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Drake spends a third week at number one
Drake's In My Feelings holds on at the top of the singles chart. The Mamma Mia 2 soundtrack is still the number one album.

Drake spends a third week at number one in the singles chart while the Mamma Mia 2 soundtrack remains at the top of the albums chart.

Back in the days before modern communications the art of news-gathering was very different from today. Major events could take place in some parts of the world without the rest of the world knowing anything about it. This meant that finding enough news to fill even a 15-minute bulletin could be a struggle. On one famous day in history, Good Friday 1930, it was such a struggle that the BBC solemnly announced that there was no news. This week’s singles chart comes very close to providing no news.

The top two are the same as last week and the week before that. Drake’s In My Feelings is at number one for a third week while George Ezra’s Shotgun remains at number two. Jonas Blue’s Rise has stopped rising as it stalls at number three. Youngblood by 5 Seconds Of Summer slips to number five.

The good news is that seven artists have a new entry in this week’s chart. The not so good news is that there are only two new entries. Still, at least one of them is in the upper reaches of the chart. No Brainer is credited to DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo and Chance The Rapper. This would be useful if I had a minimum number of words to deliver as I could simply find a way to mention the artist credit several times.

DJ Khaled had two number one hits last year, one of which, I’m The One, had the same featured artists as No Brainer with the addition of Lil Wayne. For some reason they seem to have decided that he’s not the one this time. Perhaps surprisingly, No Brainer, a new entry at number four, is the first hit of 2018 for all four artists.

There’s another array of talent (well, people anyway) on the new entry at number 38 in the shape of Fredo, Young T and Bugsey. According to one piece of promotional puff Fredo started to make his name as a member of the Harrow Road Boys but most of the world seems to have missed that outfit’s glory days. He is joined on Ay Caramba by Nottingham duo Young T and Bugsey on his (and their) first top forty single. Lovers of utterly irrelevant trivia may be amused by the fact that Young T is one place below B Young.

After sneaking in at number 40 last week Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid climb to number 23 with Eastside.

The top of the albums chart is even more boring than the top of the singles chart with the whole of the top five the same as last week, That means the Mama Mia soundtrack albums sit at numbers one (Here We Go Again) and five (the original film) with another soundtrack, The Greatest Showman at number two. Drake remains at number three with Scorpion and George Ezra is still at number four with Staying At Tamara’s.

Last week was for the first time in nearly fifty years that there were three soundtrack albums in the top five. The last time it happened for two successive weeks was in January 1966. Indeed, the following week was the first time since the previous August to see a chart that did not contain the soundtracks to all three of The Sound Of Music, Mary Poppins and Help! It seems unlikely that the two Mamma Mia soundtracks and The Greatest Showman will all stay in the top five until next January to repeat this extraordinary feat. Thanks, once again, to Colin *zeuss at Buzzjack, orthon at Haven) for this additional information.

The Abba-fest continues with Abba Gold climbing one place to number six.

Regular readers will know that I am not a big fan of bad spelling. Sometime, however, a band has an excuse and can claim that the name is a demonstration of wit. American band Halestorm can make that claim as two members of the band are brother and sister Lzzy and Arejay Hale. We’ll draw a veil over the spelling of their forenames. As is often the case with a rock band, their albums have met with steadily greater success on both sides of the Atlantic. Their debut, Halestorm released in 2009, missed the chart altogether and the follow-up, The Strange Case Of… (2012) just sneaked into the top fifty. Album number three, Into The Wild Life (2015) took them into the top forty for the first time, reaching number ten. That progress continues with Vicious, a new entry at number eight. They have also released three EPs of covers, most of them songs by other rock bands, but none of them got anywhere near the top forty.

The next new entry is also by a band named after the lead singer. Whether Chris Daughtry (who was a contestant on an American talent show) considered other names for his band I know not; what I do know is that he eventually chose to call it Daughtry. Their 2006 debut (also called Daughtry) reached number thirteen in the UK but the next three releases all fell short, albeit by just a couple places in the case of the last album. This week they return to the top forty after twelve years as Cage To Rattle enters at number fourteen.

The growing list of UK country acts to achieve chart success gains a new name this week as Northern Ireland’s Catherine McGrath enters at number thirteen with her debut album Thalk Of This Town. Among her co-writers on the album is Rachel Furner who has previously written for The Vamps and Little Mix among others.

All Saints were one of the most successful bands of the late 1990s with a string of hit singles including a dreadful cover version of Under The Bridge and also a version of one of the worst songs ever written, Lady Marmalade. At the turn of the century they had their last two number ones with their two best singles, Pure Shores (from the soundtrack of the film The Beach) and Black Coffee. Then after one more single, they were gone. They re-formed in 2006 but, after releasing an album that only just scraped into the top forty, they split up again. In 2016 they re-formed again, this time with more success. Their comeback album, Red Flag, reached number three and this week they enter at number fifteen with the follow-up, Testament.

Underworld owe much of their success to film director Danny Boyle. The band had been muddling along with limited success when Boyle chose to use some of their music for his film Trainspotting. They teamed up with Boyle again for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Trainspotting soundtrack also included contributions from Iggy Pop who was a member of The Stooges in the 1960s and ‘70s. Iggy Pop was the inspiration for the character of Curt Wilde as portrayed by Ewan McGregor (who also starred in Trainspotting) in the film Velvet Goldmine.

Iggy Pop joined Underworld on stage in their performance at the Radio 1 Biggest Weekend event earlier this summer. Now they have released an album together, Teatime Dub Encounters. It enters at number twenty.

While Curt Wilde is a fictional character (albeit one based on a real person), Laura Wilde is very real. She is engaged to the singer of The View, Kyle Falconer, with whom she has a child, bizarrely named Wylde. The View went to number one with their first album (which also contained their best-known song, Same Jeans) but were never able to repeat that success. The band still exist but Falconer has now released a solo album, No Thank You. The title would seem to reflect most people’s response to the album as it limps in at number forty.

The announcement of the shortlist for the 2018 Mercury Prize last week might have been expected to help at least some of the nominees back into the chart. Expectations, though, can sometimes be wrong. Arctic Monkeys returned to the chart last week with their nominated album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. This week they climb further, to number 27. Of the other nominees, there is no sign.
Published on: 2018-08-03 by Suedehead2 || 42046 Views
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