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Clean Bandit get their third number one
Clean Bandit's Symphony climbs to the top of the singles chart. Ed Sheeran spends an eighth consecutive week in the number one album position.

Clean Bandit climb to the top of the singles chart but Ed Sheeran remains at number one in the albums chart.

There’s a coalition of chaos at the top of the singles chart as Ed Sheeran’s strong and stable leadership is challenged once again. The saboteurs this week are Clean Bandit who emerge triumphant to claim their third number one hit. Symphony also becomes guest vocalist Zara Larsson’s first UK chart-topper. With Symphony’s title Clean Bandit could be said to have come full circle after their first hit Mozart’s House. The Mozart in question composed over 50 symphonies. An excerpt from the 40th provided a hit single for both Argentinian conductor Waldo de los Rios (his orchestra played a part but they weren’t credited) and The Sovereign Collection in 1974.

Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You loses its grip on power after returning to the top last week. If it fails to return again it will stay in fifth place in the all-time list of long-running number one singles. It shares that position with Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, another song with a classical-sounding title and one which, like Clean Bandit’s second number one, had an initial run of nine weeks at the summit. Shape Of You, of course, initially replaced Clean Bandit’s Rockabye at number one.

Sheeran’s Galway Girl remains at number three, ahead of two other non-movers. Harry Styles’ Sign Of The Times is still at number four and Drake’s Passion Fruit is at number five. Three of the four led artists represented in the top five have spent a total of 38 weeks at the top with their longest-running number one single, all in the last year and a bit.

Canadian singer Shawn Mendes has revisited his last top ten hit, Treat You Better, played around with the tune a bit, added some new words and declared it to be a new song called There’s No Holdin’ Me Back. He’s convinced some people as it is a new entry at number seven to give him a fourth top ten hit.

American band Paramore have been absent from the singles chart for four years although their singer Hayley Williams did appear on Zedd’s Stay The Night in 2014. Now they return to the chart at number 34. with Hard Times. Unless I have missed one it has been an even longer wait for a song sharing its name with a novel by Charles Dickens to reach the chart. D’Banj made the top ten in 2012 with Oliver Twist.

Despite not being French and not being born in Montana Karim Kharbouch chooses to record under the name French Montana. This week he gets his first hit as a lead artist with Unforgettable. He was a featured on two top ten hits in 2014. The featured artist on Unforgettable, a new entry at number 24 is Swae Lee who is one half of Rae Stremmurd, last seen in the chart with Black Beatles. The most famous song of that title was by Nat King Cole. The original version was not officially a hit in the UK having been recorded before the first singles chart was published. However, a version of the song with added vocals from his daughter Natalie was a hit in 1991, 26 years after his death.

While it may be a little surprising that French Monatana’s new hit is only the second song called Unforgettable to reach the chart, it is less of a surprise that Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life is only the second song of that name ti be a hit following the Iggy Pop song (used in the film Trainspotting) in 1996. As a new entry at number 38 Lust For Life is Lana Del Rey’s ninth top forty hit. It features The Weeknd who takes his tally of top forty hits up to twelve.

There is another Canadian featured artist on the song entering at number 22. Yes, our old pal Justin Bieber is back. He is the featured artist on Despacito alongside the less well-known Puerto Ricans Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. It marks the UK chart debut of Luis Forsi and a second hit - after a twelve-year absence - for Daddy Yankee. He had a top five hit in 2005 with Gasolina before his chart career ran out of fuel.

American trio Cheat Codes get their first hit of the year with No Promises at number 39.Vocals come from Demi Lovato whose last top forty hit was Cool For the Summer in 2015. and who co-wrote the song The only other song called No Promises to grace the top forty was the second hit single from Shayne Ward.

While proving to be beatable once again in the singles chart Ed Sheeran continues to beat all challengers to his supremacy in the albums chart as ÷ holds on for an eighth week. It has now matched the initial run at the top for his second album ×.

Although Ed Sheeran triumphed once again, he did at least face some sort of challenge this week. In the first update, on Monday, ÷ was actually in second place behind Tears On The Dancefloor, the first standard studio album from Steps for a little under seventeen years and their first album of new material of any kind since their 2012 Christmas album. It has been well-received by fans but it seems unlikely that it will win over many new converts to the band whose best days (in chart terms at least) came in the late 1990s. It enters at number two to give them a fourth top five studio album to add to two chart-topping compilations. One of those compilations, The Ultimate Collection, re-enters at number seventeen. I must be going soft as I haven’t really slagged them off at all this time.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human stays at number three and Kendrick Lamar’s Damn falls to number four.

Irish singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Imelda May enters at number five with her fifth studio album, Life Love Flesh Blood. Her third album was called Mayhem, a title which could now be seen as prophetic. Guest musicians who worked on her new album include Jeff Beck (best known for the hit Hi Ho Silver Lining) and Bono.

Scottish band Texas enjoyed great success with their 1989 debut album Southside. However, their following two releases under-performed, spending just one week in the top forty each. Their fortunes improved with the release of the single Say What You Want just ahead of their fourth album White On Blonde. The single was a top ten hit and the album went to number one. They have continued to be successful since then, at least in the albums chart, and they get their eighth top ten album this week as Jump On Board enters at number six.

This week’s metal representatives are Sheffield’s While She Sleeps. They enter at number eight with You Are We. Their two previous albums each enterd the top forty before dropping out of the top 100 the following week. As this is their first appearance in the top twenty, they may actually manage a second week in the top 100 this time. A third week is rather more unlikely.

Geordie band Maxïmo Park enter at number eleven with Risk To Exist, their sixth studio album. All their albums have reached the top twenty but they have’t really had a major success since their second release Our Earthly Pleasures in 2007.

Last Saturday saw the tenth annual Record Store Day, an event aimed at promoting independent record shops. As usual there were many special releases including repackaging of old releases, new material and archive material being released for the first time. One of them was a three-disc vinyl set of live David Bowie recordings from 1974. Despite the restrictions of the format it is a new entry at number twenty. A second Bowie releases, Bowpromo which is limited to 5,000 copies, is at number 38.

In the New Year Honours list announced at the end of last year one of the UK’s finest songwriters Ray Davies was awarded a knighthood. Sir Ray, as he now is, made his name as a member of the Kinks in the 1960s and has continued working ever since apart from an enforced break as he recovered from being shot. He now spends most of his time in the USA and his latest album, Americana, is a tribute to his adopted home. His first album of new material for ten years, as opposed to reworkings of Kinks hits, it is a new entry at number fifteen. Among his many admirers is Damon Albarn whose animated band Gorillaz released a new album today (Friday).

While Ray Davies has chosen to celebrate a whole country, veteran American singer Barry Manilow has restricted himself to one small part of it, New York for his latest offering. This Is My Town - Songs Of New York lands at number 26 and becomes Manilow’s 24th top forty album in the UK.

Country singer Brad Paisley makes his top forty debut with his tenth studio album Love And War at number 33. He may have been helped by the presence of Mick Jagger and Timbaland. Among the credited co-writers is one Brent Anderson who should not be confused with Brett Anderson.

American rock band Incubus enter at number 35 with their eighth studio album, unimaginatively entitled 8.
Published on: 2017-04-28 by Suedehead2 || 27379 Views
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The Snake 🐍
30 Apr 2017 - 18:28
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'Hard Times' is easily the best song in the singles chart this week imo.
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