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Despacito remains at number one
Despacito continues its long reign at the top of the singles chart. Arcade Fire have the number one album.

Despacito spends an eleventh week at number one on the singles chart. Arcade Fire get their third number one album.

Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber overcome the disadvantage of the higher stream ratio once again to get an eleventh week at the top of the singles chart. In its various versions (with and without Bieber) it continues to be the best-selling song of the week by a comfortable margin and remains the most-streamed song as well. It becomes the joint seventh longest-running number one single alongside Slim Whitman’s Rose Marie from 1955.

The rest of the top five is very similar to last week’s and indeed the week before that. DJ Khaled and Rihanna’s Wild Thoughts is still at number two. Calvin Harris and friends move up one places to number three with Feels, pushing French Montana and Swae Lee down to number four with Unforgettable; Jonas Blue and William Singe’s Mama is still at number five.

Once again the changes to the chart rules have not achieved the desired effect of increasing the number of new entries. The only new entry is another foreign language song as Colombian J (for Jose) Balvin enters at number 21 with Mi Gente. He is joined by a French DJ who styles himself Willy William who could also be known as Double Bill among other things. The third foreign language song, Enrique Iglesias’s Subeme La Radio, also known as Despacito part two, climbs four places to number twelve.

The Script re-enter at number 31 with Rain. Yungen and Yxng Bane are back at number 30 with Bestie, not even one of the best 38 songs in the top forty this week.

Dua Lipa’s New Rules climbs ten places to number nine. Demi Lovato climbs eleven places to number sixteen with Sorry Not Sorry. Lovato also climbs ten places to number 22 as the featured artist on Jax Jones’ Instruction.

Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You reaches 30 weeks in the top forty. It is the third Sheeran song to reach that landmark following Sing and Thinking Out Loud. Another sign that the attempt to speed the chart up isn’t working terribly well is the presence of Olly Murs and Louisa Johnson at number forty for a third week with Unpredictable.

Canadian multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Arcade Fire made their albums chart debut with Funeral in 2005. The album received a lot of critical acclaim but its chart performance was fairly modest with a peak of number 33 almost a year after it first entered the top 75. However, along with a deserved reputation as a great live act, it helped to build up momentum ahead of the release of their second album Neon Bible in 2007. That album narrowly missed out on the number one position but the following two albums, The Suburbs (2010) and Reflektor (2013) did top the chart. This week they make it a hat-trick of number ones with Everything Now, a title that refers to the perceived attitude among young people that “I want everything and I want it NOW”.

After a slump to number three last week Ed Sheeran’s ÷ is back in more familiar territory at number two. Rag ‘n’ Bpne Man climbs three places to get a tenth week at number three with Human. Lana Del Rey falls three places to number four with Lust For Life.

Michael Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, topped the albums chart last autumn with Young As The Morning Old As The Sea, his seventh studio album. He has wasted no time in coming back with album number eight. The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a new entry at number five.

Back in the 1970s the start of the school holidays was often greeted with a rendition of Alice Cooper’s School’s Out. That song, a number one in 1972, came from his fourth album Killer and gave him the first of twelve top forty hits. This week he returns to the chart with his 27th studio album Paranormal at number six. A second disc contains a number of live recordings including School’s Out and Only Women Bleed. Julie Covington recorded a version of the latter song as a follow-up to her number one with the original recording of Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.

Many long-standing bands undergo a number of personnel changes over they years but few have had as many as The Fall. A job in Mark E Smith’s band is about as safe as a job in the Trump White House. More than 60 people have been a member of the band in their 40-year history with many of them lasting less than a year. Perhaps the most famous ex-member is Marc Riley, now to be found as a presenter on BBC 6Music. This week they get only their eleventh top forty album in 32 releases as New Facts Emerge enters at number 35. (Insert your own Trump joke here.)

Three Linkin Park albums remain in the chart with two of them still in the top ten. Hybrid Theory is at number seven while One More Light is at number eight. Further down the chart Meteora is at number 34.

Another week and it’s time for another set of re-issues. This time it is the turn of the Pet Shop Boys who release special editions of three of their thirteen studio albums, Nightlife (originally released in 1999), Release (2002) and Fundamental (2006). All three re-issues contain a remixed version of the original album plus two discs of demos, live recordings and b-sides. Nightlife, which originally reached number seven, re-enters at number 29, Release, also a number seven hit, is at number 30 and Fundamental, which got to number five, is at 33. The Pet Shop Boys will be appearing at Brighton Pride tomorrow (Saturday).

Lorde’s Melodrama re-enters at number 22, the Bee Gees Timeless collection returns at number 31 and Katy Perry’s Witness is back at number 38.
Published on: 2017-08-04 by Suedehead2 || 38663 Views
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