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Clean Bandit are number one for a fourth week
Clean Bandit complete a month at number one with Rockabye. Little Mix join a select list of girl bands to spend a second week atop the albums chart.

Clean Bandit grab a fourth week at number one in the singles chart. Little Mix get a second week at the top of the albums chart.

Clean Bandit hold on to the number one spot to extend Rockabye’s run to four weeks. It becomes the sixth of this year’s ten number ones to spend at least four weeks at the summit and it matches the run of their previous chart-topper, Rather Be.

Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane remain at number two with Black Beatles. The Weeknd and Daft Punk climb back up to number three with Starboy. James Arthur’s Say You Won’t Let Go is a non-mover at number four while Little Mix fall two places to number five with Shout Out To My Ex.

It has been a common criticism of popular music through the decades that much of it is over-produced. Like most generalisations, there is some truth in this, although the music world would have been a much poorer place without the work of producers such as Phil Spector (leaving aside later events in his life) and Giorgio Moroder. On the other hand, would the absence of Stock Aitken and Waterman have been a bad thing?

Over-production is not a criticism that can be levelled at the sublime song that enters at number eleven this week. Hailing from Uckfield in East Sussex (for those of us who grew up in a different part of Sussex, Uckfield was the place you ended up if you got on the wrong part of the train home in London), Rag n Bone Man, born Rory Graham, makes his chart debut at the relatively old age of 31 with Human.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man is on a shortlist of three for next year’s Brits Critics’ Choice award. He is also on the long list for the BBC Sound Of 2017 award. This hit comes late enough in the year for him still to qualify for the award.

A number of tracks from The Weeknd’s new album had already made their way into the chart in recent weeks. The release of the album last Friday has paved the way for even more of them to make an impact. Rockin’ enters at number 26 and Sidewalks (featuring Kendrick Lamar) is new at number 30. Reminder is at number 39. Party Monster climbs sixteen places to number seventeen. I Feel It Coming (the second Daft Punk Collaboration) climbs nine places to number nine.

Now that December is here, the influx of old Christmas songs gets underway. As has become almost as traditional as mince pies and complaints that there is nothing good on television, Mariah Carey leads the way with All I Want For Christmas Is You. That song enters at number 29 this week. Expect more of the usual suspects to follow.

All I Want For Christmas is you immediately becomes the longest-running song in this week’s chart with a total of 46 weeks in the top forty spread over more than twenty years. Drake’s One Dance has now lasted for 35 weeks. Calum Scott has been dancing on his own for 31 weeks.

After entering at number one last week, Little Mix get a second week at the top of the albums chart with Glory Days. The performance of girlbands in the UK albums chart is extraordinarily modest. Glory Days is only the sicth album by a girlband to spend more than a week at number one. The Spice Girls are the only other British act to achieve this - they managed it twice with Spice (15 weeks in five separate runs) and Spiceworld (three weeks in two runs). It is worth noting that Spice’s initial run at the top lasted just one week before it returned to the summit for an eight week tenure. Diana Ross and the Supremes have had two albums at the top for more than a week and Destiny’s Child one.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe climb back up to number two with their duets album, Together. Elvis Presley’s The Wonder Of You is at number three.

There are very few artists whose announcement of live dates becomes headline news. One such example occurred in 2014 when Kate Bush announced a series of dates at the Hammersmith Apollo, her first live dates since 1978. The 22 live shows received rave reviews and it was no surprise when it became known that a live album of the shows would be released. The only surprise is that it has taken two years for the album to appear, but Kate Bush has never been one for following convention.

In the first chart update of the week Before The Dawn led the way, albeit by a fairly narrow margin. Unfortunately, it couldn’t hold on to the top spot, thereby denying Bush a first number one album for thirty years. Nevertheless, it does enter at number four.

Bush’s third release, Never Forever, was the first of her three chart-topping albums. When it topped the chart in 1980 it was the first album by a solo British female artist to do so, matching her feat of bagging the first self-penned number one single by a female artist.

Thanks to zeuss at Buzzjack / orthon at Haven for most of the Little Mix and Kate Bush information.

As mentioned above, Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, released his new album, Starboy, last week. He topped the chart last year with Beauty Behind The Madness, but Starboy can only manage a chart debut at number five. As well as the Daft Punk collaborations which have already entered the singles chart, the album also features a contribution from Lana Del Rey.

Dutch conductor and violinist Andre Rieu gets his 13 top forty (and eighth top ten) album since 2010 with Falling In Love at number seven. It includes tunes from Titanic (yes, that one, but without Celine Dion’s wailing), High Society and The Wizard Of Oz as well as a version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Every weekday teatime ITV and BBC1 go head to head with a daily quiz show, The Chase and Pointless respectively. A few weeks ago, Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong took his new album into the chart. Now it is the turn of Bradley Walsh who hosts the rival show. The album, Chasing Dreams, contains versions of Bratpack standards such as That’s Life and Fly Me To The Moon and is a new entry at number ten.

Emeli Sande’s debut album, Our Version Of Events, created a new chart record for a debut release by spending its first 66 weeks in the top ten. The follow-up, Long Live The Angels, crashes out of the top ten after just a fortnight. It is at number fourteen this week.

It is getting increasingly difficult to keep up with the current position regarding McFly, Busted and McBusted. It seems only a matter of a few months since we were told that there was no chance of Busted re-forming and that there was no way that Charlie Simpson would ever record with them again. Hey ho. Now they are back, complete with Simpson, and they have a new album, Night Driver, their first for thirteen years. Their first two studio albums reached number two. The third is at number thirteen.

There aren’t too many people whose name gets to be adopted as rhyming slang, but Pete Tong is one of them. The DJ performed at the Promenade Concerts at the Albert Hall last eyar, treating his audience to versions of songs such as Right Here Right Now (Fatboy Slim), Waiting All Night (Ella Eyre) and Porcelain (Moby). An album, Classic House, has now followed and it enters at number sixteen. Tong’s previous chart appearances have been confined to the separate compilations chart.

Susan Boyle’s debut album, I Dreamed A Dream, was a phenomenal success. However, each subsequent release from the former Britain’s Got Talent contestant has failed to come close to matching that success. The general decline in her fortunes continues as her latest set, A Wonderful World, limps in at number 22. The album’s tracks include Angels (Robbie Williams), Always On My Mind (Elvis Presley and, separately, the Pet Shop Boys) and Mull Of Kintyre (Wings).

Last week’s new entries included a new David Bowie compilation. This week we get a similar product from Prince who also died this year. Whether you regard these releases as a cash-in is a matter of opinion. The Prince collection, 4Ever Prince, is at number 24.

Any list of great songwriters is likely to include the names Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Many singers have recorded collections of their songs and Rumer has now joined them. Her collection of their songs, including Walk On By, The Look Of Love and What The World Needs Now Is Love, lands at number 28.

Following the success of an album of duets with his younger self, Aled Jones has repeated the trick, this time with a collection of Christmas songs. Inevitably that includes Walking In The Air as well as Little Drummer Boy, Silent Night and even Away In A Manger. One Voice At Christmas enters at number 30.

Electric Light Orchestra’s Very Best Of compilation, All Over The World, is back into the top forty once again at number 34.
Published on: 2016-12-02 by Suedehead2 || 17334 Views
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The Snake 🐍
2 Dec 2016 - 17:50
Don't mess it up, talking that hiss
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All Over The World must be one of the best selling greatest hits albums of any band. The album was first out, years ago, I thought, was re-promoted on TV recently for some reason and is back top 40.
7 Dec 2016 - 19:16
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Great to see Human eneter the charts, it really deserves to be big over here.
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