lower sales than Mass Effect: Andromeda, and despite the lukewarm reception to Bioware’s game it has retained the top spot after fending off competition from the likes of The Lego Movie 2 Videogame.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, a 71% drop in sales week-on-week wasn’t enough to topple Anthem, which had competition from FIFA 19 a place behind it. The game of The Lego Movie 2 also entered at number four, selling 59% of the copies on PS4, the same percentage that Dirt Rally 2.0 had on the console at number six (although Codemasters’ game was actually number two when it comes to revenue, since it sold at a higher price than others).

Trials Rising: Gold Edition is another new entry into the top 10, in number 10, with 39% coming on PS4, 33% on Xbox One, and 28% on Nintendo Switch. Dead or Alive 6, however, sold less than half of what 5 managed, and enters the charts in number 21.

For the full top 10 check down below.

1. Anthem / EA
2. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
3. Far Cry New Dawn / Ubisoft
3. The Lego Movie 2/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
5. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar
6. Dirt Rally 2.0 / Codemasters
7. Metro Exodus / Deep Silver
8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate / Nintendo
10. Trials Rising: Gold Edition / Ubisoft

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Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved climbs to Number 1

March 1st, 2019

Congratulations to Lewis Capaldi, who claims his first Number 1 on this week’s Official Singles Chart with Someone You Loved.

The song lifts from 3 to 1, logging 58,000 combined sales, including 6 million audio streams. Someone You Loved first entered the Top 100 at Number 66 back in January and has steadily climbed over the past nine weeks.

Celebrating the news, Lewis told Official Charts: “Look who it is at Number 1! If you’ve listened to it, bought it, streamed it… thanks very much. This is my first Number 1, so I’m officially a one-hit wonder on the Official Charts.”

The Scottish singer-songwriter made his Official Chart debut last November with Grace, which reaches a new peak at Number 24 in this week’s Top 40. His debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, is out on May 17.

After a close battle all week, Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man’s Giant settles for second places, finishing 1,900 combined sales behind Lewis, while last week’s Number 1 7 Rings by Ariana Grande slips to 4.

Pink claims this week’s highest new entry with Walk Me Home at Number 8, earning the star her 20th UK Top 10 single, while Tom Walker zooms nine spots to Number 10 with Just You & I following his British Breakthrough win at this year’s BRIT Awards.

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s Shallow rebounds ten places to 11 after winning Best Song at last week’s Oscars, and there are Top 20 breakthroughs for Blueface’s Thotiana, up seven to 15, and Lauv & Troye Sivan’s I’m So Tired, up five to 17.

Further down, Kehlani’s Nights Like This ft. Ty Dolla $ign  returns to the Top 40 at 33 following the release of her While We Wait mixtape, and two songs performed at last week’s BRITs return to the Top 40: Jess Glynne’s Thursday leaps six places to 35, and Calvin Harris & Sam Smith’s Promises climbs 13 spots to 37.

Finally, London rapper Dave bows at 40 with his new single Black.

See the full Official Singles Chart Top 100

Anthem tops the list with half of Andromeda’s sales

February 25th, 2019

We’ve just provided our review of Anthem this past week, and we’ve found out courtesy of GamesIndustry.biz that despite a mixed reception it has flown to the top of the UK boxed charts to claim the number one spot, with 54% of its sales coming from PS4, 40% on Xbox One, and the rest on PC.

Despite this first-place debut another report reveals that the game only managed half of the launch week sales of Mass Effect: Andromeda, Bioware’s last game that was notorious for its disappointing reviews and itself sold half of what Mass Effect 3 managed. Insider ZhugeEX also claims that the game sold around 10% of what Destiny managed in its first week, with Anthem also selling around a quarter of what Destiny 2 achieved in its first week too.

There are a number of caveats to add here though. The landscape has changed a lot since the launch of 3 and even Andromeda in 2017, with digital downloads (the stats of which we don’t have, whether that’s sales or Origin Access players) becoming more favoured in recent years over boxed sales. We should also note that anticipation was very high for Andromeda, while Andromeda’s own reception and the lukewarm response to the various pre-release demos dampened the hype for Anthem.

