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Singles:

Increasing its sales by an impressive 28%, Rockstar by DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch further extends its lead over the competition to spend a second week at the top of the charts, bringing to a halt the churn of the last month or so. Making the top of the market look slightly healthier than it has in recent weeks, the single posted 57,429 chart sales last week, of which 55,093 were from sales-equivalent streams.

It was pointed out to me in the week that Rockstar has become something of a charmed title for hit singles in recent years. This is the fourth different song of that name since 2007 during which time it has produced a brace of No.2 hits (for Nickelback in 2007 and Dappy/Brian May in 2012) and now a pair of chart-topping singles, (the other by Post Malone/21 Savage in 2017). Rockstar is still one of only a small handful of titles to be attached to two entirely different No.1 singles, although the 21st century has seen more than its fair share of them. In the past 20 years Let's Dance, Sorry, Closer, Promises, Sing, Diamonds, Burn, I Don't Care, Hello, Perfect, River, and now Rockstar have all been added to the list of No.1 hits using recycled song titles.

There genuinely was no chart race to speak of this week, so everyone else must content themselves with lining up some distance behind. Say So by Doja Cat rebounds back to its No.2 peak (37,026 sales), Toosie Slide by Drake down to No.3 (36,854 sales), and there is a new peak for Rover by S1mba featuring DTG which jumps 8-4 on 35,594 sales.

The singles chart overall is going through one of its periodic periods of becalming. This week's Top 10 singles are identical to last, save for some reshuffling of the pack. Those not so far mentioned: Death Bed by Powfu featuring Beabadoobee (No.5, 35,282 sales), Savage by Megan Thee Stallion (No.6, 30,483 sales), Blinding Lights by The Weeknd (No.7, 29,352 sales), Stuck With U by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber (No.8, 28,955 sales), Dinner Guest by AJ Tracey featuring MoStack (No.9, 27,127 sales) and finally Gooba from 6ix9ine (No.10, 23,746 sales).

A notable riser in a market of fallers is Breaking Me by Topic featuring A7S, the German/Swedish collaboration breaking into the Top 20 at No.15 (20,700 sales) whilst Don't Need Love from 220 Kid & Gracey also rises to a new peak of No.20 (19,214 sales). There are also solid sales and corresponding chart jumps for Secrets by Regard & Raye (45-30, 13,083 sales) and Party Girl from StaySolidRocky (53-34, 11,973 sales).

The highest new entry of the week is technically a re-entry. Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles has already enjoyed a notable chart run, wandering as high as No.17 in November last year when first issued as a teaser for his Fine Line album. Clearly there were always bigger plans for the track and it has now been upgraded to full single release status with its official video debuting online during the week. The resultant boost of interest propels the song back onto the chart at No.35 (11,729 sales) to rejoin its predecessors Adore You and Falling which still linger at 17 and 21 respectively.

Two places below we finally find the first actual brand-new hit of the week. Daisies is what we are told is the first official single from Katy Perry's forthcoming sixth studio album. As the most high-profile release of the week it is hard to escape the feeling this could have been bigger, landing at a mere No.37 with 11,591 sales although at a stroke it beats the peak of her last two singles Small Talk and Harleys In Hawaii which both fell short of the Top 40. Overall it is the singer's 31st chart hit.

The Coronavirus pandemic put paid to last weekend's planned Eurovision Song Contest, fully cancelled for the first time in its history, but based on public chatter it is not unreasonable to assume that Iceland's Dadi Freyr would have emerged somewhere near the top of the scoreboard. Certainly the British public have voted with their ears and so his song Think About Things sweeps majestically onto the chart at No.43 (10,787). Of the planned British entry My Last Breath by James Newman there is no sign, although it does post its highest chart sale (2,258) since its release 11 weeks ago even if this is some way short of the numbers needed to register its first chart position.

Other new arrivals this week: Solitaires from Future featuring Travis Scott, a cut from his High Off Life album (No.59, 8,182 sales), Lose Somebody from Kygo and OneRepublic (No.65, 7,795 sales) and Surrender from Natalie Taylor (No.75, 6,405 sales) which was first released in 2015 but now surfaces as a chart single after gaining popularity as a TikTok accompaniment.

Singles sales are up 3.37% week-on-week and stand at 21,235,727. Paid-for sales however take a plunge, down 3.31% to 581,506 to hit a seven-week low.

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Albums:

After several weeks waiting in the wings (it has been No.2 on seven occasions since the last time it reached the top) Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent by Lewis Capaldi nips smartly back to No.1 with a sale of 8,396 copies exactly one year to the week since it first debuted at the top of the charts. The album's year on sale has seen it spend its entire life inside the Top 10, never once dropping lower than No.8.

This is now the seventh time Capaldi's debut album has reached No.1, setting a brand new record for a male solo artist and joining Our Version Of Events by Emeli Sande and 21 by Adele, hitherto the only single artist recordings to have managed a septet of visits to the top. Its cumulative chart sale is now just shy of a million, standing at 910,330 of which 397,074 are paid purchases.

