International Charts Analysis: Taylor Swift dominates around the globe

  With Eminem's rumoured new album Revival failing to drop on Friday (17th), Taylor Swift continued to rule the digital roost, with her sixth studio album Reputation remaining atop the iTunes rankings in 61 of the 97 countries in which ...

Charts Analysis: Camila Cabello scores third week atop singles chart

Paid-for sales are down for the first time and streaming is down for the second time – but Camila Cabello's Havana (feat. Young Thug) is top of the composite Top 75 for the third week running with 46,269 sales (including 30,500 from streams). But Rita Ora – who scored the last of her four No.1s in 2014 – is mounting a strong challenge with Anywhere surging 5-2 (38,159 sales). Already No.1 on paid-for sales – even though they are down 2.91% week-on-week at 17,362 – Anywhere is still lagging on streams but growing fast, with a 23.90% increase in consumption week-on-week to provide 20,797 of its sales. Eminem's Walk On Water, a collaboration with Beyonce from new album Revival, is the highest new entry to the singles chart, debuting at No.7 (31,586 sales). It is Eminem's 50th hit (including five with D12) and Beyonce's 67th (including 15 with Destiny's Child but excluding J Balvin & Willy William's Mi Gente, on which she sings but has no chart credit). It is also Beyonce's 31st Top 10 hit and Eminem's 32nd. For a while, it looked as though Big Shaq's tongue-in-cheek Man's Not Hot might not even make the Top 20 but the track, which spent three weeks at No.23 before slipping to No.26, has since sprinted 20-11-8, its rise going hand-in-glove with increasing exposure from Radio 1. It sold 26,057 copies last week. The rest of the Top 10: Rockstar (2-3, 37,863 sales) by Post Malone feat. 21 Savage, Too Good At Goodbyes (3-4, 33,335 sales) by Sam Smith, Silence (4-5, 33,303 sales) by Marshmello feat. Khalid, Perfect (6-6, 32,344 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Dusk Till Dawn (7-9, 25,714 sales) by Zayn feat. Sia and Finders Keepers (10-10, 24,000 sales) by Mabel feat. Kojo Funds. Falling out of the Top 10: Lonely Together (8-11, 23,218 sales) by Avicii feat. Rita Ora and Reggaeton Lento (9-16) by CNCO & Little Mix.  Major retail chains' Christmas advertisements are legion this year and the one which traditionally attracts most interest is that for department store John Lewis. The soundbed for this year's ad is Elbow's cover of The Beatles' Golden Slumbers, which debuts at No.29 (12,119 sales) to become the 11th such John Lewis hit. Elbow's 14th hit, it is on their upcoming Best Of compilation, and although it can't match the biggest John Lewis hits – which include Lily Allen's cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know (2013), and Gabrielle Aplin's adaptation of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's The Power Of Love (2012), both of which reached No.1 – it far surpasses last year's song, London trio Vaults' version of Randy Crawford's One Day I'll Fly Away, which fizzled out at No.53. Golden Slumbers is the second Beatles song to be so feted – the first being Real Love, a No.7 hit for Tom Odell in 2014 – and sales of The Beatles' own Golden Slumbers are up from 20 to 1,350 in the week, while parent album Abbey Road re-enters the Top 200 at No.78, with sales increasing 249% to 1,674. Golden Slumbers was never a single for The Beatles and is only their 62nd biggest seller digitally, but has been recorded by more than 200 acts.  Tip Toe (feat. French Montana, No.47, 7,440 sales), is the 23rd hit single for Jason Derulo, and the third from his upcoming album 777. Also new to the Top 75 are: Boa Me (No.52, 6,304 sales) by Fuse ODG feat. Ed Sheeran & Mugeez, Decline (82-60, 5,375 sales) by Raye feat. Mr. Eazi, Sucker For You (91-64, 4,971 sales) by Matt Terry, World Gone Mad (No.66, 4,765 sales) by Bastille and Let Me Go (88-70, 4,390 sales) by Hailee Steinfeld with Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & Watt. Back in harness for an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show to perform their single Blinded By Your Grace Part 2 last weekend, Stormzy and MNEK reap the rewards, with the track exploding 22-12 (22,469 sales). Also advancing to new peaks within the Top 75: I Miss You (23-14, 19,809 sales) by Clean Bandit feat. Julia Michaels, 17 (25-20, 17,157 sales) by MK, Let You Down (24-23, 16,066 sales) by NF, Gucci Gang (38-27, 12,682 sales) by Lil Pump, Dirty Sexy Money (48-42, 8,174 sales) by David Guetta & Afrojack feat. Charli XCX & French Montana, Stargazing (46-44, 7,873 sales) by Kygo feat. Justin Jesso and Butterfly Effect (68-57, 5,492 sales) by Travi$ Scott. The last of these has, remarkably, spent the last 17 weeks in the Top 75 fluttering between a high of No.65 and a low of No.74, and finally breaks out of that range as it climbs to a new radio airplay peak of No.73, primarily because of 16 plays on Radio 1 last week. Butterfly Effect has notional sales of 169,418 – however, all but 6,866 of them are from sales-equivalent streams.    Overall singles sales are up 1.40% week-on-week at a record 14,579,885, 38.55% above same week 2016 sales of 10,523,105. Streams accounted for 13,488,392 sales, a record 92.51% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 0.72% week-on-week at 1,091,493 and are 26.83% below same week 2016 sales of 1,491,762. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 224th week in a row.

