Tones and I matches record for longest running Number 1 by a female artist

December 6th, 2019

It’s a perfect 10 for Tones and I as she celebrates another week at the top of the Official Singles Chart, and enters the chart record books into the bargain.

The Australian singer-songwriter’s international hit Dance Monkey has notched up an impressive ten straight weeks at Number 1, matching the record for longest running chart-topper by a female artist, sharing the accolade with two pop greats.

Tones and I now joins Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, from 1992, and Rihanna’s Umbrella, from 2007, in the rundown of longest reigns at the top. This week Dance Monkey racked up combined sales of 75,000, including 9.39m streams, and if Tones and I can hang on for another week, the record will belong to her alone.

Arizona Zervas breaks the Top 5 with Roxanne, rising two slots to Number 5, and Mariah Carey sleighs her way back into the Top 10 as her festive favourite All I Want For Christmas Is You zooms 26 places to Number 8.

The Weeknd scores two new entries: Heartless gives him a seventh Top 10, rocketing 54 places to 10, and Blinding Lights goes straight in at 12.

Ellie Goulding leaps 43 places to enter the Top 40 at 14 with her cover of Joni Mitchell’s Christmas song River, and Trevor Daniel makes his UK chart debut, with Falling, rising six spots to 40.

And, yes, it’s time to get festive as a host of Christmas classics make an impact on the chart. Aside from Mariah leading the charge at 8, other festive tracks making a comeback are: Wham’s Last Christmas (13); Fairytale of New York from Pogues feat Kirsty MacColl (22); Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas (23); Shakin Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone (26); Michael Bublé’s It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (32); Santa Tell Me, from Ariana Grande (33); and Elton John’s Step Into Christmas (39).

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Black Friday hardware bundles drive this week’s sales charts

December 2nd, 2019

Black Friday always has a big impact on the UK charts, not only with the hundreds of individual games that are discounted during the now week-long sale but because retailers and platform holders package up hardware with games to make them more tempting in the run up to the holidays. That’s the reason why Sea of Thieves, which we last saw in the charts early last year when the game first released, is once again in the UK top ten.

FIFA 20 was the biggest seller of the week, helped no doubt by the fact that it was bundled in with the PS4 at retailers up and down the country. In fact, last week’s best-seller Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was also included as part of a PS4 hardware bundle and that helped keep it in the mix, while Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the aforementioned Sea of Thieves were included as part of Xbox One hardware bundles.

Much of the top ten, however, is dominated by Nintendo, with Minecraft (which appears twice in this week’s chart) and Pokémon (which also appears twice) among the five Nintendo-published games included.

Elsewhere, recent releases such as Shenmue 3 and Football Manager 2020 were completely absent from this week’s top forty, with many gamers taking advantage of generous discounts and going back to snap up some of those titles that were missed before. Check out the top ten below:

1. FIFA 20 / EA
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Activision
3. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order / EA
4. Sea of Thieves / Microsoft
5. Minecraft (Xbox) / Microsoft
6. Pokémon Sword/Shield (Sword) / Nintendo
7. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe / Nintendo
8. Pokémon Sword/Shield (Shield) / Nintendo
9. Luigi’s Mansion 3 / Nintendo
10. Minecraft (Switch) / Nintendo

Perhaps just as interesting as the games and their respective successes is the news that overall Black Friday sales were down 22% year-on-year (although as Games Industry notes, there was no Red Dead Redemption 2 to buoy sales this year). PlayStation gamers snapped up 500,000 physical games during the week, but that’s 37% fewer than last year, and Xbox was similarly down, with 413,112 games sold representing a 26.7% decline. On the other hand, Nintendo’s growing market share with the Switch meant a 44% bump year-on-year, with 361,967 games sold last week.

What did you pick up in the Black Friday sales this year?

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Dance Monkey is now the longest running Number 1 of the year

November 29th, 2019

Everyone is still going ape for Dance Monkey – Tones and I claims another week at Number 1, and a chart record into the bargain.

Dance Monkey’s ninth week at the top of the Official Singles Chart means it’s the longest running Number 1 of 2019, overtaking Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s I Don’t Care, which spent eight weeks at the summit this summer.

Tones and I now has the third longest-running Number 1 single ever by a female artist in the UK. The feat is jointly held by Rihanna’s Umbrella ft. Jay-Z and Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, both of which logged ten weeks at the top of the Official Singles Chart.

