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Drake takes out third week at Number 1

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

We don’t know if Keke loves him, but the UK’s definitely does have the hots for Drake.

The Canadian rapper’s fifth UK chart-topper In My Feelings has scored a third week at Number 1, with a combined total of downloads, audio streams and video plays of 83,000. As a result, George Ezra’s former Number 1 Shotgun is in the runner-up position for the fourth week in a row.

In My Feelings is Drake’s landmark 40th UK Top 40 hit, and the sixth Top 10 hit from his latest album Scorpion, one of only 16 albums to spawn six or more top flight hits.

New entries and high climbers

DJ Khaled claims this week’s highest new entry at Number 4 with No Brainer ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Quavo, JB’s 14th Top 5 hit.

Tyga and Offset are just outside the Top 10 now with Taste, up four to Number 11, while two songs make their Top 20 debuts: Fefe by 6ix9ne, Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz (17), and Loud Luxury advance seven slots with Body ft. Brando at Number 19.

Benny Blanco achieves this week’s highest climber with Eastside ft. Halsey and Khalid, up 17 places to Number 23, and finally, Ay Caramba by clothing brand Stay Flee Get Lizzy ft. Fredo, Young T and Bugsey debuts at Number 38.

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Drake scores second week at singles Number 1

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Drake extends his reign at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart for a third week with his latest track In My Feelings.

The track – streamed 9.1 million times this week – is Drake’s third chart-topper from his Number 1 album Scorpion, following God’s Plan and Nice For What, and his fifth leader overall.

George Ezra’s Shotgun holds at Number 2, and Jonas Blue’s Rise ft. Jack & Jack hits a new peak, jumping from 6 to 3. There are also new peaks in the Top 10 for 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Youngblood (4) and Tiesto’s Jackie Chan ft. Dzeko, Preme and Post Malone (5) – the DJ’s highest charting single in four years.

New entries and high climbers 

US rapper Juce Wrld edges closer to the Top 10 with his breakthrough hit Lucid Dreams, up five to Number 12, Cheat Codes x Little Mix’s Only You continues its climb up the Top 40, lifting three places to 16 this week, and Jax Jones’ Ring Ring ft. Mabel and Rich The Kid cracks the Top 20, up six rungs to Number 17.

There are also new peaks for M-22’s First Time ft. Medina, which climbs six spots to 20 for its 20th week inside the Top 100, and Body by Loud Luxury ft. Brando, up 15 places into the Top 40 at 26.

This week’s highest new entry goes to The 1975 – Love It If We Made It from their upcoming album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships debuts at 33.

Further down, 6IX9INE, Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz’s Fefe is new at 35, Panic At The Disco zoom 14 places to 37 with High Hopes – their first UK Top 40 hit in ten years – and B Young’s 079ME, the follow-up to his hit single Jumaji enters the Top 40 at 39.

Finally, hit US producer Benny Blanco – whose hits include Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl and Kesha’s Tik Tok – scores his first Top 40 hit as a credited artist; new single Eastide ft. Halsey & Khalid leaps 12 places to Number 40.

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Drake scores his third Number 1 single of 2018 with In My Feelings

Friday, July 20th, 2018

They say three’s a crowd, but we’re sure Drake won’t mind making room in his award cabinet for his third Official Singles Chart Number 1 of the year!

In My Feelings follows God’s Plan and Nice For What to give Drake a hat-trick of chart-toppers in 2018 – the first time in three years an artist has achieved this in a calendar year. Justin Bieber did it last in 2015 with What Do You Mean, Sorry and Love Yourself.

The song’s success has been buoyed by the “In My Feelings Challenge” dance craze, created by Instagram comic Shiggy, which has seen a number of stars – including Drake himself – uploading videos of their own attempts. In My Feelings is Drake’s fifth chart-topper in total.

After being deposed by Three Lions last week, Shotgun, by George Ezra, remains at Number 2. Three Lions itself isn’t in the Top 40 this week.

Drake claims a second Top 5 spots today, too: his duet with the icon Michael Jackson, Don’t Matter to Me, is a non-mover at 5.

New entries and high climbers

Highest new entry this week comes from Ariana Grande, with God is a Woman, the third track to be taken from forthcoming fourth album Sweetener, straight in at 4.

5 Seconds of Summer score their first Top 10 hit in four years with Youngblood, up three slots to 8, and Tiesto’s Jackie Chan feat. Dezko, Preme and Post Malone is up from 12 to 9.

