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Charts analysis: Kylie scores ninth No.1 album as Tension hits 53,000 week one sales

We can’t get her out of our heads: more than 35 years after she first stormed to the top of the albums chart, Kylie Minogue racks up her ninth No.1 album with Tension.  The 17th album to debut at No.1 ...

Charts analysis: Doja Cat spends fourth week running at No.1

Female solo artists occupy the top two slots on the singles chart for the seventh week in a row, with Doja Cat’s Paint The Town Red spending its fourth consecutive frame at the apex. Although it notionally received a boost from the release of a CD single – its first physical format – and parent album Scarlet, consumption of Paint The Town Red dipped for the third straight week, falling 2.50% to 48,890 units (559 CDs, 1,076 digital downloads, 47,255 sales-equivalent streams). To-date consumption of the track now stands at 318,283 units, making it her 17th song to surpass the 300,000 mark. Paint The Town Red is, perhaps surprisingly, the first rap single by a female solo artist to spend four weeks at No.1, achieving the feat almost 33 years after Vanilla Ice became the first male to do so with Ice Ice Baby. Another track from Scarlet joins Paint The Town Red in the Top 75, namely Agora Hills (No.29, 11,062 sales), which is Doja Cat’s 21st Top 75 and 16th Top 40 hit. Kenya Grace’s debut hit, Strangers, continues to gain on Paint The Town Red, climbing 3-2 (39,819 sales), while last week’s highest new entry, Greedy, improves 8-5 (28,043 sales) for Canadian singer Tate McRae. Ending an unprecedented sequence which saw female solo acts occupy all of the Top 3 places for six weeks in a row, Cassö, Raye & D-Block Europe reach another new peak with their collaboration, Prada (4-3, 35,165 sales). It also, surprisingly, dethrones Doja Cat (1-2) in Ireland, where Tate McRae holds at No.4, earning the Ministry Of Sound label a 75% share of the Top 4 for the second week in a row. Taking advantage of a somewhat lacklustre top tier, there are re-entries for Disconnect (12-8, 23,655 sales) by Becky Hill and Chase & Status and Baddadan (13-10, 22,777 sales) by Chase & Status and Bou feat. Irah, Flowdan, Trigga & Takura. The rest of the Top 10: Vampire (2-4, 33,188 sales) by Olivia Rodrigo, Adore U (5-6, 26,606 sales) by Fred Again feat. Obongjayar, Cruel Summer (7-7, 26,338 sales) by Taylor Swift and Bad Idea Right? (6-9, 22,814 sales) by Olivia Rodrigo. Falling out of the Top 10 are Get Him Back (9-12, 20,688 sales) by Olivia Rodrigo and America’s current No.1, Slime You Out (10-19, 15,227 sales) by Drake feat. SZA. The highest of seven debuts on the Top 75 this week is Daily Duppy (No.20, 14,013 sales) by Nines feat. GRM Daily. It is the 14th Top 75 entry but only third Top 20 hit for London rapper Nines, and is part of an ongoing series of ‘Daily Duppy’ releases associated with the GRM Daily website which explains the concept thus: “a freestyle series of UK rap (in which) top artists deliver their best lyrics in front of the iconic backdrop’. Nines’ release is the seventh using the title Daily Duppy to make the Top 75, but the