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Official Singles Chart on 22/2/2019

22 February 2019 - 28 February 2019

The Official UK Singles Chart reflects the UK’s biggest songs of the week, based on audio and video streams, downloads, CDs and vinyl, compiled by the Official Charts Company. The UK Top 40 is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, the Top 100 is published exclusively on OfficialCharts.com. View the biggest songs of 2023.

 

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Nu No

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Am I the only one that thinks the streaming weight on the charts it's too high and completely miscalculated?

How can "Leave a Light On" by Tom Walker be #06 on single sales chart (up from 30) and not even inside the TOP 40 on the Official combined chart?

Plus Ariana Grande so called records on this chart are a joke when the old official charts were calculated based only on the sales and therefore should only be compared to the sales chart. Both The Beatles, Madonna and all the other artists that she is "doing better than" and "breaking records" were also pretty big on radio (streams are the new spins) but did sold enough to break those records. Not the case with Ariana Grande that isn't even inside the Sales Chart TOP 5 region. They did all that on the Single Sales Chart that was the official chart back then. This new format that includes streams is new (there was no streams back then) and it can't be compared.

On the sales chart Ariana Grande doesn't even have a hit inside the TOP 5: "7 Rings" is now #09 and her new single is sitting outside the TOP 10 at #12. But as we can see both this song are #01 and #02 on the combined chart. The weight that sales and streams have on the chart should be based on the money those 2 give the artists. If that was the case each sales would be equivalent to at least 15.000 streams (ant that's already low) and not 150 like it is now (this number is really low - a person that buys a song listen to it much more than that in the long run). People still spend much more money buying music than streaming music. If that was the case (the chart weight was correctly adjusted) Ariana Grande would have a very different chart historic record as her success is based on lots of streams and less sales (she would have been #01 just the same with her first 2 singles from this album but no more than one or two weeks each).

Its still amazing Ariana Grande achieved yet she did not break any Beatles or Madonna record as they did those records on the sale chart where she broke no record at all. "Break Up..." was not even a SALES Top 5 Hit as it peaked only at #06. This means that in the sales chart she didn't even equaled the Madonna record for 2 songs on the TOP spots as when "7 Rings" was it's lone week at #01 "Thank U" was already out of the sales chart TOP 20. Madonna did have in 1985 "Into The Groove" and "Holiday" at #01 and #02 on the single sales chart that was the official chart back then.

The official singles charts today show only popularity (if anything) and not sales or the songs that make money as it used to do. To check those songs one have to check the Single Sales Chart. Though sales count for 90% the money artists make (from singles) are streams that count for 90% of the chart weight. How mixed up and weird that is? Something is clearly wrong and smelly here.

"Giant" is the sales #01 for a third consecutive week but it's peak its only #04 (this week). Lucky that it's already an official Top 5 Hit. Yet this song already made more money in UK than both Ariana Grande latest singles that peaked #01 on the official chart (combined) and "7 Rings" was out just a week later.

Just check the sales chart and see how much more variety and more number one songs are there. The sales chart is much more dynamic than this one (all because the streams weight are miscalculated): https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/singles-sales-chart/

I only have one question: was this worldwide miscalculation of streaming on purpose (as more people listen to lists and record companies and music managers do pay for their artists songs to be included on those lists) so that the charts could be controlled? (just like they were in the past in US with some payola scandals as in US radio airplay almost always counted toward the official HOT 100 chart). France does have a slight different method to incorporate streaming and there we can see that Ariana Grande only have a single inside the TOP 10. "7 Rings" it's at #09 on the official French Chart.

Also it's super weird that the same streams are counted twice for the charts: 1500 streams are both 10 songs solds equivalent on the single chart and 1 album sold equivalent on the album charts. The miracle of multiplication. Yet 1 album and 10 singles real sales gives the artist, producers and records company 200 times more money than those streaming equivalent chart points - to make the same money would be needed around 300.000 streams and for the charts are only needed 1500 streams to have the same value. These maths are not right and anyone who reads this can see it. Also a song that is sold is in average played (this may be subjective but its a statistic) at least 2.000 times in years to come so why count 150 listening as 1 single sold? Was that the average number of the times the song that was sold was listening on first week was bought? What about the following weeks? Who bought the song will continue listening to it. It's a better math than the economic one (where are needed at least 15.000 to make the same money as 1 song sold) but it was needed 2.000 streams to make 1 song sold to be justified and yet we are at 150. There is no possible fair justification for 150 listening being equivalent to 1 song sold.

