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I’ll Be There becomes Jess Glynne’s seventh No.1 on the OCC chart but ends its two week reign atop the radio airplay chart, where it was her fifth No.1. It continues to pile on the plays – they are up ...

Official Charts Analysis: The Greatest Showman must go on (and on) at the top of the UK albums chart

Its sales are down again but The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to The Greatest Showman remains far ahead of the pack, topping the chart for the 19th time in 23 weeks, and the fourth week in a row, on consumption of 34,378 units (including 11,030 from sales-equivalent streams). It is the 23rd consecutive week in which it has sold upwards of 20,000 copies, and raises its cumulative sales to 878,909.  871,888 of those have come in 2018, making it the year’s biggest seller by a margin of more than half a million – Now That’s What I Call Music! 99 is its distant runner-up with sales of 337,223. The Greatest Showman is also close to topping the year-to-date video chart, with sales of 826,736 in four weeks putting it second behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi (867,517 sales).    Four new albums debut inside the Top 10, three of them by acts who have previously had No.1s – but The Greatest Showman’s nearest rival is Staying at Tamara’s by George Ezra. The first of four albums that had the temerity to interrupt The Greatest Showman’s reign, when it debuted at the summit 11 weeks ago, Staying At Tamara’s has remained in the top five since release and, with latest single Shotgun itself moving into the top five, the album climbs 3-2, with sales up for the third week in a row at 19,532.    21 last Monday (June 11), Jorja Smith beats many more experienced acts to land the week’s highest new entry with her debut album, Lost & Found, opening its account at No.3 (15,313 sales). A pleasing blend of pop and R&B, the album fulfils the promise that won the Walsall singer/rapper the Critics’ Choice award at this year’s Brits, although she has still to secure a Top 20 single. There are few catalogues more beloved than that of The Beach Boys, and subjecting their iconic songs to symphonic makeovers adding new arrangements from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – conducted by Steve Sidwell & Sally Herbert under the production of Don Reedman & Nick Patrick – is a bold move, even though it has paid off handsomely for similar projects revitalising the catalogues of Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. It works for The Beach Boys too, as The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra debuts at No.4 (14,128 sales). It is their 37thchart album in a chart career spanning almost 53 years. While Kanye West’s Ye tumbles 2-10 (8,069 sales)on its second week on the chart, Kids See Ghosts – the eponymously-titled album for his collaboration with Kid Cudi – debuts at No.7 (9,250 sales).    Lily Allen falls short of the top two for the first time but extends her run of Top 10 albums to four, with No Shame debuting at No.8 (8,754 sales). The 33 year-old singer/songwriter’s first album Alright, Still debuted and peaked at No.2(62,701) in 2006, while follow-up It’s Not Me, It’s You attracted 112,568 sales when it opened at No.1 in 2009. Allen’s most recent album, Sheezus, also Topped on debut in 2014, with sales of 35,414, helped by the fact it had already spawned three Top 10 hits, and was priced at 99p at Google Play. Alright, Still is Allen’s biggest seller, with a to-date tally of 1,142,062, with It’s Not Me, It’s You in close attendance on 1,070,340 sales and Sheezus way behind on113,054 sales.   