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Eminem scores his 10th No.1 album with Music To Be Murdered By, and his 10th No.1 single this week with Godzilla but it is the very first time he has ever managed to synchronise them and score the coveted double.

While Music To Be Murdered By enjoyed a substantial 46.83% advantage over its runner-up on the album chart, Godzilla - which also features late rapper Juice Wrld - had to work for its singles supremacy, emerging just 0.18% (93 sales) ahead of its nearest challenger The Box by Roddy Ricch. The last time the gap between the top two was smaller was more than 12 years ago, in chart week 30 of 2007 – the chart for Music Week issue dated 4 August - when Timbaland's The Way I Are (feat. D.O.E. & Keri Hilson) topped the chart on sales of 33,578, just 16 more than Kate Nash's Foundations.

Despite its title, Godzilla isn’t exactly a monster hit. Its first week consumption of 52,633 units (including 50,618 from sales-equivalent streams) is the second lowest for a No.1 in the last year, surpassing only the 50,468 copies that Tones And I’s Dance Monkey achieved 16 weeks ago, on the first of its 11 weeks at No.1. Dance Monkey falls 10-14 this week with published consumption of 31,672 units – though it would still be No.1 on consumption of 59,051 units were it not on ACR.

Moreover, Godzilla’s less than stellar total comes at a time when the rest of the top five is relatively strong, with sales differentials minimized. The Box (5-2, 52,540 sales) by Roddy Ricch and Blinding Lights by The Weeknd (8-4, 48,461 sales) both make substantial gains with the former up 20.72% week-on-week and the latter 29.51%, while Own It (1-3, 49,802 sales) by Stormzy feat. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy and Before You Go (2-5, 44,426 sales) by Lewis Capaldi make loses of 10.11% and 6.44%, respectively.

The top five are thus separated by 8,207 sales, with the No.1 only 18.47% ahead of the No.5. The last time the top five were separated by fewer sales was 128 weeks ago (17 August 2017). In the 1,047 weeks that have thus far elapsed in the 21st century, the only time that the No.1 had a smaller percentage lead over the No.5 was 231 weeks ago (31 August 2015), when Fight Song by Rachel Platten exploded 68-1 (58,581 sales), finishing 16.54% ahead of the No.5 title, Marvin Gaye (50,268 sales), by Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor.

Blinding Lights remains No.1 on paid-for downloads, shifting 7,893 units in the week.

We should, by the way, qualify last week’s assertion that Own It’s paid-for sales were ‘the lowest ever for a No.1 single’ . I should have inserted ‘generally available’ into that phrase – the actual lowest paid-for sales for a No.1 being the 153 that Ellie Goulding’s River managed in the 30 December 2019 chart, being available only from Amazon.

While London rapper DigDat’s first album, Ei8ht Mile, falls just short of the Top 10 (at No.12), the title track (feat. Aitch) powers to a No.9 debut on consumption of 36,078 units. It is DigDat’s eighth Top 75 entry, and his first to make the Top 10. It is also Aitch’s eighth Top 75 entry and his fourth Top 10 hit.

The rest of this week’s Top 10: Life Is Good (3-6, 44,008 sales) by Future feat. Drake, Don’t Start Now (4-7, 43,224 sales) by Dua Lipa, Roxanne (6-8, 37,862 sales) by Arizona Zervas and Someone You Loved (7-10, 35,827 sales) by Lewis Capaldi.

Aside from Godzilla, two other songs from Eminem’s new album, Music To Be Murdered By, debut inside the Top 20. They are: Those Kinda Nights (feat. Ed Sheeran, No.12, 32,479 sales) and Darkness (No.17, 27,690 sales). Eminem has now had 58 Top 75 entries, 45 Top 40 hits and 33 Top 10 hits. Those Kinda Nights is Sheeran’s 53rd hit.

With primary artists concurrent hits capped at three, 15 other tracks from Music To Be Murdered By are ‘starred-out’ of the Top 75, the three most popular being Unaccommodating (feat. Young Ma, 26,417 sales), You Gon’ Learn (feat. Royce Da 5’9 & White Gold, 24,053 sales) and In Too Deep (20,316 sales). They help to bring cumulative consumption of Eminem tracks to 39,475,369, with a further 1,617,426 for his former band D12.

