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A ninth week at number one for Drake
Drake gets a ninth - and probably last -week at the top of the singles chart while The Grates Showman soundtrack continues to dominate the albums chart.

Thereís still no change at the top of the charts as Drake spends a ninth week at number one in the singles chart and the Greatest Showman soundtrack spends an eleventh week at the top of the albums chart.

Drake continues to drone on about Godís Plan and gets a ninth week at number one for his (and our) pains. Its run now matches that achieved by, among others, the initial release of Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975/6. It seems highly unlikely that many people will remember Godís Plan in forty yearsí time. Unless sales increased dramatically yesterday (Thursday), the value of Godís Planís streams will be halved for next weekís chart meaning that its reign at the top will almost certainly come to an end.

That leaves poor old Rudimental (along with Macklemore, Jess Glynne and Dan Caplen) stuck at number two for a seventh week. For the first six of those weeks These Days outsold all-comers to finish on top of the sales chart. It is less clear whether the same has happened this week.

The reason for the doubt over whether These Days topped the sales chart this week is that George Ezraís Paradise ended Rudimentalís long run at the top of the iTunes chart in the course of the week. Those sales have helped to lift the song seven places to number five.

Portugal. The Man get a second week at number three with Feel It Still. Marshmello and Anne-Marie stay at number four with Friends.

Many people might question the wisdom of calling yourself Lil Dicky, particularly if your name isn\ít even Richard. Nevertheless, that is exactly what David Burd did when choosing a moniker for his career as a rapper. Apart from the obvious, he also leav es himself open to being referred to as Lil Dicky Burd. As if he hadnít already given people enough to talk about he has chosen to team up with the ever-controversial Chris Brown for his debut hit Freaky Friday. The song is this weekís highest new entry at number sixteen.

Just two weeks after entering the chart with Sad, XXXtentacion (or Jahseh Onfroy to use his more pronounceable real name) has another new entry at number 31 with Moonlight. Along with his minor debut hit Jocelyn Flores he now has the distinction of being able to boast that all three of his UK top forty hits are the only song of that name to have graced the top forty. As with Sad, the record company have not provided the BBC with a version suitable for broadcast.

Once again the Greatest Showman soundtrack crushes all opposition to finish well clear at the top of the albums chart, extending its run to eleven weeks. It matches Adeleís 21 in 2011 with the longest continuous run at the summit of the 21st century. They are the longest-running number one albums since Bob Marley and The Wailersí Legend compilation spent twelve weeks at number one in 1984. That album gets a 180th week in the top forty this week. The last album of original material to spend longer than eleven successive weeks at the top is the Grease soundtrack which spent thirteen weeks at number one in 1978.

Ed Sheeranís ų spends another week at number two. It is the sixth week that it has finished as the runner-up to the Greatest Showman and the 17th week at number two overall. It has spent its entire 55-week run in the top six, all but three of them in the top five. It therefore becomes only the seventh artist album ever to spend at least a year in the top five. Sheeran himself becomes the first artist to see two albums spend at least a year in the top five, just a few weeks after setting a chart record by having three albums spend at least a year in the top ten.

The longest-running artist album in the top five - by a long way - is Simon & Garfunkelís Bridge Over troubled Water with a total of 105 weeks. If they had deleted the album after a year and released it again immediately, they too could have claimed to have had two albums in the top five for a year. A total of sixteen albums have spent a year or more in the top five. Eight of the others are soundtracks or original cast recordings. The final one is a collection of songs from a television show.

Thanks to Colin (zeuss at Buzzjack, orthon at Haven) for the information on top five albums.

In the same week that he gets a second song in the current top forty singles chart XXXTentacion enters at number three with his second album ?. It comes just over six months after hsi debut album, 17, reached number twelve. Judging by his album titles he doesnít seem able to decide whether he wants to be Adele or Ed Sheeran.

Dua Lipaís eponymous album rebounds three places to number four.

No matter how much success The Fratellis get they are always likely to be best known for their song Chelsea Dagger, a song that might have been specifically written to be used as a football chant. That song reached number five in 2006, the first of two top ten hits for the band. The parent album, Costello Music, spent three weeks at number two (first behind Justin Timberlake, then Scissor Sisters) in the same year. The three subsequent albums all fared rather less well. Album number five, In Your own Sweet Time, marks a reversal of fortune by entering at number five. Like bands such as The Ramones and The Walker Brothers, they have all adopted the same surname for professional purposes, taking their choice of surname from a family in the film The Goonies.

The Fratellis are one of many bands to have taken their name from characters in a film or television series. Other examples include McFly, McCluskey and Duran Duran. Another common source of band names is the name of revolutionary groups from history such as The Levellers or The Decembrists. The band named after the latter movement (albeit with the addition of an extra E to match the month) have a new entry at number eight with Iíll Be Your Girl.

While a number of current acts owe their career to time spent at the Brit School in Croydon, Fickle Friends chose the more attractive option of Brighton (well, Hove actually) and the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. They achieve their first chart success this week with their debut album You Are Someone Else at number nine.

In a double for the UKís finest city The Magic Gang become the second Brighton band to reach the top twelve with their debut album this week. They land at number twelve with an album also called The Magic Gang.

Older readers will remember the days when winning X Factor guaranteed a period of success in the charts. Alexandra Burke won the show in 2008 and went straight to number one with her demolition job on Leonard Cohenís Hallelujah. She followed that with further number one singles in 2009 (Bad Boys) and 2010 (Start Without You). Her debut album Overcome (2009) also topped the chart but the follow-up three years later only just made the top twenty. This was one of the signs that the show might yield short-term success but could not guarantee a long-term career. After a gap of almost six years she has now released her third album The Truth Is which enters at number sixteen.

For the first time in a while, we have got some way down the list of new entries in the albums chart before encountering one by an artist aged fifty or over. Kim Wilde chose to follow in the footsteps of her father Marty in two ways - first by pursuing a singing career and second by using his adopted name of Wilde rather than their birth name of Smith. She made her chart debut with Kids In America in 1981 and went on to have eight top ten singles and two top ten albums. She enters at number 21 with her latest album Here Come The Aliens. Her brother Ricky Wilde, who co-wrote Kids In America with their father, also appears on the album. As well as her music career Wilde has also written books about gardening. She therefore becomes the second celebrity gardener this year (after Alan Titchmarsh) to have a hit album.

George Ezra released his second album today (Friday) and it has a good chance of topping the chart next week. In the meantime his debut set Wanted On Voyage re-enters at number eighteen. Drakeís More Life returns at number 31, Imagine Dragons are back at number 35 with Evolve and J Husís Common Sense is back at number 39.
Published on: 2018-03-23 by Suedehead2 || 48745 Views
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What do you mean Drake's streams will be halved?
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If a song has been in the chart for ten or more weeks and sales (i.e. sales + streams) have gone down for three successive weeks, the streaming ratio is changed. Instead of 150 streams counting as one sale, it takes 300 streams.
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