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Drake tops the singles chart again
Drake stays at number one in the singles chart with In My Feelings. The soundtrack to Mama Mia - Here We Go Again climbs to the top of the albums chart.

Drake gets a second week at the top of the singles chart. Film soundtracks and Abba dominate the top ten albums with the number one, Mama Mia 2, falling into both categories.

Drake spends a second week at number one in the singles chart with In My Feelings. He has now accumulated 28 weeks at the top of the chart although he has had the best-selling song of the week on only a handful of occasions. None of his three number one singles this year has spent even a single week at the top of the sales-only chart.

Once again the best-selling song of the week is George Ezra’s Shotgun. It spends another week at number two in the Official Chart. Jonas Blu (along with Jack & Jack) continue their steady climb up the chart. Rise rises three places to number three. 5 Seconds Of Summer also halve their position, climbing four places to number four with Youngblood. Youngblood was released back in April, Rise in May.

There is a third newcomer to the top five as Tiësto & Dzeko climb four places to number five with Jackie Chan, a song that also features Preme and Post Malone. Tiësto made his UK chart debut (as DJ Tiësto) in 1999 but this is only his second top five hit. Years & Years narrowly miss out on their third top five hit once again. If You’re Over Me climbs to number six for the third time.

For well over 20 years after the first UK charts were published there were various songs containing the words Somebody, Nobody and Everybody but none with just the word Body. That changed in 1976 when Osibisa had a hit with Dance The Body Music By the end of the following year James Brown (Body Heat) and the Martyn Ford Orchestra (Let Your Body Go Downtown) had joined in the fun.

There has been a steady parade of bodies in the chart since then but the nearest a song simply called Body got to the top forty was an effort by Funky Green Dogs (who?) in 1999 which peaked at number 46. Congratulations, then, to Canadian duo Loud Luxury who make their UK top forty debut this week with Body at number 26. The song features Brando who, like Late Luxury, makes his top forty debut this week.

While they have had two chart-topping albums, Manchester band The 1975 have still not had a major hit single. They have had six previous top forty hits, but none of them has made it into the top ten. Their latest attempt to change that is Love It If We Made It, a new entry at number 33. Whether that title prove prophetic will become clear in the next few weeks.

In an average week the singles chart has no new entries by bands who have featured on BBC 6Music. It is an even bigger rarity to see two 6Music-type bands enter in the same week. Roll out the bunting, then, for Panic! At The Disco who join The 1975 in this week’s chart. They had a few modest hits in the middle of the last decade but High Hopes, a new entry at number 37, is their first top forty appearance for ten years. Once again, we will have to wait and see whether the title proves prophetic.

There has been plenty of press comment recently on Cliff Richard who won a privacy case against the BBC. He claimed that the reporting of the allegations against him damaged his reputation and led to a loss of earnings even though he was never even arrested, let alone charged with any offence. It might, therefore, be considered a strange time for a previously unknown artist who has been convicted of a serious sexual offence to make his UK chart debut. It might also be considered strange that any established artist would want to be associated with such a character.

Nevertheless, Nicki Minaj has chosen to team up with Danile Hernandez who styles himself 6ix9ine, on his single FEFE. Shane Lindstrom, under the pseudonym Murda Beatz, shows a similar lack of judgement by adding his name to the credits. It is probably best not to dwell on whether FEFE is known as Covfefe when practised in Coventry. The alleged song is a new entry at number 35.

In a normal week FEFE might be expected to be the clear winner of the “silliest title of the week” award. However, this is not a normal week as B Young enters at number 39 with 079ME. It makes the title of his previous hit, Jumanji, seem rather boring. The song 079ME is a bit boring too.

For the last few weeks the chart has been somewhat lacking in Ed Sheeran songs. That crisis is abated slightly this week with the arrival of a song co-written by him at number 40. The song in question is Eastside by Benny Bianco, Halsey and Khalid. Bianco (born Benjamin Levin) has previously written with artists such as Sia, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry but this is his first hit as a performer. It’s a decent enough song so, with The 1975 and Panic! At The Disco this week’s list of new entries is significantly better than average.

David Guetta and Sia re-enter at number 36 with Flames after a couple weeks outside the top forty.

In last week’s commentary I suggested that the soundtrack to Mama Mia 2 - Here We Go Again was likely to climb from its entry position of number four following the release of the film. That has, indeed, happened and it climbs this week to number one.

Soundtrack albums dominate the top five with The Greatest Showman at number two and the original Mama Mia film climbing eight places to number five. It is the first time the top two albums have both been film soundtracks since the rules were changed to allow such albums to qualify for the artists chart rather than the compilations chart. It did happen in the days before the separate compilations chart was established, the last occasion being in May 1978 when Saturday Night Fever and The Stud occupied the top two places for two successive weeks.

There have been a number of occasions when there have been three or more soundtrack albums in the top five. However, some of the soundtracks were by a single artist - either by artists who also appeared in the film such as Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard or by a band commissioned to write the soundtrack such as Simon & Garfunkel for The Graduate.

In the early days of the albums chart soundtrack albums were predominant. From June 1957 to March 1960 every number one album was a soundtrack album, including two Elvis films and with South Pacific topping the chart for the whole of 1959. For two weeks of that period, in April 1958, the whole of the top five comprised soundtrack albums. The dominance may have extended even further, but the albums chart was limited to a top five at the time.

The Mama Mia effect can be seen further down the chart. Abba Gold climbs to number seven, returning to the top ten for the first time since the release of the first Mama Mia film in 2008. Some songs appear on both Mama Mia soundtracks as well as Abba Gold which seems a bit greedy.

Many thanks to Colin (zeuss at Buzzjack, orthon at Haven) for much of the information on Abba and soundtrack albums.

The top five is completed by Drake’s Scorpion at number three (after two weeks at number one) and George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s at number four.

Once again there is a distinct lack of new entries this week and the highest of them is as low as number fourteen. Yxng Bane has had a couple top forty singles but has yet to release an full-length album of his own. Instead he has collaborated with London duo D-Block Europe to produce Any Minute Now. The members of D-Block Europe have chosen the monikers Young Adz and Dirtbike LB for themselves. I’m sure that made some sort of sense at the time.

The prize for the least helpful name of the week goes to Californian band The Internet. They enter at number 39 with their fourth album Hive Mind.

An old Rolling Stones collection, Hot Rocks 1964-1971, enters at number 36. It originally reached number three in 1990 and contains many of their early hits such as Paint It Black Get Off Of My Cloud and Jumpin’ Jack Flash.

Yesterday (Thursday) the nominations for the 2018 Mercury Prize were announced. One of the favourites for the prize, Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino, returns at number 35.

With Liam Gallagher hinting that he’s like to team up with his brother once again, Oasis’s mega-selling (What’s The Story) Morning Glory re-enters at number 33. Family relations may not have been eased by the fact that Noel Gallagher’s album got a Mercury Prize nomination but Liam’s album didn’t.

David Bowie’s Legacy compilation is back at number 38.
Published on: 2018-07-27 by Suedehead2 || 63224 Views
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