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Despacito is back at number one
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber return to the top of the singles chart again. Lana Del Rey gets her third number one album.

Despacito returns to the top of the singles chart. Lana Del Rey has the number one album.

After being controversially toppled from the summit of the singles chart last week Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber climb back to number one. Such is the song’s dominance at the moment that it finishes ahead of the pack despite its streams being considered only half as valuable as those of its nearest rivals.

Just ten other songs have spent at least ten weeks at the top including Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody which had two completely separate runs at number one as well as two other songs (Drake’s One Dance and Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You) in the last year. Justin Bieber’s presence makes him the third Canadian (after Bryan Adams and Drake) to feature on a song which has had at least ten weeks at number one.

Bieber also becomes the first person to have had two singles that have returned to number one twice in the same chart run. He last did it with What Do You Mean in the autumn of 2015. Only three other songs have had three separate spells at the top of the chart in the same chart run. There was a gap of 57 years between the second and third songs to do this, but it has now happened three times in three-and-a-half years.

At the beginning of June, when it was number one for a fourth week, the Official Charts Company announced that Despacito was the longest-running foreign language number one. However, as zeuss/orthon has pointed out, they overlooked Eddie Calvert’s O Mein Papa which spent nine weeks at the top at the beginning of 1954. In the song’s only lyrics, the title was repeated over Calvert’s trumpet playing. Despacito’s record is based on the assumption that the words Mama Mia in Bohemian Rhapsody are not enough for it to qualify as a foreign language number one even in the week that somebody whose name is very like Scaramouche has landed a new job in the White House.

After just a single week DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller drop back to number two with Wild Thoughts. Of course, many people don’t think the song should have been allowed to get to number one in the first place.

The remainder of the top five is the same as last week. French Montana and Swae Lee’s Unforgettable is still at number three while Feels by Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell, Katy Perry and Big Sean remains at number four. Jonas Blue and William Singe stay at number five with Mama.

The steady stream of solo singles by former (officially still current) members of One Direction continues. Louis Tomlinson gets his second solo hit with Back To You at number thirteen. The song features Bebe Rexha, for whom it is a fourth top forty hit, and Digital Farm Animals who get their second top forty hit. Both featured artists seem to have some sort of money fixation. Bebe Rexha’s first hit was with the band Cash Cash while Digital Farm Animal’s debut was with a song called Millionaire.

Louis Tomlinson is a well-known fan (probably the only well-known fan) of Doncaster Rovers. He is a registered player for the club although he has never appeared in a competitive match for them. This leads us seamlessly on to Enrique Iglesias whose father Julio was a goalkeeper for Real Madrid before his own singing career. [At this point it is worth mentioning that Only Connect returns to BBC2 this evening. (Friday)]

Iglesias Jnr enters at number sixteen with Subeme La Radio which is unlikely to break the record for the longest spell at number one for a foreign language song. He is joined by Sean Paul and 2016 X Factor winner Matt Terry whose name had probably already been forgotten by many fans of the show.

Last week’s chart illustrated one of the problems with the new chart rules. This week’s chart raises a separate issue. Following the death of Linkin Park’s singer Chester Bennington last week several of their songs soon appeared in the iTunes chart and the Spotify chart. However, two of the new rules limit their impact on the official chart.

First, an act is limited to three songs in the chart as lead artist. This rule has bee dubbed Sheeran’s Rule by many as it is clearly a response to the appearance of every track from ÷ in the singles chart earlier this year.

Second, the Linkin Park songs are subject to the same streaming raitio as Despacito. Songs can be returned to the standard streaming ratio if they increase sales by 50 percentage points more than the overall market performance, but the revised ratio only applies from the following week, Therefore, although the Linkin Park songs will easily have satisfied the sales increase criterion, they will not be back on the standard ratio until next week. By then, of course, sales will have tailed off again so they are likely to have dropped back out of the top forty.

The highest-placed Linkin Park song, at number fourteen, is In The End, originally a number eight hit in 2001. They are best known for their collaboration with Jay-Z which combined their song Numb with Mr Z’s Encore. The original song reached number fourteen in 2003 and is back this week at number twenty.

There was a close battle for supremacy in the albums chart this week. In each of the midweek updates Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s Crooked Calypso led the way but Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life narrowed the gap as the week went on.

With the momentum behind her Lana Del Rey triumphed in the end and the singer born Elizabeth Grant gets her third number one in four releases under her pseudonym. By borrowing the name of an Iggy Pop song she has at least managed a more cheerful title than the first of those chart-toppers Born To Die. She is joined on the title track by The Weeknd. Other collaborators on a album which has received some very good reviews include Sean Lennon (son of John) and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks.

