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Ed Sheeran returns to number one
Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You goes back to the top of the singles chart after having a week off. Sheeran also gets a seventh week at the top of the albums chart.

Ed Sheeran returns to the top of the singles chart and stays at number one in the albums chart.

Shape Of You sets a new record by returning to the top of the chart after an initial 13-week run at number one. No other song has resumed pole position after such a long initial spell. However, one song in chart history has gone back to number one after accumulating even more weeks at the summit. The song with the most weeks at number one - eighteen - is Frankie Laine’s I Believe. It had three separate spells at the top in a single chart run in 1953. When it climbed to the top for a third time it had already spent a total of fifteen weeks there.

Shape Of You’s fourteen weeks matches the total achieved by Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. That song had a nine week run at number one when it was first released in 1975. After Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991 it was re-released (with a different b-side, technically a double a-side) and spent another five weeks at the summit. As both runs at the top spanned two successive years it remains the only song by a single artist to spend time at number one in four different years.

Clean Bandit move up two places to number two while Sheeran’s Galway Girl remains at number three. After a week at the top of the pile Harry Styles’ Sign Of The Times drops to number four. It is the first seven-day number one since his erstwhile bandmate Zayn Malik’s Pillowtalk in February of last year. Try saying that last bit without breaking into a Killers song.

Drake’s Passionfruit holds steady at number five.

This week sees yet another invasion of the singles chart by a single artist. Following Ed Sheeran and Drake it is now Kendrick Lamar’s turn to see several tacks from a newly-released album charting in their own right. The song released in advance of the album, Humble, is this week’s biggest climber; it soars 25 places to number six, It is joined by four further songs from the album.

DNA enters at number eighteen, Loyalty at number 27 and Love at 39.

Another Kendrick Lamar song, Element, is at number 33. A string of hit singles have shared their title with the name of an element. Sia had a huge hit with Titanium in 2011 but Helium failed to reach the top forty.

If Sia decides to make her way through the whole of the periodic table (thereby potentially helping future Pointless contestants), I particularly look forward to Molybdemum and Praseodymium. On the other hand, Tin might be a bit of a disappointment. She will have to up her pace somewhat. At the current rate it will take well over 600 years for her to make her way through the periodic table by which time the table may have grown.

Lady Gaga spun a surprise by releasing a new song, The Cure, immediately after performing it at the Coachella festival in California. It went straight to the top of the iTunes chart and is likely to have finished the week in the top ten of the sales-only chart. However, it did rather less well on streaming sites and so enters at number 23 in the overall chart.

The Cure joins the list of song titles that have also appeared in the charts as the name of an act. It does so on the day that The Cure’s singer Robert Smith celebrates his 59th birthday. The band are still going although Smith is the only remaining original member, so it is not to late for them to record a singled called Lady Gaga. Unfortunately, if they did so it would probably not make the top forty. Their last appearance was in 2004 with Taking Off.

As well as seeing a new addition to the list of song titles which are also chart acts, we also see a newcomer to the list of song titles which are also the name of a television programme as J Hus comes in at number 34 with Did You See. Did You See was a programme fronted by Ludovic Kennedy which looked at various programmes which had been shown in the previous week. The main difficulty with the programme at the time was that there was no way for viewers to go back and watch a programme which was highly praised as the iPlayer was still many years away. Nowadays the problem with such a programme would be that very few viewers have access to all the channels and sites such as Netflix.

Anyway, back to chart matters; J Hus is the name assumed by one Momodou Jallow from East London. Did You See is his first top forty hit. He reached number 63 with a song called Samantha which featured Dave. I don’t think it was the Dave and Samantha who occupied 10 Downing Street until last year, nor was it anything to do with the television channel which caters well for fans of QI and Top Gear.

As well as returning to his customary place at the top of the singles chart, Ed Sheeran spends a seventh week at number one in the albums chart with ÷.

He may have several songs from his new album in the top forty but not even Kendrick Lamar can displace Ed Sheeran from the top of the albums chart. Instead he has to settle for a new entry at number two with Damn. It is his fourth studio album and the second to reach the top ten. Its immediate predecessor, To Pimp A Butterfly, topped the chart in 2015. The new album includes collaborations with Rihanna and U2 but there is no sign of Drake or even Ed Sheeran.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human slips one place to number three. Drake’s More Life and Take That’s Wonderland are non-movers at numbers four and five respectively.

If Kendrick Lamar is disappointed to miss out on another chart-topping album, he can at least console himself with the fact that he has fared decidedly better than Tinie Tempah. After all, Lamar has been beaten by the most successful album since Adele’s last offering. Tempah is behind, among others, Ed Sheeran’s previous album, released nearly three years ago. Tinie Tempah’s two previous albums reached the top two but his new set, Youth, can only get as high as number nine. Still around 18 months short of his 30th birthday, he will be labelled by some as a has-been.

If measured purely in UK chart terms, John Mayer (forty this year) is perhaps closer to being a never-was rather than a has-been. He is one of many acts to do rather better with the critics than with the music-buying public. His only top forty single was as a featured artist alongside Fall Out Boy and, even when his albums have made the top five, they have not stayed in the chart for long. He enters at number sixteen with his seventh studio album, The Search For Everything. There are guest appearances from a number of artists including Sheryl Crow and James Fauntleroy who is not a lord, little or otherwise.

The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac returns to the top forty once again at number 34. Oasis’s Best Of compilation, Time Flies, is back at number 37.
Published on: 2017-04-21 by Suedehead2 || 10815 Views
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22 Apr 2017 - 10:39
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The Official Albums Track Chart is particularly dull this week, isn't it? laugh.gif It's amazing how the chart (designed to push long-term popularity on replays of tracks) can't even do what it's supposed to do - as in regular invasions of album tracks by middling to huge stars which then spend 2 to 4 weeks dropping out and below the tracks they have kept down. Funny that:P

Meanwhile on the actual singles sales chart, Harry Styles tops for 2 weeks, Gaga is in at 4, the fab Disciples are 6 instead of a pathetic 31, Louisa Johnson, Steps & Pixie Lott are in the 40, a big Latin hit(Despacito)finally charts thanks to a Justin Bieber boost, and Kendrick Lamarr has only the single in the 40 (27) and only one other track in the 75. Now I would say that's a more reliable guide to absolute popularity of individual tracks than curiosity driven repeat album plays overwhelming a chart.

If I'm wrong let's see anyone try and sing Hannah Grace Praise You (not in the Official charts, but in the top 75 sales) or any of the Kendrick Lamarr album tracks combined. I suspect Hannah will have it as a perectage of the overall population...laugh.gif

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As I was a little late posting the commentary this week, I wanted to include some info on the sales chart (particularly Lady Gaga's position). Unfortunately, something went wrong with the OCC site so I couldn't do that.
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