Charts Analysis: Taylor Swift's Reputation soars to chart summit

Taylor Swift's sixth studio album Reputation debuts at No.1, earning the 27-year-old singer-songwriter her third straight No.1. With first week sales of 83,648 (including 41,795 from paid-for downloads), the album – which has already spawned four Top 40 singles – falls short of the 90,336 copies its immediate predecessor, 1989, sold when it opened atop the chart three years ago last week. Reputation has not yet been made available for streaming, and 1989 wasn't switched to that model for nine months after release. Ironically, streams make up the majority of the sales that 1989 secured in the latest frame, accounting for 1,472 of the overall tally of 2,361 that help it to climb 59-54. It is, by far, Swift's biggest selling album with a to-date tally of 1,150,889, of which 69,669 are from streams. Its nearest rival is its 2012 predecessor Red, which sold 61,779 copies when it debuted at No.1 and has now sold 634,636 copies (including 34,555 from streams). Swift has very impressive overall sales of 2,824,164 albums and 11,303,560 singles.   Swift is the third female solo artist to land three albums at No.1 in the 2010s, following Rihanna and Lana Del Rey. The 13th different album to lead the chart in as many weeks, Reputation secures the year's sixth fastest start for an artist album, trailing Ed Sheeran's ÷ (671,542 sales), Rag'N'Bone Man's Human (117,101 sales), Take That's Wonderland (113,211 sales), Liam Gallagher's As You Were (102,660 sales) and Sam Smith's Too Good At Goodbyes, which opened last week at No.1 on sales of 97,328 copies but now shunts down to No.2 (52,781 sales) to accommodate Swift's arrival. It is a measure of his success that neither the 34-song 2-CD version nor the 51-song 3-CD version of Elton John's new compilation Diamonds – which marks 50 years of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin – can accommodate all of the 87 songs he has placed on the UK chart. Nevertheless the album – which is also available on vinyl with 21 tracks – makes a strong debut, opening at No.5 (20,027 sales) to become the 70-year-old singer-songwriter's 48th chart album, and the 32nd to make the Top 10, the latter tally including seven compilations. It was given a boost by the screening of ITV's new documentary  Elton John: The Nation's Favourite Song, which counted down his 20 most popular recordings according to the British public, with Diamonds' opening track and John's very first hit, Rocket Man, topping the poll. Although they have reformed and toured sporadically since they first splintered in 2003, Shed Seven's new album, Instant Pleasures, is their first for more than 16 years. Released ahead of their latest tour, which starts next month, the album debuts at No.8 (13,277 sales), equalling their highest charting studio album ever, the appropriately-named A Maximum High, which dates from 1996 and has sold 186,325 copies. 2,342 of Instant Pleasures sales were on vinyl, enough for it to debut atop the format chart. Instant Pleasures far surpasses Shed Seven's last album, Truth Be Told, which sold only 4,233 copies when debuting and peaking at No.42 in 2001. It went on to sell just 14,099 copies.   The rest of this week's Top 10: Together Again (3-3, 25,261 sales) by Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, A Love So Beautiful (2-4, 21,205 sales) by Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, ÷ (4-6, 19,290 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Nat King Cole & Me (6-7, 13,640 sales) by Gregory Porter, Beautiful Trauma (5-9, 13,059 sales) by Pink and Listen Without Prejudice Volume 1 (7-10, 12,968 sales) by George Michael.  Departing from the top tier are:  As You Were (8-16, 9,073 sales) by Liam Gallagher, Sheridan (9-18, 8,091 sales) by Sheridan Smith and Scream Above The Sounds (10-24, 6,297 sales) by Stereophonics.  