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A chart double for Drake
Drake tops both the singles and albums chart. Three Lions becomes the first song to fall from number one to outside the top 40.

Drake scores a chart double, topping both the singles and albums charts.

Last week David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds earned themselves a place in the record books as Three Lions climbed to the top of the singles chart. It became the first song to reach the top of the chart for the same act four times, and the first to do so on three separate occasions. Of course, by the time it got there, the England team - whose unexpected success in the World Cup had led to renewed interest in the song - had already lost to Croatia in the semi-final. That immediately rendered its chances of staying at number one about the same as those of St Kitts & Nevis winning the next World Cup.

Even before Three Lions was confirmed as last week’s number one there was speculation that it would challenge the record for the biggest fall from the summit. In the absence of a win in the third-place play-off (which didn’t happen) or a promise that all proceeds would go to charities associated with the rescue of the boys’ football team from a cave in Thailand, sales were always likely to plummet. The existing record was set by the charity mash-up A Bridge Over You by the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir which fell to number 29 in the final chart of 2015.

In Monday’s chart update Three Lions had smashed the previous record by tumbling all the way to number 83. By Wednesday’s update it was in danger of dropping right out of the top 100 by the time the week’s official chart was published. Without the three-song limit - which has excluded a lot of Drake “songs” from the top 100 - it would definitely have been set for a drop of at least one hundred places.

Baddiel and Skinner have now spent a total of six weeks at number one with their only hit single. The record stay at the top for a “classic” one-hit wonder (a number one single with no other chart hits ever) remains the eight weeks achieved by The Archies (a cartoon band long predating Gorillaz) with Sugar Sugar in 1969. The Lightning Seeds have, of course, had several other hit singles including another one with a football link. Life Of Rile was used as the backing for Match Of The Day’s Goal of the Month competition for a time.

With Three Lions gone, Drake gets his third number one single of the year as In My Feelings climbs three places to the summit. Drake’s number one singles tend to last just a single week or stay for an eternity. Let’s hope this is another of the former. He is also at number five with the Michael Jackson-featuring Don’t Matter To Me.

George Ezra’s Shotgun stays at number two. Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato are also going nowhere, staying at number three with Solo.

In 1998 Faithless told us that God is a DJ, a message repeated by Pink in 2004. Now Ariana Grande informs us that God Is A Woman on her new single, an assertion by no means incompatible with that of Faithless. Unfortunately Grande’s song is nowhere near as good as the Faithless classic or, indeed, her previous single No Tears Left To Cry. Regardless, it is a new entry at number four to give her a sixth top five hit.

Tiesto, Dzeko, Preme and Post Malone climb into the top ten with Jackie Chan at number nine. Other acts to have had a top ten hit with a song named after an actor include Gorillaz (Clint Eastwood), Duck Sauce (Barbra Streisand), Mika (Grace Kelly) and Kim Carnes (Bette Davis Eyes). Also entering the top ten are 5 Seconds Of Summer who climb to number eight with Youngblood. It is their first top ten hit since Amnesia in 2014 in case you’d forgotten.

After having a brief top forty hit alongside Leona Lewis in 2012 Childish Gambino had to wait almost six years before returning to the chart with This Is America earlier this year. He has had a much shorter wait for his next hit as Summertime Magic enters at number 30. It may be a more cheerful title that Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness but the song is not exactly uplifting.

A minor but unnoticed (at least here) piece of chart history was made in 2016 when two songs with the word Ocean in the title spent time in the top forty. DNCE had a big hit with Cake By The Ocean while Mike Perry and Shy Martin spent a week at number 39 with The Ocean. Until 1990 no song with the word in the title had made it into the top forty although The Undertones only missed out by one place with the splendid Julie Ocean and an early recording of The Beatles acting as Tony Sheridan’s backing band on the traditional folk song My Bonnie (Lies Over The Ocean) was a minor hit in 1963.

Since 1990 several Ocean-themed hits have charted including Ocean Pie (Shed Seven), Ocean Spray (Manic Street Preachers) and Ocean Drive (Lighthouse Family). Now Martin Garrix has stripped things down and enters at number 34 with a song simply called Ocean. He is joined by Khalid who gets his sixth top forty hit since making his debut last year as a featured artist on Logic’s 1-800-273-8255.

Last week This Is Me from the Greatest Showman soundtrack dropped out of the top forty. Somehow the world survived. This week it is back at number 37.

Drake spends a third week at the top of the albums chart with Scorpion. Ed Sheeran’s ÷ and The Greatest Showman are the only other albums to spend at least three weeks at the summit in almost two-and--a-half years.

There was a period until fairly recently when albums by major artists would swiftly be followed by a deluxe edition with two or three new tracks. Thankfully, deluxe editions now tend to be released at the same time as the main release leaving consumers less likely to be ripped off.

