Charts analysis: Ariana Grande breaks streaming records

Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next returns to growth with consumption growing 50.99% week-on-week to 83,660 sales, as it racks up its fifth straight week at No.1. That total includes 75,563 from sales-equivalent streams, which hit a record 14,870,218, more than ...

Charts analysis: The 1975 do the hat-trick at albums summit

The 1975 maintain their 100% strike rate on the album chart, with their third effort, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships debuting atop the chart, just as their two earlier albums did. First week consumption of 50,209 copies of the album (including 8,800 from sales-equivalent streams) are higher than the 31,538 copies their eponymous first album sold on debut in September 2013, but below the 58,378 copies that follow-up I Love It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It sold on debut in March 2016. Seven songs from A Brief Inquiry… have made the Top 75 of the singles chart since June, with two of them reaching the Top 30 – the latter result matching their first two albums. A Brief Inquiry’s overall sales included a major contribution from vinyl (8,286 sales) and from cassette, with white, purple, green and red cassettes, some in bundles with art prints, T-shirts or Q magazine, securing combined sales of 7,147 copies – the highest weekly tally for any cassette since July 2002, when Now That’s What I Call Music had 12,074 cassette sales out of a grand total of 227,615 sales. The last artist cassette to sell more copies in a week was Russell Watson’s Encore, with 10,203 sales in week ending 22 December 2001.    Overall albums sales of The 1975 should pass the million mark in the next fortnight. The 1975 has sold 584,808 copies and I Like It When You Sleep… has sold 332,497 copies. The only group with more No.1 albums in the 2010s than The 1975 are One Direction with four. The 1975’s fellow Mancunians Take That are one of another nine with three No.1s, and also hand the baton to The 1975 this week, with their Odyssey album, which debuted atop the list last week, now slipping to No.5 (28,533 sales). Sumptuous new seasonings from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra help True Love Ways (12-10, 22,645 sales) to become Buddy Holly’s 10th Top 10 album – and first since 1993 – and Roy Orbison’s Unchained Melodies to a new peak (8-6, 24,347 sales).  Although latest single Hold My Girl has its progress towards the Top 20 blocked by an avalanche of Christmas songs, it still helps George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s album to increase sales for the sixth week in a row, and achieve its highest position for 14 weeks, jumping 9-4 (28,942 sales). Into the Top 10 for the seventh time in eight years – it only failed to reach the top tier in 2015, when it stalled at No.12 – Michael Buble’s Christmas jumps 16-7 (24,147 sales) but still lags behind his latest album, Love, which dips 2-3 (33,828 sales). The rest of the Top 10: The Greatest Showman soundtrack (3-2, 43,588 sales), the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack (8-7, 23,333 sales) by Queen and Si (6-9, 22,954 sales) by Andre Bocelli. Departing from the Top 10 are: LM5 (5-11, 21,149 sales) by Little Mix, Rise Up (4-15, 17,481 sales) by Cliff Richard and As Time Goes By (10-27, 10,649 sales) by Alfie Boe. Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins racks up her 15th Top 40 album since her 2004 chart debut, with the largely inspirational classical crossover album, Guiding Light, opening at No.17 (16,903 sales). It is the 38-year-old’s first album of new recordings since Celebration debuted and peaked at No.7 (7,151 sales) in 2016. More than four years after their first album, New Eyes, debuted and peaked at No.3 on sales of 20,055 copies, Clean Bandit’s follow-up What is Love, which opens at No.19 (15,946 sales). It houses six hit singles, including a trio of No.1 hits. New Eyes ultimately spawned seven chart singles and has thus far sold 239,342 copies. Irish country/MOR crooner Daniel O’Donnell’s 37th Top 40 album and 41st Top 75 album is Walkin’ In The Moonlight (No.23, 13,219 sales). O’Donnell has charted for an unprecedented 31 years in a row since his 1988 debut. David Bowie’s celebrated festival set, Glastonbury 2000, debuts at No.25 (11,077 sales). The fourth addition to the late legend’s tally of chart albums so far this year, it brings to 57 his overall tally of Top 75 entries, or 59 if we include the two albums he cut as leader of Tin Machine. Also new to the chart: PinkFong Presents: The Best Of Baby Shark (No.29, 10,398 sales), 17 children’s songs in 24 minutes; The Story So Far: The Best Of Def Leppard (No.32, 9,146 sales), a career-encompassing compilation that delivers the Sheffield rock band their 17th chart album; Championships (No.33, 8,909 sales), the fourth chart album by Philadelphian rapper Meek Mill; Street Gossip (No.50, 4,098 sales), the second chart album by Atlanta rapper Lil Baby, arriving just eight weeks after his Drip Harder collaboration with Gunna reached No.12; Bitter-Sweet (No.60, 3,117 sales), the 16th studio solo album by 73-year-old Bryan Ferry (& His Orchestra), on which he revisits mostly lesser known songs from his solo canon and that of his band, Roxy Music; Songs For Judy (No.62, 3,069 sales), a collection of previously unreleased live material from 1976, the 58th Top 75 album (and 20th this century) from veteran Canadian singer/songwriter Neil Young; Stokeley (No.64, 2,809 sales), the debut album by Floridian rapper Ski Mask The Slump God; and Some Rap Songs (No.75, 2,499 sales), the third chart entry for Chicago rapper Earl Sweatshirt.   Now That’s What I Call Music! 101 tops the compilation chart for the second time and the overall album chart for the first time, on sales of 59,806 copies. Overall album sales are up for the seventh week in a row, climbing 10.29% week-on-week to 2,798,585, 9.18% below same week 2017 sales of 3,081,474. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for a record 1,099,752 sales, 39.30% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 14.68% week-on-week at 1,698,833, 22.90% below same week 2017 sales of 2,203,442.

