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post May 14 2020, 02:26 PM
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Singles

Four weeks after it first landed on the singles chart as a track from his Blame It On Baby album DaBaby's Rockstar emerge triumphantly from a tight race to sit proudly at the top. The American trap star enjoys his first No.1 single exactly five months to the day since he first registered on the British charts as the guest star on Camila Cabello's My Oh My.

Rockstar climbs fives places to the top with an overall sale of 44,879 of which only 1,704 were paid downloads. For the second week running that's a notably low figure, the smallest chart-topping sale since Clean Bandit reached the summit with solo on a sale of 41,584 in June 2018. The rapid-fire rap hit also provides invited guest Roddy Ricch with his own career high, a first-ever chart-topper and his second Top 3 smash hit of the year following his own hit The Box which peaked at No.2 back in February.

With Drake's Toosie Slide dipping to No.2 (39,542 sales) it means we have now had four brand new No.1 hits in as many weeks, a rate of turnover at the top of the charts not seen since April 2018. Completing the Top 3 is Say So from Doja Cat, its sales up slightly on last week's total at 38,765.

It is technically a charity single, all revenues in aid of the First Response Children's Foundation, but that aspect appears to have been largely incidental to the appeal of the highest new entry of the week. As far as Britain is concerned Stuck With U is just another pop hit, although one which notably teams Ariana Grande with Justin Bieber in a relatively fresh matchup. The single lands at No.4 with a chart sale of 37,614, a landmark 20th Top 10 hit for Bieber and a 16th for Grande. Paid downloads represent just 2% of its weekly sales total.

His career briefly derailed by an annoying inability to stay out of prison, Tekashi 6ix9ine should in theory still be in the middle of a two year sentence. But with the Covid-19 pandemic commuting his incarceration to house arrest he has wasted little time in returning to both microphone and singles charts. Comeback single Gooba, a typically strident rap rant blasting his apparently numerous haters, smashes its way to No.6 (32,637 sales). It is 6ix9ine's biggest chart single to date, beating the No.9 peak he reached with Kika in December 2018, a track notable for Radio 1 playing precisely six seconds of it on the chart show before never speaking of it again.

The rest of the Top 10: Death Bed by Powfu (No.5, 32,765 sales), Blinding Lights by The Weeknd (No.7, 30,964 sales), Rover by S1mba (No.8, 29,791 sales), Savage by Megan Thee Stallion (No.9, 29,742 sales), and Dinner Guest by AJ Tracey (No.10, 24,998 sales). Exiting the Top 10 are Times Like These by Live Lounge Allstars (No.28, 13,604 sales) and Drake's album cut Chicago Freestyle which drops 10-30 (13,159 sales) as the initial rush of streams from his Dark Lane Demo Tapes mixtape fades rapidly away.

After apparently promising to steer clear of drill for at least a year, Headie One clearly could not resist the temptation and so slides back into deeper grooves with his latest cut Rose Gold. Hard on the heels of his two singles chart collaborations with Fred Again he is a new entry this week at No.49 with 9,459 sales, of which precisely 89 were paid purchases.

A month after it crept to the bottom of the charts to give Dame Vera Lynn her first chart single since 1957, her rendition of the wartime standard We'll Meet Again is back once more, beating its previous chart peak with a sale of 8,539 taking it to No.55. The occasion this time is of course last week's VE day anniversary celebrations with the famous song taking centre stage at the climax to a more muted televised celebration than was originally planned. Note these sales don't include those of the "virtual duet" between the 103-year-old singer and Katherine Jenkins, which charts separately some distance short of the published tables.

Album cuts account for the final two new singles chart arrivals this week, Zoo York (No.65, 7,219 sales) a cut from Lil Tjay's State Of Emergency album while Chris Brown and Young Thug's Slime & B mixtape finally surfaces a single as Go Crazy arrives at No.72 (6,519 sales). It does mean Breezy maintains an astonishingly consistent run of hits. His first chart single of 2020, he has now made at least one Top 75 appearance every year since his debut in 2006 - a run of 15 consecutive years.

Singles sales are down 1.87% week on week at 20,542,653. With the charity taps turned off for the moment paid-for sales are down well over 10% week on week to 601,409, their lowest level for six weeks.

