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Ava Max remains at number one for a third week
Ava Max gets a third week at number one with Sweet But Psycho. The Greatest Showman soundtrack matches Sgt Pepper's 28 weeks at number one in the albums chart.

Ava Max tops the singles chart for a third week. The Greatest Showman soundtrack remains the number one album.

Ava Max’s Sweet But Psycho finishes well ahead of all rivals to get a third week at number one in the singles chart. Ariana Grande stays at number to with her former number one Thank U, Next. Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus’s Nothing Breaks Like A Heart remains a contender for the next number one. It climbs one place to number three.

Post Malone still has two songs in the top five. Sunflower (featuring Swae Lee) slips two places to number five. Wow (featuring nobody) climbs to number four.

Two of the trends from last year continue into the beginning of 2019 - nonsense song titles and hits for former (and even current) jailbirds. This week’s highest new entry, at number six, is something called 18Hunna by Tottenham rapper Headie One who may or may not have a brother called Obi. Headie One’s first top forty hit contains a contribution from Dave who has four previous hits to his name, including the dreadful number one Funky Friday. The best that can be said for 18Hunna is that it is not quite as terrible as Funky Friday.

Chris Brown has managed to have several hit singles in the decade since he was convicted of assaulting Rihanna. He adds to the list this week with Undecided at number fifteen. Like Dave, Brown had a number one hit last year with a song about the day of the week the new charts are announced. In his case, it was the equally abysmal Freaky Friday alongside Lil Dicky. No doubt we will return to the days when most weeks had a new entry from Lil somebody before long.

The next new entry sees two more acts make their UK top forty debut, one of whom just happens to have a criminal record. Tion Wayne, or Dennis Odunwo as he is known to the courts, enters at number 25 with Options. Information on the lead artist, NSG, is somewhat lacking, unless it really is an alias for Northampton School For Girls.

According to the information given on one of the festive editions of Top Of The Pops, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi is a distant relative of former Time Lord Peter. His appearance on the programme has contributed to his single Grace, released last September, finally (and deservedly) becoming a hit. It enters at number 33.

In the midweek updates rock band Bring Me The Horizon were in the top forty with Medicine. Sadly, it failed to sustain that momentum and failed to make the cut for the official chart. Their presence, added to that of Lewis Capaldi, would have made this week’s new entries rather more diverse than many weeks last year.

Jess Glynne’s I’ll Be There is a re-entry at number 40. It was last in the top forty back in August. Anne-Marie returns at number 37 with 2002, another song that has been out of the top forty since the summer.

Freya Ridings climbs back up to number nine with Lost Without You. The song has spent seven weeks in the top ten, five of them at number nine and the other two at number ten. George Ezra’s Hold My Girl reaches the top ten for the first time, climbing to number eight.

The Greatest Showman gets yet another week at the top of the albums chart. It is the fourth week of its latest run and the 26th in total, bringing it another step closer The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album. That album spent 27 weeks at number one in 1967 and ‘68 before getting a 28th week with the 50th anniversary edition in 2017.

George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s spend another week at number two. The A Star Is Born soundtrack is at number three, one place ahead of a third soundtrack, the one to Bohemian Rhapsody. American karaoke fans will soon be able to attend singalong screenings of the Freddie Mercury film. It will, presumably, not be long before British audiences get the same opportunity. The Fleetwood Mac collection, 50 Years - Don’t Stop, climbs to number five.

There are just two new entries in the albums chart. The first, at number 35, is a farewell collection by The Searchers whose biggest successes came in the mid-1960s and who were at number three in the albums chart behind the two Beatles albums mentioned above in December 1963. They had number one singles with Sweets For My Sweet (1963), Needles And Pins (1964) and Don’t Throw Your Love Away (1964). Their last top forty hit, Take It Or Leave It, was in 1966 but the band, with relatively few personnel changes, have continued to tour over the following decades. Now, over sixty years after they were formed, they have decided to call it a day. Naturally that means releasing another Greatest Hits collection with the self-explanatory title Farewell Album - Greatest Hits And More.

The other new entry is a rare example of an album climbing in to the top forty. Julius Dubose, performing under the moniker A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, released his second album Hoodie SZN just before Christmas and it failed to reach the top forty. This week, however, it climbs to number 29.

Clean Bandit’s second album What Is Love had a rather disappointing opening week last December when it only entered at number nineteen. Last week it climbed to a new peak of number fifteen and this week it makes further progress, climbing to number nine.
Published on: 2019-01-11 by Suedehead2 || 1297 Views
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11 Jan 2019 - 20:30
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I tried listening to the top 40 rundown today while driving, I got as far as Jess Glynne, Anne-marie (oldies I bought but I'm bored with now) and a hideous mess of a rhythm track with zero melody before the urge to drive off a bridge became too great to allow to continue and I returned to actual new tracks from Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, Kygo, Jax Jones and others that I bought today and burned to CD. The charts are largely composed of streaming playlist droning.

Thank you for your ongoing entertaining and informative service of listening to the charts and summarising so we don't have to....!
12 Jan 2019 - 1:01
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I know Alan Jones gets stuff wrong quite often, but he says that this is The Greatest Showman's 26th week at #1, not 28th. Who is right?
12 Jan 2019 - 9:03
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Alan Jones is right. I also sometimes get things wrong sad.gif
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2 Calvin Harris, Rag?n?Bone Man
3 Ava Max
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