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Promises returns to number one
Calvin Harris and Sam Smith climb back up to number one with Promises. Jess Glyyne has her second number one album.

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith reclaim the number one spot in the singles chart. Jess Glynne tops the albums chart.

After being dislodged from the singles chart summit last week, Clavin Harris and Sam Smith climb back to number one with Promises. It becomes the second Harris single to spend exactly six weeks at number one. We Found Love (with Rihanna) also had two spells at the top, albeit a more symmetrical pair of three-week runs. It is the second song to climb back to number one this year following George Ezra’s Shotgun.

Dave and Fredo slip back to number two after just a week at the top. Marshmello and Bastille stay at number three with Happier. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper climb two places to number four with Shallow. Gaga’s solo hit from A Star Is Born, Always Remember Us This Way climbs to number 31 while she and Cooper are up one place to number 34 with I’ll Never Love Again.

When Little Mix became the first all-female group to win X Factor in 2011 they were rewarded with the then-obligatory number one single, albeit for only one week. They had replaced former contestant Olly Murs at the top of the chart, his third number one single itself following what had also become a tradition, a dreadful cover version of a song by that year’s finalists, disguised as a way of donating money to charity.

In the years that have followed, a combination of the diminishing popularity of the programme and changes in the make-up of the chart have led to the more recent winners under-performing compared with their predecessors. Little Mix, on the other hand, have continued to thrive, becoming one of the most successful winning acts from the programme. They have followed Cannonball with three further number one singles and four top ten albums, one of them getting to number one. This week they get their thirteenth top ten single (and their twentieth top forty success) with Woman Like Me at number five. The song features Nicki Minaj who has somehow managed to notch up twelve top ten hits despite a lack of discernible talent.

Last week’s commentary contained references to the number of Lils and former jailbirds in the charts at the moment. This week, at number eleven, we have a new entry from someone once known as Lil Black, now known as Kodak Black and who, under his real name of Bill Kapri, has spent time in jail. He also follows a current trend by releasing a single with a made-up title, Zeze. The featured artists are Travis Scott, for whom it is a sixth top forty hit, and Offset who featured on Tyga’s Taste earlier this year.

Judging by dates alone, it could be suggested that Bad Bunny might be the son of Jive Bunny who had a brief period of inexplicable popularity in the late 1980s. Two things make that unlikely - Jive Bunny wasn’t real and Bad Bunny isn’t his real name. Bad Bunny is, in fact, Benito Ocasio from Puerto Rico. He had a hit earlier this year alongside Cardi B and J Balvin on I Like It and now he has a hit as lead artist with MIA at number thirteen. The featured artist is some Canadian bloke called Drake.

When Dave entered the chart last week he (and Fredo) became the sixteenth act to have a top forty hit with the word Friday in its title. The first of those hits (courtesy of The Easybeats with Friday On My Mind) came in 1964. Thursday, however, remained absent from the chart until 1999 (three years after Top of the Pops had moved from its traditional Thursday slot) when David Bowie had a hit with Thursday’s Child. Curiously, one of the “Friday” hits is Will Young’s Friday’s Child. This week Jess Glynne brings the number of “Thursday top 40 hits” up to a magnificent two as she enters at number 24 with Thursday.

Thursday is co-written by the latest recipient of a Blue Peter gold badge (to mark their sixtieth birthday this week), Ed Sheeran, and Steve McCutcheon who produced much of Westlife’s work. It is Jess Glynne’s twelfth top forty hit. All its predecessors have reached the top ten with seven of them (a record for a UK female solo artist) going all the way to number one.

According to the Famous Birthdays website, British rapper Cadet (Blaine Johnson) is the 39th most popular personality born on March 2. This puts him behind the likes of Chris Martin and Daniel Craig. His position in the list (and, indeed, those of Martin and Craig) sound less impressive when you consider that they are all behind Veronica Dunne, Lexee Smith and Savannah LaBrant, whoever they may be. He makes his top forty debut this week with Advice at number 40, putting him ahead of Craig, Dunne, Smith and LaBrant but a long way behind Chris Martin. Cadet is joined on the song by Deno Driz who is described by the same site as a social media sensation, a common 2010s euphemism for “person almost nobody has heard of”.

