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A month at the top for Havana
Camila Cabello extends her run at the top of the singles chart to four weeks, Paloma Faith gets a number one album at the fourth attempt.

Camila Cabello completes a week at the top of the singles chart. Paloma Faith wins a close race to get her first number one album.

Camila Cabello gets a fourth week at number one on the singles chart with the Young Thug-featuring Havana. It matches its immediate predecessor at the summit, Post Malone’s Rockstar.

Rita Ora’s Anywhere remains the best-selling song of the week but has to settle for another week at number two in the Official Chart. Perhaps Cubans are hacking into streaming sites to ensure that a song celebrating their capital city remains ahead.

Marshmello and Khalid move up two places to number three with Silence. The song has accumulated over 400,ooo chart sales, earning it a gold record. It can, therefore, be said that Silence is golden. Younger readers may need to ask their parents. Or grandparents.

Ed Sheeran’s Perfect ascends two places to number four, finally matching the position it reached as an album track in March. Including its eleven-week run as an album track, it has now been in the top forty for twenty weeks. Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud climbed to number one in its nineteenth week in the top forty. It remains to be seen whether Perfect beats that record.

Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes slips one place to number five.

Two songs climb into the top ten. Selena Gomez and Marshmello are up eight places to number nine with Wolves while Stormzy’s best single Blinded By Your Grace Part 2 (featuring MNEK) is up five places to number seven. While it may be Stormzy’s best single, it has no chance of challenging Pink Floyd for the accolade of best song with Part 2 (or Part II) in the title.

Last week saw this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert song enter the chart. This week we see another one of the seasonal staples, the Children In Need song. This year’s choice of song is a version of Sting’s Fields Of Gold sung by Katie Melua. Sting’s original version reached number sixteen in 1993; this version enters at number 29. It is Melua’s eighth top forty single and her first since The Flood in 2010.

As well as the John Lewis and Children In Need songs, this is also the time of year when the old Christmas songs start to return to the chart. It has become almost as traditional as the turkey on the dinner table that the first of those songs is Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You. Sure enough, here it is at number 34.

Jason Derulo enters at number 31 with Tip Toe. Derulo (whose real name is Jason Desrouleaux) is joined by French Montana meaning that the song has two French lkinks without being even a little bit French. The most famous song with tiptoe in the titles is probably Tiptoe Through The Tulips but that has never been a hit single. It is a return to form for Derulo. In other words, it is awful (although not as awful as Swalla).

French Montana also turns up on Frenchman David Guetta’s new single, Dirty Sexy Love. The are joined by Dutchman Afrojack and Briton Charli XCX. As a new entry at number 35 it is Guetta’s 33rd top forty hit, his second with Afrojack and his first with his other two featured artists. He celebrated his fiftieth birthday earlier this month, making him one of the oldest (if not the oldest) artist still to have consistent success in the singles chart.

This week’s opportunity to have a rant about people replacing a letter in their name with a number os provided by a Hackney rapper who goes by the name of Not3s, which we are apparently meant to pronounce as Notes. Why doesn’t he spell it that way then? He enters at number 37 with My Lover.

Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You extends its run to 45 weeks in the top forty, 46 in the top 41.Since its debut in 1994 Mariah Carey’s Christmas offering has accumulated 51 weeks on the top forty. Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s Despacito has left the top forty after 30 weeks.

Since she established herself as a major player in the music industry, Paloma Faith has not been afraid to share her political views. It can, therefore, be assumed that it was no coincidence when she performed at a recent Radio 2 concert wearing the colours of the EU flag. On her 2015 tour left-wing journalist Owen Jones was one of her support acts.

Jones now makes his recording debut by featuring one one of the tracks on The Architect, Faith’s fourth album.

Faith’s last two albums both peaked at number two. Fall To Grace entered at number two behind Gary Barlow in June 2012. I think it is fair to assume that Fall To Grace has been played rather more over the last year than Barlow’s effort. It climbed back into second place for a further two weeks behind Emeli Sande, the latter’s sales having been boosted by appearances at both the opening and closing ceremonies at the London Olympics.

A Perfect Contradiction also entered at number two, this time behind Elbow, another act to have performed at the Olympic closing ceremony. Once again, it climbed back into second place a few weeks later but was unable to topple Kaiser Chiefs, fronted by Ricky Wilson, a fellow judge on The Voice.

