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Drake gets a sixth week at number one
Drake spends a sixth week at the top of the singles chart with God's Plan. The Greatest Showman soundtrack tops the albums chart for an eighth week.

The freeze at the top of the charts continues as Drake and the Greatest Showman soundtrack hold on for another week.

Drake stays at number one in the singles chart for a sixth week with God’s Plan. However long it stays at the top it will have established a new record for the longest run at the top of the singles chart without ever being the best-selling single of the week. Even One Dance managed to be the best-selling single for the first three of its fifteen long weeks at the top.

The week’s best-selling song once again is Rudimental’s These Days, also featuring Macklemore, Jess Glynne and Dan Caplen. Despite being superior to God’s Plan in every way it spends a fourth week stuck at number two in the overall chart.

Dua Lipa spent four weeks at number four with IDGAF before climbing to number three last week. This week she spends a second week there. If she continues the pattern she will spend a week at number one over Easter.

If you are going to name a song after a film then why not make it one of the most famous films of all time? Of course that might led some people to believe that the song should be as good as the film. If so, then Post Malone has failed miserably with Psycho. The song, which also features the alleged talents of Ty Dolla $ign, enters at number four.

Marshmello and Anne-Marie climb four places to number five with Friends. It is often said that all good things must come to an end. One good thing that has come to an end this week is Portugal. The Man’s steady climb up the chart with Feel It Still. This week it falls two places to number six.

Opinions will differ over whether Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer are a boyband or a proper rock band. Supporters of the former description will point to the fact that they once supported One Direction on tour. Supporters of the latter view will point to their ability to have a hit single after an absence of a couple years - easily long enough for the stereotypical boyband fan to move on. They enter at number 22 this week with Want You Back. Clearly some people did.

Anyone looking for an example of a slow-burning hit could do a lot worse than citing George Ezra’s Budapest. Between November 2013 and January 2014 it entered the top 100 three times before dropping out again the following week, In June 2014 people finally seemed to realise what a good song it was and it jumped in at number four. Two weeks later it reached a peak of number three and it eventually spent eleven weeks in the top ten. That success helped to ensure that the album Wanted On Voyage, released in July 2014, was also a big success. It entered at number three and spent its first 44 weeks in the top ten, four of them at number one.

His second album, Staying At Tamara’s, is released later this month. In the meantime he has a new entry at number 30 with the single Paradise. If the album is of similar quality it should be another big hit. A previous single form the album, Don’t Matter Now, despite also being very good, failed to reach the top forty, perhaps leading to a certain degree of nervousness at his record company. They may think it don’t matter now.

Since reaching number one on his own with his debut hit Easy Love Sigala (known ti his chums as Bruce Fielder) has had five further hits in collaboration with various other artists such as Ella Eyre, John Newman and Nile Rodgers. This week he adds the name of Paloma Faith to his list of collaborators as the two of them enter at number 32 with Lullaby. Whether Faith is in the habit of singing the song to her young baby is not known. It does, however, fit in well with her last top forty hit Crybaby.

As he grew up in Croydon it is likely that Har Di Caprio (generally known as Hardy Caprio) is not related to the better-known Leonardo. It is fair to assume that he is also not quite as wealthy but, as he is only 21, there’s still time. If Leonardo ever decided to attempt a singing career he might try calling his debut singer Actor. After all, rapper Hardy has achieved his first top forty hit, a new entry this week at number 34, with a song called Rapper. Perhaps others will follow suit. Boris Johnson could launch another exercise in self-promotion and call it…. On second thoughts, let’s not go there.

Earlier this week Ed Sheeran was confirmed as the biggest-selling artist in the world last year. It is fair to say that not everybody is quite as enthusiastic about his music with many people describing it as dull (as well as some other, less polite, words). His detractors might well wish to cite as an example the song he performed at the Brit Awards ceremony last month, Supermarket Flowers. In the opinion of this writer he has written some good songs. Supermarket Flowers is not one of them. When it entered the chart last year along with the rest of his ÷ album it reached number eight. Now released as an official single it re-enters at number 29.

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton jump twelve places into the top ten at number ten with Say Something just when it looked as if his latest album would not yield a big hit. Stormzy re-enters at number 35 with Blinded By Your Grace Part II.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack album easily beats all-comers one again to spend an eighth week at number one. In the 1950s and ‘60s soundtrack albums frequently had long runs at the top of the chart with South Pacific, The Sound Of Music and The King & I three of the longest-running number one albums of all time. Soundtrack albums then lost their popularity (in relative terms at least) until 1978 when Saturday Night Fever and Grease topped the chart from late April until the end of the year apart from a four week break for Boney M.

Ed Sheeran completes a year in the top ten by spending another week at number two. He is the first artist ever to have three albums spend at least 52 weeks in the top ten. The Beatles are the only artist to have done so with two studio albums. Simon and Garfunkel have achieved it with one studio album and a Greatest Hits set. Sheeran looks certain to beat the 56 top ten weeks achieved by + with ÷. Whether his latest album can match the 98 weeks (including this week) achieved by X is another matter.

Dua Lipa stays at number three with her unimaginatively-titled album. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human stays at number four. Stormzy’s award-winning Gang Signs And Prayers climbs five places to number five.

Not content with what most people would surely consider to be a perfectly acceptable name Daniel Hernandez decided to style himself 6ix9ine for the purposes of his musical career. Maybe he did it for a bet. He enters at number 20. with Day69, officially described as a mixtape, Among the featured artists is Fetty Wap who many people had hoped had vanished without trace.

Despite the success of the single Riptide Vance Joy’s album Dream Your Life Away could only mange a solitary week in the top forty in autumn 2014. The prospects for his second album, Nation Of Two, do not look any better as it enters at a lowly number 32.

There are at least two people with an interest in the music industry who have lived in both Camden and Brighton. One of them is me (I lived in Camden in my first year as a student) while the other is rapper Ocean Wisdom. Only one of those people has an album out and it isn’t me, much to the relief of anyone who has heard me attempt to sing. Ocean Wisdom’s album Wizville enters at number 39.

Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley reached number fourteen last year with their Ibiza Classics album. Their glorious version of Adamski’s already rather wonderful Killer has been picking up regular plays on Radio 2 this week and the album re-enters at number eleven.

Imagine Dragons’ Evolve re-enters at number 22. Bob Marley’s Legend is back at number 35.
Published on: 2018-03-02 by Suedehead2 || 55429 Views
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2 Mar 2018 - 19:44
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Do you think Ocean Wisdom might be related to Norman? I do hope so.
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The thought did cross my mind!
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