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A third week on top for Sam Smith
Sam Smith scores a third week at the top of the singles chart. The Killers break an albums chart record.

Sam Smith tops the singles chart for a third week. The Killers get their fifth number one album.

Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes gets a third week at the top of the singles chart. It duly becomes his longest-running chart-topper beating the two weeks achieved by his duet with John Legend, Lay Me Down.

When Post Malone’s Rockstar entered at number five last week, significantly higher than it had been in any of the midweek updates, it looked like it would have enough momentum to climb to the top of the pile this week. It may yet reach the summit but it hasn’t done so this week. It climbs three places to number two.

Dua Lipa’s New Rules slips one place to number three. Camila Cabello and Young Thug’s Havana is up three palces to number four. CNCO and Little Mix’s Reggaeton continues its steady climb, rising one place to number five.

Over the years a number of comedians have made it into the charts - Bill Connolly, Jasper Carrott and Peter Sellers are just three comedians or comic actors to have had hits. On the other hand, the list of good records made by comedians is very short. The latter list has not been altered by the arrival this week of Mans Not Hot by Big Shaq, aka comedian Michael Dapaah at number 30. It should be noted that the lack of an apostrophe in the title is his doing, not mine.

In the week that the annual popularity list of baby names was published, we get the first ever top forty hit credited to somebody called Mabel. Or at least, she calls herself Mabel; her birth name is Macy Mcvey. Had she kept her birth name she would have become the second Macy to get a top forty hit and the first real one. The featured artist on Finders Keepers, a new entry at number 29, is Kojo Funds, a singer from East London.

There were 250 babies named Mabel last year, an increase from just seventeen twenty years earlier. One hundred and four baby girls were named Macy last year; in 1996 the figure was no more than two.

Mabel’s mother is Neneh Cherry who had a number of hits in the 1980s and ‘90s, the best of which - by some distance - was 7 Seconds, a duet with the brilliant Youssou N’Dour. Her father is Cameron McVey, producer and manager of Massive Attack whose hits included Teardrops and the sublime Unfinished Sympathy.

In 2016 38 baby girls were named Paloma making it the 955th most popular name for girls that year. Whether the slight increase in the name-s popularity - only ten girls were given the name in 1996 - has anything to do with the existence of Paloma Faith is not known. It is, however, a racing certainty that those 36 Palomas probably cry quite a lot at the moment. It is also a matter of record that Paloma Faith’s new single is called Crybaby and that it is a new entry (coincidentally) at number 36. That it is nowhere near is good as songs such as Only Love Can Hurt Like This and Stone Cold Sober is merely my opinion.

While not up to the standard of some of her previous output Paloma Faith’s new song is at least a good deal better than the new entry at number 37, Bodak Yellow by Cardi B. She is the only artist in this week’s chart who appears to have been named after an item of clothing. At least that is a more quirky fact than Radio 1’s offering that she is the first female rapper to have a number one single in the US since Lauryn Hill.

Ed Sheeran’s Perfect entered the singles chart - along with the rest of the album - when ÷ was released earlier this year. Now it has been officially released as a single and it returns to the chart at number 34. It spent three weeks in the top ten in March before its chart run was ended abruptly in July when the Official Charts Company imposed an arbitrary limit of three songs per artist in the top 100.

Sheeran’s Shape Of You hangs around for a 38th week. There were just thirteen Eds born in the UK last year although there were also 2,429 Edwards and 82 Edwins some of whom are likely to be known as Ed.

When The Killers released their debut album Hot Fuss in June 2004 they had already enjoyed to ten hits with Somebody Told Me and the future classic Mr Brightside. Nevertheless, the album only entered at number six and soon slumped down the chart. However, at the turn of the year the album returned to the top ten and by the middle of January it was at number one. By the end of 2005 it had notched up fourteen weeks in the top ten and a total of 80 weeks in the top forty.

By the time they released their second album, Sam’s Town, in 2006 they were one of the biggest names in music (on this side of the Atlantic if not in their native USA) and they duly went straight to number one and spent three weeks there. That album owed rather more to their homeland (and specifically Bruce Springsteen) than their debut but they remained far more popular in the UK than in the USA.

Their next two studio albums also topped the chart and this week they make it five out of five as Wonderful Wonderful enters at number one. The Killers become the first non-UK band to top the chart with their first five studio albums. The album was made despite the members of the band being barely on speaking terms. At a time when more celebrities are being open about their struggles with mental illness much of this album is influenced by singer and songwriter Brandon Flowers’ wife’s battle with the same issue.