We all know that chart number ones generate news and generate hype and that's exactly what's happening now. Record companies need that for artists and singles that aren't selling, not for the other ones that are selling out like crazy every week.

Be free to comment and give me your input please. What piece of information am I missing? Can anyone make any sense of this? 'Cause I can't understand why they suddenly they decided that the official chart it's not about the songs that people are willing to spend money to listen to and became more alike an airplay chart. Worst: they try to compare the new "play chart" (no matter the money the song makes) with the old sales chart (ranks of songs that made more money this week).

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stilicho

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where's Dido?

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Damián

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Why so few new entries? I ,remember back in the day when the charts were full of new deliveries

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Nu No

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Because of streaming excessive weight on the official chart. Check the sales chart and you see more new entries, re-entries and more movement (including a new entry of "Walk Me Home" by Pink at #10 that here is not even TOP 100). https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/singles-sales-chart/

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James England

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Slow week. Only two new entries in the top 40.

"This week is therefore another record-breaking one for her, as she becomes the first artist in UK chart history to replace herself at #1 in two consecutive weeks."

Not really. Prior to 2014 streaming didn't exist so no artist could achieve the same feat. First chart act to replace herself in the *streaming era*. Streaming sales outweigh digital/physical sales.

Another example; Ed Sheeran had 16 songs the top 20 in 2017. Chart history record breaker or just a flawed streaming system? (hint - it's the latter!) Prior to streaming that record breaking feat was impossible.

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Nu No

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Its absurd and has no explanation how streams counts at least 1900% more than it should for the charts. Can't really understand how and why. A song that is played 150 counts as a equivalent sale? Yet that same song needs to be streamed bettween 15.000 to 150.000 times (depending on services) to make the same money as 1 sale. It's absurd! And a song that is sold it's played in average at least 2.000 times in its lifetime so where did they come up with that 150 number?

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Nu No

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James if funny how in the single sales charts Ariana Grande new song peaked at #06. Not even a sales Top 5 Hit, let alone number one.

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theboy

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Where is Thank you next, single?
And, what about Marina´s Handmade Heaven?

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Nu No

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On the single sales chart dropped to #39 https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/singles-sales-chart/

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Dutulescu Stefan Claudiu

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UK Top 40 Singles Chart, 22 February 2019
https://youtu.be/6IstG29tuuw

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Piran

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My thoughts & observations on the UK charts as always…

- Ariana Grande replaces herself at #1 on the singles chart again, as ‘7 Rings’ returns to the top for a fourth week in total.

- This week is therefore another record-breaking one for her, as she becomes the first artist in UK chart history to replace herself at #1 in two consecutive weeks.

- ‘Dancing With A Stranger’ by Sam Smith & Normani has now spent an entire month at #1 on the national airplay chart.

- Ariana Grande dethrones herself on the YouTube chart as ‘Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored’ debuts at #1 with 4.24 million views this week. Last week, she became the first female artist in chart history to replace herself at #1 on the singles chart.

- CARDI B & BRUNO MARS – PLEASE ME (#12)
I never know what to expect from Cardi B these days, since she’s either putting out singles that I either love or hate immediately (although ‘I Like It’ was always just in the middle for me). As for this, look, it was going to be a massive ask for this to be better than ‘Finesse’ & while it definitely isn’t, I can still groove to this a bit at least. There’s still a sufficient amount of chemistry going on between Cardi & Bruno, particularly because they both delivery similar levels of energy here, with the latter artist continuing to capture the R&B swag in the hook & the former having more fun in her flows than usual. On the other hand, it feels like there’s been way too much engineering going on in the 90s-style instrumentation, which makes this a lot less $exy than it could’ve been, also not really helped by the fact that the risqué & playful lyrics don’t make a lot of sense nor do some of the punchlines. Still, both artists are good enough behind the microphone to sell this, so I’m thinking a solid 6/10.

- D-BLOCK EUROPE – KITCHEN KINGS (#16)
On the other hand, this is a track that I wasn’t really looking forward to, given that ‘nASSty’ wasn’t exactly a promising debut & what I was hearing about this song didn’t show a lot of potential going forward either. This doesn’t show any improvement, because while it’s more disposable than embarrassing, it’s also arguably just as offensive. The lavish lyrics aren’t so much of an issue here, but the way they’re treating women like pieces of me is just infuriating & there is absolutely no excuse for that! Also, it’s ironical that Young Adz is so quick to claim he isn’t racist, when he used the N-word several times in his last hit. There are no notably good trap features here, most of them are basic anyway, but what did annoy me was the squeaking towards the end of the song. In fact, the more I’m talking about this, the more I’m thinking that this is worse than ‘nASSty’, because at least that had somewhat of a melody in its hook. Let’s just give this a 2/10 & move the heck on!

