Archive for October, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 rises to the top of the gaming chart

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Breaking news! Who could have anticipated this? Oh, just about everyone in the entire world… That’s right, GfK Chart-Track has just dropped the bombshell that Red Dead Redemption 2 was the best-selling retail game in the UK last week!

This means that Rockstar’s western epic bucks the general trend of sequels selling fewer physical copies than their predecessors. The Adventures of Arthur Morgan sold more than twice as many physical copies as Red Dead Redemption managed eight years ago.

However, it is not the fastest selling game in the UK this year. That honour belongs to FIFA 19. That said, it is the third fastest selling non-FIFA game in this console generation, only beaten by Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which had the advantage of also being released on PC.

Again, these are just physical copies. The sales numbers are going to be even more impressive when the digital numbers are included. Even so, one of the most anticipated games ever has crushed everything in its path on the retail front, as you can see below:

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Take Two
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
  3. FIFA 19 / EA
  4. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft
  5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Ubisoft
  6. Spider-Man / Sony
  7. Lego DC Super-Villains / Warner
  8. Super Mario Party / Nintendo
  9. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
  10. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision

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Shallow becomes Lady Gaga’s fifth UK Number 1

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Huge congratulations to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who score the Official Chart double – ruling both the Official Albums Chart AND Official Singles Chart this week.

Lady Gaga lands her first Number 1 single for over eight years with Shallow, the duet with her A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper, while the pair’s soundtrack to the hit movie returns to the top spot, deposing Jess Glynne to notch up its second week at Number 1 on the albums’ rundown.

It’s actually the THIRD time Lady Gaga has grabbed the double. She first did it in 2009 with Poker Face and debut album The Fame, before doing it again in 2010 when Telephone, featuring Beyoncé went to Number 1 – her most recent chart-topper.

Shallow is Lady Gaga’s fifth Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart, and a first for Bradley Cooper. Bradley is the first Hollywood actor to achieve a Number 1 single since Nicole Kidman teamed up with Robbie Williams for the 2001 Christmas Number 1 Somethin’ Stupid.

Shallow cleared its nearest rival – Promises, last week’s Number 1 from Calvin Harris and Sam Smith – by just over 1,200 combined sales. Two further A Star Is Born cuts are also in the Top 40 – Always Remember Us This Way climbs to 25, and I’ll Never Love Again rises to 27.


Elsewhere on the Official Singles Chart, there are five new entries, the highest being Post Malone’s Sunflower featuring Swae Lee; taken from the new Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse film, at Number 7, it gives Malone a fifth Top 10 in the UK.

Kodak Black, Travis Scott and Offset break the Top 10 with their collaboration Zeze rising three slots to 8, and Zara Larsson lands an eighth Top 40 with Ruin My Life (31), while south London collective D-Block Europe, Young Ads, Lil Pino and Dirtbike LB are new at 35 with Nassty.

Blackpink become the first female K-pop act to score a UK Top 40, thanks to their collaboration with Dua Lipa, Kiss and Make Up, new at 36, and X Factor 2017 winners Rak-Su land their second – I Want You To Freak climbs 22 slots to 39.

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

Black Ops 4 enjoys another week at number one

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

It should hardly come as a surprise that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 held on to number one for a second week with the top three remaining unchanged. It was a rough week for new releases as Lego DC Super-Villains only managed to reach sixth, with SoulCalibur VI landing at 8. With the release of Dark Souls Remastered on Switch, the game bounced back to 12 in the all formats chart, with Ubisoft’s toys-to-life title Starlink: Battle for Atlas only getting to number 14. Luigi’s Mansion on Nintendo 3DS got 23rd.

Next week, we fully expect Red Dead Redemption 2 will lay claim to the number one position.

All Formats:

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
2. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Ubisoft
4. Spider-Man / Sony
5. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft
6. Lego DC Super-Villains / Warner Bros. (new)
7. Super Mario Party / Nintendo
8. SoulCalibur VI / Bandai Namco (new)
9. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
10. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix

Individual Formats (units):

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / PS4
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Xbox One
3. FIFA 19 / PS4
4. FIFA 19 / Xbox One
5. Spider-Man / PS4
6. Forza Horizon 4 / Xbox One
7. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / PS4
8. Super Mario Party / Switch
9. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Xbox One
10. SoulCalibur VI / Bandai Namco (new)

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Calvin Harris and Sam Smith reclaim Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith have reclaimed the Number 1 on this week’s Official Singles Chart.

The pair’s track, Promises, chalks up a sixth stint at the top after being ousted last week by Dave’s Funky Friday ft. Fredo, which slips to Number 2, finishing a very close 1,026 combined sales behind. Funky Friday was the most streamed song of the week, with 7.13 million plays over the last seven days.

