Charts analysis: In My Feelings surges to singles summit to secure chart double for Drake

Drake has the nation’s No.1 album for the fifth time in his career, the No.1 single for the 27th time and the No.1 simultaneously on both lists for the third time, as In My Feelings – the latest single from ...

Charts analysis: The Vamps vanquished by Drake

Overcoming a massive initial deficit on sales flashes, Drake’s Scorpion gained strength throughout the week, and tops the album chart for the third straight week, on consumption of 29,393 copies, including 22,806 from sales-equivalent streams. Drake’s second No.1 album – Views spent two non-consecutive weeks at the summit in 2016 – Scorpion is the first rap album to spend three straight weeks atop the chart since Eminem’s Recovery in 2010 and posted a minuscule 0.80% decrease in sales week-on-week as In My Feelings became the third track from it to top the singles list.  Nearly 19,000 sales ahead of Scorpion in the first of the week’s sales last Saturday (July 14) after being released in a new ‘Day Edition’, a year to the week after its ‘Night Edition’ powered it to a No.1 debut on sales of 29,342, The Vamps’ Night And Day surges 143-2 (24,860 sales). As when the album was first released, its high chart position is a tribute to Universal’s marketing, with new signed CD editions of personalized front covers for all four members, with the same 15 core tracks, and a trio of exclusive tracks on each. There’s also a double vinyl edition, a CD/DVD set with an O2 concert, a limited edition bundle containing all of the foregoing, and a limited edition cassette. No track from any edition of the album has managed to make the Top 20 of the singles chart, where The Vamps’ career tally of six is unchanged since 2015. Launched ahead of the film for which it acts as a soundtrack, Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again nevertheless opens at No.4 (17,291 sales). The film, which has had largely favourable reviews from critics, is once again loosely based on the lyrics of covers of Abba songs, of which 18 are on the soundtrack album, which is produced by the group’s Benny Andersson and performed by film cast members, including Cher, Meryl Streep and Julie Walters. Released 10 years ago last week, the original Mamma Mia! soundtrack sold 35,766 copies on debut to top the compilation chart. Only transferred to the artist album chart eight weeks ago, it reaches a new peak on that list this week, moving 17-13, with sales of 4,456 copies raising its career tally to a massive 1,531,361. The original theatrical cast recording of Mamma Mia! – released in 1999 - has always been eligible for the artist album chart, and peaked at No.12 in 2008. It jumps 177-114 this week, with 946 sales raising its career tally to 439,086. Abba’s Gold: Greatest Hits also climbs, moving 23-19 (3,310 sales), while their 18 Hits compilation jumps 3-1 (1,623 sales) on the budget album chart. More than 28 years elapsed between Rick Astley’s first album, Whenever You Need Somebody topping the chart in 1987, and his last album, 50, returning him to the summit in 2016. Now 52, Astley returns to the chart with Beautiful Life – and, like 50, Astley wrote and produced every track on the set, which debuts at No.6 (14,854 sales), single-handedly. 50 was a triumphant return for Astley, with first week sales of 23,691, which have swollen to an impressive 308,365 since release a little over two years ago. A total of 728 of Beautiful Life’s sales are on cassette – more than the rest of the market combined.  The rest of the Top 10: The Motion Picture Cast Recording of The Greatest Showman (2-3, 24,787 sales), Staying At Tamara’s (4-5, 16,231 sales) by George Ezra, Beerbongs & Bentleys (7-7, 7,095 sales) by Post Malone, ÷ (8-8, 6,712 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Palo Santo (3-9, 6,365 sales) by Years & Years and High As Hope (6-10, 5,783 sales) by Florence + The Machine.   Exiting the Top 10 are: ? (10-11, 4,747 sales) by Xxxtentacion, Cruising With Jane McDonald (9-14, 4,251 sales) and Lighting Matches (5-20, 3,091 sales) by Tom Grennan. Hertfordshire indie band The Hunna’s first album 100 was released shortly after they performed rapturously received sets at the Leeds and Reading Festivals in 2016, debuting and peaking at No.13 (4,928 sales), and going on to sell 56,446 copies thus far. Follow-up Dare makes a slightly higher debut this week opening at No.12 (4,678 sales).  Less than nine months after Not3s nine song debut collection Take Not3s debuted and peaked at No.43 (3,650 sales), the London singer/rapper has released Take Not3s II, a second set of 10 similarly eclectic urban songs, consisting of afrobeat, R&B, dancehall and hip-hop cuts. Available only for download and streaming, it opens at No.16 (3,784 sales). Bury Tomorrow’s fifth album, Black Flame, earns the Southampton metalcore quintet their highest chart placing yet, opening at No.21 (3,086 sales). The band’s 2009 debut, Portraits, failed to chart, 2012 follow-up Union Of Crowns peaked at No.104, 2014’s Runes reached No.34 and 2016’s Earthbound reached No.36. More than seven years after Rolling Papers debuted and peaked at No.47 (4,600 sales) to provide Wiz Khalifa with his first album chart success, sequel Rolling Papers 2 debuts at No.62 (1,414 sales) to become his fourth chart album. His last album, Blacc Hollywood debuted and peaked at No.27 (2,583 sales) almost four years ago.  There’s a new peak for Juice Wrld’s debut album Goodbye & Good Riddance, which jumps 52-38 (2,044 sales) as Lucid Dreams continues to climb the singles Top 20. Released in 1971 in the USA but not until 1990 (when it reached No.3) in The UK, The Rolling Stones’ compilation Hot Rocks 1964-1971 jumps 100-42 (1,922 sales), achieving its highest chart position since this very week in 1995. It is a jump facilitated by fresh stocks of the 2010 double vinyl edition of the album, which accounted for 869 of those sales, enough for it to top the vinyl album chart.   After debuting at No.1 last week, Ministry Of Sound And Love Island Present The Pool Party continues at No.1 on the compilation chart (10,561 sales). Overall album sales are up 3.75% week-on-week at 1,598,373, 1.92% above same week 2017 sales of 1,567,714. Streaming accounted for 928,847 sales – 58.11% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 4.68% week-on-week at 669,526, 19.26% below same week 2017 sales of 829,238.

