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A fifth week for Ed Sheeran's singles double
Ed Sheeran still cannot be shifted from the top two places in the singles chart. There is Elbow room for Guy Garvey and co. at the top of the albums chart.

Ed Sheeran is still at number one and number two in the singles chart. Elbow cruise to a second number one album.

My claim in last week’s commentary about Ed Sheeran was, as zeuss / orthon pointed out in his post, not quite accurate. He wasn’t the first artist to occupy the top two places in the singles chart, but he was the first to do so with the same two songs in the same order. This week he extends that run to five weeks which is definitely a record.

Ed Sheeran leads a static top four with Jax Jones’ You Don’t Know Me getting a third week at number three and Little Mix staying at number four, also for a third week.

Rag& Bone Man’s Human climbs back up to number five, His album of the same name was released today (Friday). Rory Graham chose the name Rag ‘n’ Bone Man in honour of television’s most famous Rag ‘n’ Bone men (at least to those of us who are getting on in years) Steptoe & Son. Their co-creator, Alan Simpson, died this week at the age of 87. Wilfred Brambell, who played Steptoe senior, appeared as Paul McCartney’s grandfather in the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night film. Harry H Corbett, who played the son appeared in the film Silver Dream Racer alongside David Essex who enjoyed a lot of chart success in the 1970s.

Grime artist Stormzy gets his third top forty hit as the seriously awful Big For Your Boots enters at number eight. It matches the eventual peak achieved by Shut Up. That song originally peaked at number 59 but, in what smacked of desperation, he campaigned to get it to number one for Christmas 2015. He didn’t achieve his objective, but he did get himself noticed. Even if it was as something of an egomaniac.

There are a number of ways of reacting when a band you have been following for some time suddenly come out of obscurity and score a big hit. Some people will be delighted to see a favourite band achieving some success. However, others will feel a sense of sadness that, as a fan, they are no longer in such an exclusive club. Some people will even feel a mixture of both.

When this happens there can be a sense of frustration - both for the band and their longstanding fans - when they next play live. Some of the new fans will have explored the band’s back catalogue but there will be some who only know one song. Some of them will spend the whole of the gig calling for the band to play that song. When they’ve played it (assuming they don’t leave it until the very end), those “fans” will go back to looking bored or lost.

If Train avoided that issue with the song Drops Of Jupiter, they - and their fans - may well have experienced it with Hey Soul Sister. The song never climbed any higher than number eighteen but spent a total of 21 weeks in the top forty. Anyway, now they confuse any audience members urging them to play that song by breaking into their latest single, Play That Song. It becomes their fourth top forty hit as a new entry at number 25.

Last year proved to be a good year for comebacks with former X Factor winner James Arthur providing one of the most unexpected examples. His comeback continues with the arrival of Safe Inside at number 34. It lifts his number of top forty hits to five having spent nearly three years stuck on three.

Two songs climb ten places within the chart. Snakehips’ Done’t Leave is up to number 28 and Weeknd’s Starboy is at number 23. Martin Garrix climbs nine places to number fourteen. The guest vocalist on that song is Dua Lipa who can also be found at number ten with Be The One and number thirteen on Sean Paul’s No Lie. She now has had two top tne hots but has yet to break into the prestigious top nine.

It is now time to mention the song that was languishing at number 93 on the sales chart last week. Yes, it’s one of the biggest beneficiaries of the decision to include streaming in the Official Chart, Drake’s One Dance. People are still streaming the extraordinarily dull song in sufficient numbers to keep it in the top forty for a 44th week. It falls to number 40, so perhaps it will be gone next week. Here’s hoping. The longest current consecutive run is the 28 weeks clocked up by Chainsmokers and Halsey with Closer.

After the usual quiet start to the year we finally get a new release from a big name artist this week in the form of Elbow’s seventh studio album, Little Fictions. Although it has been said before, it is worth repeating that Elbow are a classic example of a band who were given time to establish themselves. Their first three albums failed to make much of a mark on the charts. However, their record company kept the faith and were rewarded when Seldom Seem Kid became a big hit. The album gained regular boosts from television appearances such as Glastonbury and the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London with the anthemic song One Day Like This also benefiting each time. By this time Elbow had already gained a reputation as a great live band, thanks largely to the stage presence of singer Guy Garvey.

