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International Charts Analysis: Rag'N'Bone Man stays strong on global charts

Selling more than four times as many copies as any other album, Human spends a second week atop the UK chart for Rag'N'Bone Man, and also remains at the summit in Ireland. It loses pole position in the Netherlands (1-2), Flanders (1-3) and the Czech Republic (1-5), and also heads south in Wallonia (2-3), Germany (2-5), New Zealand (6-8) and Italy (12-21) while climbing 27-23 in Sweden. But it snares a further phalanx of debuts, opening atop the chart in Switzerland and at No.2 in France, No.3 in Australia, No.4 in Austria and Slovakia, No.5 in Denmark, No.9 in Canada, No.14 in Poland, No.15 in Finland, No.17 in Norway, No.62 in South Korea, No.70 in Spain and No.126 in the USA. The Canadian and US charts are usually quite similar, so it is a little surprising that Human makes the Top 10 in the former, and falls short of the Top 100 in the latter. That's because the single of the same name is doing much better north of the 49th parallel, climbing 65-53 in the Canadian singles chart - and topping the modern rock airplay chart - while it has still to crack America's Hot 100.   Human's continued presence atop the UK chart denies Scottish singer/songwriter Amy Macdonald her second No.1, with fourth album Under Stars debuting at No.2. Under Stars also opens at No.2 in Germany, where it comes within an ace of becoming Macdonald's third straight No.1, losing out to local singer/songwriter Philipp Poisel's first No.1, Mein Amerika. Also at No.18 in the Netherlands and Wallonia and No.21 in Flanders, Under Stars makes a disappointing debut at No.75 in Ireland, where all Macdonald's previous albums have berthed in the Top 30. No.3 on the compilation chart in the UK, the soundtrack to 50 Shades Darker is granted admission to the main album chart in most other countries and is off to a roaring start, debuting at No.1 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland and the USA. Home to Zayn & Taylor Swift's international smash single I Don't Wanna Live Forever and new recordings from John Legend, Nick Jonas & Nicki Minaj, Sia, Halsey, JP Cooper, Tove Lo and Kygo, among others, it is also No.2 in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Poland and Slovakia, No.3 in Germany and Switzerland, No.4 in Flanders and New Zealand, No.5 in Wallonia and No.10 in Spain. Leader of prog. rock band Porcupine Tree and solo artist in his own right, 49-year-old Steven Wilson is also half of occasional duo Blackfield (alongside Israeli singer Aviv Geffen), with four previous albums by the pair achieving a considerable amount of success overseas. Their fifth album, suitably entitled V, marked their first visit to the UK chart, debuting there at No.54 last week. It has also secured debuts in the last two weeks in Germany (No.13), the Netherlands (No.16), Poland (No.18), Greece (No.33), Finland (No.43), Austria (No.46), Switzerland (No.48), Flanders (No.115), Wallonia (No.118) and France (No.155).     Finally, Adele's 25 continues its Grammy-fuelled recovery, climbing again in Canada (12-3), the Netherlands (4-3), Australia (7-4), the USA (21-6), Flanders (16-8), the Czech Republic (33-9), Slovakia (39-10), Austria (17-11), Wallonia (12-11), Denmark (21-13), Norway (14-13), Switzerland (31-15), Finland (27-20), Spain (42-22), Italy (35-33) and France (67-42), while re-entering the chart in Argentina (No.7), Japan (No.19), Portugal (No.25) and Poland (No.35).

