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Little Mix stay at number one
Little Mix continue to shout out to their ex at the top of the singles chart. Another orchestrally-enhanced Elvis collection tops the albums chart.

Little Mix remain at the top of the singles chart. Elvis Presley gets a 13th number one album.

After they went straight to number one last week, it is no surprise that Little Mix hold on to the top spot in the singles chart with Shout Out To My Ex. It becomes the second of their four chart-topping singles to spend at least two weeks at the summit. This is the fifth successive week where the number one single has been by a British act. This would not normally be particularly remarkable but it last happened in July and August 2015. That run included three weeks at the top for Little Mix’s Black Magic.

Little Mix head a completely static top five. James Arthur stays in the runner-up slot with Say You Won’t Let Go. Chainsmokers and Halsey are still at number three with Closer to get a tenth week in the top three. The Weeknd and Daft Punk’s Starboy is still at number four and Hailee Steinfeld, Grey and Zedd are stuck at number five with Starving. Neiked’s Sexual climbs six places to number six in its sixth week in the top forty.

After last week’s bumper crop of new entries, we are back to the 2016 norm this week. We have just two new entries. Clean Bandit enter at number seven with Rockabye. The song features the familiar tones of Sean Paul as well as the less familiar sound of Anne-Marie, currently still in the chart with her debut top forty hit Alarm.

Sean Paul’s best run as a lead artist came in the first half of the last decade but he has become a popular choice as a featured artist. Rockabye is his fifth top ten (and sixth top eleven) hit as a featured artist since 2013.

Clean Bandit have recently lost their violinist Neil Amin-Smith. There will, no doubt, be plenty of currently unemployed violinists willing to take his place. Amin-Smith was educated at Westminster School. Among other alumni of that establishment (known as Wykehamists) to spend time in the charts are Shane McGowan, Dido and - as a composer - Andrew Lloyd Webber. The school has also educatedTony Benn, Louis Theroux, A A Milne and Nick Clegg.

The other new entry is less welcome. It is yet another song by Drake and it sounds pretty much like all the others. Fake Love is a new entry at number 37. Judging by the performance of his other recent “songs”, this will still be in the chart next summer. Oh joy.

One of last week’s new entries is this weeks biggest climber. Shawn Mendes sneaked in at number 40 with Mercy. This week he climbs 25 places to number fifteen with his latest song which is not a cover version of Duffy’s hit. You must remember Duffy. She was a sort of Welsh Adele. Another of last week’s newcomers, Love On Me by Galantis and Hook ‘n’ Sling, climbs ten places to number 27.

Sia (and our old friend Sean Paul) notch up a 36th week in the top forty with Cheap Thrills. Drake’s One Dance has been knocking around for 30 weeks. It slips to number 22 this week, its lowest position in its entire chart run.

Once again it is the albums chart that provides the real action this week with fourteen new entries starting, as so often, at the very top.

When a singer has been dead for nearly forty years it starts to get a little difficult to come up with new ways of repackaging their old material. Even the most enthusiastic fan may eventually decide that they don’t really need yet another album full of songs they own several times already. Such was the problem facing the owners to the rights to Elvis Presley’s recordings until somebody had the bright idea of adding an orchestral backing.

The idea proved to be a major success. The album, If I Can Dream, went straight to number one in the UK to become Presley’s twelfth chart-topping album and the fourth to do so since his death in August 1977. It was not just a quick flash in the pan; it spent a total of 13 weeks in the top ten and almost six months in the top forty. That, inevitably, has led to another similar collection and it too has gone straight to the top almost exactly sixty years after Rock ‘n’ Roll gave him his first number one album. He has now accumulated a total of 66 weeks at the top of the albums chart to add to his 80 weeks atop the singles chart.

For this second collection, The Wonder Of You, the services of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have been employed once again. They have added new backing to familiar songs such as Suspicious Minds, Always On My Mind and, of course, The Wonder Of You as well as some less well-known songs. If they continue with the tactic of rationing the number of well-known songs on each album, this series could last for many years to come.

With Canadian artists dominating the singles chart for so much of the year, it could only be a matter of time before Mickey Bubble (better known as Michael Buble) tried to bag himself another number one album. However, like everyone else, he has been outsold by a long-dead American. His new album, Nobody But Me, enters at number two. Despite the album’s title there is a guest appearance from Meghan Trainor on one track. It may still be October, but Buble’s Christmas album is back at number sixteen.

