Harry Styles starts his solo career with a number one single. Ed Sheeran gets a sixth week at the top of the albums chart.
Ed Sheeran is finally toppled from the top of the singles chart by Harry Styles but continues to reign supreme in the albums chart.
The singles chart finally gets a new number one this week as Harry Styles kicks off his solo career by going straight to the top of the pile with Sign Of The Times. The former One Direction star’s long-awaited first solo single was released last week to a generally warm reception. Any singer releasing solo material after a high-profile career as part of a group has to decide whether to start with something likely to appeal primarily to his former band’s fans or to try something a little different. Styles has chosen the latter course. The question now is whether it will have sufficient appeal to have more than a brief chart career.
The song was co-written by Jeff Bhasker. That will elicit a response of “Who?” from many people but they will recognise some of his other work. He is also credited as a co-writer of, inter alia, Uptown Funk and fun’s We Are Young. Elements of the latter can be heard in Sign Of The Times.
Some Prince fans are said to be upset that the song shares a title with one of their idol’s songs. The only response to that can be “Get a life”. It might also be worth mentioning that the Belle Stars had a hit with a song of that name well before Prince wrote his song.
Sign Of The Times is only the second new number one single of 2017 and only the fourth in the last six months. It continues the run of chart-topping singles by British artists. The last by a non-British artist was Chainsmokers’ Closer which vacated the summit at the end of September.
After a thirteen week run at the top Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You finally falls to number two. Bryan Adams’ record stay at the summit therefore remains safe for at least a few more months although Sheeran does now hold the record for a British solo artist. Sheeran’s Galway Girl is also down one place, to number three. Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson slip to number four with Symphony while Drake’s Passionfruit is at number five.
French DJ Martin Solvieg (whose real surname is the more French-sounding Picandet) gains his fifth top forty hit in the UK with Places at number 27. Of his previous four top forty hits only the last one, 2015’s Intoxicated, has reached the top ten. The vocalist on Places is Norwegian singer Ina Wroldsen for whom it is a UK chart debut. She has previously achieved success as a songwriter, co-writing songs such as Clean Bandit’s Symphony and Rockabye, Jess Glynne’s Hold My Hand and Shontelle’s Impossible, later covered by James Arthur for a talent contest.
On the day that most Christians mark Good Friday Disciples enter at number 34 with On My Mind. They continue their habit of using song titles which have already provided hits after their success with They Don’t Know and How Deep Is Your Love. Ellie Goulding reached number five with her song called On My Mind in October 2015.
Two more Ed Sheeran songs (Supermarket Flowers and Dive) leave the top forty, leaving him with six. Just two Drake songs remain following the departure of KMT. For the second successive week, Drake and Sheeran are the only artists whose songs have left the top forty. In another quirk, Katy Perry and Skip Marley’s Chained To The Rhythm falls to number seventeen for the third time.
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human celebrates its 20th week in the chart by climbing one place to number nineteen. It is just one place behind the follow-up, Skin, which is now ahead of Human for the first time.
While Ed Sheeran has finally been displaced at the top of the singles chart he continues to have a healthy lead at the top of the albums chart as ÷ gets a sixth week at number one. Its run is now two weeks behind the initial run of its predecessor × which eventually clocked up a total of thirteen weeks at number one in four separate runs. Sheeran has spent a total of 21 weeks at the top of the albums chart as well as sixteen weeks atop the singles chart. Beatles fans need not worry yet. Their band spent 65 weeks at number one in the singles chart and a whopping 174 weeks in the albums chart.
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human spends a fifth week at number two in the albums chart. Meanwhile his Wolves EP, originally released in 2014, enters at number 24 after a CD version was made available. Football supporters may feel that the Brighton resident chose a strange time to repromote an EP called Wolves. While the chart is being announced today (Friday), his local team, the mighty Brighton & Hove Albion, are playing a crucial match at Wolverhampton Wanderers, popularly known as Wolves.
With their Coldplay-assisted single Something Just Like This still in the top ten, Chainsmokers have released their second album, Memories - Do Not Open. Their previous album, Collage, fell short of the top forty but Memories is a new entry at number three.
Drake’s More Life is down one place to number three. Take That’s Wonderland remains at number five.
As is often the case, the average age of artists entering the albums chart is somewhat higher than that in the singles chart. The oldest of the lot are the members of Deep Purple whose chart career began in 1970, 24 years before Harry Styles was born and only a few months after his mother was born. Deep Purple’s heyday was in the 1970s but, apart from an eight-year break from 1976-84, they have continued to perform and release material amid various line-up changes for nearly fifty years. Their twentieth studio album, Infinite, enters at number six to give them a first top ten hit since The House Of Blue Light in 1987.
Deep Purple could have followed the trend set by Adele and picked up by Rick Astley and Vera Lynn by using their combined ages as the album title. However, they may have decided that Infinite was close enough and saved them spending time on adding up. Pink may still be waiting to record with Blue under the name Notso Deep Purple. Yes, I know I have used that joke before, but I like it.
Former member of Fleet Foxes Father John Misty enters at number eight with his new album, Pure Comedy. As well as charting under this name and with Fleet Foxes he has also released albums under his real name J (for John) Tilman.
Mike Rutherford released his first solo album while still a member of Genesis. Smallcreep’s Day was released in 1980 when it reached number thirteen. His first album as part of Mike and the Mechanics was released in 1986 following one other album under his own name. This side project proved to be rather more popular than his initial solo material, delivering him seven top forty albums including one in the top ten. The band now has an eighth hit album as Let Me Fly enters at number nine.
Some US states have a history of producing successful bands. Maryland is not one of them. A list of bands from the state includes nonentities such as Pulling Teeth and Yellow Dubmarine. Bucking this trend of under-achievement are Future Islands who enter at number eighteen with The Far Field.
Returning to the religious theme, some Bible stories feature donkeys or, to use the word often used in that book, asses. Joey Badass enters at number 23 with All-Amerikkkan Badass, an album whose title refers to one of the candidates in last year’s US Presidential election and the support offered to him by the former leader of a white supremacist group.
Brian May is best known as a member of Queen but has occasionally found the time to release solo material. However, by any measure, his solo career cannot be described as prolific. His latest offering, Golden Days, is the second to be released in collaboration with Kerry Ellis and follows just three albums credited to him alone. His first album with Ellis, over 30 years his junior, failed to chart but this second set is a new entry at number 27. Kerry Ellis was born three-and-a-half years after Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody first went to number one.
While on the subject of Bohemain Rhapsody, a version of that song appears on the new album by a capella group Pentatonix, PTX Vol IV. The album, which just misses a top forty place, also includes versions of, inter alia, A-ha’s classic Take On Me and John Lennon’s Imagine.
Published on: 2017-04-14 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2
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