News 21 October 2017
Author: Seth P

Doing Numbers: How well have UK artists done in the charts this week?

21 October 2017

After long being out of the charts, the scene really has had a strong showing in recent years, and is most certainly making up for lost time. With the likes of Stormzy breaking records with his debut number one album and charting with a freestyle, these are just two standout feats from what really has been an incredible few years and we certainly aren’t seeing any signs of letting up.

The highest showing from a UK artist in this week’s charts is Stefflon Don with her collaborative effort with French Montana “Hurtin Me”, which comes in at number seven, two spots higher than the previous week, shifting an impressive 198,000 units. Just a few spots lower and just making the top ten is the very wavy “Finders Keepers” with Mabel and Kojo Funds. the track has climbed an incredible nine places and selling well in excess of 200k, it looks like it might edge ever closer to the elusive top five in the coming weeks.

“Bestie” by Yungen featuring Yxng Bane is a track that just refuses to leave the top 20. Despite dropping a few places to number 14 this week, the track has been in charts for a whopping 16 weeks and as you might expect, has racked up some incredible numbers along the way: over 360,000 to be precise. IS-Land records biggest signing since Bob Marley, Big Shaq holds his position at number 23 for the fourth week in a row with “Mans Not Hot”, the numbers don’t lie as they say and Big Shaq’s viral hit has sold over 75,000 units. A hugely impressive feat for any artist let alone for a parody tune. This just goes to show the genius of Michael Dapaah.  

Giggs and Donaeo’s banger from Wamp 2 DemLinguo” drops ten places put still remains inside the top 40 at number 38, which is mind boggling as a few years ago many would of thought that Giggs charting would be unthinkable. Yxng Bane’s second entry on the chart is a re-entry from of his wavy “Rihanna” which climbs seven places and grabs the number 40 spot with just under 96,000 sales, rounding out this week’s top 40.

We’ve got another impressive showing of our home grown artists in the album charts too, with Wretch 32’s latest album FR32 debuting at number 12 with Giggs’s Wamp 2 Dem just behind at number 15 after slipping two places. Grime golden child Stormzy remains in the top 20 with his debut release Gang Signs & Prayer which has been in the chart for 34 weeks now.

Another mainstay in the album charts is the Husla. J Hus’s Common Sense peaked just outside the top five, and is currently number 33 but has been in the charts for an impressive 23 weeks and is within touching distance of a 100k sales, he surely deserves to win some sort of accolade for his genre spanning masterpiece.

Check back next week on GRM Daily to see which of your favourite UK Artists are doing numbers!