Grand Theft Auto V returns to the top of the gaming charts

January 16th, 2018

This week’s UK retail charts are in (though they’ve yet to be officially released in all their glory on the website, hence we don’t have the individual formats chart), and it is a familiar game that once again rises to the top as 2018 releases have yet to show up. Grand Theft Auto V was originally released back in September of 2013, but clearly, with many people picking up new consoles for Christmas, it is one of the first games new console owners buy for PS4 and Xbox One.

Call of Duty: WWII came in second, while FIFA 18 managed third. Interestingly Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild rank above Super Mario Odyssey indicating they are the top choices for fresh Switch owners.

All Formats:

1. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
2. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
3. FIFA 18 / EA Sports
4. Assassin’s Creed Origins / Ubisoft
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
6. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Microsoft
7. Star Wars Battlefront II / EA Games
8. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild / Nintendo
9. Forza Motorsport 7 / Microsoft
10. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo

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Ed Sheeran’s Perfect claims a sixth week at Number 1

January 12th, 2018

Ed Sheeran has scored a sixth week at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart with Perfect.

The singer-songwriter remains locked at the top, securing the most downloads and streams of the week. Ed’s closest competition was himself (partly) for a second week in a row, as his Eminem collaboration River holds firm at Number 2. In doing so, Ed has now broken the record for most weeks spent at Number 1 and 2 concurrently, with 14 weeks.

Rita Ora rebounds one slot to Number 3 with Anywhere, ahead of Ramz’ Barking, up four to Number 4, and Clean Bandit’s I Miss You featuring Julia Michaels completes the Top 5.

New entries and high climbers

Bruno Mars’ remix of Finesse featuring Cardi B becomes his 11th UK Top 10 single and first in over a year at Number 7, while Craig David is also new in the Top 10 this week – I Know You ft. Bastille earns Craig a 14th Top 10 and Bastille a third.

Liam Payne and Rita Ora’s Fifty Shades Freed single For You debuts at Number 11, one place in-front of Jason Derulo’s Tiptoe ft. French Montana, which rises seven to Number 12. Following at Number 14 is Jax Jones and Ina Wroldsen’s Breathe, up 10 to Number 14.

Filthy, the first taste of Justin Timberlake’s new album Man of the Woods scores JT a 25th UK Top 40 hit at Number 15, one position ahead of Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman Ensemble’s This Is Me; rising 12 placings to Number 16, the song won a Golden Globe earlier last Sunday.

Not3s’ My Lover climbs five rungs to Number 18 to mark his first footing in the UK Top 20, while two more songs from The Greatest Showman soundtrack make their mark – The Greatest Show at Number 23, and Rewrite The Stars pops in at Number 26.

J Hus’ Bouff Daddy (27), Camila Cabello’s Never Be The Same (29), and Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man (32) reach new peaks, and there’s more good news for Kendrick Lamar and SZA; their Black Panther soundtrack single All The Stars debuts at Number 33.

Finally, three songs enter the Official Chart Top 40 for the very first time. Steel Banglez’ Bad featuring Yungen and MoStack flies seven to Number 37, Dua Lipa’s new single IDGAF vaults to Number 38, and US rapper Cardi B lands at Number 40 with Cartier Bardi featuring 21 Savage.

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

FIFA 18 is back on top of the UK gaming charts

January 8th, 2018

The latest UK retail charts are in, and there has been a bit of movement at the top. It would seem as though many of you are feeling optimistic about the second half of the season as lots of people splashed out on FIFA 18 last week, which is once again top of the league. It displaces Call of Duty: WWII which only managed nine weeks at the top, equalling the franchise’s previous best (which, for the record, was Modern Warfare II).

Before you go, GfK shared an interesting little factoid this morning. With GTAV climbing back up to third, the stat-gatherers pointed out that the game is still selling well four years (!) after its initial launch on PS3 and Xbox 360. That’s 225 weeks in the charts, where it has never been outside of the top forty. Even more impressive, in 191 out 225 weeks that position has been inside the top ten. Impressive stuff.

