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Charts analysis: Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber stay top, but there's movement after last week's static Top 10

After last week’s historic deep freeze, which saw each of the Top 10 singles static for the first time in chart history, movement returns to the top tier this week… but gently. There is no change at the very top, ...

Charts analysis: Lewis Capaldi racks up a fourth week at the summit of the Albums Charts

Sales of Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent continue to ebb but the 22-year-old Scot remains atop the chart for the fourth week in a row with the set on consumption of 27,590 units (including 14,983 from sales-equivalent streams). The last album by a new artist to debut at No.1 and take longer to be dethroned was X Factor winner Leona Lewis’ Spirit, which racked up seven straight weeks at the summit in 2007.  Capaldi has already denied The National and Skepta of No.1 albums, and this week his extended reign foils the Jonas Brothers, whose first album in a decade, Happiness Begins, settles for a No.2 debut (14,120 sales), although it tops the cassette album chart (1,439 sales). Their fifth album, it is the fraternal trio’s highest charting set to date, surpassing the No.9 debut/peak achieved by both their eponymous second album in 2008 on sales of 14,514 copies, and the following year’s Lines, Vines And Trying Times, their fourth and last album before hiatus, that sold 18,340 copies to achieve the same position. Sucker – the first single from Happiness Begins and their first Top 10 single – has achieved greater consumption than all of the brothers’ previous chart single added together. It moves 42-40 this week, with consumption of a further 12,673 units raising its cumulative tally to 452,661. London rapper MoStack’s debut full length album, Stacko, opens its account at No.3 (12,155 sales). Home to current Top 40 collaborations with Stormzy, Dave & J Hus and Fredo, it is his follow-up to mixtape High Street Kid, which debuted and peaked at No.16 (5,493 sales) two years ago last week.  Written and produced as ever by Neil Hannon – the 48-year-old from Derry who is their only constant member – The Divine Comedy's 12th studio album, Office Politics, instantly becomes their highest charting, debuting at No.5 (8,526 sales). Their only previous Top 10 studio albums are 1998’s Fin De Siecle (No.9), and most recent release Foreverland (No.7, 2016). Their 1999 compilation, A Secret History...The Best Of The Divine Comedy, is their only other Top 10 entry (reaching No.2) and their biggest seller, with consumption to date of 247,582 units.  Avicii’s posthumous Tim opens at No.7 (7,560 sales), maintaining the late Swede’s record of making the Top 10 with each of his studio albums, emulating 2013 debut True (No.2) and 2015 follow-up Stories (No.9). The rest of the Top 10: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (4-4, 9,257 sales) by Billie Eilish, The Greatest Showman soundtrack (6-6, 7,914 sales), Diamonds (7-8, 6,968 sales) by Elton John, Ignorance Is Bliss (2-9, 6,050 sales) by Skepta and Bohemian Rhapsody (9-10, 5,901 sales) by Queen. Departing from the Top 10: The Rocketman soundtrack (8-12, 5,110 sales), Hurts 2B Human (10-13, 4,986 