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Six weeks at number one for Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran's Perfect tops the singles chart for a sixth week. The Greatest Showman soundtrack climbs to number one in the albums chart.

Ed Sheeran continues his run at the top of the singles chart, but is toppled from pole position in the albums chart.

Ed Sheeranís Perfect gets a sixth week at number one in the singles chart. In the absence of any new mixes sales of Perfect have declined for a third successive week this week. As it has also been in the chart for a lot longer than ten weeks, from next week it will require 300 streams to make the equivalent of one sale instead of 150. Therefore, this is likely to be its final week at number one.

Once again Ed Sheeran is also at number two, as the featured vocalist on Eminemís River. Rita Oraís Anywhere rises one place back up to number three. Ramz climbs four places to number four with Barking while Clean Bandit and Julia Michaelsí I Miss You is up one place to number five. All eight of Clean Banditís top ten hits have now reached the top five with three of them going all the way to the top.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that, for over 65 years, the failure of a song with the word finesse in the title to reach the chart has been a serious failing. That issue is finally resolved this week with the arrival at number seven of a song called Finesse by Bruno Mars. The sighs of relief will be echoing throughout the land tonight. The celebrations may be dampened somewhat when people realise that Finesse is far from Marsí finest work. Nevertheless, it is his eleventh top ten hit in the UK.

The original version of Finesse appeared on Marsí 2016 album 24K Magic. For the single he is joined by Cardi B, born Belcallis Almanzar, who reached number 27 with Bodak Yellow last year. She also has a new entry of her own this week with the horrifically terrible Bartier Cardi at number 40. That alleged song features 21 Savage who also remains in the top forty as the featured artist on Post Maloneís Rockstar.

Last weekís two songs from the film Greatest Showman have been joined by a third, Rewrite The Stars at number 26. The lead vocals on the track are by Zac Efron and Zendaya. It is not Efronís first appearance in the charts. He made his name as an actor s part of the cast for High School Musical and had a top ten hit in 2006, as half of Gabriella and Troy, with Breaking Free. Zendaya, born Zendaya Coleman, joins the list of chart acts to have come to prominence on the Disney Channel.

The Greatest Show, with Hugh Jackman, climbs 17 places to number 23. This Is Me, starring Keala Settle, is up twelve places to number sixteen.

Other songs from the film have also accumulated enough sales and streams to have reached the top forty but have been blocked by the Official Charts Company-imposed limit of three songs for an individual artist. While this may seem strange as each song has its own credit (depending on who performs lead vocals), it is consistent with the decision to allow the album to qualify for the artists albums chart rather than the compilation chart. It can be assumed that the same rule will prevent an artist trying to get round the rule by making themselves a featured artist on each track of an album. Therefore, the next Ed Sheeran album is unlikely to see tracks credited to Stormzy feat. Ed Sheeran, Chainsmokers feat. Ed Sheeran, The Stockland Green Bilateral School First Year Choir feat. Ed Sheeran and so on.

Those three songs from The Greatest Showman have company in the form of a song from the latest film in the Fifty Shades franchise, Fifty Shades Freed. The song, For You by Liam Payne and Rita Ora, is a new entry at number eleven It is Payneís fourth solo top forty single; so far, only one of them has reached the top ten although this may well become the second. Ora has now had 17 top forty hits in six years, eleven of which have reached the top ten including four number ones. For You is kept out of the top ten by Craig David and Bastille who climb to number ten with I Know You. It is Craig Davidís second top ten hit since his surprise comeback in 2015 and Bastilleís first appearance in the top ten since their Of The Night mash-up five years ago. Both that and the bandís other top ten hit, the marvellous Pompeii, peaked at number two.

The cinematic theme continues with the arrival at number 33 of All The Stars, a song from the soundtrack of the film Black Panther. The film is based on a comic strip and is not about the black nationalist party of the 1960s. The song is by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, giving Lamar a 13th top forty hit and SZA a second. Unlike much of Lamarís output, this does not have me reaching for the mute button.

