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Charts analysis: Calvin Harris & Sam Smith rebound to singles summit

Previously No.1 for five weeks, Promises returns to pole position for Calvin Harris & Sam Smith, and also avoids falling into ACR for three weeks by increasing sales 1.06% week-on-week to 52,187 (including 40,700 from sales-equivalent streams) as it bounces ...

Charts analysis: Jess Glynne sophomore album races to No.1

Twenty-nine on Saturday (October 20), Jess Glynne got a welcome early birthday present with second album, Always In Between, debuting at No.1 while Woman Like Me, a song she co-wrote, is the singles chart’s highest new entry, at No.5, for Little Mix feat. Nicki Minaj.  Always In Between is home to the No.1 hit I’ll Be There, the current Top 10 single All I Am, new hit Thursday and (deluxe edition only) chart-topping Rudimental collaboration These Days, and opens at No.1 on sales of 36,449 copies (including 5,860 from sales-equivalent streams).  Glynne’s first album, I Cry When I Laugh debuted at No.1 in 2015 on sales of 59,117 copies and spent its first 39 weeks in the Top 10. On its 147th week in the Top 75 it rallies 43-40, on sales of 2,362 copies, raising its cumulative tally to 1,121,689. Rick Wakeman returned to the Top 10 for the first time in more than 40 years last year and the Top 75 for the first time since 1999 when Piano Portraits debuted at No.7 and peaked at No.6, going on to sell 69,736 copies. The similarly-styled follow-up Piano Odyssey – which includes covers of songs by The Beatles, Queen and Simon & Garfunkel – opens this week at No.7 (7,027 sales) for Wakeman. The 69-year-old keyboards player came to fame as a member of prog rock legends Yes, with whom he had six Top 10 albums, and enjoyed a successful parallel career as a solo artist, in which capacity he scored the last of his four previous Top 10 albums in 1976 with No Earthly Connection. After debuting at No.1 last week, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born soundtrack album dips to No.2 (24,732 sales).  The rest of the Top 10: The Greatest Showman soundtrack (4-3, 14,924 sales), Blood Red Roses (3-4, 11,609 sales) by Rod Stewart, Kamikaze (5-5, 9,325 sales) by Eminem, Staying At Tamara’s (7-6, 7,389 sales) by George Ezra, Trench (2-8, 6,630 sales) by Twenty One Pilots, Dancing Queen (8-9, 6,374 sales) by Cher and the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again soundtrack (9-10, 6,296 sales). Exiting the Top 10: Sweetener (10-11, 5,675 sales) by Ariana Grande and VI (6-107, 1,087 sales) by You Me At Six. Extending his album chart career to more than 40 years, Elvis Costello has his highest charting studio album since Brutal Youth got to No.2 in 1994, with Look Now debuting at No.14 (5,214 sales). It is the 64-year-old singer/songwriter’s 32nd Top 75 album, and reunites him with The Imposters. It easily surpasses the peak of both their last album with him (2008’s Momofuku, which reached only No.112) and also his last album, Roots collaboration Wise Up Ghost, which reached No.28 in 2013. With two chart albums as a member of the trio Migos, most recently Culture II, which reached No.4 in January, rapper Quavo’s introductory solo album Quavo Huncho includes collaborations with Drake, Madonna, Cardi B, Saweetie and Migos colleagues Offset and Takeoff, and debuts at No.16 (4,338 sales). Previously a member of alternative rock band The Czars, who released half a dozen albums between 1996 and 2006 without making any impression on the Top 200, American singer/songwriter John Grant - now 50 and living in Iceland - has had more success as a solo artist, and reached the Top 10 for the first time three years ago this week, with third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure debuting at number five (9,409 sales). Follow-up, Love Is Magic fares less well, but still earns him a well-deserved third Top 20 album, debuting at No.17 (4,295 sales). At around £100 for the 11 CD box set, and upwards of £200 for the 15 LP box set, Loving The Alien (1983-1988) is the fourth annual compilation in a series restoring, remastering and expanding the work of David Bowie, following 2015’s Five Years (1969-1973), 2016’s Who Can I Be Now (1974-1976) and 2017’s A New Career In Town (1977-1982), which peaked at No.45, No.21 and No.19, respectively. Loving The Alien (1983-1988) debuts at No.19 (3,167 sales), and is the third addition to the late legend’s tally of chart albums so far this year, bringing to 56 his overall tally of Top 75 entries, or 58 if we include the two albums he cut as leader of Tin Machine. It is 25 years since Primal Scream went to Memphis to record fourth album Give Out But Don’t Give Up in Memphis with Tom Dowd and The Muscle Shoals rhythm section. It didn’t work out as planned, but the songs formed the basis of an identically-titled 1994 album, which reached No.2. Recently re-discovered, the original tapes of the Memphis sessions plus alternate versions, jams, monitor mixes, isolated elements and more make up Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings, which debuts at No.21 (3,237 sales). Also new to the chart: Ella Mai (No.18, 3,934 sales), the first full-length album by US-based UK R&B singer/songwriter of the same name; and Bottle It In (No.24, 3,098 sales), the eighth album and fourth chart entry for US indie musician Kurt Vile. 1,215 of Vile’s sales were for the 12-inch edition of Bottle It In, which tops the vinyl album chart as a result. Now That’s What I Call Music! 100 spends its sixth week in a row and 12th week in total atop the compilation chart on sales of 6,465 copies – just 111 more than Club MTV: Dance Anthems, which debuts at No.2. Overall album sales are down 0.10% week-on-week at 1,673,258, 0.61% below same week 2017 sales of 1,683,539. Streaming accounted for 998,939 sales, 59.70% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 2.07% week-on-week at 674,319, 21.83% below same week 2017 sales of 862,577.  

