Drake spends his fifth straight week atop the singles chart with God's Plan, which has been in decline for a fortnight but resumes growth on both paid-for sales (up 21.98% at 9,247) and sales-equivalent streams (up 15.01% at 51,066), with total consumption of 60,313 copies, up 16.02%.
Rudimental's These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen) is its runner-up for the third time and turns in its best performance yet with sales up 5.22% at 47,323. It tops the paid-for sales chart for the third time in a row.
The highest ranked of seven tracks from the soundtrack to Black Panther which sits atop the box office chart All The Stars sprints 11-5 (31,070 sales) to become the fifth Top 10 hit for rapper Kendrick Lamar and the first for featured vocalist SZA. The album is also home to Pray For Me (13-11, 24,231 sales) by The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar, King's Dead (53-50, 6,900 sales) by Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake, X (45-59, 6,137 sales) by Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz & Saudi, The Ways (54-64, 5,577 sales) by Khalid & Swae Lee, Big Shot (55-71, 4,928 sales) by Kendrick Lamar & Travis Scott and I Am (62-74, 4,871 sales) by Jorja Smith.
Marshmello & Anne-Marie both secure their third Top 10 hit, with their collaboration Friends making a sweet second week 19-9 move on sales of 26,959 copies.
Never Be The Same elbows its way into the Top 10 for the third time for Camila Cabello (14-10, 26,889 sales), five weeks after peaking at No.7.
After four weeks stuck at No.4, IDGAF is on the rise again for Dua Lipa, climbing to No.3 (34,339 sales).
Climbing for the sixth time in a row since it made its Top 40 debut, Feel It Still moves 6-4 (31,342 sales) for Portugal The Man on its 28th week in the Top 75.
Following their performance of the song at the BRITs, Liam Payne & Rita Ora's For You remains at No.8, although with best-yet sales of 28,610.
Elsewhere in the Top 10, there are declines for This Is Me (3-6, 30,853 sales) by Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble and Barking (5-7, 29,655 sales) by Ramz.
Exiting the Top 10: Breathe (10-12, 23,657 sales) by Jax Jones feat. Ina Wroldsen, Finesse (9-13, 22,298 sales) by Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B and River (7-23, 15,218 sales) by Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran.
Fifteen songs made their Top 75 debuts last week a tally rarely achieved in the streaming era but things are back to normal this week, with only four new arrivals.
Khalid made his chart debut last May, as featured vocalist on Calvin Harris' Rollin. He racks up his sixth hit since then with Normani collaboration Love Lies (No.51, 6,864 sales), a song from the soundtrack to upcoming film Love, Simon. It is Normani's first hit.
Bebe Rexha scores her sixth hit, and country duo Florida Georgia Line their second, with Meant To Be (81-63, 5,579 sales) finally entering the Top 75 after a 27 week gestation.
The first of the week's sales flashes, on Saturday, often distorts the actual market, as it rarely includes any streaming data from major players. Nevertheless, it is an extreme week in which there is a new entry at No.1 on said survey which fails to make the Top 50 at the end of the week. This is one such week, however, because after opening up a 423 sales lead at the summit last Saturday, Please opens at No.67 (5,408 sales) for Samantha Harvey. It is the second chart entry for the 24-year-old singer from Hitcham in Suffolk who has 2.1m followers on Facebook and whose YouTube channel has more than 1,250,000 subscribers following Forgive Forget, which reached No.48 last July.
Mad Love debuts at No.75 (4,870 sales) for Sean Paul & David Guetta feat. Becky G. It is Paul's 30th hit, Guetta's 43rd and Becky G's first.
Not previously mentioned this week but reaching new peaks are: Fine Line (17-16, 21,492 sales) by Mabel feat. Not3s, The Greatest Show (21-20, 17,211 sales) by Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson And Keala Settle, Look Alive (23-21, 17,063 sales) by BlocBoy JB feat. Drake, Say Something (27-22, 15,990 sales) by Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton, Mine (37-27, 14,078 sales) by Bazzi, Check (32-30, 11,506 sales) by Kojo Funds feat. Raye.
