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International Charts Analysis: J Cole's 4 Your Eyez Only makes a splash around the world

With the recently huge number of new releases drying up as Christmas approaches, hip-hop star J Cole - who has previously only had a No.1 in his US homeland - tops the iTunes charts in 55 territories with his fourth ...

Official Charts Analysis: Clean Bandit make it five weeks in a row at No.1

Surpassing the four-week reign of their only previous No.1 - Jess Glynne collaboration Rather Be - Clean Bandit's Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie) racks up an easy fifth week atop the UK singles chart, becoming the fourth single this year to linger this long. Sales of 70,467 copies (including 40,454 from streams), raise the track's overall sales to 468,422, and increase overall Clean Bandit singles sales to 4,782,419. It also means that whereas British or predominantly British acts topped the singles chart for just one of the year's first 38 weeks, they have now done so for the last 11 weeks in a row. Kick-started into chart life by Scottish singer Emily Middemass' performance of the song on The X Factor, Rag'n'Bone Man's debut hit Human jumps 11-8 (34,866 sales) on the singles chart, while remaining at No.2 on paid-for sales. It is the only track to make its Top 10 debut this week, though Mariah Carey's Christmas perennial All I Want For Christmas Is You catapults 29-6 (36,508 sales) to start its third run in the Top 10. No.2 in 1994, the track took on a new lease of life with the advent of downloading, and has prospered further from the introduction of streaming to the chart. In the Top 30 for the 10th Christmas in a row, it was last in the Top 10 in 2007, when it reached No.4. Although none of the rest make the Top 10 this week, it is one of 52 tracks in the Top 200 that directly or indirectly have a Christmas link, of which a further 11 are in the Top 75. They are Fairytale Of New York (66-16, 25,424 sales) by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl, Last Christmas (75-19, 23,462 sales) by Wham!, Merry Christmas Everyone (93-28, 18,486 sales) by Shakin' Stevens, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (112-37, 14,874 sales) by Wizzard, It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (115-39, 14,082 sales) by Michael Buble, Do They Know It's Christmas (136-41, 13,588 sales) by Band Aid, Driving Home For Christmas (149-46, 12,647 sales) by Chris Rea, Merry Xmas Everybody (160-52, 11,648 sales) by Slade, It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (185-55, 11,122 sales) by Andy Williams, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (190-61, 10,328 sales) by Brenda Lee and Step Into Christmas (re-entry at No.68, 9,209 sales) by Elton John. The only one to reach a new peak is Buble's 2011 recording It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, which previously peaked at No.41 last year, and is the highest ranked of 10 seasonal songs by Buble in the current Top 200. Back in the Top 10, there is a new peak for Neiked's Sexual, which climbs 6-5 (37,433 sales); non-movers Black Beatles (2-2, 47,115 sales) by Rae Sremmurd, Starboy (3-3, 43,395 sales) by The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk and Say You Won't Let Go (4-4, 39,752 sales) by James Arthur; and fallers in the form of Shout Out To My Ex (5-7, 35,120 sales) by Little Mix, Don't Wanna Know (7-9, 34,148 sales) by Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar and I Feel It Coming (9-10, 32,901 sales) by The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk. The Chainsmokers' Closer (10-11,  31,548 sales) and Bruno Mars' 24K Magic (8-12, 29,750 sales) exit the Top 10. Only One (No.53, 11,644 sales) is the seventh hit in less than 15 months for Sigala, and the second hit for Digital Farm Animals, who accompanied Cash Cash and Nelly on Millionaire, which reached No.25 in September. Two notable re-entries are Robbie Williams' Love My Life, which peaked at No.33 last month and now jumps 85-51 (11,700 sales); and Lady Gaga's Million Reasons, which re-enters the Top 200 at No.60 (10,396 sales) following her performance of the song on the X Factor. It reached No.48 as an instant grat track in October. Both tracks were 59p at iTunes last week, and rank ninth and 16th on paid-for sales alone. The mass influx of Christmas-related oldies limits the number of existing chart hits to scale new peaks, those that do so being: I Would Like (54-21, 21,853 sales) by Zara Larsson, After The Afterparty (41-34, 15,225 sales) by Charli XCX feat. Lil Yachty, Call On Me (58-45, 12,752 sales) by Starley, No Lie (52-48, 12,533 sales) by Sean Paul feat. Dua Lipa, Water Under The Bridge (61-49, 12,349 sales) by Adele and Lovesick (63-59, 10,508 sales) by Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky.   Overall singles sales are up 2.90% week-on-week at 10,962,039 - 35.98% above same week 2015 sales of 8,061,709. Streams accounted for 9,537,167 sales, 87.00% of the total. Paid-for sales are up 0.46% week-on-week at 1,424,872 – 28.03% below same week 2015 sales of 1,979,683 and below same-week, previous-year sales for the 174th week in a row. Overall singles sales, streaming sales, and streaming's share of total sales all achieve all-time highs.