And now, without further ado, here is this week’s top ten courtesy of Gfk Chart-Track.

All Formats:

1. FIFA 18 / EA Sports
2. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
3. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
4. Assassin’s Creed Origins / Ubisoft
5. Star Wars Battlefront II / EA Games
6. The Sims 4 / EA Games
7. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Microsoft
8. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild / Nintendo
10. Forza Motorsport 7 / Microsoft

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Ed Sheeran claims first Number 1 single and album of 2018

January 6th, 2018

Ed Sheeran has claimed the first Number 1s of 2018 on both the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart.

Perfect was the most downloaded and streamed track of the last seven days, and spends a fifth consecutive week at Number 1. By also topping the Official Albums Chart with ÷, this marks the fourth time the album and one of its tracks have scored the Official Chart double.

÷ ended 2017 as the most purchased record on CD, vinyl, and download formats, and was also the most streamed album of the year.

Official Singles Chart

As the multitude of Christmas songs exit the Official Chart, several tracks make big gains this week, 11 of which reach new peaks. The highest charting track to score a personal best is Big Shaq’s Man’s Not Hot, up three to Number 3.

Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels’ I Miss You (6), 17 by MK (7), and Ramz’s Barking (8) all scale the Top 10 higher than ever before, while there are new Top 20 peaks for: Craig David & Bastille’s I Know You (15); Dave’s No Words ft. MoStack (17); and Jason Derulo’s Tip Toe ft. French Montana, which becomes Jason’s 16th Top 20 entry at Number 19.

Decline by Raye ft. Mr. Eazi and Not3s’ My Lover both re-enter the Top 40, hitting new highs at Numbers 22 and 23 respectively, while Jax Jones’ latest single Breathe featuring Ina Wroldsen makes its Top 40 debut at Number 24. P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma is one slot behind at Number 25, jumping 17 places.

Next, three new Top 40 entries sit back-to-back: This Is Me by Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman Ensemble is at 28; J Hus scores his fourth Top 40 hit with Bouff Daddy at 29, and lovebirds G-Eazy and Halsey are at 30 with Him & I.

Portugal The Man’s Feel It Still lifts to a new PB of Number 35 in its 23rd week on chart, two placings ahead of Camila Cabello’s Never Be The Same at Number 37. Finally, The Greatest Show, another single from The Greatest Showman soundtrack is at Number 40, gifting Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya their first chart credits.

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

Ed Sheeran’s Perfect claims the UK’s Official Christmas Number 1 2017

December 22nd, 2017

Congratulations to Ed Sheeran, who completes his ‘Perfect’ year by claiming the most coveted chart accolade of the year – the UK’s Official Christmas Number 1.

The Official Charts Company can confirm that Perfect wins this year’s festive crown with 85,000 combined sales acquired this week, split across 45,000 downloads and 6 million streams. Earlier this month, Ed released new versions of the track featuring Beyoncé and Andrea Bocelli.

In a video message to his fans, Ed tells OfficialCharts.com: “Thank you very much for making Perfect Christmas Number 1. This is an actual dream come true and I’m very proud and happy. Thank you so much and have a very Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a Happy New Year.”

The track has today (Dec 22) been certified double platinum by the BPI, achieving 1.23m combined UK sales and streams to date. Perfect has held off several competitors from the snowy summit this week; its nearest rival, Eminem’s River (which also features Ed), finishes at Number 2, while a campaign to get Wham’s Last Christmas to the top to mark one year since George Michael’s death finishes at Number 3.

Elsewhere, Mariah Carey’s 1994 festive classic All I Want For Christmas Is You is at 4, and rapper Big Shaq climbs two places to Number 6 with Man’s Not Hot following a special Christmas Edition release of the track.

Also earning a place in 2017’s Official Christmas Singles Chart Top 10 is The Pogues’ Fairytale Of New York ft. Kirsty MacColl at 7. It’s the first time the song has been in the Top 10 in ten years – it peaked at Number 2 upon its original release in 1987.

A further 13 Christmas classics make up this year’s Christmas Top 40, including the original 1984 version of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? at 12, Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (14) and Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone (15).