Excluding the La La Land soundtrack album Lust For Life is the first number one album by a non-British act since Elvis Presley’s The Wonder Of You at the end of October last year. It is the first number one by a female solo artist since Adele’s 25’s last week at the top just over a year ago.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are best known as co-lead singers of The Beautiful South who had hits with songs such as Perfect 10, Rotterdam and Blackbird On The Wire. The band were formed after The Housemartins split up, that band having also given us Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim and a host of other pseudonyms. Heaton & Abbott’s first album as a duo, What Have We Become, reached number three in 2014. They followed that up with Wisdom, Laughter And Lines which reached number four the following year. Their third album, Crooked Calypso, outperforms them both by entering at number two.

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ flops to its lowest ever position of number three.

Last week’s number one, The Vamps’ Night And Day, has plummeted all the way to number 35. It therefore sets a new record for the biggest drop from the summit, ahead of the previous record set by Christina Aguilera’s Bionic which crashed to number 29 in 2010. Well done them.

The next new entry comes from a singer with the rare distinction of being banned from entry to the UK. His controversial remarks about subjects such as homosexuality have led to him being considered a threat. His fourth album, Flower Boy, enters at number nine, ahead of his previous albums chart peak of number sixteen.

Yesterday (Thursday) the nominations for the 2017 Mercury Music Prize were announced. The 2002 prize was one by Dizzee Rascal for his debut album Boy In Da Corner. Six years later, having adopted a more commercial style, he notched up three consecutive number one singles. His career has gone into a bit of a decline since then and his latest album, Raskit, is a new entry at number ten.

English singer Declan McKenna won the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Award in 20114 at the age of just fifteen for the song Brazil. He also used the song, a polemic against corruption in football’s world governing body FIFA, for his GCSE music exam and was disappointed not to be awarded full marks for it. He has taken his time before releasing his debut album which is probably a good thing. Now, at the ripe old age of eighteen, he enters at number eleven with What Do You Think About The Car? One song on the album was co-written by Rostam Batmanglij, formerly of Vampire Weekend who really should get round to releasing a new album of their own.

Robbie Williams has a new entry at number 21. Before people start thinking this is a massive comedown for a singer who has topped the chart with all but one of his previous studio albums, this Robert Williams is a hip-hop artist from Philadelphia who records under the name Meek Mill. The other Robbie Williams is not normally thought of as meek. Wins & Losses, Meek Mill’s fourth studio album, is his second top forty hit.

For the time being at least, there are no restrictions on the number of albums that an individual act can have in the chart. That has allowed five Linkin Park albums to re-enter the top forty this week. Hybrid Theory (their 2001 debut which reached number four) is back at number four again, One More Light (which entered at number four earlier this year) is at number five. Meteora (number one, 2003) is at number seven with Minutes To Midnight (number one, 2007) at number fifteen. A Thousand Suns (number two, 2010) is at number 38.

Linkin Park become only the fifth band to have three simultaneous top ten albums. Perhaps surprisingly, they are the first to do so following the death of one of their members. The last group to have at least three albums in the top ten were The Beatles in 2009 when remastered versions of all their albums were released and four of them reached the top ten.

The Linkin Park albums mean that Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human (a surprise omission from the Mercury Prize nominations) falls out of the top five for the first time. It is at number six this week. Stromzy’s Gang Signs & Prayer (which did make the list) re-enters at number 37.
Published on: 2017-07-28 by Suedehead2 || 31446 Views
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28 Jul 2017 - 18:52
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12 Linkin Park singles inside the top 75 sales, and 17 in the top 100. That's much more indicative of their popularity and the impact of Chester Bonnington's death than the OCC combined chart suggests. The rules need changing to allow actual singles into the chart (plus one top-selling album track), not to exclude existing singles - that's going back to the days when singles were deleted to push new singles, and artifically excluded from the charts.
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The steady stream of solo singles by former (officially still current) members of One Direction continues. Louis Tomlinson gets his second solo hit with Back To You at number thirteen. The song features Bebe Rexha, for whom it is a fourth top forty hit, and Digital Farm Animals who get their second top forty hit. Both featured artists seem to have some sort of money fixation. Bebe Rexha’s first hit was with the band Cash Cash while Digital Farm Animal’s debut was with a song called Millionaire.

and let's not forget 'Millionaire' was a collaboration with Cash Cash, so both featured artists involved had their debut hits alongside Cash Cash.
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This song takes first place. She just blew the whole world. And about Linkin Park - after the death of the vocalist it was expected.
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