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Benny Blanco climbs to number one
Benny Blanco wins a tight three-way race to score his first number one single. The Mamma Mia 2 soundtrack returns to the top of the albums chart.

A close race at the top of the singles chart. Here we go again, the Mamma Mia 2 soundtrack returns to number one in the albums chart.

Before starting on this week’s charts, a big thank you to John (popchartfreak) for last week’s entertaining commentary. My operation was postponed, so I’m back earlier than anticipated.

There was a very tight race for number one in the singles chart this week with just a few hundred “sales” separating George Ezra and last week’s highest new entry from Calvin Harris and Sam Smith. Harris and Smith’s Promises was easily the best-selling single of the week and also had the most audio streams, but Ezra’s Shotgun’s lead on video streams was enough to keep it narrowly ahead in the combined chart in the early updates. By Thursday, however, Harris had taken a slender lead himself. Furthermore, Ezra’s lead over Benny Blanco’s Eastside (with a little help from Halsey and Khalid) was wafer thin.

In the event, we have the very rare phenomenon of having two different songs topping the chart in the midweek update, but a third song finishing the week at number one. It is unlikely that Eastside will have topped the sales, audio streams or video streams chart, but it triumphs in “the only chart that counts”. Benny Blanco therefore gets a number one with his debut hit. Halsey features on her second number one single (after Chainsmokers’ Closer) and Khalid gets his first chart-topper with his seventh top forty hit. It hits the top in its sixth week in the top forty.

Khalid’s first chart hit, although it just missed the top forty, was with Calvin Harris on Rollin last year. That same Calvin Harris is left languishing at number two by his former collaborator as Promises, featuring Sam Smith, climbs two places from last week.

George Ezra’s Shotgun falls two places to number three, ending a run of ten weeks in the top two. Drake’s In My Feelings falls to number four while Loud Luxury and Brando stay at number five with Body. After three weeks at number eleven (and two weeks at number twelve before that) Juice Wrld sneaks into the top ten at number ten with Lucid Dreams.

The global nature of the music industry was illustrated this week with the news that the record for the biggest music video debut on YouTube had been broken by a band who remain little-known in the UK. The previous record had been held by global superstar Taylor Swift with Look What You Made Me Do the song that was at number one on the UK exactly one year ago. That record has now been broken by South Korean boyband BTS with their song Idol. The band, who have been around since 2013, make their debut in the UK top forty singles this week at number 21.

In keeping with the tradition of mentioning every new entry in the top forty, it now becomes necessary to report that Baby Shark by Pinkfong, the second South Korean act to enter the chart this week, is at number 37. The most positive thing that can be said about the “song” is that it is short. Its appearance in the chart means that number of South Korean groups to have had a top forty hit in the UK goes from zero to two in one fell swoop.

In over sixty years of the UK charts, very few people whose name is linked with a day of the week have entered the charts. Keith Moon (Monday) had a number of hits as a member of The Who while the band Thunder (the god of which, Thor, gave us Thursday) had a string of hits in the 1990s. They are joined this week by Freya Ridings whose forename stems from Frija, the German form of the Norse god Frigg after whom Friday was named. She enters at number 36 with Lost Without You and now has the honour of inspiring one of the oddest write-ups in a chart commentary. The song was released last November but did not enter the chart until July this year.

Keala Settle still refuses to go away fro long. This Is Me slipped back out of the top forty last week, but it’s back this week at number 38. Ariana Grande’s No Tears Left To Cry re-enters at number 35. Dynoro and Gigi d’Agostino soar 21 places to number fifteen with In My Mind. One place behind them are Marshmello and Bastille who climb fifteen places with Happier. Panic At The Disco’s High Hopes climbs nine places to a new peak of number 25.

The 2018 version of normality is restored as a soundtrack album tops the albums chart again. After slipping to number two last week Mamma Mia 2 - Here We Go Again returns to number one. The Greatest Showman climbs back up to number two meaning that the runner-up slot has been occupied by a film soundtrack for six consecutive weeks.

After a week at number one, Ariana Grande’s Sweetener is down to number three. George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s is staying at number four while Drake’s Scorpion remains at number five.

For a period in the early part of this century there seemed to be a plethora of new British bands whose members had clearly been listening to their parents’ Joy Division collection. One such band was Interpol who enjoyed moderate singles chart success with songs such as Slow Hands and The Heinrich Maneuver (their use of the American spelling, not mine). Now on their sixth album the band have drifted away from the Joy Division influences and developed a sound they can claim as their own even if it does sound like Franz Ferdinand at times. Masrauder becomes their fourth consecutive top ten album as a new entry at number six.

Last week Ed Sheeran’s ÷ finally dropped out of the top ten after a run of 76 weeks. Just as hell was about to freeze over as a consequence, it is back in familiar territory this week, bouncing back to number seven.

For some people the city of Seattle in Washington State is best known as the headquarters of Microsoft and Starbucks. Other people are more likely to think of grunge music, most notably Nirvana. Among the other grunge bands to come from Seattle are Alice In Chains whose sixth album, Rainier Fog, enters at number nine.

Another American rock band, White Denim from Texas, enter at number 25 with their eighth album, Performance. The title might suggest a live album, but it is a standard studio album.

In the same week that they make their debut in the singles chart, BTS score their second top forty album with Love Yourself - Answer at number fourteen. Their previous album, Love Yourself - Tear, reached the top ten in May and became the first album by a South Korean act to top the US chart.

For those of us of a certain age early memories of Top Of The Pops include seeing a young singer calling himself Gilbert O’Sullivan (oh, how witty that must have seemed to the man born Raymond O’Sullivan) sitting at a piano, wearing his flat cap and singing a fairly simple pop song. In the early 1970s he enjoyed a string of top ten hits including two number ones, Clair and Get Down. Although the hits dried up by the end of the 1970s, he has continued to release albums but his only chart success has come from various Best Of collections. This week, at the age of 71, he achieves top forty success with an album of new material for the first time since 1974 as his eponymous nineteenth studio album enters at number twenty.

Stone Foundation get their second top forty album with Everybody Anyone at number thirty. The album was produced by Paul Weller who also appears as a performer on a number of the tracks.

Michael Jackson’s Number Ones collection re-enters at number 29. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours is back yet again at number 38 and Post Malone’s Stoney returns at number 34. Just one of the Aretha Franklin albums remains from last week; her 30 Greatest Hits set is at number eighteen.
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