Archive for September, 2018

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith score a fourth week at Number 1

Friday, September 28th, 2018

There’s no breaking Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s Promises – the duo have chalked up another week at the top of the Official Singles Chart.

The pair’s dance collaboration finished over 6,500 combined sales of nearest rival Eastside, from Benny Blanco and Halsey, to rule Number 1 for a fourth week, notching up 6.6 million plays across streaming services.

Calvin made chart history with Promises, his tenth Number 1 overall, and eighth of the decade, giving him more chart-toppers since 2010 than any other artist. Sam isn’t far behind: Promises is his seventh Number 1.

Elsewhere in the Top 5, the week’s most-streamed song from Kanye West and Lil Pump, I Love It, scored 7.32 million listens and holds firm at 3, while Marshello and Bastille’s Happier climbs a place to a new peak at 4.

New entries and climbers

Jess Glynne’s All I Am breaks the Top 10, advancing two slots to 9, while the week’s highest new entry is the posthumous collaboration between Lil Peep and XXXTentacion, Falling Down, in at 10. Co-written by ILoveMakonnen, Falling Down features a verse by XXXTentacion’s which was recorded after Lil Peep’s death as a tribute, only for XXXTentacion himself to pass away months later.

Eminem is new at 13 with Killshot, a response to Machine Gun Kelly’s diss track Rap Devil; Rita Ora is new at 14 with Let You Love Me; Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis’ Be Alright breaks the Top 20 at 18; while Freya Ridings’ Lost Without You reaches a new peak climbing five to 20.

French Montana is a new entry at 21 with No Stylist, featuring Drake; Khalid’s Better rockets 13 places to 31, while Mumford & Sons round off the new entries, starting at 40 with Guiding Light.

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

Spider-Man is still perched atop the UK gaming charts

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Insomniac is continuing to enjoy success with Spider-Man, with their platform exclusive web-slinging adventure making it three weeks at the top of the UK retail charts. Aristocratic grave robber Lara Croft has to make peace with yet a second week in second place, while Crash Bandicoot has spun up the charts a solitary place to complete the top three (replacing NBA 2K19 which drops to fourth). Otherwise, there’s not a ton of interesting movement to tell you about, so gaze at the GfK Chart-Track top ten below and then let’s all move on.

1. Spider-Man / Sony
2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
3. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
4. NBA 2K19 / Take-Two
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
6. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
7. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
8. F1 2018 / Codemasters
9. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Microsoft
10. Sonic Mania Plus / Sega

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Calvin Harris and Sam Smith extend reign at Number 1

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith extend their reign at Number 1 to a third week on this week’s Official Singles Chart.

The pair’s collaboration Promises easily claims another week at the summit, just shy of 6,000 combined sales ahead of their closest competition Benny Blanco’s Eastside ft. Halsey & Khalid (2).

Promises was streamed 6.8 million times over the past week, and is Calvin’s tenth UK chart-topper and Sam’s seventh.

Elsewhere in this week’s Top 5, Marshmello’s Happier ft. Bastille lifts one place to 5 to earn the elusive producer/DJ his third Top 5 single and Bastille their fourth.

New entries and high climbers 

Two songs enter the Top 10 for the first time this week: club hit In My Mind by Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino jumps six spots to Number 8, and Silk City (aka Mark Ronson and Diplo)’s Electricity ft. Dua Lipa hops five places to Number 10. The track is the first from the Silk City project to enter the Official Chart, while Dua claims her sixth Top 10 in the space of 18 months.

Machine Gun Kelly’s scathing diss track to Eminem, Rap Devil, zooms 16 rungs to Number 15, David Guetta’s Don’t Leave Me Alone moves up five places to enter the Top 20 at 18, and Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis lifts five places to 22 with his global breakthrough hit Be Alright.

Finally, two songs make their Top 40 debut this week: Jason Derulo notches up his nineteenth UK Top 40 single with Goodbye ft. David Guetta, Nick Minaj and Willy William, up ten spots to 33, and Sigala’s Just Got Paid ft. Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor and French Montana vaults 14 to 37.

