UK OCC Charts: 8th - 14th December 2017

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Postby Blondini » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:03 pm

Official Singles Chart Top 100
08 December 2017 - 14 December 2017

The UK's Top 100 biggest songs of the week is compiled by the Official Charts Company, based on sales of downloads, CDs, vinyl and audio streams. Tune into the UK Top 40 on BBC Radio 1 and MTV.

http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/

1 3 30* Ed Sheeran ft Beyoncé ~ Perfect
2 NE 1 Rak-Su ft Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy ~ Dimelo
3 2 7 Rita Ora ~ Anywhere
4 1 18 Camila Cabello ft Young Thug ~ Havana
5 22 83 Mariah Carey ~ All I Want For Christmas Is You
6 29 50**(75) Wham! ~ Last Christmas
7 4 17 Marshmello ft Khalid ~ Silence
8 5 11 Big Shaq ~ Man's Not Hot
9 6 6 Clean Bandit ft Julia Michaels ~ I Miss You
10 55 86**(91) The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl ~ Fairytale Of New York
11 10 13 MK ~ 17
12 9 6 Selena Gomez and Marshmello ~ Wolves
13 16 7 NF ~ Let You Down
14 8 9 Stormzy ~ Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2 (feat. MNEK)
15 13 17 Mabel ft Kojo Funds ~ Finders Keepers
16 85 43**(68) Band Aid ~ Do They Know It's Christmas?
17 12 12 Post Malone ft 21 Savage ~ Rockstar ***
18 17 15 Khalid ~ Young Dumb & Broke
19 15 9 Charlie Puth ~ How Long?
20 11 2 James Arthur ~ Naked
21 87 59 Shakin' Stevens ~ Merry Christmas Everyone
22 18 15 CamelPhat and Elderbrook ~ Cola
23 23 5 Dave ft MoStack ~ No Words
24 98 66 Wizzard ~ I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
25 21 22 Dua Lipa ~ New Rules ***
26 25 2 Craig David ft Bastille ~ I Know You
27 27 8 Lil Pump ~ Gucci Gang
28 34 5 Raye ft Mr Eazi ~ Decline
29 54 6 Pink ~ Beautiful Trauma
30 7 13 Sam Smith ~ Too Good At Goodbyes ***
31 36 18 Pink ~ What About Us? ***
32 20 4 Eminem ft Beyoncé ~ Walk On Water
33 30 4 Jason Derulo ft French Montana ~ Tip Toe
34 32 5 Sam Smith ~ One Last Song
35 19 16 CNCO and Little Mix ~ Reggaetón Lento ***
36 24 22 J Balvin and Willy William ft Beyoncé ~ Mi Gente
37 26 7 Liam Payne ~ Bedroom Floor
38 14 13 Zayn ft Sia ~ Dusk Till Dawn ***
39 NE 1 Louis Tomlinson ~ Miss You
40 35 5 David Guetta and Afrojack ft Charli XCX and French Montana ~ Dirty Sexy Money

41 NE 1 Ramz ~ Barking
42 RE 37 Brenda Lee ~ Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree ***
43 38 48 Ed Sheeran ~ Shape Of You ***
44 33 17 Avicii ft Rita Ora ~ Lonely Together ***
45 RE 20 Michael Bublé ~ It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas ***
46 37 17 Stefflon Don ft French Montana ~ Hurtin' Me ***
47 40 11 Post Malone ~ I Fall Apart ***
48 41 6 Not3s ~ My Lover
49 NE 1 G-Eazy & Halsey ~ Him & I
50 53 2 Steel Banglez ft Yungen, MoStack, Mr Eazi and Not3s ~ Bad
51 42 4 Elbow ~ Golden Slumbers
52 66 7 Taylor Swift ~ Gorgeous
53 59 14 Taylor Swift ~ …Ready For It?
54 28 14 Maroon 5 ft SZA ~ What Lovers Do ***
55 44 7 Hailee Steinfeld ft Alesso, Florida Georgia Line and Watt ~ Let Me Go
56 43 34 French Montana ft Swae Lee ~ Unforgettable ***
57 NE 1 Jax Jones ft Ina Wroldsen ~ Breathe
58 39 5 N.E.R.D. ft Rihanna ~ Lemon
59 45 19 21 Savage ~ Bank Account
60 RE 6 Ariana Grande ~ Santa Tell Me ***
61 69 4 J Hus ~ Bouff Daddy
62 RE 87**(91) Slade ~ Merry Xmas Everybody ***
63 RE 24 Elton John ~ Step Into Christmas ***
64 52 34 Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft Justin Bieber ~ Despacito ***
65 67 2 Post Malone ~ Candy Paint
66 86 38 Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson ~ Symphony ***
67 49 19 Portugal. The Man ~ Feel It Still
68 RE 45 Chris Rea ~ Driving Home For Christmas ***
69 48 18 Logic ft Alessia Cara and Khalid ~ 1-800-273-8255 ***
70 31 8 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds ~ Holy Mountain
71 51 8 Matt Terry ~ Sucker For You
72 57 23 Yungen ft Yxng Bane ~ Bestie ***
73 61 9 Giggs ft Donae'o ~ Linguo
74 RE 12 Justin Bieber ~ Mistletoe ***
75 RE 12 Leona Lewis ~ One More Sleep ***