Breaking the Top 20 for the first time this week are Tyga’s Taste, feat. Offset, which bounds eight spots to 16, while Cheat Codes & Little Mix leap nine places to 19 with Only You.

Childish Gambino is new at 30 with Summertime Magic; Martin Garrix and Khalid enter the Top 40, rising eight slots to 34 with Ocean; while The Greatest Showman anthem This is Me, from Keala Settle, sneaks back into the Top 40, rebounding six places to 37

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Three Lions tops the offical singles chart again

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Football may not have come home this week, but at least something did. Three Lions is not only Number 1 on this week’s Official Chart, but it’s set a new all-time record too, the Official Charts Company can confirm.

The Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds track returns to the top spot 22 years after it first hit Number 1 with an impressive 80,000 combined sales this week, made up of 43,000 sales, 6.8m audio streams and 5.2m video streams.

Following a dramatic week of hope and heartbreak for English football fans, the welcome news was revealed on air today by new BBC Radio 1 Official Chart host Scott Mills. It’s the first time in the Official Chart’s 66-year history that a song has scored four spells at Number 1 with the same artist line-up; the original 1996 version had two one-week stints in 1996, while the 1998 re-work had one three-week spell at the top. England’s recent run of form in the 2018 World Cup has propelled it to a record-breaking fourth outing at the top.

David Baddiel said: “Well, this is awkward,” while Frank Skinner added: “I must say, as consolation prizes go…”

BBC Radio 1 Official Chart host Scott Mills concludes: “England gave us everything at this World Cup. The whole country got swept away with it, and Three Lions being the Official Number 1 shows how we really got behind our amazing team.”

New entries and high climbers

George Ezra’s Shotgun slips to Number 2 after two weeks at the top, and Drake’s In My Feelings from his new album Scorpion is new at Number 4.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, Years & Years’ If You’re Over Me climbs three places to hit a new peak at 6, and Jonas Blue claims his fourth Top 10 hit with Rise ft. Jack & Jack, up four spots to 7.

Further down, a Facebook campaign to get Green Day’s American Idiot back into the charts in time for President Trump’s UK visit lands at Number 25, and Cheat Codes x Little Mix’s Only You rebounds 12 places to 28.

Finally, two songs make their Top 40 debut this week: Fine Girl by South London newcomer Ziezie lifts eight spots to 38, and club hit Panic Room by Au/Ra & Camelphat hops five places to 39.

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George Ezra’s Shotgun claims first Number 1 under the Official Singles Chart’s new rules

Friday, July 6th, 2018

George Ezra claims a second week at Number 1 with Shotgun on this week’s Official Singles Chart – and the first under the Official Singles Chart’s new rules, which come into effect this week.

The biggest change to the chart is the inclusion of official video streams for the first time, reporting services will include the newly-launched YouTube Music plus video streams from Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.

Today sees Shotgun’s strongest performance yet with combined units of 76,000. It was the best-selling track of the week with 18,000 pure sales, while on audio streaming services it racked up 5.8 million plays, and its accompanying video tallied just under 3 million views.

Drake’s Michael Jackson collaboration Don’t Matter To Me nabs the title of UK’s most streamed track of the week, and leads three new Drake entries in the Top 5, including Nonstop at 4 and Emotionless (5).

However it’s Maroon 5’s Girls Like You ft. Cardi B that scores the most streamed video of the week with 2.67m video streams, the track lifs from 13 to 10 to give the band their tenth UK Top 10 single, while Jonas Blue’s Rise ft. Jack & Jack just misses out on this week’s Top 10, up one place to 11.

Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company said: “Congratulations to George Ezra, both for holding on to the Number 1 spot but also having the first Official Number 1 of this new era – thanks to 5.8m audio streams, 2.3m video streams and 20,000 sales.”

Further down, Tiesto & Dzeko’s Jackie Chan ft. Preme & Post Malone hops three spots to 17, and ahead of England’s quarter-final, Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds’ Three Lions zooms into the Top 40, up 18 places to 24.

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George Ezra rides Shotgun to his first UK Number 1 single

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

George Ezra has scored his first UK Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart.

Shotgun, the third single from George’s Number 1 album Staying at Tamara’s, rises one place to secure the top spot in its 14th week on chart. Securing the most digital downloads this week, Shotgun rides to the helm of the Official Chart with a lead of 6,500 units, knocking last week’s chart topper Solo by Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato to Number 2.

