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Mart!n
post Mar 26 2020, 04:55 PM
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Singles

On the face of it, it is an easy second week at No. 1 for Saint Jhn with Roses. The remixed rap hit makes short work of the competition with a 13.7% increase in chart sales to 59,859 of which 55,594 (or 92.9%) are sales-equivalent streams. The untouched original version continues to contribute around 4% to the single’s total sales each week.

Yet it is Blinding Lights by The Weeknd which can consider itself desperately unlucky. Thanks to the boost from the release of the singer’s album After Hours streams of the track are up massively, rising from 5.8 million to 8.2m this week – in pure numerical terms the kind of form that normally all but guarantees you a spot at the top of the charts. But this is also the precise moment that the track slumps to ACR, halving the value of its streams. Blinding Lights this week posts a chart sale of 39,133. Without ACR that total would have risen to 72,908 and would indeed have ensured the Canadian was top of both singles and albums listings.

Of some small consolation is the fact that the remaining tracks from The Weeknd’s album utterly dominated the streaming tables this week. Restricted to three chart entries by rule The Weeknd is brand new at No.17 (20,903 sales) with In Your Eyes whilst the previously teased title track bounds 43-23 (18,727 sales), just shy of the No.20 peak it scaled when first released. Meanwhile, a further 11 tracks from the album are ‘starred out’ from the rest of the chart listings, eight of them within the theoretical bounds of the Top 40.

Returning to the rest of the Top 5: The Box by Roddy Ricch is back up to 3 on 37,216 sales although this will slide to ACR next week, and Lonely from Joel Corry advances further to No.4 with 37,027.

For several weeks now I’ve been noting Dua Lipa’s chasing of her own (long) tail as Physical battles to overtake its predecessor Don’t Start Now on the singles chart. This week that moment has finally arrived. Bolstered by a brand new version which features additional vocals from K-pop star Hwasa (from girl group Mamamoo) the single rises this week to No.5 (34,070 sales), putting it 1,184 sales ahead of her older hit which holds steady at No.5. The release of parent album Future Nostalgia this week should have a beneficial effect on both these two hits and brand new single Break My Hearts.

This is one of those odd weeks when the identities of the Top 10 singles remain the same. Knocking keenly on the door and surely to make its bow next week is Girlfriend by Mabel which for now reaches a new peak of No.11 (24,962 sales).

With Roses at No.1 we also have Flowers sprouting further down. The track in question is by Nathan Dawe, which accelerates 37.4% week on week to reach a new peak of No.34 (12,615 sales).

Teasing an as-yet untitled new album set to drop sometime in April, Fredo has the honour of the highest new entry not performed by The Weeknd. Having branched out into more melodic flavours with some recent singles the rap star this time returns to a more basic trap production with Scorpion boasting an arresting flute line to carry his words. It hatches at No.37 – his 16th chart hit in a little over two years.

The passing this week of country legend Kenny Rogers at the age of 81 prompted the inevitable posthumous interest in his most famous singles. Leading the way is airplay staple Islands In The Stream, his celebrated duet with Dolly Parton from 1983 which charts at No.63 (7,462 sales). The original release peaked at No.7 in January 1984. Rogers is also at No.66 (7,323 sales) with The Gambler.

The singles market overall continues to hold firm, down a tiny fraction week on week to 19,462,107. Paid-for sales were 445,537, this slightly up on last week’s total of 437,067 but continuing to be below half a million for the first time since downloads were introduced to the singles chart. These are the lowest weekly totals since Week 8, 2005 when just 427,985 singles were sold.

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Albums

The Covid-19 crisis continues to have a huge market impact. Artist album sales slump another 4.7% week on week to 1,484,482. Physical sales are down a big 40.9% with just 154,478 discs passing across the counter last week. It means that digital sales account for a whopping 84.85% of the total.

The compilations sector takes even bigger hits, down 18.2% week on week to 84,085. Just 40,466 physical compilation albums were sold last week, below 50% of the total for the first time ever.

