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Post Malone holds on again at number one
Post Malone's Rockstar gets a fourth week at number one. A George Michael reissue tops the albums chart.

Post Malone gets another week at number one in the singles chart. George Michael tops the albums chart with a posthumous reissue.

Post Malone and 21 Savage’s Rockstar holds on at the top of the singles chart for a fourth week. It is only the third new number one of the year to spend at least four weeks at the summit although it is worth noting that we didn’t get the second new chart-topper of the year until the middle of April. The other two four-week plus number ones (Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You and Luis Fonsi et al’s Despacito) both reached double figures. The new rules on the treatment of streams make it unlikely that Rockstar will do the same.

There is also a familiar look to most of the rest of the top five. Camila Cabello and Young Thug’s Havana spends a third week at number two, Avicii and Rita Ora are still Lonely Together at number four and Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes falls two places to number five. The only fresh blood is at number three, into which position Marshmello and Khalid’s Silence has climbed.

Ed Sheeran’s Perfect climbs into the top ten at number seven, still three places below the position it reached as an album track early this year.

While the top five remains a little static there are at least a total of eight new entries in the top forty this week. The highest, at number fifteen, comes from Taylor Swift with her new single Gorgeous. It is the third single from her new album Reputation which is due for release next month. Both previous singles reached the top ten including Look What You Made Me Do, her first number one single in the UK.

Rita Ora enters at number twenty with Anywhere, her sixteenth top forty hit since her debut as featured artist on DJ Fresh’s Hot Right Now in February 2012. Ora has been chosen to switch on the Christmas lights in London’s Oxford Street this year. It is not known whether she will perform Shine Ya Light as part of the ceremony.

It wouldn’t be a 2017 chart week without a song by a former One Directioner entering the top forty. By that measure, this is a proper 2017 chart week as Liam Payne enters at number 28 with Bedroom Floor. Other songs about things rarely seen by some teenagers include Morning Has Broken (Cat Stevens) and Breakfast (The Associates). The song appears to have been recorded in American. Perhaps he will release an English version later.

A look at their chart history would not have marked out Krept and Konan as an act who could see several tracks from a new album (or even two new albums) enter the chart on its release. They had a top ten hit with Freak Of The Week in 2015 but since then they have had just two more songs in the top 75, neither of which got anywhere near the top forty.

Nevertheless, several tracks from their new albums did indeed make the top 75 in the week’s first update - or, at least, they would have done if the Official Charts Company had not limited the number of tracks by a single artist allowed in the chart to three. Only one of them makes the final top forty, Ask Flipz which enters at number 30. The song features Stormzy who clocks up his eighth top forty hit of the year. Most of those hits were achieved before the three song limit was applied. No, I don’t know who Flipz is.

I am afraid I don’t know what is the chart hit using the fewest characters for the song title and name of the act. Whatever the record was before, it may have been broken this week as MK enters at number 36 with 17. Listed as artist followed by title, MK17 may also be the first top forty hit that is also the first part of a postcode. It is MK’s second hit after an unexpected comeback last year following a 21-year absence.

Only two songs called Heavy have ever reached the singles chart and both of them are from this year. In March Linkin Park reached number 53 with a song of that name. After the death of their singer Chester Bennington in July the song returned to the chart at a new peak of number 43. Last week Anne-Marie also reached number 43 with a song called Heavy. This week she instantly spoils what could have become a delightfully obscure chart fact by climbing in to the top forty at number 37.

The Alaskan city of Wasilla’s previous claim to fame was as the home of the state’s former governor and hapless American vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Now the city - which has a population of under 10,000 - has another string to its bow as the city where a band with a UK top forty hit was formed - even if they did have to move to the better-known Portland, Oregon before that happened. The band in questions is the quirkily named Portugal. The Man who enter at number 39 with Feel It Still after being in the top 100 since it entered at the beginning of August. Wasilla must attract people who like silly names. After all, Palin has sons called Track and Trig (why not Field?) and a daughter called Bristol.

American rapper Nate Feuerstein (recording initially as NF) enters at number 40 with Let You Down. It would appear that his record company didn’t ask whether his initials might mean something else in the UK.

Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You gets a 41st week in the top forty and actually moves back up the chart, climbing to number 35.

The year 2016 will be remembered by many as the year when we lost several key figures in the world of music. David Bowie and Prince were the two biggest names with Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Glenn Frey among the others. The year ended with the death of Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt on Christmas Eve and George Michael on Christmas Day. It might have been expected that several songs by Michael and his former band Wham! might return to the charts but it didn’t happen.