Also, Sick Boy (36-35, 9,797 sales) by The Chainsmokers, The Middle (50-37, 9,179 sales) by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, Capital Letters (59-39, 8,368 sales) by Hailee Steinfeld & Bloodpop, Wavey (56-44, 7,617 sales) by CLiQ feat. Alika, Paradise (61-45, 7,446 sales) by George Ezra and Bad Vibe (74-60, 6,123 sales) by M.O x Lotto Boyzz x Mr. Eazi Overall singles sales are down 0.09% week-on-week at 16,031,766, 30.49% above same week 2017 sales of 12,285,948. Streams accounted for 14,981,112 sales, a record 93.45% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 0.42% week -on-week at 1,050,654 and are 30.77% below same week 2017 sales of 1,517,697. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 238th week in a row.Colour Code:
OVERALL UNITS SALES STREAMING POINTS
1 Drake 60,313 9,247 51,066
2 Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 47,323
3 Dua Lipa 34,339
4 Portugal. The Man 31,342
5 Kendrick Lamar & SZA 31,070
6 Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble 30,853
7 Ramz 29,655
8 Liam Payne & Rita Ora 28,610
9 Marshmello & Anne-Marie 26,959
10 Camila Cabello 26,889
11 The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar 24,231
12 Jax Jones feat. Ina Wroldsen 23,657
13 Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B 22,298
16 Mabel & Not3s 21,492
20 Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Zac Efron, Zendaya & The Greatest Showman Ensemble 17,211
21 BlocBoy JB Feat. Drake 17,063
22 Justin Timberlake Feat. Chris Stapleton 15,990
23 Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran 15,218
27 Bazzi 14,078
30 Kojo Funds Feat. RAYE 11,506
35 The Chainsmokers 9,797
37 Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey 9,179
39 Hailee Steinfeld & BloodPop® 8,368
44 CLiQ feat. Alika 7,617
45 George Ezra 7,446
50 Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake 6,900
51 Khalid & Normani 6,864
59 Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz & Saudi 6,137
60 M.O, Lotto Boyzz & Mr Eazi 6,123
63 Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line 5,579
64 Khalid & Swae Lee 5,577
67 Samantha Harvey 5,408
71 Kendrick Lamar & Travis Scott 4,928
74 Jorja Smith 4,871
75 Sean Paul feat. David Guetta & Becky G 4,870Albums:
In a week when only four new albums mustered enough sales to debut inside the Top 75, and The Greatest Showman soundtrack remains at No.1, the 2018 BRIT Awards triggered some late and much-needed chart action.
Although the end of the trading week came less than 26 hours after the end of the BRITs, they helped to generate increased sales and/or better chart positions for almost all winners as well as many nominees and performers. Some of the albums were on the rise anyway, with pre-awards coverage, TV advertising and retailer promotions all creating a buzz.
The most obvious beneficiary was Dua Lipa, who picked up the awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act and performed New Rules. It helped her eponymous debut album to increase consumption 49.31% week-on-week as it surged 11-3 (9,518 sales), surpassing for the first time the No.5 position in which it debuted 37 weeks ago.
Stormzy who closed the show also took home two awards, being named British Male Solo Artist while his debut long-player, Gang Signs & Prayers, was named as British Album Of The Year. The album, which was released exactly a year ago and subsequently debuted at No.1 on sales of 68,594, has been in the Top 50 continuously since that time but had fallen five times in a row before the BRITs. It now rallies 41-10 (4,345 sales, an 88.88% increase), achieving its highest chart placing for 47 weeks, while venturing into platinum territory, with to-date sales of 302,156, of which slightly more than half (151,974) are from sales-equivalent streams.
International Male Solo Artist Kendrick Lamar's latest album, Damn, was already in the ascendancy, improving its chart position in seven of the previous eight weeks, but his win, and performance of album track Feel, helped Damn which debuted and peaked at No.2 last April to end a 28-week absence from the Top 20, jumping 21-14 with sales up 7.03% at 3,885.
Also on the rise: British Single Of The Year winner Rag'N'Bone Man who performed Skin with assistance from his successor as Critics' Choice Award winner Jorja Smith re-enters the Top 10 with debut album Human, although its sales are, surprisingly, down by nine to 6,107, as it jumps 12-4; Foo Fighters who were named Best International Group for the fourth time, and performed The Sky Is A Neighborhood, saw said song's parent album, Concrete And Gold No.1 on debut last September increase consumption 26.32% to 1,119 as it jumps 155-87, while their Greatest Hits set surges 53-36, with sales increasing 10.8% to 2,116.
Lower levels recoveries were triggered for Best British Group Gorillaz's May 2017 No.2 album Human, which saw consumption rise 29.36% to 518 sales but remains outside the Top 200 for the eighth week in a row, and Best International Female Solo Artist Lorde's June 2017 No.5 album Melodrama, which advances 119-101 (2,044 sales, a 2.44% dip). British Video Of The Year winner Harry Styles' eponymous solo debut album No.1 last May holds at No. 116, with sales off 8.61% at 987.
