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Ed Sheeran still tops both charts
Ed Sheeran's chart domination continues with Shape Of You topping the singles chart for a tenth week and ÷ still the number one album.

Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You spends a tenth week at number one in the singles chart while his ÷ album also stays at the top of the chart.

Shape Of You joins the elite group of songs which have spent ten or more weeks at the top of the singles chart. Only four songs have had a longer run at the top. Just two others have spent a total of more than ten weeks at number one. They include the all-time record holder Frankie Laine’s I Believe which occupied the summit for a total of eighteen weeks in three separate runs in 1953.

As mentioned last week Frankie Laine used to hold the record for the most songs in the top ten at the same time. He had four songs in the topmost tier - including I Believe - for three successive weeks in October and November 1953. Ed Sheeran annihilated that record last week by filling nine of the top ten places. This week he repeats that feat albeit with the songs in a different order from last week.

Galway Girl is still at number two with Castle On The Hill staying put (as castles tend to do) at number three. Perfect, New Man and Happier are all down one place to numbers five, six and seven respectively. Supermarket Flowers and What Do I Know are up one place each to number eight and nine respectively while Dive falls two places to number ten.

Once again the only non-Sheeran track in the top ten is Coldplay and Chainsmokers’ Something Just Like This which climbs back up to number four. The presence of American duo Chainsmokers prevents the top ten being an all-British affair.

Outside the top ten the remaining seven songs from ÷ all stay in the top forty although not not all of them stay in the top twenty. One of them, Save Myself, only just holds on to a top thirty place, falling ten places to number 29. Eraser also takes a tumble, dropping twelve places to number 26. Bibia Be Ye Ye (number 24) and Hearts Don’t Break Around Here (22) also leave the top twenty. Barcelona is at number thirteen, Nancy Mulligan at fifteen and How Would You Feel (Paean) at sixteen.

After last week’s bumper crop of new entries (not all of them by Ed Sheeran) we are back to something like normality this week with just three.

The highest of the three comes from Bruno Mars. The Hawaiian singer-songwriters scores his sixteenth top forty hit with That’s What I Like at number 35. It has to be said that it is a long way from being his finest work.

One of the things for a judge on a television show to consider is how to tell a contestant that their latest effort is a bit rubbish. One of the phrases favoured by Paul Hollywood on Bake Off is that a bake “has issues”. It remains to be seen whether the new judge Prue Leith has her own preferred euphemism. In the meantime Julia Michaels has a new entry at number 36. with a song called Issues. It is her first single after working with such luminaries as Justin Bieber, Years & Years and, yes him again, Ed Sheeran. I shall avoid euphemisms and describe the song as poor.

For reasons best known to themselves - perhaps one of them needed the money - Steps have re-formed to record a new single, Scared Of The Dark. They had fourteen consecutive top six hits between 1998 and 2001, most of them awful while others were not quite as good. Their comeback song has failed to replicate that success. It enters at number 37 having topped the iTunes chart for a short while at the start of the chart week. It has clearly been bought by their remaining diehard fans but has not sold much outside of that market and has not appealed to users of streaming sites.

For some people their fear of the dark (to borrow a Gordon Giltrap song title) can at least be exacerbated by having company. That brings us neatly (almost) to Scared Of Being Lonely, the Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa song which climbs back up to number 25. The biggest climb of the week is the fifteen place rise to number 23 achieved by Zedd and Alessia Cara’s Stay. Martin Jensen’s Solo Dance climbs thirteen places to number twelve having also had an impressive climb last week despite all the Sheeran songs. Katy Perry and Skip Marley’s Chained To The Rhythm almost returns to the top ten, climbing six places to number eleven.

Ed Sheeran’s ÷, all too predictably, spends a second week at number one in the albums chart. As last week it has trounced all opposition although not on quite the same scale as in its first week. He is also at number three with × and at number six with +.

In other Sheeran news it was announced yesterday (Thursday) that he would be joining Foo Fighters and Radiohead in headlining this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Expect an increase in sales of his albums at the end of June. It is just possible that ÷ might have spent some time away from the number one spot by then.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human continues its bid to be the year’s second biggest-selling album. It spends a third week at number two. Stormzy’s Gang Signs & Prayer slips one place to number four.

