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Airplay analysis: Christmas songs make impact on radio and TV charts

The mass annual influx of Christmas-related oldies doesn't affect the airplay charts as much as the OCC chart but still has a major impact, with 14 such recordings among the Top 50 in the radio airplay chart, and 19 in ...

Charts Analysis: Perfect holds on to No.1

With new X Factor champions Rak-Su's coronation single Dimelo (feat. Naughty Boy & Wyclef Jean) falling 2-6 (27,881 sales), Ed Sheeran has an easy victory atop the singles chart with Perfect selling a further 58,436 copies on its second week at the summit. Perfect's parent album ÷ returns to No.1 on the album chart, earning Sheeran the seventh double of his career, all of them this year. Sheeran has now spent 19 weeks at No.1 on the singles chart (16 of them in 2017) and 34 weeks at No.1 on the albums chart (18 of them this year) and is second on the list of most weeks at No.1 in the 2010s on both lists, trailing Justin Bieber (30 weeks) on singles and Adele (36 weeks) on albums. Only Frankie Laine (27 weeks in 1953) and Elvis Presley (18 weeks in 1961) have spent more weeks at No.1 on the singles chart in a calendar year than Sheeran has this year. Driven primarily by sales of the Beyonce duet version – which nevertheless fails to win her a chart credit from OCC – Perfect's persistence denies Mariah Carey's seasonal perennial All I Want For Christmas Is You the opportunity of becoming her third No.1. Jumping 5-2 (34,944 sales) to match the peak position it held for three weeks in its initial 1994 chart run, All I Want For Christmas Is You has spent 69 weeks in the Top 75 – a total which would be higher still if prevailing regulations hadn't prevented it from charting in 2005 and 2006, and lower were it not given a huge boost from streaming in the current climate. It has made the cut for 11 years in a row. Fellow festive veterans Last Christmas by Wham! and Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl have spent even longer in the Top 75 – 71 weeks and 81 weeks, respectively – but are trailing All I Want For Christmas Is You in the current week, with the former advancing 6-3 (32,741 sales) and the latter moving 10-7 (27,233 sales). The rest of this week's Top 10: Havana (4-4, 31,893 sales) by Camila Cabello, Anywhere (3-5, 28,773 sales) by Rita Ora, Man’s Not Hot (8-8, 26,499 sales) by Big Shaq, Silence (7-9, 24,487 sales) by Marshmello feat Khalid and I Miss You (9-10, 23,389 sales) by Clean Bandit feat. Julia Michaels.    Camila Cabello's Never Be The Same (No.46, 9,505 sales) and Eminem's Untouchable (No.73, 6,296 sales) are the only non-seasonal new entries to the Top 75 this week, Cabello's tally of hits since departing Fifth Harmony is seven, while Eminem has now had 51 hits (including five with D12). Untouchable is from his new album Revival, which dropped on Friday (December 15). The week's other Top 75 debuts are Christmas-related: From Michael Buble's 2011 album Christmas comes his 15th hit Holly Jolly Christmas (96-55, 8,714 sales), while Sia's brand new Christmas album, Everyday Is Christmas spawns its first hit and her 20th, Santa's Coming For Us (78-65, 7,309 sales). There are also new peaks for five Christmas songs: Michael Buble's 2011 recording It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (45-18, 17,361 sales) surpasses the No.27 peak it scaled last year; Elton John's Step Into Christmas (63-19, 16,622 sales) improves on the No.24 high it secured in the first week of 1974; Chris Rea, in the news for all the wrong reasons with his health scare this week, surges 68-23 (15,706 sales) with his 1988 single Driving Home For Christmas, beating its Christmas 2016 peak of No.26; Ariana Grande's 2014 No.68 single, Santa Tell Me returned at No.60 last week and now hurtles to No.29 (12,843 sales); and Kylie Minogue's 2000 b-side Santa Baby – which made its first Top 75 appearance at No.72 in the last chart of 2016 – dashes 98-47 (9,381 sales). There are also digital era peaks for Brenda Lee's Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (42-15, 18,309 sales) and Bing Crosby's White Christmas (84-38, 10,897 sales), among others. Altogether, there are 24 Christmas-related songs in the Top 75.  There are new peaks within the Top 75 for: Let You Down (13-11, 20,251 sales) by NF and Barking (41-27, 13,854 sales) by Ramz. Overall singles sales are down 2.20% week-on-week to 14,928,411, 31.76% above same week 2016 sales of 11,330,194. Streams accounted for 13,937,121 sales, a record 93.36% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 13.97% week -on-week at 991,290, and are 35.14% below same week 2016 sales of 1,528,421. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 228th week in a row.