Elton John’s 1973 hit Step Into Christmas achieves a new personal best at Number 18, Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas finishes at 20, Michael Buble’s rendition of It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas is at 22, and Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday lands at 23.

Further down, Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody (29), Ariana Grande’s Santa Tell Me (32), John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (35), Leona Lewis’ One More Sleep (36), Andy Williams’ It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (37) and Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime (38) and all earn a spot in the Christmas Top 40.

View the full Top 100 Official Christmas Singles Chart

Call of Duty: WWII tops Christmas gaming charts

December 18th, 2017

It should as a surprise to exactly no one that Call of Duty: WWII walked out victorious of the UK Christmas week sales, registering its seventh straight number one. This actually denotes the fourth year in a row that Call of Duty holds the coveted Christmas crown in the UK, making it 8 Christmas number ones in total for the franchise (tied with FIFA for first all-time). Star Wars Battlefront II enjoyed a surge in sales on the back of promotions and the cinematic release of The Last Jedi, while PUBG came in at a very respectable fourth spot.

All Formats:

1. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
2. FIFA 18 / EA Sports
3. Star Wars Battlefront II / EA Games
4. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Microsoft (new)
5. Assassin’s Creed Origins / Ubisoft
6. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
7. Grand Theft Auto V / Rockstar
8. WWE 2K18 / 2K Sports
9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
10. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision

Individual Formats (units):

1. Call of Duty: WWII / PS4
2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds / Xbox One (new)
3. Call of Duty: WWII / Xbox One
4. FIFA 18 / PS4
5. Star Wars Battlefront II / PS4
6. Star Wars Battlefront II / Xbox One
7. Super Mario Odyssey / Switch
8. FIFA 18 / Xbox One
9. Assassin’s Creed Origins / PS4
10. Assassin’s Creed Origins / Xbox One

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Christmas classics reach new all-time highs on the Official Singles Chart

December 15th, 2017

Christmas has well and truly arrived on the Official Singles Chart, with 17 festive tracks impacting this week’s Top 40, putting several classics in the running as strong contenders for next Friday’s Official Christmas Number 1 2017 crown.

While Ed Sheeran reigns at Number 1 with Perfect for a second week, he has some serious competition on his hands for the XmasNo1 spot next Friday.

Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas rises three places to Number 2, surpassing its modern personal-best of Number 4 that it managed in 2007, and matching its chart peak that it achieved way back in 1994.

Wham! complete the Top 3 with Last Christmas at Number 3, marking the first time the song has been in the Official Chart Top 5 since January 1985. Last Christmas is the best-selling single never to have reached Number 1, but with a Facebook campaign to get it to the Christmas top spot kicking off today, could all that be set to change next week?

One other Christmas song sits in this week’s Top 10 – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s Fairytale of New York, up three to Number 7.

New entries and high climbers

Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas is at Number 12, its highest entry since December 1985, while Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree vaults 27 places to Number 15, its highest chart placing for 54 years since 1963. Shakin’ Stevens is also scaling the Top 40, up five to Number 16 with Merry Christmas Everyone.

Two yuletide songs also break into the Top 20 for the very first time this week. Michael Buble’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas lifts 27 slots to Number 18, while Step Into Christmas by Elton John (19) becomes his 46th UK Top 20 hit – the song originally peaked at Number 24 in 1973.

Wizzard hop two positions to Number 22 with I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, while Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas speeds to a new personal best, climbing 45 rungs to Number 23. Santa Tell Me, the modern festive favourite from Ariana Grande, also hits new heights at Number 29, and Slade shift from 62 to Number 30 with Merry Xmas Everybody.

Five more holiday singles also re-enter the Top 40 this week: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Happy Xmas (War is Over) (35); Leona Lewis’ One More Sleep (36); It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Andy Williams (37); Bing Crosby’s White Christmas (38); and Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime (39).

Finally, away from the Christmas crackers, NF’s Let You Down reaches a new peak of Number 11, up two, and grime star Ramz scores his debut Top 40 entry with Barking at Number 27.