The Jonas Brothers’ ninth chart entry in total, and fifth Top 40 hit, What A Man Gotta Do debuts at No.33 (16,949 sales).

Two previous excerpts from The 1975’s upcoming (fourth) album, Notes On A Conditional Form, peaked at No.54. The third, You & Me Together Song, fares better, debuting at No.35 (15,970 sales). It is their 19th Top 75 entry in a shade under seven years, and their ninth Top 40 hit.

Also new to the chart: Black Swan (No.46, 13,831 sales), the ninth hit for South Korean band BTS; Better Off Without You (77-63, 10,811 sales), the 10th hit for Becky Hill, and the third for featured guest, Shift K3y; and High Fashion (83-74, 9,608 sales), the fifth hit for Roddy Ricch, and the fourth for featured guest, Mustard.

While Manic becomes Halsey’s highest-charting album, debuting at No.6, its third single, You Should Be Sad, advances 37-26 (21,020 sales).

There are also new peaks for: Good News (49-45, 13,969 sales) by Mac Miller, Suicidal (71-50, 12,686 sales) by YNW Melly, Power Over Me (60-53, 12,114 sales) by Dermot Kennedy, Roses (72-55, 11,895 sales) by SAINt JHN and Say So (65-60, 10,996 sales) by Doja Cat.

Singles sales are up 1.14% week-on-week at 20,803,814, 20.35% above same week 2019 sales of 17,286,395. Paid-for sales are down 1.57% week-on-week at 536,826 – 30.96% below same week 2019 sales of 777,599 and below same week, previous year sales for the 338th week in a row.

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Just two weeks after Stormzy racked up the first chart double of 2020, hip-hop heavyweight Eminem secures the second, debuting atop the album chart with surprise release Music To Be Murdered By and the singles chart with one of its constituent tracks, Godzilla.

Dropping unexpectedly on Friday (January 17), Music To Be Murdered By has been the subject of negative press for referencing the 2017 Manchester bomb attack in lyrics to Unaccommodating, not least from Manchester band The Courteeners, who would have topped the chart themselves for the first time with their new album, More Again Forever, had Music To Be Murdered By not been released.

Despite the controversy, and the fact that it has yet to be made available physically, Music To Be Murdered By achieved consumption of 36,302 units in the week – 10,010 from paid-for downloads, the rest from sales-equivalent streams to become Eminem’s 10th solo No.1 (nine studio sets, one compilation) in a row – a record. The previous joint record-holders, Led Zeppelin (1969-1979) and Abba (1976-1982), achieved eight consecutive No.1s.

In addition to his own No1s, Eminem co-wrote, co-produced and provided vocals for former band D12’s 2004 chart-topper D12 World, even though he didn’t get a credit as a band member.

Music To Be Murdered By has the smallest first week consumption total for an Eminem studio album since The Slim Shady LP sold 564 copies and failed to chart in the week of its release in 1999, though it subsequently peaked 74 weeks later at No.10.

Its sales heavily front-loaded, and almost all in physical form (it had 1,012 downloads and 1,884 sales-equivalent streams), The Courteeners’ More Again Forever is their eight consecutive Top 10 album – their entire output of seven studio sets and a ‘re-wired’ re-release of their first album, St. Jude). It was No.1 in the first three of the week’s sales flashes, and becomes their highest charting set to date, opening at No.2 (24,724 sales). That’s the second highest first week sale for an album by the Middleton rock trio, a smidgeon behind the 24,792 copies that its immediate predecessor, Mapping The Rendezvous, sold opening at No.4 in 2016. Their previous highest charting album hitherto, was fourth studio set, Concrete Love, which debuted and peaked at No.3 on sales of 16,953 copies in 2014. More Again Forever was boosted by vinyl and cassette editions, which generated 5,100 and 651 sales respectively, earning them the No.1 position in both format charts.

Also new to the Top 10: Everything Else Has Gone Wrong (No.4, 15,739 sales), London indie band Bombay Bicycle Club’s first album in nearly six years and fourth Top 10 entry; Manic (No.6, 9,033 sales), the third and highest charting album by US singer/songwriter Halsey; and Circles (No.8, 7,033 sales), the posthumous sixth album and fourth chart entry for Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, whose previous chart best was 2018 release Swimming which reached No.37 on release, then a new peak of No.17 five weeks later following his death from a drug overdose.

Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent ends its fifth run at No.1 for Lewis Capaldi, falling to No.3 (15,909 sales).

The rest of the Top 10: Heavy Is The Head (3-5, 11,852 sales) by Stormzy, No.6 Collaborations Project (4-7, 8,247 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Fine Line (5-9, 6,835 sales) by Harry Styles and When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (6-10, 6,784 sales) by Billie Eilish.

Departing from the Top 10: Hollywood’s Bleeding (9-13, 4,236 sales) by Post Malone, Rare (2-16, 3,890 sales) by Selena Gomez, You’re In My Heart (10-25, 3,239 sales) by Rod Stewart, Elgar (8-37, 2,459 sales) by Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Junk Food by Easy Life, which was No.7 last week, and now exits the Top 200 (740 sales).

Twenty years after her third solo album, Echo Beach, debuted and peaked at No.12 on sales of 14,919 copies, Louise – who first came to fame as a member of Eternal – resumes her career with Heavy Love (No.11, 6,017 sales).

Formed in Birmingham 48 years ago, melodic hard rock quintet Magnum are still a force to be reckoned with. Lead singer Bob Catley (72) and guitarist Tony Clarkin (73) – both founder members of the band – are still on board, and their 21st studio album, The Serpent Rings, becomes their 18th chart entry, debuting at No.36 (2,482 sales). In Germany, it is also their 18th chart album, surpassing the other 17 by opening at a lofty No.5.

Also new to the chart: Ei8ht Mile (No.12, 5,758 sales), the debut album by London rapper DigDat; R.Y.C. (No.23, 3,379 sales), the second album by Guernsey electronic music artist Mura Masa, whose eponymous 2017 debut reached No.19; and Dear Happy (No.24, 3,320 sales), the third album by Wiltshire singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin, who reached No.2 with 2013 debut English Rain, and No.14 with 2015 follow-up Light Up The Dark.

Nominated for two BRIT awards, Michael Kiwanuka performed Hero from third studio album Kiwanuka on Graham Norton’s show last week, sparking a 114.81% expansion in consumption of the set, which debuted 11 weeks ago at No.2, and now jumps 64-17 (3,757 sales) to achieve a nine-week high.

Frozen 2 is No.1 compilation for the third time (5,434 sales, including 3,751 from sales-equivalent streaming).

Overall album sales are up 1.97% week-on-week at 1,845,356, 10.29% above same week 2019 sales of 1,673,194. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,349,327 sales, 73.12% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 2.47% week-on-week at 496,029, 15.16% below same week 2019 sales of 584,634.
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post Jan 23 2020, 08:22 PM
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Source: MW
Commentary by: Alan Jones


Singles:



Colour Code: OVERALL UNITS SALES STREAMING POINTS

1 Eminem feat. Juice WRLD 52,633 2,015 50,618
2 Roddy Ricch 52,540
3 Stormzy 49,802
4 The Weeknd 48,461
5 Lewis Capaldi [Before You Go] 44,426
6 Future feat. Drake 44,008
7 Dua Lipa 43,224
8 Arizona Zervas 37,852
9 DigDat feat. Aitch 36,078
10 Lewis Capaldi [Someone You Loved] 35,827

12 Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran 32,479
13 Justin Bieber 32,108
14 Tones & I 31,672
17 Eminem [Darkness] 27,690
26 Halsey 21,020
33 Jonas Brothers 16,949
35 The 1975 15,970

45 Mac Miller [Good News] 13,969
46 BTS 13,831
50 YNW Melly 12,686
53 Dermot Kennedy [Power Over Me] 12,114
55 SAINt JHN 11,895
60 Doja Cat 10,996
63 Becky Hill feat. Shift K3Y 10,811
74 Roddy Ricch feat. Mustard 9,608



Albums:



1 Eminem 36,302 10,010 26,292
2 The Courteeners 24,724
3 Lewis Capaldi 15,909
3 Bombay Bicycle Club 15,739
5 Stormzy 11,852
6 Halsey 9,033
7 Ed Sheeran 8,247
8 Mac Miller 7,033
9 Harry Styles 6,835
10 Billie Eilish 6,784