sales) by Pink, Ten (5-15, 4,573 sales) by Susan Boyle and Further (3-29, 2,879 sales) by Richard Hawley. Arguably Britain’s pre-eminent contemporary jazz musician, pianist/singer Jamie Cullum racks up his sixth straight Top 20 entry with his eighth studio album, ‘Taller’, debuting at No.17 (4,434 sales). Cullum’s 2003 breakthrough third album, Twentysomething, remains his highest-charting (No.3) and biggest-selling (1,175,904 sales) release. A companion release to Martin Scorcese’s new film Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story – which was released on 12 June via Netflix - The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings, is a new release from Dylan’s archive, and debuts at No.20 (4,062 sales). A sprawling set (14 CDs, comprising five complete shows, three discs of rehearsals a bonus disc of rarities, and a 52-page booklet, with 148 tracks, of which more than 100 are previously unreleased) it is Dylan’s 67th Top 75 entry. Neil Young also raids his archives, with previously unissued 1973 concert recording Tuscaloosa – named after the Alabama city in which it was held – debuting at No.30 (2,734 sales). Also crediting his backing band, The Stray Gators, it is Young’s 59th Top 75 album, his 21st this century. Also new to the chart: A Different Kind Of Human (Step 2) (No.32, 2,633 sales), the second studio album by Norwegian singer/songwriter Aurora whose 2016 debut All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend reached No.28 and sold 31,426 copies; Africa Speaks (No.35, 2,425 sales), the 25th studio album and 27th chart album in all for Latin rock legend Santana, whose last release Santana IV debuted and peaked at No.4 in 2016; Legendary (No.43, 2,267 sales), the seventh studio album, third Top 75 entry, and highest-charting release to date for 29 year old Californian rapper Tyga; and Save Me (No.59, 1,766 sales), a new EP (seven songs, 20 minutes) providing the 10th album chart entry in four years for rapper Future.  Pink Floyd have the 21st century’s third biggest-selling album on vinyl, with Dark Side Of The Moon – and the biggest-selling album on vinyl in the week with their 1974 chart-topper The Division Bell, which is newly-released in a double blue vinyl 25th anniversary edition, and attracted 3,591 sales last week. With digital sales and streaming, it had a combined sale of 3,790 copies, enough to restore it to the album chart at No.23 – its highest chart placing for more than 24 years. Its last appearance in the chart hitherto was in 2014, when a 20th anniversary edition lifted it to No.52. With its current week added, overall vinyl sales of The Division Bell in the 21st century are 16,582, whereas the aforementioned Dark Side Of The Moon is on 105,935, inferior only to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (118,154) and Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black (123,715).  Now 100 Hits: Forgotten 80s is No.1 compilation for the second time (10,867 sales). Overall album sales are up 5.41% week-on-week at 1,805,370, 0.40% below same week 2018 sales of 1,812,577. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,168,951 sales, 64.75% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 14.30% week-on-week at 636,419, 23.79% below same week 2018 sales of 835,120.