Already an established comedian, actor and TV presenter and occasional crooner, Bradley Walsh didn't release his first album until last December. The 56-year-old from Hertfordshire, best known these days as the host of ITV quiz show The Chase, debuted at No.10 (23,646 sales) with introductory album, Chasing Dreams, which climbed no higher but has since gone on to increase its cumulative sales to 143,541 copies. Follow-up When You're Smiling, another selection of tried and tested oldies, now opens at No.11 (11,428 sales). An act whose status as extant or extinct has ebbed and flowed over the years is Tears For Fears. They have, apparently, been preparing a new studio album – their first since 2004 – for quite some time and are to tour next year. It is 25 years since their last frontline compilation, Tears Run Down (1982-1992) – an issue that has been addressed by the release of Rule The World: The Greatest Hits, which debuts at No.12 (11,177 sales) bringing the veteran duo their highest chart placing since Elemental, the fourth of their six studio albums, reached No.5 in 1993. Rule The World is their eighth chart album in all, and the sixth to make the Top 10 . A year to the week since his 48th studio album Just...Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll debuted and peaked at No.4 (37,122 sales), 77-year-old Cliff Richard secures his 68th Top 75 album but not his 45th Top 10 album with new career-spanning compilation Stronger Thru The Years – consisting of songs of love and reflection, apparently – debuting at No.14 (9,395 sales). Six previous studio albums by Ireland's top familial acts, The Corrs, made the Top 10 between 1995 and 2015, four of them reaching No.1. The seventh album by the act – sisters Andrea, Caroline and Sharon and brother Jim – Jupiter Calling needs to grow to maintain their record, debuting this week at No.15 (9,258 sales).   Seal's last album, 7, peaked at No.13 (9,146 sales) exactly two years ago, and as recently as August he was telling Billboard that he didn't have any plans to release an album again, and didn't intend signing to major label. The following month he signed to the very biggest record company Universal's Decca imprint, and this week, he returns to the chart with Standards (No.17, 8,987 sales). As its title suggests, the album includes new recordings of classic songs, including Smile and The Christmas Song, both of which can also be found on Gregory Porter's current Top 10 album, Nat 'King' Cole & Me.  Each of the three previous studio albums by US rockers Evanescence made the Top 5, but their latest album Synthesis has only two new songs amidst heavily reworked versions of their old favourites, including Bring Me To Life, My Immortal and Lithium. None were broke, and fans may think they didn't need fixing, hence the album's No.23 debut on sales of 6,638 copies. Ever-changing and anonymous, the Kidz Bop Kids franchise has racked up 48 Top 200 albums in America since 2000. None of them was given a proper push in the UK until April when the newly-released Kidz Bop, which drew from more than one of their US albums, debuted at No.7 (10,309 sales), and went on to sell 50,652 copies. It seemed to feature only the original US members but its release was a precursor to a domestic UK Kidz Bop Kids troupe, whose introductory release Kids Bop 2018 - '22 of today's biggest hits, sung by kids for kids' - now debuts at No.28 (4,353 sales). All round entertainer and former EastEnders star Shane Richie's third album, A Country Soul, is being marketed as Americana and new contemporary country music. It makes a minor chart ripple, debuting at No.42 (3,036 sales). His two previous albums both failed to make the Top 200, with 1997's The Album eventually selling 5,348 copies after being reissued at a budget price but 2000 release Once Around The Sun sold only 342 copies.  REM's most successful album, Automatic For The People spawned six hit singles and sold more than 2 million copies. Newly released in a deluxe edition, it re-enters the chart at No.48 (2,533 sales), while Metallica's similarly  expanded 1986 album, Master Of Puppets is back at No.45 (2,700 sales). Automatic For The People was last in the chart as recently as 2015 but Master Of Puppets has been absent since 1987. Dreamboats & Petticoats: The Diamond Edition remains atop the compilation chart on sales of 14,824 copies. Overall album sales are up 8.29% week-on-week at 2,049,031, their highest level for 33 weeks but 0.78% below same week 2016 sales of 2,065,116. Streaming accounted for a record 853,788 sales – 41.67% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 13.96% week-on-week at 1,195,243, 20.08% below same week 2016 sales of 1,495,608.

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