Already home to one of the biggest hit singles of the year so far, The Weeknd’s fourth full studio album After Hours was always going to be the biggest of the week. The album opens with a chart sale of 25,677 copies, of which 19,959 were accounted for by calculated streams, the second-highest sale so far this year for a No.1 album.

By comparison Abel Tesfaye’s last album full studio album Starboy debuted at No.5 with 35,697 sales in its first week on sale in November 2016.

After a three year absence, Morrissey returns to the albums chart with his 13th studio offering. I Am Not A Dog On A Chain is the follow-up to 2017’s Low In High School and slides neatly into place at No.3 with 6,720 sales. It is his 15th solo Top 10 album in all and his first to reach the Top 3 since World Peace Is None Of Your Business reached No.2 in 2014.

One of the select band of country stars with fame beyond his genre, the passing of Kenny Rogers at the age of 81 was always going to result in an outpouring of affection entirely in keeping with his status. Posthumous sales and streams have this week propelled his 1999 hybrid collection All The Hits & All New Love Songs back into the charts, the album this week landing at No.6 (4,770 sales), easily beating the No.14 it scaled when first released almost 21 years ago. It is only his third ever Top 10 album in this country following 1980’s Kenny (home to the No.1 hit Coward Of The County) and 1985 hits collection The Kenny Rogers Story.

After reaching a No.18 peak with their third album Build A Tower in 2018 Manchester rock band Slow Readers Club have been looking up. New collection The Joy Of The Return is their fourth studio collection since they formed from the ashes of predecessors Omerta and this week becomes only their second chart record of any kind. The album is the fourth highest new entry at No.9 (3,781 sales) – fascinatingly almost identical to the 3,797 copies sold by its predecessor in its first week on the market two years ago.

Four years on from his death David Bowie makes his album chart return this week with Is It Any Wonder?, a six-track EP of a series of rare and previously unreleased tracks. Manna for completists, it generated enough interest to chart at No.10 (3,509 sales). It is Bowie’s 34th Top 10 album to date.

It has been three years since Donald Glover suggested to a festival audience that he planned one more Childish Gambino album before retiring the concept completely. We wait to see whether time (and the impact of 2018 smash hit This Is America) have mellowed his view, but for now the presumption has to be that his fourth studio offering will indeed be his last. Named after the date on which the full work was briefly teased online, 3.15.20 charts this week at No.20 (2,851 sales – all of them digital) to become far and away his highest-charting work to date. His only other chart entry is Awaken, My Love which charted at No.34 in December 2016 and which has sold 87,221 copies to date.

New at No.25 are rap duo Young T & Bugsey who make their albums chart debut with Plead The 5th, notching up 2,640 chart sales. This was yet another album unavailable physically this week and so is entirely reliant on digital numbers to make up its chart position.

Conan Gray may not have managed much in the way of mainstream attention, but the social media star has successfully leveraged a large enough following via non-traditional media. His debut album Kid Krow makes a strong start landing at No.30 with 2,393 sales, including 799 physical copies. His hype boasts over 150 million Spotify streams for the tracks he has released to date, the Official Charts Company here crediting his tracks with a cumulative total of 292,322 chart sales. The biggest of these is Maniac which has had almost 6.5m streams since last October even though the track, like all his other songs, has yet to graze the singles chart itself.
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Source: MW
Commentary by: James Masterton


Singles:



Colour Code: OVERALL UNITS SALES STREAMING POINTS

1 SAINt JHN 59,859 4,265 55,594
2 The Weeknd 39,133
3 Roddy Ricch 37,216
4 Joe Corry 37,027
5 Dua Lipa [Physical] 34,070
6 Dua Lipa [Don't Start Now] 32,885
7 Doja Cat 31,350
8 Aitch & AJ Tracey feat. Tay Keith 31,345
9 Justin Bieber feat. Quavo 29,053
10 Eminem feat. Juice WRLD 25,076

11 Mabel 24,962
34 Nathan Dawe feat. Jaykae 12,615
37 Fredo 12,001

63 Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers 7,462
66 Kenny Rogers [The Gambler] 7,323



Albums:



1 The Weeknd 25,677 5,718 19,959
2 Lewis Capaldi 10,234
3 Morrissey 6,720
4 Billie Eilish 5,201
5 Harry Styles 4,983
6 Kenny Rogers 4,770
7 Ed Sheeran 4,468
8 Stormzy 3,830
9 Slow Readers Club 3,781
10 David Bowie 3,509

20 Childish Gambino 2,851
25 Young T & Bugsey 2,640
30 Conan Gray 2,393


(Further Top 10 sales added from a different source who wants to remain nameless.)



