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post Jun 24 2016, 04:51 PM
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Drake continues his reign at the top of the singles chart. Radiohead storm back to the top of the albums chart after the release of the physical version.

On previous occasions when we have had a long-running number one, various jokes start to do the rounds. This time, they have been rather conspicuous by their absence. Nobody suggested that Tim Peake’s first question on returning to Earth after six months in space would be “Is Drake still number one?”. Whether this is because of a lack of interest in the charts or just another consequence of the forgettable nature of the song is a matter for discussion. We now wait to see which comes first for the UK - a new Prime Minister or a new number one single.

This week started like so many others. In the early updates - with streaming data incomplete - Drake had been replaced at number one. However, by the end of the week, the inclusion of all streaming data saw him back at the top for yet another week. That run now extends to an eleventh week. The only other song to spend exactly eleven weeks at number one is Slim Whitman’s Rose Marie in 1955.

Just two songs have had a longer continuous run at the top, both in the 1990s and both from film soundtracks. Wet Wet Wet’s version of Love Is All Around, a song originally recorded by The Troggs before being used in the soundtrack of Four Weddings And A Funeral, spent fifteen weeks at number one in 1994. Bryan Adams spent sixteen weeks at the top with (Everything I Do) I Do It For You from the soundtrack of a Robin Hood film.

This week’s victim, as last week, is This Girl by Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners. It was at number one in the early updates, and is the best-selling single of the week. The rest of the top five also remains unchanged. Justin Timberlake is at number three with Can’t Stop The Feeling while Calvin Harris and Rihanna are at number four with This Is What You Came For. Drake and Rihanna each have a second song in the top five as their Too Good song is at number five.

Just to illustrate the static nature of the chart these days, the next three songs are also going nowhere. Clean bandit and Louisa Johnson are at number six with Tears, gnash and Olivia O’Brien’s I Hate U, I Love U is at seven and Sia and Sean Paul’s Cheap Thrills is at eight.

The highest new entry of the week comes from two artists who made their chart debut in the last few years, and a chart veteran, albeit not as a credited artist. Bruce Fielder, known as Sigala, made his first appearance in the chart last year with his number one single Easy Love. That has been followed by two further top ten hits.

John Newman also started his career with a number one single, as the featured vocalist on Rudimental’s Feel The Love. That was followed by another top ten hit alongside Rudimental before gaining further hits as a solo artist, sometimes with featured artists. He has also had two top three albums.

The veteran involved is Nile Rogers, best known as a member of Chic. They had a string of top ten hits in the 1970s as well as writing and producing hits for other artists. Sigala, Newman and Rogers combine on Give Me Your Love which is a new entry at number nine.

That is the only change in the top ten, as Galantis’s No Money is a non-mover at number ten.

English indie band Bastille’s top forty career got off to a fairly modest start when Flaws reached number 21 in 2012. The following year, though, they enjoyed a massive hit with Pompeii. Even so, they had another couple modest hits before reaching the upper echelons of the chart again with their mash-up Of The Night. They are now back with new material and enter at number 25 with Good Grief, the first single from their forthcoming second album. The only other song with the words good grief in the title to reach the top forty is Good Grief Christina by Chicory Tip, best known for Son Of My Father, in 1973.



Twenty One Pilots get their second top forty hit of the year as Heathens enters at number 33. In a good week for words that have rarely, if ever, featured in the the titles of hit songs, it is the first song with the word heathen (or heathens) it its title to get anywhere in the UK chart at all.

Floridian hip-hop artist and producer Kent Jones makes his first appearance in the UK charts at number 39 with Don’t Mind.

In its eighth week in the top forty, Calum Scott’s version of Dancing On My Own leaps twelve places to number sixteen. Shawn Mendes’ Treat You Better re-enters the top forty at number 38.

Justin Bieber’s Sorry is at number 40 in its 35th week in the chart, but Love Yourself has bowed out after 31 weeks.

Last month Radiohead released A Moon Shaped Pool, their ninth studio album and it went straight to the top of the chart to give them a sixth number one. At the time, it was only available as a download and it soon dropped out of the top forty. By last week it was languishing at number 85. Last Friday the album was finally released on CD and vinyl. As a result it has shot back to number one with sales very similar to those of its first week as a download. Even if it does not match its first week sales, it will achieve higher weekly sales than any album since it last topped the chart.

Red Hot Chili Peppers first broke into the top ten when their sixth studio album, One Hot Minute, reached number two in 1995. Each subsequent release, including a Greatest Hits set and a live album, have followed it into the top five. They keep that sequence going this week as studio album number eleven, The Getaway, enters at number two.

Rick Astley’s number one album last week saw him filling more column inches in the press than at any time since the ridiculous Rick-rolling phenomenon. It is probably safe to assume that that publicity has helped the album, 50, to hold up better than anticipated. It falls just two places to number three.

