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Charts analysis: Beyoncé surges to singles summit with Texas Hold 'Em

Beyoncé hits the jackpot this week, with country-tinged single Texas Hold ‘Em vaulting 9-1 on its first full week of availability, with consumption soaring 111.88% week-on-week to 59,272 units (6,072 digital downloads and 53,200 sales-equivalent streams).  It takes its name ...

Charts analysis: Idles top 20,000 sales with second No.1 album

Both seeking to secure their second No.1 album having failed to do so last time out, Idles and Paloma Faith were locked in an intriguing tussle for superiority all week, Ultimately, the punk quintet formed in Bristol in 2009 won the race comfortably, leaving Faith to contemplate the third No.2 album of her career. Idles’ fifth studio album since their 2017 recording debut, Tangk is a typically energetic but polished affair comprising 11 new songs, with lyrics penned by lead vocalist Joe Talbot, and music written, as usual, by the entire band.  Effecting the 14th change of leadership of the chart in as many weeks, it secured first week consumption of 20,230 units (3,962 CDs, 12,904 vinyl albums, 416 cassettes, 868 digital downloads and 2,080 sales-equivalent streams) to take the title – 40.97% more than its immediate predecessor, Crawler, which debuted and peaked at No.6 on consumption of 14,351 units in 2021, but 25.58% down on the album before that, Ultra Mono, which dashed to the summit in 2020 with first week consumption of 27,182 units. Unchanged since before their recording career began, the Anglo/Welsh band’s line-up consists of Talbot (39), bass guitarist Adam Devonshire (39), lead guitarist Mark Bowen (36), rhythm guitarist Lee Kiernan (36) and drummer Jon Beavis (32). Including their live album, A Beautiful Thing, they have had four Top 10 and six Top 75 albums, with cumulative sales of 294,414 units. Their biggest seller, second album Joy As An Act Of Resistance, reached No.5 in 2018 and is poised to go gold in the next few weeks, having achieved to-date consumption of 98,441 units. Their success has come despite their complete absence from the singles chart – the nearest thing they have to a hit is Never Fight A Man With A Perm, the fifth single from Joy As An Act Of Resistance, which has racked up consumption of 112,974 units to date. Their only track to make the Top 200 of the radio airplay chart, Model Village, reached No.82 in 2020. By contrast, Paloma Faith has racked up 15 OCC Top 75 singles – though none since 2018 – and 26 Top 75 radio airplay hits. Despite her higher profile, and the fact that she appeared on Jonathan Ross’s ITV chat show last Saturday (February 17) to talk and sing Sweatpants, the opening track from her new album, The Glorification Of Sadness, the album was eventually fairly well beaten, debuting at No.2 on consumption of 14,247 units.  It is the sixth straight Top 10 album for the 42-year-old London singer/songwriter since her 2009 debut, Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? opened at No.14 on sales of 17,326 copies, peaking three weeks later at No.9. 2012 follow-up Fall To Grace and 2014 third album A Perfect Contradiction both debuted and peaked at No.2 on first week sales of 35,024 and 37,527, respectively; The Architect sold 39,544 copies topping the chart in 2017; and her last album, Infinite Things, debuted and peaked at No.4 on consumption of 15,916 copies in 2020. Three of Faith’s albums have gone double platinum, namely A Perfect Contradiction (813,469 sales), Do You Want The Truth… (776,151 sales) and Fall To Grace (756,207 sales). Although it secured her best first week and only No..1, The Architect trails in fourth place (462,243 sales).       