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Ed Sheeran holds on to the top two positions in the singles chart for a record fourth week. The La La Land soundtrack tops the albums chart.

Ed Sheeran fills the top two places in the singles chart for fourth week. The La La Land soundtrack climbs to the top of the albums chart.

In the sixty-plus year history of the UK singles chart it has been relatively unusual, although by no means unprecedented, to have two songs remain at numbers one and two for four successive weeks. It has, however, never happened with two songs by the same artist. That all changes this week as Ed Sheeran continues his occupation of the top two places. Shape Of You continues its reign at number one while Castle On The Hill is still stuck at number two.

The remainder of the top four also remains static. Jax Jones and Raya are at number three with You Don’t Know Me, Little Mix hold on at number four with Touch.

The juxtaposition of Human and Touch last week provide an opportunity to mention Bruce Springsteen as Human Touch is the name of a Springsteen song and album. In a tenuous link with this week’s (and last week’s) chart, the album (alongside Lucky Town) was one of the two albums released simultaneously by Springsteen and which occupied positions one and two for a week. Little Mix have already pinched a Springsteen song title (Glory Days) for their current album. However, I missed that opportunity. Sorry Boss.

At this point I could say that the remainder of the top ten is a lot more exciting. However, that would be a big fat lie or, to use a current popular phrase, an alternative truth. The real truth is that two pairs of songs swap places. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human falls two places to number five with Chainsmokers’ making the opposite move. Paris. Clean Bandit’s Rockabye moves back up to number eight in its fifteenth week in the top ten, exchanging laces with September Song by JP Cooper in its fourth.

The only newcomer to the top ten is Sean Paul and Dua Lipa’s No Lie which climbs all of one place to number ten. Ms Lipa can also be found at number eleven with Be The One which climbs a more impressive ten places. She also features on one of this week’s new entries. Dutch DJ Martin Garrix has teamed up with the British singer of Albanian decent to score his first hit of 2017 at number 23 with Scared To Be Lonely. Garrix currently has four top ten hits to his name (including a number one with Animals) while Lupa has finally broken into the upper tier for the first time this week. She may notch up a second and third top ten hit before long.

The awkwardly named Partynextdoor have had two minor (top sixty) hits alongside Drake as well as a song in their own name which just sneaked in to the top twenty. They now have a top forty hit to their name as they feature on Major Lazer’s latest hit Run Up, a new entry at number twenty. The song also features the alleged vocal talents of Nicki Minaj. Minaj has now had 24 top forty hits although the number of them that are any good remains stubbornly stuck on zero.

Even the biggest fans of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human (and I think it’s a fantastic song) will have suspected that it may have been destined to end up as his one and only hit. Those fans will no doubt be delighted to be proved wrong this week as the over-sized Sussex-based singer enters at number 35 with Skin. The song is not a tribute to the Skunk Anansie singer. Thankfully it is better than anything Skunk Anansie recorded.

Early updates raised hopes that Drake’s One Dance would fall back out of the top forty this week. However, it’s still there, remaining at number 38 bringing its total run up to 43 weeks.

Once again there is a lack of album releases by big name artists. That allows the La La Land soundtrack album to continue its ascent to the top of the chart. It has taken three weeks in the top forty to get to the top although it also had a week in the lower reaches of the top 100 before bursting into the top forty.

Since the rules were changed to allow albums credited to Motion Picture Cast Recording to qualify for the artists albums chart, four such albums have done so. Three of them (Trolls and Moana are the others) are in this week’s chart. The first such album, Les Miserables in 2013, is the only other one to top the chart. In the early days of the albums chart Original Soundtrack albums featured heavily with two of them - South Pacific and The Sound Of Music - each spending well over a year at number one. Beat that Adele.

After their week of glory at number one Pete Tong, the Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley slip to number two with their Classic House album. Little Mix stay t number three with Glory Days.