Official Charts Analysis: Rolling Stones storm to top of albums chart

Their first album comprised entirely of covers, their first studio album in 11 years and their 23rd studio album in all, Blue & Lonesome makes a resounding debut atop the chart for The Rolling Stones, with first week sales of 105,830 (including 1,196 from streams), the highest for any artist album since David Bowie's Blackstar opened 47 weeks ago on sales of 146,168 in the wake of his death. Making a much bigger bang than their last studio album, A Bigger Bang - which debuted and peaked at No.2 in 2005 on sales of 43,466, just 11 fewer than the tally with which James Blunt's Back To Bedlam topped the list that week - Blue & Lonesome sold more copies last week than any Rolling Stones album in any week in the 21st century, surpassing the 104,256 copies that compilation Forty Licks shifted at No.11 in the week before Christmas in 2002. Blue & Lonesome is The Rolling Stones' 11th No.1 album, and their first new one since Voodoo Lounge, which sold 25,162 copies when debuting atop the chart in 1994, although 1972 chart-topper Exile On Main Street returned to No.1 on reissue in 2010. Several Rolling Stones compilations have sold multi-platinum quantities - the aforementioned Forty Licks, for example, has sold 1,135,934 copies since its release a little over 14 years ago - but none of them have reached No.1, their tally comprising 10 studio albums plus the 1970 live set, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Beatles are the only group to have more No.1 studio albums, with 11. When The Rolling Stones' eponymous debut album topped the chart in 1964, they were the second youngest vocal group (and the third youngest group of all, behind the Shadows and The Beatles) to have a No.1. With the coronation of Blue & Lonesome - which consists entirely of covers of blues standards, including songs from Jimmy Reed and Willie Dixon, both of whom also had tunes on that very first Rolling Stones album - they become the oldest. With an average age of 72 (Mick Jagger is 73, Keith Richards is 72, Charlie Watts is 75 and Ronnie Wood is 69), they far surpass the previous record of 64 set by Black Sabbath when their 19th studio album 13 topped the chart in 2013. Prior to that, the record was held by The Eagles, who averaged 59 when they had their one and only No.1 album with Long Road Out Of Eden in 2007. Black Sabbath also held the record for a group of having a No.1 album furthest into their recording career, with 13 coming some 43 years after their eponymous 1970 debut - but The Rolling Stones shatter that too, with more than 52 years elapsing since they first burst onto the album scene. In the top five for the fifth time in a row since its release, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe's Together spends a third week at its peak position of No.2, and records its best sale yet, of 71,042 copies. No.1 for the past fortnight, Little Mix's Glory Days dips to No.3 (56,513 sales). The strongest climber of three albums returning to the Top 10 is Michael Buble's 2011 chart-topper Christmas, which is in the Top 20 for the seventh week in a row, as it rallies 11-6 (34,323 sales). Also back in the top tier are The Heavy Entertainment Show (12-7, 33,006 sales) by Robbie Williams and Long Live The Angels (14-10, 27,248 sales) by Emeli Sande. The rest of the Top 10: The Wonder Of You (3-4, 54,011 sales) by Elvis Presley, 24 Hrs (6-5, 40,765 sales) by Olly Murs, Nobody But Me (9-8, 31,778 sales) by Michael Buble and 24K Magic (8-9, 27,776 sales) by Bruno Mars. Departing from the Top 10 are Falling In Love (7-11, 26,795 sales) by Andre Rieu & The Johann Strauss Orchestra, Chasing Dreams (10-13, 24,206 sales) by Bradley Walsh and Starboy (5-14, 21,450 sales) by The Weeknd, although the latter album is streets ahead on streaming with more than twice as many sales (10,838) derived from the activity as any other album. With the single Redbone simultaneously springing 153-72 (9,010 sales) to become his highest charting UK single - aside from an assist on Leona Lewis' 2012 hit Trouble - R&B/hip-hop star Childish Gambino makes the Top 75 of the album chart for the first time, with third release Awaken, My Love! debuting at No.34 (8,278 sales). The 33-year-old