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

Spider-Man holds off Tomb Raider

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Two of the biggest releases of September have come out within a week of each other – Spider-Man and Shadow of the Tomb Raider – and as reported by, Spider-Man has actually held off competition from Lara Croft to stay at number one in the UK charts for a second week, with Shadow of the Tomb Raider making do with number two instead.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Shadow of the Tomb Raider though, as week one sales are 25% higher than Rise of the Tomb Raider, although that launched as a timed exclusive for Xbox One while this one launches for PC and PS4 too. Compared to the first game in 2013 though sales are more than 70% down (even if these charts don’t factor digital sales in), with 63% of sales coming on PS4, and the rest on Xbox One (PC is almost entirely digital).

Spider-Man sales are down 42% though, while NBA 2K19 comes in at number three, with 65% of sales on PS4 and 33% on Xbox One, with a tiny 2% on Switch. After a price cut we’ve also seen Elder Scrolls Online reappear in the charts too, and for the full top 10 take a look below.

Can Spider-Man get a third week?

1. Spider-Man / Sony
2. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
3. NBA 2K19 / 2K Sports
4. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy / Activision
5. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe / Nintendo
6. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
7. F1 2018 / Codemasters
8. The Elder Scrolls Online / Bethesda
9. Lego The Incredibles / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
10. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo

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Calvin Harris and Sam Smith score a record-breaking Number 1 with Promises

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

They can’t do golden rings, but they can do Official Number 1 Awards! Calvin Harris and Sam Smith have hit Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart with their collaboration Promises.

It’s a big one for Calvin: Promises is his tenth Top 10 single in the UK, which means he joins the ranks of double-digit chart-toppers like Elvis, Madonna, Take That, and the Beatles. For Sam Smith, it’s a seventh Number 1, drawing him level with artists like Michael Jackson, Jess Glynne, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, and Elton.

And it doesn’t end there: Promises also gives Calvin Harris a new chart record: he’s now officially the act with the most Number 1 hits this decade, topping the charts eight times in the 2010s

Sam Smith, currently on tour in the US, told “I am so overwhelmed that Promises has got to Number 1 back home! Thank you to every single person who has supported this song. And thank you to Calvin for being such a legend. I can’t wait to be home soon. I miss my mum’s roast dinners desperately.”

New entries and climbers

Thanks to the surprise release of his tenth studio album Kamikaze, which crashes in at the top of the Official Albums Chart, Eminem dominates the Top 10, with three new entries. The Ringer goes in highest, at 4, while Lucky You featuring Joyner Lucas is new at 6, and Fall lands at 9.

Dance-pop supergroup LSD – comprising Labrinth, Sia, and Duplo – score for their first UK Top 40 together, as Thunderclouds rockets 25 places to 22, and Lost Without You, from singer-songwriter Freya Ridings rises seven slots to 26.

Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis jumps 17 places to enter the Top 40 for the first time at 35, while Beautiful, a collaboration from US stars Bazzi and Camila Cabello, rises six to enter at Number 36.

London rapper AJ Tracey scores his second UK Top 40 this week as LO(V/S)ER goes in at 38, and The 1975’s TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME returns to the top flight, rebounding six places to 40.

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

F1 2018 bests PES 2019 as competition heats up

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

In what has to be described as a surprise Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 did not manage to claim the number one spot in the UK retail charts from Codemasters’ F1 2018 (last week’s number one) as it launched. While the PS4 version was the best-selling single SKU of the week, clearly Xbox One fans were not as keen on it (only the 16th ranked single SKU), and overall sales dropped 42% compared to last year. Sega enjoyed a strong showing for Yakuza Kiwami 2 in fifth, and Capcom’s Switch exclusive Monster Hunter Generation Ultimate managed ninth, while Sony are no doubt pleased with PSVR title Firewall Zero Hour falling just outside the top 10 in the all formats chart at 11. Rebellion’s Strange Brigade has a slow start down in 16th. Larian’s excellent Divinity: Original Sin II launched on consoles but only managed to hit 23rd spot. Surely, the latter two are disappointments for their respective publishers.

All Formats:

1. F1 2018 / Codemasters
2. Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 / Konami (new)
3. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
4. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
5. Yakuza Kiwami 2 / Sega (new)
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
7. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Microsoft
8. God of War / Sony
9. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate / Capcom
10. FIFA 18 / EA Sports

Individual Formats (units):

1. Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 / PS4 (new)
2. F1 2018 / PS4
3. Yakuza Kiwami 2 / PS4 (new)
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Switch
5. F1 2018 / Xbox One
6. Grand Theft Auto V / PS4
7. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Xbox One
8. God of War / PS4
9. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate / Switch (new)
10. Firewall Zero Hour / PS4 (new)

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