Anthem’s launch week sales were lower than that of Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3, heavy hitters that have also launched this year, but it has outsold Far Cry: New Dawn (down 43% this week) and Metro Exodus (down 55%) as both games hit their second week. Jump Force also has a big drop from number four to 17 with a 64% drop in sales in its second week, with Crackdown 3 dropping to number 26 after a 51% dip.

Below you can see the top 10 in full. Can Anthem hold onto the top spot?

1. Anthem / EA
2. Far Cry: New Dawn / Ubisoft
3. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
4. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar
5. Metro: Exodus / Deep Silver
6. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft
7. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe / Nintendo
8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
9. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate / Nintendo

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Ariana Grande replaces herself at Number 1 for a second time

February 22nd, 2019

Ariana Grande’s chart domination continues as she occupies three spots in this week’s Official Singles Chart Top 20.

The star replaces herself again as 7 Rings returns to Number 1, pushing last week’s leader Break Up With Your With Your Girlfriend… I’m Bored down to 2. The swap at the top makes her the first artist to replace herself at Number 1 for two consecutive weeks. Meanwhile, album track Needy sits at Number 11.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, 2x BRIT Award winner Calvin Harris sees his latest single Giant with Rag’n’Bone Man lift two places to Number 4, and after an eight-week climb, Hackney collective NSG reach the Top 10 hopping three places to Number 9 with Options ft. Tion Wayne.

Celebrating their first Top 10, NSG told Official Charts: “We are so grateful! It was destined. We truly believed in the power of track and the combination of what we were able to do with Jae5, we create great music and from there what’s meant to be will be. All we can say is thank you to the supporters and also Thank you to God.”

This week’s highest new entry goes to Cardi B & Bruno Mars’ Please Me (12), their second collaboration after last year’s Top 10 hit Finesse (Remix), while Cadet’s Advice ft. Deno Driz soars 21 rungs to a new peak at 15 following his untimely passing earlier this month.

There are more big climbers this week from D-Block Europe’s Kitchen Kings, up 51 places to 16, boosted by the release of the South London collective’s new album Home Alone, and viral hit Thotiana by rapper Blueface charges 17 spots to 23.

Further down, Little Mix’s new single Think About Us ft. Ty Dolla $ign rebounds 23 places to a new peak at Number 26, and Zedd’s 365 ft. Katy Perry is new at 37.

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

Far Cry: New Dawn and Metro Exodus top the gaming charts

February 18th, 2019

Players around the world had been waiting for February 15 for a very long time. The day was filled with anticipated releases such as Crackdown 3, Far Cry: New Dawn, Metro Exodus, Jump Force and Anthem (kind of). This made it very likely that one or more of these games wouldn’t get as much attention as if they had launched on any other day, and that seems to have come to pass.

Sure, Far Cry: New Dawn ended up being the best-selling game last week, but Gamesindustry.biz can reveal that the spin-off sold 86.5 per cent less physical copies than last year’s Far Cry 5 and just a little more than a quarter of what Far Cry Primal did in its first week back in 2016.

Deep Silver and 4A Games have more reasons to celebrate despite selling approximately 2,000 units less than New Dawn, as Metro Exodus sold close to 50 per cent more units than Metro Last Light did in its first week. Very impressive, especially as digital sales are far more common these days than when Last Light launched in 2013.

Those of you who’ve been keeping a close eye on the coverage of Crackdown 3 the last few months probably won’t be too surprised to learn that the game didn’t even manage to crack the top ten by landing on thirteenth. That’s because it barely managed to sell ten per cent of what Crackdown 2 did in 2010, so expect Microsoft to boast about player numbers and Xbox Game Pass downloads instead of sales in the future.

Either way, here’s the top ten from last week:

  1. Far Cry: New Dawn
  2. Metro Exodus
  3. Red Dead Redemption 2
  4. Jump Force
  5. FIFA 19
  6. Resident Evil 2
  7. New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe
  8. Kingdom Hearts III
  9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

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Ariana Grande scores a record-breaking week with Thank U, Next

February 15th, 2019

Ariana Grande dominates this week’s Official Singles and Albums Charts as her new album Thank U, Next debuts at Number 1 with huge streaming numbers.

Ariana’s latest album becomes her third to debut at the top of the chart, following Dangerous Woman (2016) and Sweetener (2018). Thank U, Next is the star’s biggest opening week for an album to date at 65,000 combined sales, including 59 million streams across its 12 tracks.

