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Havana gets a third week at number one
Camilla Cabello is still Havana nice tome at the top of the singles chart. Taylor Swift has a third number one album.

Camilla Cabello gets another week at the top of the singles chart. Taylor Swift’s new album goes straight to number one.

Camilla Cabello and Young Thug’s Havana gets a third week at number one. Its “sales” increased last week, so it will be at least two more weeks before its streaming ratio can be changed. It remains to be seen whether it will be knocked off the summit before tat happens.

Rita Ora’s Anywhere, the best-selling song of the week, moves up three places to number two. Post Malone and 21 Savage slip one place to number three with Rockstar.

Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes is down to number four. Marshmello and Khalid slide one place to number five with Silence.

There was a time when a collaboration between two of the biggest names in American music would have been guaranteed to be an instant number one. Its chances would have been enhanced even further by saturation airplay in the six weeks or so before it was released.

Times have changed. As a result, the first most people would have known about a new Eminem single with Beyoncé would have been when it was first played on the radio last Friday, the day it was released. Predictably, Walk On Water soon reached the top of the iTunes chart but, less predictably, it didn’t stay there for long. Insert your own walking on water joke here.

The song enters the singles chart at number seven. It is Beyoncé’s 35th top forty (and 19th top ten) hit; Eminem now has 34 top forty (and 28 top ten) hits to his name. Both have collaborated with many other musicians in the past, but this is the first time the two have worked together.

This year’s John Lewis Christmas advert features Elbow performing Golden Slumbers, a song from the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. The song was based on a lullaby of the same name written in the early 17th century. Paul McCartney found a version of the song but, as he has always been unable to read music, he composed a new tune for it and made a few tweaks to the words. On Abbey Road, the song segues into Carry That Weight. Listeners familiar with the Beatles version can, therefore, be forgiven for constantly expecting Guy Garvey to break into that song. Insert your own joke about Guy Garvey’s weight here.

The last few John Lewis adverts have featured relatively unknown artists. Elbow, on the other hand, released their first album in 2001 although they didn’t achieve major success until the release of Seldom Seen Kid in 2007. Yes, that classic album really is ten years old already. They have never really established themselves as a major singles band. Golden Slumbers, a new entry at number 29, is only their eighth top forty single although another three fell just a few places short. It is, of course, a gorgeous version of the song.

Lil Pump’s abysmal Gucci Gang climbs eleven places to number 27. Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels climb nine places to number fourteen with Miss You and Stormzy’s Blinded By Your Grace Part 2 (with added MNEK) is up ten places to number twelve.

Taylor Swift’s new album was released last Friday and, as a result, one of the singles from the album re-enters the chart. Ready For It is at number 35. The tracks have not been made available to download individually and the album is not on streaming sites. Therefore, none of the non-single tracks are in the singles chart.

Anne-Marie’s Heavy re-enters at number 40. It has now spent three weeks in the top forty without managing to break into that all-important top 36.

Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You nearly left the top forty last week. This week, its 44th in the top forty, it climbs again, to number 36. If it is to make it to 50 weeks, it will probably have to wait until next year as the annual wave of festive songs will surely send it out of the top forty for a couple weeks at least. Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and that Bieber bloke spend a 30th week in the chart with Despacito. French Monatana and Swae Lee return at number 37 with Unforgettable.

Recording an album about relationship breakdown is nothing new. After all, Adele has made a career out of it. However, Taylor Swift has been linked to so many well-known men that dissecting her songs to determine which of here exes is the subject might soon be offered as a degree subject. Her new album, Reputation, is a further progression away from her country roots. She has moved on from something close to pure pop to a more r ‘n’ b influenced album. It enters at number one to give her a third successive chart-topping album.

Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All slips to number two after a week at the top. It is the eleventh successive album to spend just seven days at the summit. Only three albums, Little Mix’s Glory Days, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ have spent more than a week at number one this year. One of those two male solo artists may, or may not, have been the subject of a Taylor Swift song.

Michale Ball and Alfie Boe remain Together Again at number three. Roy Orbison and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s A Love So Beautiful falls two places to number four.

The steady flow of albums by artists whose most successful period came in the last century continues. When the Britpop era was at its peak in the 1990s some bands (such as Suede, Blur and Pulp) were always considered cool bands to like. Other bands were not. One such, despite songs such as Going For Gold and Chasing Rainbows, was York-based Shed Seven. They reached the top ten with two studio albums and a greatest hits set but, after their fourth studio set limped in at number 42, they called it a day in 2003.