Liverpool alt-rock quartet Crawlers – Holly Minto (24), Liv May (23), Amy Woodall (22) and Harry Breen (25) – open at No.7 (6,278 sales) with their first full length album, fifteen months after reaching No.22 with six song EP, Loud Without Noise. Biographical music drama Bob Marley: One Love has opened to mixed reviews but is a box office hit, and has a galvanising effect on the titular hero’s (and band The Wailers’) albums, most noticeably propelling Legend – his 1984 hits set, which spent 12 weeks at No.1 – to jump 18-6, climbing for the sixth consecutive week to return to the Top 10 after an absence of 184 weeks, with consumption up 57.22% week-on-week to 7,377 units.  Meanwhile, Marley’s ninth studio album, Exodus – source of much of the music used in the film – returns to the chart at No.36 (3,002). It reached No.8 on its initial chart run in 1977 and has been absent from the Top 75 since 30th anniversary special editions helped it to reach No.44 in 2007. Widely regarded as Marley’s best studio album, it is certainly his most popular, with Kantar (Millward Brown) era consumption of 513,322 units in the last thirty years, with nearest challengers being 1978 follow-up Kaya (280,046 sales) and 1973’s Catch A Fire (123,001 sales). Three Marley tracks have Kantar era consumption in excess of a million copies: Three Little Birds (from Exodus, 1,643,101 units), Could You Be Loved (from 1980 set Uprising, 1,205,283 units) and Is This Love (from Kaya, 1,103,006 units). The first two return to the singles chart this week, Could You Be Loved at No.51 (9,331 sales), and Three Little Birds at No.56 (8,318 sales), having exited ACR.   The rest of the Top 10: Stick Season (1-3, 11,270 sales) by Noah Kahan, The Highlights (4-4, 10,267 sales) by The Weeknd, Vultures 1 (2-5, 10,154 sales) by Kanye West & Ty Dolla Sign, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) (6-8, 5,947 sales) by Taylor Swift, 50 Years: Don’t Stop (10-9, 5,351 sales) by Fleetwood Mac, and Curtain Call: The Hits (8-10, 5,274 sales) by Eminem. Exiting the Top 10: Midnights (7-11, 5,250 sales) by Taylor Swift, Diamonds (9-12, 5,160 sales) by Elton John, Prelude To Ecstasy (5-26, 3,911 sales) by The Last Dinner Party and last week’s No.3, What Happened To The Beach? by Declan McKenna, which washes up outside the Top 200 (907 sales).  Essex indie rockers Pet Needs’ first two albums failed to chart and sold fewer than 1,000 copies each but the Colchester quartet have conducted a canny ‘Bottom Of The Pops’ campaign to chart their third album, Intermittent Fast Living, which duly debuts at No.17 (4,699 sales) this week.  Formed in 2016, the group includes siblings Johnny and George Marriott, who jointly wrote all of the songs on Intermittent Fast Living. Also new to the Top 75: Love Is The Call (No.22, 4,283 sales), the seventh album and fifth chart entry for Liverpool trio Cast, whose current members – John Powers, Liam Tyson and Keith O’Neill – all first joined more than 40 years ago; 2093 (No.24, 4,015 sales), the fourth album and second chart entry for 23-year-old Californian trap rapper Yeat; The Circus And The Nightwhale (No.30, 3,510 sales), the 20th solo chart entry for 74-year-old singer/songwriter Steve Hackett, who was a member of Genesis from 1970 to 1977; Be Right Here (No.31, 3,382 sales), the eighth studio album and seventh chart entry for Atlanta country/rock band Blackberry Smoke; True Stories (No.34, 3,130 sales), the first album by Huddersfield rapper Booter Bee; Feed The Streets (No.45, 2,791 sales), the third album and second chart entry for London rapper Rimzee; This Is Me…Now (No.55, 2,504 sales), the first studio album in a decade, and 10th chart album in total for 54-year-old singer/actress Jennifer Lopez; and Nu King (No.69, 2,275 sales), the fifth studio album and sixth chart entry for Jason Derulo.  The soundtrack to Amazon Prime animation hit Hazbin Hotel: Season 1 is No.1 compilation for the third week in a row, with consumption of 6,801 units (123 digital downloads, 6,678 sales-equivalent streams).  Overall album sales are down 1.60% week-on-week at 2,393,384, 11.56% above same week 2023 sales of 2,145,345. Physical product accounts for 292,351 sales, 12.21% of the total.  

