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Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa stay at number one
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa get a second week at number one with One Kiss. The Greatest Showman soundtrack tops the albums chart for a fourteenth week. Both charts feature re-entries from Avicii following his death last week.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa get a second week at the top of the singles chart. The Greatest Showman soundtrack is still the top-selling album.

After four new number ones in as many weeks there is a return to stability at the top of the singles chart as Calvin Harris and Dua Lip’s One Kiss gets a second week at the summit. It is only the second new number one of 2018 to spend more than seven days at the top of the chart.

Viewers of Graham Norton’s show last Friday (20 April) will have noticed that Harris and Lipa were presented with the number one trophy even thought the show was recorded a few hours before the end of the sales period on Thursday. We can only assume that, had there been a last-minute surge in sales for Drake they would have cut that bit and hoped viewers didn’t notice the sudden appearance of an additional object on the table in front of the guests.

After the appalling events at the Manchester Arena last May when 22 people were killed after an Ariana Grande concert it was always going to be difficult for Grande to judge the right time to return with a new song and to get the song right. Her response to the tragedy - in particular the One Love Manchester concert just a couple weeks afterwards - meant that the British public would generally be on her side. However, she was also bound to provoke some hostility on social media - most of it probably coming from people who had no idea who she was before her profile was raised for all the wrong reasons.

If the song contained any reference - however oblique - to the Manchester attack some people would criticise her for exploiting a tragedy. If there was no reference to it whatsoever, some - many of them the same people - would accuse her of being heartless.

Following a few weeks of speculation the new song, No Tears Left To Cry, was duly released last Friday. Not surprisingly it went straight to the top of the iTunes chart before falling back to second place later in the week. It sales (including streams) would have been enough to top the chart in most weeks this year. However, such is the popularity of One Kiss that it enters at number two.

The Ariana Grande song sends last week’s numbers two, three and four down one place each. Drake’s Nice For What is at number three, Lil Dicky and Chris Brown’s Freaky Friday at number four and George Ezra’s Paradise at five.

Anne-Marie gets her second hit of 2018 with 2002 at number eight. It is her first top ten hit as lead artist following her featured artist slots on Clean Bandit’s chart-topping Rockabye and Marsmello’s Friends. Her debut album, Speak Your Mind, is released today (Friday). Ed Sheeran is one of the co-writers of the song. Presumably he needed the extra money now that sales of ÷ are tailing off.

Bebe Rexha and Florida Lines are at number eleven for the fourth time in five weeks with Meant To Be. It seems as if it wasn’t meant to be a top ten hit after all.

Followers of a certain type of 1990s indie music may have thought that the title of J Cole’s ne album, KOD, was a reference to the band Kitchens of Distinction. Sadly that is not the case. According to Wikipedia (so it must be true, right?) it has three alternative meanings - Kids On Drugs, King Overdosed and Kill Our Demons. The album was released last Friday and three tracks enter the top forty this week. The title track is installed at number seventeen, ATM delivers at number 28 and Photograph snaps up the number thirty slot. The album enters at number two. if the three songs in the top forty represent the best of the album, I don’t think I’ll bother with the rest.

Shortly after Calvin Harris’s ninth number one single had been confirmed last Friday, a statement appeared from his Twitter account. Tragically, the Tweet was not to celebrate his latest success but to pay tribute to Avicii who had died aged just 28. The Swedish producer, born Tim Bergling, had his first UK chart success, recording as Tim Berg, with Seek Bromance in 2010 when he was barely out of his teens. He had two top ten hits the following year before topping the chart twice in 2013 with I Could Be The One and Wake Me Up. He went on to have five more top ten hits, the last of them in 2017 with Lonely Together.

One of the consequences of the revised chart rules introduced last year is that old songs gaining a sudden boost - for whatever reason - will almost always be at a disadvantage. They will have spent at least ten weeks in the chart and will have suffered a decline on sales for three successive weeks at some point. Therefore, they will be on the 300:1 streams to sales ratio for the week when sales suddenly increase. The ratio will not be reset to 150:1 until the following week. There is no technical reason why the ratio cannot be reset in the week of the increase, but the Official Charts Company have decreed otherwise.

This all means that the Avicii songs are not as high in the chart as they might have been. The highest re-entry is his second number one, Wake Me Up at number 26. The song, featuring uncredited vocals by Aloe Blacc spent three weeks at the top of the chart and sold 1.5 million copies. Levels, a classic EDM track featuring vocals from Etta James, returns at number 36.

