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Three weeks at number one for Little Mix
Little Mix hold on for a third week at number one. James Arthur follows his chart-topping single with a number one album.

Little Mix remain in place at the top of the singles chart. James Arthur caps his comeback with a number one album.

Little Mix get a third week at number one with Shout Out To Your Ex, matching the run achieved by their last chart-topper, Black Magic. Of the nine new number ones this year, just two have failed to spend at least three weeks at the top.

James Arthur spends a third consecutive week (and fourth in total) at number two with Say You Won’t Let Go. Clean Bandit and Sean Paul (oh, and mustn’t forget Anne-Marie) climb to number three with Rockabye. It is Clean Bandit’s sixth top five hit and has a good chance of becoming their second number one.

The Weeknd and Starboy are at number four for a third week with Starboy. Chainsmokers and Halsey are down two places to number five with Closer in their twelfth week in the top five. Bruno Mars climbs five places to number six with 24K Magic. Yes, we have a two songs entering the top six in the same week. Please try to contain your excitement. Also new to the top ten is the latest dirge from Drake. Fake Love soars 27 places to number ten, several million places higher than it deserves. Perhaps this is the time to speculate which will come first - Fake Love leaving the top ten or Theresa May invoking Article 50.

Anybody who has managed to avoid getting over-excited at two songs climbing in to the top six and two newcomers in the top ten may struggle to keep calm at the next piece of news. We have a massive three new entries in the top forty, two of them new to the top 100. Hold the front page and hang out the bunting.

In the week that two former X Factor winners occupy the top two places once again, the highest new entry comes from last year’s winner, Louisa Johnson. So Good, a song that fails to live up to its title, enters at number twenty. After her spectacular failure to reach number one with her winner’s single - the first winner not to top the chart - she made her return to the chart alongside Clean Bandit earlier this year. Now she has to attempt to keep her solo career alive.

London producer Jonas Blue has had two number two hits so far this year, first by murdering Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car, then with the decidedly better Perfect Strangers. In quality terms, his new single, By Your Side, comes somewhere in between the two. Whether it matches them in chart terms will be seen in the coming weeks. For now, it is a new entry at number 21. His chosen vocalist this time is teenager Rachel Keen, known as Raye. She is a graduate of the Brit School in Croydon, hoping to follow in the footsteps of previous alumni such as Amy Winehouse, Adele and Ella Eyre.

With a distinct lack of new entries throughout the year, it is inevitable that the number of artists making their chart debut has also been relatively low. With that in mind, perhaps it is a good thing that the next new entry, at number 32, sees no fewer than four acts appearing in the top forty for the first time. On the other hand, if Crank It (Woah!) is anything to go by, there will be many people in no hurry to hear any more from Kideko, George Kwali, Nadia Rose and Sweetie Irie.

Kideko and Kiwali are both Brighton-based producers although the East Sussex city may now wish to disown them. Sweetie Irie, born with the less showbizzy name of Dean Bent, released his first solo album as long ago as the early 1990s. Nadia Rose hails from Croydon - but did not go to the Brit School - and is a cousin of Stormzy who had two top forty hits last year.

Sia’s Cheap Thrills just about holds on to a top forty place, extending its run to 37 weeks. Drake’s One Dance has been around for 31 weeks. Calum Scott’s version of Dancing On My Own notches up a 27th week as does Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s This Is What You Came For.

After surprising most chart watchers with a number one single, James Arthur cements his comeback with a number one album. The 2012 X Factor winner could only get to number two with his debut album the following year. Now, almost exactly three years later the second album, Back From The Edge which, for a long time looked like not even being recorded, goes one better by going straight to the top of the chart.

Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra slip to number two after a week at the top with The Wonder Of You. Michael Buble’s Nobody But Me also falls one place, to number three. I’m sure all readers will wish him well following today’s revelation that his three-year-old son has been diagnosed with cancer.

The resurrection of James Arthur’s career is not the only surprise on this week’s albums chart. Greater Manchester based indie band The Courteeners reached the top ten with their first four albums, but they were all released at a less competitive time of year. With no hit single to help promote album number five, Mapping The Rendezvous, and a late-October release, they might have been expected to struggle to maintain their top ten record. However, they have done so with ease, entering at number four.

Regular viewers of the Top Of The Pops repeats on BBC4 have been treated to a string of performances and videos by Madness in the last couple years or so. They livened up the charts in the late-1970s and early ‘80s with songs such as One Step Beyond, Our House and Baggy Trousers.

The band are still around although looking somewhat greyer than in their heyday. This week they get their tenth top ten album as Can’t Touch Us Now lands at number five. They named themselves after a song by Prince Buster who died in September. Their debut hit single, The Prince, was also a tribute to the Jamaican singer.

