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Havana stays at number one
Camila Cabello's homage to her home country's capital city gets a second week at the top of the singles chart. Sam Smith tops the albums chart.

Camila Cabello gets a second week at the top of the singles chart. Sam Smith has his second number one album.

Camila Cabello and Young Thug stay at number one in the singles chart for a second week with Havana. With thug’s second week at the top coming straight after four weeks for 21 Savage, perhaps it is now time for someone more placid at the summit.

Post Malone and 21 Savage remain at number two with Rockstar. Following the release of the host album, Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes climbs back up to number three. Pray, which spent two weeks at number 39 last month re-enters at number 26. A third track from the album, One Last Song, is at number 27. The limit of three songs per artist imposed earlier this year means that One Least Song has a rather appropriate title. Without the limit it is likely that one or two other Sam Smith tracks would have been in the top forty this week.

Marshmello and Khalid fall one place to number four with Silence. Rita Ora’s Anywhere climbs six places to number five. It is now opening up a healthy lead at the top of the iTunes chart but will have to rely on streaming if she is to reach number one in the Official Chart.

Taylor Swift enters at number 29 with Call It What You Want, the fourth charting single from her new album, Reputation, which is released today (Friday). I shall call it OK, if a little dull.

In recent years, the practice of crediting a song to Artist A and Artist B has almost fallen into disuse apart from duos who record together regularly rather than as a one-off project. An exception to the rule is this week’s fruitiest new entry, Lemon by N.E.R.D. and Rihanna. N.E.R.D.’s last appearance in the top forty was in 2004, the year before Rihanna made her chart debut although one of their number, Pharell Williams, has done rather well for himself.. In that time Rihanna has accumulated a hefty 48 top forty singles including this one.

In 2002 N.E.R.D. became the first act to have a hit with a song called Rock Star (either as one word or two). Four others have since been added to that list with three of them reaching the top two. Lemon enters at number 31.

Having decided to style himself mononymically a Streatham born Dave Santan has chosen to open himself up to comparisons with a television channel by calling himself Dave. Surely Santan would have been a better choice, or he could have gone for Santan Dave making him sound like a bank. Perhaps he is hoping to be invited on to a BBC panel show to give him a permanent presence on Dave.

Dave entered the top 100 singles chart earlier this year with Wanna Know. However, despite featuring Drake, the song failed to dent the top forty. This week he enters the top forty with two songs from his debut album released last week. How I Met My Ex is at number 32. No Words, which features MoStack, lands at number eighteen. MoStack made his singles chart debut as the featured artist on J Hus’s Fisherman which reached number 47. The same J Hus featured on Dave’s Samantha, another song that reached the top 100 but fell some way short of the top forty. The album, Game Over, enters at number thirteen.

There was a time when the BBC would have refused to play a song called Gucci Gang on the grounds that it was advertising. Such a ban would have been a good thing in this case as the song by Lil Pump is atrocious. Lil Pump, who enters at number 38, joins the list of artists whose real name, Gazzy Garcia in his case, is far cooler than his chosen pseudonym.

Stormzy and MNEK climb eighteen places to number 22 with Blinded By Your Grace Part II. Two songs have large drops down the chart after a change in their streams to sales ratio. Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid slump 23 places to number 37 with their ‘phone number-themed song. Stefflon Don and French Montana crash 21 places to number 34 with Hurtin’ Me.

Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You falls to number 40 after three weeks at number 35. It has now spent a total of 43 weeks in the top forty, With Perfect also in the chart he has now accumulated 450 weeks in the top forty in a little under six-and-a-half years, an average of approximately one-and-a-half songs in every chart in that period.

There was never really any doubt about who would top the albums chart this week with Sam Smith releasing The Thrill Of It All, the follow-up to his hugely successful debut In The Lonely Hour. Nevertheless, the midweek updates suggested its sales would be relatively disappointing. A combination of the success of its predecessor and a release date in November might have been expected to see it easily sell more in its first week than any other album released this year apart from Ed Sheeran’s ÷. However, its sales have fall comfortably short of the 117,000 sales achieved by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human in the normally quiet month of February.

That said, it easily outsold any other album this week and duly matches In The Lonely Hour by entering at number one.

Of all the bizarre answers given on quiz shows over the years, one given on a repeated edition of Pointless this week is up there with the best of them. Asked to name a darts player who had appeared in a World Championship final, one contestant answered Roy Orbison. Whether the late singer ever threw a dart in his life, I know not, but I do know that he had an amazing voice.

That voice gave him a sting of hit singles in the 1960s including Oh Pretty Woman, Only The Lonely and It’s Over. Now those songs and others have been given the Elvis treatment by having new instrumentation by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra added to the original recordings. The album, A Love So Beautiful, enters at number two.

Orbison’s career was marked by a number of personal tragedies. His wife Claudette was killed in a road accident in 1966. Two years later, while he was on tour in the UK, his home in Tennessee burnt down, killing two of his sons. He himself died at the age of just 52 in 1988, shortly after his career had been revived with the release of a collection of re-recordings of some of his songs.

Orbison’s career got a further boost when he joined a number of other musicians (including Tom Petty who died last month) to form the Travelling Wilburys. One of the other Wilburys was, of course, Bob Dylan. In recent years he seems to have been determined to limit the amount of unreleased material that exists when he dies. He has released a series of albums under the name “The Bootleg Series” which has now reached Volume 13. It is a collection of songs recorded between 1979 and 1981, a period when he renounced his Jewish faith and became a Christian. Many of the songs in this volume reflect that religious conversion. It enters at number 21 to give him a 59th top forty album.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe fall to number three after a week at number one with Together Again. Ed Sheeran’s ÷ is back in the top five at number four. Pink’s Beautiful Trauma stays at number five.

It has been noted here before that we have seen several recent albums by people who have made their name in other areas of show business. Some of them have a better pedigree as a singer than others. One of the former is actor Sheridan Smith who won acclaim for her role as Cilla Black in a television serial (repeated recently when ITV decided they had no way of competing with Bake-Off) and on stage in Funny Girl. She enters at number nine with her debut album, Sheridan.

Bryan Adams has seen an increase in the number of mentions in the news in the last year or so with two songs threatening his record of sixteen consecutive weeks at the top of the singles chart. With this year’s rule changes the record established by (Everything I Do) I Do It For You will now be even harder to break. That song - which many of us would be happy never to hear again - is, naturally enough, one of the tracks on his latest Best Of collection, Ultimate. It enters at number eleven.

The biggest flop of the week is, arguably, by Maroon 5. Their previous five studio albums all reached the top ten although the first of those, Songs About Jane, took nearly two years from its release date to get there. Album number six, Red Pill Blues, limps in at number twelve.

Former choirboy (and, famously, not the original singer of Walking In The Air) Aled Jones enters at number seventeen with One Voice:Believe, an album more overtly religious than the Dylan collection. It includes versions of songs such as Pie Jesu, The Lord Is My Shepherd and Morning Has Broken. The last of those was a hit single for Cat Stevens, another singer who famously underwent a religious conversion.

His one hour special on BBC1 last week saw Harry Styles’ solo album re-enter the top forty. With an full week’s extra sales it jumps to number nineteen this week, putting it one place ahead of his erstwhile colleague Niall Horan’s debut set.

Kygo enters at number 35 with Kids In Love. London Grammar’s Truth Is A Beautiful Thing re-enters at number 32 and J Hus returns at number 38 with Common Sense.
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