Drake and Ed Sheeran each have twelve songs in the top forty. Sheeran beats Drake to top both charts again.
Ed Sheeran gets an eleventh week at the top of the singles chart and a third week at number one in the albums chart.
Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You draws level with Slim Whitman’s Rose Marie with the fourth longest continuous run at the top by staying at number one for an eleventh week. Rose Marie held the record for 36 years from 1955 until 1991 when it was beaten by Bryan Adams’ (Everything I Do) I Do It For You. The next target is the fifteen consecutive weeks achieved by Wet Wet Wet’s Love Is All Around and Drake’s One Dance.
At the moment the most likely artist to prevent Ed Sheeran breaking the record for the longest stay at the top of the chart is Sheeran himself. Galway Girl gets a third week at number two and was not far behind Shape Of You at the beginning of the week. Sheeran still occupies the whole of the top three as Castle On The Hill remains in third place.
Coldplay and Chainsmokers’ Something Just Like This falls one place to number five.
Four Ed Sheeran songs have left the top forty - Bibia Be Ye Ye, Hearts Don’t Break Around Here, Eraser and Save Myself. That still leaves twelve in the top forty. His dominance of the top ten is not quite as great as the last two weeks. Instead of nine songs in the top ten he is limited to a mere four this week. The fourth of the quartet is Perfect at number seven.
Outside the top ten New Man falls six places to number eleven and Happier is at number sixteen. Three top ten departures are grouped together. What Do I Know (last week’s number nine) is at number 21, Supermarket Flowers, despite the imminence of Mothering Sunday, falls from number eight to 22 and Dive lives u to its name by falling from number ten to 23. Barcelona falls 13 places to number 26 and Nancy Mulligan is down 14 places to 29. How Would You Feel (Paean), officially the third single from the album, slumps to number 34.
Clean Bandit follow up their nine-week number one Rockabye with Symphony, featuring Zara Larsson on vocals. It enters at number six. It’s another decent song but, in my opinion, they still haven’t released anything better than Mozart’s House.
One reason for some Ed Sheeran songs falling so fast this week is that Drake has released a new album. Well, sort of. Apparently it is a playlist rather than an album. A cynic might think that this is a pre-emptive move to avid being caught by any rule changes regarding album tracks - ”But it’s not an album, it’s a playlist. Therefore, there are no album tracks, just individual songs.”
The album / playlist was released on Saturday night, leaving it with just five days of sales and streaming. As with One Dance, the songs’ chart positions are largely the result of heavy streaming. Only one of them - Passionfruit - spent a significant time in the iTunes top ten and most of them didn’t even get near the top twenty on that chart.
Passionfruit duly becomes the highest of twelve Drake songs entering the top forty, debuting at number four. Following on behind are KMT (featuring Giggs) at nine, Blem at fourteen, No Long Talk (featuring Giggs again) at seventeen, Get It Together (featuring Black Coffee and Jorja Smith) at 24 and Portland (featuring Quavo - whoever that is - and Travis Scott) at number 27. The list continues with Madiba Ridim at 31, Gyalchester at 32, Skepta Interlude (which doesn’t credit Skepta) at 35, Free Smoke at 36, Teenage Fever at 37 and 4422 (which features something called Sampha) at 39. Sheeran’s Bibia Be Ye Ye may have gone, but Drake has made sure that we have plenty of songs with bizarre titles in the chart this week.
That would bring us on to the remaining non-Drake new entries but there aren’t any. However, it is worth mentioning that Bruno Mars’ That’s What I Like has climbed ten places to number 25 and that Zedd and Alessia Cara climb eleven places to number twelve with Stay. Anne-Marie’s Ciao Adios rises ten places to number ten after spending the last four weeks between numbers nineteen and 24.
Among the songs dropping out is Clean Bandit’s Rockabye, leaving us in the unusual position of having a top forty with no former number ones. It also means that there are no songs with twenty or more weeks in the top forty. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human is the sole survivor from 2016. It makes the chart look quite fresh as long as you only look at the song titles and ignore the artist credits.
Ed Sheeran scores a chart double once again as ÷ tops the albums chart for a third week. It is the first album to spend three consecutive weeks at number one since Adele’s 25 in March last year. Sheeran’s other two studio albums remain in the top ten - × drops to number six and + is at number ten.
