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Ed Sheeran gets a seventh week at number one
Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You continues its reign at the top of the singles chart. Rag 'n' Bone Man spends a second week at number one in the albums chart.

Ed Sheeran gets a seventh week at number one and adds another top five single to his tally. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man easily gets a second week at the top of the albums chart.

There’s still no stopping Ed Sheeran as Shape Of Yu gets a seventh week at number one in the singles chart. We have still had just two number one singles since the middle of November last year. It is only the third time in chart history that successive number ones have spent at least seven weeks at the top. In 1954 Doris Day (one of the oldest living former chart-toppers) had an eight week run at the top with Secret Love before David Whitfield and a supporting cast bettered that by staying at number one for ten weeks. In 1957 Elvis Presley topped the chart for seven weeks with All Shook Up. That song was eventually toppled by Paul Anka’s Diana which then stayed at number one for nine weeks.

One near miss came in mid-1978 when Boney M’s Rivers Of Babylon, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s You’re The One That I Want and The Commodores’ Three Times A Lady spent five, nine and five weeks respectively at number one. After a one-week -wonder (10CC’s Dreadlock Holiday) Travolta and Newton-John then spent another seven weeks at the summit with Summer Nights. At least 10CC managed to give me a decent number one for my eighteenth birthday. An even closer-run thing occurred in summer 1970 when Mungo Jerry’s seven weeks at the top was followed by six weeks of Elvis Presley’s The Wonder Of You. Just a few months before that The Archies’ Sugar Sugar spent eight weeks at number one (still a record for a one-hit wonder) before Rolf Harris took over for six weeks with Two Little Boys although one of those weeks was in a “repeat chart” between Christmas and New Year.

After Ed Sheeran lost his grip on the top two last week, normal order is restored this week although it has taken a new song to do it. Suffolk’s most famous redhead enters at number two with How Would You Feel (Paean). It will surely come as a surprise to nobody that it is the first hit single to contain the word paean in the title. Sheeran is also at number four with Castle On The Hill.

Away from the ginger one Rag ‘n’ Bone Man is at number three with Human.

Katy Perry and Skip Marley performed Chained To The Rhythm at the Brit Awards show on Wednesday evening accompanied by two giant figures. The figures were, apparently, meant to be Donald Trump and Theresa May not, as some may have suspected, Rupert Murdoch and Mary Berry. The generally well-received performance has helped the song climb to number five.

The Brit Awards ceremony has had some effect on the charts although the impact on the singles chart is limited by two things. First, there was only just over 24 hours of the chart week remaining when the show took place. Second, for reasons which are far from obvious, streaming sites are incapable of providing up-to-date data. This means that Thursday’s streaming data is estimated based on the data from Friday to Wednesday. Any increase in streams resulting from Wednesday’s show will, therefore, have been missed.

As well as the well-trailed appearances by various big names this year’s ceremony also included a collaboration between Chainsmokers and Coldplay. The song, Something Just Like This, was made available to download immediately and it enters at number 30 after a little over 24 hours on sale.

Norwegian producer Kygo gets his fifth top forty hit with It Ain’t Me at number nine. There is one singer who cannot truthfully answer It Ain’t Me to any question about the featured artist on the song. That singer is Selena Gomez who has had three top forty hits in each of the last two years although It Ain’t Me is her first top ten hit since Come & Get It in 2013.

After losing The Voice to ITV the BBC have been devoting a large part of their Saturday night schedule to a contest to find five young men to star is a musical based on the early career of Take That. What better time then for what’s left of the band to release a new single? Giants (a song that is clearly not about Mark Owen) enters at number thirteen to give them a 28th top forty hit. The song has performed poorly on streaming sites but has benefited from an old-fashioned physical version being available.

American hip-hop artist Nayvadius Wilburn has had six songs in the top 100 under the name Future. Despite working with people such as Drake, Miley Cyrus and The Weeknd, none of them has dented the top forty. That changes this week as he enters at number 32 as the featured artist on Maroon 5’s Cold. After having just four top forty hits (most of the minor hits) between 2005 and 2009 Maroon 5 have now had at least one every year since 2010.

Just a matter weeks after Calum Scott’s version of Dancing On My Own left the top forty, Danish producer Martin Jensen comes in at number 40 with the more succinctly-titled Solo Dance, his first UK hit single.

