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Six weeks at the top for Despacito
Despacito stays at number one for a sixth week. London Grammar have their first number one album.

Luis Fonsi and friends stay at the top of the singles chart. London Grammar have the number one album.

Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber spend a sixth week at number one in the singles chart with Despacito. As we near the end of the first half of the year we have had only five new number one singles so far, three of them lasting just one week. Last year’s meagre total of ten new number ones could yet be broken.

Ariana Grande’s One Last Time remains at number two. Liam Payne and Quavo’s Strip That stays at number four while French Montana and Swae Lee climb two places to number three with Unforgettable.

One of the contenders for next week’s number one single is another song featuring Justin Bieber. The main artist on 2U, a newcomer at number five, is David Guetta who gets his 32nd top forty hit in the UK and his 22nd top ten entry. He had to wait until his mid-thirties to make his chart debut but is still having hits just a few months short of his fiftieth birthday.

It has been noted here many times that some names have appeared both as an artist credit and a song title. There have been rather fewer examples of a name appearing as an artist credit and then appearing in reverse as a song title but U2 / 2U can join that list. Stand by for a smart-arse to give an example of a palindromic artist / song title pairing.

The two artists on Came Here For Love, a new entry at number 26, each started their chart career with a number one single. Sigala topped the chart in 2015 with Easy Love while Ella Eyre’s chart debut was as the featured vocalist on Rudimental’s chart-topping Waiting All Night in 2013. Sigala (Bruce Fielder from Norfolk to give his less glamorous-sounding real name) reached the top ten with his next three hits but has yet to return to the upper tier. Only one of Ella Eyre’s subsequent hits has graced the top ten.

The song that enters at number 35 throws up all sorts of links with other songs in this week’s chart. The lead artist on Know No Better is Major Lazer who had a number one last year with Cold Water which featured the vocal talents of Justin Bieber. Know Know Better features Camilla Cabello who entered the chart last week with Crying In The Club as well as Quavo who gets his fourth hit of the year in his own right to add to a further three as one of the Migos. Quavo’s first hit of the year was as a featured artist on Drake’s Portland. The other featured artist was Travis Scott who also appears on Know No Better. His first chart hit (although it fell short of the top forty) was on a Justin Bieber song. Somehow, none of the artists involved with this song have released a single with Ed Sheeran. No doubt that will change in due course.

Talking of Migos, they had a hit earlier this year with Bad and Boujee, a song that was, thankfully, not as bad as its title. The featured artist on that song was Symere Woods under the name Lil Uzi Vert which sounds like a small gun. He now has a hit in his own name at number 39 with XO Tour Llif3 whatever that means.

After a few weeks just outside the top forty, Imagine Dragons climb to number 38 with Thunder. It is their first top forty hit in their own right since I Bet My Life in 2015. They did appear on Sucker For Pain last year, but so did just about everybody else. Apart from Ed Sheeran of course.

London Grammar enter the albums chart at number one with their second release Truth Is A Beautiful Thing. It comes a full four years after their debut set If You Wait which reached number two in September 2013. Such a gap between the first two albums would be unthinkable for many artists but the success of Truth Is A Beautiful Thing demonstrates that some bands can still get away with it. A number of tracks on the album were co-written by Paul Epworth or Greg Kurstin, both of whom have worked with Adele.

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ slips back to number two after another week at the summit. He is one of the headline acts at Glastonbury next weekend.

Veteran country singer Glen Campbell announced his impending retirement from the music industry in 2011 following a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Following his farewell tour he went back into the studio to record his final album. That album, appropriately titled Adios, was finally released last Friday and it is a new entry at number three. The title track was written by Jimmy Webb who also wrote some of Campbell’s biggest hits such as Wichita Lineman and Galveston. It is only Campbell’s third top ten album in the UK. The two previous top ten hits were both Greatest Hits sets.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human spends a second week at number four. Will it stay there as long as it spent at number three?

Fans of Fleetwood Mac have been waiting fourteen years for a new studio album. They had been working on a new album but the unavailability of Stevie Nicks made things difficult. Therefore, two band members, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham, have decided to use the material written for that album and release it as a duo.

Both of them have reached the top 100 with solo albums without ever entering the top forty. As a duo they now enter at number five with the boringly-titled Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie. Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits is a re-entry at number 36.

Katy Perry’s last two albums both topped the chart for a week each. Her fourth set (assuming you ignore the one she released as Katy Hudson) enters at the relatively modest position of number six.

When rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry died in March at the age of 90 it came as something of a surprise that he had been recording a new album. After all, he had not released any new material since 1979. He made his name with songs such as Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B Goode. He then gave his name to Chuck Berry syndrome (the name given to the phenomenon of writing and recording a string of classic songs before reaching number one with rubbish) by having his only number one single in the UK with the novelty song My Ding-A-Ling. He gets his first top ten album for forty years as Chuck enters at number nine.

It was reported today (Friday) that the proportion of UK adults who smoke is the second lowest in Europe, behind only Sweden. This welcome news makes the name of American group Cigarettes After Sex seem quaintly old-fashioned. Their eponymous debut album is a new entry at number 27.

To many people the idea of a cigarette anywhere is anathema. Other people may think of Anathema primarily as a British rock band. Similarly, an optimist will hope that the proportion of smokers in the adult population continues to fall. The Optimist happens to be the title of the eleventh studio album by Anathema. The album was released exactly three years after their tenth set Distant Satellites which gave them their first top forty entry. They now have a second top forty hit to their name as The Optimist enters at number 34.

Elsewhere, Lady Antebellum have their fifth top forty album with Heart Break at number fourteen and Rise Against enter at number 38 with Wolves just a couple months after Rag ‘n’ Bone Man had a hit with an EP of the same name.

Perhaps the strangest new album of the week goes by the name Anarchy Arias. The album sees members of the English National Opera tackle punk classics such as Pretty Vacant, God Save The Queen (the Sex Pistols song rather than the dirge that passes as a national anthem) and London Calling. They also tackle John Peel’s favourite song Teenage Kicks and Love Will Tear Us Apart. The album was in the top forty in the midweek updates but has failed to hold on for a place in the only chart that actually counts for anything.
Published on: 2017-06-16 by Suedehead2 || 24667 Views
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King Rollo
16 Jun 2017 - 16:53
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Eager to take up the challenge,I have flicked through my book of hit singles,and have found a group called Live who had three top 40 hits in the 90s.
Interpol got to no.18 in 2005 with a song called Evil.
16 Jun 2017 - 18:05
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I knew somebody would come up with some more examples. Anybody got a palindromic one?
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