In an age when it is finally becoming slightly less of a taboo to talk about gender identity it might be considered a little odd for a singer to use the Latin for always a woman as the title of an album. Nevertheless that is what Laura Marling has done with her sixth solo album. Three of her previous five albums have been nominated for the Mercury Prize although she has yet to win. Four of those albums have reached the top ten and they are now joined by Semper Femina at number five.

Viewers of the Top of the Pops repeats on BBC4 have been treated in the last couple years to some classic singles from Soft Cell starting with their brilliant version of Tainted Love. After the duo split singer Marc Almond went on to have a successful solo career including a number one (alongside Gene Pitney) with Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart. Both of these songs along with the equally excellent Bedstitter, The Days Of Pearly Spencer, Jacky and many others are on his latest compilation album, Hits & Pieces. It is a new entry at number seven to give Almond a first top ten album since a previous compilation in 1991.

It’s back to a bit of Latin for the name of the band responsible for the next new entry - half of their name anyway. Circa Waves (who share the second part of their name with a brilliant Blancmange song which also featured in recent Top of the Pops repeats) enter at number eleven with their second album Different Creatures. Their debut set, Young Chasers, went one better by reaching number ten.

In its early years the album chart was dominated by soundtracks from films such as South Pacific (115 weeks at number one) and The Sound Of Music (a mere 70 weeks at the top). For a long time any repeat was prevented by a change in the rules consigning such albums to the compilations chart. However, another rule change allowed such albums into the artist chart as long as they were credited to “Original Cast Recording” or some similar phrase. The latest beneficiary of that change is the soundtrack to Beauty And The Beast which lands at number twelve. The album features songs from actors such as Emma Watsn (best known as Hermione Granger) and Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey).

After missing the chart altogether with their debut, American band Shins had been peaking successively higher with each of their subsequent albums. That progress is halted with album number five Heartworms. Their previous release, Port Of Morrow, reached number eleven but Heartworms can only get as high as number nineteen.

It is a similar story for Cambridge band Mallory Knox. Their second album, Asymmetry, reached number sixteen, beating their previous release by 17 places. Album number three, Wired, is at number eighteen.

The latest attempt to make money from the Beatles back catalogue is a series of releases of albums with a load of other bits and bobs thrown in. The first album in the series is the last they recorded (although not the last to be released), Abbey Road. The album has one of the best-known pieces of cover art and made the studio and the London road famous. The repackaged version comes in at number 21.

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours returns to the chart yet again at number 29. For some reason it seems to have been excluded from last week’s chart before being allowed back in again this week. Olly Murs’ 24 Hrs returns at number 38.
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popchartfreak
17 Mar 2017 - 18:46
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I can't help reading Ed's song as How Would You Feel Peein'. Now that's taking the piss!

