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Charts analysis: Taylor Swift scores seventh No.1 album

Exactly 12 years and one month since the original charted at No.5, Taylor Swift's note-for-note re-recording of her second album Fearless obliterates her nearest competition, meaning we have yet another new No.1 album. The extraordinary circumstances of its creation mean ...

Charts analysis: Lil Nas X reaches new weekly sales peak

Despite a midweek hiccup which saw the single become briefly unavailable on some platforms Monetero (Call Me By Your Name) by Lil Nas X strolls effortlessly to a third straight week at the top of the charts. The single leaps to another new sales peak, up 3.3% on the week to 64,140 (including 62,504 from 8.4m streams). It means the gap between first and second place widens although Peaches still holds firm at No.2 for Justin Bieber, Daniel Caesar and Giveon as the single posts a further 45,725 sales. It is the fifth different song of this title to make the British charts, and by far and away the highest charting. The biggest new hit of the week is Rapstar, a narrative on the highs and lows of fame which propels Polo G into the Top 3 for the second time in the space of a month. Hard on the heels of his turn on the KSI hit Patience the single matches the No.3 peak of its predecessor with 44,169 sales, Polo G's sixth chart hit in all. The Top 5 is completed by Joel Corry's Bed rising to a new peak of No.4 (37,019 sales) to become his third Top 5 single in a row, and Wellerman by Nathan Evans which now appears holed beneath the waterline and sinks to No.5 (36,241) to finally end an unbroken 11-week run in the Top 3. Late to the party, the tracks not appearing online until late on Saturday, Dave still charts in some style with a brace of metal-themed singles. Leading the charge is the minimalistic Titanium, which slams straight in at No.9 (25,897 sales) to hand the rapper his seventh Top 10 hit single. Slightly lower down at No.33 (14,660 sales) is Mercury whose dual artist credit hands a chart debut to emerging singer-songwriter Kamal. Both tracks are standalone releases, at least for now, and become Dave's 22nd and 23rd chart entries respectively. Following her second album Hot Pink, Doja Cat moves on to her first completely new material since her breakthrough release. Kiss Me More takes its bow as the first release from her forthcoming third album Planet Her and further cements her reputation as creator of guaranteed smash hits. A return to the disco-soul vibe of her breakthrough hit Say So, the track becomes her highest debuting hit to date as it lands at No.10 (24,804 sales) to become the eighth chart hit and second Top 10 for both Doja and her co-performer SZA. Departing the Top 10 are Your Love (9PM) by ATB/Topic/A7S and Don't Play by Anne-Marie/KSI/Digital Farm Animals, which falls to Nos.13 and 17 respectively while Latest Trends by A1 & J1 dives to No.28 following a relegation to ACR status. Newly arrived in the Top 20 is Ferrari Horses from D-Block Europe and Raye which leaps to a new peak of No.16 (21,563 sales).  The arrival of Fearless (Taylor's Version) at the top of the albums chart means Taylor Swift enjoys a flurry of singles entries too. Perhaps inevitably much of the attention focused on one of the previously unheard "From The Vault" cuts from the re-recorded album, meaning its most popular track is Mr Perfectly Fine, which lands at No.30 (15,659 sales). It is joined by Love Story (Taylor’s Version) which rebounds to No.45 (10,984 sales) and You Belong With Me (Taylor’s Version), the reworking of the track which was originally her second Top 40 hit when it peaked at No.30 in October 2009 arriving at No.52 (9,650). Five further cuts from the album commanded enough sales to land Top 75 positions, but chart rules restricting the singer to three concurrent hits mean all are ineligible. Copious hard work has so far failed to propel Rag'N'Bone Man's All You Ever Wanted properly into the Top 30, but the build-up to his new album steps up a gear as its second single Anywhere Away From Here leapfrogs it to No.32 (14,738 sales). A duet with Pink, the intense ballad is the one man gospel choir's sixth chart hit and a landmark 40th for his co-star, her highest charting single since Walk Me Home reached the Top 10 over two years ago.  Five further brand new hits round off a busy singles week. They are Way To Long from Nathan Dawe, Anne-Marie and Mostack (No.42, 11,225 sales), Shy Away from Twenty-One Pilots (No.56, 8,563 sales), Lingo from Deno ft JI & Chunkz (No.57, 8,315 sales), Starstruck from Years & Years (No.64, 7,849 sales) and Versus by SL & Millionz (No.69, 7,113 sales). A gentle rise in sales takes the singles market to 22,755,806, up 0.58% week on week. But paid sales wither still further, down 3.08% to another new digital era low of just 385,805 units. Subscribers can click here for all the latest charts.  

