Charts analysis: Drake holds off Rudimental in close contest for No.1

The 491st new No.1 of the 21st century, God's Plan by Drake has now spent more consecutive weeks at No.1 – eight – than all but five of its predecessors but it was pushed harder than at any previous time, ...

Charts analysis: 10 weeks at the top for Greatest Showman

The Motion Picture Cast Recording of The Greatest Showman was the 246th new title to top the artist album chart in the 2010s when it first topped the chart in January...and it remains there still, racking up its 10th straight week at No.1.  The only other album to have a longer run of consecutive weeks at the summit since 1986 is Adele's 21, which topped for 11 straight weeks in 2011. Presumably boosted by the Mother's Day effect at the start of the trading week, The Greatest Showman racked up 45,963 sales, including 14,324 from sales-equivalent streams. That's the second highest tally of its reign. Climbing 3-2 on sales of 19,193 copies, Ed Sheeran's ÷ – which has spent 20 weeks at No.1 – is runner-up for the 16th time in its career, and for the fifth time to The Greatest Showman. The highest of 14 Top 75 debuts is Only Human, the introductory album by 29-year-old Britain's Got Talent discovery Calum Scott. Debuting at No.4 (11,536 sales) it has done very well considering that Scott's only Top 40 single thus far is his cover of Robyn's Dancing On My Own in 2016 – although that was a monster, spending 15 weeks in the Top 10, reaching No.2 and selling 1,499,750 copies. Follow-up Rhythm Inside climbed only to No.90. Scott's third single, You Are The Reason, debuted at No.49 four weeks ago, and bounces 65-52 (7,504 sales) this week.   Heavy metal veterans Judas Priest return to the Top 10 for the first time in 38 years, with 18th studio album, Firepower, opening at No.5 (11,061 sales). Their only prior Top 10 appearances came in a seventh month period in 1979/80, when the live set Unleashed In The East reached No.10, and their sixth studio album British Steel reached No.4. Firepower is their 17th Top 75 album in all, and their first since last studio album, Redeemer Of Souls, which debuted and peaked at No.12 (6,243 sales) in 2014. From the same neck of the woods as Judas Priest (Birmingham), Editors rack up their sixth straight Top 10 studio album – their entire output – with Violence (No.6, 9,671 sales). The band have sold nearly 1.2m copies of their previous albums in the UK, and topped the chart with their second (An End Has A Start) and third (In This Light And On This Evening) albums in 2007 and 2009, respectively. The fourth and final album to debut in the Top 10 is Both Sides Of The Sky, the latest posthumous release by Jimi Hendrix. The legendary guitarist and singer died at the age of 27 in 1970, less than four years after coming to fame. Various compilations, live sets and studio recordings have been released at regular intervals ever since, and when People, Hell & Angels reached No.39 five years ago last week it was officially touted as the last 'archive retrieval' release. However, Both Sides Of The Sky – 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970, 10 of which have never been released before – is of similar heritage, and debuts at No.8 (8,057 sales), to become Hendrix's 33rd charted album. The first six made the list in the last three years of his life, the last 27 posthumously.   The rest of the Top 10: A Real Labour Of Love (2-3, 11,678 sales) by UB40 feat. Ali, Astro & Mickey, Dua Lipa (4-7, 9,385 sales), The Thrill Of It All (7-9, 6,795 sales) by Sam Smith and Human (6-10, 6,495 sales) by Rag'N'Bone Man.  Exiting the Top 10: Beautiful Trauma (10-11, 6,246 sales) by Pink, Memories Don't Die (8-35, 2,708 sales) by Tory Lanez, All Nerve (9-82, 1,491 sales) by The Breeders and Love Is A Basic Need (5-112, 1,146 sales) by Embrace. Florida rock band Alter Bridge have made the Top 10 with each of the last three of their five studio albums, with the most recent The Last Hero setting a new benchmark for them by reaching No.3 (13,733 sales) in 2016. Lead singer and guitarist Myles Kennedy, who also fronts Slash's backing band The Conspirators, opens at No.12 (6,083 sales) with his debut solo set, Year Of The Tiger.   Californian rapper Logic has nibbled at the singles chart in the past fortnight with 44 More and Everyday (feat. Marshmello). Both tracks are taken from Bobby Tarantino II, which looks likely to become his second straight No.1 in America, and which secures his highest yet UK chart placing this week, debuting at No.13 (6,018 sales) It easily surpasses his three previous chart entries - the No.88 peak of his 2014 debut Under Pressure, the No.47 peak of 2015 follow-up The Incredible True Story, and the No.20 peak of Everybody, which came out only 10 months ago. They were all officially albums, while Bobby Tarantino II is a mixtape, in which capacity it is the follow-up to Bobby Tarantino, which was released in 2016 and has sold 10,913 copies without charting. Best known as the lead singer of Talking Heads, 65-year-old David Byrne has nevertheless had a substantial career solo and in collaboration with the likes of Brian Eno and Fatboy Slim. His first solo album for 14 years, American Utopia, debuts at No.16 (4,162 sales) this week, becoming his third and highest placed solo album to chart, and his first chart entry since 2012, when Love This Giant – a collaboration with St. Vincent – reached No.40.  Edinburgh band Young Fathers' third album, Cocoa Sugar, debuts at No.28 (3,189 sales), surpassing both their 2014 debut Dead, which reached No.35, and 2015 follow-up White Men Are Black Men Too (No.41).  Kent emo band Moose Blood missed the chart with their 2014 debut, but reached No.10 with their eponymous 2016 follow-up. Their third album, I Don't Think I Can Do This Anymore, now debuts at No.32 (3,130 sales). Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats' eponymous 2015 album was their first chart success, debuting at No.74, peaking at No.27 and selling 66,928 copies. Follow-up Tearing At The Seams now debuts at No.33 (3,082 sales). At their peak between 1988 and 1994, Erasure racked up five straight No.1 albums – with four studio albums and the compilation Pop! The First 20 Hits all ruling the roost. They had their first Top 10 album for 20 years when 17th studio effort World Be Gone debuted at No.6 (8,858 sales) just 10 months ago. An alternative 'post-classical' version of that album, entitled World Beyond, debuts at No.47 (2,126 sales) giving the duo its 21st Top 75 entry in a 32-year chart career. Also new to the chart are rapper Lil Yachty's second chart album Lil Boat 2 (No.44, 2,265 sales), the Original London Cast recording of Calendar Girls (No.57, 1,902 sales), and Decades (No.62, 1,765 sales), a compilation by Finnish metal band Nightwish, that delivers their fourth chart entry. Now That's What I Call Mum spends its second straight week (and third in all) at the top of the compilation chart, on sales of 10,584 copies. Overall album sales are up 7.53% week-on-week at 1,848,937, 2.21% below same week 2017 sales of 1,890,752. Streaming accounted for 977,274 sales – 52.86% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 7.92% week-on-week at 871,663, 23.87% below same week 2017 sales of 1,144,906.

