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Charts analysis: Aitch chases Ed Sheeran and Stormzy

Take Me Back To London is No.1 for the third straight week for Ed Sheeran feat. Stormzy, becoming the fourth of Sheeran’s eight chart-toppers to spend more than a fortnight at the summit, while increasing his overall tenure of the ...

Charts analysis: Post Malone scores second No.1

Rapper Post Malone scores his second consecutive No.1 album, as third studio set Hollywood’s Bleeding debuts atop the chart on consumption of 33,728 units (including 29,437 from sales-equivalent streams). It does so just 16 months after his second album – Beerbongs & Bentleys – opened its account at the summit with a first-week tally of 43,190 units. In the Top 75 continuously for the 72 weeks that have elapsed since its release, Beerbongs & Bentleys slips a little this week, falling 20-23, with consumption of 2,740 units raising its cumulative tally to 399,824. Malone’s 2016 debut album, Stoney - which had first week sales of 3,066, took eight weeks to make the Top 75 and 45 weeks to secure its only week in the Top 10 – also slips this week, falling 47-59, with consumption of 1,642 units lifting its lifetime tally to 315,201.    Two tracks from Hollywood’s Bleeding that were already in the singles chart are joined by a third, while the primary artist cap means the 24 year-old New Yorker also has 14 tracks ‘starred-out’ of The Top 75. Home-grown rap also makes a big impact this week, with 19-year-old Mancunian Aitch making his album chart debut with second EP, Aitch2O – eight songs and 24 minutes of music, including his introductory Top 10 single, Taste (Make It Shake) - powering to a No.3 debut on consumption of 11,937 units. It’s an impressive first frame for the set, considering his 2017 EP, On Your Marks, failed to make the Top 200.   Charting for the third time since founder member Rick Parfitt's death in December 2016 but for the first time with a studio album, Status Quo secure the 47th Top 75 album of their career, and 25th Top 10 album with Backbone debuting at No.6 (9,049 sales). The band’s other founder member, lead singer and lead guitarist Francis Rossi, continues to lead the band, and turned 70 in May. It is more than four years since her first album, Cry Baby, debuted and peaked at No.32, and although she has still to have a hit single, 24 year old singer/songwriter Melanie Martinez from New York makes a strong No.8 debut (7,470 sales) with follow-up K-12, which is a concept album, following the life of the aforementioned Cry Baby, and addressing issues like bulimia, self-worth and social pressures. Its release was preceded by the release of animated videos of each track, and a 92-minute feature film of the same name. Eight of the nine tracks on Jax Jones’ introductory EP, Snacks, made the Top 75, helping the release to a No.12 peak on the album chart. Newly-supplemented by a full length 15 track version – Snacks (Supersize) – the album finally makes its Top 10 debut, 46 weeks after release, jumping 19-9 (7,128 sales).      With leadership of the album chart changing hands for the fifth week in a row, last week’s top title, Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell!, slides to No.7 (7,974 sales). The rest of the Top 10: No.6 Collaborations Project (2-2, 16,173 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Lover (3-4, 11,459 sales) by Taylor Swift, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (5-5, 9,827 sales) by Lewis Capaldi and When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (9-10, 5,519 sales) by Billie Eilish. Departing the Top 10: Hoodies All Summer (8-35, 2,156 sales) by Kano, Fear Inoculum (4-39, 2,127 sales) by Tool, Definitely Maybe (6-43, 1,944 sales) by Oasis, The Threads (10-79, 1,373 sales) by Sheryl Crow and The SLP. (7-99, 1,126 sales).  Gold (No.11, 4,677 sales) is the fourth Belinda Carlisle compilation to chart, and the ninth solo album chart excursion in all for the 61-year-old who came to fame with The Go-Gos in the 1980s. With 56 tracks, including a new cover of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now, it is the ninth album entitled Gold to chart for the Demon Music Group’s low-price Crimson label since 2014, and the fifth this year, following Showaddywaddy, Hank Marvin, Brotherhood Of Man and Kiki Dee.    Also new to the chart in a busy week: Lost Girls (No.13, 4,342 sales), the fifth album by London singer/songwriter Natasha Khan as Bat For Lashes, after three consecutive Top 10 entries; Another State Of Grace (No.14, 4,234 sales), the fourth straight Top 30 entry for US hard rock quintet Black Star Riders; Free (No.26, 2,548 sales), the 18th studio album and 11th chart entry for legendary 72-year-old Stooges frontman Iggy Pop; Love And Compromise (No.28, 2,422 sales), the second album and first chart entry for Leicestershire R&B singer Mahalia; Valve Bone Woe (No.32, 2,289 sales), a new covers album released the day before her 68th birthday by Pretenders’ mainstay Chrissie Hynde that also credits Valve Bone Woe Ensemble; MOTH (No.57, 1,698 sales), a six-song 20-minute EP by London rapper Professor Green, and his first chart entry since 2014 when Growing Up In Public – the last of his three full-length albums – reached No.12; and The John Peel Sessions 1979-1983 (No.65, 1,510 sales) by Echo & The Bunnymen. Now That’s What I Call Music! 103 is No.1 compilation for the eighth week in a row (5,500 sales). Overall album sales are down 0.96% week-on-week at 1,657,866, 2.49% above same week 2018 sales of 1,617,546. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for a best-ever 1,202,445 sales – a record 72.53% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 10.76% week-on-week at 455,421, 30.53% below same week 2018 sales of 655,538, and a new low for the Kantar Millward Brown era (1994 onwards) for the eighth time this year.

Rising Star: BMG's Dan Owusu

The biz's brightest new talents tell their stories. This week it's the turn of BMG A&R manager Dan Owusu. Why did you choose music? “I just love music and have always wanted to be involved in it. From the age of six or seven, I was active in church singing in the choir and playing the keyboard. My older brother was a garage MC at the time, and I would hear him on different pirate radio stations and think, ‘Yeah, I can do this too.’ He used to teach me how to construct songs and how to write hooks. I learned a lot from him and Mr Wood from Team Salut, who was a childhood friend. He taught me how to produce and engineer. In 2016, I wanted to learn the business side of the industry and venture more into management and A&R, so I applied for a course at the Notting Hill Academy Of Music, which is run by Shabs Jobanputra and Ewan Grant of Relentless Records. They both took a real liking to me, taught and mentored me, and introduced me to a new circle of people, which has helped put me in the position I’m in today.” How easy has it been to get to where you are now? “It hasn’t been easy at all. I definitely heard ‘No’ more than ‘Yes’ in the beginning, or the classic line, ‘Let’s keep talking and building’. The key is to believe in yourself, believe in your ability, be persistent, network and have the right people in your corner. Once you get your foot in the door, it’s down to you to work hard and take shots. Set goals and achieve them.” What’s the key to good A&R? “A wise man once said to me that A&R is all about identifying talent, closing deals, delivering hit records and then repeat. It’s easier said than done! I also believe it’s about having good ears and good taste. Knowing who and what you’re signing. Be a visionary – understand the vision of the artist, the sound and where it can build to. Be there as a support system for the artist.” There’s no longer just one formula that works Why should we be excited about new music in 2019? “Because there are no rules, there’s no longer just one formula that works. There are a lot of exciting new acts coming through, with different sounds and cultures being introduced and accepted by the consumers. The next star can come from anywhere and that is exciting!” What’s your one wish for the music business? “That songwriters and publishers are given a much fairer royalty rate than what’s currently being given.” DANIEL’S RECOMMENDED TRACK:

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