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Another chart double for Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheehan begins 2018 the way he ended 2017, with the number one single and number one album.

Ed Sheeran scores another chart double, topping the first singles and albums charts of 2018.

Ed Sheeran’s Perfect, in its various versions, gets a fifth week as the number one single. It matches its immediate predecessor at the top, Camila Cabello’s Havana. That song jumps back into the top ten this week at number five. Cabello also has a new entry at number 37 with Never Be The Same. A song with a similar title, Melanie C’s Never Be The Same Again proved to be a rather prophetic number one in 2000, topping the chart when my sister had her first child.

After being displaced by Wham’s Last Christmas last week Eminem and that Sheeran bloke climb back up to number two. Big Shaq’s diabolical Man’s Not Hot climbs to number three making it the clear leader in the race to be the worst top three hit of 2018. Rita Ora’s Anywhere climbs back up four places to number four.

Last week’s top forty contained a whopping 23 Christmas songs. Some of them achieved new chart peaks and Sia’s Santa’s Coming For Us from her Christmas album entered the chart for the first time. Two older songs, Michael Buble’s Holly Jolly Christmas and Kylie Minogue’s version of Santa Baby also made their top forty debuts. Boney M’s Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord returned to the top forty for the first time since it topped the chart in 1978.

Before the advent of downloads and streaming it was common for Christmas songs to remain in the chart for the first few weeks of the year. Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody and Mud’s Lonely This Christmas stayed at number one until the middle of January and Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas didn’t leave the top forty until the beginning of March. The difference, of course, was that customers didn’t know when (or even whether) the songs would be available to buy again.

Things are very different now and so every one of those 23 songs has left the chart this week, making way for a flood of re-entries and the odd new entry. As has become the norm for this time of year some of the re-entries are among the biggest hits of last year. Among them is Clean Bandit’s Symphony which spent a week at number one in May. It re-enters at number eighteen. The song it replaced at the top, Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You also returns to the top forty, at number 21.

Shape Of You spent a total of fourteen weeks at number one last year. The other long-running chart topper was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito with a little help from Justin Bieber. That song, which topped the chart for eleven weeks in three separate runs in the middle part of the year, is back at number 26.

Pink’s Beautiful Trauma returns at number 25, two places above its previous peak. Also re-entering at a new peak position are Not3s and Mabel with My Lover at number 23 , Raye and Mr Eazi at number 22 with Decline, Jason Derulo with Tip Toe at number nineteen, and Craig David and Bastille at number fifteen with I Know You. Ramz’s debut hit Barking had been pushed down to number 30 by the festive fare. This week it enters the top ten for the first time at number eight.

Portugal The Man’s rather wonderful Feel It Still finally made it into the top forty last October in its twelfth week in the top 75. Unfortunately it dropped straight back out again after a solitary week at number 39. Now, after another eight weeks in the lower reaches of the chart, it returns to the top forty at number 35.

Jax Jones (accompanied by Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don) reached number thirteen last year with Instruction. Now, joined this time by Ina Wrolsden, he returns with a specific, albeit rather obvious, instruction in the form of Breathe which enters at number 24. Wrolsden’s previous chart outing was as the featured vocalist on Martin Solveig’s Places.

J Hus’s Bouff Daddy entered the top 75 as an album track last May. It then returned to the chart towards the end of last year having become an official single. This week it enters the top forty at number 29. Not surprisingly, it is the first ever chart hit to include the word Bouff in its title.

G-Eazy had his first hit as a lead artist with the rather egocentric Me Myself & I in 2015. He returns this week at number 30 with the slightly more inclusive Him & I. The song features vocals from Halsey whose last top forty appearance was as the featured artist on Chainsmokers’ 2016 number one Closer.

The Greatest Showman is a film about one of the world’s most famous circus proprietors P T Barnum who founded his circus (along with James Bailey) in 1871. A song from that film, This Is Me, enters at number 28. The lead vocals are by Keala Settle who plays a bearded lady in the film. Thankfully, the practice of encouraging people to pay money to gawp at such “spectacles” as bearded ladies or conjoined twins has been consigned to the dustbin of history.

The Greatest Show, also from the soundtrack of almost the same name, enters at number 40. Vocals on this track come from Hugh Jackman who stars as Barnum himself.

When Ed Sheeran’s ÷ climbed back to the top of the albums chart last week it started a seventh spell at number one, a record for an album by a male solo artist. This week it remains at the summit, becoming the first album to get a second successive week at the top since ÷ itself back in August last year. Just two other albums (Little Mix’s Glory Days and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human) extended their stay at number one into a second week.

Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All remains at number two while Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human climbs back up to number three. The soundtrack of the film The Greatest Showman entered the albums chart last week at number 39. This week it soars like an acrobat to number four.

Eminem’s Revival falls two place to number five. If it does not return to the top in the future it will, rather incredibly, be the first Christmas number one album to spend only a single week at the top. Indeed, only four festive chart-toppers have spent as little as two weeks at the top. Eighteen of them (including four by The Beatles) have spent at least ten weeks at number one.

There are no new entries in the albums chart but there are many re-entries. Many of those re-entries are greatest hits sets including those from Oasis (at number 30), Abba (Abba Gold back once more at number 35), Tears For Fears (number 29) and Fleetwood Mac (40). The Oasis set will have been helped by the showing of the film Supersonic over Christmas. That has also helped (What’s The Story) Morning Glory to re-enter at number 31. A Radio 2 concert featuring Tears For Fears is on BBC Four tonight (Friday).

Next week’s chart (and, consequently, chart commentary) should be back to something nearer normality.

Happy New Year.
Published on: 2018-01-05 by Suedehead2 || 42255 Views
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5 Jan 2018 - 18:24
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That's a brilliant fact about the Christmas number one album and its one week stay. Did you go looking for that fact, or did you just have a feeling about it?
5 Jan 2018 - 20:46
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I read or heard something about the Christmas number one albums a couple weeks ago. It may even have been in a Buzzjack thread. I then checked it out and added the extra points of interest. Sortable lists on Wiki can be helpful for that!
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