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Post Malone climbs to number one
Post Malone has his first number one single. Shania Twain wins a close battle at the top of the albums chart.

Post Malone climbs to the top of the singles chart. Shania Twain gets her second number one album eighteen years after her first.

There is a change at the top of the singles chart this week with Post Malone’s Rockstar climbing to the top of the pile. Two previous songs called Rockstar (by Nickelback and Dappy) heave peaked at number two but this one, which features the bizarrely named 21 Savage, is the first to go ll the way to the summit. It is the twelfth new number one song this year; last year just ten new songs reached number one.

Post Malone also has a new entry at number 40 with I Fall Apart giving him the rare distinction of topping and tailing the top forty. I Fall Apart was originally relesaed at the end of last year but it failed to chart.

After three weeks at the top - a new record for him - Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes slips to number two. Camila Cabello and Young Thug’s Havana moves up one place to number three, swapping places with Dua Lipa’s New Rules. Avicii and Rita Ora’s Lonely Together climbs three places to number five.

The highest new entry of the week is truly terrible. Chris Hughes (not the one on Eggheads) and Kem Cetinay met on the surprise television hit of the summer, Love Island. Determined to extend their fifteen minutes of fame for a little longer they have teamed up to record a thing (the word “song” doesn’t really fit) called Little Bit Leave It. It is a new entry at number fifteen.

Khalid, one of the featured artists on Logic’s 1-800-273-8255, enters at number 38 with Young Dumb And Broke. It is his first top forty hit as the lead artist.

Rudimental and James Arthur’s Sun Comes Up returns at number 39.

There are two newcomers to the top ten. Logic and co. climb to number nine with 1-800-273-8255 while Stefflon Don and Yungen’s Bestie rises to number ten.

Ed Sheeran’s Perfect climbs fifteen places to number nineteen. It still has fifteem plaves to go before it matches the peak it reached as an album track. Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow climbs 13 places to number 24 despite its total lack of merit. After accidentally climbing to number nineteen last week Katy Perry’s Swish Swish is back in its more familiar position of number 22; it has now spent four of the last five weeks in that spot.

Once again, if it is new entries that you want, the albums chart is the place to look. There are no fewer than sixteen of them - and two re-entries - this week including the whole of the top three.

Leading the way is Now, the fifth studio album - and the first for fifteen years - from Eileen Regina Edwards or Shania Twain as she prefers to be known. Her first two albums failed to chart in the UK but she finally made her chart debut with album number three, Come On Over, in 1998. That album was released after her first UK hit single, You’re Still The One.

The release of That Don’t Impress Me Much in May 1999 saw the album reach the top ten for the first time. In September that year it went to number one and spent a total of eleven weeks at the top between then and January 2000. In March her two previous albums entered the chart for the first time with The Woman In Me (originally released in 1995) reaching the top ten.

The follow-up, Up, was released n November 2002, a full four-and-a-half years after Come On Over. It entered at number four behind a boyband infested top three of Robbie Williams, Westlife and Blue. It spent just one more week in the top ten and, a 2004 Greatest Hits set aside, that seemed to be it. However, this week she is back and Now goes straight to the top of the chart to give her s second number one album.

At the start of the week British rock band Wolf Alice were ahead in the albums chart with their second release Visions Of A Life. However, they only had a narrow lead and they have had to settle for second place. It matches the feat of their debut album Love Is Cool which reached number two - behind Florence + The Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful in 2015.

Wolf Alice received support for their bid to top the chart from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Also this week Florence Welch (of Machine fame) criticised the Conservative party for using her version of You’ve Got The Love at their party conference.

In 2016 David Gilmour, who made his name as a member of Pink Floyd, played a concert at the Pompeii Amphitheatre in Italy. It was claimed to be the first concert at the venue since the city was destroyed by a volcano in the year 79 although Pink Floyd had recorded a concert film there in 1971. The Gilmour concert has now spawned a live album, Live At Pompeii. It comprises a mixture of his solo material and Pink Floyd classics such as Money, Wish You Were Her, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and The Great Gig In The Sky. It enters at number three.

