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Calvin Harris and Sam Smith stay at number one
Calvun Harris and Sam Smith bag themselves a second week at number one with Promises. There is also no change at the top of the albums chart as Eminem gets a second week at number one.

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith top the singles chart for a second week. Eminem still has the number one album.

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith hold on for a second week at the top of the singles chart with Promises. Harris’s ten number one singles have now spent a total of 27 weeks at the top. It is only the third of Smith’s seven chart-topping singles to spend more than a week at number one. The last one to do so, Too Good At Goodbyes, was at the top of the chart this time last year.

Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid stay at number two with Eastside. Loud Luxury and Brando climb one place to number four with Body. Tyga climbs to number five with the Offset-featuring Taste. It is a first top five hit for both artists.

Kanye West and his ego notch up their nineteenth top ten single with I Love It at number three. The song features someone who we are invited to believe was born Gazzy Garcia just over eighteen years ago and who now goes by the name of Lil Pump. Garcia / Pump will have little opportunity to celebrate his second UK hit as he is currently in jail. The only other UK top forty hit to be called I Love It was the number one song by Icona Pop and Charli XCX in 2013.

Marshmello and Bastille climb nine places into the top ten with Happier at number six. It provides a fourth top ten hit for both Bastille and Marshmello. The former no longer have to endure people reminding them that half of their weeks in the top ten are accounted for by one single (Pompeii).

Until 1997 no single called Electricity had ever reached the chart. Unfortunately, the early single by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark missed the top 75. Since then there have been three hit singles of that name, including one by Suede and another by Spritualized. Expect Suede to pop up again before the end of the month. This week the total reaches four as Silk City and Dua Lia enter at number fifteen. Silk City is a side project for Mark Ronson and Diplo, both of whom have enjoyed chart success in their own name (or a recognised pseudonym in Diplo’s case).

Among the targets on Eminem’s new album is Machine Gun Kelly. As he has yet to establish himself, it might have been expected that Kelly would welcome the publicity. Whether he does or not, he has taken the opportunity to record a song in riposte to the Eminem track. Said song, Rap Devil, is a new entry at number 31.

There is a scene in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail where a wounded knight continues to fight despite a series of increasingly serious injuries. Keals Settle’s This Is Me from The Greatest Showman soundtrack has a chart performance reminiscent of this scene. Each time you think it has left the chart for good, it bounces back. This week it re-enters at number 40.

Ay Caramba by Stay Flee Get Lizzy featuring Fredo, Young T and Bugsey re-enters at number 39. Its previous top forty run consisted of a week at number 38 six weeks ago. Jonas Blue (along with Jack & Jack) fall eight places to number 32 with Rise while Eminem rises one place to number eight with Fall.

Last week Eminem entered the albums chart at number one with Kamikaze on digital sales and streams alone. This week the CD has also been available, helping the album to achieve a second week at the top. It is only the second non-soundtrack album this year to spend more than a week at the top.

With his new album and three tracks from it in the top ten, last week Eminem became only the eighteenth chart act to accumulate a combined total of 250 weeks in the albums and singles chart top ten. He has no realistic chance of catching the overall leader, Elvis Presley, who has a combined total of 942 weeks, a full 279 weeks ahead of Cliff Richard in second place. Thanks to Colin (zeuss at Buzzjack, orthon at Haven) for that information.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack climbs back up to number two while its Mamma Mia counterpart falls two places to number four. Ariana Grande’s Sweetener falls one place to number five.

Two of this weeks highest new entries are by septuagenarian artists called Paul, even though one was actually born James. James Paul McCartney, for it is he, has had an album of some description in the chart almost every year since the Beatles’ first album in 1963, even if it has been another compilation of Beatles songs. His reputation as one of the UK’s greatest ever songwriters took a bit of a knock for a period when his albums of new material tended to get dismissed as substandard. His reputation was further damaged by an uncharacteristically flawed performance at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. However, he has responded with some of his best solo material for a long time. His 2013 album New was well-received and his latest set, Egypt Station, has deservedly been the subject of good reviews.

The album contains a number of fairly political tacks, including Despite Repeated Warnings which is the story of a deranged captain steering a ship towards disaster. Hmm, I wonder what he had in mind when he wrote that song. The album enters at number three to give McCartney a seventeenth top ten album under his own name to add to seven with Wings and 32 with The Beatles.

Four years after The Beatles’ first hit single Paul Simon made his UK chart debut as half of Simon and Garfunkel although they had been recording together, initially as Tom and Jerry, for almost a decade by then. Their 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water spent 33 weeks at number one and remains one of the best-selling albums of all time in the UK.

