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  • UK OCC Charts: 31st December 2021 - 6th January 2022

    Starting the thread now as the chart is being revealed on Radio 1 after a week of no midweek news at all.

    full singles and albums charts will be posted in this thread later

    links:
    https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/singles-chart/
    https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/albums-chart/

    (plenty of other specialist charts also on OCC site)

    [i forgot to put an event tag on it but what difference does it make, really?]

  • #2
    https://www.officialcharts.com/chart...-with-__34856/

    31 December 2021
    Ed Sheeran reclaims Official Albums Chart Number 1 with =

    Fewer than 500 chart sales separated Ed and Adele this week.
    By George Griffiths
    Ed Sheeran reclaims Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart with = (Equals).

    Ed’s fourth album earns its second total week at Number 1, having hovered at Number 2 for the past three weeks.



    At the time of its debut, Equals became the UK’s fastest-selling album of the year, although it was overtaken just a few weeks later by Adele’s 30 - which finishes this week at Number 2 with fewer than 500 chart sales between the two releases.

    Michael Buble rises one place to Number 3 this week with Christmas, its highest peak of the year. Also rising this week are Little Mix, jumping up four places with greatest hits Between Us at Number 5.
    MORE: All the Number 1 albums


    This week sees several albums rising back into the Top 10; Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour is up 10 to Number 6, D-Block Europe’s Home Alone 2 vaults 12 to Number 7, Queen’s Greatest Hits is up 6 to Number 8, and Elton John’s Diamonds best-of is up twenty places to Number 9.

    Outside of the Top 10, several more chart mainstays have also experienced a surge in the Christmas holidays - these include Ed Sheeran’s Divide (11), ABBA’s Gold (12) and Fleetwood Mac’s 50 Years: Don’t Stop (15).

    Further down, Greatest hits compilations 1 by The Beatles (30) and Twenty Five by the late George Michael (32) also enjoy major uplifts this week, with the latter collection re-entering following the fifth anniversary of the much-loved singer’s death.

    Christmas spirit is of course alive and well on the Official Albums Chart: Frank Sinatra’s Ultimate Christmas is this week’s biggest climber, flying up a massive 64 places to Number 33, a new peak. Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey is breaking back into the Top 40 with Merry Christmas rising 25 to Number 34, and finally, Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics is up 54 places to Number 36.

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    • #3
      Chris Rea has finally made the top ten!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Blondini View Post
        Chris Rea has finally made the top ten!
        and so has Andy Williams!

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        • #5
          Brenda Lee makes top 5 after a 59 year climb!

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          • #6
            Bah humbug at the number one.

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            • #7
              https://www.officialcharts.com/chart...double__26932/

              31 December 2021
              Every artist who has scored the Official UK Chart double

              From Elvis to Adele, look back over every act to score a Number 1 on the Official Singles and Albums Charts in the same week.
              By Rob Copsey
              Scoring the Official Chart Double - landing at Number 1 on the singles and albums charts in the same week is a feat only the very biggest artists at the top of their game can pull off; those who have garnered mass general public support.

              Stormzy became the first act of the 2020s decade to do the double. He was followed by Eminem, Drake, Ariana Grande and Olivia Rodrigo, who in May 2021 achieved the chart double with her debut album Sour and single Good 4 U.



              Adele also secured a chart double with her blockbuster album 30 and the single Easy On Me. It's the second time the singer has landed a chart double, having previously secured the Number 1 spot on the singles and albums chart with Someone Like You and 21 respectively.

              The latest artist to score the dual feat is Ed Sheeran; who closed the last chart day of 2021 out by topping the Official Albums Chart with = for a second non-consecutive week, while his duet with Elton John Merry Christmas also topped the Official Singles Chart once more.

              The very first chart double in the UK was achieved by Elvis Presley, when both his G.I. Blues soundtrack album and its spin-off single Wooden Heart were at Number 1 on the singles and albums chart simultaneously.

              MORE: Every Number 1 single in UK chart history

              Elvis regularly appeared at the top of both charts in the early '60s, before The Beatles took over the reigns in the mid-late '60s. Looking down the rest of the list, its clear who were the big hitters of each decade: ABBA and Queen crossed the '70s and '80s, Madonna pops up across multiple decades, and there are a sprinkling of artists who were hugely successful but only for a brief period, including Duffy, Akon and Mika.

              SEE LINK FOR FULL LIST

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              • #8
                All main albums charts are not updating on OCC site.

                EDIT: they're appearing now. One man updating everything at Christmas hols?
                Last edited by Blondini; Fri December 31, 2021, 18:22.

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                • #9
                  ^ Still no Albums, Streaming Albums and Physical Albums.

