Johnny Smith test drives the latest Citroen EV around Coventry

December 13th, 2020

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Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You finally reaches UK Number 1

December 11th, 2020

Mariah Carey’s wish comes true as her iconic festive hit All I Want For Christmas Is You finally reaches Number 1 on the Official UK Singles Chart 26 years after its release, and breaks a new Official Chart record in the process, the Official Charts Company can confirm.

The track climbs one place this week, completing a 26-year journey to the top spot. Upon its original release in 1994, All I Want For Christmas Is You peaked at Number 2, just missing out on the coveted Christmas Number 1 that year to East 17’s Stay Another Day.

An enduring staple of the festive season, All I Want For Christmas Is You proves good things come to those who wait, as it reaches the summit in its 70th week in the Top 40, and sets a new chart record – no other song has spent more weeks in the Official Chart Top 40 before eventually reaching Number 1 in UK chart history.

The song notched up 10.8 million streams over the last seven days – the most streams in a week by any song in 2020 so far. Across its lifetime, the song has also racked up a cool 1.24 million pure sales, making it the UK’s 84th best-selling song in history, according to Official Charts Company data.

Since the advent of digital, Mariah’s Christmas classic has returned to the Official Singles Chart every December since 2007. Proving its ever-enduring popularity, the last three years have seen it match its original Number 2 peak position, but 2020 is the year that the British public have finally sent it all the way to the top, following a tussle with fellow festive anthem Last Christmas by Wham!.

Celebrating the news, Carey told OfficialCharts.com: “Happy Christmas UK!! We finally made it!!! We are keeping the Christmas spirit alive together despite how dismal the year’s been. Love you always! ♥️ Joy to the world 🌎😇🎄!!!!”

Carey leads a thoroughly festive Top 40 this week, which includes a further 22 Christmas songs, six of which feature in the Top 10: Wham’s Last Christmas (2), The Pogues feat. Kirsty Maccoll’s Fairytale Of New York (4), Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone (6), Michael Bublé’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (7), Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas (8), and Elton John’s Step Into Christmas (10).

Jess Glynne’s festive cover of This Christmas, released this year, zooms 25 places to Number 13.

Elsewhere, three Christmas songs reach new all-time peaks this week: Ariana Grande’s Santa Tell Me (11), Kelly Clarkson’s Underneath The Tree (16), Michael Bublé’s Holly Jolly Christmas (30).

Finally, rising Australian rapper/singer The Kid Laroi lands his first UK Top 40 hit, Without You vaults 53 places to Number 23.

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

Age of Empires 2 is quietly having an incredible year

May 10th, 2020

Nearly 21 years after release, Age of Empires 2 could well be having its best year ever. Since its HD re-release in 2013 the game has had a steady growth in average player count, but with the release of Age of Empires 2: Definitive edition last year and COVID-19 lockdowns inflating player counts across the industry,  Age of Empires 2 is boasting totals that beat some very big-name games. It’s now by far Steam’s most popular RTS, with both the Definitive Edition and the 2013 HD Edition having higher player counts than closest competitor Company of Heroes 2. This year’s big tournament boasted the largest Age of Empires 1v1 prize pool since 2002.

Last month, in April, the games’ combined average player count was over 50,000 players. April 12 was the definitive edition’s all-time player peak, and the combined total of the games was 59,995 players. That’s well into the top 150 all-time peak player counts on Steam… for a 21-year-old game.

The two games generally average higher player counts than popular free-to-play game War Thunder or industry darling Stardew Valley. They’re on-par with the popular action RPG Path of Exile. Their average is nearly as many as perennially popular premium games like Civilization VI or Terraria. Both versions of Age of Empires 2 sit in the top 100 games on Steam, with the Definitive Edition sitting at #25. Combined, however, the Age of Empires community on average pushes up to the #15 spot—or higher, on peak player count days.

To give you an idea of the scale at work here, Age of Empires 2 sold some 1.5 million copies in the three years surrounding its North American release. Last year, the studio behind the game said that a million people per month were still playing Age of Empires games… and that’s before the huge spike in players this year has seen.

Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition launched last year, and our Fraser Brown quite liked it. Age of Empires 4 is in development and scheduled to release in 2020 or later.

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Saint Jhn’s Roses wins incredibly close race to claim Number 1

March 22nd, 2020

Saint Jhn climbs to Number 1 on this week’s Official Singles Chart with Roses following an incredibly close race for the top spot.

After a steady 11-week climb to the top, the single knocks The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights to Number 2 after five total weeks at the summit. Just 210 chart sales separated the two.

The Guyanese-American rapper and producer first released Roses back in 2016. In 2019 teenage Kazakh producer Imanbek released a dance remix of the song, which steadily gained momentum around the world.

Meanwhile, Joel Corry rings in a new personal best as Lonely climbs two places to Number 5, becoming his highest charting hit; his last single Sorry reached Number 6 in September last year.

Becky Hill continues to reach new peaks with Better Off Without You ft. Shift K3y, up two places to 14; Mabel lands a seventh Top 20 single with Boyfriend, up eight spots to 17; and Blueberry Faygo by 18-year-old US rapper Lil Mosey enters the Top 20 at 19, flying up 22 places.

More big climbs come from New Zealand native Benee with Supalonely ft. Gus Dapperton, up 17 places to 22; Death Bed by Powfu ft. Beabadoobee lifts 11 spots to 23; City Of Angels by Californian rapper 24KGoldn rises seven to a new peak of 25; and Khalid & Disclosure’s Know Your Worth jumps nine spots to 29.

Niall Horan lands his fifth Top 40 hit with No Judgement following the release of his second album Heartbreak Weather, with the single rocketing 46 places to Number 32.

Other songs landing in the Top 40 for the first time include Doja Cat’s Boss Bitch (34), Tory Lanez’ The Take ft. Chris Brown (35), Tequila by Jax Jones, Martin Solveig and Raye (38) and Pop Smoke’s Dior (40).

The week’s highest new entry is Papi Chulo (37), a collaboration between UK rappers Octavian and Skepta, becoming Octavian’s first Top 40 single.

See the full Official Singles Chart Top 100

GTA V returns to top of UK games sales charts

March 16th, 2020

As per our headline, GTA V did well in Feb. According to the data it sold even better this year (Jan + Feb) than it did during the same period in 2019. This is a rather long in the tooth title, having launched in April 2015 on PCs (it was first made available, on last-gen consoles, in September 2013).

Another big seller of note in Feb 2020 was Ubisoft’s The Division 2. This game was dramatically cut in price to £2.50/$2.99 to get people on board ahead of the release of its first major DLC – The Division 2: Warlords of New York. That likely gave the sales a boost, and the boost probably will carry through to the March sales figures but at the time of writing the price has been increased to £8.58 for the base game Standard Edition. Overall in the charts Ubisoft is the top publisher due to this game at position 4 in the top 20, plus Rainbow Six Siege being at position 5.

Looking at platform splits, the PS4 is the most lucrative platform for software developers in the UK right now. PS4 users made purchases accounting for 40.8 per cent of market share. Xbox One games sales accounted for 25.7 per cent of the market share.

Moving onto hardware sales, over 71,000 consoles were sold in Feb 2020, which is 37 per cent down YoY. This is understandable with Microsoft and Sony fans waiting eagerly for the next gen refresh, which we should know a lot more about in summer and will be available ahead of Xmas if all goes to plan. The Nintendo Switch was the best selling console of Feb 2020 in the UK, its sales remained flat YoY, which is a win when looking at the bigger picture.

You can check out the main chart below. Sadly, Nintendo doesn’t share first party digital download games sales, so this will skew the GSD charts from reality.

February UK Physical & Download Top 20 (Full Games)

  1. Grand Theft Auto 5
  2. FIFA 20
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  4. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  5. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  6. Dreams
  7. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  8. NBA 2K20
  9. Uno
  10. Red Dead Redemption 2
  11. Monopoly Plus
  12. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
  13. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  14. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  15. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
  16. Minecraft
  17. Just Dance 2020
  18. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  19. Star Wars Battlefront 2
  20. Need for Speed Heat

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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