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Seven weeks at number one for One Kiss
Calvin Harris and Dual Lips get a seventh week at the top of the singles chart. The Greatest Showman soundtrack is the number one album for a seventeenth week.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa stay at number one for a seventh week in the singles chart. The Greatest Showman soundtrack gets a seventeenth week at the top of the albums chart.

There is still no stopping Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa as One Kiss gets a seventh week at the top of the singles chart. It becomes Harris’s longest-running chart-topper, beating the six weeks achieved by We Found Love (with Rihanna) and brings his total time at the top of the singles chart to 25 weeks with nine number ones. Actual sales have now started to slow down - it is no longer at the top of the iTunes chart - but it remains the most-streamed track in the UK.

Drake’s Nice For What stays at number two and remains not nice at all. Anne-Marie climbs two places to number three with 2002. It thereby becomes her second biggest hit behind only her role on Clean Bandit’s Rockabye. Ariana Grande’s No Tears Left To Cry slips to number four while Jess Glynne climbs to number five with I’ll Be There. Grande’s song has spent two weeks at number two followed by three weeks at number three. Will it spend four weeks at number four?

For the last fifteen years the BBC has been running a series of annual events under the Big Weekend banner (or variants thereof). Each event has been held in a different town or city and have been dominated by Radio 1-friendly acts. This year, in the absence of Glastonbury, they expanded the event to four venues (one in each of the four nations of the UK), changed the name to Biggest Weekend and broadened the range of acts to include those more associated with Radio 2 or 6Music. They even had acts to appeal to Radio 3 listeners. Nigel Kennedy was there as well.

Most of the effect of the Biggest weekend (given substantial coverage across all three main BBC television channels) has been on the albums chart but there is one big beneficiary in the singles chart. George Ezra battled his way through a set despite feeling unwell. His reward is to see Shotgun enter the top forty at number twenty. It initially entered at number 35 when the album was released in March. It is his fourth top forty single; all its predecessors have reached the top ten. The song is better than all of the week’s new entries by a very large margin. Paradise climbs back up to number six. If its sales (including stream-equivalent sales) have increased, as seems probable, the song will remain on the Standard Chart Ratio of 150 streams to one sale for another couple weeks at least.

Since making his UK chart debut in 2012 ASAP Rocky has had eight singles in the top 100. However, only one of those has made the top forty. Good For You on which he was the featured artist alongside Selena Gomez - reached number 23 in 2015. This week he gets his second top forty hit (this time as lead artist) as Praise The Lord (Da Shine) enters at number 29. He is joined by Skepta whose last top forty single came in 2016.

For many artists, the release of a new single might be met with delight by fans and with general indifference by most other music fans. For other artists, the split is more like one between those who greet it with delight and those who meet it with despair. Drake is probably an artist who fits more into the latter category than the former. Many people think he’s great while others wish he would never record another note.

For now, those who think Drake is great continue to lap up everything he releases in sufficient numbers to get it into the charts even if it sounds only half-finished. That trend continues this week as I’m Upset enters at number 37 taking his tally of top forty singles to 36. It is only the second song with the word Upset in the title ever to reach the UK charts (not just the top forty). The first was Noisettes’ Don’t Upset The Rhythm in 2009.

This week’s “All good things must come to an end” slot is filled by Costadinos Constostavios, more commonly known as Dappy from N-Dubz. He has had just one top forty single in the last six years but hopes that his career is over have been dashed. He has a new entry at number 39 with Oh My. The song gives a chart debut to Ay Em. Whoever that is they are unable to make the song remotely listenable.

All this week ITV’s schedule has been dominated by the semi-finals of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent. One of the contenders for the “Laziest Song Choice” award was a choir who chose to sing This Is Me from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. The song itself - already boosted in last week’s chart by the release of the DVD of the film - moves back up another place to number 21. The album holds on for another week at number one. It has now spent a total of seventeen weeks at the top and, apart from the first chart of the year when it was at number four, has spent the whole of 2018 in the top two.

