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Luis Fonsi and friends stay at number one
Despacito stays at the top of the singles chart. Ed Sheehan returns to number one in the albums chart.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Justin Bieber-assisted Despacito gets a third week at the top of the singles chart this week with a healthy lead over all its rivals. We reach the end of May 2017 with just six new number one songs so far this year. Even that figure is an improvement on 2016 which had had just five new number ones by this stage and remained stuck on five until the end of July.

Once again Justin Bieber is the featured artist on the top two singles with DJ Khaled’s I’m The One (which also features Chance The Rapper and Quavo) staying at number two.

Continuing the link down the chart Quavo also feature on the song at number three, the debut solo single from One Direction’s Liam Payne. Strip That Down thus fails to follow his former bandmates Zayn Malik and Harry Styles by stating his solo career with an instant number one. He can at least enjoy bragging rights over Niall Horan whose debut single This Town only reached number nine. Louis Tomlinson has had a number two single with some help from Steve Aoki. Malik’s Still Got Time has left the top forty this week, leaving the number of former Directioners in the chart at three as Styles’ Sign Of The Times falls to number ten and Horan’s Slow Hands climbs to number 23.

Neither Quavo nor Liam Payne feature on the song at number four, bring an end to the neat little chain. Shawn Mendes’ There’s Nothing Holding Me Back remains in fourth place. Clean Bandit’s Symphony falls two places to number five. The top five is, therefore an Ed Sheeran-free zone for the first time since January.

With a little under two weeks to go before the UK votes in a general election a song called Bad Liar enters at number 35. It is the tenth top forty hit for Selena Gomez since she made her UK chart debut with Naturally in 2010, also just before a general election.

Katy Perry and Migos re-enter at number 37 with Bon Appetit. When that song entered the chart three weeks ago I remarked that Perry’s songs were very much hit and miss for me. Until I have heard one of her songs, I cannot be certain whether or not I will like it. That said, there can sometimes be a hint that a song might not be my cup of tea. A featured artist credit for Nicki Minaj is one such example. Swish Swish, a new entry at number 40, may not be quite as bad of most of Minaj’s oeuvre but it is still pretty awful.

On Monday evening 20,000 people went to the Manchester Arena to see an Ariana Grande concert. Seven children attending the concert along with fifteen others either attending or picking up their children at the end were killed in a terrorist attack by a suicide bomber. There have been many responses to the attack including an impromptu solo rendition of Manchester band Oasis’s song Don’t Look Back In Anger immediately after a minute’s silence in the city yesterday (Thursday).

Grande’s fans along with many other music fans got behind a campaign to propel her song One Last Time back into the chart as a tribute to the victims. As the campaign didn’t really get going until Wednesday, it has done well to see the song - originally a number 24 hit in 2015 - re-enter at number eleven. The fact that its position is heavily slanted towards real sales, unlike most current chart hits, makes it an even more impressive achievement.

The concert was part of a tour to promote Grande’s third album Dangerous Woman. That album re-enters the chart at number thirty.

As predicted here on more than one occasion, the lack of album releases by big names has allowed Ed Sheeran’s ÷ to return to the top of the chart to gain a tenth week at the summit. Harry Styles falls one place to number two after his seven days at the top. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human spends another week at number three.

In one review of Linkin Park’s new album One More Light they were given some credit for having a change of style and releasing a pop album. They were then criticised for releasing a bad pop album. Perhaps may of their fans agree as their seventh album enters at number four, lower than any previous studio album apart from their 2000 debut.

Among the more surprising choices for an act to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest was that of a 75-year-old Englebert Humperdinck in 2012. He had a string of chart hits to his name but his last major singles success was in 1972, a full forty years earlier and long before a large proportion of Eurovision fans would have been born. Not surprisingly, the song, Love Will Set You Free, didn’t do terribly well, either in the contest or in the UK charts. Equally unsurprisingly, it doesn’t appear on a new collection of his songs entitled 50 to mark 50 years since his chart debut. His first hit single came in early 1967 when Release Me spent six weeks at number one, famously ending The Beatles’ run of eleven successive number ones with official releases. (Two re-releases failed to top the chart in that run.) The new collection enters at number five.

In the early 1980s a fresh-faced Vince Clarke was a member of Depeche Mode, one of the bands whose sound and haircuts helped to define that decade. However, in 1981 he quit the band after just one album, leaving them to develop a much darker sound than the jangly synth pop they had produced while he was a member. At first he embarked on a number of short-lived projects, notably Yazoo with the brilliant Alison Moyet on vocals and The Assembly with Feargal Sharkey, previously lead vocalist with The Undertones.

When Clarke teamed up with Andy Bell to form Erasure in 1985 the general assumption was that this would be another short-term affair before he moved on to something else. More than thirty years on Erasure are still together and still producing new music. Last week they released their seventeenth studio album World Be Gone. It enters at number six to give them a first top ten hit with a studio album since Cowboy in 1997.

As a general rule, an act’s hits album will only have the words “So Far” appended to the title if they have had a reasonably recent hit. The Kooks have defied convention by releasing The Best Of So Far three years after they last reached the top forty and a full nine years after their last top ten hit. It can only be assumed that they wish to remind people that they still exist. Anyway, the album enters at number eighteen.

While The Kooks named themselves after a David Bowie song, Ian Anderson and friends reached rather further back in history and named themselves Jethro Tull after the inventor of a horse-drawn seed drill in 1700. A 40th anniversary edition of their tenth studio album, Songs From The Wood, enters at number 28. The album, which originally peaked at number thirteen, includes their festive hit Ring Out Solstice Bells. The new edition is accompanied by a two-CD recording of a 1977 live show. It is perhaps worth noting that one of their songs, Aqualung, was borrowed for the name of a band. It can safely be assumed that the album contains more flute-playing than any other album in this week’s to forty.

Papa Roach enter at number twenty with their ninth studio album Crooked Teeth. German band Rammstein land at number 27 with a live album, Paris. No prizes for guessing where it was recorded. Its 22 tracks include all their top twenty hits plus 22 other songs.

Blink 182’s seventh studio album California topped the chart on its release last year. A new deluxe edition, containing songs presumably not considered good enough to be released as an album on their own, lands at number fifteen this week.

Oasis’s hits album Time Flies, which, of course, includes the aforementioned Don’t Look Back In Anger, is back at number 39.
Published on: 2017-05-26 by Suedehead2 || 8059 Views
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