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A third week of dominance for Ed Sheeran
The top two places in the singles chart still belong to Ed Sheeran. Pete Tong climbs to the top of the albums chart.

Ed Sheeran continues to hold the top two places in the singles chart. It all goes right for Pete Tong in the albums chart.

Ed Sheeran continues his dominance at the top of the singles chart as he spends a third week at numbers one and two. Shape Of You continues to be the more popular of the two with Castle On The Hill (the better of the two in my humble opinion) still in the runner-up position.

The two new singles and the consequent return to the charts of several songs from his back catalogue has added to Sheeran’s number of weeks in the top 75. This week he enters the top ten of that list, replacing Beyonce. In just over 5 1/2 years he has accumulated more weeks than the likes of Rod Stewart, David Bowie, The Beatles and Status Quo. David Guetta is also in the top ten and Rihanna is third, behind only Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard. Justin Bieber has become only the 13th artist to notch up 500 weeks in the top 75 singles chart.

You Don’t Know Me by Jax Jones featuring Raye moves up a place to number three and Little Mix climb back up to number four with Touch. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human is down two places to number five.

Dua Lipa gets her fourth top forty single as Be The One (originally released last year but now given another chance) enters at number 21. At the same time she also achieves a new chart high as No Lie (on which she is Sean Paul’s featured vocalist) leaps ten places to number eleven. Her debut album is currently scheduled for release in the early summer.

No Lie is not quite the week’s biggest climber. Sage The Gemini’s Now And Later climbs twelve places to number twenty.

Tinie Tempah’s chart career got off to an impressive start. In 2010 he had four successive top five hits, two of which (Pass Out and Written In The Stars) topped the chart. Since then he has had five further number one singles, the last of them with Turn The Music Louder (Rumble) in 2015. However, his more recent singles have done rather less well with Mamacita (featuring Wizkid) failing to make the top forty last year.

His latest single, Text From Your Ex, enters at number 35. It features Tinashe Kachingwe who was one of the featured artists on Snakehips’ number five hit All My Friends in 2015. As she is American, it is unlikely that Ms Kachingwe dropped her surname for fear of being the subject of jokes relating to chasing money.

When the first charts were published, the title Text From Your Ex would have been interpreted rather differently from the 2017 interpretation. Of course, before anyone tried to interpret it, they may first have needed to determine the definition of “Ex”. That word didn’t appear in the title of a hit single until 2001.

The lack of new entries means, once again, that there is a consequent lack of departures. Drake’s One Dance is not among them, so its total run extends to 42 weeks.

In last week’s commentary I confidently asserted that Little Mix’s Glory Days would be the default number one in weeks when there was not a sufficiently big new release. Sure enough, this week Pete Tong climbs to number one, Classic House. The 59-year-old DJ climbs to the top with his first chart album in its ninth week.

The publicity people for the film La La Land have been justifiably quick to capitalise on its record-equalling fourteen Oscar nominations this week. However, they cannot (yet) add a UK number one soundtrack album to the publicity material. This week it moves up one place to number two. It may yet make further progress next week. Little Mix’s Glory Days isn’t number one; it falls one place to number three.

The release of Tubular Bells in 1973(?) launched the careers of two (already fairly wealthy) people. Mike Oldfield, at the age of just 20, played all the instruments on the album with some spoken words from Viv Stanshall at the end the only contribution from anyone else. Clearly, you don’t get the chance to do that if you don’t have a bob or two to your name.

The album was recorded at a studio owned by a young budding entrepreneur called Richard Branson. He was also attempting to launch a record label and, in a rather bold move, chose Tubular Bells as the label’s first release. Initially, the album was only a modest success although even a peak of number seven (in its eighth week in the chart) was good going for such an unusual album. It had just two tracks, Part 1 and Part 2 and even that was simply because the whole piece wouldn’t fit on a single side of vinyl.

Tubular Bells received a major boost when the opening was used in the film of The Exorcist. That saw the album return to the top ten, reaching number two exactly a year after its chart debut. It went on to spend eleven of the next twelve weeks in the runner-up spot. For the last three of those weeks it was behind Oldfield’s follow-up, Hergest Ridge before the two albums swapped places and Tubular Bells finally made it to the top, albeit for just one week.

Oldfield has returned to the Tubular Bells theme several times with the release of an orchestral version, Tubular Bells II and III and Tubular Bells 2003. Now he revisits his third album, Ommadawn, for the release of his 26th studio album, Return To Ommadawn. Once again he plays all the instruments himself including various guitars, keyboards and a banjo. It enters at number four to give him his first top ten hit with a studio album since Music Of The Spheres in 2008. It is his first top five hit since Tubular Bells III in 1998 and the first to make the top three since Tubular Bells II topped the chart in 1992.

After a week at number one, The XX’s I See You is at number five. Rick Wakeman’s Piano Portraits album doesn’t suffer the massive slump that might have been expected. It actually climbs one place to number six.

Frank Carter formed his current band, the Rattlesnakes, after achieving almost no success whatsoever with his previous bands, Gallows and Pure Love. It was a case of third time lucky as Frank Carter & The Rattlesakes’ debut album, Blossom, saw his career blossom with a top twenty hit. The second album, Modern Ruin, takes his career a stage further as the band makes its top ten debut at number seven.

There are some names which immediately make you think “What were the parents thinking?”. It is always wise to check that the initials don’t spell out anything awkward and that short forms of the name do not prove embarrassing when combined with the surname. The man who went on to become Professor Titball must have found himself wondering why his parents named him Richard. It is also worth checking for a spoonerism of the name. Brad Pitt seems to have missed that one when he called his daughter Shiloh.

Other people are rather luckier with spoonerisms and may even decide to use it to create a pseudonym. Benjamin Coyle-Larner did just that when he styled himself Loyle Carner which doesn’t sound quite so posh. His debut album, Yesterday’s Gone, is a new entry at number fourteen.

Some artists put a lot of thought into their album titles. Others can’t be bothered. American hip-hop band, so far at least, fall into the latter category. Their first two albums were called Run The Jewels and Run The Jewels 2. There are no prizes for guessing the title of their third album. The album was released as a download just before Christmas with the physical release following two weeks ago. It just about scraped into the top 200 last week; this week it give the band their UK top forty debut at number 38.

It’s not just the Oscar nominations that have been announced in the last seven days. The nominations for the Brit Awards have also been published and have served to boost sales of some albums. The little-known singer Adele gets some much-needed additional sales. Her latest album, 25 is back in the top ten, climbing six places to number nine.

Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black returns to the top forty yet again. It is at number 28. Little Mix’s Get Weird re-enters at number 39.
Published on: 2017-01-27 by Suedehead2 || 20137 Views
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King Rollo
27 Jan 2017 - 19:46
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I think Pete Tong must be the first Radio 1 DJ to have a no.1 album. Jimmy Young had two no.1 singles,Unchained Melody and The Man From Laramie,both in 1955.
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Pete Tong deserves to be on top. He works better than the other one.
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Pete Tong's work shows he should be on top!
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