While the duo have occasionally reunited to perform together (despite continued reported animosity between them), they have largely pursued solo careers since the release of Bridge Over Troubled Water with Simon by far the more successful of the two, although Garfunkel’s two number one singles in the UK outstrip Simon’s none.

By the mid-1980s Simon’s solo career was petering out with most of his success coming from various compilations. However, in 1986 he released the classic album Graceland which spent eight weeks at number one in the UK and gave him his first top forty singles for nine years. He has continued to achieve top ten albums since then, including Stranger To Stranger which reached number one in 2016. This week he enters at number ten with his fourteenth solo album, In The Blue Light. The album contains re-workings of songs from throughout his career with a distinct jazz tinge to many of them.

A third Paul, Carrack of that ilk and a mere 67, enters at number 33 with These Days. He has been a vocalist for Squeeze and Mike + The Mechanics as well as pursuing a solo career.

It would be possible to read many months’ worth of these commentaries without coming across a single mention of the band Spritualized. This week they get mentioned twice. As mentioned above, they are now one of four acts to have a hit single called Electricity although their biggest hit remains the magnificent Stop Your Crying in 2001. The parent album, Let It Come Down, reached number three in the chart, beating the number four peak of 1997’s Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. The latter album was named as NME’s album of the year, an accolade made even more impressive when you consider that year’s releases included Radiohead’s OK Computer and The Verve’s Urban Hymns.

Spiritualized were formed by Jason Pierce after the break-up of Spacemen 3, a band whose music was just too weird to achieve any real success. That said, most of Spiritualized’s output could never be described as mainstream pop. The band has had many personnel changes with Pierce the only ever-present member. This week they enter at number eleven with their eighth studio album, And Nothing Hurt.

American rock is represented by the band Clutch at number thirteen with their twelfth studio album (and second top forty hit) Book of Bad Decisions. Lenny Kravitz enters at number nineteen with his eleventh studio album Raise Vibration. His greatest chart success came 25 years ago with the number one album and top ten single Are You Gonna Go My Way. Whether he has been forgiven for inflicting that tripe on us is open tot question.

There is more American rock at number eighten with a live album from Alter Bridge, recorded at London’s Albert Hall. It is their third live album to reach the top forty, all of them recorded in London.

Anyone asked to list British duos whose music depends largely on synthesisers and other electronic instruments might mention Pet Shop Boys or Erasure. They might even ask if the original line-up of Public Service Broadcasting counts. They are rather less likely to come up with the name Maribou State. Their first album, Portraits, failed to enter the charts when it was released in 2015. By contrast, their second album, Kingdoms In Colour, is a new entry at number 25.

Teleman enter at number 40 with Family Of Aliens to give them their first top forty album with their third release.

While 2016 became known as the year that we lost some major names in music (David Bowie, Prince, George Michael among them), this year has seen the death of a number of much younger musicians with Avicii the best-known. Last week Mac Miller’s name was added to the list following his death at the age of just 26. With his success largely confined to the other side of the Atlantic, much of the UK press coverage of his death inevitably focussed on his relationship with Ariana Grande which ended earlier this year.

Miller’s latest album, Swimming, spent a week at number 37 last month. This week it re-enters at number seventeen.

The death of Marc Bolan in a car crash in September 1977 was somewhat overshadowed by the death of Elvis Presley exactly a month earlier. Each “significant” anniversary of Presley’s death has generally been marked in some ways, but Bolan’s has been overlooked Perhaps that is why a 3-CD boxed set of his band T Rex’s material has been made available at a bargain price to coincide with the 41st anniversary.

T Rex were at the forefront of the 1970s glamrock movement, enjoying singles success with the brilliant Ride A White Swan and number ones with Metal Guru, Get It On, Hot Love and Telegram Sam. By the time of Bolan’s death he had been out of the limelight for a while (although T-Rex continued to have modest singles chart success) but was starting to make a low-key return to the stage. The boxed set, Gold, enters at number eight.

The Led Zeppelin reissues continue with their 1976 album The Song Remains The Same, a title that would have been more fitting for Status Quo. The album spent a week at number one; the reissue is at number 38.

Arctic Monkeys have been playing some live dates over the last week to promote their latest album, Tranquility Hotel & Casino. The album returns at number 30; their previous album, AM, re-enters one place higher.
Published on: 2018-09-14 by Suedehead2 || 27959 Views
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20 Sep 2018 - 17:40
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I know you normally only cover the top 5, new/re-entries & high climbers but I'm glad you didn't pass up the opportunity to mention the amusing Rise/Fall stat.
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