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Drake has a second number one single
Drake goes straight to the top of the singles chart with God's Plan. The Greatest Showman soundtrack holds on at the top of the albums chart.

Drake gets his second number one single. The Greatest Showman soundtrack is still the greatest selling album.

If the chart was still compiled using only sales data, there would have been a close three-way battle for the number one spot this week. As it is, the number one song is the one of the three that spent the least time at the top of the iTunes chart over the course of the week. The song in question is God’s Plan by the king of streaming, Drake.

It is a second number one for the Canadian. Unlike One Dance this has no featured artist, leaving Drake to take all the blame himself. Many people will be hoping its time at number one is a good deal shorter than the 15 weeks managed by One Dance. After all, God’s Plan makes One Dance sound positively exciting.

Many hit songs have contained the word God in the title. Two of them - God Only Knows by The Beach Boys and The Sex Pistols’ God Save The Queen - have reached number two but this is the first to top the chart. A second new Drake song, Diplomatic Immunity, enters at number 21. It too is awful. For as much better song with a diplomatic theme, listen to Vampire Weekend’s Diplomat’s Son.

Eminem’s River (with Ed Sheeran) thereby becomes the first single since Feels by Calvin Harris and various other people to spend just a week at number one. Until now, each number one since Feels has spent either the same number of weeks or exactly one week longer at the summit than its predecessor. That rather neat progression has now come to an end. It falls to number three.

Ramz stays at number two with Barking. Dua Lipa’s IDGAF climbs ten places to number four and Jason Derulo’s Tip Toe is up three places to number five.

After entering at number 26 last week, Sigrid’s Strangers climbs twelve places to number fourteen. Jax Jones and Ina Wrolsden’s Breathe climbs into the top ten at number nine. Keala Settle’s This Is Me from the Greatest Showman soundtrack is up five places to number eight. Craig David and Bastille’s rather splendid collaboration I Know You spends a third week at number ten.

Mabel made her chart debut in 2017 with Finders Keepers before going on to appear on Not3s’ debut hit My Lover later in the year. The latter song is still in the top twenty this week. The two have teamed up again - with Mabel listed as the lead artist this time - on Fine Line, a new entry at number 32.

Back in the early days of computing, memory was expensive. Therefore, anybody trying to maintain a database of hit singles would curse the 21st century habit of releasing songs with a lead artist and a string of featured artists - unless they constructed the database in a way that allowed the full credit to be constructed as and when necessary. Going back even further, the people who displayed the chart in record shops by sticking individual plastic letters on a board would have had to give up on the idea of displaying the full credit.

The latest song to demonstrate this habit is These Days whose full credit is Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen. While most of the participants will be familiar to regular chart watchers, Dan Caplen from Brixton makes his debut this week. The other three artists have had eight number ones between them. These Days enters at number 33.

Chainsmokers enter at number 40 with Sick Boy. It remains to be seen whether this is to be the first of a series of singles named after characters in Trainspotting. Any smoking that went on in that film (and, for that matter, the book) tended not to involve standard tobacco. It is Chainsmokers’ eighth top forty hit but only the third not to have any featured artists.

Portugal. The Man’s Feel It Still continues to make progress, climbing five places to number twenty. This song’s eventual success illustrates a major flaw in the current chart rules. In its long chart run it has come very close to seeing sales decline for three successive weeks. If that had happened, its streams would have been downgraded (requiring 300 streams to constitute a sale rather than 150) and the band would have been deprived of a well-deserved hit. It can only be a matter of time before somebody really does miss out on a top forty hit because of this rule. Of course, if it happens to Drake I might suddenly start thinking the rule is a wonderful idea.

In a development that may lead to crisis talks at the current meeting of world leaders at Davos in Switzerland, Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You has fallen out of the top forty this week While it has slipped out of the top forty before, this time its departure may well be permanent - unless, of course, he performs a new version of it with Drake at the Brit Awards show next month.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack tops the albums chart for a third week. The album is the first to get a run as long as three weeks at number one since Ed Sheeran’s ÷ in August last year. That in turn was the first since Ed Sheeran’s ÷ in June and July last year. There are no prizes for guessing which was the last album before that to spend three weeks or more at the summit. If you need a clue, it was by somebody whose name is an anagram of Near e-shed, whatever an e-shed is.

