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THE MOST-STREAMED SONGS OF THE YEAR
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HITS LIST: LABELED
WITH LOVE
Long live Hitsville USA. (12/2a)
2022 (NEARLY) FINAL MARKETSHARE
IGA and Republic are on top. (11/30a)
THE BIGGEST ALBUMS OF 2022
A Bunny, a Taylor and a Morgan walk into a bar... (11/30a)
SONG REVENUE:
XMAS IS COMING
It's the most wonderful time of the year. (12/2a)
GRAMMY SEASON
Artists sound off on the prospect of being nominated
CATALOG ECONOMICS
They're changing the game... for some.
VOTING AGAINST FASCISM
You're helping with the runoff, right?
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: STEPS' BIG LEAP
8/26/22

Steps is the first British, mixed-gender group to earn a #1 album in four consecutive decades as The Platinum Collection (Sony Music CG) secures the top slot on the Official Albums chart. And with eight consecutive weeks at #1, LF System’s “Afraid To Feel” is hitting benchmarks as well.

Steps’ The Platinum Collection is their fourth #1 album in the U.K. and their first in 11 years; it was the most physically purchased and downloaded album of the week. 

Steps joins a club of just four acts who have scored #1 albums in four consecutive decades: The Rolling Stones (they’re actually at six decades now), Kylie Minogue (who took the number to five in 2020), Stereophonics and ABBA.

At #2 is the most-streamed record of the week, Close To Home (Capitol) by Mancunian rapper Aitch. Trivia alert: Close To Home is also the first album to land on the Official Albums Chart that features NFT technology.

Madonna’s greatest hits collection, Finally Enough Love (Rhino), lands at #3 giving her 23 U.K. Top 10 albums, and Panic! At the Disco’s Viva Las Vengeance (DCD2/Fueled By Ramen) opens at #5, becoming their fifth Top 10 album.

25th anniversary editions of OasisBe Here Now (Big Brother) have pushed the former chart-topper back into the Top 10 to #6. Demi Lovato’s Holy Fvck (Island) is #7, their fifth Top 10 album in the U.K.

At songs, LF System’s “Afraid To Feel” (Warner) has passed Encanto’s “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” to claim the second-longest #1 run of 2022. With 4.6m streams across the last seven days, it’s again the most streamed track in the country as it extends its run as the longest running #1 dance record of the decade.

“B.O.T.A (Baddest Of Them All)” (Warner) by Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal holds at #2, but the margin between the two songs is growing slimmer.

Moving up in the Top 10 are OneRepublic’s “I Ain’t Worried” (Interscope) to #5; Aitch and Ed Sheeran’s  “My G” at #6; and Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” (Republic) at #10.