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Ava Max gets a second week at number one.
After climbing to the top last week, Ava Max gets a second week at the top of the singles chart with Sweet But Psycho. The Greatest Showman soundtrack continues its latest run at the top of the albums chart.

Ava Max spends a second week at the top of the singles chart with Sweet But Psycho. The Greatest Showman soundtrack spends a 25th week at number one in the album chart.

For the last few years, the Official Charts Company (OCC) have regularly introduced changes to the chart rules in July. These frequent changes are an inevitable consequence of trying to combine different things (sale and streams, both audio and visual) into one chart. The introduction of the Accelerated Chart Ratio (ACR) meant that songs whose combined sales had been in decline (compared with the overall market) for three weeks and that had been in the chart for at least ten weeks had the value of their streams halved. Since that rule was introduced, there has been a suspicion that record companies have reduced the price of songs on download sites in order to boost sales and avoid a switch to ACR. The OCC have responded by saying that, from now on, only streams will be considered when determining when a song is switched to ACR.

The changes to the chart rules introduced last year whereby all songs over three years old are permanently on ACR were designed, at least in part, to reduce the dominance of Christmas songs in the chart in the latter part of December. Last week’s chart showed that this was only partially successful. Christmas songs still dominated the top forty although that dominance would have been greater still without the change. Fans of Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You (and they clearly do exist) will point to the fact that the song would have spent two of the last three weeks at number one without the change. Supporters of the new rules will question whether we really want to have the same song climbing to number one every December for evermore, As I have stated on a number of previous occasions, the real issue is over the way playlists contribute to the chart. Should streams of an entire playlist where the listener is paying little attention to what is actually playing be counted the same as a listener selecting individual songs?

The knock-on effect of all those Christmas songs can be seen in this week’s chart. With the exception of the number one, Ava Max’s Sweet But Psycho for a second week, every song in the top forty is a climber, a re-entry or a new entry.

Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next climbs three places to number two. Post Malone and Swae Lee’s Sunflower climbs sixteen places to number three, beating its previous peak set when it entered the chart at number seven at the end of October. Post Malone also has this week’s highest new entry with Wow at number five. The best song called Wow remains the one by Kate Bush.

Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus climb to number four with Nothing Breaks Like A Heart, matching the position they reached three weeks ago. That Shark thing climbs into the top ten at number six in its fifteenth week in the top forty.

George Ezra’s Shotgun jumps a full 26 places back up to number seven. It was last in the top ten three months ago. He also re-enters at a new peak of number fourteen with Hold My Girl. Young George has had a busy few weeks, appearing on the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year show, Top Of The Pops and Jools Holland’s Hootenanny.

James Arthur and Anne-Marie’s version of Rewrite The Stars climbs back to number eight, a position it last occupied a month ago.Zara Larsson’s Ruin My Life reaches the top ten for the first time at number nine. Kodak Black, Travis Scott and Offset return to the top ten at number ten with Zeze.

After appearing on Top Of the Pops, Jax Jones and Years & Years enter at number nineteen with Play. Cardi B has a new entry at number 35. Sadly, it is just as terrible as all her previous efforts. Unfortunately, Pink Floyd cannot sue her for stealing their song title.

If. on the other hand, you want to have a hit with a uniques ong title, one way of doing it is to take two seemingly unrelated words and use them as the title. That may have been thie thinking behind the title of Russ’s debut hit, Gun Lean.

The 2017 Christmas number one, Ed Sheeran‘s Perfect returns at number 40. Last year’s festive chart-topper isn’t doing quite so well. LadBaby’s We Built This City actually spent a second week at number one in the sales-only chart but a lack of streams saw it slump to number 21 in the Official Chart. This week it has left the top forty altogether.

Listing all the re-entries would take rather long. The full chart can be found on the BBC and Official Charts Company websites. It is, however, worth mentioning that three Greatest Showman songs are back in the top forty. Inevitably, Keala Settle’s This Is Me leads the way; that is at number sixteen, its highest position for over eight months. Hugh Jackman and co. are at number 25 with The Greatest Show and A Million Dreams is at number thirty. Pink’s alternative version of A Million Dreams re-enters at number seventeen. With the James Arthur / Anne-Marie version of Rewrite The Stars also still around, The Greatest Showman accounts for five positions in this week’s top forty.

The week after Christmas has never been a big time for new album releases and last Friday was no exception. As a result, there are no new entries in the albums chart. The lack of new entries also leaves the way clear for The Greatest Showman soundtrack to top the chart for a 25th week. George Ezra spends another week at number two with Staying At Tamara’s. The two best-selling albums of 2019 so far are, therefore, the same as the two best-sellers of 2018. George Ezra ‘s debut album Wanted On Voyage is one of many re-entries, at number 38.

Take That’s Odyssey climbs three places to number three, its sales boosted by a BBC programme over the Christmas period. The Star Is Born soundtrack climbs back up to number four on the tenth anniversary of Lady Gaga’s UK chart debut. Roy Orbison and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Unchained Melodies collection falls two places to number five. Lady Gaga famously took the second part of her stage name from a Queen song; the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack climbs back up to number six.

Drake’s Scorpion re-enters at number 26. The album was one of the best-selling sets of 2018 (for reasons which baffle me), but sales of actual CDs accounted for well under 10% of its total.

Other re-entries come from Post Malone (Beerbongs & Bentleys, number 30), Billie Eilish (Don’t Smile At Me, 32), Katherine Jenkins (Guiding Light, 35), Anne-Marie (Speak Your Mind, 39) and David Bowie (Legacy, 40).

The 1975 climb back up to number 28 with A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. The cassette version of the album was the biggest seller in that format in 2018, beating Kylie Minogue’s Golden into second place.

Next week’s chart should be a little more normal although the albums chart is likely still to be rather quiet.

Happy New Year!
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