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Post Malone stays at number one
Post Malone remains at the top of the singles chart. Liam Gallager gets his first post-Oasis number one album.

Post Malone stays at number one in the singles chart. Liam Gallagher trounces all opposition to top the albums chart.

Post Malone’s Rockstar (which features 21 Savage) stays at the top of the singles chart for a second week. Malone also scores the biggest climb of the week as Fall Apart leaps 18 places to number 22. His obligatory Quavo collaboration, Congratulations, also climbs, up six places to a new peak of number 27 in its fifteenth week in the top forty.

Camila Cabello and Young Thug’s Havana climbs one place to number two, swapping places with Sam Smith’s former number one Too Good At Goodbyes. Smith also has a new entry at number 39 with Pray, the second single from his forthcoming album The Thrill Of It All. The singles chart was only two years short of its fortieth birthday when the first song called Pray made its mark. Within just over twelve years a further four songs with that title had entered the chart before it seemed to go into retirement. Now, after a gap of over fourteen years, another song called Pray has made an entrance.

Dua Lipa’s New Rules remains at number four with Avicii and Rita Ora’s Lonely Together also remaining static at number five. We therefore have another top five which is exactly the same as last week’s but in a slightly different order. Another triumph for the attempt to speed the chart up.

J Balvin and Willy William’s Mi Gente returns to the top ten at number eight. The song has been given a boost by the availability of a new version featuring vocals from Beyoncé. All proceeds from this version will go to help the victims of last month’s storms in Mexico and a number of Caribbean islands.

Liam Gallagher enters at number 33 with For What It’s Worth, the second single from his first solo album, of which more later.

Liam Gallagher’s most successful single as a credited solo artist remains one that is largely forgotten. In 1999 a collection of artists recorded an album of Jam songs as a tribute to the band. Among them was a version of Carnation recorded with Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Craddock. The song reached number six. As a double a-side, it also gave the brilliant Boston, Massachusetts band Buffalo Tom their one and only UK hit single with their version of Going Underground.

Liam Gallagher and his brother Noel are known to be big fans of Manchester City At one time City had a promising young Welsh player called Ryan Giggs on their books. However, on the lad’s sixteenth birthday a certain Alex Ferguson turned up on his doorstep and offered him a professional contract at Manchester United. The deal proved to be highly successful for both player and club. This has precisely nothing to do with the arrival at number 28 of rapper Nathaniel Thomson who records under the name Giggs. Giggs has had three hits as featured vocalist for Tinchy Stryder and Drake (twice) but Linguo is his first hit as lead artist. The fetaured artist on this song is one Ian Greenidge, otherwise known as Donae’o. Don’t ask me why.

While on the subject of football in north-west England (which we almost were), much ofthe rise of Wigan Athletic happened under the ownership of businessman (and former footballer) Dave Whelan. Another Dave Whelan forms one half of CamelPhat with Mike Di Scala being the other half. They - and Alexander Kotz, aka Elderbrook - make their top forty debut this week with Cola at number 38.

A previous song including the word Cola caused problems for the BBC in the early 1970s. The Kinks song Lola included a reference to Coca-Cola. This was a breach of the BBC’s strict guidelines on brand names so, when the song was released as a single, they demanded a change in the lyrics. As technology was somewhat less advanced at the time, vocalist Ray Davies had to fly back to the UK from the USA to re-record the line using the name cherry cola. The fact that the song was about an encounter with a transvestite didn’t seem to be a problem.

Charlie Puth enters at number 40 with his second hit of the year How Long. His first tow singles (one as a featured artist) both topped the chart but only one subsequent single has reached the top ten.

After a run of 39 weeks Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You has finally left the top forty.

When the Gallagher brothers went their separate ways the main songwriter Noel formed High Flying Birds (effectively Noel without Oasis) while the main vocalist Liam formed Beady Eye (Oasis without Noel). It is fair to say that the former proved to be the more successful brother by a comfortable margin.

Liam has now disbanded Beady Eye and struck out on his own. His debut solo album, As You Were, achieves something Liam couldn’t manage with Beady Eye and goes straight to the top of the chart. It has notched up a combined sale (real sales plus streaming “sales”) in excess of 100,000. The last album to sell as many in a week was Ed Sheeran’s ÷ in April. Most number ones in the second half of the year have failed to sell even half as many copies in a single week.