After thirty weeks in the top three, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ falls to number four. It is, of course, the best-selling album of the year so far by a very large margin. It has achieved 1.7 million real sales as well as a further half-a-million pretend sales from streaming. Sheeran’s × album (released in 2014) is currently the third biggest seller of the year with Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human preventing him from occupying the top two slots.

Demi Lovato enters at number five with her sixth album Tell Me You Love Me. It is her third top ten album and the first to make the top five. The Killers’ Wonderful Wonderful falls to number seven after a week at number one.

Malibu, the first single from Miley Cyrus’s latest album surprised many people by failing to break into the top ten. Even so, it might have been expected that the album, Younger Now, would have entered rather higher than number eight. It hasn’t.

With Hallowe’en just a few weeks away, Michael Jackson’s team have decided that it is time for another cash-in in the form of a new compilation called Scream. As well as Jackson’s solo material it also includes a song by The Jacksons and even Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching Me which featured uncredited backing vocals from Jackson. It is a new entry at number nine. His Number Ones compilation returns at number 36.

Feeder’s peak success came in the middle of the last decade when they had a number two album with Pushing The Senses before reaching the asme position with a singles collection. This week they have released another compilation, Best Of, and it is at number ten.

There have been many artists over the years who have had a long career but with just a short spell at the very top. That period of peak success is often - but not always - very early in their career. Middlesbrough born Chris Rea is one of those who waited many years to achieve major success before returning to relative obscurity.

Rea made his top forty debut with the single Fool If You Think It’s Over in 1978 but had to wait seven years before repeating that feat with Stainsby Girls. It was another four-and-a-half years before he got his first - and, so far, only - top ten single with The Road To Hell. That song was the title track of his first number one album and he followed it with a second chart-topping album Auberge. A few subsequent albums reached the top ten but had fairly short chart lives.

He has continued to release albums on a regular basis and has now released his 24th studio album, Road Songs For Lovers. It enters at number eleven.

While Abba are, by any measure, one of the most successful pop groups in history, one of the members has carved out a particularly successful solo career. This week is one of those rare weeks when one of them has graced the chart as a solo performer. Benny Andersson, for it is he, has released an instrumental album by the name of Piano. No prizes for guessing which instrument is prominent here.

The album includes Abba songs such as Thank You For The Music and The Day Before You Came as well as other material. It enters at number twelve marking a rare appearance in the albums chart for Deutsche Grammaphon, a label usually associated with classical releases.

One consequence of generally low albums sales is that a very expensive release can enter the chart as long as it appeals to a sufficiently loyal group of fans. Such is the case with A New Career In A New Town, an eleven-CD set of material rom the years David Bowie spent in Berlin. This period spawned three albums - Low, Heroes and Lodger - all of which are included here in remastered versions. There is also a remastered version of Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Bowie’s first release after the Berlin Trilogy. Despite retailing at around £100, it is a new entry at number noneteen.

Hurts continue to under-achieve. Their new album, Desire, lands at number 21. It remains a mystery why this band have not had more success.

Other new entries come from Black Stone Cherry (Black To Blues, number 29), Milburn (Time, number 33), Jamie Lawson (Happy Accidents, number 23) and KSI (Disstractions, number 31). The original cast recording of Girl From The North Country (a jukebox musical based around the music of Bob Dylan) enters at number 28. It was announced this week that the musical would be opening in London’s West End in the new year.

Earlier this week American rock star Tom Petty died of a heart attack. It happened just days after he and his band, The Heartbreakers, had completed a major tour. Petty enjoyed only limited success in the UK with just four top forty singles including American Girl and I Won’t Back Down. However, the latter song sort of provided him with a number one single After similarities were found between that song and Sam Smith’s Stay With Me, a legal agreement was reached to cite Petty as a co-writer of the song.

When the Travelling WIlburys were formed in 1988 Petty was very much the least known member on this side of the Atlantic; his fellow Wilburys Bob Dylan (for whom Petty had been the support act two years earlier), George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne all had a much higher profile. His death leaves Dylan and Lynne as the only surviving members of that band.

Inevitably, sales of Petty’s back catalogue took off after the announcement of his death. Indeed, as the initial announcement proved to have been somewhat premature, the sales increase started while he was still lying in a hospital bed. A Greatest Hits collection re-enters the chart at number fourteen.
Published on: 2017-10-06 by Suedehead2 || 34918 Views
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