Charts analysis: George Ezra rebounds to singles summit

After five weeks at No.2, George Ezra’s Shotgun blasts its way back to the top of the chart.  The 18th of 225 new No.1 hits in the 2010s to return to the summit, Shotgun spends its third week overall at the ...

Charts analysis: Mamma Mia sequel sees off Greatest Showman

Sales of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again dip for the second straight week but the Motion Picture Cast Recording spends an easy fourth week atop the artist album chart, and tops the combined album chart for the first time. The only album on which consumption topped 20,000 units in the week – its tally of 30,129 includes 8,297 from sales-equivalent streams – it is only the seventh new No.1 album of what has been a very stable year at the top of the chart, with turnover at its lowest level since 1986. This, of course, is due to the presence of two major soundtracks. The other, The Greatest Showman, is No.2 for the fourth week in a row, and the ninth time in total. Although in the Top 3 for 32nd week in a row, its sales fall to its lowest level during that run, with consumption of 21,644 units.  Nicki Minaj has the highest of the week’s 14 Top 75 entries, with her fourth full-length studio album, Queen, debuting at No.5 (10,286 sales). That is 41.57% below the 17,604 sales that earned her last album, The Pinkprint, a No.22 debut/peak days before Christmas in 2014 – a decline that might have something to do with the fairly tepid reception that Queen’s first three offcuts received when issued earlier this year. The simultaneously unleashed Chun-Li and Barbie Tingz peaked at No.26 and No.31 respectively in May, while Bed (feat. Ariana Grande) was No.20 in June. The latter track bounces this week while two new songs from the set enter the fray – but none tops the previous peak of Bed, leaving the album still in search of its first bona-fide hit. Minaj’s introductory album, Pink Friday, sold 13,304 copies debuting at No.34 in 2010, and went on to peak nine months later at No.16, while second album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded opened at No.1 on sales of 47,462 copies in 2012. Pink Friday is Minaj’s biggest-selling album with a to-date sale of 388,505, with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded on 329,526 sales and The Pinkprint on 153,854.  Miles Kane has topped the album chart twice with The Last Shadow Puppets, and makes his third chart foray in a solo capacity with Coup De Grace (No.8, 7,049 sales). Thirty-two year-old Liverpudlian Kane’s first solo album, Colour Of The Trap, sold 12,416 copies debuting and peaking at No.11 in 2011, while follow-up Don’t Forget About Me sold 11,697 copies as it debuted and peaked at No.8 in 2013. The most recent Last Shadow Puppets album, Everything You’ve Come To Expect, sold 30,797 copies debuting atop the chart in 2016. Thursday (August 16) was the 41st anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. His new compilation, Where No One Stands Alone, gathers together some of his more spiritual recordings. The title track – which he recorded for his 1967 gospel album How Great Thou Art – has been recast as a duet with new vocals added by his daughter Lisa Marie Presley, who was just nine when he died. Where No One Stands Alone (No.9, 6,408 sales) instantly becomes Presley's 52nd Top 10 album (54th if reissues are included) – more than any other act – and his 19th posthumously. The rest of the Top 10: Scorpion (4-3, 12,095 sales) by Drake, Staying At Tamara’s (5-4, 11,503 sales) by George Ezra, Astroworld (3-6, 7,878 sales) by Travis Scott, the Mamma Mia soundtrack (7-7, 7,312 sales) and Divide (10-10, 6,168 sales) by Ed Sheeran. Departing from the Top 10 are: Gold: Greatest Hits (9-11, 5,688 sales) by Abba, Living In Extraordinary Times (6-32, 2,121 sales) by James and Rituals (8-119, 905 sales) by Deaf Havana. With ten previous albums for Simon Cowell’s Syco imprint – including compilations and live sets – selling 4,825,145 copies, multi-national crossover classical quartet Il Divo have relocated to Decca. Their first release for the label, Timeless, is their eighth studio album, and debuts at No.13 (4,991 sales), matching the debut/peak of their last album, 2015’s Amor & Pasion.    Liverpool indie rock veterans The Coral made the Top 10 with each of their first five albums, topping the chart with 2003 sophomore effort Magic And Medicine. They still retain a considerable following and their ninth studio album, Move Through The Dawn, is their eighth Top 20 album, debuting at No.14 (4,035 sales). Massive Wagons failed to make the Top 200 with 2011 debut Fire It Up, 2014 follow-up Fight The System and 2016 release Welcome To The World – but the Lancaster hard rock band, freshly signed to Nottingham specialist label Earache, have waged a big campaign to achieve the distinction of being the first band from the city to have a Top 40 album. It has worked – their fourth album, Full Nelson, debuts at No.16 (3,789 sales). Edinburgh's identical Reid twins Charlie and Craig – The Proclaimers – were 56 earlier this year, and have been making hit albums for more than 30 years, giving them the longest chart span of any twins. Their new album, Angry Cyclist, features another 13 originals from the pair. It delivers their 12th chart album since their 1987 arrival, and their highest charting album since 2007, debuting at No.17 (3,691 sales). Scissor Sisters massive 2004 eponymous debut album and 2006 follow-up Ta-Dah were multi-platinum No.1s, and the band’s subsequent albums Night Work and Magic Hour also made the Top 5. It is six years since the last of those albums appeared, and the first member of the group to break ranks and issue a solo album is lead singer Jake Shears, whose self-named album opens at No.20 (3,216 sales) this week.  Aretha Franklin’s death on Thursday at the age of 76 attracted huge media coverage, and will doubtless impact the chart more fully next week. The few hours between her death being announced and the end of the chart week were enough for 2007 compilation Soul Queen (No.67, 1,336 sales) to make its chart debut, becoming her 13th Top 75 album.   Also new to the chart: Life’s A Trip (No.19, 3,307 sales), the debut album by controversial 19-year-old rapper Trippie Redd; The Great Depression (No.24, 2,230 sales), the third and highest charting album by Brighton band As It Is; High Water 1 (No.43, 1,794 sales) the second album by American rock band The Magpie Salute, whose eponymous 2017 debut reached No.101; Escape (No.45, 1,766 sales), the second album by dance duo Gorgon City, whose 2014 debut, Sirens, reached No.10; and Know (No.46, 1,732 sales), the sixth studio album and fourth chart album for Jason Mraz. Knocked off the top of the overall album chart by Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Now That’s What I Call Music! 100 tops the compilation chart for the fourth time on sales of 27,550 copies. Overall album sales are down 2.36% week-on-week at 1,620,454, 3.32% above same week 2017 sales of 1,568,355. Streaming accounted for 938,755 sales – 57.93% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 4.28% week-on-week at 681,699, 16.24% below same week 2017 sales of 813,851.