Charts Analysis: Ed Sheeran returns to albums summit

With only one new album selling enough copies to debut inside the Top 75 this week, and none impacting the Top 50, there is, nevertheless, a change at the top of the chart for the 16th week in a row, with 2017's biggest-selling album, ÷ by Ed Sheeran, returning to the summit. Although the new version of Perfect featuring Beyonce is not on ÷ , its release has helped to focus attention on Sheeran once again. Increasing consumption for the 11th week in a row since it recorded its lowest weekly sale of 11,224, ÷ secured 73,074 sales last week (including 6,739 from sales-equivalent streaming), its best tally for 35 weeks. It is the sixth time the album has risen to No.1 and the 18th week it has spent at the summit in a scorching 41-week chart career which have seen it rack up cumulative sales of 2,508,136 copies, including 580,091 from streams. That is more than the rest of 2017's top five artist albums combined, and is certain to win Sheeran the accolade of having the year's biggest-seller for the second time in his career, three years after his second album, X, topped the list with sales of 1,689,124 copies. Further, ÷ has surpassed the 2,498,899 copies that Adele's 25 sold in a mere six weeks in 2015 to top that year's rankings, and will end the year with a higher sale than any album has managed since 2011, when Adele's second album, 21, sold 3,772,346 copies. The likely runner-up to ÷ in the year-end rankings is Human, the first full-length album from Rag'N'Bone Man, which ends a 10-week absence from the Top 10 by jumping 13-5 (41,719 sales). Before that, it spent 33 straight weeks in the Top 10, including two weeks at No.1, and with to-date sales of 898,915 is a shoe-in to pass the million sales mark in the near future. Although Sam Smith's The Thrill Of It All swaps places with ÷, falling 1-2, it increases sales 8.02% week-on-week to 63,083. After hovering in the 11-20 range of the chart for the last six weeks, Michael Buble's Christmas finally returns to the Top 10, advancing 12-10 (26,939 sales). It is the sixth Christmas in seven years since its release that the album has made the Top 10, missing out only in 2015, when it reached No.12. Six 2017 albums of seasonal fare remain in the Top 75 but only Christmas With Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (9-9, 28,159 sales) is outperforming Buble’s set. The rest: In A Winter Light (25-24, 11,260 sales) by Alexander Armstrong, Christmas With Daniel O'Donnell (23-28, 8,158 sales), Twelve Tales Of Christmas (52-40, 4,934 sales) by Tom Chaplin, Everyday Is Christmas (58-42, 4,567 sales) by Sia and You Make It Feel Like Christmas (55-61, 3,354 sales) by Gwen Stefani. The rest of the Top 10: Beautiful Trauma (4-3, 49,583 sales) by Pink, Together Again (3-4, 46,848 sales) by Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, The Architect (7-6, 40,990 sales) by Paloma Faith, A Love So Beautiful (8-7, 34,532 sales) by Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Glory Days (6-8, 33,633 sales) by Little Mix.   U2 have spent 119 weeks in the Top 10 since breaching it for the first time in 1983, when their third album, War, debuted at No.1. 1987 album The Joshua Tree spent its first 28 weeks in the Top 10 – but their latest album, Songs Of Experience suffers a 5-20 tumble (15,973 sales) on its second frame. Also departing from the Top 10 is Who Built The Moon? (10-11, 26,803 sales) by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds . Recorded in Miami last December, The Music…The Mem'ries...The Magic! is the soundtrack album to Barbra Streisand's Netflix concert film, and debuts at No.65 on sales of 3,148 copies. It is the 33rd Top 75 album for the 75-year-old, and extends her chart career to nearly 52 years. It is also the only new album to debut inside the Top 75 this week. However the bar is raised considerably at this time of the year and in most weeks of 2017 Big Sean & Metro Boomin's Double Or Nothing – which actually debuts at No.96 on sales of 2,171 copies – would have made the Top 75 too. Strictly Come Dancing's lead vocalist Tommy Blaize's first album, Life & Soul, debuted last week at No.34, and now reaches a new peak, advancing to No.32 (7,086 sales), and overtaking Strictly dancer Anton Du Beke's first album, From The Top (30-36, 5,607 sales).  Now That's What I Call Music! 98 tops the overall and compilation charts for the fourth straight week, on sales of 79,544 copies. Overall album sales are up 1.88% week-on-week at 3,139,541, 13.33% below same week 2016 sales of 3,622,278, and their highest level of the year for the fourth week in a row. Streaming accounted for 860,489 sales – 27.41% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 3.43% week-on-week at 2,279,052, 24.22% below same week 2016 sales of 3,007,273.

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