There was a time when anything released by Justin Timberlake, another graduate of the Disney Channel, was almost guaranteed to be a hit, regardless of whether it was any good. Between 2002 and 2010 he had fifteen top ten hits including three number ones. Since his comeback in 2013 he has scored another five top ten hits including a number one with Mirrors and a number two with Canít Stop The Feeling. Last week, after a period of silence, he finally released a new single. There is one problem. While Canít Stop The Feeling was a great pop song, Filthy is pretty awful. As it can only enter at number fifteen I may not be alone in that assessment.

Anyone who cares about spelling may wish to skip this paragraph. At number 37 there is a new entry credited to Steel Banglez (I donít think it is supposed to be pronounced like a French name Bon-glay) featuring Yunge, MoStack, Mr Eazi and Not3s. The title of the song, Bad, may or may not refer to the literacy of the various participants. Yungen is the only one of them with a top ten hit to his name so far - the appalling Bestie which featured the even more illiterately-named Yxng Bane. Thankfully this song is a good deal better than Bestie.

And now itís back to coherent English again.

Dua Lipa follows up the chart-topping New Rules with IDGAF at number 38. The song comes from her eponymous album which was the biggest selling debut album by a female solo artist last year. I think we can assume the title does not stand for Irate Dua Grabbed A Feather.

A year ago Ed Sheeranís Shape Of You entered the chart at number one. It has dropped out of the top forty a couple times in that time, including for four weeks when the chart was flooded with Christmas songs but it has still notched up 48 top forty weeks so far. After re-entering at number 21 last week, it slumps to number 35 this week.

After a big jump to number four last week the Greatest Showman soundtrack album climbs to the top of the chart this week. Most number one albums either enter at the summit or climb there eventually following a major hit single. Soundtrack albums seem to be a bit of an exception, sometimes climbing to the top over the course of a few weeks after release. This may simply be a reflection of the type of people who buy soundtrack albums, namely people who have seen the film rather than people eagerly awaiting the release of a new album by a favourite artist.

The success of the Greatest Showman soundtrack means that Ed Sheeran has to be content with only topping one of the two major charts this week as ų slips to number two. Sam Smithís The Thrill Of It All and Rag Ďní Bone Manís Human also fall one place, to numbers three and four respectively. Eminemís Revival stays at number five.

The first few weeks of the year are always a quiet period for album releases. This frequently leads to a top forty with no new entries and that is what we have this week. We do, however, have four re-entries, two of them greatest hits compilations.

In the week that saw the second anniversary of David Bowieís death his Legacy collection returns at number 33. Phil Collinsí Take A Look At Me Now is back at number 36. The Moana film soundtrack re-enters at number 39 and Drake is at number 40 with More Life.
Published on: 2018-01-12 by Suedehead2 || 49209 Views
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12 Jan 2018 - 20:11
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I saw Ed Sheeran in his cameo in Game Of Thrones last week. He was singing and everyone there had a sword, including a serial revenge killer. The least the producers could have done is pay him back for singing in everything in 2017...

I mean what other reason would you invite him on the show for?
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12 Jan 2018 - 22:00
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Anyone who cares about spelling may wish to skip this paragraph. At number 37 there is a new entry credited to Steel Banglez (I donít think it is supposed to be pronounced like a French name Bon-glay) featuring Yunge, MoStack, Mr Eazi and Not3s. The title of the song, Bad, may or may not refer to the literacy of the various participants.

I think this is my favourite part of a Suedehead chart commentary ever, well done laugh.gif .

The title and artist names all containing misspelt versions of actual words! ohmy.gif
13 Jan 2018 - 11:39
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Thanks Mr Snake! I'm afraid these mis-spellings are one of my pet hates. I make an exception for Slade - with their mis-spelt name and song titles - because, in their case, it was something different.
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Thanks Mr Snake! I'm afraid these mis-spellings are one of my pet hates.
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