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Drake and Mamma Mia still top the charts
Drake still tops the singles chart with the Mamma Mia 2 soundtraclk still ahead in the albums chart

No change at the top of the charts as Drake gets a fourth week at number one in the singles chart and the Mamma Mia soundtrack still rules the roost in the albums chart.

Drake’s In My Feelings stays at the top of the singles chart, extending its run to four weeks. Unusually for him, he has spent all week at the top of the iTunes chart as well. While other download sites are available, iTunes remains the dominant one so Drake will also have had the week’s best-selling song.

George Ezra’s Shotgun spends a fifth consecutive week at number two and a sixth in total. At least he has the consolation of having spent the two weeks between those spells one place higher.

DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo and Chance The Rapper climb one place to number three with No Brainer. That swaps places with Jonas Blue’s Rise on which he is assisted by Jack & Jack. Youngblood by 5 Seconds Of Summer remains at number five.

Last week seven artists had new entries in the singles chart, albeit on just two songs. This week things are almost reversed. There is a 100% increase in the number of new entries (to three) but the number of artists involved plummets by over 50% to just three with one of those accounting for 75% of the new entries. That one person is Travis Scott.

I cannot tell you why Jacques Webster II chose to perform under the name Travis Scott but I suspect it is not a tribute either to Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis or the Scottish band Travis. Before this week Scott had had just one top forty single, as featured artist on Major Lazer’s Know No Better. That has changed this week with the release of his third album, Astroworld as three tracks from the album enter the top forty.

Sicko Mode (which features an uncredited contribution from Drake) is at number nine, Stargazing at fifteen and Carousel (with an equally uncredited Frank Ocean) at 29. There have been unconfirmed reports that the harmonica on Carousel is played by Stevie Wonder. If true, that would give Travis Scott something in common with Eurythmics who used the mouthorgan-playing talents of the man born Stevland Judkins on There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My heart).

Once again the number of tracks from the album may have been larger without the limit of three tracks per artist in the singles chart. None of the songs feature highly in the sales chart so the three tracks’ position in the singles chart is largely due to streaming. The Official Charts Company continue to make changes to the chart rules but have still done nothing to prevent double counting whereby streams of a track count towards “sales” for both the individual song and the host album. even more bizarrely, streams of a song can count towards two albums - the original host album and, where applicable, a greatest hits album.

The only new entry from somebody who is not Travis Scott is at number 37. Best Life by Hardy Caprio featuring One Acen has spent the last two weeks at number 41 but this week avoids permanent membership of the “number 41 club”. Rapper Hardy Caprio made his top forty debut earlier this year with the aptly-named Rapper after reaching number 45 last year with Unsigned which also featured fellow English rapper One Acen. The credits were reversed on EIO which spent a week at number 90 in June. That song remains One Acen’s only hit of any description as the lead artist.

The song at number 41 before Best Life’s two-week residency was Body by Loud Luxury featuring Brando. That entered the top forty the following week and climbed to number nineteen last week. This week the song, a debut hit for both artists, jumps another ten places to number nine.

There is a switch of panics in the lower reaches of the chart. Panic At The Disco slkip one place to number 35 with High Hopes, swapping places with Panic Room by Au/Ra and Camelphat.

The albums chart follows the singles chart in having the same top two as last week and the week before that. The soundtrack to Mamma Mia 2 - Here We Go Again gets a third week at number one while the Greatest Showman soundtrack spends another week at number two.

As mentioned above rapper Travis Scott released his third album last week. The first two albums both spent a solitary week in the top forty - Rodeo (2015) at number 22 and Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight (2016) at number nineteen. He then teamed up with Quavo to record an album under the name Huncho Jack. The album - Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho, was a minor hit just before Christmas last year. He now gets the biggest success of his career in the UK albums chart as Astroworld enters at number three In addition to Drake and Frank Ocean(see above) there are also uncredited appearances by Kid Cudi, The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams.

Drake’s Scorpion and George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s each fall one place, to number four and five respectively.

After muddling along with limited success for several years Manchester band James hit the jackpot with the release of Sit Down in 1991, a song that has become one of the enduring indie anthems of the 1990s (although a much longer version had been released in 1989).

By the time of Sit Down’s success their album Gold Mother, released in 1990, had provided them with their first appearance in the top forty albums chart after their first two releases had fallen well short. However, there was a problem. Sit Down was not on the album and the next album was nowhere near ready for release. Unwilling to miss an opportunity to capitalise on the band’s belated fame the record company(who, after the original version of Sit Down had failed to catch on told the band they would never hit the big time) reissued the album with Sit Down and How Was It For You (which had been a minor hit at the end of 1990) replacing two of the original tracks. The album duly returned to the chart at number two.

Several more successful albums followed although only a 1998 Best Of collection topped the chart. The band split up in 2001 but re-formed six years later. Singer Tim Booth now spends much of his time in the USA which helps to explain the title of their sixth album since re-forming, Living In Extraordinary Times. While James have never been regarded as a particularly political band, this album does contain some references to the current American president. It enters at number six to become James’ ninth top ten album.

As well as playing a few more festivals this summer James will be playing a few dates in December supported by fellow Mancunians The Charlatans.

Norfolk rock band (not a phrase I type very often) Deaf Havana failed to reach the top forty with their first two albums. By contrast, the next two releases both made the top ten while still only increasing their number of weeks in the top forty to two. Album number five, Rituals, enters at number eight. It will be no surprise if their number of weeks in the top forty remains stuck on three until the release of the next album.

If a woman is referred to by mentioning her relationship to a man some people are very quick to denounce this as blatant sexism. I would prefer to stick to the principle that it is perfectly OK to refer to anyone by mentioning their relationship to somebody more famous. Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable to describe Mac Miller as the ex-boyfriend of Ariana Grande. The fact that much of his new album has been influenced by the break-up of that relationship makes it hard to avoid mentioning it. Each of Miller’s first four albums reached the top five in the USA but failed to make the top forty in the UK. His fifth album, Swimming, enters at number 37.

Cardi B’s Invasion Of Privacy re-enters at number 36. Jane McDonald’s Cruising With Jane McDonald returns at number 39 while Arctic Monkey’s AM is back at number forty.

Eight of this week’s top forty albums are over ten years old with six of them having been released in the twentieth century. This highest of those is Abba Gold which is at number nine this week.
Published on: 2018-08-10 by Suedehead2 || 39458 Views
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