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Charts analysis: Elton John & Dua Lipa end Ed Sheeran's reign at summit

The timely release of a batch of autographed CD singles means Cold Heart by Elton John & Dua Lipa enjoys a massive 25.5% boost in sales and finally ejects Ed Sheeran from the summit, rising to No.1 in its ninth ...

Charts analysis: Sam Fender scores second No.1 album

The only show in town in a quiet week for big releases, Sam Fender’s second album Seventeen Going Under duplicates the success of his 2019 debut Hypersonic Missiles and hits No.1 with some considerable ease. The South Shields native commands the fourth-highest weekly sales tally of the year so far of 43,717 including 34,603 from physical formats. With few other sales challengers around Seventeen Going Under obliterates the competition and comes close to outselling the rest of the Top 10 put together.  Fender's nearest sales rival then is a mere 36,863 copies behind, Certified Lover Boy by Drake rising as high as No.2 for the first time in three weeks with 6,854 mostly streaming-originated sales. Also back in the Top 3 after a short break is Sour by Olivia Rodrigo, who takes third place with 6,072 sales.  The second highest new entry of the week is from a British singer-songwriter of a previous generation. Friends That Break Your Heart is James Blake's fifth studio album, originally due for release a month ago only for production delays to force a reschedule. Arriving at No.4 with 5,727 sales, it becomes his fourth to reach the Top 10, predecessor Assume Form having charted at No.6 in 2019. His only miss to date has been third album The Colour In Anything which could only reach No.13 when released in 2016.  With her new single out today (October 15) the spontaneous rediscovery of Adele's back catalogue of albums has continued apace. 25 rockets back to No.6 (4,773 sales) for its first Top 10 appearance since March 2017. 21 isn't too far behind at No.14 (3,697 sales) for its best showing since July 2016, while her debut release 19 is charting for the first time in five years as it arrives at No.54 (1,781 sales). All told, Adele albums increase consumption by over 45% week on week as everyone re-familiarises themselves with her past work. The second album in just over a year from US heavy metal outfit Trivium, In The Court Of The Dragon becomes their latest in a growing line to threaten to land inside the Top 10 only to fall short when the final tallies are announced. Arriving at No.20 with 3,109 sales, their 10th studio album becomes their eighth to chart in this country and their fourth in a row to make the Top 20, a run stretching back to the release of Silence In The Snow back in 2015. The follow-up to his 2020 debut album Heaven Or Hell, American rapper Don Toliver returns this week with his second full-length offering. Best known perhaps for his contribution to Internet Money's chart-topping single Lemonade, the Texan performer makes No.26 with Life Of A Don as it accumulates 2,686 entirely digital sales, all but 42 of these from audio streaming.  Huffy is the seventh studio album from the always entertaining We Are Scientists, their first full release in three years following experiments with one-off acoustic projects. No.32 with 2,363 sales, it becomes the second-highest charting album of their career, beaten only by the No.11 peak of Brain Thrust Mastery in 2008. The occasion of Paul Simon's 80th birthday sent interest in some of his most famous work soaring. Greatest Hits by Simon & Garfunkel flies to No.33 (2,314 sales) while the duo's celebrated masterpiece Bridge Over Troubled Water resurfaces at No.45 (1,950 sales), its first chart appearance since 2014. Featuring songs about the strain that Covid lockdown put on their relationship, 22 Break is the fourth full album from Anthony and Josephine Vander West, better known as Oh Wonder. Alas it becomes their lowest-charting release to date as it lands at No.51 with 1,863 sales. Their last two albums both made the Top 10.  He is possibly better known in this country as an actor than for his music and South African-based singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn has until today only ever placed one album in the British charts, Country Mile limping to No.58 in October 2013. He adds to that tally today with Lost In The Cedar Wood, a collaboration with nature writer Robert Macfarlane on whose work the songs are based and which arrives at No.65 (1,666 sales). The only previous T'Pau hits collection to make the charts was their 1993 retrospective Heart And Soul - The Very Best Of. but the group now become the latest subject of Universal's Essential triple-pack series, arriving at No.69 with 1,593 sales. That's just ahead of the week's final new entry Nine by Sault which makes a belated appearance at No.70 after falling short of the charts when first issued, with 1,572 sales to its name following a delayed physical release.  Albums sales ease off just slightly this week, down 0.84% to 1,778,090. Physical sales dip to 308,539 in a 9.11% fall and have a market share of 17.35%. Subscribers can access all the latest charts here.

