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Charts analysis: Drake spends fifth week at No.1 as God's Plan increases sales

Drake spends his fifth straight week atop the singles chart with God's Plan, which has been in decline for a fortnight but resumes growth on both paid-for sales (up 21.98% at 9,247) and sales-equivalent streams (up 15.01% at 51,066), with ...

Charts analysis: Sales surge for BRITs winners but Greatest Showman holds steady at No.1

In a week when only four new albums mustered enough sales to debut inside the Top 75, and The Greatest Showman soundtrack remains at No.1, the 2018 BRIT Awards triggered some late and much-needed chart action.  Although the end of the trading week came less than 26 hours after the end of the BRITs, they helped to generate increased sales and/or better chart positions for almost all winners as well as many nominees and performers. Some of the albums were on the rise anyway, with pre-awards coverage, TV advertising and retailer promotions all creating a buzz. The most obvious beneficiary was Dua Lipa, who picked up the awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act and performed New Rules. It helped her eponymous debut album to increase consumption 49.31% week-on-week as it surged 11-3 (9,518 sales), surpassing for the first time the No.5 position in which it debuted 37 weeks ago.   Stormzy – who closed the show – also took home two awards, being named British Male Solo Artist while his debut long-player, Gang Signs & Prayers, was named as British Album Of The Year. The album, which was released exactly a year ago and subsequently debuted at No.1 on sales of 68,594, has been in the Top 50 continuously since that time but had fallen five times in a row before the BRITs. It now rallies 41-10 (4,345 sales, an 88.88% increase), achieving its highest chart placing for 47 weeks, while venturing into platinum territory, with to-date sales of 302,156, of which slightly more than half (151,974) are from sales-equivalent streams. International Male Solo Artist Kendrick Lamar's latest album, Damn, was already in the ascendancy, improving its chart position in seven of the previous eight weeks, but his win, and performance of album track Feel, helped Damn – which debuted and peaked at No.2 last April – to end a 28-week absence from the Top 20, jumping 21-14 with sales up 7.03% at 3,885.    Also on the rise: British Single Of The Year winner Rag'N'Bone Man – who performed Skin with assistance from his successor as Critics' Choice Award winner Jorja Smith – re-enters the Top 10 with debut album Human, although its sales are, surprisingly, down by nine to 6,107, as it jumps 12-4; Foo Fighters – who were named Best International Group for the fourth time, and performed The Sky Is A Neighborhood, saw said song's parent album, Concrete And Gold – No.1 on debut last September – increase consumption 26.32% to 1,119 as it jumps 155-87, while their Greatest Hits set surges 53-36, with sales increasing 10.8% to 2,116.  Lower levels recoveries were triggered for Best British Group Gorillaz's May 2017 No.2 album Human, which saw consumption rise 29.36% to 518 sales but remains outside the Top 200 for the eighth week in a row, and Best International Female Solo Artist Lorde's June 2017 No.5 album Melodrama, which advances 119-101 (2,044 sales, a 2.44% dip). British Video Of The Year winner Harry Styles' eponymous solo debut album – No.1 last May – holds at No. 116, with sales off 8.61% at 987. Liam Gallagher's Brits performance of Oasis' Live Forever saw climbs for the group's Time Flies: 1994-2009 (37-27, 2,729 sales) and (What's The Story) Morning Glory? (44-35, 2,262 sales) and his solo debut As You Were (24-17, 3,509 sales).  Ed Sheeran – who picked up only the Global Success Award despite having by far the biggest single and album of the survey period, and performed Supermarket Flowers – remains at No.2 with latest album ÷ which benefitted from Valentine's Day sales in the last frame but failed to match that tally in the latest, with sales off 11.99% at 13,306, an 18-week low. ÷ is No.2 for the 14th time and not No.1 for the 21st time because the Motion Picture Cast recording of The Greatest Showman powers to a seventh straight week atop the chart on sales of 42,604 copies, including 15,496 from sales-equivalent streams. London-based blues/rock quintet The Temperance Movement's third album, A Deeper Cut, is the only new release to debut inside the Top 10, and also delivers the band's first appearance in that part of the chart, opening at No.6 (5,428 sales). Their eponymous debut opened and peaked at No.12 on sales of 6,509 copies in 2013, and follow-up White Bear debuted and peaked at No.18 (7,181 sales) in 2016. Camila Cabello's performance of former chart-topper Havana on BBC1's Graham Norton Show helped her debut solo album Camila to arrest a run of four straight falls in fine fashion, with the album rallying 14-5 (6,020 sales) . Top 10 albums not mentioned hitherto: Man Of The Woods (8-7, 4,618 sales) by Justin Timberlake, Revival (7-8, 4,558 sales) by Eminem and Beautiful Trauma (10-9, 4,357 sales) by Pink.  Meanwhile, the following albums depart the Top 10: The Thrill Of It All (9-11, 4,274 sales) by Sam Smith, Tables Turn (5-16, 3,575 sales) by Fredo, Diamond In The Dirt (4-22, 2,963 sales) by Mist and Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life (3-30, 2,501 sales) by The Wombats. Belle & Sebastian have released three EPs in recent months. Now collected together as How To Solve Our Human Problems Parts 1-3 and on CD for the first time, they earn the Scots veterans their 11th album chart entry, debuting at No.28 (2,626 sales).  No.1 on the budget album chart for the last three weeks, The Cranberries' 2012 Spectrum label compilation Dreams: The Collection saw its sales slide 28.12% week-on-week – but a hike in notional dealer price means it no longer qualifies as a budget title and, instead, makes its regular album chart debut at No.46 (1,766 sales). Everything Is Recorded's self-titled first album includes guest vocals from the likes of Green Gartside, Giggs, Peter Gabriel and Sampha. On the XL Recordings label, it is actually by the label's founder Richard Russell and debuts at No.66 (1,384 sales). American indie quartet Car Seat Headrest make their first chart appearance, debuting at No.68 (1,371 sales) with Twin Fantasy.  MTV Rocks is the No.1 compilation for the fifth straight week on sales of 7,560 copies.  BRITs notwithstanding, overall album sales are down 8.44% week-on-week at 1,620,637, 1.88% above same week 2017 sales of 1,590,693. Streaming accounted for 935,244 sales – a record 57.71% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 17.35% week-on-week at 685,393 – their lowest level since Kantar Millward Brown started compiling sales data for OCC in 1995, and 25.77% below same week 2017 sales of 923,317.