11 Louise 6,017
12 DigDat 5,758
13 Post Malone 4,236
16 Selena Gomez 3,890
17 Michael Kiwanuki 3,757
23 Mura Masa 3,379
24 Gabrielle Aplin 3,320
25 Rod Stewart 3,239
36 Magnum 2,482
37 Sheku Kanneh-Mason with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle 2,459



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post Jan 23 2020, 08:22 PM
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ADDITIONAL SALES INFORMATION
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post Jan 24 2020, 06:00 PM
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Blow me down with a feather ohmy.gif by 93 copies in the singles chart
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post Jan 24 2020, 06:05 PM
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QUOTE(Mart!n @ Jan 23 2020, 08:22 PM) *
Despite its title, Godzilla isnít exactly a monster hit. Its first week consumption of 52,633 units (including 50,618 from sales-equivalent streams) is the second lowest for a No.1 in the last year, surpassing only the 50,468 copies that Tones And Iís Dance Monkey achieved 16 weeks ago, on the first of its 11 weeks at No.1. Dance Monkey falls 10-14 this week with published consumption of 31,672 units Ė though it would still be No.1 on consumption of 59,051 units were it not on ACR.

So its failure to get just 200 or so more streaming points 3 weeks ago and get a reset cost Dance Monkey 3 weeks at #1 - it could now be on 14 weeks total! (Or 15 if ACR didn't exist at all)
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Yep, Tones and I still robbed laugh.gif
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post Jan 24 2020, 07:07 PM
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It's crazy to think that Dance Monkey would still be at No. 1 after all this time were it not for ACR.

Gutted Louise missed out on Top 10 sad.gif
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Wonder if Dance Monkey can beat 16 weeks. Very impressive for a complete unknown.
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Poor Louise just missing out! sad.gif
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So annoying Tones is missing all these weeks at #1 after being so close to a reset. At least its still counting towards the EOY chart in full
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Ugh at Louise missing out!
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post Jan 24 2020, 08:33 PM
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It's an Emma Bunton situation all over again for Louise with #11! That has to be the most frustrating chart position ever!
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QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Jan 24 2020, 08:33 PM) *
It's an Emma Bunton situation all over again for Louise with #11! That has to be the most frustrating chart position ever!

So true, i am disappointed for Louise but she still did well.
That was a true battle for Number 1, so so close.
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Since the 3 track rule has anyone had 5 or more tracks top 40, ed just missed with IDC being 41
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Is this right about The Slim Shady LP "The Slim Shady LP sold 564 copies and failed to chart in the week of its release in 1999"? Because that would mean it sold enough in its second week to get to number 12 (it's first week on the chart), which seems a bit of a jump?
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QUOTE(GreenTurtle @ Jan 24 2020, 08:40 PM) *
Is this right about The Slim Shady LP "The Slim Shady LP sold 564 copies and failed to chart in the week of its release in 1999"? Because that would mean it sold enough in its second week to get to number 12 (it's first week on the chart), which seems a bit of a jump?

The week it sold 564 copies was the 28th February 1999 chart. However its entry at #12 was on 18th April, 7 weeks later. So for a few weeks it was either a "soft release" or it might have been import sales.
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QUOTE(LMLou @ Jan 24 2020, 07:13 PM) *
So annoying Tones is missing all these weeks at #1 after being so close to a reset. At least its still counting towards the EOY chart in full
It's probably just as well that the OCC don't publish a Year To Date sales chart as 'Dance Monkey' is at number 1 on that list despite (because of ACR) the track only peaking at number 5 in the 2020 chart year.
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QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Jan 24 2020, 11:08 PM) *
The week it sold 564 copies was the 28th February 1999 chart. However its entry at #12 was on 18th April, 7 weeks later. So for a few weeks it was either a "soft release" or it might have been import sales.
The album entered the larger top 200 chart on the chart dated w/e 20/03/99 and Hit Music (a sister publication of Music Week which published the top 200 Albums chart) indicated it was an import album. Its chart run: 159-114-106-114-140. The following week the album was at number 12.
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Kamikaze did 55K so it's a big of a decline for Eminem
Kamikaze did 30K on streams + 25k on downloads
and now he's done 36K total with similar streams 26K but only 10K downloads
so looks like he's losing the older fans smile.gif
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How many sales does the 90-100 mark usually get on albums?
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