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Charts analysis: Drake holds off Rudimental on singles chart

Drifting 5-8 on the paid-for sales list, God's Plan by Drake nevertheless racks up its fourth straight week atop the singles chart, with total consumption of 51,983, of which sales-equivalent streams account for 44,402. Runner-up for the second time, Rudimental's ...

Charts analysis: Greatest Showman hits new sales peak in sixth week at No.1

The Greatest Showman's high-wire balancing act continues, with the Motion Picture Cast Recording spending its sixth straight week at No.1 with sales increasing again to a new peak of 51,462 (including 15,375 from sales-equivalent streams) – more than the rest of the top five combined. The only albums to spend more consecutive weeks at No.1 than The Greatest Showman in the 2010s are Adele's 21 and 25, and Ed Sheeran's X and ÷. The latter album – presumably helped by Valentine's Day gift buying - arrests a run of seven straight weeks in which its sales have fallen, recording a modest 11.11% uptick to 15,119 sales as it rebounds to No.2. Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is the fourth album by Liverpool band The Wombats, and debuts at No.3 (11,265 sales) to extend their run of consecutive top five albums to three. The first release for their own eponymous label (via Kobalt), it is the follow-up to Glitterbug, which opened at No.5 (9,155 sales) a little under three years ago. Their best first week sale came nearly seven years ago, when their second album, The Modern Glitch, debuted and peaked at No.3 on sales of 23,357 behind Adele's 21 and 19. Their introductory 2007 album, A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation is their lowest charting but highest selling set. Opening and peaking at No.11 on sales of 19,892 copies, it has since gone on to become their only platinum album, with sales to date of 352,478. Two rising British hip-hop/grime MCs who just missed out on the Top 75 with debut releases simultaneously make their Top 10 debuts with follow-up mixtapes/EPs this week. Both include collaborations with Not3s, and neither is available in physical form. Birmingham's Mist leads the way, with his nine song, 24-minute set Diamond In The Dirt, which opens at No.4 (8,925 sales), while London's Fredo follows at No.5 (8,094 sales) with his 13-song, 40-minute selection, Tables Turn. Mist's M I S To The T reached No.83 in September 2016 and has sold 20,416 copies, while Fredo's Get Rich Or Get Recalled got to No.77 last March, and has sold 12,003 copies.  Thumbing its nose at fate, Glasgow band Franz Ferdinand's fifth regular studio album is called Always Ascending. It's a brave title for a band whose album sales have been constantly descending, with their eponymous 2004 debut selling 1,290,294 copies, 2005's You Could Have It So Much Better selling 509,724 copies, 2009's Tonight selling 119,801 copies and 2013's Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action selling 37,256 copies. Always Ascending sold 7,671 copies last week to debut at No.6, compared to the 9,515 copies that earned most recent set Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action a No.6 debut in 2013. The band's best first week came when You Could Have It So Much Better became their only No.1 on sales of 101,884 copies 13 years ago. In addition to their own recordings, Franz Ferdinand were part of FFS alongside American fraternal duo Sparks, reaching No.17 (5,879 sales) in 2015 with an album also called FFS. The rest of the Top 10: Revival (6-7, 7,585 sales) by Eminem, Man Of The Woods (2-8, 6,721 sales) by Justin Timberlake, The Thrill Of It All (7-9, 6,616 sales) by Sam Smith and Beautiful Trauma (9-10, 6,561 sales) by Pink.   Departing from the Top 10: Dua Lipa (8-11, 6,376 sales), Camila (10-14, 5,089 sales) by Camila Cabello, Walk Between Worlds (4-22, 3,573 sales) by Simple Minds and Technology (5-59, 1,766 sales) by Don Broco.  After six albums fronting The Gaslight Anthem – whose last two albums were back-to-back top five entries in 2012 and 2014 – 38-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist Brian Fallon has taken an extended sabbatical. His first self-penned solo album, Painkillers debuted and peaked at No.13 (4,627 sales) nearly two years ago. Follow-up Sleepwalkers now debuts at No.15 (4,830 sales).  After scoring consecutive Top 10 albums with 2007 debut Oracular Spectacular (No.8) and 2010 follow-up Congratulations (No.4), Californian rockers MGMT took quite a tumble, with their self-titled third album debuting and peaking at No.45  on sales of 2,349 copies in 2013. Solid support from BBC 6 Music and MTV Rocks for the title track of the band's fourth album, Little Dark Age, help it to a more pleasing No.27 debut (3,169 sales). Chicago singer/songwriter Ezra Furman released five prior albums solo and with The Harpoons before his most eclectic solo set, Perpetual Motion People became his first chart entry, debuting and peaking at No.23 in 2015. Follow-up Transangelic Exodus now debuts at No.51 (2,033 sales).  It is 14 years since the Fat Possum label's last Top 75 entry (Rubber Factory by Black Keys) and 16 years since Al Green's. Both droughts are over as the label's new compilation, which seems to be called both Al Green: Greatest Hits and The Best Of Al Green vaults 199-52 (2,003 sales) after being the subject of a TV advertising campaign. None of Green's 29 studio albums have charted but this is the 71-year-old soul singer's fifth compilation so to do.  Also new to the chart, Damned Devotion (No.57, 1,818 sales), the fourth chart album for US singer/songwriter Joan Wasser aka Joan As Police Woman; 40 Trips Around The Sun (No.64, 1,673 sales), a new compilation celebrating 40 years of rock/AOR band Toto, and their seventh chart album; and A Humdrum Star (No.73, 1,484 sales), the second chart album by eclectic Manchester-based jazz band Gogo Penguin. Previously charting for just a week in 2016, at No.13, 100 re-enters the chart at No.72 (1,485 sales) for Hertfordshire quartet The Hunna, with 940 of those sales contributed by its new vinyl edition.   MTV Rocks successfully defends its status as the No.1 compilation, topping the chart for the fourth straight week on sales of 11,791 copies, despite a strong challenge from Fifty Shades Freed – the soundtrack to the third and last in the Fifty Shades... film trilogy - which sells 10,167 copies as it debuts at No.2. The big increases in sales once triggered by Valentine's Day are a thing of the past but overall album sales are up 2.80% week-on-week at 1,769,952, 2.14% below same week 2017 sales of 1,808,683. Streaming accounted for a record 940,665 sales – 53.15% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 5.03% week-on-week at 829,287, 26.70% below same week 2017 sales of 1,131,322.