Italian-English singer Jack Savoretti’s career got off to a decidedly unspectacular start. His debut album Between The Minds (2007) spent a week at number 70 but the next two albums didn’t even manage that. Album number four, Written In Scars, saw a marked change of fortune, entering the chart at number 13 in February last year. The album reappeared in the chart several times before hitting a new peak of number seven at the beginning of this year. His new album, Sleep No More, enters at number six.

When American metal combo Avenged Sevenfold’s sixth studio album Hail To The King went to number one in 2013, I suggested that it would be a guaranteed Pointless answer if contestants were asked to name artists with a number one album in the 2010s. It is probably fair to say that they are just as little-known now as they were then. Their new album, The Stage which opens with an eight-and-a-half-minute title track, is a new entry at number thirteen.

While on the subject of Pointless, the show’s host Alexander Armstrong has a new album out as well. He reached number six last November with his debut offering A Year Of Songs. With that year almost at an end he returns this week at number eight with Upon A Different Shore. On this set he tackles songs as diverse as McArthur Park (a hit for the original Albus Dumbledore Richard Harris and later for Donna Summer) and Golden Brown (a hit for The Stranglers) as well as hymns such as The Day Thou Gavest.

The album also includes a version of Sting’s Fields Of Gold. The former Police frontman announced this week that he would be performing at the reopening of the Bataclan, scene of the worst of last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris. The gig will take place next weekend (12 November) on the eve of the first anniversary of the attack on the Bataclan in which 90 people were killed.

One of the most distinctive voices in the charts in the early 1960s was that of American singer Roy Orbison as he notched up hits with songs such as Only The Lonely, Oh Pretty Woman and Blue Bayou.

In the second half of that decade, his career was marred by two personal tragedies. In 1966 his wife died in a motor cycle accident. Just two years later, while he was touring in England, his house in Tennessee burned down, killing two of his sons. For many eyars, his career suffered but he staged a comeback in the late 1980s both as a solo artist and as a member of the Travelling Wilburys alongside George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. Sadly, that revival came to an abrupt end in 1988 when he suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of just 52.

Last Friday saw the release of a new compilation album containing songs rom the whole of his career, including with the Travelling Wilburys. The Ultimate Collection is a new entry at number eleven.

The Orbison compilation is not the only Ultimate Collection to enter the chart this week. Veteran metal band Black Sabbath also have one at number twenty.

Some artists can boast of a long list of hit albums without ever being thought of as a household name. One such artist is Daniel O’Donnell who has had at least one top forty album every year since 1991. The fact that almost all of these albums have been released close to Christmas or Mothering Sunday offers a major clue to his target market. This week he gets his second top forty album of 2016 with I Have A Dream which enters at number twelve. The title track is indeed a cover version of the Abba song. Among the other songs to get the O’Donnell treatment are Is This The Way To Amarillo, Sweet Caroline and the ultra-soppy Honey.

American country singer LeAnn Rimes has a new entry at number fifteen with Remnants. It is her first UK top forty album for nine years and her thirteenth in total.

The last new Greatest Hits album in this week’s list of new entries comes from David Gray at number 32. Gray had nine top forty hits between 1999 and 2005 with Babylon (number five, 2000) easily the best known.

The short list of people from Margate to have had a hit album gets a new name this week as Mic Righteous enters at number 34 with Dreamland, a reference to the amusement park in his home town.

Tove Lo sneaks in at number forty with Lady Wood, an album that shares its name with a part of Birmingham. It is something of a comedown for the singer who reached the top twenty with her previous album Queen Of The Clouds.

With Robbie Williams’ new album being released today (Friday), his previous record company has attempted to make a few quid for themselves by re-promoting his 2004 Greatest Hits album. It seems to have worked reasonably well as the album - which originally spent two weeks at number one before returning to the top of the chart for a further fortnight at Christmas - re-enters at number nine.

The week’s other new entry comes from Rick Astley who returns at number 28 with 50.
Published on: 2016-11-04 by Suedehead2 || 22285 Views
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The Snake
4 Nov 2016 - 22:54
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I wonder will the singles chart speed up next year. Three new entries is I think more than average at the minute, although I am not sure, I am guessing the average for the last two months must be about 2.5 per week.
5 Nov 2016 - 11:28
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Come on, Crank It is amazing sad.gif

Hope Rockabye gets #1 next week
5 Nov 2016 - 18:24
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I did wonder if Tove Lo's album has sold a disproportionate number of copies in central Birmingham. Well done for picking up on that. (I live barely 500m outside of the Ladywood constituency.)

Two little errors I've spotted:
It should be 'Shout Out to MY Ex', not 'YOUR Ex'.
It's The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk. Starboy is the song, not the artist.

Keep up the good work!
5 Nov 2016 - 22:00
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Oops, slight error there laugh.gif

A geeky interest in politics is responsible for me knowing about Ladywood (and other districts of UK cities). IIRC it was Clare Short's seat.
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Just forget those blurred eyes dude. biggrin.gif
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