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                  • #10
                    Official Singles Chart Top 100
                    31 December 2021 - 06 January 2022


                    The Official UK Top 100 chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company, based on official sales of downloads, CDs, vinyl, audio and video streams.

                    https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/singles-chart/

                    1 2 4* Ed Sheeran and Elton John ~ Merry Christmas
                    2 3 80**(105) Wham! ~ Last Christmas ***
                    3 4 115 Mariah Carey ~ All I Want For Christmas Is You *** ****
                    longest run by a solo female
                    4 7 108**(118) The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl ~ Fairytale Of New York ***
                    5 9 60 Brenda Lee ~ Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree *** ****
                    reaches top 5 59 years after first charting
                    6 8 84 Shakin' Stevens ~ Merry Christmas Everyone ***
                    7 11 47 Michael Bublé ~ It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas ***
                    8 10 6 George Ezra ~ Come On Home For Christmas
                    9 15 47 Andy Williams ~ It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year ***
                    10 12 68 Chris Rea ~ Driving Home For Christmas ***
                    11 13 48 Elton John ~ Step Into Christmas ***
                    12 14 93**(94) Band Aid ~ Do They Know It's Christmas? ***
                    13 16 29 Ariana Grande ~ Santa Tell Me ***
                    14 6 7 Gayle ~ ABCDEFU
                    15 17 69**(89) Wizzard ~ I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday ***
                    16 22 21 Bobby Helms ~ Jingle Bell Rock ***
                    17 23 43 Paul McCartney ~ Wonderful Christmastime ***
                    18 19 31 Kelly Clarkson ~ Underneath The Tree ***
                    19 27 5 Olivia Dean ~ The Christmas Song
                    20 21 34 Leona Lewis ~ One More Sleep ***
                    21 24 113 Slade ~ Merry Xmas Everybody ***
                    22 26 49**(84) John and Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir ~ Happy Xmas (War Is Over) ***
                    23 29 20 The Ronettes ~ Sleigh Ride ***
                    24 38 5 Camila Cabello ~ I'll Be Home For Christmas
                    25 34 15 José Feliciano ~ Feliz Navidad ***
                    26 33 24 Michael Bublé ~ Holly Jolly Christmas ***
                    27 36 29 Dean Martin ~ Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! ***
                    28 RE 3 Fireboy DML and Ed Sheeran ~ Peru ****
                    remix out featuring Sheeran who is credited at label's request(?)
                    29 1 2 LadBaby ft Ed Sheeran and Elton John ~ Sausage Rolls For Everyone
                    30 18 24 Sam Fender ~ Seventeen Going Under
                    31 39 33 Justin Bieber ~ Mistletoe ***
                    32 42 18 Darlene Love ~ Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) ***
                    33 20 8 ArrDee ~ Flowers (Say My Name)
                    34 43 32 Jona Lewie ~ Stop The Cavalry ***
                    35 41 7 Sia ~ Snowman ***
                    36 25 6 D-Block Europe ft Central Cee ~ Overseas
                    37 40 5 Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande ~ Santa, Can't You Hear Me?
                    38 28 11 Adele ~ Easy On Me ***
                    39 48 13 Frank Sinatra ~ Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! ***
                    40 31 9 Ed Sheeran ~ Overpass Graffiti

                    41 30 9 SwitchOTR ~ Coming For You (feat. A1 x J1)
                    42 37 16 Ed Sheeran ~ Shivers ***
                    43 32 9 Acraze ft Cherish ~ Do It To It
                    44 49 9 Taylor Swift ~ Christmas Tree Farm
                    45 44 20 Elton John and Dua Lipa ~ Cold Heart ***
                    46 35 4 D-Block Europe ft AJ Tracey ~ Make You Smile
                    47 45 9 Joel Corry ft Mabel ~ I Wish
                    48 55 50 Bing Crosby ~ White Christmas ***
                    49 54 18 The Jackson 5 ~ Santa Claus Is Coming To Town ***
                    50 57 18 Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters ~ It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas ***
                    51 56 28**(32) Mud ~ Lonely This Christmas ***
                    52 60 10 Jess Glynne ~ This Christmas
                    53 46 7 Imagine Dragons ft JID ~ Enemy
                    54 67 18 Nat "King" Cole ~ The Christmas Song ***
                    55 59 27 Kylie ~ Santa Baby ***
                    56 64 11 Justin Bieber ~ Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree ***
                    57 62 5 Jonas Brothers ~ Like It's Christmas
                    58 53 39 Coldplay ~ Christmas Lights ***
                    59 66 30 Pretenders ~ 2000 Miles ***
                    60 63 27**(38) Boney M. ~ Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord ***
                    61 68 4 Michael Bublé ~ The Christmas Sweater
                    62 47 6 Adele ~ I Drink Wine
                    63 70 5 Carrie Underwood ~ Favorite Time Of Year
                    64 52 12 Justin Bieber ~ Ghost
                    65 51 6 Adele ~ Oh My God
                    66 NE 1 Carolina Gaitán, La Gaita, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and Encanto Cast ~ We Don't Talk About Bruno
                    67 74 6 Chuck Berry ~ Run Rudolph Run ***
                    68 50 7 Taylor Swift ~ All Too Well (Taylor's Version)
                    69 61 25 The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber ~ Stay ***
                    70 72 19 Cliff Richard ~ Mistletoe and Wine ***
                    71 73 3 Mabel ~ Time After Time
                    72 65 59 Glass Animals ~ Heat Waves ***
                    73 82 14 Eartha Kitt ~ Santa Baby ***
                    74 84 17 Elvis Presley ~ Blue Christmas ***
                    75 75 52 East 17 ~ Stay Another Day ***

