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Charts analysis: One Kiss lingers at singles summit

Last week saw the same top five in the same positions at in the previous frame – the first time that had happened since October 31, 2016, 82 charts ago, when Little Mix’s Shout Out To My Ex topped an ...

Charts analysis: Greatest Showman bests Bay on albums chart

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to The Greatest Showman starts its fifth run atop the artist album chart, spending its 16th week at No.1 in total on sales of 35,900 copies (including 10,757 from sales-equivalent streams). It is a seven-week high for the album which was released 24 weeks ago, and which simultaneously passes half a million paid-for sales and total consumption of three quarters of a million units, ending the week with 506,382 of the former, and 766,406 of the latter.  A little over three years after his first album, Chaos And The Calm, debuted atop the album chart on sales of 64,440 copies, James Bay’s second album, Electric Light, opens at No.2 on sales of 14,809 copies. Chaos And The Calm’s brisk start was down to the success of its first two singles, Let It Go and Hold Back The River, which had already peaked at No.10 and No.2, respectively. By contrast, the only taster from Electric Light to chart thus far is Wild Love, which reached No.39 in February. Let It Go and Hold Back The River remain by far Bay’s biggest hits, each passing a million sales when sales-equivalent streams are included, with Let It Go having a to-date tally of 1,310,956 (338,543 paid-for) and Hold Back The River’s total consumption of 1,598,202 including 674,185 paid-for sales. Chaos And The Calm spent 32 weeks in the Top 10, accumulating sales of 824,540 copies (including 163,644 from sales-equivalent streams). It makes its first Top 75 appearance for 81 weeks - and its 86th in total - this week, climbing 98-74 (1,301 sales). None of five previous studio albums by American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch even made the Top 20, but their sixth, Got Your Six, opened at No.6 (8,901 copies) in 2015, and follow-up And Justice For None makes it two Top 10 albums on the trot by debuting at No.7 (7,478 sales) this week. Although five of their albums charted higher, their second album, War Is The Answer, which reached number 64 in 2009, is their biggest seller with a to-date tally of 58,867 sales. The South Korean K-Pop septet BTS – also known as Beyond The Scene, Bangtan Boys, Bulletproof Boy Scouts – are becoming more popular internationally with each release, and secure their third UK Top 75 album with Love Yourself: Tear debuting at No.8 (6,560 sales). The follow-up to Love Yourself: Her, which got to No.14 on sales of 3,373 copies last September, it is not just their first Top 10 album – it is the first by any Korean act: despite securing a No.1 single with Gangnam Style, Psy failed to make the album chart at all, although Karen O – born in Busan but raised in New Jersey - reached No.61 with Crush Songs in 2014.  Making it four Top 10 debuts from four different countries, Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett’s Tell Me How You Really Feel opens at No.9 (6,154 sales). Her only previous solo album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit debuted and peaked at No.16 (6,729 sales) in 2015, while Lotta Sea Lice – a collaboration with American singer Kurt Vile from the band War On Drugs – debuted and peaked just eight months ago at No.11 on sales of 4,978 copies. If it had sold five more, it would have made the Top 10. Four of five previous Arctic Monkeys albums were still at No.1 on their second week in the chart but Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino dips 1-4 on its second frame, on sales of 13,516 copies.  The rest of the Top 10: Beerbongs & Bentleys (3-3, 14,726 sales) by Post Malone, Staying At Tamara’s (5-5, 9,400 sales) by George Ezra, ÷ (6-6, 8,489 sales) by Ed Sheeran and Speak Your Mind (7-10, 5,598 sales) by Anne-Marie.  Departing from the Top 10: Dua Lipa (8-12, 4,404 sales), Voicenotes (4-14, 3,809 sales) by Charlie Puth, Invasion Of Privacy (9-15, 3,567 sales) by Cardi B and The Prodigal Son (10-86, 1,171 sales) by Ry Cooder.   Veteran Northern Irish trio Ash topped the chart with 1996 album 1977, and 2001 album Free All Angels but their seventh studio album Kablammo! debuted and peaked at a lowly No.41 (2,471 sales) in 2015, becoming their first album to fall short of the Top 40 since 1994 debut Trailer peaked at number 143. Their follow-up Islands fares better, debuting at No.18 (3,284 sales) to become their sixth Top 20 album. British Blues Explosion Live debuts at No.21 (3,027 sales) to become the 23rd chart album for blues guitarist/singer Joe Bonamassa since he broke his duck with Sloe Gin in 2007. As its title suggests, the 41-year-old New Yorker pays tribute to British blues on the album, which was recorded in Greenwich (London, not New York) last July. No one has managed as many chart albums as Bonamassa since his debut, and British Blues Explosion Live’s debut comes less than four months after Black Coffee, his latest collaboration with Beth Hart, peaked at No.7. American singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne returns to the Top 40 with seventh studio album, Part Of The Light, debuting at No.28 (2,448 sales). LaMontagne’s first five studio albums all made the Top 40 but his last, 2016’s Ouroboros, pulled up short, peaking at No.49 (2,238 sales). LaMontagne’s introductory album Trouble benefitted greatly from the popularity of its title track, and after debuting at No.58, it climbed as high as No.5, eventually selling 492,392 copies – more than the rest of his output combined.  Birkenhead is on a roll: less than a week after the Merseyside town’s football team Tranmere Rovers won promotion to League Two to end their non-league wilderness years, local indie veterans Half Man Half Biscuit are promoted to the Top 40 for the first time. The band have issued 15 studio albums since 1985, all of them on the local Probe Plus label. The first two - Back In The DHSS and Back Again In The DHSS - enjoyed modest chart success, peaking at 60 and 59 respectively. The next 11 fell short of the Top 75 – before the typically offbeat Urge For Offal reached No.68 (1,362 sales) in 2014. New album, No-One Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut is home to tracks like Knobheads On Quiz Shows, Swerving The Checkatrade and Emergency Locksmith, and has been featured ironically as Steve Wright’s album of the week on Radio 2, which doubtless helped it to sales of 2,335 copies and a No.33 debut this week. Also new to the Top 75 are: Reckless (No.24, 2,635 sales) the second chart album by Canadian rapper Nav, who paired with Metro Boomin’ for his 2017 chart debut, Perfect Timing; Wide Awake! (No.27, 2,473 sales), the third chart album by New York indie band, Parquet Courts; and Sparkle Hard (No.64, 1,532 sales), the fourth chart album for Californian indie band Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks. The first black winner of BBC's Young Musician Of The Year, the youngest classical artist to make the Top 40 for almost a decade, and the youngest cellist to have a Top 20 album - he turned 19 on April 4 - Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s debut album, Inspiration, re-enters the chart at No.11 (4,731 sales) 16 weeks after debuting and peaking at No.18 (4,531 sales). Its return follows his performance at last weekend’s royal wedding.  No.28 on debut a fortnight ago, Leon Bridges’ second album Good Thing powers 77-20 (3,077 sales) following his appearance on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show. Pink Floyd’s 1995 No.1 live set Pulse returns to the Top 75 (No.66, 1,435 sales) for the first time in 12 years, after being released in a new vinyl box set, while The Rolling Stones’ 1971 No.3 compilation Hot Rocks 1964-1971 jumps 104-67 (1,432 sales) to secure its first Top 75 appearance since 1999 as their tour continues.    Its sales are off for the eighth week in a row, but after two weeks at No.2 on the compilation chart, Now That’s What I Call Music! 99 returns to the top of the compilation chart. The album, which previously spent six weeks at No.1 sold 11,095 copies last week, raising its career tally to 308,288.   Overall album sales are down 4.89% week-on-week at 1,638,912, 2.47% above same week 2017 sales of 1,599,331. Streaming accounted for 973,917 sales – a record 59.42% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 9.84% week-on-week at 664,995, 21.28% below same week 2017 sales of 844,779, and their lowest level since Kantar Millward Brown started compiling sales data for OCC in 1994.

