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Promises remains at number one
Promises by Calvin Harris and Sam Smith stays at the top of the singles chart for a fifth week. Rod Stewart beats fellow-septuagenarian Cher to get the number one album.

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith remain at number one in the singles chart. Rod Stewart wins a battle of the veterans to to the albums chart.

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s reign at the top of the singles chart with Promises extends into a fifth week. Harris has now spent a total of thirteen weeks at number one this year, a total matched by Drake. As they have not recorded together they have thus topped the chart for a total of six months in 2018 so far.

Marshmello and Bastille climb to number two with Happier. It is Marshmello’s first number two hit and Bastille’s third. Neither act has had a number one single to date.

Kanye West has become known as one of the few American artists to be an open supporter of Donald Trump. By extension, he was not a supporter of Barack Obama and may have looked on his “Yes, we can” slogan with a degree of disdain. Whether that is a factor in his decision to drop the Kan pat of his name is a matter of speculation, but he has let it be known that he now wishes to be known as Ye West. In the meantime, he and Lil Pump stay at number three with I Love It.

Dua Lipa (the guest vocalist on Calvin Harris’s other number one this year) and Silk City climb to number four with Electricity. It is Lipa’s fourth consecutive top five hit, a run that started with the chart-topping New Rules last year. Dyonoro and Gigi d’Agostino enter the top five with their debut top forty hit In My Mind at number five.

George Ezra’s Shotgun returns to the top ten at number ten. If the value of streams was purely dependent on whether they were paid or advertising supported, the song would probably still be in the top five. As it is, its reappearance in the top ten is, in part, due to a number of other songs having the value of their streams downgraded.

Rita Ora’s Let You Love Me climbs into the top ten at number six. Freya Ridings’ Lost Without You is another newcomer to the top ten, climbing eleven places to number nine and proving that quiet piano ballads can still succeed in 2018, even when by a previously unknown singer. and not used to advertise a shop.

One of the big hit films of the latter part of the 1970s was A Star Is Born starring Barbra Streisand. It was the second musical version of the film, following one starring Judy Garland in the 1950s. Now their is yet another version, this time starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Gaga and Cooper enter at number thirteen this week with Shallow from the film’s soundtrack. It is the first song with the word Shallow in the title to reach the top forty, although many artists who could be described as shallow have graced the chart.

While Lady Gaga has, of course, been a regular visitor to the charts over the last decade (yes, it really is almost ten years since her first hit), Cooper makes his chart debut at the age of 43. The soundtrack album is released today (Friday) and will surely be high in the charts next week.

While Lil Peep and XXXTentacion’s Falling Down is indeed falling down the chart this week, the recently deceased (and rather unpleasant) XXXTentacion gets another hit with another Lil at number 28. The Lil in this case is Lil Wayne who released his new album last week. As well as Don’t Cry with XXXTentacion Lil Wayne also enters at number 21 with Mona Lisa. The latter song features Kendrick Lamar and should not be confused with a painting or the 1959 hit for Conway Twitty.

The latest long list of credits is attached to a song by the name of Taki Taki which features the talents (or, in at least one case, lack of talent) of DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B. Three of those artists are regulars in the chart but Puerto Rican (Juan Carlos) Ozuna (Rosado) makes his debut this week at number 30.

The new entry at number 37, Back And Forth, is credited to a mere three people - MK, Jonas Blue and Becky Hill. Although she has yet to ave a top forty hit as lead artist, Hill remains the most successful alumnus from the British version of The Voice. Of the three artists on this single she is the only one to have topped the chart.

Ay Caramba by, deep breath, Stay Flee Get Lizzy presents Fredo & Young T & Bugsey re-enters at number 39. It is the third time the song has entered in the last few months but it has still risen no higher than number 38.

The general tendency for the albums new entries to be dominated by older artists is emphasised this week by a top two comprising new material fro two singers with a combined age of 145. The race for the top was won, comfortably, by the older of the two, 73-year-old Rod Stewart.

The self-proclaimed proud Scot Stewart was born and raised in London and has spent a large part of his adulthood living in the USA. His first success came as a member of the Faces in the 1960s and he had his first solo single with Maggie May in 1971. In 1976, while at the peak of his career in terms of chart success, the very definitely straight Stewart (eight children by five different women are testament to that) surprised many by recording The Killing Of Georgie, a very moving song about the murder of a gay friend of his. At a time when homophobia was rife (male homosexual acts had been legal for less than a decade), the song went to number two.

In more recent years Stewart’s success has been confined to the albums chart. He hasn’t had a top forty single since 2001 and his last top ten hit was in 1993. By contrast, twelve of his 34 top ten albums have been released in this century, all but one of them consisting of new recordings. His latest set, Blood Red Roses, is his ninth number one album.

Cher also started her chart career in the 1960s. She made her chart debut alongside her then-husband as one half of Sonny & Cher whose hits included I Got You Babe. At the same time she had a number of solo hits. She had a gap of almost five years without any chart success before returning with the under-appreciated Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves in 1971. Yes, somebody really did spell the first word that way.

