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A fourth number one for Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande gets her fourth number one single with 7 Rings. The Greatest Showman soundtrack continues its reign at the top of the albums chart.

Ariana Grande gets another number one single. The Greatest Showman remains the number one album.

When these chart commentaries started at the end of 2008, it was still commonplace for number one singles to enter at the top of the chart. The introduction of streaming to the chart and the fact that singles no longer get played on the radio for up to two months before they become available have changed that. New entries at number one are now largely combined to one-off charity related songs (such as the Christmas number one, We Built This City) and songs by a few very popular artists.

One of that select group of artists is Ariana Grande who gets her fourth number one single this week as 7 Rings goes straight to the top of the chart. It comes just five weeks after her previous single, Thank U, Next, ended its six-week run at the summit. That song remains in the top ten at number eight. Combined sales of 7 Rings seemed likely to top 100,000, making it the first song since summer 2017 to do so. However, numerous changes in the calculation of chart sales make it difficult to compare today’s sales with sales of the past. With just the two words, 7 Rings breaks Grande’s sequence of having one extra word in the title of each of her number one singles following Problem, Bang Bang and Thank U, Next.

Among the co-writers of the song (thanks to a sample of My Favourite Things from The Sound Of Music) are Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, one of the most successful songwriting duos of the 20th century. It is the eighth number one to be either wholly or part-written by Rodgers and Hammerstein and the third to come from The Sound Of Music. The only song from that musical to top the charts in unadulterated from was Shirley Bassey’s version of Climb Ev’ry Mountain in 1965. It is also worth noting that the Sound Of Music film soundtrack spent 70 weeks at number one in the UK. The Greatest Showman is a mere 42 weeks behind.

The most successful Rodgers and Hammerstein song in UK chart terms is You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel which has topped the charts for Gerry and the Pacemakers, Robson & Jerome and charity collective The Crowd. Thanks to Colin (zeuss at Buzzjack, orthon at Haven) for the Rodgers and Hammerstein information.

The song that topped the chart for all but one week of Grande’s brief absence from the summit, Ava Max’s Sweet But Psycho slips to number two. Sam Smith and Normani climb one place to number three with Dancing With A Stranger. Post Malone’s Wow falls to number four. Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Giant climbs two places to number five.

Despite having her first top ten single with Finders Keepers at the end of 2017, Mabel is one of the nominees for Best British Breakthrough Act at the 2019 Brit Awards, The singer, whose first priority must be to avoid being seen solely as the daughter of Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, also had a top twenty hit last year with Fine Line. This week she gets her third top forty hit as lead artist with Don’t Call Me Up at number eleven.

When Sweet But Psycho entered the chart last year it was noted here that it was only the second top forty hit in chart history to contain the word Psycho in the title. That still makes it a more popular word than Psych. This week AJ Tracey (Ché Grant to friends and family) makes a very small piece of chart history by entering at number 27 with a song called Psych Out.

Lewis Capaldi climbs sixteen places to number thirteen with Someone You Loved. A first top ten hit could well be his in the next week or two. In the meantime he is currently supporting Bastille on tour. Ellie Goulding’s Close To Me (featuring Diplo and Swae Lee) re-enters at number 25. It reached number seventeen in December before being pushed down by the influx of Christmas songs. Anne-Marie’s 2002 is also a re-entry, at number 40.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack stays at the top of the albums chart once again. It has now spent 28 weeks at the top of the chart bringing it level with The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (as reported here prematurely two weeks ago). George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s stays at number two for a fifth successive week and a ninth week in total.

The soundtracks to Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born stay at numbers three and four respectively.

After a quiet few weeks we are now beginning to see some new albums released once again, meaning we actually have some new entries this week. Furthermore, three of them are in the top ten.

Dodie (aka Dorothy Clark from Essex) enters at number five with her debut album Human. She has gained a following on youtube with piano and ukulele covers of well-known songs but the title track of this album is one of her own compositions.

Dodie was born in 1995, by which time rock band Thunder had released three top forty albums, two of which made the top ten. After the second of those top ten albums (Behind Closed Doors in 1995) they had to wait 22 years for a third, achieved when RipIt Up reached number three in February 2017. The wait for a fourth top ten album has been rather shorter. Please Remain Seated is a new entry at number eight.

Notwithstanding a distinct lack of hit singles, singer-songwriter James Blake reached the top ten with each of his first two albums at the start of this decade. He had a bit of a hiccup with album number three, The Colour In Anything, which stalled at number thirteen in 2016. Now he returns to the top ten with Assume Form at number six. He still has just one top forty single (a number 39 smash in 2010) to his name.

It being Burns’ Night tonight (Friday), it seems only fitting that we should have a high new entry from a Scottish act. It duly arrives in the form of It Won’t Be Like This All The Time, the new album from The Twilight Sad at number seventeen. Two of their previous albums made the to forty in Scotland (and another reached the top 41) but this is their first venture into the UK top forty. Readers can interpret the album’s title (and that of its predecessor Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave) in whatever way they choose.

The Twilight Sad’s fellow Scot Steve Mason, lead singer of The Beta Band, enters at number 36 with his fourth solo album, About The Light.

Despite working with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Drake and Beyonce, American rapper Future has yet to achieve major success in either the singles or albums charts. His two highest charting albums (excluding a collaboration with Drake) are Future and Hndrxx, both released in early 2017. Perhaps in the belief that titles are everything, he has called his new album Future Hndrxx Pts The Wizrd. It ntrs at nmbr sxtn.

American female singer-songwriters are represented by Maggie Rogers at number 25 with Heard It In A Past Life and Sharon van Etten at number 30 with Remind Me Tomorrow. The only previous chart appearance for either singer was Van Etten’s fourth album, Are We There, which reached number 27 in 2014.

American rock band Papa Roach get their seventh top forty album in the UK with Who Do You Trust at number 38.
Published on: 2019-01-25 by Suedehead2 || 55142 Views
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25 Jan 2019 - 18:02
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7 Rings is the fourth number 1 with 7 in the title. The others are Seven Tears - The Goombay Dance Band (1982),7 Days - Craig David (2000) and 7 Years - Lukas Graham (2016).
25 Jan 2019 - 18:28
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I would prefer to forget that Seven Tears ever existed.
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I can sing the chorus of Seven Tears in German.

It's the unintended consequences like this of our freedom to move around Europe (school exchange to Germany, 1982) which have probably led to our current tragic situation. Sorry.
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I won't be asking for the evidence!
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I love Ariana's Grande albums..Because i like tragic story to be aired..
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