76 RE 27**(57) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir ~ Happy Xmas (War Is Over) ***
77 NE 1 PrettyMuch ft French Montana ~ No More
78 NE 1 Sia ~ Santa's Coming For Us

79 RE 21 Paul McCartney ~ Wonderful Christmastime ***
80 RE 24 Andy Williams ~ It's the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year ***
81 NE 1 Martin Garrix and David Guetta ft Jamie Scott and Romy ~ So Far Away
82 60 3 Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato ~ Échame La Culpa
83 RE 18 Coldplay ~ Christmas Lights ***
84 RE 29 Bing Crosby ~ White Christmas ***
85 NE 1 Big Boi ft LunchMoney Lewis ~ All Night
86 63 12 Paloma Faith ~ Crybaby
87 NE 1 Taylor Swift ft Ed Sheeran and Future ~ End Game
88 70 30 Ed Sheeran ~ Galway Girl ***
89 68 22 Travis Scott ~ Butterfly Effect
90 62 9 Sam Smith ~ Pray
91 RE 8 Kelly Clarkson ~ Underneath the Tree ***
92 47 2 Little Mix ~ Is Your Love Enough?
93 56 16 Chris Brown ~ Questions ***
94 64 22 Demi Lovato ~ Sorry Not Sorry ***
95 78 28 Little Mix ft Stormzy ~ Power ***
96 RE 3 Michael Bublé ~ Holly Jolly Christmas ***
97 RE 10**(21) Boney M. ~ Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord ***
98 RE 11**(16) Kylie ~ Santa Baby ***
99 72 6 Migos ft Nicki Minaj and Cardi B ~ MotorSport
100 94 2 Alan Walker ft Noah Cyrus and Digital Farm Animals ~ All Falls Down


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Official Albums Chart Top 100
08 December 2017 - 14 December 2017

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.

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

1 2 5 Sam Smith ~ The Thrill Of It All
2 4 40 Ed Sheeran ~ ÷ (Divide)
3 5 6 Michael Ball and Alfie Boe ~ Together Again
4 10 8 Pink ~ Beautiful Trauma
5 NE 1 U2 ~ Songs Of Experience
6 3 55 Little Mix ~ Glory Days
7 8 3 Paloma Faith ~ The Architect
8 9 5 Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ~ A Love So Beautiful
9 6 7 Elvis Presley and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ~ Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
10 1 2 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds ~ Who Built The Moon?
11 15 4 Elton John ~ Diamonds
12 14 59 Michael Bublé ~ Christmas
13 13 43 Rag'n'Bone Man ~ Human
14 12 4 Taylor Swift ~ Reputation
15 16 6 Gregory Porter ~ Nat "King" Cole & Me
16 7 2 André Rieu ~ Amore
17 NE 1 Pete Tong with The Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley ~ Ibiza Classics
18 17 9 Liam Gallagher ~ As You Were
19 24 46 George Michael ~ Twenty Five
20 18 5 Sheridan Smith ~ Sheridan
21 11 2 Elbow ~ The Best Of
22 20 68 George Michael ~ Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
23 19 2 Daniel O'Donnell ~ Christmas With Daniel O'Donnell
24 22 3 Tokio Myers ~ Our Generation
25 26 2 Alexander Armstrong ~ In A Winter Light
26 28 3 Leading Ladies ~ Songs From The Stage
27 NE 1 The Rolling Stones ~ On Air
28 23 4 Bradley Walsh ~ When You're Smiling
29 33 6 Stereophonics ~ Scream Above The Sounds
30 21 2 Anton Du Beke ~ From The Top
31 31 4 Kidz Bop Kids (UK) ~ Kidz Bop 2018
32 38 181 Ed Sheeran ~ ×
33 NE 1 Midge Ure ~ Orchestrated
34 NE 1 Tommy Blaize ~ Life & Soul

