Archive for January, 2016

Shawn Mendes claims No.1 for a second week

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Justin Bieber is loosening his grip on the singles chart, and Shawn Mendes has landed number one for a second week.

Mendes easily swiped the title, with ‘Stitches’ finishing over 13,000 combined chart sales ahead of Biebs’s ‘Love Yourself’.

Bieber’s even lost his streaming crown after claiming the most streamed song for the last ten weeks, with ‘Stitches’ finally grabbing the title.

Meanwhile, Jonas Blue’s dance cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’ has shot 58 places to number three while Snakehips’ ‘All My Friends’ ft. Tinashe and Chance the Rapper climbs three places to complete the Top 5.

Little Mix and Jason Derulo’s ‘Secret Love Song’ jumps four places to 12 while Rihanna’s ‘Work’ is new in at 13 after its surprise release on Wednesday.

Finally, Elle King scores her first UK Top 40 with her track ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’ leaping from 64 to 15.

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Call of Duty remains top above FIFA 16

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is the all-format number one again – for the seventh week running.

Call of Duty ​tops the chart above FIFA 16 in second and Grand Theft Auto 5 in third. Rainbow Six Siege follows in fourth, while Star Wars: Battlefront drops down to fifth.

After a barren spell for new releases, Resident Evil Origins Collection is this week’s highest new entry at six, followed by fellow new entry Life Is Strange.

Just Cause 3, Fallout 4 and Dishonored Definitive Edition complete this week’s top ten.

The all-format chart in full:

  1. (1) Call of Duty: Black Ops 3(Activision)
  2. (3) FIFA 16 (Electronic Arts)
  3. (2) Grand Theft Auto 5(Rockstar)
  4. (5) Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)
  5. (4) Star Wars: Battlefront (Electronic Arts)
  6. (-) Resident Evil Origin Collection (Capcom)
  7. (-) Life Is Strange (Square Enix)
  8. (6) Just Cause 3 (Square Enix)
  9. (8) Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
  10. (-) Dishonored: Definitive Edition (Bethesda)
  11. (9) LEGO Jurassic World (Warner Bros Interactive)
  12. (10) Minecraft Xbox Edition(Microsoft)
  13. (13) Minecraft: Story Mode (Telltale Games)
  14. (12) Disney Infinity 3.0 (Disney)
  15. (-) Destiny: The Taken King (Activision)
  16. (-) The Evil Within (Bethesda)
  17. (-) Terraria (505 Games)
  18. (19) Need for Speed (Electronic Arts)
  19. (11)  Minecraft PlayStation Edition (Microsoft)
  20. (18) Forza Motorsport 6 (Microsoft)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C) 2015 Ukie Ltd.

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Shawn Mendes finally ends Justin Bieber chart reign

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Sorry Justin, there’s a new Canadian in town. Shawn Mendes has beaten Biebs to number one.

‘Stitches’ has knocked Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ from the top spot by 1,500 sales after a tight tussle throughout the week.

It’s been a slow climb for Shawn, who entered the Top 100 17 weeks ago at 97 before hitting the Top 40 in December.

It’s not all bad for Biebs though, as he’s still the streaming champion, having racked up 3.72 million plays against Mendes’s 3.05 million.

He’s also still occupying number three and four with ‘Sorry’ and ‘What Do You Mean?’.

Meanwhile, 99 Souls reach a new peak, climbing four places to five with their Destiny’s Child and Brandy remix ‘Girl Is Mine’.

Finally, Craig David reaches a new high with his Big Narstie collaboration ‘When the Bassline Drops’ hopping three places to 12.

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Black Ops 3 equals FIFA 15’s chart record

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 celebrates its sixth week at the top of the all-format gaming chart.

It’s the longest unbroken chart reign since FIFA 15 managed six weeks back in 2014.

It’s followed by GTA 5 in second, the game’s highest position in quite some time. FIFA 16 drops down to third, above Star Wars: Battlefront and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.

Just Cause 3 climbs to sixth, above WWE 2K16, Fallout 4 and LEGO Jurassic World. There’s a Minecraft double-header at 10 and 11.

Re-entries include The Elder Scrolls Online, Need for Speed and Guitar Hero Live.