Airplay analysis: Rudimental return to radio summit

Runner-up on the OCC chart for the sixth week in a row, Rudimental's These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen) simultaneously jumps 3-1 on the radio airplay chart and 6-1 on the TV airplay chart.   It is the track's first visit to the TV chart summit but its second to the radio apex, having first achieved pole position four weeks ago. Its return is facilitated by an increase of 5.82% in plays from 6,377 to 6,743, and an 8.32% rise in audience from 69.35m to 75.12m. Twenty-five plays on Radio 1 provided 17.94% of its audience, and it had top tallies of 90 plays at The Hits and 79 plays at three Capital Network franchises. It is the fifth week in a row that leadership of the chart has changed - a rare occurrence - but there's little else happening in the Top 10 with new peaks for Bebe Rexha's Meant To Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line, 8-6) and Mabel's Fine Line (feat. Not3s, 10-9), and one new arrival in the Top 10, namely Lullaby by Sigala x Paloma Faith. Lullaby jumps 20-10 with plays increasing 16.15% from 2,390 to 2,776, and audience expanding 58.29% from 28.65m to 45.35m. Much of its larger audience is down to Radio 2, where the track went from two to 11 plays, while support on Radio 1 dwindled from nine to six spins. With a top tally of 61 plays from five Capital Network stations, it provides both Sigala and Faith with their sixth Top 10 entries. After jumping 10-7 last week, George Ezra's Paradise is static. The most-played song on both Radio 1 and Radio 2 in the previous frame, it continues to rule the roost at the latter – jointly with developing artist Albin Lee Meldau's The Weight Is Gone – but is overtaken by 13 songs at Radio 1. Its failure to climb is due to a 0.49% dip in audience, even though it enjoys a 16.51% expansion in plays from 2,719 to 3,168.   As mentioned above, These Days is No.1 on the TV airplay chart, making a five-place jump to the summit after previously falling 3-4-5-6. Its victory could barely have been narrower – it was aired 658 times, once more than God's Plan by Drake, which dips to No.2. These Days is Dan Caplen's first No.1 on the chart, Rudimental and Macklemore's second and Glynne's sixth.    

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