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Charts analysis: Espresso is No.1 again - but Please Please Please could rebound to summit next week

Toppled from the chart summit in Tuesday’s sales flashes, Sabrina Carpenter subsequently reasserted herself, and has the nation’s top two singles for the fifth straight week. Espresso – which spent five weeks at the summit, before retreating to No.2 for ...

Charts analysis: Eminem scores 11th solo No.1 album

As he said in the lyrics of his recent No.1 single, Houdini, guess who’s back? Eminem, that’s who, with his first album of new material in more than four years, The Death Of Slim Shady (Coup De Grâce) (TDOSS), outselling its nearest challenger by a margin of more than four to one to debut at No.1. The 51-year-old hip-hop heavyweight’s 12th studio album racked up first week consumption of 45,063 units (778 cassettes, 7,418 digital downloads and 36,867 sales-equivalent streams). Eminem’s 10th consecutive studio album to debut at No.1 – his entire 21st century output – and his 11th solo No.1 in total, TDOSS moves him up to sixth place in the list of solo acts with most No.1 albums, behind Robbie Williams (14), Elvis Presley (13), Taylor Swift (12), Bruce Springsteen (12) and Madonna (12), and alongside David Bowie (11).  In addition to his own No1s, Eminem co-wrote, co-produced and provided vocals for former band D12’s 2004 chart-topper D12 World. In the 21st century, the only acts to have more No.1 albums are Robbie Williams (12, or 13 including one with Take That) and Taylor Swift (12). TDOSS is Eminem’s first album since surprise release Music To Be Murdered By opened atop the list of consumption of 36,302 units in 2020. That was his 10th charted title in a row to reach No.1 (nine studio albums plus Curtain Call: The Hits) but that sequence ended in 2022 when his second hits set, Curtain Call 2, peaked at No.3. That album has remained in the Top 75 ever since – it moves 30-37 this week on consumption of 2,970 units, raising its to-date tally to 305,998, having become his 12th platinum album a week ago.   However, its performance isn’t a patch on its predecessor, 2005 release Curtain Call: The Hits, which drifts 7-11 this week, on consumption of 5,588 units. His most successful album, it spent five weeks at No.1 and is on its 530th week in the Top 75, with to-date consumption of 3,200,706 units, making it the 12th most popular album of the 21st century.  Eminem’s most-consumed studio album is 2000 release and first No.1, The Marshall Mathers LP (2,789,800 units) followed by 2002 follow-up The Eminem Show (2,109,318 units). The Eminem Show had the biggest weekly sale of any of his studio albums, shifting 228,927 units on debut, while Curtain Call: The Hits achieved his highest ever consumption of 314,553 units on its fourth week in the chart, at Christmas 2005. In addition to his own No1s, Eminem co-wrote, co-produced and provided vocals for former band D12’s 2004 chart-topper D12 World, even though he didn’t get a credit as a band member.  The follow-up to her 2021 mixtape, One Foot In Front Of The Other, which opened at No.4 (5,436 sales), 23-year-old singer/songwriter Griff from Hertfordshire returns with her first regular album, Vertigo (No.3, 9,793 sales). Their line-up unchanged since before they released their first album in 1997, Glaswegian pop/rock quartet Travis have their highest charting album since 2013, with 10th studio set, LA Times, debuting at No.4 (9,323 sales). All of their studio albums have made the Top 20, nine of them the Top 10. 1999’s The Man Who and 2001’s The Invisible Band both reached No.1, with the latter providing the band’s best first week (199,697 sales), and the former their most consumed title (2,713,265 units). Their last album, 10 Songs, debuted and peaked at No.5 (8,775 sales) in 2020. London singer/songwriter Cat Burns seems to have been around for some time, so it’s a surprise that she is only 24, and that Early Twenties is her first album.  A critically-acclaimed debut, on which she co-wrote every song, it debuts at No.7 (7,722 sales), and includes her smash hit debut single, Go, which was released more than four years ago, spent 18 weeks in the Top 10, peaked at No.2, and has to-date consumption of 1,688,157 units. Buoyed by the viral hit Apple, which almost didn’t make the cut, Brat increases consumption by 6.28% to 8,591 units for Charli XCX, even as it slips 4-6. With consumption of 71,738 units in its first six weeks on release, it is XCX’s biggest seller, and first silver album, though her 2022 No.1 album, Crash, has to-date consumption of 59,811 units, and should go silver next week.  The rest of the Top 10: The Tortured Poets Department (2-2, 111,11053 sales) by Taylor Swift, Hit Me Hard And Soft (3-5, 8,821 sales) by Billie Eilish, The Rise And Fall Of A Midwest Princess (5-8, 7,609 sales) by Chappell Roan, The Highlights (6-9, 6,912 sales) by The Weeknd and 50 Years: Don’t Stop (8-10, 6,037 sales) by Fleetwood Mac.  No.1 on debut last week, Happenings tumbles to No.56 (2,482 sales) for Kasabian, surpassing the 1-34 slump experienced by their last album, 2022’s The Alchemist’s Euphoria. Also exiting the Top 10: Stick Season (9-14, 4,985 sales) by Noah Kahan and Lover (10-19, 4,343 sales) by Taylor Swift.       Ambient Texan trio Cigarettes After Sex have their highest charting album yet, with third set X’s debuting at No.12 (5,241 sales) surpassing the No.27 peak of their eponymous 2017 debut and the No.36 placing of 2019 follow-up, Cry. 2,476 of its sales are from its seven vinyl variants, hence its No.1 debut on that format’s chart. Also new to the Top 75: Charm (No.13, 5,228 sales), the third album and second chart entry for 25-year-old American singer/songwriter Clairo – Clair Cottrill – whose last album, Sling, gained a toehold on the chart in 2021, reaching No.73; Artificial Paradise (No.46, 2,793 sales), the sixth album and lowest charting set yet for OneRepublic, whose 2007 debut, Dreaming Out Loud, peaked at No.2; and My Light, My Destroyer (No.67, 2,250 sales), the third album by 40-year-old singer/songwriter Cassandra Jenkins from New York, whose first two albums failed to impact the Top 200. Peaking lower than any of his other solo studio albums or any Beatles release, Mind Games reached No.13 for John Lennon in 1973, and returns to the chart for the first time in more than 50 years this week, re-entering at No.39 (2,957 sales) following the release of a number of expanded variants, including a super deluxe box set housing 6 CDs, 2 Blu-rays, nine vinyl albums, an EP, two books and a great deal of ephemera. Priced at £1,350, it accounts for 125 sales. Following the success of Now That’s What I Call 40 Years, which topped the compilation chart on sales of 7,263 copies last December, Now That’s What I Call 40 Years Part 2 also opens at the summit, albeit on a considerably lower sales of 3,362 units (2,737 CDs, 332 vinyl albums, 293 digital downloads). The 5 CD and digital editions each contain 100 tracks, the triple vinyl set, 43 tracks.  Overall album sales are up 5.05% week-on-week at 2,334,084 units, 9.38% above same week 2023 sales of 2,133,940. Physical product accounts for 280,100 sales, 12.00% of the total.  