When Lady GaGa first burst into the charts in 2009 it looked as if she could be embarking on a long and successful career. Her first two singles went to number one and the parent album, The Fame, spent seven weeks at the top of the chart. However, as time went on, it became apparent that she was in serious danger of believing her own hype. The following two albums, Born This Way and Artpop, both topped the chart but their sales fell a long way short of those of The Fame.

Many successful artists will release several albums of fairly commercial material before branching out and recording exactly what they like, secure in the knowledge that they have made sufficient money not to care whether it sells or not. With Artpop, GaGa seemed to have reached that stage earlier than most. Her new album, Joanne, appears to be a continuation of that attitude. Of course, some fans will love it while others will probably listen once and not bother to do so again. The album enters at number three to break her run of chart-toppers. Nevertheless, it is the only one of this week’s newbies to include a 2016 top forty single.

It has become commonplace to suggest that some of the best songwriters are not exactly great singers. Bob Dylan - recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature - is one obvious example. Leonard Cohen - yet another Canadian - is a further example. His best-known song is probably Hallelujah although his own version is not as well known as some of the others. You Want It Darker, his fourteenth studio album, is a new entry at number four to give him a fifth top ten hit.

Kings Of Leon’s Walls falls to number five after the 2016-standard run of seven days at the summit.

The start of this week brought the news of the deaths of Dead Or Alive’s Pete Burns and early rock ‘n’ roll singer Bobby Vee. Their names were added to the list of prominent musicians who have died this year, a list that started with the death in January of David Bowie. At the time of his death he had been working on a musical production featuring many of his songs.

The musical, Lazarus, would surely have been successful even without Bowie’s death. The quality of the songs - among them Life On Mars?, Changes, Heroes and later songs Lazarus and Where Are We Now - would have been enough to attract big audiences. Naturally there has to be a soundtrack album from the show and here it is at number ten.

Despite being credited to Various Artists, the soundtrack album for the film Trolls has qualified for the artists chart and enters at number eleven. It features contributions form artists such as Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande and Gwen Stefani.

The masters of repeating a winning formula are, arguably, Status Quo. They have had 57 top forty hits or, if you prefer, 57 varieties of the same hit. That would be a little unfair. Two or three of them were a slight deviation from their usual fare. While the Elvis Presley estate has added something to old material, Status Quo’s latest trick is to take something away by recording acoustic versions of old songs (or revamps of the same song). Their second such album, Aquostic II, is at number seven.

Californians Korn get their ninth top forty album with their twelfth studio offering, The Serenity Of Suffering at number nine.

Over the years there have been a number of clubs that have achieved iconic status. In the 1960s it was the Cavern in Liverpool which hosted many early performances by The Beatles. In the 1980s Heaven in London was known for hosting many bands that came to be known as New Romantics. In the late 1980s and the early 1990s it was back to North West England and the Haçienda in Manchester. In the Hacienda’s case, the club was largely financed by record sales from some of the bands who played there, notably New Order.

Now some of the tunes which featured in nights at the club have been given an orchestral treatment by former DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering with contributions fromPeter Hook of New Order and, formerly, Joy Division. The album, Haçienda Classiçal, is at number fourteen.

The Pretenders reach the top forty with a standalone studio album for the first time since 1999 with Alone at number 40. They reached number 35 in 2009 with Break Up The Concrete but that was sold with a Best Of collection.

There are also new entries this week for former Spice Girl Melanie C at number 25 with Version Of Me, Jimmy Eat World (number 21, Integrity Blues), The Pretty Reckless (Who You Selling For, 23) and Agnes Obel (Citizen Of Glass, 30).

Ed Sheeran’s × slumps 11 places to number 33. It is the biggest fall in the album’s 123-week chart run and sees it leave to the thirty for the first time.
Published on: 2016-10-28 by Suedehead2 || 23017 Views
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28 Oct 2016 - 17:49
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You're being very generous to Drake there, Suedy! This is new track is much much worse than anything he's done before, based on one hearing. Some of the others just got on your nerves after a while, a couple of his early ones were actually fab, but this one is just awful:lol:
28 Oct 2016 - 21:18
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I've only heard the clip they played on the Chart Show. Maybe when I've endured it all, I'll be more blunt laugh.gif
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29 Oct 2016 - 18:48
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Maybe Clean Bandit won't need a new violinist as there is very little violin in Rockabye anyway.laugh.gif
30 Oct 2016 - 16:09
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There's still some violin in Rockabye. It wouldn't be a proper Clean Bandit song without it!
30 Oct 2016 - 19:33
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Two new entries in the Singles Chart is way better that none, which has also happened quite recently. Hopefully it won't happen again soon.
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