George Michael’s solo career began with three number one singles (the first while Wham! were still going) before his debut solo album, Faith, also topped the chart in 1987. His next two solo albums, Listen Without Prejudice Volume I (1990) and Older (1994) also topped the chart as did a 1998 Best Of compilation. A 1999 album of cover versions stalled at number two but he followed that (in the next fifteen years) with another three number ones including another compilation.

Now, to mark the 30th anniversary of Faith, his record company have released a remastered version of Listen Without Prejudice. No doubt it made sense to someone. As well as the original album it includes a second disc of acoustic recordings made for MTV. It emulates the original release by entering at number one.

The aforementioned 1988 collection, Ladies & Gentlemen falls nine places to number fifteen this week after its boost in last week’s chart following a television documentary. The other collections, Twenty Five, re-enters at number 21 and Older (originally a number one in 1996) is at number 35.

After a week at the summit Pink’s Beautiful slips to number two. Liam Gallagher’s As You Were falls two places to number two. It is crisis time in the Ed Sheeran camp as ÷ falls to a new low point of number five in its 34th week in the chart. For the first time for a considerable time, the top five includes four albums that have topped the chart.

Niall Horan has become the fourth former One Directioner to release a solo album. Harry Styles and Zayn Malik both topped the chart with their first solo sets but Payne can only make it to number three with Flicker, albeit with enough sales to have topped the chart in many weeks this year.

As mentioned in the singles round-up rap duo Krept and Konan released not just one but two new albums (or mixtapes as they have been officially labelled) last week. Their debut album The Long Way Home reached number two in 2015. Whether you think of the new releases as albums or mixtapes they have both fallen short of that peak - 7 Days enters at number six with 7 Nights at number eight.

London-born singer Jessie Ware enters at number seven with her third album Glasshouse. She maintains her record of reaching the top ten with each album although she is yet to enjoy significant success in the singles chart. She has had just two top forty singles neither of which got anywhere near the top ten.

Daryl Hall and John Oates released their first album together in 1972 but had to wait until the 1980s before achieving any significant success on either side of the Atlantic. Their very American brand of soft rock then gave them hit singles with songs such as Maneater, Private Eyes and Family Man. While their period of peak success lasted jsut a few years, they have released a total of 18 studio albums. They have also released several compilations and have just put out another one. Timeless Classics is a new entry at number eleven.

Floridian heavy metal band Trivium enter at number eighteen with The Sin And The Sentence. Future and Young Thug have a new entry at number 23 with Super Slimey.

George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice Volume I is by no means the only reissued album to enter the top forty this week. The Smiths released their fourth album The Queen Is Dead in 1986, just over two years after their debut release. Featuring There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and the aptly-named Bigmouth Strikes Again it reached number two - a peak position achieved by no fewer than five of their albums.

When the album was first released Steven Patrick Morrissey was still known more for the quality of his music rather than his ability to make a prat of himself whenever he expressed an opinion. Despite his rather controversial statements he and his former band remain revered by many music fans and this reissue enters at number ten.

The reissues continue with two more repackaged Pet Shop Boys albums. Yes (which reached number four in 2009) returns at number 37 but Elysium (number none, 2012) fell short of a top forty place.

They year 1977 was a key year for The Jam. Led by a teenage Paul Weller they had their first three hit singles and released two albums both of which had short top forty runs. They went on to become one of the biggest bands of the late 1970s and early ‘80s with four number one singles and a number one album. To mark four decades since that key year for the band from Woking their record label has released a five disc box set under the name 1977 (previously used for an Ash album). It comprises the two albums (In The City and This Is The Modern World), two discs of demos and live recordings and a DVD of various television appearances and videos. It was in the top forty in each of the midweek updates but failed to hold on for the only one that actually matters.

Earlier this month we saw the first Christmas album of the year enter the chart. That has dropped out (although it will undoubtedly be back) but Michael Buble’s Christmas album (originally released in 2011) is back at number 30. Abba Gold re-enters at number 39. Shania Twain is at number 40. That only merits a mention because it was her album that kept George Michael’s 1999 covers album off the top spot.
Published on: 2017-10-27 by Suedehead2 || 41489 Views
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27 Oct 2017 - 17:36
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Great commentary! Must have been a bit of a chore trying to find something to say about eight new entries tongue.gif
27 Oct 2017 - 21:16
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When I started (in 2008) there were lots of new entries every week! It came as a bit of a shock having so many again laugh.gif
28 Oct 2017 - 8:12
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You're confusing your former 1D members; it's Niall Horan with 'Flicker', not Liam Payne. tongue.gif
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