Solo Dance may have entered the chart this week but One Dance has dropped out once again. Let’s hope it has gone for good this time. That means that Chainsmokers’ Closer is now the longest-running song in the chart with a run of 23 weeks. Fake Love has also gone leaving us with a refreshingly Drake-free chart this week. Long may it last.

Anne-Marie’s Ciao Adios is the biggest climber of the week, jumping nineteen places to number 21.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man spends a second week well ahead if the opposition at the top of the albums chart with Human. It is the first debut album to get a second week at the summit since Blossoms’ eponymous set last August.

Ten years since her debut album This Is The Life whose title tack remains her best-known song Amy Macdonald enters at number two with her fourth album Under Stars. The deluxe edition includes a version of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire.

Fans of a certain cult television series from the 1970s might have hoed that an album called Prisoner would enter at number six. They may, therefore, be disappointed to find that Ryan Adams’ album of that name is at number three. It is the first of sixteen studio albums by the man best known as not quite being Bryan Adams to reach the top twenty. Indeed, it is only the fifth to enter the top forty.

The top five is completed by two albums with an arithmetical link that have been around for many months. Ed Sheeran’s × climbs three places to number four and Adele’s 25 is up one place to number five. Adele won the Global Success Award which was originally established as a way of making sure One Direction won something.

In the same week that he makes his first appearance in the top forty singles chart Future also enters the albums chart for the first time. His eponymous debut album is at number fifteen.

Ryan Adams is not the only artist with a new entry this week to have a rather low hit-rate. Dreadzone have released eight albums since 1993 but just one (1995’s Second Light) has troubled the top forty. After a long wait their tally of top forty albums doubles this week as Dread Times enters at number 39.

The generally low albums sales mean that it doesn’t take many extra sales to see old albums return to the chart when they benefit from a sales boost. After winning Best British Band The 1975 re-enter at number eighteen with I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful But Unaware Of It. Emeli Sande’s win as Best British Female Solo Artist surprised some after the disappointing chart performance of her new material. Her second album Long Live The Angels climbs back up to number 28.

There are non-Brit related re-entries for Kings Of Leons’ Walls at number 35 and Justin Bieber’s Purpose at 38.
Published on: 2017-02-24 by Suedehead2 || 8039 Views
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24 Feb 2017 - 19:46
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That loss of streaming accuracy seems to have hit a chart position for George Michael's masterpiece A Different Corner. Streaming has reportedly increased by 850% since the BRITS Chris Martin duo, while on sales of one day it's at 50. It has topped my personal chart for most of this year so ya boo sucks to rubbish streaming accuracy.

The sales chart is just like the old days with a deluge of new entries this week as Ed Sheeran replaces himself at 1 with his new dirge, something which few acts ever achieve. The Beatles, John Lennon errr anyone else? Streaming eh, tch!

Katy Perry is up to 4 with her brilliant slagging off of Trump and BRITs performance, and Take That manage a top 5 entry with Giants. Kygo is at 9 on sales too, but is leapfrogged by Chainsmokers and Coldplay, in at 8 after just a day or so's sales and clearly next weeks number one.

Lana Del Ray is in at 17 with her Love, as opposed to 41 in the boring, I mean official, oops, sorry, chart. Linkin Park at 27, it's like the noughties again, Galantis at 30, while between 41 and 75 the likes of Bruno Mars, All Time Low, Trey Songz, The 1975, Amy MacDonald, and that Martin Jensen solo dance thing (at 75 on sales, obviously getting streaming-pushes somewhere).

24 Feb 2017 - 22:02
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Ryan Adams has actually had 7 Top 20 albums including 3 top 10 albums so not sure where you got your info from? This is his highest charting. And he's brilliant if you get a chance to listen to him.
24 Feb 2017 - 23:16
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I don't think the Beatles ever replaced themselves at number one with a dirge.
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It's also not Future's debut album. It's actually his fifth, not including his Drake collar album. Oh and he's also just released his sixth too so we may see him get another top 40 album this Friday.
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Ed os on a roll!!! I love his music. Not sure if any of you like Yelawolf. But he did a really cool compilation album with Ed. They did like 4 songs together and they are AWESOME! w00t.gif
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