Charts analysis: Sabrina Carpenter replaces herself at singles summit

Sabrina Carpenter continues to dominate the singles chart, taking the top two positions for the fourth week in a row but with a twist, as her first No.1, Espresso – which spent five weeks at the summit, before retreating to No.2 for a further five weeks – wrests control from her follow-up, Please Please Please, which has reigned for the last three weeks. Consumption of both tracks is down quite significantly however, with Espresso (2-1, 54,074 sales including 52 CDs, three cassettes, 928 digital downloads and 53,091 sales-equivalent streams) off 12.00% week-on-week to a 12-week low, while Please Please Please (1-2, 53,112 sales) declines 13.63% week-on-week. Espresso’s tally is the lowest for a No.1 for 17 weeks. Carpenter becomes one of the few artists in chart history to replace themselves at No.1, joining an elite group consisting of The Beatles, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Elton John. She is the third artist in chart history (and first woman) to secure the top two slots on the chart for four weeks in a row, the others being Justin Bieber (2015, four weeks in a row) and Ed Sheeran (2017, five weeks in a row).  Shaboozey appears to be drawing closer to Carpenter’s two hits with his debut smash, A Bar Song (Tipsy) which is at its peak position of No.3 for the third week in a row and sixth time in all. It was 35.35% in arrears of her No.1 a fortnight ago, 22.92% behind last week, and now trails by 16.85% - but, despite getting a boost from the release of David Guetta and Alesso mixes a fortnight ago, it is also in decline, with its lead over the rest of the Top 10 diminishing quickly. Down 6.33% week-on-week to 46,861 units, consumption of A Bar Song (Tipsy) is at a 10-week low.  More positively, the track has now gone platinum with to-date consumption of 613,167 units. Currently No.1 in the USA, it has probably lost its chance here, with ACR likely a fortnight away.  After falling for five consecutive weeks from its peak position of No.6 to No.21, Kendrick Lamar’s diss track Not Like Us has climbed three times in a row, with consumption growing 28.94% week-on-week to 31,780 units in the first full week since its promotional video debuted, helping it to jump 11-9 in the latest frame, its highest position for eight weeks.  The rest of the Top 10: Birds Of A Feather (5-4, 41,315 sales) by Billie Eilish, Good Luck, Babe! (4-5, 40,489 sales) by Chappell Roan, Stargazing (7-6, 38,974 sales) by Myles Smith, Houdini (6-7, 32,588 sales) by Eminem, I Had Some Help (8-8, 31,891 sales) by Post Malone feat. Morgan Wallen and Austin (9-10, 30,921 sales) by Dasha. Exiting the Top 10 for the second time Band4Band dips 10-11 (21,937 sales) for Central Cee feat. Lil Baby. With country music being at least a component of current Top 10 hits by Shaboozey, Post Malone & Morgan Wallen and Dasha, the latest genre-benders are rapper Quavo and Lana Del Rey, whose country/rap crossover Tough is believed to be a taster for Del Rey’s upcoming album, Lasso. Quavo and Del Rey were among the 12 writers of Tough – who also included 14-year-old country prodigy and TikTok star Maddox Batson – which debuts at No.32 (14,674 sales), becoming Quavo’s 23rd hit (including 12 with Migos) and Del Rey’s 27th.  