The rest of this week’s Top 10: Divide (7-5,10,421 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Beer Bongs & Bentleys (6-6, 10,084 sales) by Post Malone and Wildness (5-9, 8,338 sales) by Snow Patrol.  Departing the Top 10 are: the eponymous Shawn Mendes (9-11, 7,181 sales), As Long As I Have You (8-15, 5,358 sales) by Roger Daltrey, Noonday Dream (4-35, 2,575 sales) by Ben Howard and Prequelle (10-64, 1,689sales) by Ghost.   Primarily known as an actress (most famously for her role as Demelza in the BBC’s historical drama series Poldark) 26-year-old Eleanor Tomlinson is also an accomplished singer, and her debut album Tales From Home – in which she revisits familiar folk and singer/songwriter tracks like Homeward Bound, She Moves Through The Fair and Tapestry – debuts at No.14 (6,120 sales).  Steps reached No.2 with last studio album ,Tears On The Dancefloor, last year, confirming their resurgence. On their subsequent sell-out tour, they recorded the concert set Party On The Dancefloor: Live From The London SSE Arena Wembley. In several editions with and without DVD and Blu-rays and a recording of a Belfast concert, it racks up 3,540 sales to debut at No.18.    Former Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti's own quartet Tremonti take a step back for the first time in their career, with fourth album, A Dying Machine, debuting at No.19 (3,493 sales). Their first album, All I Was, debuted and peaked at No.41 (3,262 sales) in 2012, follow-up Cauterize reached No.23 in 2015, and they made the Top 20 for the first time in 2016 with Dust (No.16,5,059 sales).   When Lily Allen’s Sheezus debuted at No.1 in 2014, there were also debuts for Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys and Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li – and spookily all three waited 214 weeks to unleash their follow-up. Allen’s No Shame is dealt with above while Rhys’ scores his fourth solo album chart entry with Babelsberg (No.23, 3,213 sales) and Lykke Li her third Top 75 entry with So Sad, So Sexy (No.73, 1,540 sales).    58 year-old Tony Hadley had 11 Top 75 albums fronting Spandau Ballet, and scores his third charting album as a solo artist nearly a year after quitting the band for the second time, with Talking To The Moon, debuting at No.40 (2,182 sales). He missed out altogether with last solo release, The Christmas Album, in 2015.     Supported by BBC Radio 6 Music and impressive on a recent Later… With Jools Holland, Welsh quartet Boy Azooga have just started their UK tour, and do so with a hit album under their collective belt, specifically their debut release, 1, 2, Kung Fu!, which enters the chart at No.56 (1,787 sales).     No.1 on debut in 1997, Mansun’s first album, Attack Of The Grey Lantern, has been released in special 21 anniversary editions, and makes its first chart appearance in nearly 20 years at No.28 (2,784 sales).   Vinyl re-pressings earn The Who’s 1965 No.4 debut album My Generation and 1971 No.1 album Who’s Next their first Top 75 placings since 2002 and 1972, respectively. My Generation is No.63 (1,706 sales) and Who’s Next is No.75 (1,526 sales) on the overall chart, while placing first and fourth on the vinyl album chart.    Throwback Reggae Dancehall is No.1 compilation for the second week in a row (16,301sales).  Overall album sales are up 5.28% week-on-week at 1,812,577, 2.62% above same week 2017 sales of 1,766,315. Streaming accounted for 977,457 sales – 53.93% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 11.21% week-on-week at 835,120, 19.98% below same week 2017 sales of 1,043,666.

