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Charts analysis: The Vamps score second No.1 album

Their hitmaking days may be long beyond them (All Night from 2016 was their last Top 40 hit record) but The Vamps continue to command a fan loyalty that is second to none. If we count the two versions of ...

Charts analysis: Internet Money edge out Headie One at singles summit

An enforced void at the top means room for a new No.1, so it is congratulations to Lemonade from American label collective Internet Money, which emerges victorious from a tight chart battle after a 10-week chart climb. However, the chart sale that takes it to the top is a mere 38,052 (of which just 828 are paid downloads). That’s the smallest tally for a No.1 single since Jess Glynne's I'll Be There reached the summit in June 2018 with a sale of 37,959 - three weeks before video streams were added to the survey. The primary version of Lemonade credits Don Toliver, Gunna and Nav with the vocal performance, this the first chart-topper for all three, but we should also acknowledge the contribution of the remix which replaces the Gunna and Nav verses with a new vocal from Roddy Ricch and which accounts for 15% of the track's consumption. It means a narrow miss for Headie One as Ain't It Different (feat. AJ Tracey and Stormzy) spends a second week at No.2. The midweek gap between the Top 2 was measured in hundreds but the British stars end the week 1,676 sales behind the leaders after posting a chart sale of 36,376. A clearout of the Top 10 leaves room for virtually everyone else to be upwardly mobile. There are new chart peaks this week for You Broke Me First by Tate McRae (No.3, 30,275 sales), What You Know Bout Love by Pop Smoke (No.4, 28,204 sales), Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus (No.5, 28,159 sales) and Holy by Justin Bieber (No.7, 26,858 sales). New to the Top 10 are See Nobody by Wes Nelson & Hardy Caprio (No.6, 27,575 sales) and Tick Tock by Clean Bandit, which finally arrives after a nine-week climb. The track is No.8 with 24,708 sales, a 10th Top 10 hit for Grace and friends and a sixth and second respectively for guest stars Mabel and 24kGoldn. Sigala claims an eighth Top 10 single as Lasting Lover rises to No.10 (24,299 sales), it is the seventh for guest singer James Arthur. It means the only faller is last week's No.1 hit Mood, although as you might have guessed this is an ACR-induced tumble, the 24,344 sales it posts to chart at No.9 would otherwise be boosted to 47,420 to leave it comfortably still at the summit. The week’s most downloaded hit is, however, former No.1 Head & Heart, the Joel Corry/MNEK track exposed to a brand new audience this by way of a Strictly Come Dancing performance. Officially No.11 with 24,116 sales, it would be No.2 in a non-ACR world. The leading light of the 1011/CGM collective, Digga D has the honour of the highest new entry of the week as he lands his fifth chart single and second of the year to date. Chingy (It's Whatever) takes a bow a No.18 with 17,474 sales. Teased 24 hours prior to release as a Snapchat Featured Sound, Lonely becomes Justin Bieber's second concurrent hit single as it lands at No.19 as the next highest new entry. It is Bieber's 64th chart single but only the fourth for featured guest Benny Blanco, here charting for the first time since March 2019. Social media stars Chunkz and Yung Filly hop from Soccer Aid to pop mainstream with their second and biggest chart hit so far. After debuting with No.67 hit Clean Up back in the spring, they are new this week at No.29 (12,543 sales) with Hold.  Another week, another teaser track for Little Mix's new album as Happiness lands at No.58 (6,813 sales) to prompt a few more pre-orders of its forthcoming parent. Somehow you feel the sky would fall in if we went a week without a chart entry featuring a Drake co-vocal, so let's be thankful for the presence of You're Mines Still from debuting Alabamian rapper Yung Bleu which is new at No.59 (6,707 sales). The Canadian megastar's performer's credit means he continues to appear on four concurrent chart hits, all as a featured guest. Someone To You by Liverpudlian musician Michael "Banners" Nelson was first released in 2017 but finally makes a long overdue chart bow at No.60 (6,602 sales) to finally break the duck of the man who is arguably the master of sync, his music regularly popping up in TV series, movie trailers and in commercials. Not3s and AJ Tracey have collaborated on two chart hits in the past (most notably 2018 Top 20 single Butterflies) and this week at a third as the former's One More Time sneaks in at No.65 (6,142 sales). Also new this week: PMW from M Huncho and Nafe Smallz (No.67, 6,015 sales), Heat Waves from Glass Animals (No.68, 6,003 sales) and Train Wreck from James Arthur (No.69, 5,957 sales). Singles sales are down 0.98% to 20,820,389. Paid sales are similarly down 0.93% but that means another new low for the download era, their numbers totalling a mere 408,851.  Subscribers can access all the latest charts here.