Jake Bugg was just eighteen when his debut album topped the chart in 2012. Although it initially fell down the chart fairly rapidly, it soon returned to the top forty and went on to spend a total of 67 weeks there. His second album, Shangri La, released just a year later, was less successful.

He has waited rather longer to release his third album, On My One. For his first two albums, he used various co-writers, a process he has described as a sort of apprenticeship. For album number three, he has written all the tracks himself and has also produced some of them. On My One enters at number four.

Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams climbs back up one place to number five. Coldplay are the headline act at Glastonbury on Sunday night. In the absence of any releases from big names, they are likely to be competing for next week’s number one spot with Saturday’s headliner, a singer called Adele.

Over the years, a number of British and American musicians have worked with acts from around the world. Peter Gabriel was collaborating with various African musicians in the 1980s, including Youssou N’Dour who is best known in the UK for his duet with Neneh Cherry. Paul Simon controversially went to South Africa (then still under apartheid) to record his Graceland album. Damon Albarn recorded an album with musicians from Mali and has now extended his horizons beyond Africa to bring some Syrian musicians to this country to perform.

Now another British band has followed a similar path. After abandoning their folky beginnings for a more traditional indie rock sound on their third album, Mumford & Sons have now recorded a mini album with Youssou N’Dour’s Senegalese compatriot Baaba Maal. Maal’s previous appearance in the UK charts was as one of the performers on the BBC Music version of God Only Knows in 2014. The original version was, of course, on the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album which returned to the chart last week.

Mumford & Sons’ appearance with Baaba Maal was one of the highlights of the most recent series of Later on BBC2. Now that viewers who were similarly impressed can finally buy the album, Johannesburg, it is a new entry at number six.

Later has always been a show which gives an opportunity for more obscure artists to be heard by a British television audience. Other shows generally rely on bigger names although sometimes one of them springs a surprise. One of those surprises came a week ago when French singer Christine & The Queens, the moniker adopted by Héloïse Letissier, appeared on Graham Norton’s chat show.

Her album, Chaleur Humaine, was released in 2014, but did not trouble the UK chart compilers. It finally made an appearance in the chart last month, albeit only at number 85. Now she owes somebody responsible for Norton’s show a very big thank you as Chaleur Humaine is at number eight.

Returning to Later, Laura Mvula has appeared on the shoe several times, including in the series that finished earlier this month. The Birmingham-born singer enters at number 21 with her second album, The Dreaming Room. She remains best known for her song Green Garden.

The band with a new entry at number 24 currently go by the name Gojira, but until 2001, they were known as Godzilla. That original name perhaps gives a slightly stronger hint that they are a metal band than their newer, rather meaningless name. The French band made the lower reaches of the chart with their fifth studio album, L’Enfant Sauvage, in 2012, but have had to wait until now to reach the top forty for the first time. Album number six, Magma, breaks that duck.

The Mumford & Sons and Baaba Maal album is not the only one of this week’s new entries to be a collaboration that might be said to be a little lop-sided in terms of previous chart success by the constituent parts. Case Land Veirs brings together Neko Case and Laura Veirs who have had no previous top forty entries in the UK and k d lang, who had hit singles with Constant Craving and Crying (in a duet with Roy Orbison) in the 1990s. Their debut album together enters at number 28.

The Stone Roses’ debut album re-enters at number 34 and Paul Simon’s Ultimate Collection is back at number 40.

As ever, I welcome any corrections to mistakes I may have made. This week I have the added excuse that most of this was written after being up all night! The same excuse applies if any of the above is incoherent rubbish.
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post Jun 25 2016, 11:04 AM
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Do you have an idea when was the last time the top 8 was static on singles chart?
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post Jun 25 2016, 07:33 PM
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QUOTE(SKOB @ Jun 25 2016, 12:04 PM) *
Do you have an idea when was the last time the top 8 was static on singles chart?

I don't know, but maybe somebody else can help. My plan to construct a database which will make questions like this easy to answer hasn't really got anywhere sad.gif
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post Jun 25 2016, 07:44 PM
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QUOTE(SKOB @ Jun 25 2016, 12:04 PM) *
Do you have an idea when was the last time the top 8 was static on singles chart?


31 December 1983: http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/singl.../19831225/7501/

I believe that was the last Christmas that a repeated chart was published for the week after Christmas (i.e. nothing changed position).
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post Jun 25 2016, 10:51 PM
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There was a close call on w/e 4/1/03, where the only change in the top 10 was #2 and #3 (One True Voice and The Cheeky Girls) swapping places.
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post Jun 26 2016, 09:04 AM
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Thanks! I was thinking it must have been a post xmas chart
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