Archive for March, 2020

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.

See the full Official Singles Chart Top 100

GTA V returns to top of UK games sales charts

Monday, March 16th, 2020

As per our headline, GTA V did well in Feb. According to the data it sold even better this year (Jan + Feb) than it did during the same period in 2019. This is a rather long in the tooth title, having launched in April 2015 on PCs (it was first made available, on last-gen consoles, in September 2013).

Another big seller of note in Feb 2020 was Ubisoft’s The Division 2. This game was dramatically cut in price to £2.50/$2.99 to get people on board ahead of the release of its first major DLC – The Division 2: Warlords of New York. That likely gave the sales a boost, and the boost probably will carry through to the March sales figures but at the time of writing the price has been increased to £8.58 for the base game Standard Edition. Overall in the charts Ubisoft is the top publisher due to this game at position 4 in the top 20, plus Rainbow Six Siege being at position 5.

Looking at platform splits, the PS4 is the most lucrative platform for software developers in the UK right now. PS4 users made purchases accounting for 40.8 per cent of market share. Xbox One games sales accounted for 25.7 per cent of the market share.

Moving onto hardware sales, over 71,000 consoles were sold in Feb 2020, which is 37 per cent down YoY. This is understandable with Microsoft and Sony fans waiting eagerly for the next gen refresh, which we should know a lot more about in summer and will be available ahead of Xmas if all goes to plan. The Nintendo Switch was the best selling console of Feb 2020 in the UK, its sales remained flat YoY, which is a win when looking at the bigger picture.

You can check out the main chart below. Sadly, Nintendo doesn’t share first party digital download games sales, so this will skew the GSD charts from reality.

February UK Physical & Download Top 20 (Full Games)

  1. Grand Theft Auto 5
  2. FIFA 20
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  4. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  5. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  6. Dreams
  7. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  8. NBA 2K20
  9. Uno
  10. Red Dead Redemption 2
  11. Monopoly Plus
  12. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
  13. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  14. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  15. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
  16. Minecraft
  17. Just Dance 2020
  18. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
  19. Star Wars Battlefront 2
  20. Need for Speed Heat

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