Official Charts Analysis: Post Malone secures second week atop singles chart

Official Charts Analysis: Post Malone secures second week atop singles chart

Rockstar continues atop the singles chart for Post Malone and 21 Savage, with combined sales increasing 4.07% to 48,834, helped by a 10.15% lift in paid-for sales to 9,894 copies, and a 2.64% increase in sales-equivalent streams to 38,940. 

Malone's growing popularity also sees I Fall Apart – the belated third chart single from his first album Stoney – advancing 40-22 (14,492 sales), and Quavo collaboration Congratulations jumping 33-27 (11,904 sales) to surpass the No.28 peak it previously scaled eight weeks ago. The album itself reaches a new peak for the third week in a row, climbing 15-12 (4,928 sales).

Still way ahead on streaming, Rockstar closes 7-4 on paid-for sales, where Camila Cabello's Havana (feat. Young Thug) takes control for the first time, contributing 14,228 of its overall tally of 39,452 sales, which propel it 3-2 on the Top 75. It is the eighth week in a row the track has reached a new peak, and it now matches Cabello's highest position from her tenure with Fifth Harmony, whose Work From Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) occupied the same berth in April 2016.

There's a new peak for Stefflon Don & French Montana's Hurtin' Me which rises for the sixth week in a row, moving 11-9 (25,998 sales) to deliver the first Top 10 hit for Don and the third for Montana.

Although she isn't rewarded with a credit, the mix of Mi Gente that includes a vocal from Beyonce is largely responsible for J Balin & Willy William's Mi Gente returning to the Top 10 after an absence of five weeks, moving 14-8 (26,141 sales).

The rest of the Top 10: Too Good At Goodbyes (2-3, 36,013 sales) by Sam Smith, New Rules (4-4, 33,428 sales) by Dua Lipa, Lonely Together (5-5, 30,707 sales) by Avicii feat. Rita Ora, Dusk Till Dawn (7-6, 28,561 sales) by Zayn feat. Sia, Reggaeton Lento (6-7, 27,054 sales) by CNCO & Little Mix and 1-800-273-8255 (9-10, 23,732 sales) by Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid.   

Falling out of the Top 10 are Bestie (10-11, 23,105 sales) by Yungen feat. Yxng Bane and What About Us (8-20, 16,181 sales) by Pink, the latter a victim of ACR. 

Debuting at No.1 and No.2 on the album chart, Liam Gallagher and Giggs both enjoy good streaming figures which, in turn, help them to each land three new entries/re-entries on the singles chart. Giggs scores his sixth, seventh and eighth hits with Linguo (feat. Donae'o, No.28, 11,866 sales), Ultimate Gangsta (feat. 2 Chainz, No.51, 7,678 sales) and Peligro (feat. Dave, No.53, 7,639 sales). Gallagher's For What It's Worth – which peaked at No.46 in August – now re-enters at No.33 (11,288 sales), and he has new entries in the form of Greedy Soul (No.56, 7,131 sales) and Bold (No.60, 6,678 sales). Were they not limited to three entries apiece, there would be two further Giggs debuts and another Gallagher entry. In fact, there is another Gallagher new entry – but it is Holy Mountain (No.70, 5,894 sales), the first single from Who Built The Moon?, the upcoming third album by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Also new to the chart are Pray (No.39, 9,925 sales), an instant-grat track from Sam Smith's upcoming album The Thrill Of It All; How Long (No.40, 9,751 sales) by Charlie Puth; and Quarterback (Secure The Bag!) (No.75, 5,036 sales) by AJ Tracey.    

Meanwhile, there are new peaks within the Top 75 for What Lovers Do (18-12, 21,856 sales) by Maroon 5 feat. SZA, Silence (20-17, 18,454 sales) by Marshmello feat. Khalid, Finders Keepers (21-19, 17,333 sales) by Mabel feat. Kojo Funds, Young Dumb & Broke (38-25, 11,967 sales) by Khalid, Cola (49-38, 10,440 sales) by CamelPhat & Elderbrook, Stargazing (74-61, 6,667 sales) by Kygo feat. Justin Jesso and Memory Lane (95-68, 6,025 sales) by Bugzy Malone feat. Tom Grennan, which previously peaked at No.74.     

Perfect reached No.4 for Ed Sheeran in March as a track from Divide. Officially the fourth single from the set, it ended a 13-week absence from the Top 75 by re-entering at No.19 last week, and now jumps to No.13 (20,695 sales). Its leap coincides with Sheeran's biggest hit Shape Of You exiting the Top 40 after a 39-week tenure, and topping the 3 million sales mark. Falling 37-41 (9,449 sales), Shape Of You has sold 3,006,404 copies, of which 2,241,667 are from sales-equivalent streams. Sheeran has had nine million sellers.  

Overall singles sales are up 1.89% week-on-week at 14,263,000, 39.63% above same week 2016 sales of 10,214,766. Streams accounted for 13,122,022 sales, a record 92.00% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 3.41% week -on-week at 1,140,978, and are 26.12% below same week 2016 sales of 1,544,376. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 219th week in a row.

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