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One Kiss is still at number one
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa get a sixth week at number one in the singles chart with One Kiss. The Greatest Showman regains its place at the top of the albums chart.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa get a sixth week at number one. The Greatest Showman soundtrack returns to the top of the albums chart once more.

There is still no change at the top of the singles chart as Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa get a sixth week at number one with One Kiss. Harris and Lipa head a static top three with Drake’s Nice For What still at number two and Ariana Grande staying at number three with No Tears Left To Cry. Anne-Marie’s 2002 moves up one place to number four. Banx & Ranx - along with Ella Eyre and Yxng Bane - climb two places to number five with Answerphone. Jess Glynne’s I’ll Be There climbs seven places to number six.

When Clean Bandit had a top twenty hit in 2013 with the brilliant Mozart’s House many people felt that they would struggle to have another hit. Their sound was just too out of synch with the rest of the music market. That assumption looked even safer when the follow-up failed to dent the top forty. However, they came back the following year with a more commercial sound and started what was to become a habit of recruiting female guest vocalists. Rather Be (featuring Jess Glynne) went straight to number one and spent four weeks at the summit.

Since then they have had two further number one singles with five others making it into the top ten. Most of their collaborations have been with relatively new artists but this time they have teamed up with Demi Lovato who had her first UK hit in 2008. Solo is a new entry at number twelve. It sounds a little like a quirky Eurovision entry in places. Perhaps we should have sent this instead of Storm.

Singer-songwriter Tom Walker released Leave A Light On as a single last October but it didn’t reach the UK chart until the beginning of this year. It spent a few weeks just outside the top forty, agonisingly spending a week at each position from 41 to 44. Elsewhere in Europe the song was more successful, reaching the top ten in several countries including Austria, Italy and Germany and topping the chart in France. Last week it returned to the UK chart and this week it finally - and deservedly - breaks into the top forty for the first time at number 35.

Ramz had a big hit with Barking last year. This week he gains a second hit single as Family Tree enters at number 40. While there have been plenty of hit songs with the word family in the title and a few with the word tree, this is the first family tree to be a hit. Despite the artist’s name, the song does not feature any sheep.

The release of the DVD of The Greatest Showman has given a boost to individual songs from the soundtrack. Keala Settle climbs back up to number 22 with This Is Me. A Million Dreams by Ziv Zaifman and Loren Allred’s Never Enough re-enter at numbers 33 and 39 respectively.

Other climbers within the chart include Selena Gomez’ Back To You, up ten places to number 29 and Shakka and AlunaGeorge’s Man Down, up twelve places to number 28. After last week’s comment about Yxng Bane’s Vroom failing to live up to its title it gains a little momentum this week and climbs five places to number 27. Those five weeks oscillating between numbers 31 and 32 clearly constituted revving up. The biggest climber is Years & Years’ If You’re Over Me which jumps fourteen places to number 24, thereby reaching a higher peak (by one place so far) than their previous single Sanctify.

There is a familiar look to the top of the albums chart as The Greatest Showman soundtrack climbs back to number one again. It is the album’s sixteenth week at the summit in five separate runs. Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys stays at number three. Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino falls to number four after a week at the summit. It is only the second of their six number one albums to last only a week at the top. George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s is a non-mover at number five.

James Bay made his name when the rather wonderful Hold Back The River became a big top ten hit in 2015 having previously been a minor hit at the end of the previous year. Let It Go - initially released before Hold Back The River - followed in into the top ten. Perhaps its original release was hampered by memories of that awful song from Frozen.

Ahead of the release of his second album, Electric Light, Bay has had his hair cut and dumped his trademark hat. In interviews he has expressed a fear that a failure to change would mean being saddled with the same image for the rest of his career. Singles from the album have failed to make much of an impact on the chart with Wild Love sneaking a week at number 39 and Pink Lemonade not even entering the top 100. Chaos And The Calm topped the chart when it was released in March 2015 but Electric Light cannot beat the behemoth that is Greatest Showman and it enters at number two. He will be supporting the Rolling Stones at Twickenham next month.

And Justice For All is the title of a 1979 film starring Al Pacino. And Justice For None is the title of the seventh studio album by rock band Five Finger Death Punch. The band’s sixth album, Got Your Six, provided them with a first appearance in the top ten of the UK albums chart. Now they have doubled their number of top ten albums (and number of weeks in the top ten) and And Justice For None enters at number seven.