                    76 58 12 Lost Frequencies ft Calum Scott ~ Where Are You Now?
                    77 80 34 The Darkness ~ Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End) ***
                    78 87 9**(14) Bruce Springsteen ~ Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town ***
                    79 85 14 Katy Perry ~ Cozy Little Christmas ***
                    80 NE 1 Daryl Hall & John Oates ~ Jingle Bell Rock ***
                    81 86 13 The Waitresses ~ Christmas Wrapping ***
                    82 97 2 Britney Spears ~ My Only Wish (This Year) ***
                    83 92 19 Greg Lake ~ I Believe In Father Christmas ***
                    84 91 9 Chris De Burgh ~ A Spaceman Came Travelling ***
                    85 NE 1 Jessica Darrow ~ Surface Pressure
                    86 71 16 Ckay ~ Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) ***
                    87 96 2 Mariah Carey ~ Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) ***
                    88 RE 2**(8) Queen ~ Thank God It's Christmas ***
                    89 93 2 Ava Max ~ Christmas Without You
                    90 NE 1 Central Cee ~ Daily Duppy
                    91 RE 6 Liam Payne ft Dixie D'Amelio ~ Naughty List
                    92 RE 5 Dolly Parton ft Michael Bublé ~ Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas
                    93 RE 2 Stevie Wonder ~ What Christmas Means To Me ***
                    94 RE 2 Tony Bennett ~ Winter Wonderland ***

                    95 100 4 Mariah Carey ft Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson ~ Oh Santa!
                    96 RE 3 ABBA ~ Little Things
                    97 RE 2 Summer Walker ~ I Want To Come Home For Christmas

                    98 NE 1 Alessia Cara ~ Jingle Bell Rock
                    99 NE 1 Leona Lewis ft Ne-Yo ~ Kiss Me, It's Christmas

                    100 77 33 Olivia Rodrigo ~ Good 4 U


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                    Official Albums Chart Top 100
                    31 December 2021 - 06 January 2022


                    The UK's Top 100 biggest artist albums of the week is compiled by the Official Charts Company, based on sales of CDs, downloads, vinyl and weighted audio streams.

                    https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/albums-chart/

                    1 2 9* Ed Sheeran ~ =
                    2 1 6 Adele ~ 30
                    3 4 98 Michael Bublé ~ Christmas
                    4 3 8 ABBA ~ Voyage
                    5 9 7 Little Mix ~ Between Us
                    6 16 32 Olivia Rodrigo ~ Sour
                    7 19 6 D-Block Europe ~ Home Alone 2 [mixtape]
                    8 14 978 Queen ~ Greatest Hits
                    9 29 216 Elton John ~ Diamonds
                    10 10 11 Coldplay ~ Music Of The Spheres
                    11 30 252 Ed Sheeran ~ ÷ (Divide)
                    12 22 1026 ABBA ~ Gold: Greatest Hits
                    13 21 921 Fleetwood Mac ~ Rumours
                    14 7 10 Elton John ~ The Lockdown Sessions
                    15 36 163 Fleetwood Mac ~ 50 Years: Don't Stop
                    16 8 5 Westlife ~ Wild Dreams
                    17 27 220 Adele ~ 25
                    18 32 47 The Weeknd ~ The Highlights
                    19 31 27 Doja Cat ~ Planet Her
                    20 20 12 Sam Fender ~ Seventeen Going Under
                    21 17 6 James Blunt ~ The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021)
                    22 18 7 Taylor Swift ~ Red (Taylor's Version)
                    23 23 433 Arctic Monkeys ~ AM
                    24 11 6 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss ~ Raise The Roof
                    25 25 3 Juice Wrld ~ Fighting Demons
                    26 15 6 Oasis ~ Knebworth 1996 (live)
                    27 40 494 Eminem ~ Curtain Call: The Hits
                    28 13 3 Paul Weller with Jules Buckley and The BBC Symphony Orchestra ~ An Orchestrated Songbook
                    29 26 12**(65) The Beatles ~ Let It Be
                    30 50 347 The Beatles ~ 1
                    31 6 7 Rod Stewart ~ The Tears Of Hercules
                    32 62 245 George Michael ~ Twenty Five
                    33 97 6 Frank Sinatra ~ Ultimate Christmas
                    34 59 15 Mariah Carey ~ Merry Christmas
                    35 51 92 Dua Lipa ~ Future Nostalgia
                    36 90 6 Bing Crosby ~ Christmas Classics
                    37 38 454 Amy Winehouse ~ Back To Black
                    38 57 434 Oasis ~ Time Flies... 1994-2009
                    39 28 372 Nirvana ~ Nevermind
                    40 47 17 Drake ~ Certified Lover Boy