While Fall Out Boy’s chart record in the UK has been somewhat hit and miss since they made their chart debut with their second album, From Under The Cork Tree, in 2006, their record in their native USA has been more consistent. Each of their subsequent albums has reached the top ten on that side of the Atlantic with three of them going to number one. Their latest release, Mania, proves to be one of the hits on this side of the pond as it enters at number two. As a gift to politically incorrect comics the producers of the album include a Jesse and a Butch.

As their name does not suggest at all, First Aid Kit are a folk duo from Sweden. Their second album, The Lion’s Roar was a minor top forty hit in 2012 while the follow-up, Stay Gold, fell just short of the top ten in 2014. Now they break into the upper reaches for the first time as Ruins enters at number three, no doubt helped by an appearance on Graham Norton’s show two weeks ago. With a near total absence of music shows on the main television channels, Norton’s chat show is one of the few opportunities artists have to perform in front of a sizeable audience. We should be grateful that the show’s makers look beyond the obvious names when picking musical guests.

As if the week wasn’t bad enough for Ed Sheeran with Shape Of You dropping out of the singles chart, the album ÷ falls to number four. He must be getting worried about how to pay for his forthcoming wedding. Eminem’s Revival slips one place to number five.

If you suddenly find that an ice cream product has been launched with the same name as your band, it must come as a relief to find that the product is a good one. That sense of relief must surely have been felt by the rock band Magnum when the ice cream of that name came along in the late 1980s. The band released their first album, Kingdom Of Madness in 1978. Almost 40 years on they have completed their twentieth studio album, Lost On The Road To Eternity. It is a new entry at number fifteen, thereby maintaining their record of getting just over half of their studio albums into the top forty.

A new Go! Team album is generally something to be welcomed. After all, the gaps between the are usually long enough for most people to have assumed that they have split up. The Brighton band, not to be confused with an American band of the same name but without the exclamation mark, won a Mercury Prize nomination for their fabulous debut set Thunder Lightning Strike, released in 2004. Since then they have had gaps of three or four years between each new album. This week they enter at number 39 with their fifth release, Semicircle.

Staying with Brighton, the Xcerts moved to the city after forming their band as 13-year-olds in their native Aberdeen. Their first two albums failed to reach the chart at all and the third, There Is Only You, spent a solitary week down at number 96 in 2014. This week they reach the top forty for the first time with Hold On To Your Heart at number 40.

The albums chart has brought the Gallagher brothers together this week. Liam is at number 23 with As You Were, one place ahead of Noel's High Flying Birds with Who Built The Moon? They are also at number 27 with Oasis’s Time Flies compilation.
Published on: 2018-01-26 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 3063 Views
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Chig66
26 Jan 2018 - 19:54
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Here's your answer! ;-)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_Shed_Markets

PS. You mean Noel's High Flying Birds, not Liam's.
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Chig66
26 Jan 2018 - 20:48
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It's interesting that while (as you say) artist credits get longer, the titles of number ones are getting shorter.

We haven't had a number one with more than 8 letters in its title since Sam Smith's Too Good At Goodbyes was deposed on 06/10/17. (Except that God's Plan is 8 letters plus an apostrophe!) Since then, we've had;

rockstar
Havana
Perfect
River
God's Plan

(I'm conveniently ignoring Perfect Duet and Perfect Symphony, in order to keep this observation valid.)

I'm trying to be fair and objective about God's Plan, but it really is feeble drivel, isn't it?
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Suedehead2
26 Jan 2018 - 21:15
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Thanks for that!
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Dobbo
26 Jan 2018 - 22:32
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I liked the Vampire Weekend shout out biggrin.gif love that song!
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Suedehead2
26 Jan 2018 - 22:55
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I couldn't let an opportunity to mention Vampire Weekend pass!
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Mack.
26 Jan 2018 - 23:17
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Drake has bad three #1's hasn't it he including featuring on What's My Name?
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Suedehead2
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Yes, that was a Drake mistake.
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a Drake duet with Ed Sheeran isn't enough - they also need Sam Smith. They could bill themselves as The Three Tremors, in honour of the feeble whining that would be on an epic scale....laugh.gif
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agree pop
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