Liam Gallagher's Brits performance of Oasis' Live Forever saw climbs for the group's Time Flies: 1994-2009 (37-27, 2,729 sales) and (What's The Story) Morning Glory? (44-35, 2,262 sales) and his solo debut As You Were (24-17, 3,509 sales).
Ed Sheeran who picked up only the Global Success Award despite having by far the biggest single and album of the survey period, and performed Supermarket Flowers remains at No.2 with latest album ÷ which benefitted from Valentine's Day sales in the last frame but failed to match that tally in the latest, with sales off 11.99% at 13,306, an 18-week low. ÷ is No.2 for the 14th time and not No.1 for the 21st time because the Motion Picture Cast recording of The Greatest Showman powers to a seventh straight week atop the chart on sales of 42,604 copies, including 15,496 from sales-equivalent streams.
London-based blues/rock quintet The Temperance Movement's third album, A Deeper Cut, is the only new release to debut inside the Top 10, and also delivers the band's first appearance in that part of the chart, opening at No.6 (5,428 sales). Their eponymous debut opened and peaked at No.12 on sales of 6,509 copies in 2013, and follow-up White Bear debuted and peaked at No.18 (7,181 sales) in 2016.
Camila Cabello's performance of former chart-topper Havana on BBC1's Graham Norton Show helped her debut solo album Camila to arrest a run of four straight falls in fine fashion, with the album rallying 14-5 (6,020 sales) .
Top 10 albums not mentioned hitherto: Man Of The Woods (8-7, 4,618 sales) by Justin Timberlake, Revival (7-8, 4,558 sales) by Eminem and Beautiful Trauma (10-9, 4,357 sales) by Pink.
Meanwhile, the following albums depart the Top 10: The Thrill Of It All (9-11, 4,274 sales) by Sam Smith, Tables Turn (5-16, 3,575 sales) by Fredo, Diamond In The Dirt (4-22, 2,963 sales) by Mist and Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life (3-30, 2,501 sales) by The Wombats.
Belle & Sebastian have released three EPs in recent months. Now collected together as How To Solve Our Human Problems Parts 1-3 and on CD for the first time, they earn the Scots veterans their 11th album chart entry, debuting at No.28 (2,626 sales).
No.1 on the budget album chart for the last three weeks, The Cranberries' 2012 Spectrum label compilation Dreams: The Collection saw its sales slide 28.12% week-on-week but a hike in notional dealer price means it no longer qualifies as a budget title and, instead, makes its regular album chart debut at No.46 (1,766 sales).
Everything Is Recorded's self-titled first album includes guest vocals from the likes of Green Gartside, Giggs, Peter Gabriel and Sampha. On the XL Recordings label, it is actually by the label's founder Richard Russell and debuts at No.66 (1,384 sales).
American indie quartet Car Seat Headrest make their first chart appearance, debuting at No.68 (1,371 sales) with Twin Fantasy.
MTV Rocks is the No.1 compilation for the fifth straight week on sales of 7,560 copies. BRITs notwithstanding, overall album sales are down 8.44% week-on-week at 1,620,637, 1.88% above same week 2017 sales of 1,590,693. Streaming accounted for 935,244 sales a record 57.71% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 17.35% week-on-week at 685,393 their lowest level since Kantar Millward Brown started compiling sales data for OCC in 1995, and 25.77% below same week 2017 sales of 923,317.
1 The Greatest Showman 42,604 8,414 15,496
Physicals: 18,694 (305,474)
2 Ed Sheeran 13,306
3 Dua Lipa 9,518
4 Rag'n'Bone Man 6,107
5 Camila Cabello 6,020
6 Temperance Movement 5,428
7 Justin Timberlake 4,618
8 Eminem 4,558
9 P!nk 4,357
10 Stormzy 4,345 (302,156)
11 Sam Smith 4,274
14 Kendrick Lamar 3,885
16 Fredo 3,575
17 Liam Gallagher 3,509
22 MIST 2,963
27 Oasis [Time Flies] 2,729
28 Belle & Sebastian 2,626
30 The Wombats 2,501
35 Oasis [What's The Story] 2,262
36 Foo Fighters [Greatest Hits] 2,116
46 Cranberries 1,766
66 Everything Is Recorded 1,384
68 Car Seat Headrest 1,371
87 Foo Fighters [Concrete And Gold] 1,119
101 Lorde 1,044
116 Harry Styles 987
N/K Gorillaz [Human] 518Compilations:
1 MTV Rocks 7,560