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Drake gets a fourth number one single
Drake gets his fourth number one single and his second this year. Kylie Minogue gets her sixth number one album in a career spanning thirty years.

Drake tops a singles chart with nine new entries. Kylie Minogue gets her sixth number one album.

For the second successive week we have seen a three-way battle for supremacy at the top of the singles chart. Friday the 13th would prove to be lucky for one act but less so for two others. Unusually for this period in chart history two of the songs were new entries, one by a solo chart heavyweight, the other by two artists with nine previous number ones between them. The third was last week’s chart-topper.

The higher placed of the two new entries in each of the updates throughout the week was One Kiss by Calvin Harris (with eight previous number ones to his name) and Dua Lipa (one previous number one). Harris made his UK chart debut with Acceptable In The 80s back in March 2007 when Dua Lipa was just 11 1/2. He had his first number one with Dance Wiv Me the following year and last topped the chart in 2014 with Blame. One Kiss is Harris’s 24th top ten (and 31st top forty) single.

Fifteen months after Blame topped the chart Dua Lipa broke into the top forty for the first time with Blow Your Mind (Mwah). She had her first top ten hit as the featured artist on Sean Paul’s No Lie in early 2017 and gained her first number one with New Rules last summer. The song failed to maintain its initial momentum and enters at number three.

The other new entry contending for the top spot was Drake’s latest collection of random noises Nice For What. Almost inevitably, its streams were enough for it to overhaul the opposition end enter at number one. Since streaming was included in the chart Drake has spent 25 weeks at number one with three “songs”, the last 22 of them with a song that was not the week’s best-seller. Nice For What is Drake’s twelfth top ten (and 35th top forty) single.

Of the six songs to top the chart this year, two have been by Ed Sheeran (one as a featured artist) and two by Drake. The other two songs have each lasted just one week each at the top. At three words, Nice For What is the most verbose title to top the chart this year although Freaky Friday used more letters.

Lil Dicky and Chris Brown’s Freaky Friday vacates the top spot after just one week and falls to number two. Many people will consider it a travesty that Lil Dicky already has a number one single to his name while Little Richard never topped the chart.

Rudimental and co fall to number four with These Days. George Ezra’s Paradise is at number five.

Keala Settle’s This Is Me falls back to number seven to return to its comfort zone. It has now spent ten of the last twelve weeks at numbers six, seven and eight.

Over the years since the programme started many words have been written about the failure of The Voice to produce any major stars. That failure was highlighted yet again last week when last year’s winner’s debut album limped in at number 36.

This year’s series ended last week with Sarfend’s Ruti Olajugbagbe crowned the winner. All too often these shows seem to be won by the singer who can belt out the song with as much energy as possible, whether the song suits that sort of performance or not. Thankfully, Ruti’s performance of The Cranberries’ Dreams does not adhere to that stereotype. It isn’t as good as the sublime original, but it is at least as decent effort. The original version peaked at number 27 in 1994 and returned to the lower reaches of the chart earlier this year following the death of Cranberries’ singer Dolores O’Riordan. This new version enters at number fourteen.

In a world without XXXTentacion the performers on the next new entry would be proudly claiming to have more Xs in their name than any other chart act this year. That world doesn’t exist so Banx & Ranx & Ella Eyre featuring Yxng Bane will have to be content with sharing that title. Perhaps they should have forsaken Eyre’s vocals in favour of trying to resurrect Alexandra Burke’s flagging career.

Ella Eyre’s career got off to a great start with a number one as the featured vocalist on Rudimental’s Waiting All Night but she has had just two further top ten singles so far. Canadian producers Banx & Ranx make their UK chart debut as Answerphone enters at number 25.

American rapper Cardi B made her UK chart debut last year with the dismal Bodak Yellow. She followed that up (after appearing as featured artist on two songs that missed the top forty) with a number 40 smash with Bartier Cardi earlier this year. Her only top ten single to date came courtesy of Bruno Mars who recruited her as guest vocalist on Finesse. This week she gets her third hit as lead artist as Be Careful enters at number 27. She also enters at number 40 with I Like It on which she is joined by J Balvin and Bad Bunny. I don’t like it.

London rapper Nines (surely his birth name Courtney Freckleton is much cooler) had a top ten album last year before he had got anywhere near the singles chart. This week he breaks his singles chart duck with I See You Shining at number 37.

There are some weeks when we can count ourselves lucky to have as many as two new entries in the chart. This week there are two by people who are in their second half-century on this planet. David Guetta (who didn’t make his chart debut until he was in his mid-thirties) clocks up his 34th top forty single alongside Sean Paul (a slip of a youngster at 45) on Mad Love at number 39. They are joined by Becky G who enters the top forty for the first time.

Kylie Minogue gets her 51st top forty single with Dancing at number 38. It is her first appearance with a new song in the top forty since Into The Blue four years ago. Dancing has been in and out of the top 100 since it first entered at the end of January. She was just nineteen when she made her first appearance in the UK charts at a time when she was better known for appearing in Neighbours.

As predicted last week, The Weeknd’s Pray For Me jumps straight back into the top forty after being excluded last week because of the limit of three songs by one artist. It returns at number 32.