There are also country fuelled Top 75 debuts for You Look Like You Love Me (98-59, 8,228 sales), the first hit for 24-year-old Ella Langley and 35-year-old Riley Green; Lies Lies Lies (No..62, 7,971 sales), the third hit for Morgan Wallen; and 28 (No.73, 7,057 sales), the fourth hit for Zach Byran whose Pink Skies revives 43-40 (11,731 sales). Add a 65-60 (8,159 sales) bounce for Miles On It by Kane Brown & Marshmello and a 36-45 (9,946 sales) dip for Pour Me A Drink by Post Malone & Blake Shelton, and country-related content of the Top 75, at 10 songs, has never been greater. Just outside the published chart, Cowgirls debuts at No.92 (6,000 sales) for Morgan Wallen feat. Ernest; Cowboys Cry Too drifts 84-97 (5,954 sales) for Kelsea Ballerini & Noah Kahan; and I Remember Everything is a re-entry at No.95 (5,976 sales) for Zach Bryan feat. Kacey Musgraves.   Also new to the Top 75: Tobey (78-29, 15,248 sales), the 64th Top 75 hit for Eminem, the 15th for Big Sean and the first for 24-year-old rapper BabyTron from Michigan; Pink Lemonade (Str8 Reload) (No.56, 8,385 sales), the first hit for LeoStayTrill, a 17-year-old London rapper originally from Zimbabwe, and the first for featured rapper Mr Reload It (Alex Basz); You Bring Me Joy (82-69, 7,222 sales), the 22nd hit for drum & bass veterans Rudimental, and the second for singer Karen Harding, whose only previous chart entry, Say Something, reached No.7 in 2015 and has to-date consumption of 1,443,859 units; Apple (No.64, 7,814 sales), the 27th hit for Charli XCX, and the sixth from her current album, Brat; and I Love You, I’m Sorry (100-71, 7,065 sales), the fourth hit for Gracie Abrams. After 12 weeks in the 20s and despite posting its lowest sale for six weeks, I Don’t Wanna Wait improves for the fourth week in a row, to reach a new peak, climbing 20-19 (17,639 sales) for David Guetta & OneRepublic. There are new peaks for: Kehlani (24-21, 17,249 sales) by Jordan Adetunji, Hot To Go! (26-24, 16,382 sales) by Chappell Roan, Kisses (35-26, 15,727 sales) by Bl3ss & CamrinWatsin feat. Bbyclose , Nights Like This (30-28, 15,305 sales) by Kid Laroi, Move (61-46, 9,933 sales) by Adam Port, Stryv, Keinemusik, Orso & Malachiii, and Misses (50-47, 9,677 sales) by Dominic Fike. It might be coming home, or it might be off to Spain for four years: With England winning a tense penalty shoot-out against Switzerland last Saturday and beating The Netherlands in an equally suspenseful semi-final on Wednesday to progress to the finals of the Euros against Spain this Sunday (July 14), perennial 1996 soccer anthem 3 Lions soars 73-20 (17,547 sales) for David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds, surpassing the No.32 position it held three weeks ago and equalling the peak it achieved during the 2022 World Cup tournament. No.1 in 1996, 1998 (in an updated version) and again in 2014, it was last higher in 2021, reaching No.4 during the Covid delayed 2020 Euros. In related news, Sweet Caroline – a 1971 No.8 hit for Neil Diamond, which climbed as high as No.20 during the delayed 2020 Euros - is a re-entry at No.55 (8,572 sales), while Fat Les’ 1992 No.2 hit Vindaloo is back at No.90 (6,056 sales) and The Beatles’ Hey Jude – sung by fans in honour of England star Jude Bellingham - enjoys its greatest consumption (5,088 units) for 711 weeks.    Overall singles consumption is down 3.01% week-on-week to 27,780,426 units – a 26-week low but 5.34% above same week 2023 consumption of 26,372,317 units. Paid-for sales are down 18.28% week-on-week at 266,266 – 8.58% below same week 2023 sales of 291,261.   

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