George has previously hit the Top 3 on two occasions; his breakthrough 2013 single Budapest peaked at Number 3, while his last single Paradise reached Number 2.

Celebrating the news, George told “I never thought that this would happen. The thing that’s most amazing about it is the fact that all of you out there are sharing the song and playing it loud and enjoying it with your summer, which is exactly what I wanted. I can’t thank you enough.”

New entries and high climbers

Elsewhere in this week’s Top 5, rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot dead on June 18 aged 20, rises 26 places to Number 5 with Sad!, a new peak for the track. Two more of his songs, Moonlight and Changes also reach new personal bests at 17 and 22 respectively.

Two more songs reach new highs in this week’s Top 10: Years & Years jump two placings to Number 6 with If You’re Over Me; and Cardi B’s I Like It ft. Bad Bunny and J Balvin hits Number 8.

Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer (11) and Jonas Blue’s Rise ft. Jack & Jack (12) score their highest positions to date in the Top 20, plus there’s more good news for Juice WRLD’s Lucid Dreams (18), and Jackie Chan by Tiesto & Dzeko ft. Preme and Post Malone (20), which reach the Top 20 for the first time.

Cheat Codes & Little Mix collect this week’s highest new entry with Only You at Number 32, plus another three songs make their Top 40 debuts this week; Tyga & Offset’s Taste climbs eight to Number 34, APESHIT by The Carters, aka Beyoncé and Jay-Z, rises seven slots to 36, and Jax Jones’ new single Ring Ring ft. Mabel and Rich The Kid impacts at Number 40.

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Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato take Solo to Number 1

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Clean Bandit have secured their fourth Number 1, as Solo, featuring the vocal talents of Demi Lovato, climbs to the top of the Official Singles Chart.

On hearing the news, the band told

“Thank you so much to all of our fans. We can’t believe it! It’s amazing for us and we’re so happy that you’re listening to this song!”

For Demi, it’s a very first chart-topper. The closest she’s got was Heart Attack, which peaked at 3 in 2013. Say Clean Bandit on working with Demi: ” She was lovely. We actually did the recording over Skype, so it was a bit awkward as we’d never met in real life and there was, like, a delay, but then when we met properly to make the music video, it was so fun.”

Coincidentally, Solo is Clean Bandit’s seventh straight Top 5 single, making them the first act to achieve that feat in over a decade. Girls Aloud managed eight in 2005.

After a spirited challenge, George Ezra’s Shotgun settles for second place, Anne-Marie’s 2002 remains at 3, while last week’s Number 1 from Jess Glynne, I’ll Be There, slides to 4.

New entries and high climbers

Tom Walker rises to a new peak of 7 with Leave a Light On; Years & Years have landed a fourth Top 10 with If You’re Over Me, rising four slots to 8; Maroon 5’s Girls Like You feat. Cardi B shifts five to 11; and 5 Seconds Of Summer leap nine spaces, with Youngblood landing at 13.

Jonas Blue and Jack & Jack’s Rise lives up to its title, zooming 14 spaces to 17, while this week’s highest new entry comes from Nicki Minaj feat Ariana Grande – Bed is in at 20 – and emo-rap star Juice WRLD rockets 16 places up the chart to land at Number 23 with Lucid Dreams.

Following his death earlier this week, rapper XXXTentacion has three tracks in the Top 40: Sad, Moonlight, and Changes occupy the Number 31, 32, and 33 slots respectively, while Tiesto, Dzeko, Preme and Post Malone’s collaboration Jackie Chan vaults 26 places to enter the Top 40 at Number 35.

Following the surprise release of their collaborative album Everything Is Love on Saturday evening, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s first single as The Carters, Apesh**t, just misses the Top 40, going in at 43.

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Jess Glynne claims seventh Number 1 single with I’ll Be There

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Congratulations to Jess Glynne, whose latest single I’ll Be There claims the Number 1 spot on this week’s Official Singles Chart.

Jess edged out some seriously strong competition from Clean Bandit to score her seventh UK chart-topper, which extends her record for the most Number 1 singles by a British female artist.

Celebrating the news, Jess told “I’m speechless! all I can say is thank you to everyone who has supported the song. I find it incredibly insane that I hold a record for the most Number 1s for a British female. It’s insane to think I’ve achieved that so early in my career. It’s not just me on all those songs – I have to thank everybody I’ve collaborated with.”