Official Charts Analysis: Ed Sheeran still No.1

Given an unnecessary boost by his Brit awards appearance on Wednesday (February 22), when he performed it in a medley with Castle On The Hill, Shape Of You was already a shoe-in to top the chart for the seventh straight week for Ed Sheeran, which it does with some ease on sales of 82,770 copies, including 49,100 from streams.  The simultaneously released Castle On The Hill, which served as runner-up to Shape Of You for five weeks, continues its slow fade, drifting 3-4 (50,468 sales) - but only because new Sheeran song How Would You Feel (Paean) makes its initial foray into the chart at No.2 (55,347 sales). It is Sheeran's 30th Top 75 entry, his 13th Top 10 hit and gives him three of the top four singles - all with tracks from new album ÷, which is released next Friday (March 3). It's a feat first performed by Frankie Laine, who had three songs in the top four for two consecutive weeks in October 1953, with Hey Joe, Where The Wind Blows and I Believe.   Norwegian DJ/producer Kygo scores his second Top 10 hit and Selena Gomez her third as their collaboration It Ain't Me - from his upcoming album - debuts at No.9 (31,380 sales). The only existing Top 10 track to reach a new peak is Katy Perry's latest hit, Chained To The Rhythm (feat. Skip Marley), which scuttles 7-5 (38,730 sales) after the pair performed it at the Brit awards. Elsewhere in the Top 10: Rag'N'Bone Man's Human eases 2-3 (55,061 sales) and there are two place declines for You Don't Know Me (4-6, 36,815 sales) by Jax Jones feat. Raye, I Don't Wanna Live Forever (5-7, 34,955 sales) by Zayn feat. Taylor Swift, Paris (6-8, 32,496 sales) by The Chainsmokers and Touch (8-10, 27,703 sales) by Little Mix. The only two tracks in last week's Top 10 by female solo artists both make exits, with Dua Lipa's Be The One  falling 9-11 (27,266 sales) and Starley's Call On Me slipping 10-12 (25,980 sales). Ed Sheeran has the week's most-streamed record with Shape Of You, and biggest-selling download with How Would You Feel (Paean) - but the biggest-selling single physically, with 11,878 copies shifted on two CD variants is the latest release by a band who had their first top physical seller in 1993. It is of course Take That, whose new single Giants makes its overall chart debut at No.13 (24,093 sales). Their 32nd hit, it is the introductory single from their eighth studio album - and second as a trio - Wonderland, which drops next month. Take That fans seem to be a little traditional - although Giants is No.1 on physical sales, only two tracks in the Top 75 were streamed fewer times than its 476,629. Maroon 5 is another band with a new album on the horizon, and ahead of the release - which has yet to be named or given a firm date - they secure their 21st hit in all, and their 19th Top 40 entry with Cold, which surges 168-32 (13,567 sales). The track also features rapper Future, for whom it is the first Top 40 entry. Lana Del Rey has also dropped the first single from an upcoming album in the form of Love, her 13th chart Top 75 entry (No.41, 11,457 sales), while Linkin Park, whose seventh album One More Light, is set for release in May, trail it with Kiiara collaboration, Heavy (No.53, 9,369 sales). It is their 20th hit and Kiiara's second. All four of Galantis' chart entries thus far have made the Top 20, which means that the Swedish duo's new song Rich Boy - featuring the uncredited vocals of UK-based Australian Chiara Hunter - needs to make a big improvement on its debut position of No.60 (7,639 sales). Jumping 103-71 (6,410 sales), Shining is a track from DJ Khaled's upcoming 10th album, Grateful. It provides only his second Top 75 entry - and its sales have probably not been hurt by the fact it features urban music's most celebrated married couple, Beyonce and Jay Z, who are much more seasoned chart campaigners: it is her 65th Top 75 entry (including 15 with Destiny's Child), and his 47th. Bruno Mars' performance of latest single That's What I Like at the Brit awards help the track to register a 120 place gain, thus securing him his 18th Top 75 single (192-72, 6,405 sales). The 10th new entry to the Top 75 this week didn't drop until Wednesday, and received a big boost when the acts responsible for it performed it on the Brit awards show, less than 30 hours before the cut-off point for this week's chart. They are, of course, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, and their joint single Something Just Like This debuts at No.30 (14,168 sales). The Chainsmokers' eight hit, and Coldplay's 28th, it should leap into the Top 10 next week. Meanwhile, there are new peaks for Skin (25-20, 17,345 sales) by Rag'N'Bone Man, Ciao Adios (40-21, 17,157 sales) by Anne-Marie, Safe Inside (36-31, 13,978 sales) by James Arthur and Solo Dance (42-40, 11,659 sales) by Martin Jensen. Overall singles sales are up a minuscule 0.00985% week-on-week at 12,285,948 – a new record, and 35.50% above same week 2016 sales of 9,067,356. Streams accounted for 10,768,251 sales, 87.65% of the total. Paid-for sales are up 2.92% week-on-week at 1,517,697 – 20.44% below same week 2016 sales of 1,907,549, and below same-week, previous-year sales for the 186th week in a row.

Official Charts Analysis: Rag'N'Bone Man holds top spot on albums chart

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