The all-format chart in full:

  1. (1) Call of Duty: Black Ops 3(Activision)
  2. (4) Grand Theft Auto 5(Rockstar)
  3. (2) FIFA 16 (Electronic Arts)
  4. (3) Star Wars: Battlefront (Electronic Arts)
  5. (6) Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)
  6. (8) Just Cause 3(Square Enix)
  7. (7) WWE 2K16(2K Games)
  8. (5) Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
  9. (12) LEGO Jurassic World (Warner Bros Interactive)
  10. (13) Minecraft Xbox Edition(Microsoft)
  11. (16) Minecraft PlayStation Edition (Microsoft)
  12. (14) Disney Infinity 3.0 (Disney)
  13. (11) Minecraft: Story Mode (Telltale Games)
  14. (-) Just Dance 2016 (Ubisoft)
  15. (19) Uncharted Nathan Drake Collection (Sony)
  16. (18) Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros)
  17. (-) The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda)
  18. (17) Forza Motorsport 6 (Microsoft)
  19. (-) Need for Speed (Electronic Arts)
  20. (-) Guitar Hero Live (Activision)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C) 2015 Ukie Ltd.​​

David Bowie’s farewell album Blackstar is No.1

Friday, January 15th, 2016

The pop icon released the record as a farewell to fans, dying of liver cancer two days after its launch.

Blackstar becomes the fastest-selling album of 2016 as well as Bowie’s tenth number one album, with combined sales of 150,000.

Even before his death, Bowie was well on course for the top spot, wiping out competition from Adele and Elvis Presley.

Elvis’s If I Can Dream is forced to settle for two while Adele’s 25 loses its number one spot for the first time since its release, dropping two places to three.

Elsewhere, Justin Bieber’s Purpose slips a place to four while Bowie makes another appearance at five with his 2014 collection Nothing Has Changed.

It doesn’t stop there, as Bowie was streamed an astonishing 19 million times this week alone.

In fact, the late icon takes up almost one-quarter of the albums chart, with 19 of his albums and 13 of his singles entering the Top 100.

Among them are his Best of 1969/1974 collection, which clinches number 11, his 1971 album Hunky Dory (14) and his legendary record The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (17).

‘Heroes’ is the highest-charting Bowie single at 11, while ‘Life on Mars’ (16), ‘Starman’ (18) and ‘Let’s Dance’ (23) also make appearances.

Bowie’s monopoly of the charts is a reflection of his incredible contribution to music, which spanned five decades.

Premier League expands UK pirate site blockades

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Major UK Internet providers have been ordered to block access to dozens of domain names belonging to popular sports streaming sites. The Football Association and Premier League recently submitted several new domain names that link to previously blocked sites, to expand the scope of the national piracy blocklist.

premierleagueOver the past several years hundreds of domain names have been blocked in the UK for facilitating copyright infringement, and this list is getting longer and longer.

The blocks are somewhat effective, at least in preventing subscribers from accessing the domains directly. However, many site operators and supporters launch alternative domains to bypass the restrictions.

This is also true for several sports streaming sites that were blocked by the High Court following complaints from the Football Association and Premier League Limited, including Firstrow, Rojadirecta, LiveTV and Drakulastream.

The football organizations recently submitted an extensive list of new domains and subdomains which were added to existing ISP filters, including, and (full list below).

With the new blockades they hope to make it harder for UK citizens to stream unauthorized sports broadcasts. However, FirstRow’s operator previously told TorrentFreak that domain blocking is not going to be very effective as the streaming sources remain available.

“Our site uses third-party players, so blocking FirstRow will not stop the streams, as these will still be accessible online. They are saying that FirstRow is illegal, but our site is indexing streams that are available on the web, which is free information,” FirstRow’s owner told us.

“FirstRow will remain accessible for all other countries, and UK users can use proxies or the thousands of other websites like ours that remain open,” he added.

The site’s owner has a point. Interestingly, FirstRow’s most popular site in the UK appears to be This site is not listed among the newly blocked URLs, so the game of Whack-A-Mole will is bound to continue.

Black Ops 3 beats FIFA 16 and Star Wars Battlefront

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is the all-format number one for the fifth week running.

With no new physical releases until later this month, it was another chart tussle between Black Ops 3, FIFA 16 – which climbs to second – and Star Wars: Battlefront in third.

GTA 5 and Fallout 4 swap places at four and five, while Rainbow Six: Siege, WWE 2K16 and Just Cause 3 can be found at six, seven and eight.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate drops two places to nine, while a massive Xbox 360 and PS3 price cut sees Battlefield 4 re-enter the chart at ten.