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Albums

Your chart analyst would much prefer to talk of historic highs rather than lows, but some things are hard to sugar coat. Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia album rebounds back to the top of the charts for its third visit and fourth week in total but does so on a chart sale of a mere 7,317 copies. That's a brand new 21st-century low point, a smaller sale than the 7,948 with which Blossoms' self-titled album sneaked to the summit in August 2016.

Almost needless to say Future Nostalgia isn't actually the biggest-selling album of the week. That honour inevitably goes to volume 105 of the Now That's What I Call Music series which charges to the top of the compilations chart with a sale of 30,591. Second place on the compilations table goes to the re-issued volume 5, which appears on CD for the first time since its release in 1985 with a sale of its own of 6,684.

The artists chart Top 3 is sewn up by Lewis Capaldi, back up to No.2 with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (7,126 sales), and Drake's Dark Lane Demo Tapes which (toosie) slides its way down two places to No.3 (6,697 sales).

As lead singer of Paramore, Hayley Williams has already enjoyed an extensive chart career, two of their five chart albums having reached the very top and all with cumulative sales of 1,621,346 to date. The group remain a going concern, but Williams took advantage of a planned hiatus following their last tour to assemble her first solo album. At one stage looking like it stood a chance of topping the charts in what was a very tight midweek race, Petals For Armor instead opens its account at No.4 with 5,997 chart sales.

No.15 upon first release in 2018, I’ll Remember You by former BGT finalists The D-Day Darlings has been repackaged with four new tracks and duly re-enters the charts this week. The “celebration edition” adds 5,861 copies to its cumulative sales to date of 71,203 to reach a brand new peak of No.5.

Her debut album SweetSexySavage reached No.26 in 2017, but R&B singer Kehlani enjoys a far stronger showing this week with her second full release (a mixtape, While We Wait, reached No.47 in March last year). Her best chart showing of her career so far, It Was Good Until It Wasn't smashes its way to No.10 with a sale of 3,549.

Good Intentions is the third full studio album for Canadian performer NAV and duly follows its two predecessors into the charts. The album is new at No.18 this week with a sale of 2,858, of which all but 43 are accounted for by digital streams.

Leader of the rap collective Only The Family, American performer Lil Durk this week released his fifth studio album Just Cause Y'All Waited 2 and it duly becomes his second to make the British charts. It is new this week at No.32 with a sale of 2,140 copies. Although it has never charted, his best performing release is 2018's Signed 2 The Street 3 which has posted 18,267 chart sales to date.

VE Day celebrations having brought renewed attention to her work, Dame Vera Lynn enjoys some album charts boosts to sit alongside her singles performance. Celebratory hits compilation 100, first released three years ago, doubles its sales week on week to leap to No.30, its highest chart placing since May 2017.

Arriving as a surprise midweek release, Chris Brown and Young Thug's collaborative mixtape Slime & B only had the benefit of just over two days of streams and downloads last time out, its opening week total of 1,029 not enough to make it register inside the published albums chart. This time with a full seven days of numbers behind it the collection makes a far stronger showing at No.51 with a chart sale this time around of 1,619.

Charting for the third time to date is American rapper Lil Tjay, new release State Of Emergency is the second mixtape he has compiled in recent months. It’s hard on the heels of FN, which limped to No.80 in October last year, simultaneously with his first album proper True 2 Myself which made No.22. The new collection duly debuts at what you might regard as mixtape level, hitting No.60 with a chart sale of 1,554 copies.

Former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan has charted in a variety of guises over the years, releasing albums solo, as Mark Lanegan Band, along with a trilogy of works in collaboration with Isobel Campbell. Taken together it means that this week new release Straight Songs Of Sorrow becomes his 11th chart record in total, debuting at No.85 with a sale of 1,219.