Charts analysis: Lil Nas X claims second week at singles summit

Its chart sales surging by an impressive 36.6% week on week, Montero (Call Me By Your Name) spends a second week at the top of the singles chart for Lil Nas X. The single’s lead of 15,343 over the competition is slightly more comfortable than last week's margin, which saw it sneak to No.1 by the small matter of 324 copies. Its sale this week of 62,065 (including 60,514 from 8.5m audio streams) is the most any No.1 has managed in nine weeks. Lil Nas X heads up a rather becalmed looking Top 10 as one of no fewer than six non-movers. Peaches rises to No.2 (46,712 sales) for Justin Bieber, Caesar and Giveon as the Canadian's fifth single to peak (so far) in second place. Nathan Evans' Wellerman dips to No.3 (43,283 sales) and there is no move for both Latest Trends by A1 & J1 (No.4, 36,992 sales) and Friday by Riton & Nightcrawlers (No.5, 36,827 sales). The market remains red hot overall, the average chart sale of a Top 10 single this week reaching a year-to-date high of 37,258.  That consistency extends to the Top 20 as well, although there is room for a significant chart jump for Body by Russ Millions and Tion Wayne, which rockets to a new peak of No.12 (23,051 sales). Masked Wolf's Astronaut In The Ocean also eases to a new peak of No.18 (20,925 sales) and Silk Sonic's Leave The Door Open finally returns to its No.20 peak after three weeks of decline as it rises to 19,528 sales. The highest new entry of the week is that of Olivia Rodrigo, whose new single Deja Vu drifts into view at a mere No.27 (16,522 sales). Her third Top 40 hit in total the single is of course the follow-up to global smash hit Drivers License which neatly enough sits one place below as it continues a gentle downward spiral.  The Majestic remix of Boney M's Rasputin continues to grow steadily, the reworking now up to No.29 (13,827 sales), now their highest charting single since a Horny United mash-up of Ma Baker/Somebody Screamed staggered to No.22 in May 1999. Nice To Meet Ya is new at No.42 (11,014 sales), the second chart single from Wes Nelson to follow up last autumn's Top 3 smash See Nobody. Guest on the single is Yxng Bane who claims a 16th chart hit.  It just fails to top the charts but Demi Lovato’s new album emits a handful of singles, the biggest of which for perhaps understandable reasons is the Ariana Grande duet Met Him Last Night which lands at No.44 (9.406 sales). It is joined by the album's title cut Dancing With The Devil which charts for the first time at No.50 (8,041 sales) a week after it was released as its final teaser single. The two tracks are Lovato's 21st and 22nd chart hits respectively. Meanwhile the already established Sam Fischer duet What Other People Say (also on the album) gets a small sales boost but holds firm at its present chart peak of No.58 (7,274 sales). Cited by Billie Eilish as one of the songs which inspired her to make music of her own, Runaway by Aurora first appeared on her 2015 EP Running With The Wolves but now becomes the latest hidden gem to resurface thanks to online virality. The six-year-old track charts for the first time at No.59 (7,206 sales), to become only the third chart single to date for the Norwegian singer. Also landing via one of this week's album releases is Run It Up from Lil Tjay. Taken from the rapper's Destined 2 Win album it is a new entry at No.63 (6,862 sales), the eighth chart hit for Tjay, the 9th for collaborator Offset (not counting his hits as a member of Migos) as well as being the first British hit single for the similarly co-credited Moneybagg Yo.  Finally surfacing after first dropping in July 2020 (it accumulated 18,214 chart sales last year), Summer 91 (Looking Back) by Noizu is, as the title suggests, an unabashedly retro club track designed to evoke dilated memories of the sounds of 30 years ago. This week's No.64 (6,833 sales) this could well be the start of a journey which sees the sounds of 91 resident in the chart of 21. At No.73 (6,059 sales), eFilm Out by BTS is a Japanese-language track to tease the forthcoming release of BTS, The Best which will compile all their one-off Japanese releases into one handy set.  A drop in singles consumption of 2.55% takes the market to 22,625,463 but we cross a new watershed for paid-for sales which collapse to a mere 398,094, dipping below the 400K mark for the first time in over 16 years. It is the lowest weekly total since Week 6 2005 in which just 357,227 singles were purchased. Subscribers can click here for all the latest charts.

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