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Eminem gets his ninth number one single
Eminem's River climbs to the top of the singles chart giving Mr Mathers his ninth UK number one. The Greatest Showman soundtrack is still the number one album.

Ed Sheeran loses his place at the top of the singles chart to….. himself (with a little assistance rom Eminem). The Greatest Showman soundtrack stays at number one in the albums chart.

Eminem’s River climbs to number one. The track features vocals from Ed Sheeran meaning that he joins the list of artists to have replaced themselves at number one. The most recent person to achieve this feat is Justin Bieber who did it last year as a featured artist on both DJ Khaled’s I’m The One and Luis Fonsi’s Despacito. Before that he also replaced himself in 2015 when Sorry gave way to Love Yourself.

It is Eminem’s ninth number one single and comes 17 1/2 years after his first. Among the acts to have scored number ones over a longer period are Blondie (1979 - 1999) and Elvis Presley (1957 - 2005). If members of bands are included, The Beatles had their first number one in 1963. John Lennon’s last number one was in 1981, Paul McCartney’s in 1989 and George Harrison’s in 2002. As a solo artist Harrison’s number one career spanned the years 1971 to 2002, albeit with the same song. Cher had her first number one (as half of Sonny and Cher) in 1965, but had to wait until 1991 before her next chart-topper, this time s solo artist. She last reached number one in 1998, a full 33 years after she last did so.

Among other river-themed number ones have been Mississippi by Pussycat, a number of songs involving Nile Rodgers and Boney M’s Rivers Of Babylon. Ben E King’s classic rendition of Stand By Me finally topped the chart when it was featured in the film of that name starring the late, still much-missed, River Phoenix.

After six weeks at number one, Ed Sheeran’s Perfect falls to number three. He was at number one this time last year with Shape Of You. That song is still in the chart having spent 49 weeks in the top forty.

Ramz climbs two places to number two with Barking, Clean Bandit’s I Miss You is up one place to number four, and Bruno Mars’ Finesse climbs two places to number five. Only one of Mars’ eleven top ten hits has failed to reach the top five; Lighters stalled at number ten in 2011.

Two songs climb into the top ten. Camila Cabello’s Never Be The Same climbs a hefty 22 places to number seven, and Jason Derulo’s Tip Toe climbs a more modest four places to number eight. Cabello also has a new entry at number 40 with She Loves Control. Dua Lipa’s IDGAF looks likely to reach the top ten next week; this week it climbs 24 places to number fourteen.

Last week Norwegian singer Sigrid was named as the winner of the BBC’s Sound Of 2018 poll. Her single Strangers was released in November last year and has had significant radio airplay, but it didn’t enter the chart until it sneaked in at number 94 last week. This week it soars into the top forty at number 26. It deserves to go higher, and probably will. Her appearance on Graham Norton’s show tonight (Friday) should help.

Jorja Smith is a singer from Walsall whose parents presumably do not list spelling as one of their strengths. Perhaps that is what made her want to work with Stormzy. She reached number 54 last year with On My Mind, on which somebody called Preditah was the featured artist. There is definitely a theme developing here. Her collaboration with Stormzy, Let Me Down, enters at number 34. It is her second top forty hit after her turn as featured artist on Drake’s Get it Together last year. She will presumably decline further offers to work with him unless he changes his name to Drayk. She is the winner of this year’s Brits Critics Choice award meaning that both winners of the main “ones to watch” awards have new entries this week.

South African-born Australian Troye Sivan started his show business career as an actor, appearing in an X Men film in his early teens. He made his top forty debut in the UK, just about, as featured vocalist on Martin Garrix’s There For You. He now makes his debut as a solo artist with My My My at number 38. He thereby claims a new record for the most occurrences of the word My in a hit song title, an accolade previously shared by Slade’s My Oh My and Marc Almond’s My Hand Over My Heart.

The soundtrack to the film The Greatest Showman gets a second week at number one in the albums chart. It is the first new album to spend a second week at the top since Ed Sheeran’s ÷ last spring. Sheeran’s album is at number three.

After a quiet period for new releases we finally get a few new entries this week with the highest of them at number two. The album in question, Camila Cabello’s debut set Camila immediately lays claim to a share of the award for the least inspiring album title of 2018. No doubt she will have to share it with many others by the end of the year.

Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All falls two places to number five. Eminem’s Revival climbs back up one place to number four.

As recorded here a few weeks ago, one of the tracks on Eminem’s album, In Your Head, features a sample from The Cranberries’ Zombie. Dolores O’Riordan, singer with the Irish group, died at the beginning of the week at the age of just 46. As well as Zombie, her glorious voice also contributed to the hit songs Linger and Dreams. She was due to record a new version of Zombie with the rock band Bad Wolves on the day she died. Those three songs entered the iTunes top ten on Tuesday and stayed there for much of the week. However, it is all about streaming these days and so none of them are in the top forty this week. A 2002 Best Of collection, with the title Stars, re-enters the chart at number sixteen. It reached number 20 on its original release.

American rock band Black Veil Brides released four albums between 2010 and 2014. The first failed to reach the UK chart at all, but each subsequent release has given them a new best chart performance. After a four year break, they have returned but their steady progress has come to an end. Vale is a new entry at number 23.

Among the more unlikely bands to re-form in recent years must surely be the Scottish punk band Skids. They had a top ten hit single with Into The Valley in 1979 but, otherwise, their chart performance was relatively modes. Nevertheless, they have re-formed and have recorded a new album Burning Cities, their first new material since 1981. I would have made a quip about the age of their singer, Richard Jobson, but he is actually a couple weeks younger than I am, so I abandoned that idea. The band clearly still have a fanbase as the album enters at number 28.

The rise of punk was, in part, a response to the bland fare appearing in the charts at the time. Talking of which, Leo Sayer has released a new compilation album, The Gold Collection. The diminutive singer, who has now taken out Australian citizenship, enjoyed a string of hit singles in the mid 1970s. Other people found them less enjoyable and found his image (he dressed as a pierrot for his early singles) even more irritating than his voice. He made a surprise return to the UK charts in 2006 when a remix of Thunder In My Heart went to number one. The new collection is at number 27.

Charles and Eddie had a hit single in 1982 with Would I Lie To You, later to become the name of one of the funniest panel shows on television. Charlie, Charlie and Eddie are three of the five members of the band Shame. Yes, this is an admission that I have struggled to find out much about them. Their debut album, Songs Of Praise, which shares its title for a television programme not known for its laughs, enters at number 32.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s most successful album was their second, Take Them On, On Your Own, which reached number three in 2003. Fourteen years on they are still going and have just released their eighth studio album, Wrong Creatures. Their hour of noise (OK, just under 59 minutes) lands at number 35.

This weeks oldest chart entrant is Italian-American multi-instrumentalist Joe Satriani who was born in 1956. He arrives at number 40 with his sixteenth studio album, What Happens Next.
Published on: 2018-01-19 by Suedehead2 || 49687 Views
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19 Jan 2018 - 17:42
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South African-born Australian Troye Sivan started his show business career as an actor, appearing in an X Men film in his early teens. He made his top forty debut in the UK, just about, as featured vocalist on Martin Garrix’s There For You. He now makes his debut as a solo artist with My My My at number 38. He thereby claims a new record for the most occurrences of the word My in a hit song title, an accolade previously shared by Slade’s My Oh My and Marc Almond’s My Hand Over My Heart.

Did you forget about Armand van Helden's excellent disco house tune? ohmy.gif
19 Jan 2018 - 17:44
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Sam Smith's Album got a second week.
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Oops, I missed the Armand van Helden one. And Sam Smith's second week
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