35 27 3 Jeff Lynne's ELO ~ Wembley Or Bust
36 34 41 Stormzy ~ Gang Signs & Prayer
37 44 169 Sam Smith ~ In The Lonely Hour
38 NE 1 Van Morrison ~ Versatile
39 35 4 Tears For Fears ~ Rule The World: The Greatest Hits
40 39 4 Cliff Richard ~ Stronger Thru The Years

41 41 7 Niall Horan ~ Flicker
42 30 4 Seal ~ Standard
43 32 11 The Killers ~ Wonderful Wonderful
44 45 5 Bryan Adams ~ Ultimate
45 40 3 Phil Collins ~ Take A Look At Me Now... The Complete Studio Collection (box set)
46 46 282 Eminem ~ Curtain Call: The Hits
47 56 32 Michael Ball and Alfie Boe ~ Together
48 54 55 David Bowie ~ Legacy
49 47 48 Post Malone ~ Stoney
50 42 3 Madness ~ Full House: The Very Best Of Madness
51 37 12 Foo Fighters ~ Concrete and Gold
52 43 3 Tom Chaplin ~ Twelve Tales Of Christmas
53 58 802 Queen ~ Greatest Hits
54 52 53 Motion Picture Cast - Moana ~ Moana
55 NE 1 Gwen Stefani ~ You Make It Feel Like Christmas
56 53 30 Harry Styles ~ Harry Styles
57 63 709 Fleetwood Mac ~ Rumours
58 71 3 Sia ~ Everyday Is Christmas
59 62 25 Royal Blood ~ How Did We Get So Dark?
60 57 27 Dua Lipa ~ Dua Lipa
61 70 170 ELO ~ All Over The World: The Very Best Of ELO
62 68 309 Oasis ~ (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
63 49 3 Jools Holland & José Feliciano with The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra ~ As You See Me Now
64 65 298 Ed Sheeran ~ +
65 NE 1 Neil Young & Promise Of The Real ~ The Visitor
66 74 802 Bob Marley and The Wailers ~ Legend
67 55 14 The Script ~ Freedom Child
68 51 3 Green Day ~ Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band
69 48 3 Morrissey ~ Low In High School
70 75 85 Little Mix ~ Get Weird
71 66 30 J Hus ~ Common Sense
72 60 4 The Corrs ~ Jupiter Calling
73 64 26 London Grammar ~ Truth Is A Beautiful Thing
74 RE 12 Vera Lynn ~ Vera Lynn 100
75 77 116 George Michael ~ Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best Of George Michael

76 72 314 Fleetwood Mac ~ The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac
77 87 514 Pink Floyd ~ The Dark Side Of The Moon
78 78 24 Imagine Dragons ~ Evolve
79 73 222 Oasis ~ Time Flies... 1994-2009
80 96 129 Pink ~ Greatest Hits… So Far!!!
81 69 6 Chris Brown ~ Heartbreak On A Full Moon
82 80 247 Foo Fighters ~ Greatest Hits
83 81 38 Drake ~ More Life
84 85 814 Abba ~ Gold: Greatest Hits
85 83 322 Michael Jackson ~ Number Ones
86 88 21 Prince ~ 4Ever
87 90 98 Adele ~ 25
88 82 60 Motion Picture Cast - Trolls ~ Trolls
89 NE 1 Chris Stapleton ~ From A Room: Volume 2
90 RE 24 Elvis Presley and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ~ The Wonder Of You
91 29 2 Matt Terry ~ Trouble
92 NE 1 Miguel ~ War & Leisure
93 67 291 Amy Winehouse ~ Back To Black
94 25 2 Björk ~ Utopia
95 91 221 Arctic Monkeys ~ AM
96 RE 25 Kasabian ~ For Crying Out Loud
97 NE 1 Five Finger Death Punch ~ A Decade Of Destruction
98 89 5 Aled Jones ~ One Voice: Believe
99 94 34 Kendrick Lamar ~ Damn
100 86 217 Whitney Houston ~ The Ultimate Collection


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Source: OCC / Radio 1

*Weeks on top 100 chart as listed on OCC site.
**Complete total of all entries in brackets.
***ACR affected tracks.
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Postby Robbie » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:14 pm

Charts Analysis: Ed Sheeran's Perfect result on singles chart

by Alan Jones

Watford quartet Rak-Su dominated the 14th series of The X Factor, which drew to a close last Sunday (December 3), romping to victory in the final. Their coronation single, Dimelo, was released later that evening, giving it a little over four days to accumulate enough sales to top the chart but it ends up well short, with an opening tally of 45,288, including 8,774 from streams, earning it a No.2 debut, leaving Ed Sheeran to claim pole position with Perfect.