Airplay analysis: One Kiss immovable at radio summit

Fifteen weeks after it first topped the radio airplay chart, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s One Kiss is No.1 for the seventh time. The track - which was No.1 for just one week initially and fell as far as No.7 before recovering – has been at the chart apex for the last six weeks. In its latest triumph, it displays mixed signals, with its audience dipping 1.94% from 59.42m to a four-week low of 58.27m, while its plays inch up 1.15% from 6,636 to a best-yet 6,712. When God Is A Woman slid 11-17 last week, it looked as though its bid to become Ariana Grande’s fifth Top 10 hit on the radio airplay chart was over – but it rallies to No.10 this week with a 5.20% increase in plays from 2,981 to 3,136 driving a 12.54% hike in audience from 35.02m to 39.41m. It is indebted to Radio 1, which increased rotation of the track from 17 plays to 26.  Youngblood also reverses direction. The track peaked at No.7 for Australian pop/punk band 5 Seconds Of Summer a fortnight ago, and now eclipses that with an 11-5 jump. It is the only track in the Top 10 to secure double-digit increases in both metrics this week, with plays up 10.76% from 3,735 to 4,137, and audience up 12.89% from 38.41m to 43.36m. It too had a great week on Radio 1, where support swelled from 17 plays to 24. Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin’s four-week run atop the TV airplay chart with I Like It is over. The track dips to No.3 on the chart, which is determined by plays. It was aired 673 times last week, nine fewer than Jax Jones’ Ring Ring (feat. Mabel & Rich The Kid) and DJ Khaled’s No Brainer (feat. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo), which jointly rule the chart, with 682 spins. On its first full week, the video for In My Feelings by Drake was aired 597 times, propelling it 25-5 on the TV airplay chart. The track, which ends its four week run atop the OCC singles chart this week, is also enjoying a belated spurt of growth and a new peak on the radio airplay chart, where it improves 18-14. 

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