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George Ezra shoots back to number one
George Ezra's Shotgun climbs back to the top of the singles chart after five weeks away. The Mamma Mia 2 soundtrack continues its run at the top of the albums chart.

George Ezra returns to the top of the singles chart. The Mamma Mia 2 soundtrack is still the number one album.

Most songs that return to the top of the singles chart in the same chart run do so after only a week or two off the summit. One notable exception is The Beatles’ She Loves You which had a gap of seven weeks between its two spells at number one. George Ezra had his first number one single at the end of June when Shotgun hit the top of the chart. It was displaced after two weeks when World Cup fever propelled Three Lions back to the top of the chart and then spent a further four weeks behind Drake’s In My Feelings. This week it climbs back to number one to coincide with the announcement of some new live dates.

This means that Drake’s In My Feelings drops to number two after its undeserved four week run at the top. DJ Khaled and friends stay at number three with No Brainer while Benny Blanco (with his supporting cast) climb eight places to number four with Eastside. Jonas Blue (aided by Jack & Jack) falls one place to number five with Rise.

David Guetta gets his 37th top forty hit with Don’t Leave Me Alone at number 37. He hasn’t been left alone as he is joined by Anne-Marie who gets her third top forty hit of 2018 and her seventh in total.

While the soundtrack to the Mamma Mia sequel has topped the albums chart for the last few weeks, the individual tracks have under-performed in the singles chart. This week one of them breaks into the top forty for the first time, albeit only at number 40. Perhaps surprisingly, it is a track that was never a single for Sweden’s most successful pop group. When I Kissed The Teacher, for that is the track in question, is performed by Lily James, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies and one of the late Victoria Wood’s regular troupe, Celia Imrie.

The two panic songs swap places once again. Panic At The Disco climb back up to number 34 with High Hopes. That remians its peak position in five weeks in the top forty. Panic Room by Au/Ra and Camelphat slips back to number 35. The two songs have now occupied numbers 34 and 35 for three consecutive weeks. Don’t Panic Mr Mainwaring.

Two soundtrack albums continue to dominate the albums chart. Mamma Mia 2 tops the chart for a fourth week while The Greatest Showman spends a fourth consecutive week (and ninth in total) at number two. The latter album has been in the top two since the middle of January apart from two weeks when it slipped to number three.

Drake’s Scorpion climbs back up to number three and George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s is back up to number four. Although it only spent a solitary week at number one, the latter album has been in the top five since it entered the chart at the end of March.

Nicki Minaj first made her mark on the singles chart as the featured vocalist on Jay Sean’s 2012 (It Ain’t The End) in 2010. Those who hoped it would be the end of her chart career have been disappointed as she has accumulated a total of 30 top forty singles since then, both as lead artist and featured artist. Relatively few of those have been major hits with only eleven of them reaching the top ten.

She released her first album, Pink Friday in November 2010;, initially, it didn’t do very well, spending just a week in the top forty. It returned to the top forty a few times without ever getting as high as the top thirty until August the following year when it climbed to number sixteen on the back of the success of Super Bass.

The confusingly titled follow-up, Pink Friday - Roman Reloaded, went straight to the top of the chart in April 2012 but album number three, The Pinkprint, got no higher than number 22. Her latest album sees a reversal in fortunes (although still no improvement in quality); Queen is a new entry at number five. One track from the album, Barbie Dream, enters the singles chart at number 36. It sounds just as awful as anything else Minaj has released. On balance, it is probably even worse than Aqua’s Barbie Girl which takes some doing. In fact, if somebody could gather together everything Minaj has recorded and chuck it on the barbie, they’d be doing the world a great favour.

When two people from different bands get together to embark on a side project, it is often the case that the two have enjoyed a vaguely similar degree of success. Last Shadow Puppets were a big exception to this general rule. While Alex Turner had already had two number one albums and five top ten singles with Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane’s band The Rascals’ entire chart career comprised a single week at number 100 in the albums chart.

The Last Shadow Puppets project gave Kane’s career a boost, leading to the release of two moderately successful solo albums. In places his third album, Coup De Grace, sounds more like Arctic Monkeys than the Arctic Monkeys’ own recent release, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. It is a new entry at number eight.

