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One Kiss gets an eighth week at number one
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa stay at the top of the singles chart for an eighth week. The Greatest Showman soundtrack is still the number one album.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa remain at the top of the singles chart. The Greatest Showman soundtrack spends yet another week as the number one album.

One Kiss by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa the number one single for an eight week. While several songs have managed even longer runs at the top in recent years, we have to go all the way back to 1992 for the last song to spend exactly eight weeks at the summit. That song, the 674th number one, was Shakespear’s Sister’s Stay. A further 664 chart-toppers have come and gone since then without; every one of those songs that got as far as eight weeks at the top got at least another week at number one.

Jess Glynne climbs three places to number two with I’ll Be There. Whether “there” proves to be the top of the chart remain to be seen. Anne-Marie stays at number three with 2002. Drake’s Nice For What falls to number four and Ariana Grande’s No Tears Left To Cry slips to number five.

George Ezra maintains his record of seeing all his top forty hits reach the top ten as Shotgun climbs twelve places to number eight. His previous single, Paradise, leaves the top ten after eleven weeks.

Once again the release of a new album by a major artist has resulted in three songs from said album entering the top forty. This week it is the turn of Kanye West who has taken time off from praising his pal in the White House to release some new material. As a result he gets his 36th, 37th and 38th top forty hits with Yikes at number ten, All Mine at eleven and Ghost Town at seventeen. Yikes is West’s first top ten hit as lead artist for a decade.

At a time when many charting bands have been assembled by record company personnel it makes a welcome change to see a new entry from a band who formed when the members were at school together. The 1975, for it is they, had their first taste of chart success with Chocolate in 2013. This week they get their sixth top forty single with Give Yourself A Try at number 22. None of their previous top forty hits has got beyond number fifteen.

The latest artist to dump his own name in favour of something rather less cool is Ché Grant who has chosen to record under the rather dull moniker AJ Tracey. He has had three minor hits but now breaks into the top forty for the first time with Butterflies at number 24. The song also provides Not3s with his fourth top forty single. While several songs containing the word Butterfly have reached the top ten, starting with Andy Williams’ Butterfly which topped the chart in 1957, only one other song with the plural in the title - Muse’s Butterflies and Hurricanes in 2004 - has troubled the chart compilers.

It was noted here last month that Charli XCX, one of the guest vocalists on Rita Ora’s Girls, had also had a hit with a song called Boys. Now another of the vocalists on Girls, Cardi B, enters with a song carrying the more expansive title Girls Like You. Thankfully most of the work on the song is left to Maroon 5 meaning that it is nothing like as bad as it could have been. It is a new entry at number 28.

A few years ago the radio station at Queen’s University, Belfast had a programme called Young Blood focussing on new music. The presenter of that programme seems, for the time being at least, to have abandoned any plans to be a 21st century John Peel and is now concentrating on other matters. Young Blood was also the name of a single by The Naked And Famous which fell short of the top forty, Now 5 Seconds Of Summer have dropped the space and recorded a song called Youngblood. It is a new entry at number 37. Returning to the Girls and Boys theme, the band had a hit two years ago called Girls Talk Boys.

Five months after entering the top 100 Tom Walker's Leave A Light On soars fifteen places to number sixteen. Apparently it has been featured in a television commercial. Clearly some people are reluctant to use the fast forward or mute buttons when the commercials come on.

Its eighteen weeks at the top matches the total achieved by the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1978. However, that album achieved its total in a single run at number one.

Such is the enduring popularity of the Greatest Showman soundtrack that Kanye West’s name is added to the list of those who have failed to dislodge it from the top of the chart. West has had two chart-topping albums and has now also had two finishing in the runner-up position following 2005’s Late Registration. That album was beaten to the top by McFly’s Wonderland.

IThe British Phonographic Industry announced this week that one in eight albums sold worldwide was by a British artist. Ed Sheeran, of course, led the way with Sam Smith and The Beatles also contributing. George Ezra continues to do his but this year. With two singles in the top twelve he is showing no sign of suffering from “second album syndrome”. That second album, Staying At Tamara’s climbs back up two places to number three.

n the 2013 Brit Awards singer-songwriter Ben Howard won the awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Solo Male Artist. He actually made his chart breakthrough in October 2011 when his debut album, Every Kingdom, reached the top ten. While the album soon dropped out of the top forty it returned on a number of occasions and eventually reached number four in February 2013. At the same time the single Only Love entered the top ten some nine months after it was first released.

That success helped to increase anticipation for his second album and, as a result, I Forget Where We Were entered at number one in October 2013. Now he has broken with tradition and released an album in June. Noonday Dream enters at number four.

Kanye West is not the only artist with a new album out to have made some controversial remarks recently. Roger Daltrey is best known as the singer with The Who and, in more recent years, has done an excellent job in organising an annual series of events at the Albert Hall to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Indeed, he managed to persuade Suede to re-form for a one-off gig for the charity in 2010. That gig went so well that the band are still together and this week released a brilliant new single.

Notwithstanding his charitable work, Daltrey has damaged his reputation among many by making some disparaging remarks about women who have accused various well-known men of sexual assault. His first solo album, released in 1973, reached number six. It has taken him 45 years to return to the top ten as a solo artist although he did reach number three with an album recorded with Wilko Johnson in 2014. As Long As I Have You enters at number eight.

For fans of eighties music Ghost might conjure up memories of Japan’s hauntingly brilliant song of that name or The Specials’ number one Ghost Town. Some of today’s music buyers (and streamers) are clearly aware that Ghost is also the name of a Swedish heavy metal band. Their numbers are sufficient to see the bands Prequelle album enter at number ten.

After leaving Fleet Foxes Josh Tillman rebranded himself as Father John Misty and concentrated on a solo career. The name of his second solo album under that name - I Love You, Honeybear - may have been confused by some with a dedication to one of Jamie Oliver’s children. That album reached number fourteen while the follow-up, Pure Comedy, entered the top ten. His latest release, God’s Favourite Customer, is at number twelve.

After six solo albums (five of which reached the top ten) Laura Marling has teamed up with Mike Lindsay of Tunng (whose chart career consists of a single week at number 99 in the albums chart in 2010) under the name Lump. Their album, also called Lump, is a new entry at number fourteen.

At nhumber 36, Post Malone’s Stoney is the only re-entry of the week.
Published on: 2018-06-08 by Suedehead2 || 11791 Views
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