Official Charts Analysis: Calvin Harris' Feels rises to the singles chart summit
by Alan Jones
All seven of Calvin Harris' previous No.1 hits debuted in pole position but Feels has taken a more leisurely route to the summit, and only now achieves chart-topping status, advancing 3-1 (39,569 sales, including 24,298 from sales-equivalent streams) some seven weeks after debuting at No.21. It is the first time sales of the No.1 single have been below 40,000 since Kid Rock's All Summer Long sold 37,111 copies on its only week at No.1 nine years ago last week.
The fourth single from Harris' fifth album Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1, the track also delivers guest collaborators Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean their fourth, fifth and first No.1s, respectively The album itself debuted and peaked at No.2 last month and ends a run of four declines by rallying 20-18 (3,184 sales).
All of Harris' No.1s have come in a little over nine years, and the only acts with more No.1s to their credit in the 21st century are Westlife (10) and Rihanna (nine). Eminem also has eight. Harris' tally of seven No.1 debuts, incidentally, is exceeded only by Westlife (14), Take That (10), The Spice Girls (eight) and Oasis (eight). And his tally of eight No.1s in total, is exceeded by nine acts - or ten, if we give The Shadows full credit for their supporting role on Cliff Richard singles.
Harris' first No.1 since John Newman collaboration Blame in 2014, Feels ends the third run at No.1 for Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee's Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber), although the 11 times chart champ - which falls 1-4 (34,383 sales) is still the moral victor with more paid-for sales (17,677) and more streams (5,011,867) than not just Feels but also everything else in or out of the chart.
Almost 18 years after Bailamos became his first Top 10 hit, Enrique Iglesias scores his tenth with Spanglish confection Subeme La Radio moving 12-10 (23,526 sales). That total includes both the original all-Spanish version of the song with Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennon and the UK-aimed version featuring Sean Paul and Matt Terry.
French Montana's Unforgettable climbs 4-2 (35,447 sales), surpassing its previous peak of No.3 where it spent five of the previous eight weeks.
Dua Lipa's sixth hit, New Rules is her first to make the Top 5, advancing 9-5 (32,874 sales). Rudimental & James Arthur's fourth Top 10 hit, Sun Comes Up, also reaches a new peak, advancing 8-6 (28,231 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: Wild Thoughts (2-3, 34,675 sales) by DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, Mama (5-7, 27,689 sales) by Jonas Blue feat. William Singe, Came Here For Love (7-8, 27,496 sales) by Sigala & Ella Eyre and Power (6-9, 24,957 sales) by Little Mix.
Rita Ora's ninth Top 10 hit, Your Song spent longer in that region of the chart (six weeks) than any of the others but finally departs, falling 10-11 (22,844 sales).
Former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello scores her fourth and fifth chart entries of the year, with Havana (feat. Young Thug, No.53, 5,721 sales)) and OMG (feat. Quavo, No.67, 5,111 sales), both tracks on her upcoming debut solo album, The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving. Although only three concurrent Top 75 hits is the limit for primary artists, Cabello has four hits at present, with her own Crying In The Club (13-15, 18,202 sales) completing her primary compliment while she is also featured on Major Lazer's Know No Better (15-18, 16,766 sales) alongside Travi$ Scott. Meanwhile Migos member Quavo has five concurrent hits, with the new Cabello hit adding to already charting collabs with Liam Payne, DJ Khaled and Post Malone plus Calvin Harris hit Slide, which features all of Migos.
While Moana scuttles back into the Top 10 of the album chart, 16-year-old Auli'l Cravalho's How Far I'll Go - from the soundtrack album - finally breaches the Top 75. The track, which was released last November jumps 94-55 (5,671 sales) this week. Alessia Cara's version of the song - also on the soundtrack - reached No.49 earlier this year and has sold 254,040 copies to date, while Cravalho's has sold 210,698.
Also new to the Top 75 are Glorious (87-56, 5,666 sales) by Macklemore feat. Skylar Grey, Aladdin (80-61, 5,466 sales) by Not3s, Bank Account (79-66, 5,131 sales) by 21 Savage and Feel It Still (91-69, 5,038 sales) by Portugal The Man.
No.68 as an album track in May, Spirit is now a single for J Hus, and hurries to a new peak, jumping 93-43 (7,943 sales) and helping the album, Common Sense, to a 23-16 bounce (3,266 sales).
Rain jumps 31-17 (17,168 sales) for The Script, surpassing the No.26 position in which it debuted and previously peaked three weeks ago, to become the Irish band's seventh Top 20 hit.
Also climbing to new peaks within the Top 75 are: Back To You (14-12, 19,862 sales) by Louis Tomlinson feat. Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals, Sorry Not Sorry (16-14, 18,617 sales) by Demi Lovato, Instruction (22-16, 18,076 sales) by Jax Jones feat. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don, Mi Gente (21-19, 16,745 sales) by J Balvin & Willy William, Bestie (30-24, 12,736 sales) by Yungen feat. Yxng Bane, XO Tour Llif3 (29-27, 11,286 sales) by Lil Uzi Vert, Congratulations (37-29, 10,594 sales) by Post Malone & Quavo, Most Girls (38-34, 9,746 sales) by Hailee Steinfeld, Boys (42-35, 9,309 sales) by Charli XCX, Real Life (41-36, 9,193 sales) by Duke Dumont & Gorgon City feat. Naations, Praying (49-38, 8,765 sales) by Ke$ha and There For You (45-40, 8,392 sales) by Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan.
Also: More Than You Know (48-41, 8,257 sales) by Axwell ^ Ingrosso, More Than Friends (65-47, 6,933 sales) by James Hype feat. Kelli-Leigh, Unsigned (66-51, 5,823 sales) by Hardy Caprio feat. One Acen, Miracles (Someone Special) (64-54, 5,689 sales) by Coldplay & Big Sean, Versace On The Floor (60-59, 5,559 sales) by Bruno Mars,, I Like Me Better (70-64, 5,278 sales) by Lauv and Butterfly Effect (71-65, 5,217 sales) by Travi$ Scott.
Overall singles sales are down 2.42% week-on-week at 12,952,030, 32.10% above same week 2016 sales of 9,804,570. Streams accounted for 11,713,548 sales, 90.44% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 6.69% week-on-week at 1,238,482, 25.37% below same week 2016 sales of 1,659,400 and their lowest level since week 42, 2006 (chart dated 28 October 2006), when 1,145,055 singles were sold. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 210th week in a row.
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