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

Friday, 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 “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.

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

Sunday, 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.

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

Friday, 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.

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

Friday, 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

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

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

Friday, 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.

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Tones and I claims an eighth week at Number 1

Friday, 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.

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Dance Monkey now the longest female UK Number 1 since Leona Lewis

Friday, 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.

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Tones and I extends her reign at Number 1

Friday, 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.

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Dance Monkey scores highest sales week yet to stay at Number 1

Friday, November 1st, 2019

There’s no moving that Dance Monkey off the top spot just yet, as Tones and I extends her reign at Number 1.

The viral hit scored its highest weekly sales tally yet, with 85,820 combined sales – including 9.54 million streams – to land a fifth week atop the Official Singles Chart.

The last Australian act to manage a five-week stint at Number 1 was Gotye’s Somebody I Used To Know, back in 2012.

Selena Gomez lands her fifth Top 10 as Lose You to Love Me rockets 62 slots to Number 3, her highest ever chart position in the UK – further down the chart another Selena track, Look At Her Now, is also brand new at 26.

Following the release of his ninth studio album Jesus is King, Kanye West scores three new entries in this week’s Top 40: Follow God is in at 6, giving him a 20th Top 10; Selah is new at 19; and Closed on Sundays bows at 20.

Lizzo scores her first ever UK Top 10, with Good As Hell, leaping 12 slots to Number 7 thanks in part to a new remix featuring Ariana Grande; Floss by AJ Tracey, featuring Mostack & Not3s, is new at Number 22 following the release of the deluxe edition of AJ’s self-titled debut album.

Coldplay return with Orphans, in at Number 27, and Niall Horan’s Nice to Meet Ya breaks into the Top 40 for the first time, climbing to Number 34.

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