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Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee top the singles chart
Luis Fonsi and Dady Yankee climb to the top of the singles chart with Despacito with more than a little help from Justin Bieber. Kasabian displace Ed Sheeran at the top of the albums chart.

Another change at the top of the singles chart and Ed Sheeran’s long run at the top of the albums chart is brought to an end.

There is a fifth change at the top of the singles chart in five weeks as Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee climb three places to number one with Depsacito. The best-selling version of the song also features Justin Bieber but, as he was not on the original version, he is not credited by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and, therefore, cannot claim a sixth chart-topping single. Daddy Yankee scores a number one with his second hit single almost twelve years after his first hit.

As well as depriving him of a sixth number one, the OCC’s omission of Bieber’s name from the credits for Despacito also means that he cannot claim to have replaced himself at the top of the chart for a second time. DJ Khaled’s I’m The One, which features Chance The Rapper and Quavo as well as Bieber, slips to number two after seven days at the summit.

Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson drop one place to number three with Symphony with Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You also down one rung to number four. Shawn Mendes climbs two places to number five with Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.

Harry Styles’ Sign Of The Times defies those who predicted that it would plummet after its week at number one; it falls two places to number ten. His erstwhile bandmate Zayn Malik falls to number 34 with Still Got Time, a song which features a contribution from Partynextdoor. The two former One Directioners are joined this week by a third, Niall Horan. He enters at number 25 with Slow Hands. It is his second solo hot single following This Town last year. If the title was intended to be a tribute to Eric Clapton (which I doubt), it is somewhat misjudged as his common nickname is Slowhand. It has beaten the only previous song called Slow Hands to reach the chart. Interpol reached number 36 with a song of that name in 2004.

Perhaps a reader can inform us whether three former members of any other band have had simultaneous solo hits.

The next new entry also has a non-unique title for a hit single, Indeed, it is a good deal less original than Slow Hands as Jonas Blue’s new entry at number 29 marks the sixth time a song called Mama has graced the top forty. Three of the previous songs have reached the top ten with one of them, by the Spice Girls, topping the chart. Jonas Blue’s song features one William Singe who makes his chart debut. Can William singe? Give him some matches and I’m sure he can.

After hovering just outside the top forty for the last few weeks, Kyle sneaks in at number 40 with iSpy, a title which sounds like a new James Bond gadget manufactured by Apple. Kyle Harvey (to give his full name) is joined by Lil Yachty who also featured on Charli XCX’s After The Afterparty earlier this year. There are lots of words that could be used to describe the song. Let’s just settle for dire.

The real chart news of the week comes in the albums chart where we finally have a new number one as Kasabian go straight to the top with their sixth studio album For Crying Out Loud. It is their fifth number one with only their eponymous debut (released in 2004) missing out. Their home city of Leicester thus houses the current Premier League champions and the band topping the albums chart although the Premier League may have new champions (albeit technically champions elect) as early as tonight (Friday).

After nine weeks at the top Ed Sheeran’s ÷ falls to number two. It is highly likely that it will return to the top before two long, even if only by default as a result of the lack of a major new release. The next time it has a chance of climbing to number one regardless of the release schedule will come at the end of next month when he headlines the Glastonbury Festival.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human remains at number three while the almost identically titled Gorillaz album, Humanz, falls three places to number five. Among the many guest musicians on the latter album are Grace Jones, the aforementioned Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Noel Gallagher. While the rivalry between Blur and Oasis was always grossly exaggerated, Gallagher’s appearance is a clear sign of the mutual respect he and Damon Albarn have for each other.

Blondie get their first top ten album since 1999 as Pollinator enters at number four. Their last album to grace the top ten was No Exit, their fist release for seventeen years. That album also gave them a sixth number one single as Maria ended an absence of over eighteen years from the top of the singles chart.

Blondie’s first hit single was Denis in 1978. Like a number of their hits, it was a cover of a little-known song. With Pollinator, they have departed from their usual practice of writing their own songs or covering obscure old songs and have recruited a number of other writers including Johnny Marr and Sia Furler.

One of the original Blondie songs Long Time (one of the songs performed on Jools Holland’s programme last week) sounds very much like Heart Of Glass in places. However, if you’re going to write a song that sounds like one of your earlier songs, why not choose a near-forty-year-old classic? It is no great surprise that Debbie Harry can no longer reach the high notes she managed with seeming ease in the past (after all, she is over 70), but she still sounds fantastic.

