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Despacito stays at number one
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee stay on top of the singles chart with a little help from Justin Bieber. Harry Styles tops the albums chart with his debut solo release.

Despacito stays at number one in the singles chart. Harry Styles tops the albums chart with his debut solo album.

After a run of five weeks where the number one position changed hands stability is rstored this week as Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee get a second week at the top with Despacito. After last week’s commentary was posted it became apparent that the Official Charts Company has added Justin Bieber’s name to the credit, reflecting the fact that the version featuring his vocals has done much to make this song such a success. Therefore, I can, somewhat belatedly, credit him with a sixth number one single.

Bieber also now does achieve the rare feat of replacing himself at the summit for a second time, albeit as featured artist on both songs this time. It also means that last week he added a new number one to his tally for a second successive week. Just how short the list of artists to achieve this particular feat is depends on whether you count the Elvis Presley re-releases in 2005 as new number ones. In general an artist has only replaced themselves at number one when the first of the two has spent some time at the summit.

Bieber also remains at number two where he is a featured artist, accompanied by Chance The Rapper and Quavo, on DJ Khaled’s I’m The One.

Clean Bandit’s Symphony slips one place to number four and Shawn Mendes’ There’s Noting Holding Me Back is up one place to number four. Just three songs holding it back now. Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You is down to number five. In the latter part of Shape Of You’s lengthy spell at the top of the chart there were no former number ones in the top forty. Now there are three in the top five.

Harry Styles’ Sign Of The Times makes it four former number ones in the top six. Helped by the release of the album, it climbs back up four places to number six.

Last weekend the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Kiev, Ukraine. None of the songs, not even the Croatian Rag ‘n’ Bone Man lookalike who performed a duet with himself or the Romanian yodelling rappers, from that contest have reached the top forty although one or two may be in the sales-only chart. The theme of the contest was “celebrating diversity”, a theme which the Ukrainian broadcasters marked by using three white men as co-presenters. This week’s new entries are equally lacking in diversity; both are by white American women.

The higher of the two comes from Miley Cyrus who abandons her familiar screechy style for the more measured tones of Malibu. Perhaps an over-indulgence on rum (other brands are available) the night before recording made screeching uncomfortable. She enters at number eleven breaking a three-year absence from the chart since her last hit as featured vocalist on’s Feelin’ Myself. Her last hit as lead artist was the chart-topping Wrecking Ball in October 2013.

According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia Maggie Lindemann became well known for her song Knocking On Your Heart. That apparently happened without it being a chart hit anywhere. Pretty Girl has fared rather better; It has reached the top ten in two Scandinavian countries and now enters the UK top forty at number 21. The song has been remixed by Cheat Codes who can also be found at number 25 with No Promises.

Even the one re-entry is from a band with a white female American led singer. Paramore are back with hard Times at number 34, matching the position the song reached a few weeks ago.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human remains in the to forty for a 25th week. With the departure of Jax Jones and Raye’s You Don’t Know Me, Human is the only song left in the chart which was in the first top forty of 2017.

It is unlikely that any readers of this commentary will be surprised that Harry Styles’ eponymous debut solo album has entered the chart at number one. Until the release of the first single, Sign Of The Times, it was less predictable that the album would receive some enthusiastic reviews. Music critics can be a cynical lot and many of them will have been eagerly anticipating the chance to give it a savage review. They seem to have been disappointed.

The album sold almost 57,000 copies (including streams last week). Three thousand of those sales were for the vinyl version, enough to put it at number one on the vinyl chart as well.

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ remains at number two, still waiting for the chance to return to the to in a quieter week for new releases. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human is a non-mover at number three.

While many bands change their line-up over the years not many are down to one surviving member from the original five by the time they release their fifth album. One the bands to have managed that are Paramore who enter at number four with After Laughter with singer Hayley Williams the only member to have appeared on all five albums.Their albums chart history is a curious one. Their second and fourth albums, Brand New Eyes (2009) and Paramore (2013) reached number one but the other two didn’t even reach the top twenty. Indeed, album number three, All We Know Is Falling, fell short of the top fifty. They have now broken that pattern by having a top ten hit with an odd-numbered album as After Laughter enters at number four.

The Surrey town of Woking is generally known as the home of thousands of commuters and, for a period in the 1990s, for its football team’s habit of beating teams ranked well above them in the FA Cup. It is also known as the setting for HG Wells’ classic science fiction novel The War Of The Worlds, a connection marked in the town by a sculpture of a Martian. Musically, its main claim to fame is as the original home of The Jam, a connection frequently marked by singer Paul Weller in videos and in the name of his Stanley Road album, the road, near the railway line, where he grew up.

A few weeks ago Weller released Jawbone, a soundtrack album which fell just short of the top forty. Last Friday he released his thirteenth studio album, A Kind Revolution. It enters at number five to give him a seventeenth top ten album, including compilations.

Momodou Jallow, better known as J Hus enters at number six with his debut album Common Sense. The album includes his hit single Did You See which climbs into the top ten this week.

Kasabian’s For Crying Out Loud falls to number seven after a week at number one. Their chart run of 1-7 almost matches their local football team Leicester City’s result against Tottenham last night (Thursday).

Having called their debut album Inglorious the band of the same name have racked their brains for a more original title for their second album. After an extensive brain-storming session they came up with Inglorious II. Their first set, released last year, could only get as high as number 45. Album number two is a new entry at number 22 (or should that be XXII)?

In their native USA country music combo the Zac Brown Band have notched up a number of hit albums including three number ones. In the UK they have done rather less well, failing to get even as high as number 100. That changes this week as their fifth studio album, Welcome Home, lands at number 25. The album includes a trach co-written by Pharrell Williams.

The stage show Dreamgirls celebrates the music of American R&B acts of the 1960s and ‘70s such as The Supremes, The Shirelles and James Brown. The show originally opened on Broadway with the London version opening last December. An album featuring songs from the London version is a new entry at number 36.

This week’s major re-issue is Manic Street Preachers’ eighth studio album Send Away The Tigers, originally released in 2007. On its original release ten years ago it narrowly missed out on the number one position, finishing behind Arctic Monkeys’ Favourite Worst Nightmare by fewer than 700 copies. The tenth anniversary edition includes various demo versions, acoustic versions and a solo version of Your Love Alone Is Not Enough by Nina Persson. The singer with The Cardigans appeared on the original version of the song which reached number two in the singles chart. The album re-enters at number 21.

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon returns to the top forty once more at number 38. Eminem’s hits collection Curtain Call re-enters at number 39 and the La La Land soundtrack is back at number 40.
Published on: 2017-05-19 by Suedehead2 || 29752 Views
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