The Vamps, however, have no such scruples. They bagged their first number one album last summer with the release of Night And Day. At the time they said that the album would be released in two parts. Last year’s instalment was the Night edition with the Day edition to follow a year later. That Day edition has duly appeared, but it is packaged with last year’s Night edition, thereby obliging fans to buy the first instalment again. Nevertheless, the marketing strategy has almost worked. The Official Charts Company has decided to count this as a new edition of last year’s album, so technically it is counted as a re-entry at number two.

In the week that it finally passed the million “sales” mark, The Greatest Showman soundtrack slips one place to number three. It still has some way to go to register one million actual sales; roughly one-third of its total is made up of streams.

In last week’s write-up on the Mamma Mia film soundtrack, I said that it was a recent releases, years after the release of the film. This was incorrect. The album was released simultaneously with the film but, under the chart rules in force at the time, it was placed in the compilation albums chart. Those rules have since been changed, allowing the likes of The Greatest Showman and Les Miserables to top the main albums chart.

The soundtrack of the Mamma Mia follow-up was released last week, ahead of the film’s opening in cinemas today (Friday). The soundtrack contains a mix of well-known tracks such as I Have A Dream, Waterloo and Dancing Queen as well as some lesser-known Abba songs. Performers include Cher (who performs a rather weak version of Fernando), Julie Walters and Hugh Skinner (who plays the adorable dim-wit Will in the BBC comedy W1A). It is a new entry at number four. It may well go higher now that the film is out.

Among the less likely number one albums of recent years was Rick Astley’s 50 which topped the chart two years ago. That gave him a second number one album almost thirty years after his first at a time when any old Stock Aitken and Waterman- produced rubbish sold well. The success of 50 has encouraged him to release another album, Beautiful Life. While not achieving the chart heights of its predecessor, it nevertheless enters at a creditable number six.

In the week that France has been celebrating winning its second World Cup we have a new entry from The Hunna, a band who share their name with a French saint. If their Wikipedia entry is to be believed, the shared name is pure coincidence. Whether the fact that their second album, Dare, shares its name with Human League’s third is also a coincidence is unclear. The Hunna’s debut album, 100, reached number thirteen in August 2016. Dare is a new entry at number twelve.

In a list of hilarious album or EP titles Not3’s EP Take Not3s will not feature very highly. The title of the follow-up, Take Not3’s II, will be even further down the list. In one list, however, Take Not3s II fares better than Take Not3s. The latter (which included his number fourteen hit with Mabel, My Lover) failed to chart but the former is a new entry at number sixteen. His latest entry in the singles chart, Butterfly with AJ Tracey, climbs two places to number 21. It has spent seven weeks in the top 100, all of them flittering between numbers 19 and 24.

When the Winter-Bates brothers got together with their mates to form a metal band, they may have, but probably didn’t, draw up a list of UK towns and cities in the order in which they wanted to make a name for themselves. Therefore, they probably didn’t put Bury in Greater Manchester at the top of the list and call themselves Bury Tomorrow as a result (as in Southampton today, Bury tomorrow). Still, it would be a nice story if true.

If truth be told, they haven’t really made much of a name for themselves in Southampton, Bury or anywhere else. Their four albums to date have managed just a couple weeks in the lower reaches of the top forty between them. Black Flame, a new entry at number 21, has fared slightly better but will still almost certainly not feature in the top forty next week - or, indeed, ever again.

Juice WRLD sneak into the top forty with their debut album Goodbye & Good Riddance. That title may look rather apt next week.

Veteran singer Paul Simon is currently on what has been billed as his farewell tour. Coinciding with British dates on this tour his Ultimate Collection re-enters at number 37.
Published on: 2018-07-20 by Suedehead2 || 42477 Views
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Darwin Turretson
20 Jul 2018 - 20:29
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Also, Three Lions' fall from 1 to 97 managed to beat Wet Wet Wet's big fall from 10 to 96 in 2008 with "Weightless"
21 Jul 2018 - 0:21
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I'd like to add these to your list of songs about actors:

'Michael Caine' - Madness
'Robert De Niro's Waiting' - Bananarama
'James Dean (I Wanna Know) - Daniel Bedingfield
Darwin Turretson
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Wait a minute...

There's a Simpsons episode in the early 90s where several Springfield residents gather together to sing a song called "We're Sending Our Love Down The Well" for a kid called Timmy O'Toole who fell down a well and is unable to escape (which turns out to be Bart's doing) which reaches number one in the Springfield charts. After finding out that there was no Timmy O'Toole after Bart got stuck down the well (while trying to retrieve his speaker with a label saying his name from that well), the song flops down to 97 the following week.

The Simpsons almost predicted Three Lions' fall in the charts.
22 Jul 2018 - 12:38
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Well, they predicted President Trump!
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