Charts analysis: Noah Kahan's magnificent seven weeks at top of singles rundown

While his newly-expanded album Stick Season reaches No.1 for the first time, the single of the same name racks up a seventh straight week atop the singles chart for Noah Kahan, with consumption falling 0.44% week-on-week to 70,862 units (238 7-inchers, 64 CDs, 1,544 digital downloads and 69,016 sales-equivalent streams), Stick Season also becomes the first song by Kahan to achieve consumption in excess of one millio., ending the week on 1,029,729 units (6,408 7-inchers, 493 CDs, 17,155 digital downloads and 1,005,673 sales-equivalent streams). It is the 1,356th track to achieve a seven-figure sale since Kantar (Millward Brown) first started compiling the chart, 30 years ago this month.   Stick Season is now the longest-running, entirely self-penned chart-topper by a male solo artist ever, surpassing Lionel Richie’s Hello in 1984. Michael Jackson’s Earth Song in 1995/1996 and Ed Sheeran’s Perfect in 2017, all of which reigned for six weeks. The only solo artist to spend longer at No.1 with an entirely self-penned song is Australian singer/songwriter Toni Watson who, as Tones & I, spent 11 weeks at No.1 in 2019/20 with her introductory smash, Dance Monkey.  Stick Season’s runner-up for the fourth week in a row, and fifth time in the last six weeks is Murder On The Dancefloor by Sophie Ellis-Bextor. The 2001/2 leviathan’s consumption is down for the fourth week in a row, falling 3.72% week-on-week despite its first-time release on 7-inch attracting 2,002 sales, a new CD drawing 778 sales and a new Pnau mix helping its streams. Stick Season and Murder On The Dancefloor’s dual domination is set to end, however, with both moving to ACR next week. Released with little fanfare during the Superbowl last Sunday, Beyonce’s two new songs represent a change of direction for her, and have met with differing chart fortunes this week. Both are country-tinged, and of the two Texas Hold ‘Em has by far the better reaction, debuting at No.9 on consumption of 26,066 units. That is 152.90% more than 16 Carriages (No.44, 10,307 sales). Both tracks are trailers for her upcoming, eighth studio album, Renaissance Act II, which drops at the end of next month. She has now had 81 Top 75 singles, 56 Top 40 singles and 36 Top 10 singles, including her Destiny’s Child output, in a little under 26 years. Texas Hold ‘Em is No.1 on digital downloads (3,180 sales), while 16 Carriages is No.11 (889 sales). Benson Boone’s first Top 10 hit, Beautiful Things, continues to grow at a fast pace, climbing 5-3 as it increases consumption 34.33% week-on-week to 40,246 units. Ditto, YG Marley’s debut hit, Praise Jah In The Moonlight, which is up 9-5 with consumption accelerating 14.19% to 28,777 units. The rest of the Top 10: Lose Control (3-4, 39,565 sales) by Teddy Swims, Prada (6-6, 27,845 sales) by Cassö, Raye & D-Block Europe, Cruel Summer (10-7, 26,822 sales) by Taylor Swift, Greedy (8-8, 26,808 sales) and Yes, And? (7-10, 24,416 sales) by Ariana Grande. Moving up to seventh on Taylor Swift’s personal biggest-sellers list with consumption of 1,361,567 units, Cruel Summer has now spent 25 weeks in the Top 10, 10 more than Swift’s second longest-runner Anti-Hero (15 weeks), and more than all but eight singles in chart history.  This week’s biggest ACR casualty, Lovin On Me, is the only song to exit the Top 10, falling 4-28 (15,155 sales) for Jack Harlow.  Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign’s collaborative album, Vultures 1, swoops to a No.2 debut, while spinning-off a trio of new Top 20 hits for the pair. They are: Carnival (No.12, 22,764 sales), Burn (No.17, 18,222 sales) and Back To Me (No.18, 17,410 sales). They increase West’s tally of Top 75 entries to 71, and Ty Dolla $ign’s to 20. Thirty-five of West’s hits have made the Top 20, compared to seven of Ty Dolla $ign’s. All of Ty Dolla $ign’s have been collaborations. 12 of the other 13 songs on Vultures 1 are ‘starred-out’ of the Top 75. Noah Kahan scores his seventh Top 75 and fourth Top 40 hit with Forever (No.31, 13,111 sales), the most popular of the new tracks added to his Stick Season album.  Co-writer of a number of hits – including Pitbull & Kesha’s 2014 No.1 Timber - and a recording artist in her own right sporadically for 15 years, 35-year-old R&B singer/songwriter Muni Long from Florida reached No.41 with debut hit Hrs And Hrs, two years ago this month. She has her second with Made For Me, which debuts at No.62 (7,462 sales), 21 weeks after release, after going viral on TikTok.  Also new to the Top 75: Abracadabra (No.37, 11,318 sales), the third hit for Wes Nelson and the 32nd for featured guest, Craig David; Heaven Or Hell (No.47, 9,474 sales), the eighth hit for K-Trap; Make You Mine (No.50, 9,104 sales), the third hit for Madison Beer; Birds In The Sky (78-55, 7,799 sales), the first hit for Irish dance duo NewEra; Dance Alone (No.60, 7,548 sales), the 26th hit for Sia, and the 61st for Kylie Minogue; and One Call (82-64, 7,408 sales), the first hit for 20-year-old rapper Rich Amiri, from Atlanta. Based on Coolio’s 1995 OCC No.1 smash Gangsta’s Paradise – which was, in turn, based on Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song Pastime Paradise – Alibi improves 16-15 (20,909 sales) for Ella Henderson & Rudimental this week. There are also new peaks for: Whatever (28-24, 15,911 sales) by Kygo & Ava Max, Home (40-34, 12,026 sales) by Good Neighbours, Incredible Sauce (69-65, 7,366 sales) by Giggs feat. Dave and Coal (80-73, 7,118 sales), which previously peaked at No.75 for Dylan Gossett.  After making a rare return to the spotlight to perform her iconic hit at the Grammy Awards alongside Luke Combs, whose cover was a hit last year, Fast Car re-enters at No.38 (11,308 sales) for Tracy Chapman. No.5 when first released in 1988, the track reached a new peak of No.4 after being covered by Michael Collings on Britain’s Got Talent in 2011, and last made the Top 75 in 2015.   Overall singles consumption is up for the sixth week in a row, climbing 1.88% week-on-week to 29,181,901 units, its third highest level ever and 11.62% above same week 2023 consumption of 26,144,734 units. Paid-for sales are up 0.95% week-on-week at 292,202 – 2.59% below same week 2023 sales of 299,986.  

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