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Ed Sheeran still occupies the top two
Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You stays at the top of the singles chart, ahead of his Castle On The Hill. The XX top the albums chart.

Ed Sheeran continues to occupy the top two places in the singles chart. The XX get their second chart-topping album.

After his record-breaking feat last week, to the surprise of precisely nobody Ed Sheeran holds on to the top two places in the singles chart this week. Shape Of You gets a second week at number one while Castle On The Hill remains at number two.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man remains at number three with the sublime Human. Jax Jones and Raye climb five places to number four with You Don’t Know Me and Clean Bandit’s Rockabye falls one place to number five.

Chainsmokers’ number one from last September, Closer, finally leaves the top twenty this week. However, it is replaced by their new single, Paris, at number ten. It is the tenth top ten single to include a reference to the French capital in its title. Curiously, no other songs with the word Paris (or Parisian / Parisienne) in the title have reached the top twenty / vingt. After last week’s excitement when half of the top ten was replaced, this is the only newcomer to the upper tier this week. Normality has been restored.

In 1968 (and repeated a few times thereafter) there was a children’s television series called The Herbs featuring characters such as Parsley the lion and Dill the dog. The series was created by Michael Bond, best known as the creator of Paddington Bear. There was also a character called Sage the owl. Sadly, the dates of birth of the characters was not recorded so it cannot be known whether Sage was a Gemini.

All this is a typically convoluted way of introducing Sage The Gemini who enters at number 32 with Now And Later. The Californian rapper, born Dominic Woods under the sign of Gemini, has had some modest success in the American charts, but this is his first appearance in the UK charts. One of his minor American hits was with a song called Red Nose. Perhaps Comic Relief will commission a new version for their next appeal.

For the record it should be noted that it is now generally accepted that owls are not wise at all. In fact, they are no more intelligent than other birds. Perhaps A A Milne knew what he was doing when his Owl character couldn’t even spell his own name. Incidentally, as someone brought up very near Winnie The Pooh country, I can’t miss the opportunity to mention that Tuesday (17 Jan) was Winnie The Pooh Day.

Amrican hip hop group Migos make their UK chart debut at number 37 with a number that goes by the name Band And Boujee, whatever that means. They are joined by fellow newcomer Symere Woods who styles himself Lil Uzi Vert, a name that combines a type of submachine gun and a colour.

Drake’s One Dance still refuses to go away. It gets a 41st week in the top forty this week. Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling has left after a total of 32 weeks in the chart.

London trio The XX got off to what can only be called a slow start. Their eponymous debut album entered the chart in August 2009 at number 36 and soon left the top 100. It re-entered to spend another two weeks in the very low reaches of the chart before disappearing again. However, it returned to the chart at the beginning of 2010 and eventually spent another two weeks in the top forty in the spring of that year.

In July 2010 the album was nominated for the Mercury Prize which revived interest once again and sent it into the top twenty. It finally reached a peak of number three a little over a a year after its release when it was announced the winner of the prize.

As a result of that belated success, the follow-up, Coexist, went straight to the top of the chart when it was released in September 2012. It finished the year as the best-selling vinyl album at a time when sales of that format were beginning to pick up after having fallen close to zero.

After a gap of over four years, the band have finally released their third album, I See You. Pedants will be delighted to note that each of the words has been spelled out in full rather than being replaced with a single letter. The album enters the chart this week at number one. They also re-enter the singles chart at number 34 with On Hold which originally reached number 38 last November.

After a total of five weeks at number one Little Mix’s Glory Days slips to number two. It remains the album most likely to top the chart in any week without a suitably popular new release although any subsequent weeks at number one could be with embarrassingly low sales.

It has been difficult to miss publicity for the film La La Land over the last week or two. Nevertheless, I am proud to say that I still have no idea what the film is about (it could be the life story of one of the Teletubbies for all I know) or who is in it. Clearly there are people better informed on the subject than I am and some of them have gone out and bought the soundtrack album. As it is credited to the cast of the film it qualifies for the artist albums chart and is a new entry at number three.

George Michael’s Ladies & Gentlemen best of collection stays at number four. Wham!’s The Final album climbs to number 21 while Michael’s Twenty Five collection falls to number 35.

American based British born Producer Simon Green finally got his first chart success, under the name Bonobo - just before his 37th birthday in 2013 when his fifth album, The North Borders, reached number 29. Album number six, Migration, has done a lot better. It is a new entry at number five. This commentary is strictly non-political, so there will be no comments based on the album’s title.

There are a number of musicians who started their career by playing, uncredited, on other people’s records. Some of them continued their session work to top up their income after they began to make a name for themselves as a solo artist or as part of a band. The best example of this is probably Robert Plant but there are plenty of others. Among them is Rick Wakeman who made his name as a member of prog-rock band Yes but who played the piano on songs such as David Bowie’s Life On Mars? and Space Oddity. He also played on songs by artists such as T Rex, Elton John (who also worked as a session musician at the start of his career) and Cat Stevens.

While a member of Yes, Wakeman also released solo album including The Six Wives Of Henry VIII (1973) and Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (1974).

Immediately after David Bowie’s death last year Wakeman performed an instrumental of Life On Mars? That has now led to a whole album of piano performances of songs including Eleanor Rigby, Stairway To Heaven and I’m Not In Love. It also includes Wonderous Stories which was a hit for Yes in 1977. The album, Piano Portraits enters at number seven, his first appearance in the top forty since Return To The Centre Of The Earth in 1999 and his first top ten hit since No Earthly Connection back in 1976.

It has been over three-and-a-half years since Wiley (who turned 37 yesterday, Thursday) last appeared in the top forty of either the singles or albums chart. However, all good things must come to an end and he enters the albums chart this week at number nine with his eleventh studio album Godfather. He has said that it will be his last album but plenty of people have said the same thing and gone on to release further albums. Perhaps Wiley will do us all a favour and stay true to his word.

If seriously weird American band Flaming Lips can ever be said to have gone mainstream, it was with their 2002 album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. That album, their tenth, gave them a first appearance in the top forty and also spawned a hit single. The follow-up, At War With The Mystics reached the top ten but the band effectively disappeared back into the obscurity whence they came. Their subsequent releases have included reworkings of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon and The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The latter album featured artist such as Moby, Miley Cyrus and Ben Goldwasser of MGMT.

They finally end their long wait for another top forty hit as Oczy Mlody, album number fourteen, enters at number 38. After working with the band on the Sgt. Pepper remake, Miley Cyrus puts in another guest appearance.

Michael Buble’s Nobody But Me re-enters at number 33.
Published on: 2017-01-20 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 1424 Views
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popchartfreak
20 Jan 2017 - 19:12
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Sage advice, as the current US chart hit (and UK flop, criminally) says (Labrinth, guesting on Noah Cyrus' fabulous single).

Tracks that are in the top 40 sales, but not streaming hits - Dua Lipa, Nathan Sykes, Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone from the critically-acclaimed musical L.A. L.A. L.A.nd, MO & Kent Jones, and also Justin Timberlake is still comfortably top 30 on sales, quite rightly being as it's fairly popular across the board. Drake, by contrast, is almost out of the 75 sales again.

Just missing the top 40, Hifi Sean and Crystal Waters, and just inside the 75 Lukas Graham, and Halsey, all good or fab singles.
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20 Jan 2017 - 19:23
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I looked up Noah Cyrus earlier to see if it wa Miley's brother. I was almost right laugh.gif
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Chig66
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Technically, this isn't Sage The Gemini's 'first appearance in the UK charts'. He's had a UK #3 hit with GDFR, as a featured artist with Flo Rida. (He was credited, along with Lookas.)
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