Originally planned to be named after its big hit single Life Is Good, Future's eighth studio album arrives this week as the slightly less incongruous High Off Life. The collection duly becomes his 11th chart record but only his second-ever Top 10 album as it bursts into life as the highest new entry of the week at No.5 (4,243 sales of which just 125 are paid downloads). It is enough to make it his highest-charting album to date, besting the No.6 peak of What A Time To Be Alive (on which he was co-billed with Drake) back in 2015.

His debut album Die A Legend missed the grade altogether last year as far as the British charts were concerned, meaning American rapper Polo G makes his debut this week with The Goat. His second studio release moved 4,013 copies last week (just 41 of them paid downloads) and is the second highest new entry of the week at No.6.

Their 10th studio album, but only the fourth to chart, All That Glue from the Sleaford Mods wasn't quite the chart-topping contender it was billed as earlier in the week but nonetheless becomes their second straight Top 10 album, sticking nicely to No.10 with a chart sale of 3,630. It was the top-selling vinyl album of the week, selling a whopping 2,250 copies on black plastic. The group's biggest selling release to date is Key Markets which has accumulated 24,891 chart sales since it debuted at No.11 in 2015.

Recorded with his group The 400 Unit, Alabama musician Jason Isbell’s Reunions duly becomes his third album to reach the British charts as it springs into life at No.18 with an opening tally of 2,797 sales.

Named, we presume, after the glassy volcanic rock which seems only appropriate given the way it sounds, Obsidian is no less than the sixteenth studio album from veteran gothic metal band Paradise Lost, their first release in three years. It is now their seventh chart album as it opens its account at 2,147. Eternally adrift from the mainstream, Paradise Lost haven't registered on the singles chart since 1998, the closest they have ever come to a mainstream hit is the No.53 peak of 1997 single Just Say Words, this their most popular single track to date with cumulative sales to date of 9,909 copies.

The closest we came this week to a pop release, Charli XCX's How I'm Feeling Now was possibly the most talked-about release of the week thanks to its origins as a self-isolation work, the singer working remotely with producers and consulting fans over social media on everything from song ideas to artwork. Taking six weeks from conception to release, the DIY album possibly deserved a better showing than it makes, limping to No.33 on sales of 2,145. It is her fourth chart album albeit the lowest charting since her debut True Romance only crawled to No.85.

Also new this week: The London Sessions, the eighth chart album from Dutch DJ Tiesto at No.64 (1,464 sales) and People Like Us from Scotsman Callum Beattie (No.68, 1,449 sales).

Thirty-eight years and five months since the release of their last album together, The Vapors make a return to the charts with their special reunion release Together (No.87, 1,234 sales), the culmination of a comeback trail which began when David, Ed and Steve reunited for live dates back in 2016. Back in 1981 the group's second album Magnets missed the charts altogether meaning their gap between actual appearances stretches back even further, this officially their first chart album since New Clear Days reached No.44 in June 1980 - close to 40 years ago.

Many of those quoted individual sales are indeed painfully small and so it is the long tail of back catalogue which ensures the albums market as a whole still holds firm, down just 0.68% week on week at 1,764,036. Paid-for sales of albums stand at 347,087, down from 374,237 last week.
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Source: MW
Commentary by: James Masterton


Singles:



Colour Code: OVERALL UNITS SALES STREAMING POINTS

1 DaBady feat. Roddy Ricch 57,429 2,336 55,093
2 Doja Cat 37,026
3 Drake 36,854
4 S1mba feat. DTG 35,594
5 Powfu feat. beabadoobee 35,282
6 Megan Thee Stallion 30,483
7 The Weeknd 29,352
8 Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 28,955
9 AJ Tracey feat. MoStack 27,127
10 6ix9ine 23,746

15 Topic A7S 20,700
20 220 Kid & Gracey 19,214
30 Regard & Raye 13,083
34 StaySolidRocky 11,973
35 Harry Styles [Watermelon Sugar] 11,729
37 Katy Perry 11,591

43 Dadi Freyr 10,787
47 Don Toliver 10,309
59 Future feat. Travis Scott 8,812
65 Kygo feat. OneRepublic 7,796
75 Natalie Taylor 6,405



Albums:



1 Lewis Capaldi 8,396 0,000 00,000 (910,330; 397,074 paid-for)
2 Dua Lipa 6,832
3 Harry Styles 5,175
4 Drake 4,572
5 Future 4,243 125 4,118
6 Polo G 4,013 41 3,972
7 Ed Sheeran 3,906
8 Elton John 3,906
9 Billie Eilish 3,841
10 Sleaford Mods 3,630 (2,250 vinyl)

18 Jason Ibell & The 400 Unit 2,797
32 Paradise Lost 2,147
33 Charli XCX 2,145

64 Tiesto 1,464
68 Callum Beattie 1,449
87 Vapors 1,234



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ADDITIONAL SALES INFORMATION
W/E 14th May
5 Seconds of Summer - CALM (#1, 2020) 43,449
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia (#1, 2020) 90,574
Gerry Cinnamon - The Bonny (#1, 2020) 39,210
The Weeknd - After Hours (#1, 2020) 61,985