Just four years after splitting up, they re-formed for a Greatest Hits tour. They have continued to tour ever since but, until now, have not recorded any new material. If they had released the album, Instant Pleasures, in the summer it might have stood a chance of topping the chart. As it is, they enter at a very creditable number eight.

While Shed Seven’s music was quintessentially nineties, the same could be said of Tears For Fears and the eighties. They had a string of hits with excellent songs such as Mad World (later adapted by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for a Christmas number one), Pale Shelter and Everybody Wants To Rule The World. The last-named song was then adapted to become Everybody Wants To Run the World to become the theme song of the first Sport Relief fundraising campaign in 1986.

Their first four studio albums (and a Greatest Hits collection) all reached the top five, but album number five (albeit with only one of the two founding members) didn’t quite make the top forty. The duo reunited in 2005 to release another album but that too performed poorly. This week they have released another Greatest Hits set under the title Rule The World, and it enters at number twelve. The album includes two new songs, Stay and the current single I Love You But I’m Lost.

Rule The World is Tears For Fears’ second compilation album. Diamonds is approximately Elton John’s 473rd. The excuse this time is that the songs have been remastered. Still, as long as these compilations sell, record companies will continue to release them. Diamonds is a new entry at number five.

By the time Elton John released his first album in 1970 Cliff Richard had been notching up chart success for twelve years and had already released three Greatest Hits albums. Now he has released yet another, bringing his total to approximately 907. The latest one, Stronger Thru The Years (what’s wrong with British spelling Cliff?) enters at number fourteen. The 38 tracks include all his hits since the last compilation and 38 other songs.

Anyone who wished to portray the UK music industry in a bad light at the start of this year will have pointed to the fact that the biggest-selling debut album by a male solo artist was by 56-year-old actor and self-styled comedian Bradley Walsh. Following the success of that album, he has released another one, When You’re Smiling. It enters at number eleven.

Walsh was briefly a professional footballer at Brentford. He will, therefore, shortly become at least the second budding footballer to feature as a regular character in Dr Who after Matt Smith who played for the youth team at Northampton Town.

The success of Walsh’s first album (and Alexander Armstrong before him) has triggered the release of several more albums by people best-known in other areas of the business known as show. Shane Richie and Nick Knowles both released albums last Friday but neither of them are in the top forty. Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

Shane Richie was married to Coleen Nolan for nine years. She was one of the Nolan Sisters (later just the Nolans) who had far too many hits in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Another Irish family band, The Corrs, enjoyed their greatest success from the mid-1990s to the early years of this century. They last released an album in 2005, but now they return at number fifteen with Jupiter Calling.

In a week with a lot of competition, the “Does what it says on the tin” prize could be awarded to Seal for his Standards album. It does indeed contain interpretations of classic songs such as Autumn Leaves, O Put A Spell On You and I’ve Got You Under My Skin. It enters at number seventeen.

Evanescence are the second best-known music act to hail from Little Rock, Arkansas after saxophonist William Jefferson Clinton who went on to become more famous for other things. They enter at number 23 with their fourth studio album Synthesis.

Having already inflicted one album on us this year, the pesky Kidz Bop Kids are back with another collection. On Kidz Bop 2018, which enters at number 28, they tackle songs such as Castle On The Hill, Chained To The Rhythm and Malibu. Perhaps surprisingly, there is no sign of Despacito.

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best Of George Michael re-enters once again at number 39.
Published on: 2017-11-17 by Suedehead2 || 37692 Views
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17 Nov 2017 - 17:41
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There was only 1 other track to make the top 40 called Walk On Water, the Milk Inc track from late 2002 which made #10.
17 Nov 2017 - 21:02
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"The 38 tracks include all his hits since the last compilation and 38 other songs." hah!

Also, love the inadvertent (?) use of tat in expectation of the next chart-topper... laugh.gif

Taylor Swift's new music style on first hearing suggests it should be referred to as r'n'bitch as she seems to have concentrated on how horrid everyone in the world is to her, or perhaps she has taken too literally vocal warming up before singing: "me-me-me-me-me-me-me"? The word most-used on the album, apparently, is "you" - which sounds a little bit judgemental. Poor misunderstood Taylor!

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I think you should copyright r'n'bitch laugh.gif
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Loving the singles sales chart this week, Rita Ora on top, Em/Bey in at 3, Elbow in at 6, and lower hits for george Michael, Elton John, Yazoo, Beatles, Led Zep (the latter two never having before charted) not to mention the usual Chrissy oldies stirring from the pop crypts ready to haunt us all again...
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