Crash Bandicoot returns to top the gaming charts

July 2nd, 2018

Crash Bandicoot is back once again, and this week the remastered marsupial has gone back to the top of the charts with strong sales across new versions of the Nsane Trilogy on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One (apparently there were only 250 copies between them, with Xbox edging it).

That means that last week’s big release, The Crew 2, has had to settle for second place, with the sequel failing to match its predecessor in terms of sales (although GfK doesn’t take digital sales into account in its charts, so it’s not fully illustrative).

Elsewhere FIFA 18 is still doing the business, no points for guessing how and why. Mario Tennis Aces moves down to no.4 after a 53% week-on-week drop in sales (still, that’s not too shabby for second-week sales for a platform exclusive such as this), and Star Wars Battlefront II proves that the Force is still strong with EA’s game thanks to a disturbance in the game’s pricing. Here’s the GfK Chart-Track top ten in full:

1. Crash Bandicoot: Nsane Trilogy / Activision
2. The Crew 2 / Ubisoft
3. FIFA 18 / EA Sports
4. Mario Tennis Aces / Nintendo
5. God of War / Sony
6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
7. Star Wars Battlefront II / EA
8. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two
9. Fallout 4 / Bethesda
10. Far Cry 5 / Ubisoft

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George Ezra rides Shotgun to his first UK Number 1 single

June 30th, 2018

George Ezra has scored his first UK Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart.

Shotgun, the third single from George’s Number 1 album Staying at Tamara’s, rises one place to secure the top spot in its 14th week on chart. Securing the most digital downloads this week, Shotgun rides to the helm of the Official Chart with a lead of 6,500 units, knocking last week’s chart topper Solo by Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato to Number 2.

George has previously hit the Top 3 on two occasions; his breakthrough 2013 single Budapest peaked at Number 3, while his last single Paradise reached Number 2.

Celebrating the news, George told OfficialCharts.com: “I never thought that this would happen. The thing that’s most amazing about it is the fact that all of you out there are sharing the song and playing it loud and enjoying it with your summer, which is exactly what I wanted. I can’t thank you enough.”

New entries and high climbers

Elsewhere in this week’s Top 5, rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot dead on June 18 aged 20, rises 26 places to Number 5 with Sad!, a new peak for the track. Two more of his songs, Moonlight and Changes also reach new personal bests at 17 and 22 respectively.

Two more songs reach new highs in this week’s Top 10: Years & Years jump two placings to Number 6 with If You’re Over Me; and Cardi B’s I Like It ft. Bad Bunny and J Balvin hits Number 8.

Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer (11) and Jonas Blue’s Rise ft. Jack & Jack (12) score their highest positions to date in the Top 20, plus there’s more good news for Juice WRLD’s Lucid Dreams (18), and Jackie Chan by Tiesto & Dzeko ft. Preme and Post Malone (20), which reach the Top 20 for the first time.

Cheat Codes & Little Mix collect this week’s highest new entry with Only You at Number 32, plus another three songs make their Top 40 debuts this week; Tyga & Offset’s Taste climbs eight to Number 34, APESHIT by The Carters, aka Beyoncé and Jay-Z, rises seven slots to 36, and Jax Jones’ new single Ring Ring ft. Mabel and Rich The Kid impacts at Number 40.

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

Mario Tennis Aces tops the gaming charts…

June 26th, 2018

Kratos has been standing tall at the top of the UK charts for a while now with Sony’s God of War, but the recent release of Mario Tennis Aces has managed to topple to bearded hero, making it a successful debut for the tennis title that has had Switch fans celebrating Mario’s return to the court.

In fact, God of War slips past FIFA 18 into third place, while another Switch title – Maro Kart 8 Deluxe – waits patiently behind. Elsewhere there are more of the regular faces to be seen, including Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4 (perhaps bolstered by hype surrounding the upcoming Fallout 76), and Detroit: Become Human.

For the full top 10 list, make sure to check down below:

1. Mario Tennis Aces / Nintendo
2. FIFA 18 / EA
3. God of War / Sony
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
5. Fallout 4 / Bethesda
6. Detroit: Become Human / Sony
7. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two
8. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision
9. Super Mario Odyssey / Nintendo
10. PlayStation VR Worlds / Sony

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Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato take Solo to Number 1

June 22nd, 2018

Clean Bandit have secured their fourth Number 1, as Solo, featuring the vocal talents of Demi Lovato, climbs to the top of the Official Singles Chart.

On hearing the news, the band told OfficialCharts.com:

“Thank you so much to all of our fans. We can’t believe it! It’s amazing for us and we’re so happy that you’re listening to this song!”

For Demi, it’s a very first chart-topper. The closest she’s got was Heart Attack, which peaked at 3 in 2013. Say Clean Bandit on working with Demi: ” She was lovely. We actually did the recording over Skype, so it was a bit awkward as we’d never met in real life and there was, like, a delay, but then when we met properly to make the music video, it was so fun.”