Nine of the first 11 X Factor coronation singles debuted at number one with the other two – Steve Brookstein's Against All Odds (2004) and Joe McElderry's The Climb (2009) – debuting at No.2, and climbing to No.1 the following week. Louisa Johnson's Forever Young debuted and peaked at No.9 in 2015 while 2016 champion Matt Terry's coronation single, When Christmas Comes Around, debuted and peaked at No.3.

Dimelo is only the third original coronation single – following Shayne Ward's That 's My Goal and Terry's When Christmas Comes Around – and Rak-Su are the second group (following Little Mix) and first male group to win the competition. The version of Dimelo that secured the larger portion of sales is a collaboration with Wyclef Jean, and Naughty Boy, who both receive chart credits. If Dimelo was let down by anything, it was by streaming – it was streamed 1,316,078 times, a total comfortably surpassed (admittedly over seven days) by every other single in the Top 20. Dimelo's ability to rack up big numbers was also likely impacted by the fact that it was competing with five other tracks from their X Factor 'journey', most of which also picked up excellent sales, although none were granted chart eligibility.

Ed Sheeran's Perfect may have moved to the chart summit anyway, but it became a nailed-on certainty once the duet version of the track, featuring Beyonce, was released. The Beyonce version drove consumption of the track to increase 174.90% week-on-week to 89,359 sales (including 45,460 from sales-equivalent streams) as it became Sheeran's second No.1 from ÷ – following Shape Of You – and his fourth No.1 in total. With to-date sales of 1,048,313. it becomes Sheeran's 10th million-selling single.

Unlike Shape Of You, which debuted at No.1 and stayed there for 13 weeks in a row – 14 weeks in total – Perfect has served a lengthy chart apprenticeship. Debuting at No.4 in March as an album track, it racked up 17 weeks on the list before the rule restricting primary artists to three concurrent Top 75 entries cut short its tenure. It has added a further 11 weeks to that tally since it became a single, and thus tops the chart on its 28th week in the Top 75, shattering the old record of 19 weeks established in November 2014 by his very own Thinking Out Loud. Note that although the Beyonce version of Perfect was critical to its coronation, chart compilers OCC have not given her a credit.

Perfect's ascension brings to an end the five-week reign of Camila Cabello's Havana (feat, Young Thug), which suddenly takes a tumble, falling to No.4 (37,690 sales).

Rak-Su provide the only new entry to the Top 10, but three Christmas perennials return to the top tier with big increases in sales and streaming. They are All I Want For Christmas Is You (22-5, 34,678 sales) by Mariah Carey, Last Christmas (29-6, 29,874 sales) by Wham! and Fairtytale Of New York (55-10, 25,842 sales) by The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl. It is 30 years to the week since Fairytale Of New York's first Top 10 appearance, 10 years since its last, and the fifth Christmas in total in which it has made the Top 10.

An appearance on The X Factor finals weekend did little for One Direction star Louis Tomlinson's latest single, Miss You, which opens at No.39 (9,518 sales) and even less for Simon Cowell's new boy band PrettyMuch, whose introductory single, No More (feat. French Montana) opens at No.77 (5,311 sales). X Factor 2016 champion Matt Terry's Sucker For You slides 51-71 (5,761 sales), while his debut album, Trouble, which debuted at No.29 last week, slumps to No.91 (2,317 sales).

Also new to the chart are: Barking (No.41, 8,753 sales) by Ramz, Him & I (No.49, 7,382 sales) by G-Eazy & Halsey and Breathe (No.57, 6,759 sales) by Jax Jones feat. Ina Wroldsen.

There are new peaks for Let You Down (16-13, 21,743 sales) by NF, Decline (34-28, 13,037 sales) by Raye feat. Mr. Eazi, Beautiful Trauma (54-29, 12,875 sales) by Pink, Bad (53-50, 7,318 sales) by Steel Banglez feat. Yungen, MoStack, Mr. Eazi and Not3s, Bouff Daddy (69-61, 6,425 sales) by J Hus and Candy Paint (67-65, 6,180 sales) by Post Malone – that's far fewer than normal, not least because the chart landscape is pitted with returning Christmas songs, of which there are 14 in this week's Top 75, compared to just three last week. Three of them are in the Top 10 (see above) and a further three are in the Top 40, namely Do They Know It's Christmas? (85-16, 18,711 sales) by Band Aid, Merry Christmas Everyone (87-21, 16,640 sales) by Shakin' Stevens and I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (98-24, 14,269 sales) by Wizzard.