It might, therefore, have been expected that the follow-up, Build A Rocket Boys, would provide the band with their first number one album. However, they fell victim to the juggernaut that was Adele’s 21 and entered at number two as 21 clocked up a seventh week at the top.

They had better luck with the timing of their next release a The Take Off And Landing Of Everything went straight to the top ahead of Paloma Faith’s A Perfect Contradiction. This week they hit the top again as album number seven, Little Fictions, enters at number one. It is the band’s first album since the departure of drummer Richard Jupp although it does include contributions from the Halle Orchestra from their home city of Manchester. It had sold over 30,000 copies by Wednesday’s update, giving it the best weekly sales for an album so far this year by a comfortable margin.

After seven days at the top, the La La Land soundtrack album slips to number two. Little Mix are still at number three with Glory Days. Pete Tong’s Classic House album is down two palces to number four and Ed Sheeran’s × is down one place to number five.

When a band’s lead singer dies, the remaining members often decide to call it day while other bands simply continue with a new vocalist. After Phil Lynott died in 1986 Thin Lizzy continued for many years with a frequently-changing line-up. However, in 2012, the members holding the Thin Lizzy baton decided to release material under than name Black Star Riders. Now they have released their third album under that name, Heavy Fire. It enters at number six, giving them a first top ten hit. Thin Lizzy had nine top ten albums, all featuring Lynott’s vocals although two of them were Best Of compilations released after his death.

Watford rock band Lower Than Atlantis also break new ground with their first top ten album. Safe In Sound is at number eight.

Londoner Sampha Sisay, known simply by his forename, has taken time off from working with the likes of Drake and Frank Ocean to record an album of his own, Process. The process referred to in the title is the process of grieving for his mother which makes for a rather melancholy album. The album is a new entry at number seven.

Big Sean’s early album titles may have led some people to believe he had a rather over-inflated ego. His debut set was called Finally Famous and the follow-up had the title Hall Of Fame. The debut failed to make the UK chart at all; album number two reached the dizzy heights of number 56. The more modestly-titled third set, Dark Sky Paradise, did a little better, breaking into the top forty at number 23. Album number four, I Decided, is a new entry at number twelve.

Following her performance at an alleged sporting event, Lady Gaga has two re-entries in the albums chart this week. The two albums’ past performance provides a perfect illustration of how the singer born Stefani Germanotta has declined in popularity since her sensational debut in 2008. Joanne, which could only get to number three, returns at number eleven. Her debut album Fame, which spent seven weeks at number one, is at number 38.

Olly Murs’ 24 Hrs re-enters at number 39. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, forty years old this year, is at number 40 to give it a 128th week in the top forty.
Published on: 2017-02-10 by Suedehead2 || 16081 Views
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The Snake
10 Feb 2017 - 20:28
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Stormzy debuting top 10 shows he is getting a pretty big star now. It's not bad but sadly suffers from the ongoing curse of annoying pitched voices in dance songs, which has apparently now spread to a grime song.
10 Feb 2017 - 23:15
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I'd add Train are top 10 on sales with a song that I thought was a reissue when I first heard it. I played it in the car to my dad who also said "that's an old song!". It is. It's an old hoary Carmichael delight from 1938 called Heart and Soul and much covered in the decades after. The lyrics and tune have been altered but the hook is almost 80 years old. A good tune is a good tune!

Other top 40 entries on sales? Elbow. London grammar. izzy bizu. And many more.the brief boost with the streaming ratio change is already over as top 20 tracks fail to go top 40 and top 40 tracks fail to go top 75. If only Spitify could playlist them and fake the charts into representing sales popularity....
11 Feb 2017 - 17:15
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@popchartfreak: I think you mean Hoagy Carmichael. He may have been hoary as well, but Howard Hoagland Carmichael was known as Hoagy.
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11 Feb 2017 - 18:35
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It looks like Depeche Mode will never add to their total of 43 top 40 singles. Their new single 'Where's The Revolution' fails to make the top 100 and is only no.65 on the sales chart. Their last top 40 hit was 'Wrong' in 2009.
11 Feb 2017 - 21:54
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I must admit I did rather like the idea of Hoary Charmichael.
11 Feb 2017 - 23:45
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Yes I can't work out how to turn off spellchecker but hoary is funnier than hogey:lol:
14 Feb 2017 - 11:43
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I like the idea of a website called Spitify as well
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must admit:blink:
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