Californian's first full length album, Camp, fell short of the Top 200 but 2013 release Because The Internet reached No.117, and his 2014 EP Kuaui got to No.107. Progress has been slow for Love Me Now, the introductory single from John Legend's fifth album, Darkness And Light. The single, which came out eight weeks ago, reaches a new peak this week, climbing 33-30 (17,993 sales) while the album opens at No.35 (7,546 sales). Unless it improves, it will become Legend's lowest peaking album - but let's not forget that his last album, Love In The Future, debuted at No.28 (3,800 sales) in 2013, and eventually peaked at No.2 emulating its equally slow-burning hit All Of Me. Love In The Future has sold 398,374 copies to date, while the single has sold a massive 1,971,323 copies. As Meat Loaf, Mike Oldfield and, most recently, ABC can attest, sequels to big-selling albums can work very well...but it doesn't seem to be affective for Jean-Michel Jarre. In May, less than seven months after French electronic music legend Jarre's 14th studio album, Electronica 1: The Time Machine debuted and peaked at number eight (7,593 sales) - to become his highest charting studio album for 27 years, and the sixth Top 10 of his 38 year chart career - the sequel, Electronica 2: The Heart Of Noise snares an identical No.8 debut on sales of 6,384 copies. This week, he revisits an earlier, incredibly successful project with Oxygène 3, which was intended to recreate the spirit and simplicity of his original 1976 breakthrough album Oxygène and celebrate its 40th birthday. Oxygène spent five weeks at No.2 and went platinum but Oxygène 3 makes a very modest No.41 debut on sales of 6,250 copies. Jarre released an earlier invocation of the spirit of Oxygène in 1997 under the title Oxygène 7-13, and was rewarded with a No.11 album. It was named after its component tracks - Oxygène includes Oxygène 1-6, while the new album's tracks have titles ranging from Oxygène 14 to Oxygène 20. All three Oxygène albums are bundled together as Oxygène Trilogy, which simultaneously debuts at No.78 (3,306 sales). A week after Military Wives Choirs' third album, Home For Christmas, debuted at No.42 (5,812 sales), the man who guided them to success, choirmaster Gareth Malone's own Christmas album, A Great British Christmas debuts at No.45 (5,546 sales). Released eight years apart, two full-length albums by Last Shadow Puppets - an occasional group whose members are Arctic Monkeys’ vocalist Alex Turner, Miles Kane, drummer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco, and bassist Zach Dawes - topped the chart. The second of these, Everything You've Come To Expect, debuted at No.1 (30,797 sales) in April. Two re-recordings of songs from the latter and four covers make up their new EP, The Dream Synopsis, which now debuts at No.57 (4,453 sales). Three weeks after Sony released the 36 CD Bob Dylan box set The 1966 Live Recordings - which reached No.128 - one of the components of the set, The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert!, debuts at No.60 (4,166 sales). The latter album's title is in recognition of the fact that a contemporaneous Manchester concert has for decades been erroneously identified as Royal Albert Hall concert, with the actual concert not emerging until the box set came out. The Libertines' third album, Anthems For Doomed Youth debuted and peaked at No.3 (23,620 sales) last year, 11 years after their second. The band's Pete(r) Doherty, who fronted Babyshambles in the interim, also made a solo album, Grace/Wastelands, which debuted and peaked at No.17 (17,559 sales) in 2009, and now follows-up with his second, Hamburg Demonstrations, which debuts at No.61 (4,142 sales). Now That's What I Call Music! 95 tops the compilation chart and the overall album chart for the third time, on sales of 132,020 copies. Up for the eighth week in a row, overall album sales increase 13.57% week-on-week to 3,333,795, their highest level of the year, and 7.10% below same week 2015 sales of 3,588,504. Streaming accounted for 601,186 sales – 18.03% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 16.49% week-on-week at 2,732,609 and are 13.39% below same week 2015 sales of 3,155,224.

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