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A month at the top for Ava Max
Ava Max spends a fourth week at number one with Sweet But Psycho. The Greatest Showman soundtrack is the numb er one album yet again.

No change at the top of the charts as Ava Max gets a fourth week at number one in the singles chart and The Greatest Showman soundtrack remains the number one album.

Ava Max completes a lunar month at number one as Sweet But Psycho keeps the top spot for a fourth week.

Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson climb one place to number two with Nothing Breaks Like A Heart. Post Malone climbs to number three with Wow and stays at number five with Sunflower.

Sam Smith’s only hit single of 2018 was as featured artist on Calvin Harris’s number one Promises, a song that many of Smith’s fiercest critics had to admit benefitted from the fact that he sang in a rather lower key than normal. For his first hit single of 2019 he has teamed up with Fifth Harmony’s Normani whose last solo appearance in the chart was on Khalid’s Love Lies. Their joint effort, Dancing With A Stranger, enters at number four making it a strong contender for next week’s number one.

Last week we had three new entries in the top ten. This week it has happened again. It’s almost like the 1990s all over again. We have already see one half of the Calvin Harris and Sam Smith collaboration get a new entry. Not to be outdone, Harris also has a new single out. Giant, a new entry at number seven, also sees a welcome return to chart action for Rory Graham, better known as Rag ‘n’ Bone Man after a quiet 2018.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man wrote the song in 2014 but couldn’t record a version he was happy with so it was cast aside. Last year Calvin Harris took the song and produced a new version before asking Rag ‘n’ Bone Man what he thought. He loved it so a song he had almost forgotten has now seen the light of day.

This week’s first chart debutant goes under the name Gesaffelstein. That name might suggest a German, but Mike Lévy is actually French. The success of Lost In The Fire, a new entry at number nine, may owe more than a little to the presence of Canada’s finest rapper and producer, The Weeknd. The song is probably not meant as a follow-up to Bastille’s The Things We Lost In The Fire.

One of the more embarrassing UK chart records is the fact that ten of Westlife’s first eleven singles went to number one. Such was their apparent obsession with chart records that they even timed the release of one of their singles to coincide with the publication of the first download chart. The only source of amusement in their run of chart-toppers came with the fact that they were prevented from making it eleven out of eleven by Bob The Builder.

After their usual formula of recording insipid cover versions started to bore even their fans, they put us out of our misery in 2011. Now, after a brief collaboration with that other Irish boyband Boyzone, they have released a new single, Hello My Love, written by some bloke called Ed Sheeran. It spent a large part of the week at the top of the iTunes chart but has done rather less well on streaming sites. It enters at number thirteen in the Official Chart.

Last week’s commentary included a slight feeling of optimism that the new entries were beginning to get a little more diverse, despite the fact that bring Me The Horizon didn’t quite hold on to a top forty place. This week there is even more hope.

So far we have had new entries from Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Westlife - whatever you think of the latter it cannot be denied that they offer something different from so many of last year’s hits. Now, just to add another element ot the mix we have the singles chart debut of Llandudno’s Catfish And The Bottlemen just ahead of the release of their third album. Longshot enters at number 25. Like Franz Ferdinand who are described as a Scottish band although only one member was born in Scotland, only one member of Catfish And The Bottlemen was born in Wales. While this is their first genuine hit, a number of their previous singles have accumulated significant sales totals over a prolonged period.

Just a week after Grace gave him his first top forty hit, Lewis Capaldi doubles his tally as Someone You Loved enters at number 29.

The final new entries of the week fits in rather better with a large proportion of last year’s biggest hits. Leave Me Alone, a newcomer at number ???, is the first UK hit for American rapper Flipp Dinero, previously known as Christopher Victor. According to his Wikipedia entry (so it must be true), the song gained attention when something called a wide-receiver (whatever that is) danced to it.

Khalid enters at number 38 with saturday Nights. The best song about Saturday Night is, of course, by Suede. Unless I have missed something, there are no new entries this week from people with a criminal past.

There is rather less action in the albums chart and that inertia starts at the top where The Greatest Showman gets a 27th week at number one. Early readers of last week’s commentary might be thinking “Hold on, you said it was 28 weeks last week”. That, of course, was an error which was corrected at the weekend.

George Ezra gets yet another week at number two with Staying At Tamara’s. The Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody soundtracks swap places with Bohemian Rhapsody at number three and The Star Is Born at four. Jess Glynne climbs one place to number five with Always In Between. Her I Cry When I Laugh re-enters at number 36.

The number of new entries in the albums chart doesn’t quite hit the dizzy heights of one. There are, however a number of re-entries. In the week of the third anniversary of David Bowie’s death his Legacy collection returns at number 32. Two other collections also r-enter the top forty Oasis are at number 38 with Time Flies 1994-2009 and Elton John’s Diamonds is at 39.

Anne-Marie re-enters at number 27 with Speak Your Mind XXXTentacion’s returns at number 35 and Ed Sheeran’s mega-selling × is at number 37.
Published on: 2019-01-18 by Suedehead2 || 63242 Views
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Gesaffelstein is the most Germanic artist name in the charts since Klankarussell!
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The best song about Saturday Night is, of course, by Suede..Unless i have missed something. I didnt tune in well.
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