Her next absence was a good deal longer. When I Found Somebody reached the chart in 1987 that was her first hit for thirteen years and her first top teen single since 1972. She has combined her singing career with acting, winning acclaim for her roles in Mask and Silkwood. In the latter film she starred alongside Meryl Streep and the two also appear in the film Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Following her part in that film, Cher has recorded a full album of cover versions of Abba songs. The result, Dancing Queen, enters at number two to become her highest-charting album since a Greatest Hits set topped the chart in 1992.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack slips one place to number three. Rod Stewart’s ninth number one album puts him level with Eminem, although Stewart has taken rather longer to reach his tally. Eminem’s ninth chart-topper, Kamikaze, falls to number four after four weeks at the top.

Lil Wayne released his first album back in 1999 but didn’t enjoy any chart success in the UK until his sixth release, Tha Carter III. As the title of that album suggests, the man born Dwayne Carter seems to have run out of titles by album number four. That trend continues with the title of his latest album, Tha Carter V. As already stated above, two songs from the album are in this week’s top forty. The album itself is at number five.

Rod Stewart is not the only act with a new entry this week who has had a hit with a football-related song. Stewart led the Scotland World Cup squad’s 1978 song Ole Ola while Chas and Dave joined the Tottenham FA Cup final squad to record Ossie’s Dream in 1981. The Ossie of the title is Ossie Ardiles, the brilliant Argentinian player who, at the time, was one of very few overseas players in the English league. The song is perhaps best remembered for Ardiles’ line in heavily-accented English “In the cup to Tottingham” as well as the immortal lines “Ossie’s going to Wembley, his knees have gone all trembly”.

Ossie’s Dream is not featured on the new Chas and Dave compilation, Gold, although their other venture into the world of sport, Snooker Loopy, is. The album, which also contains hits such as Gertcha and Ain’t No Pleasing You, enters at number eight.

The Chas and Dave compilation was released just a week after the death of one of the duo, Chas Hodges. Although he is best-known for his cockney rock with Dave Peacock, he was recognised by his peers as a talented musician. Before forming Chas and Dave he had worked as a session musician with stars such as Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley.

A sad week for music has seen the death of French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour (best-known in the UK for his number one hit She, later a hit for Elvis Costello) and the news that Westlife are re-forming.

It is now one year since the death of American rock singer Tom Petty. What better time, thought his record company, to put out an album of assorted previously unreleased recordings? American Treasure enters at number 38.

Completing the list of entries by dead artists, Joe Strummer enters at number 30 with Joe Strummer 001 almost sixteen years after he died. Strummer, born John Mellor is best known as a member of The Clash, originally a punk band but who went on to explore other sounds such as ska and reggae. Once again, this album is a sort of odds and sods collection.

Since Nile Rodgers’ return to major chart action with Daft Punk’s Get Lucky in 2013 he has found himself in demand once again. He First made his name as part of dance act Chic in the 1970s before working as a producer for people such as David Bowie, Diana Ross and Duran Duran. That revival of his fortunes has resulted in Chic re-forming to record a new album; quite why he has chosen to remind people of the worst pat of his career in terms of quality is for him to explain. Th outfit, now known as Nile Rodgers and Chic, enter at number ten with It’s About Time. That’s a matter of opinion Nile.

The final quarter of the year used to be a time when Greatest Hits sets featured prominently in the release schedules. As streaming has become increasingly prevalent, the need for such collections has gradually receded. It is a simple matter for listeners to make a Greatest Hits set of their own. This may be one factor behind the relatively modest performance of Sigala’s Brighter Days. While it may not be an official Greatest Hits album, many of its tracks have been hit singles. The lack of brand new material may be one reason why the album has not entered higher than number fourteen.

Until this week Kodaline could claim ownership of the second-highest charting single called High Hopes, behind Frank Sinatra in 1959. They have lost that title this week as Panic! At The Disco’s song of that name has climbed to number twelve mking it thier biggest hit. To further Kodaline’s disappointment, their third album, Politics Of Living can only enter at number fifteen. Their previous two albums both reached the top five.

Earlier this year Marc Almond announced that he and Dave Ball would be reuniting to play one last gig as Soft Cell. The duo had a huge hit with their version of Tainted Love (mashed up with Where Did Our Love Go on the excellent 12” version) before having further hits with their own songs such as Bedsitter and Say Hello, Wave Goodbye. Almond’s solo career was almost cut short prematurely by a serious road accident in 2004. Many of his solo hits were covers of old songs, including a brilliant version of Jacques Brel’s Jacky. To tie in with their final performance Soft Cell have released a new compilation album, Keychains and Snowstorms. The album, a new entry at number 34, also includes a new single, Northern Lights.

Most of the veteran artists who enter the albums chart first enjoyed chart success several decades ago. That does not apply to septuagenarian Seasick Steve who didn’t have his first hit album until 2007. He enters at number 27 with Can U Cook.

On the subject of veteran artists, Foster and Allen have their 23rd top forty album with Putting On The Style at number 29. Logic gets his second top forty album of the year, and his third overall, with YSIV at number nineteen. Kojo Funds enters at number 40 with Golden Boy.
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Lost Without You made it to the Top 10! YAY!!!
Shallow and Thunderclouds made it to the Top 20. Double YAY!
Glad to see All For You and Trip climb, and I'm also happy to see Lost In Japan re-enter as it is one of my faves from Shawn along with Youth.
Shape Of You just needs 4 more weeks in a row to beat Thinking Out Loud's 95 week record for "most consecutive weeks on the Top 100"
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Will the new rules keep enough Christmas songs out to allow Shape Of You to extend its run into a third year?
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