Two albums with a long top ten history climb the chart this week. Ed Sheeran’s × climbs six places to number four in its 80th week in the top ten. Adele’s 25 is up three places to number six, its 39th week in the upper tier.

Norfolk-based rock band Deaf Havana made their first appearance in the top forty in 2013 when their third album, Old Souls, went to number nine. This week they do even better as album number four, All These Countless Nights, enters at number six. Old Souls spent just one further week in the chart, at number 74. It is unlikely that this album will fare much better.

Lucy Spraggan’s X Factor career came to a premature end when she quit the show due to illness. She had previously taken advantage of a change in the rules to preform her own composition in the auditions. That song, Last Night, subsequently became a minor hit with a year-old album also making a brief appearance in the chart. Her first post-X-Factor album, Join The Club (2013), reached the top ten but the follow-up, We Are, fell just short of the top twenty in 2015. She returns to the chart this week with her fourth album, I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing, at number twelve.

San Francisco band Train have had a strange chart career in the UK. They enjoyed some success with their second album Drops Of Jupiter in 2001 with the title tack providing them with a hit single. Then their career derailed somewhat until 2010 when Hey Soul Sister from their fifth album Save Me, San Francisco got them back on the right track. Their last two albums, a Christmas album and a collection of Led Zeppelin covers hit the buffers but now they return to the chart with A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat at number thirteen.

Hip-hop group Migos follow their hit single Bad And Boujee (a song which, thankfully, is at least better than its title) with their second album Culture, a new entry at number sixteen. Their 2015 debut album, Yung Rich Nation, failed to trouble the chart compilers thereby depriving me of the opportunity to comment on their spelling.

Kehlani Parrish, known simply by her forename, started her musical career as a member of a band by the name of Poplyfe which reached the final of America’s Got Talent in 2014. That band apparently still exists although their chart history remains completely blank. In the meantime, Kehlani has released a solo album, SweetSexySavage. The album gives her a first taste of chart success as a new entry at number 26. It seems reasonable to assume that the title does not refer to footballer-turned-pundit Robbie Savage although there may be somebody somewhere who thinks he is sweet and sexy.

Later this year Radio 1 will be celebrating its 50th birthday. For much of that time a popular quiz question has been “What was the first song played on Radio 1?”. The answer is The Moves’s Flowers In The Rain although it should be added - to satisfy all the pedants of this world - that it was not the first music played on the station.

As has been noted here before, two members of The Move - Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood - went on to form the Electric Light Orchestra before Wood moved on again to form Wizzard. Wizzard are, of course, rgular visitors to the singles chart every Christmas while ELO’s recent chart success has largely been confined to a Best Of compilation. The Move, on the other hand, have not graced the chart since 1972 in the singles chart and 1968 in the4 albums chart. As far as the top forty goes that is still the case. As Best Of album, featuring Flowers In The Rain along with other hits such as Blackberry Way, Fire Brigade and I Can Hear The Grass Grow, was released last Friday. Sadly, it has fallen a long way short of the top forty and looked likely not even to make the top 100.

Izzy Bizu’s A Moment Of Madness re-enters at number 23. Three days before what would have been Bob Marley’s 72nd birthday his Legend collection returns at number 35 giving it a 141st week in the top forty. George Michael’s Twenty Five compilation is back at number 37. His Best Of collection is at number nine and Wham’s Final is at number 28.. Christine And The Queens’ Chaleur Humaine returns at number 32.
Published on: 2017-02-03 by Suedehead2 || 20290 Views
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5 Feb 2017 - 17:53
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Still as slow as ever the singles chart...the new streaming ratio rules don't seem to have done much. A grand total of three new entries in the top 40 and not much movement in the top 10 either.
7 Feb 2017 - 13:30
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Looking forward to Train being in the Top 40 next week!
8 Apr 2017 - 5:15
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looking forward to educate being inside the pinnacle forty next week!A grand general of three new entries within the pinnacle 40 and now not a whole lot motion within the top 10 either.
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