The Australian singer-songwriter notched up 9.58 million streams and was the biggest selling download of the week too – but there are a couple of big songs right behind her aiming to take Tones and I’s crown.

Lewis Capaldi rockets 17 slots this week to claim his fifth consecutive Top 10 with Before You Go, at 2, and the highest new entry this week comes from Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, and Burna Boy – Own It is new at 3.

Arizona Vervas’ Roxanne continues its ascent, rising to a new peak of 7, while KSI, Rick Ross, Lil Baby, and S-X leap 22 places to 10 with their collab Down Like That.

Lewisham rapper DigDat’s New Dior, featuring D-Block Europe, goes straight in at 16, while Brighton DJ Endor rises eight slots to 21 with Pump it Up.

Coldplay’s Orphans returns to the Top 40, rebounding to its original peak of 27 following the release of new album Everyday Life; Harry Styles’ Watermelon Sugar is up seven places to 28; and Loyal, from PARTYNEXTDOOR feat Drake, is in at 31.

It’s official, Christmas has kicked off: Mariah Carey’s festive classic All I Want For Christmas is You leaps 25 places to make its thirteenth consecutive return to the Top 40.

Ziezie and Aitch score their second Top 40 together with French Kisses, in at Number 35; Frozen 2 track Into the Unknown, from Idina Menzel and Aurora, is new at Number 36; and this year’s John Lewis Christmas ad theme, a cover of REO Speedwagon’s Can’t Fight This Feeling by Bastille, zooms 55 slots to Number 39.

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

Modern Warfare dethrones Pokémon from top spot

November 25th, 2019

Pokémon Sword topped the UK physical game charts on release, but after a strong debut Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has launched a counterattack to reclaim the top spot, despite a drop of 16% in sales from last week, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz.

Pokémon Sword had a 58% decline, moving to number three, while Shield dropped 65%, moving to five. Elsewhere in the charts Nintendo Switch titles are staying strong too, with Luigi’s Mansion 3 at six with an 11% rise in sales, Minecraft on Switch at eight with a 43% increase, and Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 at nine after a 4% sales jump.

In fact, the top 10 has six Switch exclusives, and there are another eight in the top 40, following discounts and Black Friday sales.

Boxed sales for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order are also down 47%, but it holds onto the number two position.

Shenmue III, however, is at number 17, failing to crack the top 10 and selling a little over half of the Shenmue I and II package from last year (when comparing just PS4 sales).

For the full top 10, check down below. Are you surprised by Modern Warfare coming in first place again?

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Activision
2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order / EA
3. Pokémon Sword / Nintendo
4. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
5. Pokémon Shield / Nintendo
6. Luigi’s Mansion 3 / Nintendo
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
8. Minecraft for Switch / Nintendo
9. Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 / Sega
10. Fortnite: Darkfire Bundle / Epic Games

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Tones and I claims an eighth week at Number 1

November 22nd, 2019

Dance Monkey has yet to miss a step – Tones and I’s viral hit lands another week at the top of the Official Singles Chart.

Australian singer Tones and I – real name Toni Watson – scored 82,800 combined sales, including 9.63 million streams, to notch up an eighth week at Number 1.

Highest new entry this week goes to Billie Eilish, with Everything I Wanted going straight in at Number 3, giving the teenage American singer-songwriter her third UK Top 10, and Maroon 5 score an eighth Top 5 with Memories reaching a new peak of Number 5.

Lewis Capaldi rebounds four places to 6 with Bruises, matching the song’s previous chart peak last month, and his new single Before You Go goes straight in at 19, his fifth Top 20 hit in the UK.

After gaining popularity on video-based social media site TikTok, rapper Arizona Zervas makes a big climb with Roxanne, leaping 14 slots to break the Top 10 at 10; Blackbear’s Hot Girl Bummer continues its ascent, rising five places to 14.

Following his acclaimed stint as presenter on US late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live, Harry Styles goes back up seven places to Number 16 with Lights Up, and new track Watermelon Sugar, which Harry debuted on SNL, is new at Number 35.

Brighton-born DJ and producer Endor jumps seven places with Pump it Up at Number 29; Tory Lanez and T-Pain make a huge leap as their collaboration Jerry Spruger zooms 24 slots to Number 32; and thanks to a remix featuring Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift’s Lover makes a reappearance in the Top 40, reentering at Number 38.

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

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.

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

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.

View this week’s Official Singles Chart Top 100

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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