Airplay analysis: Eight weeks at No.1 for Promises

Calvin Harris & Sam Smith’s Promises continues to impress, spending its eighth straight week atop the radio airplay chart, while sharing the TV airplay title in an unprecedented three-way tie. Spending longer atop the radio airplay chart than any previous Harris hit – beating the six week mark set by his last single, Dua Lipa collaboration One Kiss – Promises racked up an 8.79% increase in audience to 77.38m, while setting a personal record for plays, which increased 2.34% from 7,343 to 7,515.  Meanwhile Rita Ora, who reached No.2 in 2014 with I Will Never Let You Down, a song written by Harris, finds herself as runner-up to her former collaborator, as her latest single, Let You Love Me, climbs 5-2. Little Mix score their 13th Top 10 entry and Nicki Minaj her fifth as their collaboration Woman Like Me surges to a No.4 debut, with out of the box tallies of 2,332 plays from 155 stations and an audience of 59.87m. With a dozen plays from Radio Two and 28 from Radio 1 on its first frame, it had top tallies of 73 plays from Capital London and 72 plays from a further seven Capital franchises.  Lady Gaga returns to the Top 10 of the radio airplay chart for the first time since 2017 – when The Cure achieved a lofty No.4 peak despite only reaching No.19 on the OCC chart – with Bradley Cooper collaboration Shallow from A Star Is Born. Catapulting 62-8, the track puts on an impressive turn of speed, with plays up 227.87% from 732 to 2,400 and audience leaping 273.03% from 13.09m to 48.83m. Seventeen plays on Radio 2 provided a chunky 43.56% of its listeners.  558 is the magic number on the TV airplay chart, this being the number of plays that Radio Monitor detected for Marshmello x Bastille’s Happy, Calvin Harris & Sam Smith’s Promises AND Jess Glynne’s All I Am. No.1, No.2 and No.3 last week, they all, therefore, share top spot this week. DJ Khaled’s No Brainer (feat. Justin Bieber) and Rita Ora’s Let You Love Me were also within an ace of grabbing the title, being four plays and nine plays behind the top three, respectively.  

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