Promises is Calvin’s tenth UK Number 1 single and Sam’s seventh.

New entries and high climbers

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s Shallow – taken from the Number 1 cast recording of A Star Is Born – lifts two places to Number 4 to become Gaga’s highest charting single in seven years, after 2011’s Number 3-peaking Born This Way.

Little Mix claim this week’s highest new entry with Woman, landing at Number 5 after leading the way earlier in the week. The track is the first taster of their upcoming fifth album LM5.

US rapper Kodak Black makes a strong debut with Zeze ft. Travis Scott and Offset, new at 11, as does reggaeton star Bad Bunny with MIA – his Drake collaboration enters at 13.

Further down, there are big climbs for French Montana’s No Stylist ft. Drake, up from 29 to 19, and DJ Snake’s mega collaboration Taki Taki ft. Selena Gomez, Cardi B and Ozuna zooms 12 spots to Number 21.

Finally, Jess Glynne’s Thursday – taken from her newly-crowned Number 1 album Always In Between – debuts at 24, and UK rapper Cadet & rising star Deno Driz make their Official Chart debut with Advice, up five places to Number 40.

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

Black Ops 4 physical sales top charts despite series low

Monday, October 15th, 2018

It’s no surprise to hear that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is at the top of the UK boxed charts, but it’s not actually that strong a performance from the game when stacked up against the series history, as this is the weakest start to a game’s sales since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare all the way back in 2007 (as reported by

What’s more is that these sales are almost 50% down on last year’s WWII, and 59% down compared to Black Ops III, although it’s worth noting that this could be due to a shift in preference for digital. After all, Black Ops 4 has set several records for Activision in this area, becoming the biggest digital day one launch ever for them.

So it’s not all doom and gloom for Call of Duty, as it’s impressed digitally, positioned itself as the second biggest boxed launch of the year behind FIFA, and is still number one. We also know that 58% of the sales were on PS4, with 41% on Xbox One and the rest on PC.

WWE 2K19 is another new release, coming in at number four in the charts despite physical sales also being down 37.5% compared to last year, with FIFA 19 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey holding firm at numbers two and three respectively.

For the full top 10 make sure you look down below.

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
2. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Ubisoft
4. WWE 2K19 / 2K Sports
5. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft
6. Spider-Man / Sony
7. Super Mario Party / Nintendo
8. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy / Activision
9. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
10. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe / Nintendo

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Dave’s Funky Friday ft Fredo debuts at Number 1

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Congratulations to South London rapper and musician Dave, who lands straight in at Number 1 on this week’s Official Singles Chart with Funky Friday.

The independently-released track, which features Fredo, debuts at the top after notching up 6.7 million audio and video streams over the past week – and knocks Calvin Harris & Sam Smith’s Promises to Number 2 after five weeks at the summit.

Speaking from a recording studio in London, Dave told “I’m speechless right now. I just want to say thank you to everyone that’s helped us get this Number 1. I can’t even explain to you how grateful I am.”

Dave’s Number 1 debut is a big moment for British rap music. Of its impact on the Official Chart this week, SB.TV founder Jamal Edwards said: “I feel very fortunate to be alive and living in this age where stuff like this is happening. It’s a very monumental time for British music and this is definitely one of these moments that we will remember for a very long time. I’ve seen Dave & Fredo’s rise from the ground up and I feel like there’s so much more to come, very exciting indeed. Making history for real!”

New entries and high climbers

Elsewhere in this week’s Top 10, Rita Ora’s Let You Love Me lifts a spot to enter the Top 5 at 5, and Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s Shallow zooms seven places to Number 6. The climb earns Gaga her first Top 10 single in five years. Two more songs from the A Star Is Born soundtrack enter the Top 40 this week: I’ll Never Love Again lands at 35 and Always Remember Us This Way bows at 39.

Eminem’s Venom, taken from his Number 1 album Kamikaze, is new at 16 following the release of its music video last week, while there is a big climb for MK’s Back & Forth ft. Jonas Blue and Becky Hill, vaulting 16 places to 21.

Further down, US singer Halsey lands her first UK Top 40 entry and a headline artist, entering at 24 with Without Me, Drip Too Hard by Lil Baby & Gunna jumps 22 spots to 28, and Stoopid by 6ix9ine ft. Bobby Shmurda is new at 34.

Finally, viral sensation Baby Shark returns to the Top 40 this week, rebounding 15 places to Number 36

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

There’s no stopping FIFA 19 at the top of the gaming charts

Monday, October 8th, 2018

It’s hardly surprising that FIFA 19 holds on to the top spot in the UK retail charts this week, even with formidable opposition in the shape of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Forza Horizon 4. It should be noted that while Odyssey came in second in the all formats chart, Forza Horizon 4 did sell more if the SKUs are separated (individual formats). Perhaps an indication that Odyssey sales came in a little soft, there was no comparison with previous Assassin’s Creed launches provided by GfK Chart-Track. Elsewhere, new releases Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise and Astro Boy Rescue Mission came in 21st and 22nd respectively.

