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post Feb 15 2015, 07:02 PM
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This week's musings are on the front page and in the latest news box.
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post Feb 15 2015, 08:10 PM
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SAM SMITH'S UK MALE SOLO CHART RECORD

Sam Smiths In The Lonely Hour Album has its 37th Top 5 Week in today's UK Album Chart.

It is the most by any UK Male Solo Act. (Beating the previous UK Male Solo Record holder,
which was Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield. That was in the Top 5 for 34 Weeks. It also looks
like X by Ed Sheeran will beat Tubular Bells 34 Top 5 Weeks in the next 2 Weeks).

I've compiled these 3 Lists, that you may find of interest...

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ALBUMS BY UK ACTS - WITH THE MOST TOP 5 WEEKS

(W/E 28th July 1956 to W/E 21st February 2015)

1) THE BLACK & WHITE MINSTREL SHOW - THE GEORGE MITCHELL MINSTRELS (1960) - 97
2) 21 - ADELE (2011) - 61
3) PLEASE PLEASE ME - THE BEATLES (1963) - 56
4) BROTHERS IN ARMS - DIRE STRAITS (1985) - 50
5) OUR VERSION OF EVENTS - EMELI SANDE - 47 (2012)
6)=(WHAT’S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY? - OASIS (1995) - 40
6)=SPICE - SPICE GIRLS (1996) - 40
8) SERGEANT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND - THE BEATLES (1967) - 39
9) THE ROLLING STONES - ROLLING STONES (1964) - 38
10)=STARS - SIMPLY RED (1991) - 37
10)=IN THE LONELY HOUR - SAM SMITH (2014) - 37

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ALBUMS BY UK SOLO ACTS - WITH THE MOST TOP 5 WEEKS

(From W/E 28th July 1956 to W/E 21st February 2015)

1) 21 - ADELE (2011) - 61
2) OUR VERSION OF EVENTS - EMELI SANDE - 47 (2012)
3) IN THE LONELY HOUR - SAM SMITH (2014) - 37
4) BACK TO BLACK - AMY WINEHOUSE (2006) - 36 (Includes 4 Top 5 Weeks with the ‘Deluxe Edition’)
5)=TUBULAR BELLS - MIKE OLDFIELD (1973) - 34
5)=ROCKFERRY - DUFFY (2008) - 34 (Includes 5 Top 5 Weeks with the ‘Deluxe Edition’)
5)=19 - ADELE (2008) - 34
8)=NO ANGEL - DIDO (2000) - 33
8)=X - ED SHEERAN (2014) - 33
10) BACK TO BEDLAM - JAMES BLUNT (2004) - 32
11)…BUT SERIOUSLY - PHIL COLLINS (1989) - 31
12) SUMMER HOLIDAY (OST) - CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS (1963) - 26 @@@

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UK ALBUMS BY MALE SOLO ACTS - WITH THE MOST TOP 5 WEEKS

(From W/E 28th July 1956 to W/E 21st February 2015)

1) THRILLER - MICHAEL JACKSON (1982) - 55 (Includes 1 Top 5 Week with ‘Thriller 25’)
2) G.I. BLUES (OST) - ELVIS PRESLEY (1960) - 44
3) BLUE HAWAII (OST) - ELVIS PRESLEY (1961) - 38
4) IN THE LONELY HOUR - SAM SMITH (2014) - 37
5) TUBULAR BELLS - MIKE OLDFIELD (1973) - 34
6) X - ED SHEERAN (2014) - 33
7) BACK TO BEDLAM - JAMES BLUNT (2004) - 32
8)…BUT SERIOUSLY - PHIL COLLINS (1989) - 31
9) SONGS FOR SWINGIN’ LOVERS - FRANK SINATRA (1956) - 27
10)=SUMMER HOLIDAY (OST) - CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS (1963) - 26 @@@
10)=CAN’T SLOW DOWN - LIONEL RICHIE (1983) - 26

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post Feb 15 2015, 08:11 PM
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The Weeknd climbing into the top 10 not even worthy of a passing mention? It seems somewhat appropriate that songs from Fifty Shades of Grey are found at both the top and the bottom of the top 10 heehee.gif
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post Feb 15 2015, 08:17 PM
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Thanks for those lists Colin. I didn't realise Sam Smith was anywhere near setting a record ohmy.gif
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post Feb 15 2015, 08:19 PM
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That is quite a surprising statistic. I wonder if 'In The Lonely Hour', 'x' and 'Wanted On Voyage' will be the three longest running top 5 albums by UK male soloists come the end of the year? Ed and Sam should easily be the top 2 anyway.
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post Feb 15 2015, 08:27 PM
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JAGGED LITTLE PILL - ALANIS MORISSETTE (1995)

I see that it is a Re-Entry at No.16.

It was last in the Top 20 on W/E 8th February 1997 - at No.19 -- (18 Years ago).

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SAM SMITH'S 4 RUNS AT NUMBER 1 IN THE UK ALBUM CHART

Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour has its 3rd return to No.1, & its 4th Run at No.1 over all.

1) It is the 6th time, (since the Album Chart began in July 1956), that a Solo Male has had as many as 4 Runs at No.1
with the same Album.

2) Meat Loaf is one of the 6 & he is the only Male Solo Act to have more than 4 Runs at No.1 with the same Album.
His Bat Out Of Hell II - Back Into Hell Album was No.1 in 5 Runs in 1993.

3) The 5 Male Solo Acts to have 4 Runs at No.1 with the same Album, are:

This Is Sinatra - Frank Sinatra, (all in 1957), Thriller - Michael Jackson, (1983 to 1984), No Parlez - Paul Young, (1983 to 1984),
Justified - Justin Timberlake (2002), which had its 4 Runs at No.1 in 2003, & In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith, (2014 to 2015).

4) So Sam Smith is only the 2nd UK Solo Male to manage it, & the 1st one was Paul Young way back in 1983 & 1984.

5) Sam is the 1st Solo Male to achieve it since Justin Timberlake in 2003.

6) Although no Solo Males have had more than 5 Runs at No.1 with the same Album, it has been beaten by 2 Solo Females.
(Both of them British). Adele's 21 Album had 7 Runs at No.1 between 2011 & 2012. The other is Emeli Sande's Our Version
Of Events, which also had 7 Runs at No.1 between 2012 & 2013. (The West Side Story Film Soundtrack also had 7 Runs
at No.1 - from 1962 to 1963).

7) Only 1 Artist Album has had more than 7 Runs at No.1. That Album was Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel,
which had 8 No.1 Runs from 1970 to 1971. That is beaten by only 3 Film Sound Track Albums -- The Sound Of Music -
12 Runs from 1965 to 1968, The King & I - 11 Runs from 1956 to 1958, & South Pacific - 9 Runs at No.1 from 1958 to 1961.


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