Charts analysis: Ed Sheeran's Shivers spends a fourth week at the summit

Immune from challengers, at least for the moment, Ed Sheeran's Shivers continues its splendid isolation at the head of the singles market. No.1 for a fourth consecutive week, it registers a further 61,366 chart sales (55,017 of these via its 6.7m streams). Don't think we've lost count of the man himself either, for this is furthermore Sheeran's own 15th consecutive week at No.1 since the release of Bad Habits at the start of the summer. His chances of equalling Bryan Adams' all-time record next week seem high, even if there is an Adele-sized juggernaut on the horizon suggesting he has little prospect of setting a new one.  Elton John and Dua Lipa enjoy another new sales high but their 50,925 is still only enough to ensure Cold Heart remains No.2 for the third week in a row. Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) by Ckay rises to another new peak, 36,088 sales taking it into the Top 3 for the first time. It is hotly pursued by Obsessed With You by Central Cee, which is back up to its No.4 peak with 31,279 sales. Meanwhile, Heat Waves by Glass Animals completes what has turned out to be an epic journey into the Top 5, reaching No.5 with 31,277 sales. The viral hit's continuous chart run began at the very start of the year, some 40 weeks ago. Including the track's previous brief chart appearance in 2020 it has now spent 46 weeks on the Top 75. The remaining Top 10 singles comprise Ed Sheeran's Bad Habits (No.6, 28,843 sales), Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow's Industry Baby (No.7, 28,833 sales - just 10 units behind), Out Out by Joel Corry/Jax Jones/Charli XCX (No.8, 26,990 sales), Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish (back in the Top 10 after five weeks away at No.9 - 26,079 sales) and finally Girls Want Girls by Drake/Lil Baby (No.10, 23,637 sales). Speaking of Billie Eilish, the belated cinema release of Daniel Craig's final Bond outing No Time To Die means her theme song is no longer orphaned from its parent project. Having topped the charts when first released in February 2020 (just ahead of the movie's originally scheduled premiere) the track perhaps inevitably makes a chart return at No.32, a further 11,599 sales meaning its cumulative tally tops the 600,000 mark for the first time.  Her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing last weekend lit a fire under Griff's hitherto underperforming One Night single, and with the singer herself taking to social media to cheerlead the growing sales of the track it lands itself a new entry at No.45 with 8,186 sales. That’s still some way short of becoming the BRIT Award winner's biggest hit to date, that honour still going to Black Hole which scaled No.18 earlier this summer. A movie soundtrack is also responsible for another of the week's new hits. Taken from the forthcoming Venom: Let There Be Carnage epic, Last One Standing features an ensemble cast of Skylar Grey, Polo G, Mozzy and most notably of all a cameoing Eminem. It is an absorbing meeting of minds and is perhaps unlucky to have only made a low level chart impact for now, the biggest brand new release of the week as it enters at No.46 with 8,069 sales.  Tom Grennan has had three Top 10 hits so far in 2021, the last of these coming thanks to his memorable vocal turn on Calvin Harris' By Your Side, a No.9 hit during an extended chart run in the summer. He returns to solo work with the appearance of Don't Break The Heart, one of several new tracks to appear on the recently issued special edition of his Evering Road album. The track now becomes his seventh chart single in all, opening its account at No.64 (6,261 sales). Just behind is Gyalis from Capella Grey, a cut which has been around since the summer but which is now sparked into life with a new version adding vocals from A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, although the original mix still accounts for the lions' share of the track's streams. It is No.65 with 6,176 sales. Headie One's new mixtape Too Loyal For My Own Good impacts the albums chart this week and it also spawns a second chart single Cry, landing at No.66 (6,110 sales) as the rapper's 19th chart entry and hard on the heels of 2 Chains which made No.59 five weeks ago. It may have been a relatively quiet week but singles sales rebound from last week's dip, up 0.82% to 22,312,689. Paid-for sales are down almost 5.2% to 374,128, this now the 13th week in a row they have remained below 400K. But the trend line for paid sales is largely flat over the last quarter, the supposedly declining market demonstrating a pleasing level of stability. Subscribers can access all the latest charts here.

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