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

Call of Duty: WWII extends run at the top of the UK charts

December 11th, 2017

The last game to make it to six weeks at the top of the UK retail charts was, funnily enough, Black Ops 3, as Call of Duty’s return to historical warfare has proven popular with players this year. No doubt holiday sales ahead of Christmas have helped keep Activision’s shooter sitting pretty in first place, with EA taking bronze and silver with FIFA 18 and Star Wars Battlefront II respectively.

It’s not a great week for debuts; Rocket League: Collector’s Edition landed in 21st, but you have to go all the way back to 37th to catch sight of Hello Neighbor, which scraped into the top forty follow its release last week. The GfK Chart-Track top ten is, therefore, pretty static, but you can read it in full below:

1. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
2. FIFA 18 / EA
3. Star Wars Battlefront II / EA
4. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
5. Assassin’s Creed Origins / Ubisoft
6. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
8. WWE 2K18 / Take-Two
9. The Sims 4 / EA
10. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 / Warner Bros.

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Ed Sheeran’s Perfect becomes his fourth No.1

December 8th, 2017

Ed Sheeran claims the Number 1 spot on the Official Singles Chart this week as his latest single, Perfect, climbs to the top, propelled by a new version featuring Beyonce.

Perfect originally entered the chart at Number 4 in March this year, when Ed released his ÷ album. After being announced as the record’s fourth single in October, the track has steadily climbed back up the Top 40 for the past 11 weeks.

A new mix of the song featuring Beyonce sees it jump from Number 3 to Number 1 this week, shifting 89,000 downloads and streaming equivalent sales over the last seven days.

Perfect earns Ed his fourth Number 1 single, following Sing and Thinking Out Loud in 2014 and Shape Of You earlier this year.

Meanwhile, this year’s X Factor champions Rak-Su are new at Number 2 with their winner’s single, Dimelo ft. Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy. The quartet, comprising of Ashley, Jamaal, Myles and Mustafa, performed their self-penned track during this year’s series.

The chart position is one better than the last year’s winner Matt Terry, who peaked at 3 with When Christmas Comes Around.

New entries and high climbers

Several Christmas songs surge up the Top 40 this week, led by Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, which zooms from 22 to 5, followed by Wham’s Last Christmas, up from 29 to Number 6. The Pogues’ Fairytale Of New York ft. Kirsty MacColl zooms 55 to 10, returning to the Top 10 for the first time in nine years.

Further down, the original Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? vaults from 85 to 16, Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone shifts from 87 to 21, and Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day jumps from 98 to 24.

Further down, Pink’s latest single Beautiful Trauma leaps 35 places to Number 29, her 31st UK Top 40 single, and Louis Tomlinson’s new single Miss You bows at Number 39.

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

Call of Duty continues its reign on the top of UK sales

December 4th, 2017

There wasn’t a ton of movement this week in the UK video game charts as Call of Duty: WWII claims its fifth straight number one (equal to Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy for most consecutive number ones in 2017). None of the first five games in the all formats standings changed their positions, and we’re likely looking at the main challenger for the Christmas crown, maybe it’s even a two horse race between Call of Duty: WWII and FIFA 18. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was the only real notable new release and it managed 19th spot, which is in line with what the franchise has done in the past, it was always going to struggle against the big holiday sellers. Perhaps it is also notable that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has snuck back up into the top 10, suggesting it’s the first game many new Switch owners are getting.

All Formats:
1. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
2. FIFA 18 / EA
3. Gran Turismo Sport / Sony
4. Star Wars Battlefront II / EA
5. Assassin’s Creed Origins / Ubisoft
6. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
7. Forza Motorsport 7 / Microsoft
8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
9. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two
10. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision

Individual Formats (units):
1. Call of Duty: WWII / PS4
2. FIFA 18 / PS4
3. Gran Turismo Sport / PS4
4. Call of Duty: WWII / Xbox One
5. Star Wars Battlefront II / PS4
6. Super Mario Odyssey / Switch
7. FIFA 18 / Xbox One
8. Forza Motorsport 7 / Xbox One
9. Assassin’s Creed Origins / Xbox One
10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Switch

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