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Ed Sheeran makes it 12 weeks at number one
Ed Sheeran still cannot be shifted from the top of the singles or albums chart.

Ed Sheeran’s run at the top of the singles chart extends to twelve weeks while his ÷ album gets a fourth week at number one.

Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You gets a twelfth week at the top of the singles chart. It moves ahead of Slim Whitman’s Rose Marie to take fourth place in the list of the longest unbroken runs at the top of the chart. Unlike Drake’s One Dance last year, Shape Of You has been at the top of the sales-only chart for most of its lengthy spell at the summit of the official singles chart. There have been just four number one singles in the last six months and eight in the last year.

Once again, Sheeran’s closest rival was one of his own songs. Galway Girl spends a fourth week in second place.

After three weeks of an exclusively Sheeran top three, the monopoly is broken this week as Drake’s Passionfruit moves up one place to number three. Like Galway Girl, it has achieved chart success by being the most popular track to be cherry-picked from the parent album (or, if you prefer, playlist). It is also that rare thing - a Drake song I can hear from beginning to end without losing the will to live.

The race to be the next number one is joined by Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson’s Symphony which climbs two places to number four.

Ed Sheeran’s Castle On The Hill falls two places to number two and must now be considered to be out of the reckoning for the top spot. The number of Sheeran songs in the top ten falls to three this week as Perfect falls to number twelve. How Would You Fell (Paean) is the only Sheeran track to leave the top forty, reducing his total to eleven. The Ed Sheeran / Drake duopoly (Drearan? Ed-ake?) therefore accounts for slightly less than half of the chart.

Most of last week’s Drake entries are going down this week with four of them - Teenage Fever, Skepta Interlude, 4422 and Free Smoke - leaving the top forty altogether. That leaves him with eight songs in this week’s top forty. Apart from Passionfruit, the exception to the rule is Blem which climbs to number ten. I still have no idea who or what Blem is but I do know that the song of that name is every bit as bad as most of Drake’s output.

With the loss of five Drake and Ed Sheeran songs, it might have been expected that we would see some new entries this week. In fact, there is just one. With Harry Styles expected to release his first solo material very soon, his former bandmate Zayn Malik (still insisting on styling himself ZAYN) enters at number 24 with his fifth solo top forty hit, Still Got Time. It features Partynextdoor whose disdain for the rules of the English language matches Malik’s.

The remaining vacant slots are filled by re-entries. The most welcome of them is Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Skin which returns at number 30 having peaked at number eighteen in its a four-week run earlier this year. His debut hit, Human, also has a good week, climbing back up to number sixteen.

Also returning are Little Mix’s Touch at number 38, Dua Lipa’s Be The One at 39 and JP Cooper’s September Song at 40. Lorde’s Green Light climbs fourteen places to number 26, two places ahead of its previous peak achieved when it entered the chart three weeks ago. In other Dua Lipa news, Martin Garrix’s Scared To Be Lonely (on which she provides the vocals) rises ten places to number twenty. The biggest climber is Julia Michaels’ Issues, up fifteen places to number thirteen.

Ed Sheeran remains well clear at the top of the albums chart as ÷ gets a fourth week at number one. With no major releases for the next few weeks there is little likelihood of him losing the top spot any time soon. His second album, ×, remains in the top ten, falling one place to number seven. It has now spent a total of 88 weeks in the top ten, matching Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water (on 135 weeks) is the only artist album to have spent longer in the top ten.

In normal times, a new Take That album released in March would be expected to be a shoo-in for number one. However, these are not normal times. Despite selling over 100,000 copies, Wonderland can only make it to number two. Of their previous seven studio albums, only their 1992 debut set Take That and Party failed to top the chart. Like Wonderland that reached number two although it spent four months in the chart before getting there. Indeed, its initial top forty run lasted just three weeks before the success of their version of Barry Manilow’s Could It Be Magic became their biggest hit up to that point and gave the album a new lease of life. Their Ultimate Collection (also known as Never Forget) re-enters at number 25.

Drake’s More Life falls one place to number three, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human stays at number four and centenarian Vera Lynn falls two places to number five with 100.

Until Adele rewrote the record books, the best-selling album in a calendar year was James Blunt’s Back To Bedlam. Unusually, those sales did not come in the album’s year of release. The former army man’s debut album missed the chart altogether when it was released in October 2004. When it finally made the chart in March 2005, it limped in at number 56. It only started to sell in big numbers when You’re Beautiful’s success in the singles chart.

Blunt has become a popular Twitter user, regularly replying to disparaging comments with self-deprecating remarks of his own. His reputation for wit has seen him win slots to publicise his latest album on The Nightly Show (with its audience of 46 people) and Channel 4’s The Last Leg. When witty comments started to appear in former Labour leader Ed Miliband’s Twitter feed (including responding to the news of George Osborne’s appointment as editor of the Evening Standard by saying that he had just accepted the editorship of Heat magazine), Blunt cheekily claimed the credit. Miliband responded by saying that he hoped Blunt’s music was better than his ability to keep secrets.

Blunt’s fifth album, The Afterlove, enters at number six. With a spectacular lack of originality, Blunt recruited Ryan Tedder to co-write some of the songs. Ed Sheeran also got involved, ensuring that he won’t be going hungry in the next few months.

This week’s big comeback album comes from Scottish band The Jesus And Mary Chain. The band were formed in East Kilbride in 1983 by brothers Jim and William Reid. By a strange coincidence, another pair of Scottish Reid brothers (Charlie and Craig) also formed a band (The Proclaimers) in the same year. The Jesus And Mary Chain last released an album, Munki, in 1998 and their last appearance in the top forty was four years before that with Stoned And Dethroned. Now, after a 23-year absence, they are back in the top forty at number sixteen with Damage And Joy. Readers may not wish to be reminded that the Proclaimers were at number one in the singles chart ten years ago this week with their Comic Relief version of I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).

In their Wikipedia entry, Southampton band Creeper are described as horror punk. Whatever that might be, their debt album, Eternity In Your Arms is a new entry at number eighteen.

It seems that most weeks see a new entry from a band whose name immediately identifies them as a rock band. This week that role is filled by Steel Panther, a band who are unlikely to do a straight cover of a James Blunt song. They get their third top forty placing with Lower The Bar at number 26.

Steve Hackett returned to the albums chart after a long absence by reworking material from his former band Genesis in 2012. Since then he has had a number of minor hit albums both with further plundering of the Genesis back catalogue and new material. This week he enters with another album of new songs, The Night Siren, at number 28.

Tremaine Neverson, better known as Trey Songz, enters at number 40 with Tremaine - The Album. It is his seventh studio album but only the third to reach the chart after Chapter 5 (number ten in 2012) and Trigga (number seventeen, 2014).

In addition to the Take That collection, there are re-entries for Michael Buble (Nobody But Me at number 27) and Phil Collins (The Singles at number 35). Clearly some people left it very late to buy something for Mothering Sunday.
Published on: 2017-03-31 by Suedehead2 || 13995 Views
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"Blem" means being high on marijuana (should come as no surprise to anyone that Drake is 'blem' in this song then laugh.gif).
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Ah, my lack of knowledge of drug slang lets me down again laugh.gif
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Yaa..This song is rocking now at all places. I found Shape of you song for long time in top position.
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