Drake’s record company may describe More Life as a playlist but the Official Charts Company still considers it to be an album for chart purposes and it enters at number two.
One hundred years ago the UK - along with much of the rest of the world - was at war. Inn the East End of London Mr and Mrs Welch were looking after their newborn daughter Vera. Twenty-five years later the UK was at war again and the little girl - by now known as Vera Lynn after her mother’s maiden name - was a successful singer. She had her own radio programme which was used to send messages to troops serving overseas. This programme and her visits to injured servicemen in hospital earned her the name ‘the forces’ sweetheart”. She became known for performing patriotic songs such as We’ll Meet Again and White Cliffs Of Dover which helped to maintain morale at home.
On Monday (20 March) Vera Lynn celebrated her 100th birthday. A new collection of her recordings was released in 2009 to mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. That left her record company needing a fresh idea for an album to mark her centenary. Their solution was to take a lead from Elvis Presley’s record company and add an orchestral backing to her recordings. They have also turned some of them into duets with people such as Alexander Armstrong, Alfie Boe and Aled Jones. Clearly men with a forename beginning with A had an advantage.
The hope was that Vera Lynn would have a number one album to mark her centenary. However, her record company could do nothing about the popularity of Ed Sheeran and Drake so they have to accept a new entry at number three. The aforementioned 2009 collection - We’ll Meet Again - did top the chart so Lynn is still the oldest living person to have a number one album. An earlier compilation, National Treasure - Ultimate Collection, re-enters at number 30.
At the beginning of the 1980s Essex band Depeche Mode could have been described as a typical early 80s band with their brand of synth pop. Songs such as Dreaming Of Me and See You have a very 80s feel about them. Much of that sound could be attributed to Vince Clarke who left the band in 1981. He went on to enjoy success with Yazoo, The Assembly (a one-off with The Undertones’ Feargal Sharkey) and Erasure.
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human slips two places to number four. It was something of a shock to discover that the biggest-selling debut album by a British artist last year was by Bradley Walsh. At least this year’s winner, whether it is Rag ‘n’ Bone Man or someone else, will have achieved a decent sales total.
Depeche Mode’s releases immediately after Clarke’s departure continued in a similar vein but, as the years passed, their sound got gradually darker. They continued to enjoy chart success with all of their studio albums reaching the top ten. That run continues as Spirit, their fourteenth studio album, enters at number five.
Depeche Mode will be playing at the BBC 6Music festival in Glasgow on Sunday night. Highlights - which I hope will include something from Sparks - are on BBC4 on Sunday.
Swedish chanteuse Zara Larsson enters at number seven. with her debut UK release, So Good. A long list of co-writers includes Charlie Puth and Ed Sheeran. A previous album, 1, appears only to have been released in Scandinavian countries.
American rapper Rick Ross, not to be confused with Deacon Blue singer Ricky Ross, enters at number 29 with Rather You Than Me. It is his ninth studio album but only the third to make the top forty in the UK. The co-writers include Jonathan King (not the British writer, producer and former jailbird) and Anthony Hamilton (not the snooker player).
This week’s repackaged Beatles album is the 1967 release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. At its time of release the chart week did not coincide with the release schedule. Therefore new albums only had a few days on sale in their first chart week and albums generally did not enter the chart at number one. Even an act as big as the Beatles couldn’t buck the trend and Sgt. Pepper entered at number eight. It climbed to the top the following week and stayed there for a 23-week run. It returned to the summit - for one week at a time - on four further occasions. This re-release enters at number 32.
If the album had been released with today’s technology and chart rules, it can safely be assumed that all the tracks would have appeared in the top forty singles chart. That would have meant chart entries for the title track and a 79-second reprise of the song. It can surely only be a matter of time before a particularly short (or long) album track appears in the singles chart.
One of the things that marked the Beatles out in the 1960s was that they wrote their own songs at a time when most acts performed songs by other writers. However, that wasn’t always the case. Their early repertoire included a number of songs they had not penned themselves. Among them was Roll Over Beethoven, written by Chuck Berry who died last weekend aged 90, That song also provided an early hit for Electric Light Orchestra. One member from each band (George Harrison and Jeff Lynne) went on to work together as members of the Travelling Wilburys.
The Shires return at number 26 with My Universe.
Published on: 2017-03-24 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2
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