Airplay analysis: Rudimental's These Days soars to radio summit

After five straight weeks of fast growth and three weeks at No.1 on the radio airplay chart, Bruno Mars' Finesse (feat. Cardi B) loses its footing dramatically, shedding almost a third of its audience as it slides to No.4. Camila Cabello's Never Be The Same and Liam Payne & Rita Ora's For You grow their audiences by 12.93% and 13.01% but are unmoved at No.3 and No.2 respectively, as Rudimental's These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen) storms 9-1. Rudimental's second radio airplay chart No.1 - their James Arthur collaboration Sun Comes Up spent three weeks at No.1 last August - These Days saw a 30.61% increase in plays from 2,646 to 3,456 generating a massive 66.93% surge in audience from 45.27m to 75.57m. It enjoyed dramatic improvements in exposure at Radio 1 (from eight plays to 26) and Radio 2 (from seven plays to 15) and had top tallies of 72 plays at The Hits and 71 plays at eight Capital Network stations.  Meanwhile, there are two new entries to the Top 10: Jax Jones' Breathe (feat. Ina Wroldsen) jumps to No.5 after pausing for a fortnight at No.11, while Portugal The Man's Feel It Still leaps 14-6.  Breathe is Jax Jones' third Top 10 hit (Wrolden's first), and secured an 8.24% increase in plays from 3,300 to 3,572, and a 29.65% increase in audience from 44.65m to 57.98m. Portugal The Man's first hit, Feel It Still – which achieved its first UK play way back on 22 March 2017 on Radio X, which is also by far its biggest supporter to date with 658 spins – increased plays by 31.82% from 2,973 to 3,919, and audience by 25.07% from 42.76m to 53.48m.   Although it loses its radio airplay crown, Bruno Mars' Finesse spends its fifth straight week atop the TV airplay chart, with airings of its promotional clip easing from 708 to 691. Still at No.2, Ramz's Barking also suffered a small dip, from 642 plays to 637 – but new radio airplay chart toppers Rudimental's These Days also makes dramatic progress on the TV airplay chart, vaulting 18-3 with plays up 44.27% from 436 to 629.       

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