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Sweet But Psycho scores a fourth week at Number 1

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Ava Max keeps her spot at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart as Sweet But Psycho enters its fourth week in pole position.

The track logged 8 million streams and 12,000 downloads this week, finishing 30,000 combined sales ahead of her closest competition.

Celebrating her first UK chart-topper, the US singer told OfficialCharts.com:

“We are Number 1 in the UK! I can’t believe I’m saying it, and I can’t believe I’m even holding this award! I want to tell everybody that I’m working super hard in the studio for you guys to release a debut album this year for all my Avatars. I love you so much.”

Meanwhile, Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus’ Nothing Breaks Like A Heart climbs a place to a new peak at Number 2.

This week’s highest new entry goes to Sam Smith and Normani’s new collaboration, Dancing With A Stranger, at Number 4. The entry marks Smith’s ninth Top 5 single and Normani’s first as a soloist (third including her singles with Fifth Harmony).

Calvin Harris also scores a big new entry this week as Giant ft. Rag’n’Bone Man debuts at Number 7, Harris’ 26thTop 10 single, and Jax Jones’ Play with Years & Years cracks the top tier, lifting three spots to Number 8.

French DJ Gesaffelstein makes his first UK Top 40 appearance with Lost In The Fire ft. The Weeknd at 9, while this week also welcomes Westlife back to the Official Chart; the group’s first single in seven years Hello My Love opens at 13 and earns them a 27th Top 40 hit.

Hackney music collective NSG leap 11 places to 14 with Options ft. Tion Wayne, and Longshot, the lead single from Catfish & The Bottlemen’s upcoming third album, zooms 54 places to 25.

Finally, rising star Lewis Capaldi vaults 37 spots to 29 with Someone You Loved, earning him a second Top 40 single, US rapper Flipp Dinero moves up 12 to 36 with his breakthrough hit Leave Me Alone, and Khalid’s Saturday Nights from his Suncity EP hops six places to enter the Top 40 at 38, boosted by a remix featuring country singer Kane Brown.

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Ava Max scores a third week at Number 1

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Ava Max’s breakout hit Sweet But Psycho lands a third week at the top of the Official Singles Chart thanks to another bumper week of streams.

Sweet But Psycho notched up 7.6 million plays over the last seven days, helping the US singer finish over 27,000 total sales ahead of Ariana Grande’s former chart-topper thank u, next at Number 2.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, Nothing Breaks Like A Heart from Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus climbs one rung to a new peak of 3, while Post Malone’s Wow. also hits a new high at 4, pushing his own single Sunflower ft. Swae Lee to Number 5.

Drill MC Headie One lands his first ever Top 10 single with 18HUNNA ft. Dave, this week’s highest new entry at 6; James Arthur and Anne Marie’s Rewrite The Stars lifts to a new peak of 7; George Ezra climbs six slots to 8 with Hold My Girl, now his fifth Top 10 hit; and Freya Ridings’ Lost Without You hits its peak position of Number 9 for a fifth time.

Jax Jones and Years & Years reach a new peak too, climbing eight spots with Play (11); Chris Brown returns with Undecided (15); Meek Mill and Drake climb back into the Top 20 with Going Bad (18).

Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s One Kiss – the biggest song of 2018 – jumps 15 spots to Number 22, while East London collective NSG rocket 55 places to Number 25 with Options ft. Tion Wayne – their first Top 40 single.

BRITs Critics’ Choice nominee Lewis Capaldi impacts the Top 40 for the first time with Grace (33), 2002 by Anne-Marie vaults back up 32 positions (37), and Jess Glynne ascends 31 places with I’ll Be There (40).

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LadBaby claims 2018’s Christmas Number 1 single: “YES MAAAATE!”

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

Congratulations to LadBaby, who claims this year’s Official Christmas Number 1 with We Built This City.

The 31-year-old YouTube sensation and dad blogger – real name Mark Hoyle – plus his wife Roxanne and two sons, recorded their own version of Starship’s 1985 hit as an ode to sausage rolls (rather than rock and roll). Proceeds from the single go to foodbank charity The Trussell Trust.

LadBaby’s We Built This City shifted 75,000 combined sales this week to take the top spot, and despite a fiercely close race all week, finishes 18,500 ahead of his closest competition after a last-minute push. 93% of his sales were downloads, with the remainder made up from audio and video streams.

We Built This City is also the first novelty song to claim the festive top spot in 18 years, since Bob The Builder’s Can We Fix It? in 2000.