On the Official Singles Chart, Ariana lands her fifth Number 1 with Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored (85,000 combined sales), knocking her previous single 7 Rings down to Number 2.

Another track from the album, Needy, also debuts in this week’s Top 10 at Number 8. It makes Ariana the first female artist since Ruby Murray in March 1955 to have three Top 10 singles as a lead artist in the same week.

Aside from Ariana, Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved makes big gains in this week’s Top 10, leaping six places to a new peak at Number 3. Another Lewis single, Grace, vaults 14 spots to Number 26.

Khalid & Disclosure’s brand-new track Talk opens at 16, earning the US singer-songwriter his tenth Top 40 single and Disclosure their sixth and first in almost four years.

AJ Tracey’s Psych Out rebounds back into the Top 40 and reaches a new peak at Number 18 following the release of his new album, and Tom Walker lands his second Top 40 single with Just You And I, up 39 rungs to Number 30.

Three more songs make their Top 40 debut: Who Do You Love? By The Chainsmokers ft. 5 Seconds Of Summer (34), Breathe by Camelphat & Christoph ft. Jem Cooke (37), and viral hit Thotiana by US rapper Blueface (40).

Finally, following his tragic death last week, London rapper Cadet re-enters the Top 40 at 36 with his Deno Driz collaboration, Advice.

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

Red Dead 2 pushes Kingdom Hearts off the top spot

February 11th, 2019

After Square Enix and Capcom topped the UK physical game charts this year already with Kingdom Hearts III and Resident Evil 2 respectively, a familiar face is back at the top of the pile this week, as Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 has reclaimed the top spot with FIFA 19 just behind at number two.

Speaking of Rockstar, Grand Theft Auto V is at number 10 as well, while Kingdom Hearts III has slid down to number three, with Resident Evil 2 at four. As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, Kingdom Hearts saw an 87% decrease in sales from last week, while Resident Evil 2 dropped 67%.

Red Dead Redemption’s 14% increase in sales means it can add a sixth week at the top of the charts, and FIFA 19 is hardly surprising to see there since it always sells well, even being the best-selling console game in Europe last year.

For the full top 10 list check down below. Can Red Dead Redemption 2 stay top, considering all the games like Metro Exodus and Far Cry: New Dawn releasing this Friday?

1. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar
2. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
3. Kingdom Hearts III / Square Enix
4. Resident Evil 2 / Capcom
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
6. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe / Nintendo
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
8. Spyro Reignited Trilogy / Activision
9. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate / Nintendo
10. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar

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The Specials secure first Number 1 album with Encore

February 8th, 2019

The Specials have won this week’s hectic race for Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

Following an intense week of in-store signings and promotion, the ska legends beat revived Noughties boyband Busted to the finishing line by just 1060 sales with Encore.

The Specials’ first album of new material in 37 years, Encore is their first ever UK Number 1 album, clocking up 89% physical sales and, coincidentally, it’s 39 years ago this week since their single Too Much Too Young topped the Official Singles Chart.

Receiving the award, The Specials told OfficialCharts.com, “Recording the album has been one of the most amazing trips of our lives. What can we say? It couldn’t have been better timing. A real thanks to the fans who have stayed with us for all this time. We all share in this, thank you.”

Busted are runners-up with Half Way There, their third album to reach Number 2 – 2002’s self-titled debut and 2003’s A Present For Everyone also just missed the top spot on the Official Albums Chart.

Another three brand new albums end their first week in the Top 10: Ripples by Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown (4), London rapper Fredo’s first full-length album Third Avenue (5), and Claire Richards’ debut solo project My Wildest Dreams (9).

Billie Eilish lands a new peak at 12 with her Don’t Smile At Me EP, ahead of three more new entries from White Lies’ Five at Number 14, Dutch metal band Within Temptation’s Resist at 15, and the return of Nina Nesbitt, whose The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change is new at Number 21.

Finally, Buddy Holly and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra close out the Top 40 with True Love Ways; it vaults 30 positions to return to the Top 40 at Number 40 following the 60th anniversary of Holly’s death in 1959.

See the full Official Albums Chart Top 100