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Despacito tops the chart for an eighth week
Despacito spends an eighth non-consecutive week at the top of the singles chart, now governed by a new set of rules. Ed Sheeran is still at the top off the albums chart.

Despacito still rules the singles chart and Ed Sheeran stays on top of the albums chart once more.

Once streaming was included in the singles chart it was inevitable that there would be further tweaks to the rules. Before that things were simple. Regardless of the format - vinyl, cassette, CD, download - a sale was a sale. Adding something new into the mix was always going to make things more complicated.

The number of streams that count as one “sale” was increased at the beginning of the year. Now the Official Charts Company (OCC) has decided to make it more complex. If a song is considered to have spent too long in the chart and sales are declining, it will take even more streams to count as a sale. Therefore, two songs with exactly the same number of sales and streams could end up many places apart in the chart. It also opens up the bizarre possibility that a song could be at number one on each of the sales and streaming charts but not on the combined chart.

The OCC have also set a limit on the number of songs that a single artist can have in the chart in what might be described as the Ed Sheeran rule. Only the three best-selling songs by an artist will be allowed to appear in the chart. Well, sort of. Record companies can choose to have the third - or even the second - best-selling song by an artist excluded meaning that their fourth best-selling song can be included in the chart. It can only be a matter of time before the OCC announce a sponsorship deal with

The first song to top both the sales and streaming charts but not the combined chart could well be the current number one song. As Despacito’s sales are in decline its streams to sales ratio could be altered very soon. That could potentially see Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber suffer a big fall from the summit. In the meantime they get an eighth week at the summit.

DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller remain at number two with their Wild Thoughts. Unforgettable by French Montana featuring Swae Lee climbs one place to number three. Jonas Blue and William Singe also climb one place, to number four, with Mama. Liam Payne and Quavo complete a trio of one-place climbers with Strip That Down at number five.

The song at number six has climbed rather more than one place. Calvin Harris and his all-star cast (plus Big Sean) soar fifteen places with Feels.

A year ago the prospects for James Arthur’s career did not look good. It was getting on for three years since he had had a hit and he only ever appeared in the press when he said something stupid. That changed with the release of Say You Wont Let Go in September. The song spent three weeks at number one and sixteen weeks in the top ten to re-establish him as a successful singer. Now he appears as guest vocalist on Rudimental’s latest single Sun Comes Up, a new entry at number 24. Arthur and Rudimental both currently have two number ones to their name.

Former X Factor winner James Arthur is joined in the chart by two more graduates of the programme, 2015 winner Louisa Johnson and 2009 runner-up Olly Murs, the most successful male solo singer to emerge from the show. The video for Unpredictable features Murs and Johnson playing tennis against each other. John McEnroe’s thoughts on the matter are not known. What is known is that the song is a new entry at number 32.

Adding to the list of former talent show contestants we now have one from Finland in the shape of Alma Miettinnen although she just uses her forename for recording purposes. She gets her first UK hit with Chasing Highs at number 30, At least chasing highs makes more sense than chasing pavements and is not quite as futile as chasing cars.

The three-song limit only applies to the lead artist. Therefore, there is no limit to the number of songs on which Quavo can appear as a featured artist. OK, if you want to be picky you could say that he can’t have any more than forty songs in the top forty. He has a new entry at number 39 as the featured vocalist on Post Malone’s Congratulations. It is not a cover of Cliff Richard’s 1968 Eurovision entry. No, this is something far, far worse.

Hailee Steinfeld gets her first solo hit as Most Girls enter at number 40. She reached number five last year with Starving but that song also featured contributions from Grey and Zedd.

While we await the announcement of’s deal to sponsor the chart, we have a re-entry whose title appears to owe a lot to the site. XO Tour Llif3 by Lil Uzi Vert is back at number 31.

Thia week Ed Sheeran joined the list of entertainers to highlight the number of insulting comments directed at him on social media. The examples quoted in the press described him as a ginger busker. It has to be assumed that other comments were rather more insulting but also less repeatable in public. Meanwhile his bank balance continues to be boosted by sales of his number one album ÷ which gets a thirteenth week at the top to match the total achieved by ×.

Sheeran’s × album spent its first eight weeks at number one in summer 2014. In November it returned to the top for a ninth week, finishing ahead of Calvin Harris’s new release Motion. Now the ginger busker has repeated the trick as Harris again enters the chart just behind an ageing Sheeran album. The eccentrically-titled Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1 features contributins from, among others, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and, almost inevitably, Migos.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human climbs back up to the familiar territory of number three. He announced a homecoming gig at the Brighton Centre this week. Tickets sold out very quickly which came as a major disappointment to at least one person. Royal Blood stay at number four with How Did We Get So Dark?

Shakespeare wrote that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. That line is probably more memorable than, for example, “a lemon by any other name would smell as sour”. This rambling nonsense is a way of forming a contrived link between Manchester titans the Stone Roses and American rock band Stone Sour. The latter band get their second top ten album with a new entry at number five for their sixth studio album Hydrograd.

They say that a little TLC goes a long way. It is certainly true that a minute of listening to the girl group TLC’s slushy R ‘n’ B warblings can seem like an eternity. They enjoyed much of their initial success back in the mid-1990s, a time when we had an unstable Tory administration struggling to govern without a majority. Now they are back and, in the words of Prime Minister Theresa May. nothing has changed. Nothing has changed. Their unimaginatively titled album TLC is a new entry at number 40.

Justin Bieber’s Purpose is back at number 37 and Fleetwood Mac’s 40-year-old Rumours album returns yet again at number 39.
Published on: 2017-07-07 by Suedehead2 || 18090 Views
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