The all-format chart in full:

  1. (1) Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Activision)
  2. (4) FIFA 16 (Electronic Arts)
  3. (2) Star Wars: Battlefront (Electronic Arts)
  4. (5) Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
  5. (3) Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
  6. (6) Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)
  7. (9) WWE 2K16 (2K Games)
  8. (8) Just Cause 3 (Square Enix)
  9. (7) Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Ubisoft)
  10. (-) Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts) 
  11. (12) Minecraft: Story Mode (Telltale Games)
  12. (14) LEGO Jurassic World (Warner Bros Interactive)
  13. (13) Minecraft Xbox Edition (Microsoft)
  14. (17) Disney Infinity 3.0 (Disney)
  15. (-) Football Manager 2016 (Sega)
  16. (19) Minecraft PlayStation Edition (Microsoft)
  17. (10) Forza Motorsport 6 (Microsoft)
  18. (-) Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros)
  19. (16) Uncharted Nathan Drake Collection (Sony)
  20. (11) Halo 5: Guardians (Microsoft)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C) 2015 Ukie Ltd.​​

Justin Bieber takes top three singles chart places

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Justin Bieber is still our chart king, and has broken yet another record.

The singer stays put at number one with ‘Love Yourself’ while ‘Sorry’ doesn’t budge from two and now ‘What Do You Mean’ has hopped up a place to three. Blimey.

Bieber marks the first ever artist to achieve such a feat in the history of the Official Charts.

Meanwhile fellow Canadian Shawn Mendes leaps from twelve to four with ‘Stitches’ while Adele’s ‘Hello’ completes the Top 5.

99 Souls have also climbed, moving five places to ten with their Brandy & Monica/Destiny’s Child mash-up ‘Girl Is Mine’.

Motörhead’s ‘Ace Of Spades’ has hit a chart best, re-entering at 13 following the death of frontman Lemmy.

Finally, Craig David’s scored his first Top 40 hit in eight years with ‘When The Bassline Drops’.

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Call of Duty tops the gaming chart for a fourth week running

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Fallout 4, FIFA 16 and Star Wars: Battlefront ​are once again battling it out at the top of the all-format gaming chart.

But of course there can only be one winner, and for the fourth week running – and fifth time overall – it’s Black Ops 3 that takes the top spot.

In fact, Activision’s shooter is only one week away from matching FIFA 16‘s six week reign at the top of the gaming chart.

It’s once again followed by Star Wars: Battlefront in second, while Fallout 4 and FIFA 16 swap places in third and fourth.

GTA 5, Rainbow Six: Siege and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate follow at five, six and seven, while Just Cause 3, WWE 2K16 and Forza 6 complete the top ten.

The all-format chart in full:

  1. (1) Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Activision)
  2. (2) Star Wars: Battlefront (Electronic Arts)
  3. (4) Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
  4. (3) FIFA 16 (Electronic Arts)
  5. (5) Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
  6. (9) Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)
  7. (7) Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Ubisoft)
  8. (6) Just Cause 3 (Square Enix)
  9. (10) WWE 2K16 (2K Games)
  10. (12) Forza Motorsport 6 (Microsoft)
  11. (13) Halo 5: Guardians (Microsoft)
  12. (8) Minecraft: Story Mode (Telltale Games)
  13. (18) Minecraft Xbox Edition (Microsoft)
  14. (14) LEGO Jurassic World (Warner Bros Interactive)
  15. (15) Rise of the Tomb Raider (Microsoft)
  16. (11) Uncharted Nathan Drake Collection (Sony)
  17. (20) Disney Infinity 3.0 (Disney)
  18. (17) Need for Speed (Electronic Arts)
  19. (19) Minecraft PlayStation Edition (Microsoft)
  20. (-) Destiny: The Taken King (Activision)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C) 2015 Ukie Ltd.​

Justin Bieber claims 2016’s first number one single

Friday, January 1st, 2016

He was beaten by the NHS choir to last week’s Christmas number one, but Justin Bieber is back on top of the singles chart for New Year’s Day with ‘Love Yourself’.

The singer records the first number one of the year with the track, and occupies three places in the top five.

Bieber’s single ‘Sorry’ is back up to 2 and Adele’s ‘Hello’ is at 3. Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean’ follows at 4, while Grace ft. G-Eazy rounds out the top five with ‘You Don’t Own Me’.

Elsewhere, Fleur East’s ‘Sax’ climbs eight places to 6 and MNEK & Zara Larsson’s ‘Never Forget You’ climbs to 10.

Little Mix’s ‘Love Me Like You’ climbs from 20 to 11, and Shawn Mendes’ ‘Stitches’ is up 13 places to 12.

A host of further tracks also climbed the charts to re-enter the top 40, including  Walk The Moon’s ‘Shut Up & Dance’ (27), R City’s ‘Locked Away’ (28), Little Mix’s ‘Black Magic’ (30), One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ (31) and Ariana Grande’s ‘Focus’ (35).

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