Nearly three years after it debuted and peaked at No.68, Ariana Grande's Santa Tell Me returns at a new peak of No.60 (6,430 sales).

Overall singles sales surge past 15m for the first time, rising 4.29% week-on-week to 15,264,188, 39.25% above same week 2016 sales of 10,962,039. Streams accounted for a record 14,111,949 sales, 92.45% of the total. Paid-for sales are up 10,37% week -on-week at 1,152,239, and are 19.13% below same week 2016 sales of 1,424,872. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 227th week in a row.

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Postby Robbie » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:16 pm

Charts Analysis: Sam Smith surges to albums summit

by Alan Jones

Leadership of the album chart changes hands for the 15th week in a row – but instead of heralding U2's 11th No.1 album with Songs Of Experience, as most would have expected, we are instead welcoming back Sam Smith's The Thrill Of It All, which debuted in pole position four weeks ago, and returns to the summit with sales up 35.00% week-on-week at 58,299 (including 4,974 from sales-equivalent streams).

Five weeks into its chart career, The Thrill Of It All has never been out of the top two, and has sold 290,292 copies – enough for it to already rank as the year's sixth biggest-selling artist album. Smith's 2014 debut, In The Lonely Hour – which opened its account with 69 straight weeks in the Top 10 – bounces 44-37 this week, with sales of 5,748 copies raising its cumulative tally to 2,381,034, eclipsing Take That's Progress to become the fifth biggest-selling album of the 2010s.

U2's 14th studio album, Songs Of Experience posted a lead of 14,000 sales on the first of the week's sales flashes but that advantage was quickly eroded, and with many of its rivals apparently boosted by Christmas gift-buying, it eventually debuted at No.5 on sales of 40,669 copies. U2 last topped the chart in 2009, when No Line On The Horizon debuted at the summit on sales of 157,928 but missed out with 2014 follow-up Songs Of Innocence, which debuted and peaked at No.6 on sales of just 15,998 copies, having been available for more than a month as a free download from iTunes before being released physically and in expanded download form. Their best ever first week sale – and the highest by any album to that point – came in 1988 when their sixth studio album, Rattle And Hum raced to a first-week sale in excess of 360,000.

No.1 for 17 weeks already this year, Ed Sheeran's ÷ bounces 4-2, to secure its 11th week in all as runner-up on sales of 56,050 which raises its to-date tally to 2,435,062. Released 40 weeks ago, it has yet to leave the top six.

Also returning to growth inside the Top 10 are Together Again (5-3, 42,761 sales) by Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, Beautiful Trauma (10-4, 42,189 sales) by Pink, The Architect (8-7, 28,988 sales) by Paloma Faith and A Love So Beautiful (9-8, 28,775 sales) by Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The rest of the Top 10: Glory Days (3-6, 32,644 sales) by Little Mix, Christmas With Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (6-9, 27,206 sales) and Who Built The Moon? (1-10, 27,172 sales) by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

After debuting at No.7 last week, Dutch violinist, conductor and orchestra leader Andre Rieu's Amore slides to No.16 (20,797 sales).

One of the most successful albums of 2017 is Classic House by Radio One's legendary DJ Pete Tong with The Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley. Consisting of lushly-orchestrated classical/dance makeovers of club hits, the album debuted at No.16 (17,277 sales) last December eventually topping the chart eight weeks later. It has gone on to sell 195,510 copies, enough for the same ensemble to release follow-up Ibiza Classics, which debuts at No.17 (19,311 sales). Like Classic House, it includes a plethora of guest vocalists. Some – like Seal (Crazy) and Candi Staton (You Got The Love) – revisit their own past hits, while others, including Craig David, The Disciples and Becky Hill, put their spin on revered oldies.

The Who, The Jam, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin have all made the charts this century with compilations of vintage BBC recordings. Now, after more than 50 years in the BBC vaults, 32 painstakingly restored Rolling Stones radio performances spanning 1963-1965, make up On Air, which debuts at No.27 (9,603 sales), becoming the group's 50th chart album.