Jess Glynne turns 29 tomorrow (Saturday) and can celebrate with a second number one album to her name. Her debut album, I Cry When I Laugh topped the chart in 2015 and now she makes it two out of two with Always In Between. As well as the co-writers mentioned above, Glynne has also worked with the splendidly-named Clarence Coffee Jr. I Cry When I Laugh re-enters at number 40.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s soundtrack to A Star Is Born falls to number two after a week at number one. The Greatest Showman soundtrack returns to the top three at number three Rod Stewart slips one place to number four with Blood Red Roses while Eminem’s Kamikaze remains at number five.

As is now customary there are a number of new entries from veteran artists, led this week by Rick Wakeman. He started his chart career as a session musician, playing on David Bowie’s early hit Space Oddity among other songs. He became a member of both the Strawbs (best known for their hit Part Of The Union) and prog-rock band Yes. He subsequently released solo material which was even more pretentious than anything Yes ever released. His early solo albums included The Six Wives Of Henry VIII, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth and The Myths And Legend Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table.

He has largely stuck to the same image throughout his career with his long (straight) hair and flowing cloaks. Last year he released Piano Portraits, his first album for 14 years. That has now swiftly been followed by Piano Odyssey, a mixture of his own compositions from throughout his career and other people’s songs such as Strawberry Fields Forever and Bohemian Rhapsody. It is a new entry at number seven.

A number of artists whose chart career started in the immediate post-punk era have subsequently chosen to have at least one change of style. One such artist is the man born Declan MacManus, son of a composer whose best-known work was for an advert for a brand of lemonade. The son, better known as Elvis Costello, sang backing vocals on the song in question, Secret Lemonade Drinker. The father returned the favour by plying trumpet on two of his son’s albums.

Costello had a number of top forty singles in 1977 and ’78 before reaching the top ten for the first time with the brilliant Oliver’s Army in 1979. That song came from his equally brilliant third album Armed Forces. That album is one of three of his to have reached number two; he has never had a number one album - or single for that matter. He has since released albums of country music, worked with composers such as Burt Bacharach and had a hit with a version of Charles Aznavour’s She.

In 1983 Costello recorded Pills and Soap under the pseudonym The Imposter. That name was later revived for his backing band, replacing his original band The Attractions. The Imposters return on his latest album, Look Now. It also sees him working once again with Bacharach (now 90 years old) whose back catalogue includes classic songs such as Walk On By, I Say A Little Prayer and Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. To return to the post-punk theme, artists to have recorded Walk On By include The Stranglers.

Look Now enters at number fourteen, missing out on the chance of becoming his fourteenth top ten album and his first since a Best Of collection in 1999. He last reached the top ten with a studio album in 1994.

By a neat coincidence, 1994 was also the year that Primal Scream had their highest-charting album, Give Out But Don’t Give Up which reached number two. It was the follow-up to the better-known classic Screamadelica which somehow got no higher than number eight. To extend the coincidence further Primal Scream have now released the original recordings of the songs from that album under the title Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings. The tacks include Jailbird and Rocks, tow songs which sound more like the Rolling Stones than much of the Stones’ own output. The album lands at number 21.

In the course of a few weeks last year Quavo took his tally of UK top forty singles from zero to three. Things then went a bit quiet before he got a fourth hit (all of them as a featured artist) in August this year although he has also charted as a member of Migos along with Offset. None of those singles appear on his first album Quavo Huncho. He has, however, managed to secure the services of Madonna on one of the tracks. For some reason he also chose to include Cardi B on the same track. The album is a new entry at number sixteen.

Of all David Bowie’s 63 top forty hits one of the lesser-known is the rather wonderful Loving The Alien from 1985. Nevertheless, that is the song chosen to give its name to a new massive collection of Bowie Material. The eight-CD compilation includes remastered versions and live versions of many of those top forty hits including Let’s Dance, Golden Years and Life On Mars? Such is the variety of Bowie’s output that most people must be able to find at lest something they like unless the only Bowie song they can tolerate is The Laughing Gnome. Of course, anyone who can tolerate The Laughing Gnome is probably in need of help. Despite its inevitably hefty price tag it enters at number nineteen.

English singer-songwriter Ella Mai enters at number eighteen with her eponymously-titled debut album. John Grant has his third top forty album with Love Is Magic at number seventeen. Former member of The War On Drugs Kurt Vile also has a third top forty album as Bottle It In enters at number 24.

Post Malone’s Stoney returns at number 37. Oasis are back at number 39 with their hits package, Time Flies 1994-2009.
Published on: 2018-10-19 by Suedehead2 || 52427 Views
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