W/E 21st May
Kajagoogoo - Too Shy (#1, 1983) 115,571 [post-1994]
KSI feat. Rick Ross, Lil Baby & S-X - Down Like That (#10, 2019) 243,471
KSI feat. Swarmz & Tion Wayne - Houdini (#6, 2020) 79,331

W/E 28th May
Paradise Lost - Just Say Words (#53, 1997) 9,909

Sleaford Mods - Key Markets (#11, 2015) 24,891
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Sales are in and yep, 7 and 8 in the albums sold the same.
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QUOTE(Mart!n @ May 21 2020, 01:31 PM) *
This is now the seventh time Capaldi's debut album has reached No.1, setting a brand new record for a male solo artist and joining Our Version Of Events by Emeli Sande and 21 by Adele, hitherto the only single artist recordings to have managed a septet of visits to the top.

James has used this stat quite a few times now, but Ed Sheeran's Divide also had 7 visits to #1
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Blinding Lights was #1 on sales once again, pity they don't mention how much it sold
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Is Break Up Song near certification yet?
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It's not Sleaford Mods' 10th studio album at all, it is a compilation of rare material and a selection of the best from 2013-2019 - this distinction is reflected on the sleeve artwork and therefore my listing for the album.
It had a double boost of promotion via record stores and a slot on Tim Burgess' Twitter Listening Party.

Not even a mention of Lewis Capaldi's other release which presumably is on Budget Albums? (#8 in Scotland) https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/scottish-albums-chart/

Great that The Vapors managed to make the chart - if only for the statistic.

Charli's album at 33 is pretty good considering it's digital only and how it was made.

Not so good for Sparks whose album was digital only and misses the 200 (physical is out July and it should chart then) - or Moby with his best album in years (a return to rave and chillout) which looks like it's somewhere in the top 150?

Ouch for Hayley Williams!


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QUOTE(miichaelking21 @ May 22 2020, 06:46 PM) *
Is Break Up Song near certification yet?

Should be around 2-3 more weeks then it will hopefully be Silver!
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From Music Week Chart Pack:

DaBaby - Rockstar (Interscope)

This week’s sales: 57,429 | Downloads: 2,336
Streams: 55,093 | Total sales to date: 168,113 |

Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI)

This week’s sales: 8,396 | Physical: 1,561 | Downloads: 425 |
Streams: 6,410 | Total sales to date: 910,330
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Paradise Lost are Number 3 on the Sales chart

They are also Number 2 in Germany which gives them their 4th top 10 hit in a row and will chart higher than here in several other European countries this weekend- notably Finland, France and the Netherlands

For a band that were formed by 3 grammar school pupils from Halifax in 1989 I think they have done very well for themselves with a 25 year UK Chart career even if Obsidian is their 1st visit to the Top 40 since 1997
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bit weird that the Lewis live EP is #8 in Scotland but didn't chart on the regular chart
or are Scottish sales very low?
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DaBaby would have been #1 this week regardless of The Weeknd's ACR status then, yay. x (Pretty impressive week-on-week rise for him again, wonder how high his numbers will end up getting ~)
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Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa has now sold 104,718 copies and is thus certified GOLD.

It took her just 8 weeks to accomplish this.
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Pity it doesn’t mention the second week sales for NOW 105
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QUOTE(Cognizant @ May 22 2020, 07:41 PM) *
Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa has now sold 104,718 copies and is thus certified GOLD.

It took her just 8 weeks to accomplish this.


In this climate id say that’s pretty good.
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QUOTE(IANMUSIC24 @ May 22 2020, 10:54 PM) *
In this climate id say that’s pretty good.


A deluxe edition is coming later this year so likely to sell a lot more!
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QUOTE(slowdown73 @ May 23 2020, 12:00 AM) *
A deluxe edition is coming later this year so likely to sell a lot more!



yeah In few weeks it should be top 5 on YE chart too. Pretty good result, it would sell a lot more I think, if no covid....
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I'm not sure if this is the correct place (sorry if it isn't), but roughly how many sales is it to chart in the Top 100 of both the Single Chart and the Singles Downloads Chart?
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ADDITIONAL SALES INFORMATION
W/E 14th May
5 Seconds of Summer - CALM (#1, 2020) 43,449
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia (#1, 2020) 90,574
Gerry Cinnamon - The Bonny (#1, 2020) 39,210
The Weeknd - After Hours (#1, 2020) 61,985

W/E 21st May
Kajagoogoo - Too Shy (#1, 1983) 115,571 [post-1994]
KSI feat. Rick Ross, Lil Baby & S-X - Down Like That (#10, 2019) 243,471
KSI feat. Swarmz & Tion Wayne - Houdini (#6, 2020) 79,331

'Too Shy' sold 535k in 1983, so 651k in total.
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