While many number one albums disappear rapidly after a single week at the top, Foo Fighters drop just one place to number two with Concrete And Gold. Ed Sheeran’s ÷ stays at number three for another week.

This week’s leading veteran act is Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison who had his first hit album in 1970. His 37th studio album, Roll With The Punches, enters at number four to give him a fifteenth top ten hit. The album contains five of his own songs as well as covers of songs by Count Basie, Sam Cooke and other, less well-known, writers.

After initially snubbing vowels by calling themselves Hybryd the St Albans band formed by Roughton Reynolds and friends changed their minds and adopted the name Enter Shikari, a name which is more than 40% vowel. While their singles chart performance has been somewhat modest they have performed rather better in the albums chart with three of their releases reaching the top ten. They make it four this week as The Spark enters at number five.

It seems like ages since Joe Bonamassa last had an album in the chart. In fact, it has been just three months since his latest live album was in the top ten, making it eight top forty in five years as a solo artist or in a duet with Beth Hart. He now enters at number seven as part of Black Country Communion. After shocking the world by calling their last album Afterglow they revert to type by calling their fourth release BCCIV.

Black Country Communion are not the only band this week to have used Roman numerals in their latest album title. The Horrors have done the same by calling their fifth album V which is a new entry at number eight. They are the second act from Southend to reach the top ten this month following Nothing But Thieves two weeks ago.

This week’s “Oh, I thought they had split up” award goes to Reverend And The Makers. The band - who look destined forever to be known for just one song, Heavyweight Champion Of The World - are at number eleven with The Death Of A King.

Singer Marc Almond had his first chart success in the early 1980s as half of Soft Cell. Their first single, A Man Can Get Lost, failed to chart although I can at least claim to be one of the few people to have bought a copy. They then tried again with Memorabilia which had been the b-side to A Man Can Get Lost. They used the same song yet again as the b-side for their third single, a mash-up of the relatively little-known Tainted Love and the much better known Where Did Our Love Go. That single went to number one and was the first of five top ten hits for the duo, most of them fabulous.

Marc Almond’s solo career also took a while to get going. His first singles performed poorly until he recorded a version of Donna Summer’s huge hit I Feel Love with Bronski Beat (whose singer Jimmy Somerville got a mention only last week).

Almond’s was forced to take a lengthy break after he was almost killed in a motor cycle accident in 2004. However, he did eventually return and has been releasing albums at an average rate of one per year since 2007. Most of those albums have performed poorly in chart terms but this week he enters at number fourteen with Shadows and Reflections, a collection of songs from the 1960s. Perhaps the best-known song on the new collection is How Can I Be Sure which was a hit for David Cassidy. Yes, that hit was in the 1970s but the song was written in the previous decade.

While some bands split up reasonably amicably, others embark on a series of legal battles over issues such as future use of the band’s name. That explains why the new album by three-quarters of Bucks Fizz is credited to The Fizz. The original band made their name by winning the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK (yes, it used to happen occasionally) in 1981. They had a string of hits ranging in quality from terrible to quite good. Their new album, The F-Z Of Pop (see what they did there?) is at number 25.

Other new entries this week come from Macklemore (Gemini, number thirteen) and Godspeed! You Black Emperor (Luciferian Towers, number 34). Former Black Eyed Pea Fergie has missed the top forty with her new album. Oops.

Imagine Dragons re-enter at number 37 with Evolve, a Beatles album without the right wings.
Published on: 2017-09-29 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 3239 Views
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King Herodollo
29 Sep 2017 - 16:56
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It looks like many people have forgotten about 'Lay Me Down' as it was among the Pointless answers for Sam Smith singles on Pointless this week.
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Suedehead2
29 Sep 2017 - 17:16
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It is a very forgettable song.
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mrbrightside
29 Sep 2017 - 18:07
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Great commentary as usual. The Killers had actually only had one top ten hit (Mr Brightside) when they released Hot Fuss. The reason their album went top ten again and eventually number one in January 2005 was due to the re-release of 'Somebody Told Me'
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Oops, my mistake sad.gif
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mrbrightside
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Sorry I'm a bit of Killers chart geek haha! As I said love the commentary. Always enjoy reading it and the effort you put in!
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Suedehead2
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I don't mind people pointing out my mistakes!

And thanks for the appreciation biggrin.gif
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Petelehem
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Re the Pointless thing, to be fair most of the Sam Smith songs were pointless tongue.gif
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