Charts analysis: Headie One is No.1 - rapper tops UK Albums charts with full-length debut Edna

For the ninth week in a row, we have a new album at the top of the charts. Headie One has previously reached the albums chart four times with a variety of mixtapes and collaborative EPs, but his debut full-length studio album, Edna now takes him to the summit for the very first time. As is the norm for modern rap records, this is an album consumed mostly digitally. Fully 14,026 of its posted 15,494 chart sales come thanks to calculated streams. Another London-based rap act debuting with their first full-length album are D-Block Europe who arrive at No.2 with The Blueprint – Us Vs Them; it posts 10,901 sales, once again the bulk of those streamed. As with Headie One, this is the duo’s fifth album chart entry, their three previous mixtapes having all reached the Top 10 with ease. John Lennon would have turned 80 this month, and the occasion is marked with a new retrospective. Gimme Some Truth sees his most famous solo records returned to basics, remixed by wife Yoko Ono and son Sean from the original masters. Available in both single and double CD editions, the album lands at No.3 to become the first Lennon album to reach the Top 10 since Lennon Legend reached No.4 in 1997. It’s his highest charting album since The John Lennon Collection topped the charts in in November 1982. Both the Headie One and D-Block Europe albums run to over 20 tracks apiece, so it is almost as if Travis are making a virtue of brevity by titling their latest album after its more traditional running time. 10 Songs is their ninth studio album, the first to feature frontman Fran Healy as the primary lyricist in 17 years. It charts at No.5 with 8,775 sales to become the band’s ninth Top 10 album in total. The 1980s was the theme of this year’s National Album Day and the resultant set of special editions accounts for a surprising number of this week’s new entries. Leading the charge are Dire Straits whose box set The Studio Albums 1978-1991 was released on CD for the very first time this week, having first appeared as a limited edition eight LP set back in 2013. The result is the group’s first Top 10 album for 22 years, reaching No.9 (4,904 sales). It is their highest charting album of any kind since hits collection Sultans Of Swing – The Very Best Of reached No.6 in 1998. Album Day releases also account for the arrival of Tears For Fears’ 1989 epic The Seeds Of Love at No.13 (4,056 sales) in a new super-deluxe four CD edition, its highest chart position in almost exactly 31 years. Also repackaged are the self-titled debuts from both Iron Maiden (No.20, 3,624), The Stone Roses (No.26, 3,011 sales) and Duran Duran (No.71, 1,568 sales). There are also new Essential compilations from UB40 (No.30, 2,866 sales) and ABC (No.62, 1,708 sales) while Ultravox’s Vienna returns at No.49 (2,104 sales). It has been 10 years since the last Suede hits collection charted and, as its title suggests, Beautiful Ones – The Best Of 1992-2018 is their widest-ranging yet, with selections from all their albums to date. It lands at No.16 (3,820 sales). Baltimore indie crew Future Islands have been active since 2006, but their UK chart career has been confined to a brace of Top 40 albums – Singles (2014 and their biggest seller here) and The Far Field (2017). As Long As You Are is their sixth studio LP and charts at No.22 (3,332 sales). Linkin Park’s debut album Hybrid Theory is 20 years old this year, and to celebrate it has been reissued in a special anniversary edition, paired with a new remix album Reanimation and takes its bow at No.25 (3,075). The new bundle charts separately to the original, which reappears at No.47 with 2,118 sales. It originally climbed to No.4 in November 2011, a year after release. Having landed back-to-back Top 10 albums with their last two releases (including a No.1 for Cartwheels in 2016) British country duo Ward Thomas go slightly into reverse with their fourth album Invitation, which lands at No.29 (2,961 sales). Remix albums are the order of the day for Foals, who have spent the summer drip-feeding the digital release of three volumes of reworked catalogue tracks, all of which have now been combined on a limited edition triple LP. The Collected Reworks achieves something its individual predecessors failed to do and registers on the albums chart, landing at No.54 (1,971 sales). Nick ‘Sub Focus’ Douwma breaks a seven-year silence with collaborative effort Portals (No.68, 1610 sales), each of its tracks a co-production with fellow dubstep wizard Wilkinson. Albums sales edge down 1.12% to 1,822,367. Physical purchases account for 391,441 of that total, representing 21.48% of the market. Click here to access Music Week's full range of charts.

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