                    41 37 107 Harry Styles ~ Fine Line
                    42 53 26 Tom Grennan ~ Evering Road
                    43 54 137 Lewis Capaldi ~ Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
                    44 44 1010 Bob Marley and The Wailers ~ Legend
                    45 45 308 Adele ~ 21
                    46 48 22 Billie Eilish ~ Happier Than Ever
                    47 55 23 Dave ~ We're All Alone In This Together
                    48 66 528 Michael Jackson ~ Number Ones
                    49 RE 3 Nat "King" Cole ~ The Christmas Song
                    50 58 78 Pop Smoke ~ Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon
                    51 RE 16 Kylie ~ Disco
                    52 52 521 Oasis ~ (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
                    53 5 6 Andre Rieu and His Johann Strauss Orchestra ~ Happy Together
                    54 43 267 David Bowie ~ Legacy
                    55 65 28 Whitney Houston ~ I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston
                    56 74 231 Taylor Swift ~ 1989
                    57 68 13 The Script ~ Tales From The Script: Greatest Hits
                    58 88 54 Taylor Swift ~ Evermore
                    59 67 390 Ed Sheeran ~ ×
                    60 76 15 Lil Nas X ~ Montero
                    61 61 41 Justin Beber ~ Justice
                    62 78 17 Anne-Marie ~ Therapy
                    63 42 7 Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak) ~ An Evening with Silk Sonic
                    64 56 372 Arctic Monkeys ~ Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
                    65 79 222 Maroon 5 ~ Singles
                    66 71 75 Taylor Swift ~ Folklore
                    67 RE 2 Bing Crosby ~ The Voice Of Christmas: The Complete Decca Christmas Songbook
                    68 83 56 D-Block Europe ~ The Blue Print - Us vs. Them
                    69 RE 142 Elvis Presley ~ The 50 Greatest Hits
                    70 87 239 Dua Lipa ~ Dua Lipa
                    71 60 144 Billie Eilish ~ When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
                    72 24 8 Gregory Porter ~ Still Rising - The Collection
                    73 77 73 Arctic Monkeys ~ Favourite Worst Nightmare
                    74 RE 2 King's College Choir, Cambridge ~ Essential Carols: The Very Best Of King's College Choir, Cambridge
                    75 46 544 Pink Floyd ~ The Dark Side Of The Moon
                    76 93 222 Bruno Mars ~ Doo-Wops & Hooligans
                    77 12 5 Gary Barlow ~ The Dream Of Christmas
                    78 49 45**(143) The Beatles ~ Abbey Road
                    79 92 177 Billie Eilish ~ Don't Smile At Me
                    80 35 12 Jamie Cullum ~ The Pianoman At Christmas
                    81 RE 4 The War On Drugs ~ I Don't Live Here Anymore
                    82 RE 95 Harry Styles ~ Harry Styles
                    83 RE 128 Ed Sheeran ~ No. 6 Collaborations Project

                    84 91 77 Juice Wrld ~ Legends Never Die
                    85 33 34 Rag'n'Bone Man ~ Life By Misadventure
                    86 99 368 Sam Smith ~ In The Lonely Hour
                    87 RE 21 KSI ~ All Over The Place
                    88 NE 1 King's College Choir, Cambridge ~ Classic FM: Carols From King's
                    89 63 64 Sam Fender ~ Hypersonic Missiles
                    90 86 57**(225) The Stone Roses ~ The Stone Roses
                    91 85 109 Dermot Kennedy ~ Without Fear
                    92 64 3 Neil Young and Crazy Horse ~ Barn
                    93 82 223 Adele ~ 19
                    94 RE 188 XXXTentacion ~ ?
                    95 NE 1 Nas ~ Magic
                    96 RE 88 The Kid Laroi ~ F*ck Love / Savage / Over You [mixtape]
                    97 84 437 Foo Fighters ~ Greatest Hits
                    98 RE 6 King's College Choir, Cambridge ~ Christmas At King's
                    99 RE 209 Katy Perry ~ Teenage Dream

                    100 NE 1 King's College Choir, Cambridge ~ Carols From King's College, Cambridge



                    here's the video streaming chart
                    here's the overall streaming chart

                    Source: OCC / Radio 1

                    Text source: BuzzJack (edited and refined by your host)

                    *Weeks on top 100 chart as listed on OCC site.
                    **Complete total of all entries in brackets.
                    ***ACR affected tracks.
                    ****Notes on special re-entries or other trivia
                    Last edited by Blondini; Fri December 31, 2021, 21:27.

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                    • #11
                      Albums are now on OCC site but BuzzJack are still catching up posting them.

                      For some reason Ed Sheeran now has FOUR main artist credits on the singles chart as the remix of Fireboy DML's Peru with added Sheeran vocal charts - it will likely be top 3 next week.

                      OCC changed their rules to avoid him charting too much and now they've changed them again to accommodate him.

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                      • #12
                        Well the Ed Sheehan no.1 is the unknown one… with an all Christmas top 13 we could lose all 13 songs next week.
                        1 Ofenbach |2 Harry Styles |3 Tom Aspaul |4 Harry Styles |5 Harry Styles

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                        • #13
                          Ed follows Mabel and Becky Hill to make his last album GH collection (just added MC to =, probably will do with Taylor Swift collab). that's why he's #1 this week
                          KUBA'S CHART

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                          • #14
                            Albums now updated. Rather than wait for BuzzJack, i did the whole chart myself.

                            Happy 2022!

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                            • #15
                              The sales reports have now been posted on Music Week. Unfortunately I no longer have a subscription with them so can't read the full reports. Here's all I can access:


                              Charts analysis: Ed Sheeran & Elton John's Merry Christmas achieves third week at No.1

                              by Alan Jones
                              Saturday, Jan 1st 2022 at 1:19PM

                              Christmas is over but the passion for Christmas songs is evidently not. Despite the fact that only the first day of the chart week was pre-Christmas, the second day was Christmas itself, and the last five days were post-Christmas, seasonal songs make their biggest impression ever on the chart.

                              We are in unchartered territory as the top 13 songs in the chart are Christmas-related, with Ed Sheeran & Elton John’s Merry Christmas resuming at the summit on consumption of 82,780 ...