Coincidentally, Solo is Clean Bandit’s seventh straight Top 5 single, making them the first act to achieve that feat in over a decade. Girls Aloud managed eight in 2005.

After a spirited challenge, George Ezra’s Shotgun settles for second place, Anne-Marie’s 2002 remains at 3, while last week’s Number 1 from Jess Glynne, I’ll Be There, slides to 4.

New entries and high climbers

Tom Walker rises to a new peak of 7 with Leave a Light On; Years & Years have landed a fourth Top 10 with If You’re Over Me, rising four slots to 8; Maroon 5’s Girls Like You feat. Cardi B shifts five to 11; and 5 Seconds Of Summer leap nine spaces, with Youngblood landing at 13.

Jonas Blue and Jack & Jack’s Rise lives up to its title, zooming 14 spaces to 17, while this week’s highest new entry comes from Nicki Minaj feat Ariana Grande – Bed is in at 20 – and emo-rap star Juice WRLD rockets 16 places up the chart to land at Number 23 with Lucid Dreams.

Following his death earlier this week, rapper XXXTentacion has three tracks in the Top 40: Sad, Moonlight, and Changes occupy the Number 31, 32, and 33 slots respectively, while Tiesto, Dzeko, Preme and Post Malone’s collaboration Jackie Chan vaults 26 places to enter the Top 40 at Number 35.

Following the surprise release of their collaborative album Everything Is Love on Saturday evening, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s first single as The Carters, Apesh**t, just misses the Top 40, going in at 43.

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

God of War tops the gaming charts once again

June 18th, 2018

This week’s GfK Chart-Track top forty doesn’t include a single newly-released title, although there has been a bit of movement in the top ten. PlayStation VR Worlds is one of the games that has been dragged up the charts thanks to Sony’s Days of Play promotion, which saw other bundled games including Fallout 4 and the chart-topping God of War do decent business at High Street retailers up and down the country. That said, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if some of the sales of Dad of War were attributable to the fact that this weekend it was Father’s Day. Here’s the top ten in full:

1. God of War / Sony
2. FIFA 18 / EA
3. Fallout 4 / Bethesda
4. Detroit: Become Human / Sony
5. PlayStation VR Worlds / Sony
6. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
8. Vampyr / Focus
9. Assassin’s Creed Origins / Ubisoft
10. Call of Duty: WWII / Activision

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Jess Glynne claims seventh Number 1 single with I’ll Be There

June 15th, 2018

Congratulations to Jess Glynne, whose latest single I’ll Be There claims the Number 1 spot on this week’s Official Singles Chart.

Jess edged out some seriously strong competition from Clean Bandit to score her seventh UK chart-topper, which extends her record for the most Number 1 singles by a British female artist.

Celebrating the news, Jess told OfficialCharts.com: “I’m speechless! all I can say is thank you to everyone who has supported the song. I find it incredibly insane that I hold a record for the most Number 1s for a British female. It’s insane to think I’ve achieved that so early in my career. It’s not just me on all those songs – I have to thank everybody I’ve collaborated with.”

The battle for this week’s Number 1 was incredibly close; Clean Bandit’s Solo ft. Demi Lovato finishes at Number 2 just 898 sales and streams behind Jess, climbing places from last week.

New entries and high climbers

Elsewhere, George Ezra’s Shotgun rises from 8 to 4, and two songs enter the Top 10 for the first time: Leave A Light On by Scottish newcomer Tom Walker leaps eight places to Number 8, and Cardi B lifts four places to 9 with I Like It ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin, earning the rapper her second UK Top 10.

Several singles make big gains on this week’s Top 40: Years & Years’ If You’re Over Me leaps seven spots to Number 12, Selena Gomez’s Back To You jumps ten places to 13, Maroon 5’s Girls Like You ft. Cardi B zooms 12 rungs to 16, and British rapper AJ Tracey claims his first Top 20 with Butterflies ft. Not3s, up five to 19.

Further down, Jonas Blue lands his fifth Top 40 hit with Rise ft. Jack & Jack, which vaults 16 places to 31, Jorja Smith’s Blue Light is this week’s highest new entry at 38, and US rapper Juice WRLD scores his first UK Top 40 hit with Lucid Dreams, up 14 to Number 39.

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

Vampyr tops this week’s gaming charts

June 12th, 2018

Forgetting about E3 for a few minutes, the latest sales figures are in from GfK Chart-Track and they reveal a good week for Focus Home Interactive and Dontnod, with Vampyr emerging as the best-selling game at UK retailers last week. Indeed, it’s actually Focus Home Interactive’s first UK best-seller, so congrats to them.