Airplay analysis: Ariana Grande spends third week atop radio chart

No Tears Left To Cry tops the radio airplay chart for the third straight week for Ariana Grande in a frozen Top 3 where Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s One Kiss and Anne-Marie’s 2002 have been similarly stuck at No.2 and No.3 respectively throughout its reign. Although its plays are up 6.78% week-on-week from 6,123 to 6,538, No Tears Left To Cry’s audience dips 5.06% from 85.16m to 80.85m. Pulse, Signal, Wave and Scottish Sun Hits each played the track 134 times last week – almost once an hour every hour – and were by far its biggest supporters but 17 plays on Radio Two and 22 plays on Radio 1 were responsible for 36.85% of its audience. Jess Glynne nabs her sixth top five single on the chart, with latest smash I’ll Be There enjoying robust gains of 58.69% on plays (from 2,290 to 3,634) and 37.79% on audience (from 46.84m to 64.54m) as it powers 8-4.  Elsewhere in the Top 10, Paloma Faith’s cover of Make Your Own Kind Of Music rallies 11-7 to equal the peak it first scaled four weeks ago, while the only bona fide new entry is Banx & Ranx and Ella Eyre’s, Answerphone (feat. Yxng Bane), which advances 13-9 despite a 1.87% decline in audience to 40.86m. The logjam at the top of the radio airplay chart is nothing compared to the TV airplay chart where the top eight are all stationary, with Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s One Kiss topping the list for the third time in four weeks, with 723 airings, up from 701 in the previous frame. It has top tallies of 92 plays from Capital TV, 80 plays from The Box and 73 plays from Starz TV. With Post Malone’s Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) rebounding 13-10 four weeks after peaking at No.9, it falls to Shawn Mendes to provide the top tier’s only new arrival, with In My Blood advancing 11-9 thanks to a 2.27% increase in exposure from 484 to 495 plays. It is his fourth Top 10 song on the TV airplay chart.  

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