                              Charts analysis: Ed Sheeran secures charts double victory for 11th time in his career

                              by Alan Jones
                              Saturday, Jan 1st 2022 at 1:18PM

                              Eight weeks after debuting at No.1, Ed Sheeran’s = (Equals) returns to the summit, ending the five week reign of Adele’s 30.

                              With his Elton John duet Merry Christmas returning to the top of the singles chart, Sheeran performs the double for the 11th time in his career, and the first time since 2019 when No.6 Collaborations Project topped the album chart and Khalid pairing Beautiful People was No.1 single. Sheeran is the third act to do the double ...


                              which admiitedly isn't much...

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                              • #16
                                The full MW reports by Alan Jones:

                                Singles

                                Christmas is over but the passion for Christmas songs is evidently not. Despite the fact that only the first day of the chart week was pre-Christmas, the second day was Christmas itself, and the last five days were post-Christmas, seasonal songs make their biggest impression ever on the chart.

                                We are in unchartered territory as the top 13 songs in the chart are Christmas-related, with Ed Sheeran & Elton John’s Merry Christmas resuming at the summit on consumption of 82,780 units. It is the track’s third week at No.1 in all, and means that Ed Sheeran has spent 19 weeks at No.1 in 2021 – all of them in the second half of the year. The only artist to spend longer at No.1 in a calendar year is Frankie Laine, who spent 27 weeks at the summit when the chart was in its infancy in 1953.

                                Elton & Ed were, of course, No.1 last week too as featured guests on LadBaby’s Sausage Rolls For Everyone, which emulates the Nottingham act’s three previous hits by absenting itself from the Top 20 immediately after its No.1 debut. Falling 1-29 (24,578 sales), it follows LadBaby’s introductory 2018 hit We Built This City, 2019’s We Built This City and 2020’s Don’t Stop Me Eatin’, which had second week slumps of 1-21, 1-57 and 1-78, respectively.

                                On an even playing field without ACR, Merry Christmas would be No.7 this week, with Wham!’s Last Christmas (3-2, 66,432 sales) and Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You (4-3, 62,214 sales) taking the top two slots on unadjusted consumption of 132,262 and 123,720. Dating from 1984 (Wham!) and 1994 (Carey), they overcame ACR to spend their first ever week at No.1 last year.

                                Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree advances 9-5 (45,544 sales), surpassing the No.6 peak it scaled when it first charted in 1962, while George Ezra’s Come On Home For Christmas also achieves a new high, climbing 10-8 (41,933 sales).

                                Neither Andy Williams’ 1963 recording It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year nor Chris Rea’s 1988 recording Driving Home For Christmas has managed to breach the Top 10 hitherto but Williams’ track was No.10 on the last of the week’s sales flashes yesterday with Rea just 11 sales behind in 11th place. In the end, BOTH made it, with It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year advancing 15-9 (40,026 sales) in the week to reach a new high for the second week in a row, while Driving Home For Christmas’ 12-10 move (39,884 sales) see it eclipse the No.11 peak it scaled in both 2018 and 2020.

                                The rest of this week’s Top 10: Fairytale Of New York (7-4, 45,688 sales) by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl, Merry Christmas Everyone (8-6, 45,329 sales) by Shakin’ Stevens and It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (11-7, 41,933 sales) by Michael Buble.

                                It is the first time in chart history that the entire Top 10 is made up of Christmas songs. The previous record of nine Christmas songs in the Top 10 was set in the last week of 2019, and equalled in the last week of 2020 and the first week of 2021, when the sole dissenters were Stormzy, The K**ts and Little Mix, respectively. The threshold for Top 10 status this week – 39,884 – is the 12th highest of the 1,148 weeks that have thus far elapsed in the 21st century, and the highest since Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day was No.10 this week in 2019, on sales of 45,156. The highest of the entire century? That would be the 58,319 tally posted by Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande, exactly nine years ago.

                                There are new records for the number of songs that have titles and or lyrics that mention Christmas in the Top 40 (33) and the Top 75 (52). This tally doesn’t include tracks like Stay Another Day or Mabel’s Time After Time, sales of which are fuelled by its use in the McDonald’s Christmas advert but which is not in itself Christmassy.

                                Gayle’s debut hit Abcdefu is unable to resist the tidal wave of Christmas-related tracks and slides 6-14 (34,040 sales), making it the only regular (non-Christmas) release in the Top 20. Expect it to bounce back next week, unlike this week’s other exiteers LadBaby (see above) and The K**ts, whose charming expletive-laden Boris Johnson Is Still A F**king C**t goes from No.5 to nowhere, the exact same trajectory they followed with last year’s similarly-titled Boris Johnson Is A F**king C**t.

                                There are just two bona fide new entries to the Top 75 this week: Peru by Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran (of which more below), and We Don’t Talk About Bruno (No.66, 11,974 sales), a track from the Encanto soundtrack performed by Adassa, Beatriz, Mauro Castillo, Rhezy Feliz, Carolina Gaitan & Diane Guerrero (OCC credit: Gaitan/Castillo/Adassa/Feliz).