Ever since the charts were introduced record labels have tried all sorts of ways of making sure their artists’ releases get into the chart without actually breaking the rules. In the early days that simply meant trying to maximise sales in the limited number of shops whose sales were used to compile the chart. In the 1990s it was common for acts to release two versions of the CD single, each with different b-sides (insofar as a CD can be said to have a b-side). Some of the biggest hits of the 1980s (Paul Hardcastle’s 19 and Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Two Tribes spring to mind) benefited from a steady stream of different mixes of the same song.

The opportunities for maximising album sales have always been less obvious. If a deluxe edition was released at the same time as the standard edition few people would buy both as all the tracks on the standard edition were also on the deluxe edition. Sometimes, however, an artists’ fans can be considered so loyal that many of them would happily buy the same album in different formats, even if they lacked the equipment to play one or more of those versions. That loyalty has been exploited in spades by Kylie Minogue’s record company with the release of her fourteenth studio album Golden. As well as the download, CD and vinyl versions, a cassette version of the album has also been made available. Despite the fact that cassettes are probably the worst format since the demise of the 78 rpm record, people have bought that as well as the more conventional versions. As a result, the diminutive Australian gets her sixth number one album a full thirty years after her first. If, as seems likely, it drops out of the top ten next week, it will be the first of this year’s number one albums to leave the upper tier.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack slips back to number two after returning to the top last week. George Ezra falls one place to number three with Staying At Tamara’s. Fans of his music should also check out his brother who records under the name Ten Tonnes.

American rock band 30 Seconds To Mars had their first top ten album in the UK with their fourth release Love, Lust, Faith And Dreams in 2013. That seems to have been such a big shock to the system that it has taken them five years to release another album. The resultant album, America, enters at number four. As the title suggests, this is a more political album than most of their previous output. If the president ever hears about it he will probably dismiss it as fake.

As a general rule, revamped versions of albums only do well if they are regarded as a classic in some way, either an album that was a huge success when it was released or one that has come to be thought of as a “lost classic”. Neither of these descriptions apply to Courteeener’s 2008 debut album St Jude which reached number four on its original release. Nevertheless, a remastered edition released for its tenth anniversary enters at number five.

Cardi B’s two new entries in the singles chart both come from her new album Invasion Of Privacy which enters at number six. Ed Sheeran’s ÷ falls to number seven, its lowest position since it entered the chart over a year ago.

Tom Misch hasn’t yet done enough to be given his own Wikipedia page. That may change now that he has a top ten album to his name. Geography enters at number eight.

Eels are another one of those acts who have allowed a general lack of commercial success to force them to try a more commercial sound. They had two top ten hits with Novocaine For The Soul and the brilliant Susan’s House at a time when that sort of music could get into the charts but have mostly relied on album sales since then. They enter at number ten with their twelfth studio album The Deconstruction.

Blackberry Smoke join the list of bands whose name appears to be just two randomly selected words. They get their fourth top forty album at number twelve with Find A Light.

Mancunian songstress Lisa Stansfield enjoyed her greatest success in the late 1980s and early ‘90s with a string of hit singles and three top ten albums. She returned to the albums chart after an eleven-year absence (apart from a Greatest Hits set) in 2014 and now she is back again at number fifteen with Deeper.

At number 24 we have an all-female band who are, nevertheless, not a girl band in the Little Mix sense. Goat Girl are an indie band who just happen to have an all-female line-up. One conventional thing about them is their decision to name their debut album after themselves.

Australian / American rock band Dead Daisies is made up of past members of bands such as INXS, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Whitesnake. They sneaked into the top forty in 2016 with their third album Make Some Noise. This week album number four, Burn It Down, is at number 28.

As well as being quite successful as a singer Elvis Presley also appeared in 31 films including Jailhouse Rock, GI Blues and King Creole. Now, to add to his list of hit soundtrack albums we have The Searcher, a documentary broadcast on American television - and no doubt also in the UK at some point. It enters at number 32 to give him a 94th top forty album.
Published on: 2018-04-13 by Suedehead2 || 30715 Views
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13 Apr 2018 - 19:40
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Just checked out Drake - wasn't even aware it was out (5 in sales). If it wasn't for those motherf***in lyrics checking out da niggaz in da club with video hot bitches and the motherf***in' poetry of barking Drake over the top of it I'd really like the motherf***in basic track behind the motherf***er.

I wonder if his teacher mum is aware former teen actor Aubrey has such a potty mouth? Oy vey!
13 Apr 2018 - 19:55
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Oh yes might as well have a go at that other Chart Monster Ed Sheeran, I see his sales are quite low for his insipid cover of Elton John's most-insipid famous song, so low that it fails to make the sales 40 or the streaming-based top 100.

Fingers-crossed it's a backlash for the pop-culture iconic-moment-missed in Games Of Thrones when Ed bursts into song for no good reason and he is surrounded by a bunch of people with swords, including the serial-revenge-killer Arya. ... I mean, I love Ed the bloke, but a great fictional moment missed for music lovers across the globe...
13 Apr 2018 - 20:33
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Let's all celebrate as this song will live to linger on to the top spot for 1000 weeks!
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