- ZEDD FT KATY PERRY – 365 (#37)
So despite this dropping back on Valentine’s Day, it only barely scraped the Top 40 by having just about enough downloads, but it’s doing so little elsewhere that I don’t see it lasting. Unfortunately, after hearing this song a few times, it’s not hard to see why. Firstly, on the production side of things, I don’t mind the more subtle & laid-back rhythm that we’re not used to from Zedd, but did we really need to hear the clock-ticking melody from him for the thousandth time? It’s becoming really old now! That aside, it’s just cringy to listen to Katy Perry try to be sultry in her vocal delivery, because for as much as she’s trying, she just can’t sound convincing at all despite her slightly quirky delivery in the hook. Outside of that though, for a song about how she wants to be around someone all the time, she sounds a lot more boring than I would’ve expected. I really liked so much of Katy Perry’s earlier music, but between this & most of her last album, I don’t see things making an improvement anytime soon & given how much hype this got on social media, this is just disappointing. Light 5/10!

- On the albums chart, ‘Thank U, Next’ by Ariana Grande is #1 for a second consecutive week, with 37.2 million streams between all the tracks on it.

- The rest of the Top 5 is: ‘The Greatest Showman [Soundtrack]’ by the film’s cast (stationary at #2), ‘A Star Is Born [Soundtrack]’ by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (6-3), ‘Bohemian Rhapsody [Soundtrack]’ by Queen (stationary at #4) & ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ by George Ezra (7-5).

- Looking ahead to next week, these songs could be entering the Top 40 for the first time: ‘Walk Me Home’ by P!NK, ‘Juice’ by Lizzo, ‘Don’t Watch Me Cry’ by Jorja Smith, ‘Sincerity Is Scary’ by The 1975, ‘Desire’ by Sub Focus & Dimension, ‘Bad Idea’ by Ariana Grande, ‘Murder On My Mind’ by YNW Melly & maybe even more.

- Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you all have a good weekend. :)

- My latest Crown Note chart: http://crownnote.com/charts/piran-delves/pirans-top-40-116

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Adr Sha

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Why didn't u give dbe 1/10

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Piran

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They didn't get a 1/10 because Young Adz's chorus isn't the worst I've heard when it comes to grime, although his part is still mediocre at best.

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Adr Sha

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he can say the n word to be fair even though he's half black but i think rappers should using explicit language

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Adr Sha

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he can say the n word to be fair even though he's half black but i think rappers should STOP using explicit language

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Dutulescu Stefan Claudiu

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https://youtu.be/6IstG29tuuw

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Dutulescu Stefan Claudiu

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https://youtu.be/6IstG29tuuw uk top 40

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Adr Sha

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What's your thought on murder on my mind

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Foxes

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Hey Piran! I love seeing Ariana break even more records this week as '7 rings' returns to the top! She's now spent 11 out of the past 16 weeks at #1 across the 3 tracks, which is amazing for her! The gap between it and 'break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored' was insanely small this week, at only 187 combined sales, so I'm really interested to see which will come out on top next week. It'll most likely be '7 rings', but 'break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored' is ahead on both Spotify and Apple Music at the moment, so who knows? If would be insane if she manages to knock herself off the #1 spot for 3 weeks in a row!
I can see 'Someone You Loved' taking the #1 spot in a couple weeks, since it was only ~8.5k combined sales behind the Ariana tracks this week, though a huge new debut or just consistent streams of the Ariana tracks could prevent it from reaching the top.
As for the new debuts, our thoughts are pretty similar. 'Please Me' would be a solid 6/10 from me, far from my favourite of Bruno's tracks but behind only 'Bartier Cardi' and maybe 'I Like It' when comparing Cardi's tracks. 'Kitchen Kings' is definitely the worst of the debuts, though I do like it slightly more than you with a 4/10, while I also like '365' slightly more than you with another solid 6/10.
As for 'Please Me', though, I don't mind it debuting at #12, but I really can't see how it managed it. Even ignoring the figures from each individual service, it's #35 on the streaming chart (#29 if you take away the extra Ariana tracks that are excluded from the main chart) and #15 on the sales chart, so how it debuted at #12 on the main chart is really beyond me.
It's great that 'thank u, next' gets another week at #1, though I (sadly) think it'll go to #2 next week as 'The Greatest Showman' gets its 29th week at #1 thanks to the BRITs. Giggs looks like he'll have a Top 10 or maybe Top 5 debut next week with 'BIG BAD...', while Lil Pump & Offset's new albums will probably make impacts as well.
On the singles chart next week '187' by Giggs looks like it'll be the highest debut, currently at #31 on Spotify and #14 on Apple Music, while P!nk's 'Walk Me Home' will likely debut, and Dave's 'Black' could make it as well. 'bad idea' or 'bloodline' may debut as they pass 'needy', as well.