After sixteen studio albums (as well as others as part of Birthday Party and Grinderman), Nick Cave has released a three-CD Best Of collection, Lovely Creatures. The set, accompanied by a DVD of videos and interviews, enters at number eight.

Australian-born Cave has spent many years living in the UK. However, following the death of his fifteen-year-old son Arthur in 2015, he has recently announced that he intends to leave the country. Arthur’s twin, Earl, was in the Channel 4 drama Born To Kill which ended last night (Thursday) playing Oscar, the one-time friend of the psychopathic lead character Sam.

Slowdive were formed in Reading in 1989 and became one of the leading lights of the s-called shoe-gazing movement, supposedly named after their fans’ habit of looking at their shoes while the music was playing. At this point it seems appropriate to repeat one of very few actuary jokes. How can you tell an actuary at a party? He’s the one looking at his shoes. How can you identify an extrovert actuary at a party? He’s the one looking at someone else’s shoes. For clarification, an actuary is someone who finds accountancy too exciting.

Meanwhile, back on the chart, Slowdive have re-formed after twenty years to record their fourth album, also called Slowdive. It enters at number sixteen, easily beating their previous best position of number 32 achieved by their 1992 debut, Just For A Day.

Like Slowdive, Leftfield were also formed in 1989. They achieved thir big breakthrough four years later when they had a hot with Open Up featuring vocals rom John Lydon in the days when he was still reasonably cool. They split up early in this century before re-forming in 2010. They have now released a remastered version of their debut album Leftism. The original version was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1995 and reached number three in the chart. The revamped version is at number eighteen.

When Leftfield and Slowdive were formed, Hawkwind had already been going for twenty years and had released fifteen studio albums. They have now released album number 27, Into The Woods, and it enters the chart at number 34. Their best-known song remains 1972’s Silver Machine with Lemmy (later of Motorhead) on lead vocals.

American singer Laura Pergolizzi has decided to confuse everybody by recording under the name LP based on her initials. Presumably we can expect singers named Christine Davies and Duncan Oliver William Nicholas Lionel Orville Alan Dumbledore to follow suit. LP has released three albums and three EPs without any UK chart success although she has also busied herself writing for artists such as Rihanna, Joe Walsh (a former Eagle) and Christina Aguilera. She makes her UK chart debut with her fourth album Lost On You at number seventeen.

On the subject of The Eagles, Diana Krall’s last album was a collection of cover versions including two songs, Desperado and I Can’t Tell You Why, by the band. That album reached number nineteen; her latest release, Turn Up The Quiet, is at number 32.

Other new entries come from Canadian singer-songwriter Mac Demarco with This Old Dog at number 21, rapper Logic ant number 20 with Everybody, country singer Chris Stapleton with From A Room: Volume 1 at number 22. None of the albums are debuts, but all three reach the top forty in the UK for the first time. Texas band At The Drive-In make the top forty for the second time with their fourth album In-ter a-li-a at number 30.
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12 May 2017 - 17:48
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OCC are showing the no.1 as a remix with Justin Bieber's name included. Maybe they have corrected the chart since you looked at it.
12 May 2017 - 17:51
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Yes, they have now credited Justin Bieber. It makes sense, but I wish they'd done it earlier!
12 May 2017 - 18:13
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The Beatles have charted three ex-members simultaneously on more than one occasion. The first time was 20th March 1971, when Paul was at 2 with the awesome Another Day, George at 6 with the timeless classic My Sweet Lord, and John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band (aka John Lennon solo, really, plus Yoko and A.N. Others on backing vocals) with the song we could do with in 1971 - Power To The People.

On 17th April, Ringo joined the party with It Don't Come Easy, and all 4 fabs were in the top 40 simultaneously. As was Elvis, Cliff, Ross, Stones, Sinatra, Jackson 5 for a bit of a multi-generational All-Time Greats rundown..

Beat that other groups! (I wouldnt be surprised if Spice Girls came close though, or Take That)

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I suspected The Beatles may have done it but I didn't have time to check. Not sure about Take That as Mark Owen's solo career was pretty modest while Jason Orange and Howard Donald did even less well.
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