Celebrating with OfficialCharts.com, LadBaby said: “Thank you everybody in the UK who has got a sausage roll to the top. I can’t thank you enough not only for downloading the song but for raising money for such an incredible charity. I’m honestly speechless and lost for words. Thank you so much. YES MAAATE!”

After leading the way at the midweek stage, US singer Ava Max’s Sweet But Psycho has to settle for Number 2, while last week’s chart-topper thank u, next by Ariana Grande is at 3.

New entries and high climbers

Mariah Carey leads the charge of festive classics in this year’s Official Christmas Chart with All I Want For Christmas Is You at Number 4, Last Christmas by Wham! is at 7, and Ariana Grande’s Imagine is new at 8.

More Christmas favourites feature in this week’s Top 40: The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York (11), Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? (13), Michael Buble’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (16), Elton John’s Step Into Christmas (18) and Leona Lewis’ One More Sleep (19).

Shakin’ Stevens’ 1985 chart-topper Merry Christmas Everyone is at 20, Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree places at 21, Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas climbs to 22, Ariana Grande’s Santa Tell Me lifts seven places to an new peak at 23, and Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday is at 24.

Finally, John & Yoko Ono’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) returns to the Top 40 at 29, as does Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime at 35 and Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody at 36.

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Ariana Grande holds the singles top spot for a sixth week

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Ariana Grande’s smash hit thank u, next stretches its lead at the top spot to a sixth week as the battle for this year’s coveted Christmas Number 1 kicks off.

Though Grande’s closest contender Ava Max remains at Number 2 with Sweet But Psycho, she has managed to reduce the gap between the top two singles to less than 9,000 combined sales.

Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus have surged up the Top 10 and claim the most downloaded track of the week, leaping six spots to Number 4 with Nothing Breaks Like A Heart. Mariah Carey edges up a place with All I Want For Christmas Is You at 5.

Wham’s Last Christmas leaps to Number 7 – up seven from last week, while Post Malone rebounds back into the Top 10 with Sunflower ft. Swae Lee from Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse at Number 9. The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl’s yuletide classic Fairytale of New York flies eight places to Number 10.

New Entries and High Climbers

Further down the chart, Band Aid’s Do They Know Its Christmas zooms 11 placings to 15, Michael Bublé’s rendition of It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas rockets 14 spots to 16, and Ellie Goulding and Diplo are up four with Close To Me ft. Swae Lee at 17.

Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone shimmies 15 positions to 21, Elton John steps into the Top 40 with Step Into Christmas at 22, George Ezra lifts eight slots to 25 with Hold My Girl, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee climbs 13 rungs to 26, and Leona Lewis’ festive single One More Sleep jumps 14 ranks to 28.

More Christmas songs feature in this week’s Top 40: Ariana Grande’s second entry on the chart comes in the form of Santa Tell Me at 30, up five places, Wizzard get a Top 40 return with I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday whizzing up 12 to 33, as does Chris Rea, who rides back to the top flight with Driving Home For Christmas at Number 36.

Finally, XXXTentacion is this week’s highest new entry at Number 37 with Whoa (Mind In Awe) from his posthumous album, Skins.

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

Friday, 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).

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

Saturday, 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.

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Ariana Grande spends a third week at Number 1

Saturday, 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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Ariana Grande claims a second week at Number 1

Saturday, 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.

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

Friday, 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.

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Shallow keeps Little Mix off Official Singles Chart Number 1

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper keep their place at the top of the Official Singles Chart for a second week, holding off fierce competition from Little Mix.

Shallow, which is performed in A Star Is Born, is Gaga’s fifth UK Number 1 and first chart-topper since Telephone eight years ago. Two more songs from A Star Is Born feature in this week’s Top 40: Always Remember Us This Way at 27 and I’ll Never Love Again at 29.

Meanwhile, Little Mix’s Woman Like Me ft. Nicki Minaj leaps from 6 to 2 this week – their eighth Top 5 single to date.

New entries and high climbers

Elsewhere in the Top 10, Freya Ridings’ Lost Without You rebounds four places to Number 9, matching its previous peak, and XXXTentacion and Lil Pump’s collaboration with Maluma and Swae Lee claims this week’s highest new entry – Arms Around You debuts at Number 14.

Jess Glynne lands her 12th Top 20 hit as Thursday rises five slots to 18, Zara Larsson’s Ruin My Life hops three places to 28, and When The Party’s Over by Billie Eilish vaults 16 spots to Number 34 – marking the US singer-songwriter’s first UK Top 40 hit.

Finally, Ellie Goulding’s new single Close To Me ft. Diplo & Swae Lee debuts at Number 36. Check out Ellie’s Top 10 biggest singles to date on the Official Chart here.

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