                                Released in August, Peru scraped into the Top 100 for the first time for Nigerian star Fireboy DML eight weeks ago, and reached its prior peak of No.89 five weeks ago. With prior consumption of 66,971 units, the track is the highest new entry on the Top 75 this week, debuting at No.28 (24,697 sales). It is now credited to Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran, with the latter singing the third verse of the track and adding vocal seasoning elsewhere on a new mix. Sheeran, of course, is also No.1 with Elton John (Merry Christmas) and No.29 on LadBaby’s Sausage Rolls For Everyone, where he and Elton get a ‘featuring’ credit. He also continues to chart with Overpass Graffiti (31-40, 20,139 sales) and Shivers (37-42, 19,629 sales). Does that mean Sheeran is a primary artist on four tracks? Apparently not, according to the OCC. It states that Peru is a Fireboy DML release but adds that “we agreed to change the credit in the chart to the remix version as it is the remix that has powered the track into the Top 40. How tracks are actually listed is up to the releasing company, whether it is feat., &, x or other. We do not change these as they may be contractual.”

                                In a nutshell despite the billing, Fireboy DML is a primary artist and Ed Sheeran a secondary artist on the track. Peru is Ed Sheeran’s 61st hit in total, and eighth in 2021 – or not…

                                The one Ed Sheeran track that is ‘starred-out’ this week – between No.46 and No.47 – is Bad Habits, which spent 11 weeks at No.1 earlier this year, and emerges as the No.1 single of 2021, with total consumption of 1,722,738 units placing it ahead of Olivia Rodrigo’s Good 4 U (1,394,252 sales) and Drivers License (1,303,844 sales) in the top three. Sheeran also had the No.1 single of 2017 with Shape Of You (3,265,405 sales). Last year’s No.1 single – Blinding Lights by The Weeknd – is No.9 for this year with 947,832 sales in the latest year raising its lifetime consumption to 3,250,454 units. The Weeknd’s biggest 2021 hit, Save Your Tears, No.2 in June, is the year’s No.4 single on consumption of 1,141,541 units.

                                Olivia Dean’s debut hit The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) reaches a new peak for the fourth week in a row, climbing 27-19 (30,012 sales).

                                There are also new peaks for Jingle Bell Rock (22-16, 31,345 sales) by Bobby Helms, Sleigh Ride (29-23, 28,144 sales) by The Ronettes, I’ll Be Home For Christmas (38-24, 27,404 sales) by Camila Cabello, Feliz Navidad (34-25, 26,177 sales) by Jose Feliciano, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (36-27, 26,071 sales) by Dean Martin, Snowman (41-35, 21,838 sales) by Sia, Santa Can’t You Hear Me (40-37, 20,970 sales) by Kelly Clarkson & Ariana Grande, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (48-39, 20,246 sales) by Frank Sinatra, Christmas Tree Farm (49-44, 18,841 sales) by Taylor Swift, The Christmas Sweater (68-61, 13,759 sales) by Michael Buble, Favorite Time Of The Year (70-63, 12,838 sales) by Carrie Underwood and Time After Time (73-71, 10,854 sales) by Mabel.

                                While the singles chart is more Christmassy than ever, radio is deserting seasonal songs in droves, with Merry Christmas plunging 1-18 for Ed & Elt, being replaced at the summit by Joel Corry & Mabel’s I Wish (4,267 plays, 43.6m. audience impressions). It’s Corry’s third No.1, Mabel’s second.

                                Singles consumption is down 3.77% week-on-week at 23,924,330 units – 1.19% above same week 2020 consumption of 23,643,695 units. Paid-for sales are down 29.65% week-on-week at 374,874 – 44.17% below same week 2020 sales of 671,487.


                                Albums

                                Eight weeks after debuting at No.1, Ed Sheeran’s = (Equals) returns to the summit, ending the five week reign of Adele’s 30.

                                With his Elton John duet Merry Christmas returning to the top of the singles chart, Sheeran performs the double for the 11th time in his career, and the first time since 2019 when No.6 Collaborations Project topped the album chart and Khalid pairing Beautiful People was No.1 single. Sheeran is the third act to do the double this year, following Olivia Rodrigo (Sour/Good 4 U) and Adele (30/Easy On Me), both of whom extended their double reigns to a fortnight.

                                In the top three throughout its career thus far, = was behind 30 in all of the week’s sales flashes but emerged victorious even though its consumption of 24,178 units (9,991 CDs, 1,095 vinyl, 2,275 digital downloads, five cassettes and 10,812 from sales-equivalent streams) was its lowest yet.

                                Dipping 1-2 (23,755 sales), 30 achieves platinum certification, with a to-date tally of 600,056 sales ensuring that it is the No.1 album of 2021, with = (432,495 sales) in second place and Abba’s Voyage – which eases 3-4 (11,518 sales) in the latest frame - finishing third (400,475 sales).

                                It is the fourth time Adele has had the No.1 album for a year, the previous instances being in 2011 when 21 sold 3,772,346 copies to take the title, 2015 when 25 sold 2,495,899 copies and 2016 when 25 triumphed again, on sales of a further 753,194 copies. Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent was the No.1 album for both 2019 (640,892 sales) and 2020 (455,914 sales) and ranks 16th this year, with a further 167,455 copies sold.

                                30’s 37,772 vinyl sales place it second in the format’s annual rankings behind Voyage (40,104 sales), with Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 warhorse Rumours in third place, after selling 34,592 units. Adding those sales to its previous year’s tally of 32,505, Rumours is the biggest-selling vinyl album of the 2020s to date (67,097 sales), with Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black (52,498 Sales) in second place. Rumours is also the biggest selling album of vinyl in the 21st century, with 203,840 sales in the survey period. Back To Black is second here too (182,687 sales), with Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic, Dark Side Of The Moon, in third place (152,736 sales).

