Florence + The Machine holds on at number one for a second week. Elton John tops the albums chart for the first time in nearly 22 years.
A second week at number one for Florence + The Machine and Elton John has his first number one album for over 20 years.
There was another close race for the top of the singles chart this week with Florence + The Machine holding a lead of just 50 copies over Maroon 5 on Wednesday. That lead had grown by Friday but was still only in three figures. In the event weekend sales were good enough to give Spectrum - a surprise number one in the first place - a second week at the summit. It is the first song to get a second successive week at number one since Rita Ora’s RIP back in May.
It is another quiet week in the chart with the top five consisting of last week’s top five in a slightly different order. Maroon 5 have another week at number two. A return to number one for a third go at the top still cannot be ruled out. Chris Brown moves up to number three, swapping places with will.i.am and Stooshe stay at number five.
Similarly, numbers six to ten are also the same of last week with the only difference being that Nicki Minaj moves up a place to number nine, knocking Katy Perry back to number ten.
With the Olympic Games just days away there is a sporting theme to two of this week’s new entries. Misha B enters at number 11 with a song called Home Run, a term used in the American version of rounders. It is a first hit for Misha B who was a contestant on last year’s X Factor.
The other sporting connection comes in the form of Cover Drive, a cricketing term. They are the featured artists on Far East Movement’s new single Turn Up The Love which enters at number 28. It is Far East Movement’s fourth top 40 single. The previous three have all reached the top 20. It is also Cover Drive’s fourth top 40 single with all previous hits having reached the top ten. If any song deserves to end that record, it is this one.
Spreading the sporting theme to one of sports and games, Angel (which features on the London version of the Monopoly board) enters at number 20 with Wonderful, the most misleading song title of the week. His previous single Go In, Go Hard featured Wretch 32 who performed at the concert to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Bournemouth just over a week ago (July 13). That fell one place short of the top 40. To continue with the Olympic theme (it’s a quiet week, I’m struggling to find things to write about), it was released on 18 March, the day after Fabrice Muamba collapsed with a cardiac arrest at Tottenham. Muamba carried the Torch on the final leg of yesterday’s stage and lit the cauldron in Walthamstow where he spent much of his formative years.
Completing one of the worst sets of new entries for ages B.o.B and Taylor Swift enter at number 22 with Both Of Us. B.o.B.’s output hasn’t all been terrible. Price Tag is one of Jessie J’s better songs and Airplanes was decent enough. The same cannot be said of Taylor Swift. It is B.o.B.’s sixth top 40 hit (including three number ones and one more top ten) and Swift’s fourth.
Azealia Banks’ 212 just dropped out of the top 40 last week, falling to number 41. Like a bad penny it is back this week at number 39. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now continues to climb and hits another new peak at number 15.
None of the songs to have dropped out of the chart are among those with over 20 weeks in the top 40. After re-entering last week Sexy And I Know It stays in this week to give LMFAO a 37th week with this drivel. The next two on the llist are far better. David Guetta and Sia’s Titanium gets a 29th week while Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know still sounds great after 28 weeks (the longest single run in the chart this week). The latter song has spent the last eight weeks between numbers 16 and 20 with six of them (including this week) at 16 or 17. Nicki Minaj’s Starships, Jessie J’s Domino and Rizzle Kicks’ Mama Do The Hump are all on 23 weeks. Starships has spent the last seven of those weeks between 19 and 21. On a similar note Train’s Drive By has spent its entire 14 week chart run between numbers six and fourteen, the last three of them at number 14.
The albums chart is also fairly quiet this week but there are two new entries in the top ten. The first of those goes straight to the top although straight might not be the appropriate word in this case. Good Morning To The Night is a collaboration between veteran Elton John and Australian duo Pnau. The album is a collection of remixes of old Elton John songs but does not include his most famous songs. John had his first hit album in 1970 and topped the albums chart for the first time in 1973 with Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player. The last of his four number one studio albums was Sleeping With The Past which had five weeks on top in 1990, nearly a year after it was released. That album included Sacrifice, his first solo number one single 18 years after his first hit, Your Song. Two Greatest Hits collections have also topped the chart (the second also in 1990, just before Thatcher ceased to be Prime Minister) so this new set is his seventh number one album with a total of 29 weeks at the summit.
Pnau have previously enjoyed modest chart success but this is their first appearance in the UK charts in a 13 year career. Singer Nick Littlemore has however achieved some success with his side-project Empire Of The Sun. We Are The People was a top 20 single in 2009 and the parent album Walking On A Dream also reached the chart.
Maroon 5 move back up one place to number two with Frank Ocean slipping one place to number three. Following last weekend’s performance of Graceland at Hyde Park (which didn’t over-run, unlike Bruce Springsteen the previous night), Paul Simon climbs back to number four, a new peak for the current run. Ed Sheeran moves back up to number five. Last week’s number one from Newton Faulkner crashes out of the top ten, falling to number 11.
By the time Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones (better known simply as Nas) was born Elton John was about to have his sixth top 40 single (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road). Life Is Good is his tenth studio album and becomes his biggest hit in the UK, entering at number eight. His previous peak was number 23 with his previous album which didn’t actually have a title.
Train’s California 37 climbs back into the top ten at number nine thus beating its previous peak by one place in its 11th week in the chart.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical was first performed in 1971 with the album being released the following year. To mark the 40th anniversary the musical is going on tour with the role of Jesus being cast via an ITV advertising campaign. The role of Herod has already been handed to Chris Moyles which should put a lot of people off. This week a remastered version of the Original Cast Recording has been released featuring the likes of Yvonne Elliman, Mike d’Abo (Manfred Mann) and Ian Gillan (Deep Purple). While most compilation albums do not qualify for the artists albums chart, soundtrack albums do and this re-release enters at number 23. On its original release the album peaked at number six. A popular playground chant at the time was “Jesus Christ, Superstar / Carries a handbag and he wear a bra”. Another version of the soundtrack credited to the National Symphony Orchestra was also released this week. That one hasn’t made the top 40.
Another soundtrack album - for the latest Batman film The Dark Rises - enters at number 36. The soundtrack is composed by Hans Zimmer who also composed music for The Lion King (with Elton John), Gladiator and many others. This is an appropriate moment to remember the 12 people killed at a premier of the film at a cinema in Colorado on Friday.
There are two re-entries this week. Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave spent a week at number 19 at the beginning of last month before crashing out. This week it returns at number 34. LMFAO’s Sorry For Party Rocking first entered the chart exactly a year ago. It too dropped out fairly quickly but re-entered in February for an extended run which ended in June. It is now back again at number 38.
Published on: 2012-07-22 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2
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