Charts analysis: First ever static singles Top 10 in chart history

In an historically logjammed Top 10, Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber just don’t care, because for the fourth week in a row their collaboration I Don’t Care is No.1. Leading the way on paid-for sales (10,067), audio streaming (7,189,126) and video streaming (1,778,417), it racked up consumption of a further 78,206 units last week, with Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road in second place for the sixth week in a row, and seventh time in total on consumption of 73,073 units. Everything else in the Top 10 is also frozen for the first time in chart history, and everything suffers a decline in consumption. The rest of that static top tier: Someone You Loved (3-3, 60,042 sales) by Lewis Capaldi, Vossi Bop (4-4, 52,651 sales) by Stormzy, Bad Guy (5-5, 48,030 sales) by Billie Eilish, Piece Of Your Heart (6-6, 40,700 sales) by Meduza feat. Goodboys, Hold Me While You Wait (7-7, 40,236 sales) by Lewis Capaldi, SOS (8-8, 35,621 sales) by Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc, Cross Me (9-9, 33,060 sales) by Ed Sheeran feat. Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock and If I Can’t Have You (10-10, 29,395 sales) by Shawn Mendes. The suspended animation also sees Jax Jones & Martin Solveig’s All Day And Night (feat. Madison Beer) and Dave’s Location (feat. Burna Boy), unmoved at No.11 (28,178 sales) and No.12 (28,047 sales), respectively. The closest we have come to a frozen Top 10 hitherto in more than 66 years of chart history was in the chart dated 27 June 2016, when the top eight and the No.10 were all static while Sigala’s Give Me Your Love vaulted 91-9.    Despite the fact there is no movement in the Top 10, there are 12 new entries to the Top 75 this week – a substantial haul by modern standards. Leading the new intake is Never Really Over (No.13, 26,881 sales), a brand new song from Katy Perry that delivers her 27th Top 75 entry and her 19th Top 20 hit. UK grime veteran Skepta has his second No.2 album in a row with Ignorance Is Bliss, whose streaming totals last week were 43.10% higher than predecessor Konnichiwa managed on its first week on release in 2016. Said streams also helped generate big jumps for previously released cuts from the album, namely Greaze Mode by Skepta & Nafe Smallz, which jumps 47-18 (22,963 sales) and Bullet From A Gun, which leaps 68-32 (15,378 sales), passing the No.22 and No.42 peaks they achieved respectively on debut three weeks ago. Skepta’s full allotment of three hits as primary artist is completed by What Do You Mean (feat. J Hus), which jumps over its album-mates, debuting at No.14 (25,034 sales). It is Skepta’s 22nd hit, J Hus’ 11th. London rapper MoStack’s debut regular album Stacko dropped on Friday (June 7) and was preceded by Stormzy collaboration Shine Girl, which debuts at No.15 (24,842 sales) becoming MoStack’s eighth hit and Stormzy’s 22nd. As Miley Cyrus’ EP She Is Coming debuts at No.18 on the album chart, one of its six tracks, Mother’s Daughter, dents the singles list. Debuting at No.31 (15,657 sales) it is her 20th hit (including one as Hannah Montana). While Late Night Feelings – the title track from Mark Ronson’s upcoming (fifth) album – subsides 30-36 (14,148 sales) after four weeks of growth it is joined in the chart by Find U Again (No.41, 13,004 sales). His 18th hit as an artist, it features Camila Cabello on vocals. No.3 on the first sales flash of the week, Let You lost ground rapidly and ended up debuting at No.57 (8,930 sales) for the mononymously-credited Cheryl. It is the 36th Top 75 entry for Cheryl Tweedy/Cole/Fernandez-Versini - including 23 with Girls Aloud - and her follow-up to Love Made Me Do It, which reached No.19 last November. Both tracks are expected to form part of a fifth solo album from Cheryl later in the year.  No.3 on paid-for sales in the wake of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, The Shores Of Normandy debuts at No.72 (7,299 sales) for World War II veteran Jim Radford who, at 90, becomes the oldest recording artist to have a hit single. Also new to the chart: Press (No.44, 12,368 sales), the 15th hit for Cardi B; Call You Mine (No.56, 8,980 sales), the 14th hit for Chainsmokers and the ninth for Bebe Rexha; Ritual (No.64, 7,980 sales), a one-off collaboration which brings Dutch DJ Tiesto his 19th hit, Rita Ora her 23rd and Jonas Blue his 10th; Miss Diva (No.66, 7,876 sales), One Acen’s third hit and Yungen’s fifth; and Speechless (82-73, 7,282 sales), the introductory hit for British actress Naomi Scott, taken from the Aladdin soundtrack.   With Grace - the third of Lewis Capaldi’s eligible tracks as primary artist last week – losing ground while Bruises improves, they swap status. That is to say that Grace is now ‘starred out’ (23,234 sales) while Bruises is a re-entry at No.16 (24,430 sales), far surpassing the No.49 peak it scaled in May to become his fourth Top 20 hit to date.  Surpassing the No.34 position in which it debuted three weeks ago, Falling Like Stars is into the Top 30 for the first time for James Arthur, climbing 35-25 (18,065 sales) There are also new peaks for: Wish You Well (39-24, 18,486 sales) by Sigala & Becky Hill, One Touch (31-30, 17,091 sales) by Jess Glynne & Jax Jones, Ladbroke Grove (48-43, 12,441 sales) by AJ Tracey and Rescue Me (67-65, 7,884 sales) by OneRepublic.  Overall singles sales are down 0.97% week-on-week at 18,133,368, 8.75% above same week 2018 sales of 16,674,034. Paid-for sales are down 5.44% week-on-week at 723,545, and are 26.23% below same week 2018 sales of 980,813. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 305th week in a row.

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