Airplay analysis: Rita Ora and Liam Payne topple Rudimental from chart summit

Rita Ora has spent 10 of the last 11 weeks at No.2 on the radio airplay chart, with solo hit Anywhere spending eight weeks in runners-up position and Liam Payne duet For You two - but the latter disc jumps to No.1 this week, swapping places with Rudimental's These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen) which stormed 9-1 last week and looked to be set for a long run at the summit. Instead, For You secures a surprisingly comfortable victory, with a 31.77% increase in plays from 4,089 to 5,388 driving an 18.80% expansion of its audience from 70.89 million to 84.22m. The 12 stations in the Capital Network are its biggest supporters, with plays from all in the 80-76 range last week, compared to the 63-55 range in the previous frame. Its biggest audience came from Radio 2, where it earned 21.42% of its audience from 11 plays. For You is Ora's third airplay No.1, following How We Do (Party) in 2012 and 2017's Your Song. Surprisingly, it is only Payne's second No.1 – his first came as a member of One Direction, whose Story Of My Life topped in 2013. Payne is the first Directioneer to have a No.1 outside the band – Harry Styles' biggest hit got to No.2, Niall Horan's to No.3, Zayn's to No.5 and Louis Tomlinson's to No.13.  It is nearly two years since Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop The Feeling! achieved the rare distinction of debuting atop the radio airplay chart. It was a position it didn't relinquish for 11 weeks – but Timberlake hasn't been in the Top 10 again until now. His new hit, Say Something – a collaboration with country star Chris Stapleton – reversed 17-28 last week but now surges to No.9, with a 10.95% hike in plays from 2,173 to 2,411 and a 58.19% increase in audience from 28.13m to 44.50m. Say Something is from Timberlake's fifth solo album Man Of The Woods, and is a quickfire follow-up to Filthy, which debuted and peaked six weeks ago at No.15. Also new to the Top 10 is the Marshmello & Anne-Marie collaboration Friends, which debuted last week at No.36 and now leaps to No.10, with plays up 85.77% from 1,75 to 1,997, and audience by a similar 84.54% from 23.87m to 44.05m.  There is no change at the top of the TV airplay chart, where Bruno Mars' Finesse (feat. Cardi B) prevails for the sixth week in a row, slightly increasing its lead over Ramz's Barking. With 701 plays – 10 more than a week ago – Finesse has best tallies of 95 plays on Capital TV, 78 plays on Starz TV and 73 plays on Chartshow Hits.

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