Overall albums sales hold steady at 1,776,169, a slide of just 0.68% week on week. Physical sales are up 10.04% week on week to 261,651, much of which you can indeed attribute to the arrival of Now 105 on the market. Indeed, physical sales of compilation albums are up 70.9% to 76,028 (pushing their market share above 50% for the first time in eight weeks), Now 105 accounting for fully one third of that total.
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post May 14 2020, 02:26 PM
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Source: MW
Commentary by: James Masterton


Singles:



Colour Code: OVERALL UNITS SALES STREAMING POINTS

1 DaBady feat. Roddy Ricch 44,879 1,704 43,175 (110,685)
2 Drake 39,542
3 Doja Cat 38,765
4 Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 37,614
5 Powfu feat. beabadoobee 32,765
6 6ix9ine 32,637
7 The Weeknd 30,964
8 S1mba feat. DTG 29,791
9 Megan Thee Stallion 29,742
10 AJ Tracey & MoStack 24,998

28 Live Lounge Allstars 13,604
30 Drake feat. Giveon 13,159

49 Headie One 9,459 89 9,370
55 Vera Lynn 8,539
65 Lil Tjay feat. Fivio Foreign & Pop Smoke 7,219
72 Chris Brown & Young Thug 6,519



Albums:



1 Dua Lipa 7,317 1,798 5,519 (97,890)
2 Lewis Capaldi 7,126
3 Drake 6,697
4 Hayley Williams 5,997
5 D-Day Darlings 5,861 (71,203)
6 Harry Styles 4,376
7 Billie Eilish 3,965
8 Ed Sheeran 3,788
9 Elton John 3,692
10 Kehlani 3,549

18 NAV 2,858
32 Lil Durk 2,140

51 Chris Brown & Young Thug 1,619
60 Lil Tjay 1,554
85 Mark Lanegan 1,219


Compilations:



1 NOW 105 30,591
2 NOW 5 6,684


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post May 14 2020, 02:27 PM
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ADDITIONAL SALES INFORMATION

Lil Durk - Signed 2 The Street 3 (N/A, 2018) 18,267
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post May 15 2020, 05:00 PM
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Sales are in.
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post May 15 2020, 05:07 PM
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Dua broke the record then :/
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Not only that, but 631 sales lower than the previous record!
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post May 15 2020, 05:10 PM
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horrible sales in album charts, who is a contender for next week’s number 1 album?
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Such a shame that all of Dua's previous success has been wiped out by breaking the record for lowest #1 album sale. sad.gif
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Dua the modern day record breaker cheer.gif
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I miss the time when we had top 10 albums sales.
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We could see an even lower figure for the #1 album next week sad.gif

Incredible that only 6,098 separate the #1 and #85 album.
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post May 15 2020, 05:14 PM
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Stuck With You only sold 750 copies this week?
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QUOTE(Nick Jonas @ May 15 2020, 06:14 PM) *
Stuck With You only sold 750 copies this week?

Looks like yet another mistake in the article. Stuck With U was #2 on sales and Rockstar was #13, yet Rockstar sold 1,704 paid downloads.
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20% sounds more realistic...
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I miss the days when we had a more concise sales information, its practically bare bones, sorry guys, we don't have anymore sales info.
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QUOTE(Dark Horse @ May 15 2020, 06:10 PM) *
horrible sales in album charts, who is a contender for next week’s number 1 album?


Dua and Lewis again most likely...
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Do you really think that this one particular album chart record is bad for Dua? It's the 4th week at #1

Rihanna had that record at one point, does anyone even remember that outside chart forums?
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Obviously poor for Now 105 but I expected a little worse even with HMV closed and many supermarkets still not stocking it. 30k isn’t that bad all things considered.
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QUOTE(SKOB @ May 15 2020, 06:38 PM) *
Do you really think that this one particular album chart record is bad for Dua? It's the 4th week at #1

Rihanna had that record at one point, does anyone even remember that outside chart forums?


Does anyone remember anything or in the slightest care outside of chart forums though?!

Half the country seem to believe Amanda Holden has had a Top 5 smash recently laugh.gif
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From Music Week Chart Pack

DaBaby - Rockstar (Interscope)

This week’s sales: 44,879 | Downloads: 1,704
Streams: 43,175 | Total sales to date: 110,685 |

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia (Warner Records)

This week’s sales: 7,317 | Physical: 1,203 | Downloads: 595 |
Streams: 5,519 | Total sales to date: 97,890 |
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