In other news, The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset debuted at no.26, while racing duo Onrush (no.34) and MotoGP 18 (no.40) didn’t make a huge impact among UK race fans. Here’s the top ten in full:

1. Vampyr / Focus Home Interactive
2. FIFA 18 / EA
3. God of War / Sony
4. Detroit: Become Human / Sony
5. Far Cry 5 / Ubisoft
6. Fallout 4 / Bethesda
7. State of Decay 2 / Microsoft
8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
9. Grand Theft Auto V / Take-Two
10. Overwatch / Activision

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Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa remain lip-locked at Number 1 for an eighth week

June 8th, 2018

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa are lip-locked at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart for an eighth consecutive week.

One Kiss, now the longest reigning Number 1 of Calvin’s nine UK chart toppers, secures another week at the top thanks to its dominant 5.5 million plays on streaming services.

Jess Glynne, who had the most downloaded song this week with I’ll Be There, rises three places to Number 2, reaching its highest position to date in its fifth week of release. I’ll Be There becomes Jess’ eighth UK Top 3 single in the process.

New entries and high climbers

Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato’s Solo (6), Better Now by Post Malone (7) and George Ezra’s Shotgun (8) all reach new peaks within the Top 10, plus Kanye West secures this week’s highest new entry with Yikes (10), his 18th UK Top 10 single in total and first since February 2015. Kanye also scores two more Top 40 entries from his new album Ye – All Mine lands at Number 11 and Ghost Town at Number 17.

Cardi B vaults three positions to Number 13 with I Like It ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin (13), while Leave A Light On from Tom Walker (16) and Years & Years’ If You’re Over Me (19) enter the Top 20 for the first time this week. The 1975 are not too far behind with Give Yourself A Try; the lead single from their upcoming album debuts at Number 22.

Further down the chart, Selena Gomez’s 13 Reasons Why soundtrack single Back To You continues to climb, up four to 23, one slot ahead of AJ Tracey & Not3s, who debut at 24 with Butterflies. Maroon 5’s new version of Girls Like You featuring Cardi B is also a new entry today, opening at 28.

Finally, Youngblood, the current Number 1 single in Australia from 5 Seconds Of Summer, makes its first appearance in the UK’s Official Singles Chart Top 40 at Number 37.

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

World Cup update pushes FIFA 18 back to the top

June 4th, 2018

A double whammy of retailer discounts and the free World Cup update has pushed FIFA 18 back to the top of the UK charts. As you can see in the below top ten as supplied by GfK Chart-Track, EA Sports’ digital kickabout climbed above last week’s chart-topper, Detroit: Become Human, to claim the top spot once again.

Other new releases to sell well last week include Sega Mega Drive Classics, which crept into the top five, and Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary (no.6). Further down the charts Agony (no.32) and Tennis World Tour (no.31) also debuted last week. Here’s the multi-platform top ten:

1. FIFA 18 / EA
2. Detroit: Become Human / Sony
3. Far Cry 5 / Ubisoft
4. God of War / Sony
5. Sega Mega Drive Classics / Sega
6. Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection / Capcom
7. Overwatch (Game of the Year Edition) / Activision
8. State of Decay 2 / Microsoft
9. Dark Souls: Remastered / Bandai Namco
10. Fallout 4 / Bethesda

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One Kiss scores seventh week at Number 1

June 1st, 2018

One Kiss has kept its place at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart this week, setting a new personal best for Calvin Harris.

The Dua Lipa-assisted track notches up a seventh week at the top, beating the six weeks that We Found Love with Rihanna spent at the summit in 2011.

One Kiss finishes some 15,000 combined sales and streams ahead of its closest competition – Drake’s Nice What What at 2 – thanks in part to Dua’s performance of the song at the UEFA Champions League Final last weekend.

Elsewhere in this week’s Top 5, Anne-Marie’s 2002 lifts from 4 to 3, Ariana Grande’s No Tears Left To Cry slips 3 to 4, and Jess Glynne climbs a spot to enter the Top 5 with I’ll Be There.

New entries and high climbers

Clean Bandit secure their ninth Top 10 single with Solo ft. Demi Lovato, which hops two places to Number 10. The track earns Demi her sixth top tier single, following last year’s Number 9-peaking Sorry Not Sorry.

Two songs make advances into the Top 20 this week: Liam Payne & J Balvin’s Familiar lifts six places to Number 15, and George Ezra’s Shotgun zooms from 41 to 20. Both are strong contenders for this year’s song of the summer.

US rapper A$AP Rocky claims this week’s highest new entry with Praise The Lord (Da Shine) at Number 29 following the release of his new album Testing, Drake lands his 36th UK Top 40 hit with I’m Upset at 37, and former N-Dubz star Dappy climbs five places to Number 39, marking his first Top 40 entry in six years.

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