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Three weeks at the top for Post Malone
Post Malone holds on for a third week at the top of the singles chart. Pink gets her second number one album nine years after her first.

Post Malone continues his reign at the top of the singles chart. Pink has the number one album.

Post Malone and 21 Savage’s Rockstar stays at the top of the singles chart for a third week. The only other song this year to have spent exactly three weeks at number one is its immediate predecessor, Sam Smith’s Too Good at Goodbyes. That song remains at number three this week. A static top three is completed by Camila Cabello and Young Thug’s Havana at number two.

Avicii and Rita Ora climb one place to number four with Lonely Together. CNCO and Little Mix clim back up to number five with Reggaeton Lento. That song has spent all of its nine weeks in the chart between numbers five and seven without ever being a non-mover.

Dua Lipa’s New Rules has left the top five after a ten week run. After benefitting from the new rules to get an extra week at number one in August it now falls foul of those very same rules. With its streams now only counting for half as much as they did last week it crashes to number sixteen.

Two songs climb eight places into the top ten. Mabel’s Finders Keepers is at number ten while Marshmello and Khalid’s Silence is at nine.

Coinciding with the release of her new album (see below) Pink’s What About Us climbs back up to number fifteen. It is joined by the second single from the album, Revenge, at number 33.. That song features Eminem who made his chart debut in 1999, the year before Pink made hers. It is Eminem’s 33rd top forty hit (his first for three years) and Pink’s 30th. A previous collaboration, Won’t Back Down, reached number 82 in 2010.

Rihanna becomes the latest name to chart both as the name of an artist and of a song. Yxng Bane - still in the chart as the featured artist on Yungen’s atrocious Bestie, enters at number 40 with Rihanna, his first hit as a lead artist. Unfortunately, it is closer in quality to Ms Fenty’s worst songs than it is to her best. While Rihanna’s many hit singles do not include one carrying the name of a successful artist, she has had hits with Fly (which could have been about McFly’s father) and We Ride (which could have been the start of a speech from a member of Ride).

This week’s almost obligatory entry from a former member of One Direction is actually a re-entry. Too Much To Ask - which reached number 24 last month - is back at number 36. Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You also returns after a week away. It is at number 35 to bring its total up to 40 weeks in the top forty.

This weeks biggest climbers are Camelphat and Elderbrook’s Cola (up thirteen places to number 25), Craig David’s Heartline (up eleven places to number 24) and Charlie Puth’s How Long (up eighteen places to 22).

Seventeen years after their chart debut most artists struggle to make any real impact on the singles chart and success in the albums chart is frequently more a consequence of low album sales in general. Pink is proving to be a major exception to the rule. She recently spent eight weeks in the top ten with her single What About Us before the chart rules banished it to the lower reaches of the top twenty. She now sees her new album, Beautiful Trauma, go to number one with healthy sales by today’s standards. It is only her second number one album (compared with three chart-topping singles) following Funhouse in 2008.

Over twenty years after his chart debut as a member of Oasis Liam Gallagher can still shift albums in decent quantities although he now struggles to make much of an impact on the singles chart. His first solo album (after a spell as the main man of Beady Eye) falls to number two after seven days at the summit.

Robert Plant released his first solo album in 1982 after Led Zeppelin - with whom he had eight number one albums - disbanded following the death of drummer John Bonham. He has also released albums with Alison Krauss and his former Led Zep colleague Jimmy Page. He gets his seventh top ten hit with a pure solo album as his eleventh release, Carry Fire, enters at number three.

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ falls one place to number four. After breaking a number of bones in a road accident this week Sheeran has been forced to abandon a number of dates on his tour.

The concentration of veteran artists at the top of the albums chart continues with the new entry at number five. Beck (Bek Campbell to his family) released his first album in 1993 before releasing no fewer than three more in the following year. The second of those three, Mellow Gold, fell one place short of giving him his first top forty album in the UK although it did provide him with his first hit single, Loser. All but one of his subsequent releases (2006’s The Information) have reached the top forty and that run continues with Colors.

The highest new entry from a less well established artist comes from St Vincent (not the island nation) at number six. Born Anne Clark she was previously a member of Polyphonic Spree whose wonderful brand of choral rock never achieved the success it deserved.

St Vincent embarked on a solo career in 2006 but had to wait until 2012 for her first UK chart success with Love This Giant, recorded with David Byrne of Talking Heads fame. She then had her first genuine solo hit with her eponymous 2014 album which reached number 21. She tops that with her new set Masseduction which includes the fabulous (but unsuccessful) single Los Ageless.

The aforementioned single from St Vincent’s album has received a lot of exposure on BBC 6Music as has an equally splendid song from Lotta Sea Lice, the next new entry from Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. I mentioned Vile’s homophonic twin Kurt Weil a few weeks ago so I won’t dwell on that again.

Australian singer Barnett reached number sixteen with her debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit in 2015. Her collaboration with Vile, the former member of War On Drugs, lands at number eleven.

Jermaine Sinclair first appeared in the chart in 2011 with the awful Traktor. He then surprised many people with his next single, Unorthodox, by sampling a Stone Roses song in a way that didn’t lead the seminal Manchester band’s loyal fans to riot in the street. The subsequent album, Black And White, reached the top five as did the follow-up, Growing Over Life, a full five years later. His new release, FR32, has - so far at least - not spawned any hit singles and is a new entry at number twelve.

Archy Marshall, recording as King Krule, beocmes the latest graduate of the Brit School (following in the footsteps of Adele and Lily Allen among many others) to score a top forty album as he enters at number 23 with The Ooz. His debut album, 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, reached number 65 in 2013 while a later album released under his real name failed to chart at all.

Another King, King King, make their top forty debut at number 31 with their album Exile And Grace. Their website boasts that the magazine Blues Rock Review (which surely deserves to be the guest publication on Have I Got News For You) described them as “the best blues=rock band in the world”.

London-based Scouting For Girls enjoyed their greatest success in the latter part of the last decade with hits such as She’s So Lovely, Elvis Ain’t Dead and the number one This Ain’t A Love Song. Since then, success has proved rather more elusive although they did have a top ten hit with a greatest hits album in 2013. Despite having no hits in the four years since then they have now released a Best Of set with some new tracks under the title Ten Add Ten. The marketing ploy has given them a new entry at number 24.

While Beck’s The Information may have failed to reach the UK charts Deptford’s finest Squeeze have proved more successful with their latest album The Knowledge nearly forty years after their first hit single Take Me I’m Yours. In their early days they included Jools Holland gurning in the background before he decided to pursue a career in television (not to be confused with the band Television). The album becomes Squeeze’s twelfth top forty hit as a new entry at number 25.

Following a Channel 4 documentary earlier in the week George Michael’s Best Of collection, Ladies & Gentlemen, re-enters at number eight. A new edition of his Listen Without Prejudice album was released today. The timing of the documentary was, of course, a pure coincidence.

Benny Anderson’s Piano album returns at number 36 and Imagine Dragons re-enter at number 40 with Evolve.
Published on: 2017-10-20 by Suedehead2 || 38648 Views
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