Steps "new" song is a virtual rewrite of Unbreak My Heart - I'm sorry, but if I were Diane Warren I would be getting that court order prepared right now and get my name on the writing credits....!
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Suedehead2
17 Mar 2017 - 19:49
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popchartfreak
18 Mar 2017 - 14:59
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1 1
SHAPE OF YOU
SHAPE OF YOU
ED SHEERAN ASYLUM 1 10
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listen
2 3
GALWAY GIRL
GALWAY GIRL
ED SHEERAN ASYLUM 2 2
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3 2
SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS
SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS
CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY DISRUPTOR 2 4
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4 9
SOLO DANCE
SOLO DANCE
MARTIN JENSEN DISCOWAX 4 4
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5 6
CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM
CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM
KATY PERRY FT SKIP MARLEY CAPITOL 3 5
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6 4
CASTLE ON THE HILL
CASTLE ON THE HILL
ED SHEERAN ASYLUM 2 10
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7 New
SCARED OF THE DARK
SCARED OF THE DARK
STEPS STEPS MUSIC 7 1
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8 5
HUMAN
HUMAN
RAG'N'BONE MAN BEST LAID PLANS/COLUMBIA 1 25
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9 8
CIAO ADIOS
CIAO ADIOS
ANNE-MARIE ASYLUM/MAJOR TOM’S 8 5
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10 25
STAY
STAY
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA INTERSCOPE 10 3
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11 7
PERFECT
PERFECT
ED SHEERAN ASYLUM 7 2
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12 10
PLAY THAT SONG
PLAY THAT SONG
TRAIN COLUMBIA 7 8
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13 13
YOU DON'T KNOW ME
YOU DON'T KNOW ME
JAX JONES FT RAYE POLYDOR 3 14
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14 16
SCARED TO BE LONELY
SCARED TO BE LONELY
MARTIN GARRIX & DUA LIPA COLUMBIA 11 7
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15 11
IT AIN'T ME
IT AIN'T ME
KYGO & SELENA GOMEZ COLUMBIA 6 5
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16 15
SLIDE
SLIDE
CALVIN HARRIS/OCEAN/MIGOS COLUMBIA 11 3
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17 New
BEST BEHAVIOUR
BEST BEHAVIOUR
LOUISA JOHNSON SYCO MUSIC 17 1
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18 65
PLACES
PLACES
MARTIN SOLVEIG & INA WROLDSEN POSITIVA 18 9
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19 14
SUPERMARKET FLOWERS
SUPERMARKET FLOWERS
ED SHEERAN ASYLUM 14 2
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20 19
BE THE ONE
BE THE ONE
DUA LIPA WARNER BROS 4 10
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21 26
THAT'S WHAT I LIKE
THAT'S WHAT I LIKE
BRUNO MARS ATLANTIC 21 4
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22 New
WATERFALL
WATERFALL
STARGATE FT PINK & SIA INTERSTELLAR MUSIC/RCA 22 1
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23 12
GREEN LIGHT
GREEN LIGHT
LORDE VIRGIN 12 3
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24 22
BIG FOR YOUR BOOTS
BIG FOR YOUR BOOTS
STORMZY MERKY 9 6
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25 49
ISSUES
ISSUES
JULIA MICHAELS POLYDOR 25 3
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26 23
PARIS
PARIS
CHAINSMOKERS DISRUPTOR 9 9
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27 27
TOUCH
TOUCH
LITTLE MIX SYCO MUSIC 3 16
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28 New
NO FRAUDS
NO FRAUDS
NICKI MINAJ/DRAKE/LIL WAYNE CASH MONEY/REPUBLIC RECORDS 28 1
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29 20
COLD
COLD
MAROON 5 FT FUTURE INTERSCOPE 20 5
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30 36
I FEEL IT COMING
I FEEL IT COMING
WEEKND FT DAFT PUNK REPUBLIC RECORDS/XO 4 17
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31 28
I DON'T WANNA LIVE FOREVER (FIFTY SHADES
I DON'T WANNA LIVE FOREVER (FIFTY SHADES
ZAYN/TAYLOR SWIFT RCA/REPUBLIC RECORDS 4 14
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32 32
ROCKABYE
ROCKABYE
CLEAN BANDIT ATLANTIC 1 21
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33 31
NANCY MULLIGAN
NANCY MULLIGAN
ED SHEERAN ASYLUM 31 2
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34 17
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL (PAEAN)
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL (PAEAN)
ED SHEERAN ASYLUM 1 4
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35 34
CALL ON ME
CALL ON ME
STARLEY AATW 6 11
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36 21
DIVE
DIVE
ED SHEERAN ASYLUM 21 2
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37 New
REGRET IN YOUR TEARS
REGRET IN YOUR TEARS
NICKI MINAJ CASH MONEY/REPUBLIC RECORDS 37 1
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38 33
SEPTEMBER SONG
SEPTEMBER SONG
JP COOPER ISLAND 5 16
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39 38
SAFE INSIDE
SAFE INSIDE
JAMES ARTHUR SYCO MUSIC 18 8
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40 24
HAPPIER
HAPPIER
ED SHEERAN ASYLUM 24 2

And in the real world, these are the 40 most popular/talked about tracks this week - forgive the rubbish layout, dont have time to format, but only 3 Ed's in the top 10, Steps get a top 10 comeback and lots of middling comebacks for various acts
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Chig66
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If I want to see the sales chart, I'll click on the sales chart.
I come here to read suedehead's commentary and RELATED comments on it.
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popchartfreak
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Making a point, thanks. The difference between the sales chart and the distorted streaming listening chart is huge. This week's will be even bigger. I expect the chart compilers to be forced to make changes as it looks increasingly like an album track chart of huge stars and singles are a thing of the past.
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