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Three weeks at the top for Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa spend a third week at number one with their One Kiss. Post Malone gets his first chart-topping album.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa spend a third week at the top of the singles chart. Post Malone has the number one album.

For the third week Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa top the singles chart with One Kiss. It means that no song has spent exactly two weeks at the top since Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do last September. That song succeeded Dua Lipa’s New Rules which also spent a fortnight at number one.

Last week Ariana Grande’s No Tears Left To Cry was the best-selling song of the week but stalled at number two in the Official Chart. This week it has slipped to the runner-up spot in the sales chart and stays in the same position in the Official Chart. Therefore, we actually have a week when the top two singles in the sales chart occupy the same positions in the Official Chart.

The sales chart and the Official Chart start to diverge at number three as Drake’s Nice For What and Lil Dicky’s Freaky Friday complete a static top four. Ann Marie’s 2002 climbs three places to number five.

Two of the week’s new entries come from Post Malone’s second album Beerbongs & Bentleys. His first album, Stoney, was released just before Christmas 2016 and reached number ten.

Since then he has had a number one single with Rockstar and he returned to the top ten at the beginning of March this year with Psycho. That song remains in the top then this week and a healthy jump in sales - likely to be largely due to streams of the album - will save it from having its streams devalued for another few weeks. Psycho is joined by Paranoid (not a cover of the Black Sabbath song) at number eleven and Better Now at nine. Without the limit of three songs per artist there would be several more Post Malone songs in the top forty. The album enters at number one.

Some singles positively invite a particular response. For example, one of Barry Manilow’s biggest hits in the UK is I Write The Songs. While he did at least co-write some of his hits, I Write The Songs was written by Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys. Similarly, Paloma Faith’s new single Make Your Own Kind Of Music was written in 1968 and has been recorded by, among others, Mama Cass of the Mamas & Papas. Faith’s version, recorded for commercial, enters at number 28. It is Faith’s tenth top forty hit.

Two songs from The Greatest Showman re-enter the top forty. Never Enough by Loren Allred is at number 40 and A Million Dreams (Ziv Zaifman, Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams) is back at number 38.

As recored above, Post Malone’s ludicrously-titled Beerbongs & Bentleys enters the albums chart at number one. A beer bong is a device which allows a drinker to consume large quantities of beer very quickly, not an ideal gadget to mix with a Bentley. Malone’s debut, Stoney, climbs back up to number nineteen.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack slips back to number two after its latest spell at the summit. George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s falls one place to number five.

Anne-Marie is currently riding high in the singles chart with 2002, following success as the featured artist on Marshmello’s Friends. Both songs, along with her earlier hit Ciao Adios, can be found on her debut album Speak Your Mind which enters at number three. In keeping with the current trend, the list of producers is longer than the list of tracks.

Two of the highest new entries in the albums chart are by bands who, had they been around in the 1990s, would have expected to have had a few hit singles to their name. As it is, they have precisely none between them despite each being on their second album and having both released radio-friendly singles.

Stockport band Blossoms’ first album, also called Blossoms, spent two weeks at number one in 2016, a year when very few albums managed more than seven days at the top. It was the only album to get a second week at number one in a run that lasted from the end of March to mid-September. They have now returned with a second fine selection of songs, Cool Like You. The sales chart may indicate that the band have lost out on a second number one album by a lack of streams. The record books will show that it is a new entry at number four.

Australian band DMA’s (their apostrophe) sneaked into the top forty at number 36 with their debut collection Hill’s End in the spring of 2016. Their second album, For Now, is a reasonably varied set of songs and it easily outperforms their debut by entering at number thirteen.

Janelle Monae’s only significant singles chart success remains her role on fu’s million-selling chart-topper We Are Young six years ago. Yes, it really is that long ago. That meant that she had rather more name-recognition when she released her second album than she did for her debut in 2010. That second album, The Electric Lady, reached number fourteen in 2013,

Monae’s third album, Dirty Computer, enters at number eight. The title track features a contribution from Brian Wilson to add a second mention this week of a former Beach Boy. There is also a contribution from Pharrell Williams but Ed Sheeran has either been snubbed or she has lost his phone number.

Veteran Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison had his first hit album in 1970 with Moondance. Since then he has had a further 37 top forty albums including various collaborations and compilations. This week he adds another collaborator to his list in the form of American jazz musician Joey DeFrancesco. Almost thirty years after he released his debut album, DeFrancesco hits the UK charts for the first time as You’re Driving Me Crazy enters at number twenty.

For this week’s rock act we have to go to Wales where Skindred were formed in 1998. They had to wait until their fifth album before making their top forty debut in 2014. They now make it a hat-trick of minor hit albums as Big Tings enters at number 26.

In common with most X Factor winners, Matt Cardle’s fortunes have declined steadily since winning the show. His debut album, Letters (2011) reached number two but each subsequent release has had a lower peak than its predecessor. That decline continues as album number four, Time To Be Alive, enters at number 28.

A new Neil Young live album, Roxy: Tonight’s The Night, was released for Record Store Day last month. It’s sales were not enough to get it into the top forty but the release of a standard edition has added extra sales and it enters at number thirty. It was recorded in September 1973, just days before I became a teenager.

Somebody somewhere seems to have decided that what the world really needs is another Rod Stewart compilation. Someone else, or possibly the same person, thought that The Essential Collection was a suitable totle for the album even though most of his biggest hits are missing. The album also carries the title Handbags & Gladrags, a song written by Manfred Mann’s Mike d’Abo. The song has also been rcorded by Stereophonics but is now best known as the theme tune for the original UK version of The Office. The collection has not exactly been snapped up by an eager public. It enters at number 39.

Until last week the prospect of new songs from Abba seems about as likely as Elvis Presley being found alive and well and living in Croydon or the two surviving Beatles admitting that all their songs were written by a few schoolchildren in Albania. The announcement that they have recorded two new songs - which rather overshadowed the announcement a few days later that Suede will be releasing a new album in September - led to increased sales and streams of Abba Gold. The album re-enters the top forty yet again at number fifteen.
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