This time she was clearly going to have the highest new entry in the albums chart. The only question was whether she would finally get a number one album or whether she would be beaten by Sam Smith.

The good news is that she held off the challenge and gets to spend her 141st week in the top forty albums chart at number one.

Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All finishes as runner-up in a close race to spend a second week at number two. Michale Ball and Alfie Boe stay at number three with Together Again.

This year’s Britain’s Got Talent contest was won by pianist Tokio Myers. His real name is Torville Myers which raises the question of whether he has a brother called Dean. Ask your parents. Or grandparents. His album, Our Generation, mostly includes his own compositions although there is a version of Ed Sheeran’s Bloodstream which also includes Claude Debussy among the co-writers. Perhaps Debussy’s most famous chart appearance is in the line “Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat” in the Pet Sop Boy’s song Left To My Own Devices. Our Generation is a new entry at number four.

It has become common for the release of a new Morrissey album to be accompanied by a series of interviews in which he makes some controversial statements. The former Smiths frontman has always been revered by many of his fans, but it has become increasingly difficult for them to defend his views. it does, however remain the case that he has written some excellent songs in his time, not least his debut solo single, Suedehead.

Low In High School enters at number five to give Steven Patrick Morrissey a seventeenth top forty and thirteenth top ten album.

When Electric Light Orchestra (commonly known as ELO) were at their peak in the 1970s, they were accused of cheating in their live performances. It was alleged that two performances had been exactly the same length, leading to accusations that the whole thing was pre-recorded. The story was probably rubbish.

After many years away from the live scene the band, known as Jeff Lynne’s ELO for legal reasons, returned to the stage for a Children In Need concert in 2014. The band enter at number nine with a double-CD live album recorded at Wembley Stadium in June this year.

Jeff Lynne’a former fellow Travelling Wilbury Roy Orbison remains in the top ten, at number seven. with his posthumous RPO compilation. Lynne’s former bandmate in ELO and, before that, The Move, Roy Wood will probably return to the singles chart next month. He will, of course, be accompanied by the Suedettes and the elusive Miss Snob among others as this commentary gets its annual opportunity to roll out one of its favourite chart credits.

Iron Maiden enter at number seventeen with The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter, their twefth live album.

This week’s list of Greatest Hits albums is headed by Green Day and Madness. The latter band enter at number 23 with Full House - The Very Best Of Madness. It is, of course, packed with great songs although pedants may feel that an album subtitled “Very Best Of” should be limited to one CD, not two.

If having a two-CD Very Best Of compilation may be regarded as conceited, calling your latest Best Of compilation God’s Favorite Band may be considered to be going a further step too far. However, as the band in question are Green Day it can safely be assumed that they are not being entirely serious. The album enters at number 22.

A box set comprising all eight of Phil Collin’s studio albums, under the collective title Take A Look At Me Now, enters at number 26. The collection brings together the remastered versions of his albums released in 2015 and 2016. As the set can be obtained for as little as £14, buyers of the individual re-issues may now be feeling more than a little conned. till, Collins has played both The Artful Dodger in a stage production of Oliver! and Buster Edwards of Great Train Robbery fame.

We haven’t yet reached December but another two Christmas albums enter the chart this week. When Keane made their chart debut in 2003, their singer, Tom Chaplin, looked a little like a choirboy. He looks somewhat older now but he has chosen this moment to release a solo Christmas album, Twelve Tales Of Christmas. It is a new entry at number 21.

In 1974 Wizzard (as referenced above) wished that it could be Christmas every day. According to Sia, his wish has finally been granted after more than forty years. Her album, Everyday Is Christmas enters at number 39.

If a band wishes to call itself Leading Ladies, it might be assumed to comprise two or more women of roughly equal standing. That hasn’t happened here as the trio of that name comprises Beverley Knight - who had a number of hit singles in the late 1990s and early 2000s - alongside Amber Riley and Cassidy Janson who didn’t. Their album, Songs From The Stage, enters at number nineteen. The tracks include Natural Woman and The Wind Beneath My Wings.

Leading Kermit the frog impersonator Jools Holland enters at number 24 with As You See Me Now, an album combining Holland’s plinky-plonk piano playing with Jose Feliciano’s guitar and vocals.
Published on: 2017-11-24 by Suedehead2 || 47486 Views
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