When discussing the merits of a record label showing some patience with an act if their early releases fail to set the world alight, the band chosen as an example are often Elbow They finally achieved significant success with their fourth album Seldom Seen Kid some seven years after their debut release. However, at least each of their previous three albums reached the top forty, albeit briefly. Even Seldom Seen Kid was not an instant success.

Snow Patrol’s career got off to an even more inauspicious start. Their first two albums failed to spend a single week in the albums chart between them. Album number three, The Final Straw (2004), fared rather better, helped by the success of the single Run. The next album, Eyes Open (2006), went straight to number one. That album spawned the single Chasing Cars which, after a slowish start, spent a total of seven weeks in the top ten and 31 weeks in the top forty. It would have been more if it had not been excluded from the chart for a couple months by the rules in force at the time. The song got regular boosts from its use in a number of television programmes.

After that success, the normal pattern might have been a string of number one albums or a general decline in fortunes. However, in Snow Patrol’s case, they have seen each subsequent album reach the top three without managing to top the chart again. That looked like it might change this week as their new album, Wildness, led the field in the updates. In the end though it was unable to stop the Greatest Showman juggernaut and enters at number two.

Shawn Mendes still has a little over two months of his teenage years left but he is already onto his third album. His first album, Handwritten (2015), was only moderately successful in the UK, entering the chart at number twelve before leaving the top forty the following week. Album number two, Illuminate (2016), has spent a total of nearly six months in the top forty although only the first week was in the top ten. His third set, carrying the uninspiring name Shawn Mendes, is a new entry at number three.

As a general rule, live albums have tended to underperform in the UK charts. Perhaps the biggest exception is Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive. That album was released in 1976 following four studio albums which between them spent as many weeks in the chart as the combined efforts of all the kittens born in Drumnadrochit in the last ten years. Frampton Comes Alive, by contrast, spent six weeks in the top ten and also provided Frampton with a top ten single. It remains his most successful album in the UK by a very long way.

With that in mind, it is something of a surprise to find a live album in the top five. That album is an acoustic album recorded for MTV at Camden’s Roundhouse by Biffy Clyro. The album includes two of their top ten singles, Mountains and Many Of Horror, and a version of The Beach Boys’ God Only Knows and it enters at number four.

George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s remains at number five. Ed Sheeran’s ÷ falls to number eight matching its low point in only its 65th week in the chart.

While Shawn Mendes was the big Radio 1 name with a brand new album to plug at the Biggest Weekend, the 6Music equivalent were Chvrches - the band who claim to have mis-spelt their name to make it easier to search for them on Google. Why didn’t they just come up with a better name such as Raspberry Ectoplasm? The only two search results for that name come courtesy of yours truly. They maintain their record of making the top ten with each of their albums as their third release, Love Is Dead, lands at number seven.

Although ASAP Rocky’s singles chart record to date has been fairly modest - as noted above - he has managed to achieve two top ten albums. This week he narrowly misses out on a third as Testing enters at number eleven.

While Shawn Mendes has notched up three top twenty albums and a string of hit singles before his twentieth birthday, Pusha T reached the age of forty with no top forty albums and one top forty single to his name. Now, in the second year of his fifth decade he gets a hit album with Daytona at number thirteen. He was previously a member of Clipse along with his brother. Their chart record is also somewhat modest.

Earlier this week Kylie Minogue celebrated her fiftieth birthday. To mark the occasion a new vinyl version of her 2000 album Light Years has been released. The original release reached number two; the re-issue is at number 36. Her latest album, Golden, remains in the top forty some weeks after many of us thought it would have disappeared without trace.

As mentioned above the albums chart is heavily influenced by last weekend’s BBC Music event. Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All leads a string of re-entries, returning at number 28 one place above George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage. Noel and Liam Gallagher both performed, separately of course. Noel’s High Flying Birds re-enter at number 34, three places ahead of Liam’s As You Were. Florence + The Machine’s Lungs is back at number 31 and The Shires return at number 32 with Accidentally On Purpose.
Published on: 2018-06-01 by Suedehead2 || 13244 Views
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