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ADDITIONAL SALES INFORMATION
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post Friday, 05:58 PM
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Sales are in
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is that enough increase of sales for DSN to prevent ACR or not?
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QUOTE(Mart!n @ Mar 26 2020, 04:55 PM) *
4 Joe Corry 37,027
5 Dua Lipa [Physical] 37,070

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Correct numbers edited
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post Friday, 06:14 PM
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amazing how many errors James Masterson makes, let's ignore last year's Morrissey album biggrin.gif

After a three year absence, Morrissey returns to the albums chart with his 13th studio offering. I Am Not A Dog On A Chain is the follow-up to 2017’s Low In High School and slides neatly into place at No.3 with 6,720 sales. It is his 15th solo Top 10 album in all and his first to reach the Top 3 since World Peace Is None Of Your Business reached No.2 in 2014.

He also mentions DSN is at #5... confusing
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post Friday, 06:20 PM
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Well done to Kenny Rogers on another hit album.
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Those physical album sales cry.gif The closing of stores, supermarkets not prioritizing new releases and Amazon putting physicals on a 8 week shipping wait time has battered the market... the only positive out of this is that HMV online might pick up some sales of people wanting physicals now.
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By the way, Now 105 and the Now 5 re-release have been postponed to May 8th but Now 100 Hits Forgotten 60's is out today still as I've received mine from Amazon.

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post Friday, 06:27 PM
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Sorry about the errors, a little confusion by James Masterton sleep.gif
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From Music Week Chart Pack:

Saint Jhn - Roses (Ministry Of Sound)

This week’s sales: 59,859 | Downloads: 4,265 |
Streams: 55,594 | Total sales to date: 424,282 |

The Weeknd - After Hours

This week’s sales: 25,677 | Physical: 3,058 | Downloads: 2,660 |
Streams: 19,959 | Total sales to date: 25,677 |
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With The Weeknd at 4 on the physical chart, I suppose Morrissey sold 6k or nearly that to make number 1?
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QUOTE(AcerBen @ Mar 27 2020, 07:32 PM) *
With The Weeknd at 4 on the physical chart, I suppose Morrissey sold 6k or nearly that to make number 1?

Morrissey's album last year had 311 from streaming, so presumably this one had ~6.4k from physicals.
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After Hours opens with 19,959 from streams, compared to 15,854 that Starboy opened with. Thought they might be a bit higher given Eminem and J Hus both easily cleared 20k this year. Wonder what the overall opening sales would have been in usual circumstances, 30k+ surely? Also, looks like James has overlooked either Eminem or BTS by claiming The Weeknd had the second highest sale for a #1 album this year.

Morrissey's first week album sales of the century:

74,995 You Are the Quarry (#1, 2004)
63,709 Ringleader of the Tormentors (#1, 2006)
27,873 Greatest Hits (#5, 2008)
39,203 Years of Refusal (#3, 2009)
18,762 World Peace is None of Your Business (#2, 2014)
25,728 Low in High School (#5, 2017)
8,340 California Sun (#4, 2019)
6,720 I Am Not a Dog On A Chain (#3, 2020)
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Take it if the Weeknd streams are up 2.4m he will get a reset?
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Some very random re-entries at the bottom of the album chart - guessing things are skewed due to the plummet in physical sales.
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DSN at #5, Mabel has a single called Girlfriend apparently. Dua Lipa’s new song is also called Break My Hearts.

Who fact checks this shit. Embarrassing.
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pity there is no mention of Fleur, for what I understand she missed the top 200

what does it mean sales-wise? how many sales you need to go top 200 these days in albums?
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