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Ed Sheeran spends his birthday at number one
Ed Sheeran gets a sixth week at the top of the singles chart. Rag 'n' Bone Man sells over 100,000 copies to top the albums chart.

Ed Sheeran’s The Shape Of You stays at number one for a sixth week but his monopoly of the top two is over. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man trounces the opposition to top the albums chart.

There’s no change at the very top of the singles chart as Ed Sheeran celebrates his 26th birthday today (Friday) by holding on for a sixth week at number one with The Shape Of You. It is the third song to spend at least six weeks at number one since the beginning of last year. The previous three songs to have at least six consecutive weeks at the top were spread over a period of seven-and-a-half years. Happy birthday Ed,

After five weeks of Ed Sheeran at number two as well as number one, there is finally a change in the runner-up slot as Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human moves back up to number two. It is the third time the song has reached this position in eleven weeks in the top ten. Following the release of the album last Friday (see below for more on this), Skin returns to the top forty at a new peak of number 25.

Ed Sheeran’s other current chart single, Castle on The Hill, falls one place to number two, A third single from the new album was made available today so expect three Sheeran tracks in the uppermost reaches of the chart next week.

Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift climb to number five with I Don’t Wanna Live Forever in its tenth week in the chart. The equally negative You Don’t Know Me by Jax Jones and Raye is down one place to number four after three weeks at number three.

One sign of getting old is when children of somebody new arrives in the world
of music, sport or some other area and you realise that you can remember when one or both of their parents were starting to be successful. It is even worse when grandchildren start turning up. That has happened for me this week as the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, Skip Marley, appears as the featured artist on the newly-blonde Katy Perry’s new single, Chained To The Rhythm which enters at number seven.

Skip Marley is the son of Bob Marley’s daughter Cedella. Skip’s uncle, Ziggy Marley, has also had some modest chart success so the Marleys have now seen three generations in the charts.

Chained To The Rhythm is not the first charting song whose title suggests some sort of kinky relationship with rhythm. Grace Jones had a hit in 1985 with Slave To The Rhythm and Ian Dury reached number one in 1979 with the wonderful Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick. It is Perry’s fourteenth top ten single since the chart-topping I Kissed A Girl in 2008 and, unlike so many of its predecessors, it’s not actually fairly good.

Dua Lipa finally makes it into the top nine as Be The One climbs one place to number nine.

Anne-Marie has her second solo hit with Ciao Adios at number 40. Confusingly (to English speakers at least), Ciao can mean both hello and goodbye. Therefore, you might say the title isn’t quite the Italian equivalent of Hello Goodbye. The Beatles song of that name was backed by one of their most famous b-sides, I Am The Walrus. Google translate tells me that the Italian equivalent is Io Sono Il Tricheco.

Drake’s One Dance still won’t go away. It gets a 45th week in the top forty. Chainsmokers and Halsey have now enjoyed a run of 29 consecutive weeks (four of them at number one) with Closer. It spends that 29th week at number 29.

After the success of his Human single and much critical acclaim, it was no surprise to see Rag ‘n’ Bone Man at the top of the albums chart in this week’s first update. What was a surprise was the impressive sales figures for the album, also called Human. In Monday’s update (covering sales from Friday to Sunday) it had already sold just over 70,000 copies, easily beating Elbow’s sales last week. It therefore claims the record for the highest first week sales of the year so far, a record it will lose next month when Ed Sheeran’s new album is released. It has achieved the best first week sales since David Bowie’s Blackstar in January last year, beating even the first week sales of Little Mix’s Glory Days.

By the end of the week sales were comfortably in excess of 100,000 thereby making it the best-selling album of 2017 to date. Once again, it will lose that status next month.

In his time playing at open mic nights in various Sussex venues Rory Graham was frequently encouraged by friends to apply to go on X Factor. His determination to do his own thing meant that he was never really tempted. If he had appeared on the show and reached the latter stages it is reasonable to assume that the first Rag ‘n’ Bone Man album (if he even kept that moniker) would have sounded very different from Human.

Elbow’s Little Fictions slips one place to number two after a week at the top. It comes in a week when at least two politicians have been accused of some little fictions of their own.