                                While Adele has the overall No.1 album of the year, and Abba the No.1 vinyl album, Ed Sheeran tops the artist rankings with consumption of his albums in the year of 899,633 units. Adele is second (866,158), with Taylor Swift third (740,310), Abba fourth (745,338) and The Beatles fifth (619,205).

                                But we digress…back on the weekly chart there are returns to the Top 10 for Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour (16-6, 5,323 sales), D-Block Europe’s Home Alone 2 (19-7, 4,597 sales), Queen’s Greatest Hits (14-8, 4,469 sales) and Elton John’s Diamonds (29-9, 4,445 sales). Sour’s jump sees it in the Top 10 for the first time in eight weeks. For so long the No.1 album of the year, it ends up in fourth place, on consumption of 395,323 units, making it the biggest-selling debut album of 021. Queen’s Greatest Hits ends an 18 week absence from the Top 10, while Diamonds is back after a 25 week interval.

                                Elsewhere in the Top 10, there are climbs for Christmas (4-3, 17,484 sales) by Michael Buble and Between Us (9-5, 6,180 sales) by Little Mix, with Music Of The Spheres by Coldplay completing the top tier static at No.10 (4,062 sales).

                                Presumably buoyed by their potential as gifts in the past few weeks, there are now Top 10 departures for The Lockdown Sessions 7-14, 3,710 sales) by Elton John, Wild Dreams (8-16, 3,568 sales) by Westlife, The Tears Of Hercules (6-31, 2,585 sales) by Rod Stewart and Happy Together (5-53, 1,984 sales) by Andre Rieu & The Johann Strauss Orchestra.

                                There was a time when the first chart after Christmas would see seasonal titles in rapid decline. That was more pronounced in the era when the chart comprised only on physical sales. It seems people are now more inclined to continue to listen to seasonal music through to the end of the year, hence the best placing of the year yet for Michael Buble’s Christmas (4-3, as documented above).

                                Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas almost matches its initial 1994 No.32 peak by jumping 59-34 (2,431 sales).

                                Frank Sinatra’s Ultimate Christmas (previous peak: No.51 in 2020) leaps 97-33 (2,450 sales); Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics (No.69 in 2019) advances 90-36 (2,403 sales) to become his first Top 40 album since 1979 while his 1998 release The Voice Of Christmas: The Complete Decca Christmas Songbook (No.84, 2019) enters the Top 75 for the first time (179-67, 1,684 sales); Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song (No.51 in 2007) advances 130-49 (2,071 sales); 2002 release Essential Carols: The Very Best Of King’s College Choir, Cambridge (No.94 in 2013) makes the Top 75 for the first time (128-74, 1,617 sales). Aided by the screening of a new Carols From King’s on BBC2 on Christmas Eve, and 2014 documentary Sixty Years Of Carols From King’s on BBC4, also on Christmas Eve, seven more albums from the choir enter the Top 200, four of them for the first time.

                                Elsewhere, chaos reigns with, in addition to those cited above, 24 albums making double digit climbs, with more than a dozen heading equally fast in the opposite direction.

                                There’s no change at the top of the compilation chart, where Now That’s What I Call Music 110 claims a sixth week at No.1 (4,681 sales). It is under threat, however, with new Disney animated fantasy soundtrack Encanto enjoying a 174.53% increase in consumption week on week to 3,277 units as it jumps to No.2, having previously progressed 133-35-33-31-20.

                                Overall album sales slump 21.20% week-on-week to 1,845,156 – 20.68% below same week 2020 sales of 2,326,141. Physical product accounted for 403,349 sales, 21.86% of the total.
                                Last edited by Blondini; Sat January 1, 2022, 16:15.

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                                • #17
                                  Released in August, Peru scraped into the Top 100 for the first time for Nigerian star Fireboy DML eight weeks ago, and reached its prior peak of No.89 five weeks ago. With prior consumption of 66,971 units, the track is the highest new entry on the Top 75 this week, debuting at No.28 (24,697 sales). It is now credited to Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran, with the latter singing the third verse of the track and adding vocal seasoning elsewhere on a new mix. Sheeran, of course, is also No.1 with Elton John (Merry Christmas) and No.29 on LadBaby’s Sausage Rolls For Everyone, where he and Elton get a ‘featuring’ credit. He also continues to chart with Overpass Graffiti (31-40, 20,139 sales) and Shivers (37-42, 19,629 sales). Does that mean Sheeran is a primary artist on four tracks? Apparently not, according to the OCC. It states that Peru is a Fireboy DML release but adds that “we agreed to change the credit in the chart to the remix version as it is the remix that has powered the track into the Top 40. How tracks are actually listed is up to the releasing company, whether it is feat., &, x or other. We do not change these as they may be contractual.”
                                  What utter b*ll*cks. There are scores of hits that have been made so by a remix and they never changed the credits of them. Body for example. I should be deploying my brackets arsenal this week with "Fireboy DML (and Ed Sheeran)".
                                  Last edited by Blondini; Sat January 1, 2022, 16:17.