All Formats:

1. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
2. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Ubisoft (new)
3. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft (new)
4. Spider-Man / Sony
5. Super Mario Party / Nintendo (new)
6. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
7. Tekken 7 / Bandai Namco
8. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
9. Project CARS 2 / Bandai Namco
10. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar

Individual Formats:

1. FIFA 19 / PS4
2. FIFA 19 / Xbox One
3. Forza Horizon 4 / Xbox One (new)
4. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / PS4 (new)
5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey / Xbox One (new)
6. Spider-Man / PS4
7. Super Mario Party / Switch (new)
8. Tekken 7 / Xbox One
9. Project CARS 2 / Xbox One
10. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / PS4

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Calvin Harris and Sam Smith deny Marshmello and Bastille their first Number 1 single

Friday, October 5th, 2018

It’s a fair bet Calvin Harris and Sam Smith will be a little happier than Marshmello and Bastille today – Calvin and Sam’s collaboration Promises has seen off all challengers to remain at Number 1.

It’s a fifth week at the top for Calvin and Sam, with a lead of 12,000 combined sales, but we can’t write off helmet-wearing producer Marshmello – real name Christopher Comstock – just yet. Happier, his team-up with British band Bastille, edges up two places to Number 2, giving Marshmello a new UK personal best.

If Marshmello and Bastille make it next week, it will be a first chart-topper for both acts. Marshmello’s previous peak was Number 3 last November, with Silence, featuring Khalid. Bastille peaked at Number 2 twice, back in 2013, with Pompeii and Of The Night.

New entries and high climbers

Mark Ronson and Diplo’s Silk City project has gone Top 5 with Electricity featuring Dua Lipa, rising three slots to 4, while Rita Ora claims her 13th Top 10 as Let You Love Me leaps eight places to 6. This means Rita Ora now holds the Official Chart record for the British female solo artist with the most Top 10 singles.

Freya Ridings leaps 11 to score her first Top 10 with Lost Without You at 9, and following his Strictly Come Dancing performance, George Ezra rebounds six with former Number 1 Shotgun, now at 10.

Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis is up seven slots to 11 with Be Alright, while Panic! at the Disco climb to 12 with High Hopes – their highest ever chart position in the UK.

Lady Gaga lands her 20th Top 40 hit with Shallow, a duet with Bradley Cooper, her co-star in A Star is Born, new at 13; while Sigala, Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor and French Montana zoom 16 places to Number 17 with Just Got Paid; and Labrinth, Sia and Diplo’s supergroup LSD break the Top 20 with Thunderclouds advancing five slots to 18.

Lil Wayne scores two new entries on this week’s Top 40 following the release of album Tha Carter V: Mona Lisa featuring Kendrick Lamar is new at 21, while XXXTentacion collaboration Don’t Cry goes straight in at 28.

US singer and songwriter Khalid leaps seven places to 24 with Better; while DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Cardi B and Ozuna are new at 30 with Taki Taki; MK, Jonas Blue and Becky Hill break the Top 40, rising seven to 37; and Lizzy, Fredo, Young T and Bugsey are a re-entry at 39 with Ay Caramba.

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

FIFA 19 tops the UK gaming retail charts

Monday, October 1st, 2018

FIFA 19 is the best-selling game in the UK at retail over the last week, with the series knocking old Spidey off his spot at the top of the charts. According to early stats shared over at, this year’s game is already the biggest video game launch of the year, despite the fact that week one retail sales are actually down 25% year-on-year. For the time being the UK charts don’t take digital sales into account, so it could well be that digital downloads account for nearly all of the aforementioned 25% drop (indeed, sales may even surpass those of last year).

It’s been a good week for the accountants at Sony, with Spider-Man becoming the second best-selling game of the year so far, overtaking Far Cry 5 – impressive when you think that Insomniac’s web-slinging adventure is a platform exclusive. Sony’s console also accounts for 64% sales of FIFA 19, and 54% of sales of the top ten’s other debut title, Valkyria Chronicles 4. Check out the GfK Chart-Track top ten below:

1. FIFA 19 / EA
2. Spider-Man / Sony
3. Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Square Enix
4. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
5. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two
6. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe / Nintendo
7. The Elder Scrolls Online / Bethesda
8. NBA 2K19 / Take-Two
9. Valkyria Chronicles 4 / Sega
10. Minecraft (Xbox Edition) / Microsoft

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