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Calvin Harris has his eighth number one single
Calvin Harris climbs to the top of the singles chart. Ed Sheeran beats the late Glen Campbell to top the albums chart again.

Calvin Harris gets an eighth number one single. Ed Sheeran returns to the top of the albums chart again, narrowly ahead of the late Glen Campbell.

Calvin Harris climbs two places to number one with Feels, a song which also features Pharrell Willimas, Katy Perry and Big Sean/. It is Harris’s eighth chart-topping single in a ten-year chart career. It is also Williams’ fourth number one and Perry’s fifth. For both of thoswe supporting artists it is their first number one since 2013. Big Sean gets his first taste of life at the top of the chart with his sixth top forty hit.

However, that is not the whole story. Once again Despacito has been toppled from the summit because its streams are considered less valuable than those of other songs. If all songs were treated the same Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber would have been celebrating a thirteenth week at number one. Instead it remains stuck on eleven weeks at the top and falls three places to number four. This is despite the fact that it remains both the best-selling and most streamed song in the UK.

For decades the number one song could be called the best selling song of the week even if for most of that time it was just a “best guess”. The addition of streaming changed the definition to that of “the most popular song of the week”. Now it is hard to give such a precise definition of the number one single.

French Montana and Swae Lee move back up two places to number two with Unforgettable. The song had spent six of the last seven weeks at either number three or four. DJ Khaled’s Wild Thoughts, which he shares with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, falls to number three. Dua Lipa’s New Rules climbs four places to number five in a week when many people will feel that the new rules have given us another fake number one. It is the first new song by a solo female artist to reach the top five this year.

Charlie XCX (Charlotte Aitchison to her family and friends) made her chart debut as the featured artist on Icona Pop’s number one single I Love It in 2013. Since then she has had just two top ten singles as the lead artist as well as a further one as featured artist. Still, that is rather more than Icona Pop have managed. They have had just one additional top forty hit in the last four years. Charlie’s latest attempt to get another top ten hit, Boys, is a new entry at number 35 this week.

Adam Dyment, Duke Dumont to his fans, enters at number 36 with Real Life to gain a fifth top forty hit. All but one of his four previous top forty hits have reached the top ten with the first two (Need U and I Got U, one for each of the Us in his stage name) getting to number one. He is joined on Real Life by Gorgon City who have also had four previous top forty hits and by a duo going by the name of Naations.

Dutch DJ Martin Garrix gets his second top forty hit of the year with There For You at number 40. He made his chart debut as a teenager in 2013 when Animals topped the chart for a week. He has had a further three top ten hits since then, the last of them a year ago. He is joined by South African-born Australian singer Troye Sivan Mellet who joins the list of singers, George Ezra being another example, who uses his two forenames as a stage name. Troye Sivan has had three previous top 100 singles but this is the first to reach the top forty. The song has spent the last five weeks in the 41-50 section of the chart before finally breaking through.

Kesha re-enters at number ??? with Praying. The song entered at number 30 last month. In its sixth week in the top forty Post Malone and Quavo’s Congratulations makes it into the top thirty for the first time at number 29. Bestie, the dreadful dirge from Yungen featuring Yxng Bane, also reaches a new peak, climbing to number 24. At the end of a week that has seen some very wet weather in parts of England The Script climb 14 places to number seventeen with Rain. Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You gets a 31st week in the top forty, falling just one place to number 26.

This week the music world said adios to Glen Campbell, one of the biggest names in American country music. In 2012 he announced that he was suffering from dementia, recorded his final album and embarked on a farewell tour. The album, Adios, was finally released earlier this year and it reached number three in the UK in June.

He had five top ten hits in the UK including Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman. The latter is one of a number of songs he recorded that were written by Jimmy Webb, perhaps best known for writing the glorious nonsense that is McArthur Park. Webb sent Campbell an unfinished version of the song to gauge his opinion. However, rather than responding with any comments, Campbell went ahead and recorded the incomplete song.

Before he made his name as a solo artist Campbell worked as a session musician, both as a guitarist and a backing vocalist. He worked with people such as Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. He was also a touring member of the Beach Boys.

Adios has remained in the chart since its release. Last week it climbed back up to number thirteen after being reduced in price. This week its sales have inevitably increased and it rises to number two. Only 1976’s 20 Golden Greats compilation has charted higher.

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ climbs back up to number one to get a fifteenth week at the top. Arcade Fire’s Everything Now slips to number three after a week at the summit. Rag ‘n’ Bone Ma’s Human is down to number four and Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life falls one place to number five.

There is just one brand new entry in the albums chart this week and it comes from a band who have released their first new album in twenty years. Black Grape were formed by Shaun Ryder and Bez after the Happy Mondays split up. The band had four top ten hits and two hit albums, including a number one with their debut, before they broke ip in 1998. They reunited for a one-off gig in 2010 and then re-formed more permanently in 2015. Now, two decades after their last release, they have issued their third album Pop Voodoo. It enters at number fifteen.

The only other newcomer to the chart is a reissue from vintage Sheffield rock band Def Leppard who famously have a one-armed drummer, Rick Allen. The band have had two number one albums, the first of which, Hysteria, topped the chart for a week in August 1987. The album included their first top ten single, Animal. To mark the album’s 30th anniversary a limited edition boxed set has been released. The bonus discs contain the usual mix of extended versions, b-sides and other bits and bobs. It sees the album back in the chart at number fourteen.

The Weeknd’s Starboy re-enters at number 30 and Adele’s 25 is back at number 36. Fleetwood Mac have two re-entries in the chart. Their classic 1977 album Rumours is back at number 37 and The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac is at 39. Oasis’s (What’s The Story) Morning Glory is back yet again at number 40 in a week when Liam Gallagher has made it known that he is not keen on the concept of Carpool Karaoke. Three of those re-entries are among the twenty best-selling albums of all time in the UK. Another of them, Bob Marley’s Legend, climbs four places to number 20.
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11 Aug 2017 - 18:32
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Cos I'm a fan of the late great man and also peeved that the streaming weighting not only fails to give the actual real most-popular best-selling record a number one (as you rightly stress!) and denies Glen Campbell 3 chart entries, here's his sales chart positions (based on 2 days sales): 31. Wichita Lineman, 47. Rhinestone Cowboy, 86. Galveston, and a host lower down.

Pink is also absent with her new track, 21 on sales, currently topping the itunes chart, so it may well be described as a hot new tune that is being ignored completely by a streaming chart comprised of many an obscurity in the lower reaches, being as 90% of "sales" are now streaming. One would imagine, mathematically, that download singles sales are actually 10% of what they were 3 years ago wouldn't one? Hmmm....
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Galveston would, of course, have been excluded by the three tracks rule.
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Was really expecting you to make a comment about how bad you thought 'Boys' was. laugh.gif I certainly think it's one of the worst songs to enter the chart recently, especially in terms of production.

'Real Life' is excellent, good to see that go top 40.
15 Aug 2017 - 20:01
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Calvin harris is an amazing pal, i think they rank his song base on the hits they get on it, i support him.
15 Aug 2017 - 20:22
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OK, I'll do it now. Boys is horrible.
1 Sep 2017 - 20:29
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I can't stop listening to his latest release. I especially like instrumental version.
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So cool!cool.gifohmy.gif
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I too support Calvin
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