The release of As You Were has also boosted sales of Oasis’s Greatest Hits album Time Flies climbs 17 places to number fifteen.

After two moderately successful albums Giggs made it onto the top ten for the first time when Landlord reached number two last year. He enters at the same position this week with his new collection, officially described as a mixtape, Wamp 2 Dem. The title may mean something to somebody. Or perhaps not.

After catastrophically dropping out of the top three last week Ed Sheeran’s ÷ is back up to number three. The Killers’ Wonderful Wonderful is back up three places to number four. Foo Fighters also return to the top five, back up one place to number five.

Last week’s top three have all tumbled down the chart. The number one, Shania Twain’s Now, slumps to number eleven, Wolf Alics crash 14 places to number sixteen and David Gilmour is down 18 places to number 21.

If a band is going to be known primarily for one song, it helps if that song is one of the best pop songs ever written. That can be said to apply to Norwegian band A-ha, best known for Take On Me even though their only number one in the UK was another song, The Sun Always Shines on TV. The band supposedly played their final concert in August 2011 but gigs billed as “the final one” don’t always turn out that way. So it was that A-ha embarked on a tour in 2016 and then announced that they would do an acoustic tour in 2018. In advance of that tour they have released an acoustic live album, MTV Unplugged - Summer Solstice. The album naturally includes their two biggest hits as well as their Bond theme The Living Daylights. It also includes a version of Echo And The Bunnymen’s excellent The Killing Moon with a guest appearance from Bunnymen vocalist Ian McCulloch. It lands at number six.

Suffolk band The Darkness enjoyed their moments of fame in the middle of the last decade, primarily with singles I Believe In A Thing Called Love and the ridiculously over-the-top Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End). However, they proved to be a bit of a one-trick pony and their star faded after the release of their second album. The band subsequently broke up but re-formed at the beginning of this decade. A comeback album, Hot Cakes, reached number four in 2012 but the follow-up, Last Of Our Kind, missed the top ten. This week they return to the upper tier as Pinewood Smile enters at number eight.

The Darkness are not the only act to have been labelled flamboyant to enter the chart this week. Marilyn Manson enter at number seven with Heaven Upside Down, their tenth studio album.

Two artists known by initials make their albums chart debut. JP Cooper, who has enjoyed singles chart success with September Song, enters at number nine with Raised Under Grey Skies. AJ Tracey, yet to have any singles chart success, is at number thirteen with Secure The Bag.

Following the success of two albums by Alexander Armstrong Jason Manford is the latest person who made his name in comedy to release an album. As the title suggests A Different Stage contains versions of various songs from stage musicals such as My Fair Lady, Les Miserables and The King And I. It enters at number ten.

It seems that the complaints that Christmas starts earlier every year begin earlier every year. In 2011 Justin Bieber got a lot of stick for releasing his Christmas album in early November. Now we have one in early October and it is the latest set of Elvis Presley recordings with added instrumentation from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra enters at number 22. It seems probably that it will soon leave the to forty before returning nearer the festive season, possibly aided by an ITV special.

Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life re-enters at number 33 and The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac make yet another reappearance at number 36.
Published on: 2017-10-13 by Suedehead2 || 38832 Views
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13 Oct 2017 - 23:04
ACTUALLY, it's Dankenstein's Monster.
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It seems R1's policy on brand names has been much relaxed since then, as CamelPhat's 'Cola' references Coca-Cola numerous times and they have no problem playing it.
14 Oct 2017 - 12:01
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Yes, as long as it is not blatant advertising the BBC now seems to allow the occasional reference to a brand name.
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14 Oct 2017 - 15:59
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Mike Di Scala was the singer for Ultrabeat, what a change of sound for him!
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14 Oct 2017 - 19:06
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Yes the top 5 remains the same but you have to admit overall the new rules have done a solid job in speeding up the general turnover. We're regularly getting 4 or 5 new entries per week now, last year at times we'd be lucky to get that in an entire month. Plus it still keeps it a reasonable challenge for a song to get right in the top bracket.
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