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Gaga and Cooper still top the singles chart
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper stay at number one in the singles chart with Shallow. They are replaced at the top of the albums chart by Andrea Bocelli.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper get a second week at the top of the singles chart. Andrea Bocelli has his first number one album in the UK.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper remain at number one in the singles chart for a second week. Shallow thereby avoids becoming the tenth song (including Three Lions) to spend a solitary week at the top this year.

Little Mix and Nicki Minaj climb to number two with Woman Like Me. It is Little Mix’s highest-charting single since Shout Out To my Ex topped the chart in 2016. Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s Promises slips one place to number three. Dave and Fredo’s Funky Friday and Marshmello and Bastille’s Happier are also down one place, to numbers four and five respectively.

XXXTentacion gets his sixth top forty hit of 2018 with Arms Around You at number fourteen. Almost inevitably the list of featured artists includes a Lil, this time Lil Pump. They are joined by Maluma (born Juan Arias) who makes his UK chart debut and Swae Lee who is already in the top forty alongside Post Malone on Sunflower.

Swae Lee has been a busy chap recently; he also features on Close To Me, a new entry at number 36 for Ellie Gouding. Goulding was the winner of the BBC’s Sound of 2010 and finished that year with five top forty hits to her name. Her last top forty hit as lead artist was Still Falling For You two years ago although she was the featured artist on Kygo’s First Time last year. The song also features Diplo who gets his third hit as a featured artist of the year having been absent for the previous three years.

As elaborate names go, Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connor is a pretty good effort. Almost any combination of those names would be pretty cool and she has gone for Billie Eilish. The singer, who won’t be 17 until next month, comes from Los Angeles although it is probably safe to assume that she has Irish ancestry. The fact that she has a brother clled Finneas (who acted in Glee) provides further evidence for that assertion. Regardless, she makes her top forty debut this week with When The Party’s Over at number 34.

In the albums chart, a singer with Italian heritage, Lady Gaga, makes way for Italian singer Andrea Bocelli. Si is Bocelli’s sixteenth studio album and the first to comprise original material in fourteen years after a string of albums with various themes such as tunes from cinema and Christmas songs. Naturally that means there is a song featuring Ed Sheeran; other featured artists include Josh Groban and Bocelli’s son Matteo. The Sheeran feature follows Bocelli’s appearance on a version of Ed’s chart-topping single Perfect. Si is Bocelli’s eleventh top ten album in the UK and sees him top the chart for the first time 21 years after his first chart appearance.

After returning to the top of the chart last week Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper fall back to number two with the soundtrack from the latest remake of A Star Is Born. The top four is completed by two other soundtrack albums, Bohemian Rhapsody at number three and The Greatest Showman at number four.

The release of the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has led to increased sales of various Queen compilation albums. Queen’s Greatest Hits, one of the best-selling albums of all time in the UK, returns to the chart at number 23. The Platinum Collection, comprising their three Greatest Hits albums, is at number seven, a climb of 27 places.

The soundtracks in the upper reaches of the chart are joined this week by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s soundtrack to horror film Suspiria. Like A Star is born, the film is a remake although it is fair to say that this film is not quite as well-known. As the title suggests, the original, 1977, version was an Italian film. This new version is made in English although the director is an Italian. The album enters at number thirteen, giving Yorke a first solo hit album since The Eraser in 2006.

This week’s list of new entries includes three albums from acts with a long gap since their last release. When Culture Club made their Top Of The Pops debut, John Peel introduced them by saying they were fronted by a Brian Clough lookalike. It was, however, not Boy George’s debut on the programme. He had previously been seen, dressed as flamboyantly as ever, as a member of the audience. That debut single, Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, went to number one and became one of the songs that came to define the 1980s.

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me was the first of a run of seven successive top five singles including a second number one, Karma Chameleon from 1982 to 1984. Howerver, the last of those songs, The War Song, demonstrated that they were as capable of recording a duff song as any other band.

Boy George’s solo career started with another number one hit, a cover of Everything I Own , a song originally recorded by Bread and taken to number one by Ken Boothe in 1974. That, though was to be his only top ten single as a solo artist. It would be fair to say that his career suffered from a number of problems, including addiction and the difficulties in being an openly gay man at a time when homophobia was still rife.

Culture Club have re-formed and disbanded again so many times that it has been rather hard to keep up with their current status. They last reunited for a tour in 2014 but it has taken until now for them to release a new album, officially credited to Boy George and Culture Club and their first release for nearly twenty years. The album, Life, enters at number twelve.

Swedish singer Robin Carlsson, performing as Robyn, had a few modest hits in the mid- to late 1990s before promptly disappearing for almost a decade. She came back in style in 2007 with the sublime number one hit With Every Heartbeat. It took her another three years to release a new album, and then she put out a further two in the same year before disappearing again. Now she is back with a new album, Honey, which enters at a rather disappointing number 21.

The British public tend not to be too keen on people who proclaim their own brilliance, particularly if their achievements do not support that claim. One frequently cited example is that of Johnny Borrell, lead singer of Razorlight. At the time of his reported remarks Razorlight were a reasonably successful band with two top ten albums and four top ten singles, including the number one America. However, nobody seriously agreed with Borrell’s apparent claim that he was the greatest songwriter in the world at the time. That disdain was, no doubt, partly responsible for the sense of schadenfreude when his debut solo album when his debut solo album sold fewer than 600 copies in its first week.

Borrell is now the only survivor from Razorlight’s original line-up. They have even lost Björn Ågren whose name sounds like a solo Abba tribute act. After a ten-year absence they have released their fourth album, Olympus Sleeping. It enters at number 27.

If the British public don’t much like people seen to have an over-inflated ego, they can also react against somebody whose family jumps in with both feet. With that in mind, singer Tom Odell must have been rather nervous about the public response when his father reacted badly to a poor review of his debut album in 2013. Thankfully for Odell, the public response was generally one of amusement and the album went to number one. Three years later on the follow-up, Wrong Crowd, reached number two. The steady decline in peak positions continues as Jubilee Road enters at number five.

This week’s key re-release is a fiftieth anniversary edition of The Kinks’ sixth album The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society. It was to be the last album released by the original line-up of the band. Bassist Pete Quaife, who died in 2010, left the band shortly afterwards. Although The Kinks were one of the most successful bands of the time and the album was well-received by the critics, it somehow failed to get anywhere in the chart. Indeed, 1967’s Sunny Afternoon remains the last Kinks studio album to reach the chart although there have been many charting compilation albums since then. This week, then, a modicum of justice s done as the re-issue makes it into the top 100 for the first time, albeit outside the top forty.

Japanese singer George iller, under the more Japanese-sounding name Joji, enters at number 26 with ballads 1. Miller claims credit (if that’s the right word) for the popularity of Harlem Shake. Tory Lanez is at number eighteen with Love Me Now and Kingdom Choir’s Stand By Me lands at number seventeen.

Little Mix’s Glory Days album re-enters at number 39. Michael Jackson’s Number Ones collection resurfaces at number 40.
Published on: 2018-11-02 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 1385 Views
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King Rollo
2 Nov 2018 - 19:10
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Si is the third number 1 album with a two letter word as its title. The others are So by Peter Gabriel (1986) and Up by Right Said Fred (1992).
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Which means I have exactly one-third of the number one albums with a two word title.
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