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Piran

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Hey Gameskiller! :)
Yeah, it's insane that Ariana has managed to knock herself off the top spot in back-to-back weeks! 'Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored' is leading overall on streaming & YouTube as you said right now, but it's not by much. There is a bigger margin between the two songs on sales though.
If 'Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored' did go back to #1 next week, Ariana would then take the record for most times an artist has replaced themselves at #1 (since Justin Bieber is currently the other person to do have done this twice).
I think after the BRITS, 'Giant' is more likely to be a future #1 than 'Someone You Loved' at this point, although Lewis Capaldi did release his tour tickets this past week, with his UK dates selling out in just one second! I'm surprised how successful 'Someone You Loved' has been & how fast it got traction. I'm not complaining though because I do like the song, haha!
P!NK only released 'Walk Me Home' on Wednesday, so it only had a couple of tracking for the current chart, hence why it didn't debut this week. I think it'll probably only get a Top 20 debut at best though, because while it's dominating sales, it's only getting like just over 100k streams on Spotify, probably similar numbers on Apple Music (can you send me a link for that chart by the way please?) & no official video will mean it hardly touches YouTube.
I think if 'The Greatest Showman' does go back to #1 on Friday, it'll only be for a week given how well the 'Thank U, Next' tracks are still doing. I think 'A Star Is Born' & 'Bohemian Rhapsody' will stay in the Top 5 thanks to the Oscars tonight.

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Piran

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I've actually never heard the song in full, but I wasn't too impressed with the snippet unfortunately.
I will say that the title of the song is horrifyingly fitting, given that YNW Melly was recently charged with two counts of murder.

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Piran

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Honestly, I've never been a fan of any artist saying the N-word, no matter what their skin colour is.
Just because the artist themselves doesn't find it offensive, it's still a racial slur at the end of the day & others could still be offended by it.

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Foxes

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It would be incredible if Ariana knocked herself off the top again next week, not only becoming the only artist to ever knock themselves off the top 3 times, but doing it in 3 consecutive weeks when no other artist has ever managed to do it in 2 consecutive weeks!
Yeah, I think 'Giant' is likely to take the #3 spot next week, and could definitely be a future #1, though I think it's really a matter of how long the BRITs effect lasts if 'Someone You Loved' keeps gaining in sales like it has been. Both of them are definite contenders for the #1 spot, at least.
'Walk Me Home' is doing really well on Apple's services, #1 on iTunes and #13 on Apple Music, but it's only #53 on Spotify, and, as you mentioned, it's not going to do much on YouTube without an official video.
I use this to check on Apple Music charts: https://kworb.net/charts/apple_s/uk.html It's usually around 6-12 hours slower to update than the Spotify charts, and it doesn't have any figures, but it does at least allow you to see the positions of the Top 200.
'thank u, next' is definitely going to be leading on streams for a good while yet, and will almost definitely end up as the most streamed album of the year, but 'The Greatest Showman' is going to be doing better on sales like it did this week. Since streams haven't completely taken over the albums market yet (they make up around 50% of the albums market), I think it'll be quite close between them, but I can see 'The Greatest Showman' coming out on top.

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Piran

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It doesn't look Ariana will be dethroning herself again on Friday, but in fact, she's set to drop out of the Top 2 entirely as 'Giant' has a narrow lead for the top over 'Someone You Loved'. I knew the BRITs would have their full effect this coming week, but I thought Ariana was still doing well enough on streaming to stay out in front. Anyway, it'll be the first time since November 2011 that Scots have held the Top 2 spots if the predictions stay like that.
On the albums side of things, 'Thank U, Next' is leading, but only by like 540 copies!