Airplay analysis: One Kiss chased by Cheat Codes x Little Mix

Topping the radio airplay chart for the second week in a row, and the third time in all, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s One Kiss does so more or less by default: it has attracted a larger audience than its latest frame tally of 57.08m from 6,615 plays (0.92% down week-on-week) in eleven of its previous 14 weeks. It is the smallest audience a No.1 has attracted for over a year, and it is unlikely to survive another week at the top, with its most likely successor being Only You by Cheat Codes x Little Mix. Advancing 5-3 with plays up 10.95% from 2,858 to 3,171, and audience up 9.70% from 47.84m to 52.48m, Only You doubled Radio 1 support from seven to 14 plays last week. It also topped the most-played list at Radio 2, with 20 airings – two more than it had in the previous frame, and two more than any other record. It is Little Mix’s second No.1 on Radio 2 – they also topped the list in 2015 with Black Magic. The only other record in the Top 10 to reach a new high is Jonas Blue’s Rise (feat. Jack & Jack), which lifts 9-7 with a 3.71% increase in plays from 3,535 to 3,666, driving a 9.88% expansion in audience from 41.41m to 45.50m. 29 of those plays came from Radio 1, where only A$AP Rocky’s Praise The Lord (feat. Skepta) was more ubiquitous, with 30 spins. There’s not much love anywhere else for the A$AP Rocky cut, incidentally – it makes a modest 51-46 climb on the overall radio airplay chart, with Radio 1 providing a massive 82.03% of its audience. Although edging up 11-10, Selena Gomez’s Back To You, is merely returning to a peak it held five weeks ago, and on declining support.  No.1 on the TV airplay chart for 10 of the last 11 weeks, including the last nine in a row, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s One Kiss finally slips to No.2. In its place is a track that has steadily increased support for 10 weeks in a row, and which has moved 4-3-2-1, namely I Like It by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin. With 658 plays - 21 more than One Kiss – I Like It had top tallies of 97 from Capital TV, 70 from Box Upfront and 69 from The Box.   

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