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DJ Khaled and friends go to number one
DJ Khaled, with a little help from Justin Bieber among others, tops the singles chart. Ed Sheeran spends a ninth week at number one in the albums chart.

There’s another change at the top of the singles chart but Ed Sheeran gets a ninth week at the top of the albums chart.

The first three-and-a-half months of the year saw just two songs occupying the number one slot in the singles chart but we have now seen a change at top for four successive weeks, including a return to the summit for one of those long-stayers. The new occupant of the summit is a new entry for DJ Khaled although the presence of Justine Bieber as guest vocalist has given I’m The One a hefty boost. It is DJ Khaled’s second top forty hit after For Free reached number 25 last year.

As well as Justin Bieber, who gets his fifth number one single, the song also features Quavo (last seen as featured artist on Drake’s Portland), Lil Wayne and Chance The Rapper. The last-named is a rare example of an artist with the word “the” in their name where it is not the first word or immediately preceded by the word “and” topping the chart.

Bieber also entered the chart last week as featured artist on a reworked version of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito. That song climbs 18 places to number four.

Clean Bandit’s Symphony falls to number two after a week at number one leaving it eight weeks short of their previous chart-topper Rockabye.

As well as two Bieber songs there are also two Ed Sheeran songs in the top five but, for the first time in over three months, he has nothing in the top two. Shape Of You is down one place to number three. Galway Girl falls two places to number five.

Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s Something Just Like This was the only song to survive the top ten invasion by Ed Sheeran a couple months ago. However, those two Justin Bieber songs have been enough top bring its top ten run to an end. It falls to number eleven this week.

Only one of this week’s top forty new entries was in the top 75 last week. That song is Charlie Puth’s Attention which was at number 50 last week and now climbs to number 31. One previous song called Attention, by Commander Tom, has graced the top forty although the 1995 song title included an exclamation mark to give it a more military feel. Puth’s first two singles - including a featured artist appearance - topped the chart but his next two top forty hits stalled outside the top ten. In the coming weeks we will see whether he can return to the upper tier.

There are times when it is best to avoid looking at an artist’s date of birth because it can make you feel very old. Unfortunately, I did catch sight of the birthdate of Norwegian producer Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, better known as Kygo. He was born on 11 September 1991 which means that he turned ten on the day of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a fact which presents a reminder that those attacks are now quite a long time ago. Why is this relevant? Oh yes, back to the chart where Kygo has a new entry at number 34 with First Time. As with all of his previous hits there is a feature vocalist. This time it is Ellie Goulding. She enjoyed a lot of success in the first half of this decade but had just one hit last year and this is her first hit of 2017.

Most music fans will expect to like almost everything certain artists produce and dislike almost everything by other artists. Then there is the third group of artists where expectations are less clear cut. For me, Katy Perry is very much in that third category. Her most recent single, Chained To The Rhythm, was very good but her new single, Bon Appetit is rather less good. The song features a contribution from Migos, a trio whose members include Quavo. It enters at number 40 meaning that the man born Quavious Marshall tops and tails the chart this week. In his guise as a Migo he is also at number 25 alongside Calvin Harris on Slide. His mother must be proud.

On the albums chart Ed Sheeran’s ÷ continues to beat all-comers gaining a ninth week at number one. It has now beaten the initial run of Sheeran’s previous album × and has the longest run at number one since Adele’s 21 spent its first eleven weeks at the summit.

Sheeran’s continuing popularity means that Gorillaz are added to the list of acts deprived of a number one album with sales that would usually be easily enough to to the chart. When Blur’s Damon Albarn created the virtual band there was no expectation that it would be more than a one-off project. However, they are still going and have now released their fifth studio album Humanz. As a new entry at number two it becomes the band’s fourth top three album. Of their studio albums, only 2011‘s The Fall missed out on the top three.

One place behind Humanz is Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human which has now spent twelve weeks in the top five. Steps’ Tears On The Dancefloor avoids a hefty second week fall, slipping just two places to number four. Meanwhile, their Ultimate Collection climbs three places to number fourteen. Kendrick Lamar’s Damn is down one place to number five.

Limerick band The Cranberries have released Something Else, their second album since re-forming. Their first comeback album, Roses, only got to number 37 but Something Else is a new entry at number eighteen. It comprises mostly re-recordings of old material including acoustic versions of their excellent singles Linger and Zombie.

Mark Lanegan enters at number 22 with his tenth studio album Gargoyle. It falls one place short of the number 21 peak achieved by Blues Funeral in 2012.

Former Glee actor Lea Michele enters at number 37 with her second studio album Places which has nothing to do with Martin Solveig’s current hit single.

Michael Kiwanuka’s Love & Hate re-enters at number 33 just ahead of The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac at 34 and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s Together at 35. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon is back at number 40 to get a 487th week in the top forty. The album has never been number one - it was beaten by a Various Artists album in its solitary week at number two - so would have topped the chart if today’s rules had applied in 1973. It was last in the top forty in 2011.
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