Eminem scores Official UK Chart Double as Music To Be Murdered By and Godzilla debut at Number 1

January 24th, 2020

Congratulations to Eminem, who scores the Official Chart Double, debuting at Number 1 on both the Official Albums and Singles Chart.

The rapper’s eleventh studio album Music To Be Murdered By, surprised-released last week, debuts at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart with 36,000 chart sales, while Godzilla ft. Juice Wrld tops the Official Singles Chart.

Finishing behind Eminem by just 93 chart sales is rising 21 year-old Compton rapper Roddy Ricch who has shot to viral fame on Tik Tok with The Box.

The Box climbs from 5 to Number 2 this week, thanks in part to the Roddy Ricch dance challenge where thousands of Tik Tok users have now filmed themselves showing off their moves.

Missing out on the top spot to Eminem’s Godzilla by less than 100 units this week, it’s one of the tightest finishes for Number 1 ever; the closest ever recorded was in 2007, when Timbaland’s The Way I Are pipped Kate Nash’s Foundations to Number 1 by just 16 sales.

Meanwhile, The Weeknd lands his fifth Top 5 song with Blinding Lights, rising four places to Number 4, and South London rapper Digdat claims his first ever Top 10 single with Ei8ht Mile ft. Aitch at 9.

Eminem has two further entries in this week’s Top 40 with Those Kinda Nights ft. Ed Sheeran (12) and Darkness (17).

Further down, Halsey leaps 11 places to Number 26 with You Should Be Sad, and two more songs make their Top 40 debut: Jonas Brothers’ What A Man Gotta Do  at 33 and The 1975’s Me & You Together Song at 35.

View this week’s Official Singles Chart Top 100

Gaming charts: Dragon Ball Z flies into the top spot with Kakarot

January 21st, 2020

Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot seems to have been really popular in the UK, as the physical charts show that it has entered the top spot above the likes of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (number two) and FIFA 20 (number three).

This data comes from GamesIndustry.biz, with Kakarot selling 13% more than Dragon Ball FighterZ, which launched in the same month of 2018.

In a week of surprises, Nintendo 3DS titles also make an appearance, with Yo-Kai Watch at eight while WarioWare Gold is as high as five. Yo-Kai Watch: Bony Spirits and Flesh Souls are both at number 12 and 13 respectively too, with Metroid Prime: Federation Forces and Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley in the top 50 as well.

With Argos selling UK stock very cheap this likely explains the surge of 3DS titles, and those looking for Tokyo Mirage Session #FE Encore can find it at number 17, marking a 17% increase in sales over the Wii U version.

For the full top 10 look down below. Can Dragon Ball Z stay at the top spot?

1. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot / Bandai Namco
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Activision
3. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
4. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order / EA
5. WarioWare Gold / Nintendo
6. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
7. Luigi’s Mansion 3 / Nintendo
8. Yo-Kai Watch / Nintendo
9. Just Dance 2020 / Ubisoft
10. Minecraft / Microsoft

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LadBaby score second Official Christmas Number 1 with I Love Sausage Rolls

December 20th, 2019

LadBaby is officially on a (sausage) roll as he is crowned the UK’s Official Christmas Number 1 for a second year in a row and sets a new chart record, the Official Charts Company can confirm.

LadBaby beat Stormzy’s Own It ft. Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy to the Number 1 spot, holding at Number 2, while a strong challenge from Wham!’s Last Christmas sees the 35-year-old festive classic finish at Number 5. The track is the best seller of the week on vinyl, topping this Official Vinyl Singles Chart with just under 5,000 sales after being given a limited edition 7” release. Last Christmas originally peaked at Number 2, missing out on the Christmas Number 1 in 1984 to Band Aid.

Another Christmas essential, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, is at Number 8, marking its return to the Top 10 for a fourth consecutive year.

Over a third of this week’s Top 40 is made up of new and classic festive songs, including Pogues’ Fairytale of New York ft. Kirsty MacColl (14); Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone (16); Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas (17); Elton John’s Step Into Christmas (19); Michael Buble’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (24); Leona Lewis’s One More Sleep (25);

Further down the Top 40, there’s Ariana Grande’s Santa Tell Me (28); Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (29); Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody (31); Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (32); Kelly Clarkson’s Underneath The Tree (33); John Legend’s Happy Christmas (War Is Over) (34); and Sia’s Santa’s Coming For Us (36).

A last-minute challenge to get Jarvis Cocker’s political song Running The World into this year’s Official Christmas Chart narrowly misses out on the Top 40, landing at Number 48.

Meanwhile, Stormzy lands two new entries in the Top 40 from his new album Heavy Is The Head: Audacity ft. Headie One enters at Number 6, and Lessons lands at Number 9.

Harry Styles bags three Top 40 entries following the release of his new album Fine Line, led by Adore You at 12, Watermelon Sugar, up 29 places to 18, and Falling at 39.

Finally, Juice Wrld’s Lucid Dreams re-enters the Top 40 at 27 following his death last week.

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

Modern Warfare tops the gaming charts again

December 16th, 2019

Call of Duty is no stranger to the top spot on the UK physical charts, nor is Modern Warfare in particular, which has sealed yet another week at number one, sitting a mere 3,000 sales above Respawn and EA’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz

Modern Warfare actually dipped 10% in terms of sales compared to last week, with last week’s number one – FIFA 20 – falling to number three after a 41% drop in sales. Fallen Order, however, rose 30% compared to last week, putting it agonisingly close to Call of Duty.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has fallen 30% in terms of sales week-on-week, sitting at number four just above Luigi’s Mansion 3, with just 2,000 units separating the two. In fact, there are nine Mario titles in the top 40 overall, so he’s proving to be popular.

Below you can see the full top 10. What can be Christmas number one next week?

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Activision
2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order / EA
3. FIFA 20 / EA Sports
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
5. Luigi’s Mansion 3 / Nintendo
6. Pokémon Sword / Nintendo
7. Just Dance 2020 / Ubisoft
8. Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympic Games / Sega
9. Tekken 7 / Bandai Namco
10. Project Cars 2 / Bandai Namco

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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).

View the full Official Singles Chart Top 100

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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