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DJ Khaled goes to number one
In a development that will infuriate some chart purists DJ Khaled climbs to number one. The Vamps get their first number one album.

DJ Khaled gets his second number one of the year, ahead of the most-streamed and best-selling song of the week. The Vamps score a surprise number one album.

Once again Luis Fonsi’s Despacito is the best-selling song of the week and also the most-streamed song. Therefore, it stands to reason that it will be number one on the Official Chart which combines streams and sales. After all, if one team in a football match scores more goals than their opponents in both the first half and the second half, they win the match. However, under the Official Chart Company’s new rules introduced at the start of this month all streams are equal but some are more equal than others. Despacito’s streams are only half as valuable as its rivals so it falls to number two. As soon as the new rules were announced it was inevitable that this would happen at some point. The OCC must have hoped that they would not be made to look ridiculous quite so soon. Fonsi & co do at least have the consolation of knowing that Depsacito is now the most streamed song in (an albeit short) history.

Ten years ago Rihanna was enjoying her first number one single in the UK with Umbrella at a time when it never seemed to stop raining. It went on to become only the seventh single to accumulate ten weeks or more at the top. Under the old rules Despacito would have become the eleventh song to reach that landmark, the third in the last year or so. However, that hasn’t happened and the very same Rihanna has played a part in toppling it from the summit. She is a featured artist (along with Bryson Tiller) on DJ Khaled’s wild Thoughts which climbs to number one this week.

Despacito, which features Justin Bieber alongside Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, took the number one spot from DJ Khaled’s I’m The One which also featured Bieber. The baton is now passed back to DJ Khaled. It should not be forgotten that Depsacito’s run at the top was interrupted for a week by the charity version of Bridge Over Troubled Water which featured neither Bieber nor Khaled. Wild Thoughts is DJ Khaled’s second number one and Rihanna’s ninth.

French Montana and Swae Lee remain at number three with Unforgettable. Calvin Harris and friends are still at number four with Feels. One of those friends, Katy Perry, has now clocked up 100 weeks in the top ten. Jonas Blue and William Singe’s Mama stays put at number five.

As noted above Rihanna’s long run at the top with Umbrella came at a time when the weather in the UK was particularly wet. We have to hope that the arrival at number 26 of The Script’s Rain does not have the same effect. Rain is the Dublin band’s tenth top forty hit and the first for three years.

In a chart career spanning nine years Demi Lovato has had five top ten hits, never attaining the status of an artist who can expect at least one major hit single from a new album. This week she gets her third top forty entry of 2017 (the first as lead artist) with Sorry Not Sorry at number 27.

Selena Gomez also gets her third top forty hit of the year with Fetish at number 33. As many people have a leather fetish it is perhaps appropriate that the featured artist is Gucci Mane whose last big hit was the horrifically bad Black Beatles with Rae Sremmurd. Thankfully Fetish is a vast improvement on Black Beatles although it would be better still without Mane’s contribution,

One of the songs to benefit from the new rules is Dua Lipa’s new single New Rules. Under the old rules it would probably have been kept out of the top forty this week. It is, however, a new entry at number 36.

Anybody whose job involves broadcasting news of new entries into the top forty must have looked at the midweek updates and hoped that Yungen’s Bestie wouldn’t make the final cut. It would save them the bother of finding out how to pronounce the name of the featured artist Yxng Bane. Lovers of good music will have been hoping it missed out for different reasons. Both sets of people will have been disappointed to see it enter at number 38 although Radio 1’s Greg James wimped out by not mentioning Yxng Bane. It is the first chart success for both artists.

In the last two years or so the signs for The Vamps have not been promising. Their second album, released in 2015, only just reached the top ten and spent just one further week in the top forty. The lead single from their third album only reached number 24 last autumn. For a band generally regarded as a boy band that did not augur well for the release of that third album Night & Day. However, it has defied expectations by going straight to the top of the chart to give them their first number one album. An appearance on the final of the children’s version of The Voice will have helped but it is fair to say that most people were not expecting sales of around 30,000 for this album.

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ slips back to number two. Fourteen of its 20 chart weeks to date have been spent at number one with the remaining six in the runner-up spot. Rag ‘n’ Bpne Man’s Human climbs two places to get a ninth week at number three.

For the last two years early summer has seen the release of a Bugzy Malone album. Now there’s another one on the form of King Of The North. The previous two releases have each reached the top ten and now he makes it three out of three with a new entry at number four to continue his steady progress. His albums have now peaked at number eight, six and four respectively.

October this year will mark 20 years since American country singer John Denver was killed in a plane crash at the age of 53. Since then two compilations have made it into the UK albums chart including The Ultimate Collection in 2011. The album reached number seven on its initial release but this week it returns at a new peak of number five.

London-based duo Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, recording as Oh Wonder, enter at number eight with their second album Ultralife, comfortably ahead of the number 26 for their eponymous debut album in 2015. Vander Gucht’s name suggests a possible Dutch ancestry which may explain why the album has done a lot better in the Flemish part of Belgium than the Wallonian part. Of course, it is also possible that her name comes from the Flemish part of Belgium.

After winning the X Factor in 2009 Joe McElderry’s pop career didn’t last very long. However, he has branched out into musical theatre and enjoyed some success by doing so. It therefore must have seemed a logical progression to release an album of songs from the cinema so that is what he has done - sort of. As well as the title track (originally recorded by The Drifters) Saturday Night At The Movies also includes versions of (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Love Is All Around and I’ve Had The Time Of My Life. It is a new entry at number ten. There is no sign of a Rage Against The Machine cover.

It might be thought that Alex Crossan is a perfectly reasonable name for a DJ. He doesn’t seem to think so as he records under the name Mura Musa. Maybe it’s so that his family are not forever tainted with the fact that he has worked with Stormzy. His debut album, also called Mura Musa, is a new entry at number nineteen.

As reported already The Script enter the singles chart this week with a song called Rain. Rain was also the title of one of Status Quo’s 22 top ten hits. They enter at number 24 with a live album recorded at the end of last year, The Last Night of the Electrics. As well as Rain the album also includes Caroline, Rockin’ All Over The World and their version of Dion’s The Wanderer.

Mr Jukes, previously better known as Jack Steadman from Bombay Bicycle Club, enters at number 31 with his debut solo album God First.

Oasis (known as The Rain in an earlier incarnation) still have their Best Of compilation Time Flies in the top forty. is at number 21. The Beauty And The Beast soundtrack album is back at number 35.
Published on: 2017-07-21 by Suedehead2 || 18204 Views
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21 Jul 2017 - 21:22
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Yes, egg on face for the OCC new rules - as the best-selling song on actual sales it's ludicrous Despacito's not still top on the overall chart (and I speak as someone who slags off long-running streaming tracks hogging the chart slots.

Will it have a similar silly effect next week denying Linkin Park multiple entries when, being actual singles and not album tracks, they should all qualify...?
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Dj Khaled is good and any songs he drop is a hit back to back not to talk of an album.
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