Thunder come crashing in at number three with their eleventh studio album, Rip It Up. It is the fourth of their albums to reach the top ten. The first was their second release, Laughing On Judgement Day which went all the way to number two in 1992. That album spent a total of six weeks in the top forty which is at least four more than this one is likely to manage. Rip It Up is also the name of a song by Orange Juice, the band which launched Edwyn Collins’ career. By a happy coincidence, you can see them performing that song on tonight’s Top of the Pops repeat on BBC4. As an extra treat, it’s one of John Peel’s programmes.

It has been a mixed week for London rapper Nines. On Wednesday his football team, Arsenal, were hammered by Bayern Munich. On a more positive note his album One Foot Out is a new entry at number four Most football pundits would assert that Arsenal have rather more than one foot out of the Champions League.

The La La Land soundtrack album falls three places to number five.

Adele’s 25 climbs three places back up to number six after winning the best album award at the Grammys (the American equivalent of the Brits) last weekend. In her acceptance speech (one of several she made) she said that the award should have gone to Beyonce’s Lemonade. That album, which topped the chart last April, returns at number 25.

The award for the corniest album title of the week goes to Devlin who has named his latest collection The Devil In. The rapper from Dagenham has post form having called his debut set Bud, Sweat and Beers. His second album had the rather disappointing title A Moving Picture but he has now gone back to the corniness for album number three. It is a new entry at number sixteen, beating his previous best of number nineteen for A Moving Picture.

Saturdays member and sometime judge on Ireland’s version of The Voice enters at number 28 with her first solo album, The Waiting Game. If other solo material from her bandmates matches that performance, many people will be very relieved.

There were no excuses for missing Valentine’s Day this week as broadcasters and newspapers took every opportunity to remind people of the event, not only on the day itself but for several days beforehand. As usual there are a number of albums entering the chart this week as a result of people buying them as presents. In some cases it is tempting to ask whether the couples are still together after their exchange of gifts.

Whitney Houston’s Ultimate Collection is back at number eighteen while another screecher, Celine Dion is at number 29 with her Ultimate Collection, My Love. Michael Jackson’s Number Ones compilation is at number 32 and Gregory Porter’s Take Me To The Alley is back at number 40. If any albums were released last Friday specifically to capture the Valentine’s Day market, they didn’t do very well.

It has been fairly common in recent years for albums to enter the chart in the top ten before plummeting the following week. One of last week’s new entries, Lower Than Atlantis’s Safe In Sound provides a perfect example. Last week it was at number eight; when the top 100 update was published on Monday it was nowhere to be seen.
Published on: 2017-02-17 by Suedehead2 || 21530 Views
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The Snake
17 Feb 2017 - 17:45
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Another sign of getting old is remembering when there used to be an average of six entries in the singles chart per week!
17 Feb 2017 - 18:39
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Three NON-CONSECUTIVE weeks at number 2 (for Human) seems quite unusual. Any idea when it last happened? Songs which climb from #2 to #1 may go to #2 again when they fall, but for a third, separate week to be achieved must be rare?

Erratum corner:
It was only on Wednesday night, less than 48 hours ago, when Arsenal were humiliated, not on Monday. Your week must be dragging if it feels like it was four days ago already!

La La Land is down THREE places to #5, not down two. (Little Mix were last week's #3.)
17 Feb 2017 - 19:09
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Fear not there will be loads of new entries in the singles when the new Sheeran album drops - The chart will be littered with Ed banging, thanks to both downloading tracks and streaming promos for the first week.

Annoyingly Corinne Bailey Rae, comfortably inside the top 40 sales chart, it's comfortably outside the combined aka Spotify Playlist chart. It's a decent cover of a Coldplay song from that movie 50 Shades which has literally invaded the download chart this week, headed by Sia inside the top 20, who also has another one at 40. In the rubbish chart though her old tracks hang around forever and a streaming day, both inside the 40 and others lower down the 75.

When I was young, as most young people will agree, time passes very slowly and 3 months seems a very long time. When records hung around the charts for more than 3 months I got very sick of them, even when I initially loved them. Occasionally we would have horrifyingly long chart runs from the likes of My Way, Amazing Grace, or Tie A yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree of up to several months inside the top 30 (as it was back then). I feel SO sorry for young people today who take an interest in pop charts (not many I grant) at having to put up with tracks for almost a year. Poor things! Must seem like an eternity!
17 Feb 2017 - 20:42
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I don't know what made me write Monday rather than Wednesday unsure.gif
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Obviously I don't know what made me write Monday rather than Wednesday.nother sign of getting antique is remembering when there was a mean of six entries within the singles chart consistent with week
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