Airplay analysis: Pink scores fourth radio No.1

No.1 with Get This Party Started in 2002, Blow Me (One Last Kiss) in 2012 and What About Us in 2017, Pink scores her fourth No.1 on the radio airplay chart as A Million Dreams surges 7-1 with plays up 31.00% from 3,210 to 4,205, and audience up 21.68% from 49.40m to 60.11m. A cover of the Ziv Zaifman, High Jackman & Michelle Williams song from The Greatest Showman that peaked at a lowly No.580 on the radio airplay chart earlier this year, Pink’s recording had a top tally of 45 plays on each of 18 stations in the Heart network, and derived 51.67% of its audience from 19 plays on Radio Two. It received no plays at all on Radio 1. Pink leads an all-female top three, in which Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next leaps 8-2, while Rita Ora’s Let You Love Me remains at No.3. The only song to be aired more frequently than A Million Dreams on Radio 2 was Mark Ronson’s Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (feat. Miley Cyrus). The track was aired 20 times on Radio Two, providing 53.57% of its first week audience of 53.31m from 1,433 plays that earned the track a lofty No.6 debut. It is Ronson’s third Top 10 radio airplay hit, and Cyrus’ fourth. The only other new entry to the Top 10 is another collaboration: James Arthur & Anne-Marie’s Rewrite The Stars. It catapults 32-7 this week, enjoying a 43.85% increase in plays from 2,121 to 3,051 and a 122.11% increase in audience from 21.48m to 47.71m. It is Arthur’s seventh Top 10 hit, Anne-Marie’s sixth. There are 22 Christmas-related titles in the Top 50 of the TV airplay chart, including Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You and Wham!’s Last Christmas, which close 6-2 and 4-3 respectively - but the leader, for the second week in a row, is Ariana Grande’s Thank U Next. Support for the track is down 5.03% from 517 plays to 491, with top tallies of 83 plays at MTV Hits, 82 plays at Box Upfront and 71 plays at Kiss TV. While Dave’s former No.4 hit Funky Friday (feat. Fredo) rallies 13-7, the only bona fide new arrival in the top tier of the TV airplay chart is Better by Khalid, which advances 12-10, earning the US singer his third Top 10 entry.

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