By the time of his death in 1977 (41 days ago yesterday, Thursday) Elvis Presley had already notched up 57 top forty albums including various compilations, many of them released after it became clear that he was unlikely to record much in the way of good new material. This week his tally of top forty albums reaches 95 as Where No One Stands Alone enters at number nine. It is an album of re-worked versions of some of his gospel recordings and includes a contrived duet with his daughter Lisa-Marie. The tracks include How Great Thou Art, Crying In The Chapel and You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Normally, if a band wants to do something different they will record an album that sound very different from anything they have released before. Il Divo’s idea of doing something different is to release an album in August rather than in late November or December. Their latest collection, Timeless, includes their version of a song most associated with the aforementioned Elvis Aaron Presley, Love Me Tender. It is a new entry at number thirteen.

Back in the days when bands who could (however loosely) be considered rock bands were capable of having hit singles, The Coral, from the Wirral peninsula, enjoyed some success with songs such as Goodbye (a debut hit with a fate-tempting title if ever there was one) and Dreaming Of You in 2002. Their first five albums all reached the top ten and a singles collection made the top twenty. Even the next two studio albums managed to get into the top twenty. That top twenty run continues with album number eight, Move Through The Dawn, at number fourteen.

The Proclaimers, famously, comprise twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid. The next new entry also comes from a band containing two brothers. Lancastrian rock band Massive Wagons; members include brothers Baz and Adam Mills. They enter at number sixteen with Full Nelson, an album cricket fans may wish to refer to as 111.

It is an oft-repeated criticism of many singers that they all sing in some sort of mid-Atlantic accent That criticism could never be levelled at The Proclaimers whose Scottishness could hardly be more evident. For twenty years their biggest hit (measured purely by chart peak) was their debut hit Letter From America. Then, in 2007, their other major hit, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) was re-recorded for Comic Relief and it went to number one. That, along with a stage musical based on their songs, helped to spark a revival of their fortunes. Their latest album, Angry Cyclist, enters at number seventeen.

Rapper Trippie Redd enters at number nineteen. with Life’s A Trip. Brighton band As It Is enter at number 29 with their third album, The Great Depression.

While Scissor Sisters are officially “on hiatus” their singer Jake Shears has recorded his first solo album and got it out before his fortieth birthday in October. The album, also called Jake Shears, enters at number twenty.

Those of us of a somewhat pedantic nature frequently complain about the way some words are grossly overused. One of those words is legend. In its strictest sense it means somebody whose very existence is uncertain such as King Arthur. Its meaning gradually changed to include people who very definitely existed and who have become highly renowned in their field. Unfortunately, a footballer whose throw-in leads to a crucial goal may well find himself being described as a legend by some supporters.

If we are to accept the slightly extended definition of legend, one person thoroughly deserving of that label is soul singer Aretha Franklin who died yesterday (Thursday) at the age of 76. Franklin, frequently dubbed The Queen Of Soul, had her first hit in the UK with R.E.S.P.E.C.T., a song originally recorded - without spelling out the title - by Otis Redding. Her other major hits include I Say A Little Prayer but her only number one in the UK was I Knew You Were Waiting, a duet with George Michael in 1987. Later that year she became the first woman to enter the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame.

Franklin was a prominent member of the American civil rights movement and performed at the funeral of Martin Luther King. She also performed at the inauguration ceremonies for Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama. Her talent was perhaps summarised best by the person who suggested that the ideal way to pay tribute to her at music industry events would be for somebody such as Beyoncé to walk on stage, hit the play button on a suitable device and walk off again, leaving the audience to listen to a selection of Franklin’s own recordings.

Franklin also became of the few artists to have reached the top ten both as a performer and in a song title when Scritti Politti got to number ten with Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin). The chart rules make it unlikely that any of her songs will make the chart next week but there is a good chance that she will have at least one album in the chart.

I shall be going into hospital next week for an operation. That means that I will not be expecting to write a commentary for the next two or three weeks while I recover. In the meantime, popchartfreak will be filing his own commentary in my stead. Enjoy his words of wisdom (and slagging off of Drake).
Published on: 2018-08-17 by Suedehead2 || 35419 Views
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