Midge Ure reached No.66 with Fragile in 2014 – his first charted studio album since 1991 – and now returns to the chart with Orchestrated (No.33, 6,505 sales) which, as its title suggests, includes lushly-cushioned new versions of the 64-year-old Glaswegian's back catalogue both solo and as a member of Ultravox and Visage – though anyone coming to this set hoping to here a new version of his first No.1 single, fronting Slik's 1976 smash Forever and Ever, will be disappointed.

While 51-year-old Strictly Come Dancing hoofer Anton Du Beke's debut album fades 21-30 (7,015 sales) on its second frame, the programme's 54-year-old lead singer, Tommy Blaize, opens at No.34 (6,438 sales) with his debut album, Life & Soul.

Too soon?: 10 weeks after Belfast's leading troubadour, Van Morrison's 37th studio album, Roll With The Punches, debuted and peaked at No.4 (10,110 sales), companion release Versatile opens at No.38 (5,745 sales). Both albums contain a similar blend of original songs and covers of R&B and blues staples. Versatile is Morrison's 45th chart album in a chart career that spans more than 47 years. Morrison's fellow 72-year-old singer/songwriter Neil Young, meanwhile, has allowed 12 weeks to elapse since his Hitchhiker set – recorded in a day in 1976 but first released in September – opened at No.6. He returns with The Visitor, the second album on which he is backed by Promise Of The Real. Opening at No.65 (3,244 sales) it is the prolific Canadian's 56th chart album, and his 18th in the 21st century.

Available for eight weeks without previously making the chart, Gwen Stefani's seasonal set You Make It Feel Like Christmas finally breaches the Top 75, opening at No.55 (3,846 sales) – a fact which may be related to a massive surge in exposure of the title track, a duet with Blake Shelton which rockets 481-29 on the radio airplay chart.

Now That's What I Call Music! 98 spends its third straight week at No.1 on both the compilation and overall album charts, selling a further 89,656 copies. With 353,601 sales to date, it is 31.26% below same stage sales (514,370) of 2016 equivalent Now! 95 and selling at a similar pace to earlier 2017 releases, Now! 96 and Now! 97, which had sold 343,346 and 364,050 copies, respectively, at the same juncture.

Overall album sales are up 11.63% week-on-week at 3,081,474, 7.57% below same week 2016 sales of3,333,795, and their highest level of the year for the third week in a row. Streaming accounted for a record 878,032 sales – 28.49% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 16.14% week-on-week at 2,203,442, 19.36% below same week 2016 sales of 2,732,609.

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Postby borderwolf » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:24 pm

Ed Sheeran Lands Fourth U.K. No. 1 Single With 'Perfect'
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12/8/2017 by Paul Sexton

Ed Sheeran has his fourth No. 1 single in the U.K., as “Perfect” (Asylum/Warner) climbs 3-1, fueled by the new version featuring Beyoncé. Sam Smith's The Thrill Of It All (Capitol/Universal) returns to the top of the album chart, on which U2's Songs Of Experience (Universal Island) starts at No. 5, after leading the way in the Official Charts Company's midweek sales data on Monday (4).

With two charts left before the announcement of the prestigious Christmas No. 1, Sheeran moves into pole position, following his previous bestsellers “Sing,” “Thinking Out Loud” and “Shape Of You.” In the process, he holds off the 2018 X Factor-winning quartet, Rak-Su, who debut at No. 2 with the self-penned “Dimelo” (Syco Music/Sony), featuring Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy.

Rita Ora's “Anywhere” (Atlantic/Warner Music) dips 2-3 and Camila Cabello's “Havana” (Epic/Syco/Sony), featuring Young Thug, falls to No. 4 after five weeks at the top. In their usual seasonal revivals, Mariah Carey's “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia/Sony) races 22-5 and Wham's “Last Christmas” (RCA/Sony) leaps 29-6. Another festive perennial, “Fairytale Of New York” (Warner Brothers/Warner Music) by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, is up 55-10. The track had returned to the U.K. top 20 every year since 2005, but this is its first top ten appearance since 2007.

Also back among the Christmas honors are Band Aid's original 1985 version of “Do They Know It's Christmas” (Mercury/Universal), back up 85-16, Shakin' Stevens' “Merry Christmas Everyone” (RCA/Sony, 87-21) and Wizzard's “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” (98-24).

Behind Smith's album, Sheeran's ÷ improves 4-2 as Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Together Again (Decca/Universal) moves back 5-3. PInk's Beautiful Trauma (RCA/Sony) climbs 10-4. The U2 set becomes their 17th U.K. top ten album.
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