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                                  • #18
                                    There was a time when the first chart after Christmas would see seasonal titles in rapid decline. That was more pronounced in the era when the chart comprised only on physical sales. It seems people are now more inclined to continue to listen to seasonal music through to the end of the year, hence the best placing of the year yet for Michael Buble’s Christmas (4-3, as documented above).
                                    Clearly this only applies to certain kinds of artists. Look at the huge drop for Gary Barlow as well as Andre Rieu and Rod Stewart. People were buying them as gifts as they did back in the days Alan refers to.
                                    Last edited by Blondini; Sat January 1, 2022, 16:23.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Blondini View Post
                                      The full MW reports by Alan Jones:


                                      Albums


                                      While Adele has the overall No.1 album of the year, and Abba the No.1 vinyl album, Ed Sheeran tops the artist rankings with consumption of his albums in the year of 899,633 units. Adele is second (866,158), with Taylor Swift third (740,310), Abba fourth (745,338) and The Beatles fifth (619,205).
                                      How can Taylor be 3rd being 5k behind ABBA?

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by SholasBoy View Post
                                        Well the Ed Sheehan no.1 is the unknown one… with an all Christmas top 13 we could lose all 13 songs next week.
                                        song is still quite high on Spotify so might be in the top 40 next week. All the other festive songs have vanished.

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                                        • #21
                                          So without ACR, Christmas songs probably make up the top 28 songs.

                                          01 Wham! - Last Christmas
                                          02 Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You
                                          03 The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York
                                          04 Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
                                          05 Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
                                          06 Michael Bublé - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
                                          07 Ed Sheeran & Elton John - Merry Christmas
                                          08 Andy Williams - It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
                                          09 Chris Rea - Driving Home for Christmas
                                          10 Elton John ~ Step Into Christmas
                                          11 Band Aid ~ Do They Know It's Christmas?
                                          12 Ariana Grande ~ Santa Tell Me
                                          13 Wizzard ~ I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
                                          14 Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock
                                          15 Paul McCartney ~ Wonderful Christmastime
                                          16 Kelly Clarkson ~ Underneath The Tree
                                          17 Leona Lewis ~ One More Sleep
                                          18 Slade ~ Merry Xmas Everybody
                                          19 John and Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir ~ Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
                                          20 The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride
                                          21 José Feliciano - Feliz Navidad
                                          22 Michael Bublé ~ Holly Jolly Christmas
                                          23 Dean Martin - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
                                          24 Justin Bieber ~ Mistletoe
                                          25 Darlene Love ~ Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
                                          26 Jona Lewie ~ Stop The Cavalry
                                          27 Sia - Snowman
                                          28 George Ezra - Come On Home for Christmas
                                          29 Adele ~ Easy On Me
                                          30 Frank Sinatra - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

                                          Gayle is probably not in the Top 40, but will probably be no.1 next week (even though Adele will probably be above it - but of course not after ACR).
                                          Last edited by braindeadpj; Sun January 2, 2022, 05:56. Reason: Added probably as it may just sneak into the top 40...

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                                          • #22
                                            Of course without ACR, ED still did the double in 2019, but it was I Don't Care rather than Beautiful People. I Don't Care was in its first week of ACR which made it the 4th best selling Ed track and so was starred out (re-entering at no.2 the following week when it was reset to SCR due to its increased streams the previous week - under current rules it would of course have been reset to SCR the same week and so would not have been excluded and would have been the no.1 in its own right).
                                            Last edited by braindeadpj; Sat January 1, 2022, 22:22.

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                                            • #23
                                              Buzzjacks includes a post that shows the breakdown of streams for equals and confirms that Bad Habits being counted adds 3,000 + equivalent sales to Ed's total confirming that equals is only number 1 because Merry Christmas was added.

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                                              • #24
                                                There was a time when the first chart after Christmas would see seasonal titles in rapid decline. That was more pronounced in the era when the chart comprised only on physical sales. It seems people are now more inclined to continue to listen to seasonal music through to the end of the year, hence the best placing of the year yet for Michael Buble’s Christmas (4-3, as documented above).
                                                Originally posted by Blondini View Post

                                                Clearly this only applies to certain kinds of artists. Look at the huge drop for Gary Barlow as well as Andre Rieu and Rod Stewart. People were buying them as gifts as they did back in the days Alan refers to.
                                                I don't really get how "it seems people are now more inclined to continue to listen to seasonal music through to the end of the year".. The Bublé album is charting high because of massive streams during the christmas days. The fact that "there was a time when the first chart after Christmas would see seasonal titles in rapid decline" is simply because back then only pure sales were counted instead of consumption during the holidays itself. I don't think listening behaviour has changed and consumption of seasonal music after christmas is probably as low as it used to be... he should have checked for the share of streaming units for "Christmas".

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                                                • #25
                                                  Yes and as everyone who's followed the singles charts for several decades would recognise, in the sales-only era -especially the physical one - it would sometimes take seasonal songs a month or two after Christmas to leave the published weekly charts. A Christmas number one which debuted in Xmas week or one/two/three prior would likely still register at least ten consecutive weeks in the Top 75, stillfor some reason accruing paid sales well into January or even February. Whereas now, it's virtually guaranteed that all seasonal songs charting in the first week of the new year will vanish completely from the published listing, as their presence in November/December was almost wholly due to streaming, which rather than tailing off more gracefully evaporates to nearly zero after 31st December. So I'd argue the opposite - festive tracks faired far better post-holiday in the sales era compared to streaming - but the huge difference is how dominant they now are in the lead-up, due to en-masse repeated listens.

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