first to progress into the Top 20. It is also the seventh Top 75 entry to credit GRM Daily, although only two of the others bear the title Daily Duppy. Altogether, the Daily Duppy series has generated more than 150 releases of that title (with one or two slight variations), which have between them accumulated consumption of 3,658,562 units in the last seven years. The most popular, although it didn’t make the Top 75, was Manchester rapper Aitch’s Daily Duppy, which reached No.99 in 2018, and has consumption to date of 273,390 units. Fredo and J Hus’ Daily Duppy releases are the only other ones to go silver, Fredo’s peaking at No.46 with consumption of 245,500 units, and J Hus’ at No.42, with consumption of 216,772 units.  Sussex singer/songwriter Tom Odell has his first new hit since 2016 and his highest charting single since his 2014 Beatles cover Real Love, with new single Black Friday debuting at No.21 (13,499 sales). It is presumably a track from an upcoming album. All of Odell’s five albums to date have made the Top 10, but none of the last three added to his prior tally of six hits. However, his 2013 debut hit Another Love has enjoyed renewed popularity in the last year after going viral on TikTok and itself climbs 74-61 (6,423 sales) on its 62nd week in the Top 75 in total. Although Another Love never climbed higher than No.10, it has to-date consumption of 2,692,192 units. Black Friday is the first hit to include a day of the week in its title since Surfaces’ Sunday Best reached No.36 in 2020. It is the 27th ‘Friday’ hit, placing that day third in the heptad, trailing only Saturday (41 hits) and Sunday (30 hits). The least popular day is Wednesday, which features in only one hit title, Wednesday Week, No.11 for The Undertones in 1980. Also new to the Top 75: One More Time… (No.28, 11,437 sales), the 14th hit for Blink-182, the title track of their upcoming (ninth) album and their highest-charting single since 2004; rap three-way Triple Threat (No.31, 10,881 sales), the 27th hit for Headie One, the ninth for both K-Trap and Clavish; Got Me Started (No.56, 6,968 sales), the ninth hit for Troye Sivan; and Would You (Go To Bed With Me?) (81-75, 5,684 sales), a remake of Touch And Go’s 1998 No.3 hit, and the first hit for drum & bass pairing Campbell & Alcemist. While Mitski’s album, The Land Is Inhospitable… dives 4-57 on its second week in the chart, a track from it – her debut hit single, My Love Mine All Mine – makes impressive progress in the opposite direction, vaulting 63-34 (10,688 sales). There are also new peaks for Water (24-16, 16,724 sales) by Tyla, City Boys (22-17, 15,630 sales) by Burna Boy, DNA (Loving You) (33-30, 10,993 sales) by Billy Gillies feat. Hannah Boleyn, Park Chinos (50-39, 9,317 sales) by Headie One feat. K-Trap, Back On 74 (60-41, 8,138 sales) by Jungle, Ecstacy (65-52, 7,321 sales) by Suicidal-Idol and I Know (64-62, 6,386 sales) by Travis Scott. Overall singles sales are up 0.53% week-on-week to 26,363,022 units, 11.97% above same week 2022 consumption of 23,544,306 units. Paid-for sales are down 0.09% week-on-week at 265,057 – 7.95% below same week 2022 sales of 287,958.