Official Charts Analysis: I'll Be There tops the charts as Jess Glynne pips Clean Bandit it to UK singles No.1

After eight straight weeks at No.1, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s One Kiss retreats to No.7 (27,542 sales), the latest victim of ACR, which saw the value of its sales-equivalent streams halved. On a level playing field, it would still be No.1, with sales for the latest week of 46,159.   Its enforced abdication created a vacancy for the seventh new No.1 on 2018, and the battle for supremacy pitched two acts who had their first No.1 together, against one another. Rather Be opened at No.1 in February 2014, spending four weeks at the summit for Clean Bandit – who had two more minor hits previously – and Jess Glynne, for whom it was the maiden hit. It remains the biggest hit of both acts’ careers, with a to-date tally of 2,336,387 sales. Both acts have been climbing the chart with their latest hits, and it is Glynne who gets bragging rights, as her 13th hit, I’ll Be There, advances 2-1 (37,959sales, including 25,356 from sales-equivalent streams) to deny Clean Bandit’s 12th hit, Solo (feat. Demi Lovato), which closed the gap consistently throughout the week, and leaps 6-2 (37,061 sales).  Another former Clean Bandit collaborator, Anne-Marie, remains at No.3 with 2002 (35,395 Sales). I’ll Be There is Glynne’s third solo No.1 - following 2015 hits Hold My Hand and Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself – and her seventh No.1 in total, a record for a UK female. Glynne joins Tinie Tempah and the outgoing Calvin Harris, who have also had seven, as the artists with most No.1s in the 2010s.  However, I’ll Be There’s consumption total is the lowest for a No.1 single since August 2008 – 515 charts and nearly 10 years ago – when Kid Rock’s All Summer Long was No.1 on sales of 37,111 copies, all paid-for.    Nine months after it was released, and five months after it first dented the Top 75, Tom Walker’s introductory hit, Leave A Light On, surges 16-8 (25,798 sales) to make its Top 10 debut. The track has benefitted enormously from being featured as the sound bed to the current Sony Bravia OLED TV commercial, from the release of an acoustic version and from 59p pricing at iTunes. 12,853 of its consumption tally comes from paid-for sales, where it is the biggest seller, toppling Jess Glynne’s I’ll Be There.    Also new to theTop 10, after six weeks in the teens, is I Like It (13-9, 24,550 sales) by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin. It is the first Top 10 hit for Bad Bunny, and the second for Cardi B and J Balvin – both of whom are also approaching the top tier with other collaborations: his Familiar single with Liam Payne jumps18-14 (20,120 sales), while her Maroon 5 pairing Girls Like You moves 28-16(18,668 sales).   George Ezra scores his third Top 5 single, with Shotgun up 8-4 (33,583 sales), while Better Now (7-6, 29,153 sales) is at a new high for Post Malone.   Completing the Top 10: No Tears Left To Cry (5-5, 30,753 sales) by Ariana Grande and Flames (9-10,24,274 sales) by David Guetta feat. Sia.     After nine weeks in the top five, Nice For What trips 4-20 (17,294 sales) for Drake as ACR kicks in. No.10 on debut last week, Kanye West’s Yikes makes an even bigger fall to No.33 (12,167 sales), while All Mine ebbs 11-28 (13,987 sales) and Ghost Town tumbles 17-44 (9,309 sales).   That would be his three tracks as a primary artist – but as part of the duo Kids See Ghosts with Kid Cudi, he is allowed a further three entries, with the best-performing cuts from their eponymous new album. These are: 4thDimension (No.46, 8,892 sales), Feel The Love (No.47, 8,739 sales) and Reborn (No.48, 8,727 sales). 4th Dimension features Louis Prima, with a sample from the 82 year-old What Will Santa Claus Say.    West had the top three debuts last week but the Kids See Ghosts' track opens lower than Blue Lights, which has emerged from Jorja Smith’s first album, Lost & Found, to provide her fifth chart hit at No.38 on sales of 11,726 copies, while another cut off the set, February 3rd sneaks in under the wire to become her sixth hit (No.75, 5,503 sales).    Ball For Me has its lowest consumption figure since release six weeks ago, but becomes the 11th hit thus far for Post Malone, and the 44th for featured vocalist Nicki Minaj, debuting at No.70 (5,899 sales), its eligibility triggered by the fact it is one of Post Malone’s three top tracks as a primary artist for the first time.     Lots of new peaks: If You’re Over Me (19-12, 21,813 sales) by Years & Years, Back ToYou (23-13, 21,556 sales) by Selena Gomez, Butterflies (24-19, 17,365 sales) by AJ Tracey & Not3s, Praise The Lord (Da Shine) (39-21, 16,954 sales) by A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta, Youngblood (37-22, 15,890 sales) by 5 Seconds Of Summer, Man Down (30-25, 15,164 sales) by Shakka feat. AlunaGeorge, Rise (47-31, 13,043sales) by Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack, Oh My (36-34, 12,094 sales) byDappy feat. Ay Em, Family Tree (40-35, 11,923 sales) by Ramz and Lucid Dreams(53-39, 11,396 sales) by Juice WRLD.   Also: Nevermind (45-42, 10,412 sales) by Dennis Lloyd, Taste (59-50, 8,593 sales) by Tyga feat.OffSet, I Wanna Know (57-52, 8,479 sales) by NOTD feat. Bea Miller, London(62-56, 7,559 sales) by AJ x Deno feat. EO, Jackie Chan (67-61, 7,061 sales) byTiesto & Dzeko feat. Preme & Post Malone, Fine Girl (63-62, 7,016sales) by ZieZie, Panic Room (73-72, 5,705 sales) by Au/Ra & CamelPhat  and X (75-74, 5,563 sales) by Nicky Jam & J Balvin.       Overall singles sales are up 0.61% week-on-week at 16,776,536, 28.43% above same week 2017 sales of 13,062,426. Streams accounted for 15,812,459 sales, 94.25% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 1.71% week-on-week at 964,077, and are 26.62% below same week 2017 sales of 1,313,846. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 254th week in a row.

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