Boyband BTS made a little piece of chart history in 2016 when their third album Wings became the first by a Korean band to reach the UK charts. That album only got as far as number 62 but they reached the top twenty last year with the release of Love Yourself - ‘Her’. Their latest album, Love Yourself - Tear, enters at number eight.

It’s a bit of a cliche but, when it comes to quizzes, it doesn’t matter how you know an answer. An interest in football can mean knowing the names of a lot of foreign cities. As long as you know what countries those cities are in, the information can be very handy. Many fans of Public Service Broadcasting were able to answer a question on Pointless about the original name of Mount Everest (Peak 15) because of their song Everest. It was a pointless answer as well.

Similarly, I always find the question “In what year was the first Star Wars film released?” very easy because Ash used the answer - 1977 - as the title of their first proper album. It also happened to be the year the band members were born. Their Star Wars fandom led to their version of a piece of music from the film being the b-side of their first big hit single, Girl From Mars.

By the time 1977 was released in 1996 Ash had three top twenty singles to their name which helped the album to go straight to number one. The next four albums all reached the top ten including a second number one with Free All Angels in 2001.

In 2007 the band announced that they would not be releasing any more albums but would continue to release singles. The assumption was that these singles would appear as and when the band were ready. However, in 2009 they embarked on a series of fortnightly singles for a full year. The 26 singles were later released on two albums. The next full album, Kablammo, came out in 2015 but fell one place short of the top forty. They have fared bette with their seventh album as Islands enters at number eighteen. The title is a reference to the fact that scenes for two of the Star Wars films (I think we’re up to about 3,074 films by now) were filmed on islands of the south-west coast of Ireland.

It has been a whole four months since Joe Bonamassa has had an album in the charts. Regular readers may have become alarmed at such a long absence from a man who had accumulated thirteen top forty albums (and another four as a member of Black Country Communion) in a little over eight years. Fear not, he is back, this time with a live album entitled British Blues Explosion. It enters at number 21.

Some bright spark somewhere has decided that what the music world really needs is another Canadian rapper. As a result Navraj Singh Goraya, known simple as Nav, has been allowed to release his debut album Reckless. It enters at number 24.

With Ray and Charles as his first two forenames it might be said that Ray LaMontagne was born to be a musician. He gets his fourth top forty album (from seven releases) with Part Of The Light at number 28.

American rock band Parquet Courts get their first UK top forty album with Wide Awaaaaake at number 27. Two previous albums charted at numbers 50 and 55.

For many music fans of a certain age the name Half Man Half Biscuit is enough to bring a smile to their face, Even those who haven’t actually listened to many of their songs are familiar with titles such as Joy Division Oven Gloves, Dickie Davies Eyes and All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit. Their album titles have been equally bizarre, with Achtung Bono (2005), Trouble Over Bridgwater (2000) and Four Lads Who Shook The Wirral (1998) among them.

Sadly, in more than thirty years the band have failed to manage even a solitary week in either the top forty singles or albums chart. Their highest position in the albums chart was number 59 with Back In The DHSS Again (1987). Until now. Album number fourteen, No-One Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your F***in’ Hedge Cut enters at number 33. The album contains titles such as Knobheads On Quiz Shows and Mod. Diff. Vdiff. Hard Severe.

Half Man Half Biscuit are not the only act with a new entry this week to prefer slightly odd album titles. Australian singer Courtney Barnett called her first set Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. The title of her second album is not quite so verbose but Tell Me How You Really Feel at least maintains the eccentric theme. It is a new entry at number nine. One track features guest vocals from Kim Deal whose band The Breeders were in the albums chart earlier this year. Barnett and The Breeders are among the acts performing at the BBC Biggest Weekend event being held in the four nations of the UK over the coming weekend. The event is being held to spend the part of BBC Music’s budget that would normally be spent on their coverage of the Glastonbury Festival.

Sheku-Kanneh Mason re-enters at number eleven with Inspiration. Leon Bridges’ Good Thing is also a high re-entry, at number twenty. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human is back at number 38 and Queen’s Greatest Hits gets a 168th week in the top forty by re-entering at number 40.
Published on: 2018-05-25 by Suedehead2 || 10928 Views
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