Charts analysis: Doja Cat makes it three weeks at No.1

Claiming the top three places for the sixth week in a row, seven places in the Top 10 including the highest new entry, and the two biggest climbers within the Top 75, female solo artists continue to dominate the singles chart. Doja Cat is No.1 for the third week in a row with Paint The Town Red, though it suffers its second dip in support in as many weeks, with consumption down 7.82% to 50,144 units (1,120 digital downloads, 49,024 sales-equivalent streams). Olivia Rodrigo remains in second place with former No.1 Vampire (38,068 sales), while South African-born UK singer/songwriter Kenya Grace’s debut hit, Strangers, enjoys another 53.25% increase in consumption to 37,298 units as it soars 12-3. None of Tate McRae’s six previous hits has debuted higher than No.24, but the 20-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter easily surpasses that, and grabs her third Top 10 entry with viral breakout Greedy debuting at No.8 (26,129 sales).   Exes Drake & SZA have teamed up for the first time for Slime You Out, a song about… toxic exes, which dashes to a No.10 debut on consumption of 24,471 units. It is SZA’s 18th hit and Drake’s 134th – a total which puts him in equal second place for most UK Top 75 entries alongside Cliff Richard, with only Elvis Presley ahead. It is also Drake’s 41st Top 10 entry – the most by any rapper – and SZA’s fourth. Cassö, Raye & D-Block Europe reach a new peak for the fifth week in a row with their collaboration, Prada (5-4, 30,180 sales, 14 fewer than last week). It swaps places with Adore U (4-5, 27,990 sales) by Fred Again.. feat. Obongjayar, which, nevertheless, jumps 3-1 on the digital downloads chart (1,203 sales). The rest of the Top 10: Bad Idea Right? (3-6, 27,809 sales) by Olivia Rodrigo, Cruel Summer (6-7, 26,984 sales) by Taylor Swift and Get Him Back! (7-9, 24,990 sales) by Olivia Rodrigo. Exiting the Top 10 are: Desire (8-11, 23,404 sales) by Calvin Harris & Sam Smith, Disconnect (10-12, 22,929 sales) by Becky Hill and Chase & Status and (It Goes Like) Nanana (9-14, 21,871 sales) by Peggy Gou. Previously without a Top 40 hit since 2013, drum & bass icons Chase & Status chalk up their third in 10 weeks with Liquor & Cigarettes (No.31, 9,817 sales). It is their 18th Top 75 hit, the first for 29-year-old co-artist, producer/DJ Hedex – Jack Hedges – from Cambridge and the 11th for featured rapper, ArrDee.  Also new to the Top 75: On My Love (No.38, 8,089 sales), the 15th hit for Swedish singer Zara Larsson, the 60th for French DJ/producer David Guetta, and their second hit collaboration following 2016 No.16 hit This One’s For You; rap collaboration Park Chinois (No.50, 7,192 sales), the 26th hit for Headie One, and the eighth for K-Trap; Anxiety (No.52, 6,928 sales), the third hit for New York rapper Sleepy Hallow and the second for featured guest Doechii; My Love Mine All Mine (No.63, 6,327 sales), the first hit for Japanese-American singer Mitski; and Ecstasy (97-65, 6,176 sales), the debut hit for mysterious newcomer Suicidal-Idol. Songs climbing 30 places within the Top 75 are rare but this week there are two of them: Water (55-24, 12,493 sales), the debut hit for 21-year-old South African singer Tyla; and Snooze, the newly reawakened track by SZA, which debuted at No.56 in February, previously peaked at No.36 in March, and now charges 48-18 (14,495 sales) to become her 10th Top 20 hit after being released in a duet version with Justin Bieber. That total also includes her new collaboration with Drake, Slime You Out, as reported above. Despite its modest chart performance so far, Snooze has amassed consumption of 308,112 units. Three of SZA’s tracks have achieved consumption in excess of a million units: All The Stars, a 2018 No.5 collaboration with Kendrick Lamar (1,499,417 sales); Kiss Me More, a 2021 No.3 pairing with Doja Cat (1,318,171 sales); and her top solo cut, Kill Bill, a No.3 hit in January which reached the target less than a fortnight ago, and has to-date consumption of 1,019,404 units.  There are also new peaks for: Asking (16-15, 19,654 sales) by Sonny Fodera & MK feat. Clementine Douglas, City Boys (23-22, 12,823 sales) by Burna Boy, DNA (Loving You) (43-33, 9,329 sales) by Billy Gillies feat. Hannah Boleyn, I Remember Everything (45-35, 9,052 sales) by Zach Bryan feat. Kacey Musgraves, Rave Out (42-37, 8,243 sales) by Turno x Skepsis x Charlotte Plank, Back On 74 (69-60, 6,515 sales) by Jungle and Million Dollar Bill (70-67, 6,015 sales) by Beyond Chicago, Majestic & Alex Mills. Overall singles sales are down 0.99% week-on-week to 26,224,825 units, 14.53% above same week 2022 consumption of 22,898,349 units. Paid-for sales are down 5.65% week-on-week at 265,297 – 2.84% below same week 2022 sales of 273,046.  

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