Avicii also had two top ten albums. True reached number two in 2013 while Stories peaked at number nine. Both albums return to the chart this week - True at number fourteen and Stories at seventeen.

Most songs have their streaming ratio adjusted as outlined above in their tenth week in the chart or shortly afterwards. Portugal. The Man’s Feel It Still came very close to suffering that fate more than once before it finally became the big hit it deserved to be. This week, after 39 weeks (nine months) in the top 100 it has finally succumbed and has seen its sales fall for a third successive week. As a result it plummets from number eight to number 27 after eleven weeks in the top ten.

It was noted here least week that new entries from former members of One Direction had dried up recently. They are now putting in the effort to put that right (or spoil it, depending on your point of view). Just seven days after Zayn Malik entered the chart with Let Me Liam Payne has a new entry this week with Familiar at number 34. The song also features the “talents” of Colombian J Balvin who inflicted Mi Gente on the world last year.

Once again The Greatest Showman soundtrack outsells all its rivals at the top of the albums chart. It is now in its fourteenth week at the top. As mentioned above, J Cole’s KOD enters at number two. George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s falls one place to number four.

Among the phrases which sound impressive until you dig a little deeper is “one of the most successful British country acts of all time”. The Shires (a duo comprising Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes) became the first UK country act to have a top ten album when Brave reached number ten in 2015. Their second album, My Universe, fared even better, reaching number three in 2016. This week they make it a hat-trick of top ten albums with Accidentally On Purpose at number three. The album features a track co-written by, among others, John Newman and Ed Sheeran. Sheeran really does need the cash, doesn’t he?

So far in his career English rapper Hasnain Khan (known as Nines) has been a good deal more successful in the albums chart than the singles listing. He only got his first top forty single a couple weeks ago having had a top ten album last year. The single in questi0on, I See You Shining, returns to the top forty this week at number 40. This week his second album, Crop Circle, enters at number five.

Representing the hard rock fraternity this week are American band Black Stone Cherry. They had top ten albums in 2014 and 2016 but an EP of cover versions released last year only just sneaked into the top thirty. Now they have released another “proper” album, Family Tree and they return to the top ten at number seven.

It would be fair to say that the collaboration between Sting and Shaggy has not been greeted with great enthusiasm by the critics. Sting ceased to be cool while still a member of The Police while Shaggy was never really cool in the first place. Sting’s first eight solo studio albums all made the top ten, two of them (as well as a Best Of collection) topping the chart. Subsequent releases have failed to match that success. Shaggy’s success has largely been confined to the singles chart. The one exception was his 2000 album Hot Shot which eventually climbed to number one following the success of It Wasn’t Me, a song now adopted as an anthem by Theresa May’s Cabinet.

Sting and Shaggy’s unlikely collaboration, 44/876, enters at number nine. I have no idea what the title means. Perhaps it refers to a very poor score achieved in a very long test by one of the two.

A Perfect Circle were initially formed in 1999 comprising members of other rock bands. The members’ continuing involvement with their other bands has limited A Perfect Circle’s releases with Eat The Elephant, released last Friday, being only their fourth album. It enters at number twelve, easily beating their previous peak of number 37 achieved by their second release, Thirteenth Step, in 2003.

Last Saturday (21 April) was the eleventh Record Store Day (RSD), an event launched to promote independent record shops. Since its inception the day has seen an ever-growing list of exclusive, limited edition, releases available only at participating shops. The limited number of copies has generally prevented these releases entering the top forty. As a result of a decline in albums sales, a number of RSD releases have made it into this week’s chart.

David Bowie features twice in the list of RSD-related entries. A live album, Welcome To The Blackout, enters at number 22. A reissue of Aladdin Sane enters at number 25. Arcade Fire’s eponymous EP enters the chart for the first time at number 39 and a live album by Tho Who is at number fifteen. A reissue of Pink Floyd’s debut album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, which spent seven weeks in the top ten in 1967, is at number 33. When I visited Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, a decade or so ago I was very disappointed not to see a piper (or even Billie Piper) hanging around near the Gate Of Dawn.
Published on: 2018-04-27 by Suedehead2 || 22027 Views
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28 Apr 2018 - 7:09
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2002 is Anne-Marie’s second solo Top 10 hot after Ciaos Adios last year peaked at #9 tongue.gif
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44 is the telephone dialling code for the UK,876 is the code for Jamaica.
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Thanks Rollo!

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