The battle for this week’s Number 1 was incredibly close; Clean Bandit’s Solo ft. Demi Lovato finishes at Number 2 just 898 sales and streams behind Jess, climbing places from last week.

New entries and high climbers

Elsewhere, George Ezra’s Shotgun rises from 8 to 4, and two songs enter the Top 10 for the first time: Leave A Light On by Scottish newcomer Tom Walker leaps eight places to Number 8, and Cardi B lifts four places to 9 with I Like It ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin, earning the rapper her second UK Top 10.

Several singles make big gains on this week’s Top 40: Years & Years’ If You’re Over Me leaps seven spots to Number 12, Selena Gomez’s Back To You jumps ten places to 13, Maroon 5’s Girls Like You ft. Cardi B zooms 12 rungs to 16, and British rapper AJ Tracey claims his first Top 20 with Butterflies ft. Not3s, up five to 19.

Further down, Jonas Blue lands his fifth Top 40 hit with Rise ft. Jack & Jack, which vaults 16 places to 31, Jorja Smith’s Blue Light is this week’s highest new entry at 38, and US rapper Juice WRLD scores his first UK Top 40 hit with Lucid Dreams, up 14 to Number 39.

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Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa remain lip-locked at Number 1 for an eighth week

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa are lip-locked at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart for an eighth consecutive week.

One Kiss, now the longest reigning Number 1 of Calvin’s nine UK chart toppers, secures another week at the top thanks to its dominant 5.5 million plays on streaming services.

Jess Glynne, who had the most downloaded song this week with I’ll Be There, rises three places to Number 2, reaching its highest position to date in its fifth week of release. I’ll Be There becomes Jess’ eighth UK Top 3 single in the process.

New entries and high climbers

Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato’s Solo (6), Better Now by Post Malone (7) and George Ezra’s Shotgun (8) all reach new peaks within the Top 10, plus Kanye West secures this week’s highest new entry with Yikes (10), his 18th UK Top 10 single in total and first since February 2015. Kanye also scores two more Top 40 entries from his new album Ye – All Mine lands at Number 11 and Ghost Town at Number 17.

Cardi B vaults three positions to Number 13 with I Like It ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin (13), while Leave A Light On from Tom Walker (16) and Years & Years’ If You’re Over Me (19) enter the Top 20 for the first time this week. The 1975 are not too far behind with Give Yourself A Try; the lead single from their upcoming album debuts at Number 22.

Further down the chart, Selena Gomez’s 13 Reasons Why soundtrack single Back To You continues to climb, up four to 23, one slot ahead of AJ Tracey & Not3s, who debut at 24 with Butterflies. Maroon 5’s new version of Girls Like You featuring Cardi B is also a new entry today, opening at 28.

Finally, Youngblood, the current Number 1 single in Australia from 5 Seconds Of Summer, makes its first appearance in the UK’s Official Singles Chart Top 40 at Number 37.

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One Kiss scores seventh week at Number 1

Friday, June 1st, 2018

One Kiss has kept its place at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart this week, setting a new personal best for Calvin Harris.

The Dua Lipa-assisted track notches up a seventh week at the top, beating the six weeks that We Found Love with Rihanna spent at the summit in 2011.

One Kiss finishes some 15,000 combined sales and streams ahead of its closest competition – Drake’s Nice What What at 2 – thanks in part to Dua’s performance of the song at the UEFA Champions League Final last weekend.

Elsewhere in this week’s Top 5, Anne-Marie’s 2002 lifts from 4 to 3, Ariana Grande’s No Tears Left To Cry slips 3 to 4, and Jess Glynne climbs a spot to enter the Top 5 with I’ll Be There.

New entries and high climbers

Clean Bandit secure their ninth Top 10 single with Solo ft. Demi Lovato, which hops two places to Number 10. The track earns Demi her sixth top tier single, following last year’s Number 9-peaking Sorry Not Sorry.

Two songs make advances into the Top 20 this week: Liam Payne & J Balvin’s Familiar lifts six places to Number 15, and George Ezra’s Shotgun zooms from 41 to 20. Both are strong contenders for this year’s song of the summer.

US rapper A$AP Rocky claims this week’s highest new entry with Praise The Lord (Da Shine) at Number 29 following the release of his new album Testing, Drake lands his 36th UK Top 40 hit with I’m Upset at 37, and former N-Dubz star Dappy climbs five places to Number 39, marking his first Top 40 entry in six years.

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