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Another 7 days for Ariana Grande at number one
Ariana Grande gets a second week at the top of the singles chart with 7 Rings. Bring Me The Horizon end the Greatest Showman's latest run at number one in the albums chart.

Ariana Grande gets a second week at number one in the singles chart. Bring Me The Horizon get they year’s first new number one album.

After entering the chart at number one last week, Ariana Grande’s 7 Rings spends a second week at the top. The rest of the top three is also unchanged from last week with Ava Max at number two with Sweet But Psycho and Sam Smith And Normani at number three with Dancing With A Stranger.

The only movement in the top six sees Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man climb one place to number four with Giant, knocking Post Malone’s Wow down to number five. Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus spend another week at number six insisting that Nothing Breaks Like A Heart.

As noted here before, last year saw a plethora of artists who had spent (or were spending) time in jail. Most of the sentences were for acts of violence. J Cole has also allegedly been involved in a bust-up but he managed to avoid prosecution. Big hits of another kind have proved fairly elusive to date. He has sixteen top 100 singles to his name but only four of them reached the top forty. Until now, his biggest hit has been Kod which reached number seventeen last year. That has now been replaced by Middle Child, a new entry this week at number nine.

We also have a new entry from a former jailbird as 6ix9ine features on A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s first UK top forty hit Swervin, a new entry at number 38. Last month A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie topped the US albums chart despite selling just 823 actual copies that week.

Mabel climbs into the top ten at number seven with Don’t Call Me Up. Talking of the number seven, as 7 Rings is still the number one single, it is worth mentioning Mabel’s mother Neneh Cherry’s finest work, her duet with the fabulous Youssou N’Dour on 7 Seconds. Lewis Capaldi also enters the top ten; Someone You Loved climbs to number ten.

Dua Lipa had a very successful 2018 with three top five hits, including the eight-week number one One Kiss alongside Calvin Harris. This week she gets her first hit of 2019 with Swan Song at number 25. It is probably safe to assume that, despite the title, it will not be her last single. This particular bird has only appeared in the title of one other top forty hit, T Rex’s classic Ride A White Swan.

CJ Brooks from Herne Hill, better known as Yungen, enters at number 32 with Comfortable. He is joined by former member of N-Dubz Dappy who still refuses to go away. This is the first hit single with the word Comfortable in its title although Scissor Sisters made their chart debut with their version of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb. Older readers may not want to be reminded that the Pink Floyd version appeared on their album The Wall which will be 40 years old this year.

Little Mix continue their recent trend of employing featured artists on their singles. After having hits last year alongside artists such as Cheat Codes and Nicki Minaj they have enlisted the questionable talents of Ty Dolla Sign. all of whose top 75 hits (ten of them now) have been as a featured artist. Maybe he’ll make it as a lead artist one day but my advice to him is that there is no need to rush. A survey published this week by the charity Youth Music named Little Mix as one of the three most popular artists among British children between the ages of seven and seventeen alongside Stormzy and, inevitably, Ed Sheeran. Think About Us is a new entry at number 34.

Ty Dolla Sign also features on Nights Like This, a new entry for Kehlani at number 40. Kehlani is a Californian singer-songwriter who was previously a member of a band called Poplyfe. It is her first appearance in the UK top forty.

It has taken until the beginning of February, but we finally have the first new number one album of the year as Bring Me The Horizon go straight to the top of the chart with AMO. It completes a progression that began with their 2013 album Sempiternal reaching number three followed by That’s The Spirit going to number two in 2015 and comes a few weeks after Medicine narrowly failed to give them a second top forty single. They join the list of Sheffield acts to have had a number one album, a list that includes the Human League, Pulp and Arctic Monkeys among others.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack slips to number two after spending the last seven weeks at number one. It remains level with Sgt. Pepper on a total of 28 weeks at number one and has racked up 57 successive weeks in the top five. The most successful films of 2018 in the UK, measure by box-office receipts were named this week. Bohemian Rhapsody (whose soundtrack album stays at number three) and Mamma Mia 2 were both in the top ten; The Greatest Showman and A Star Is Born were not.

George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s falls two places to number four.

Since their chart debut in 2012 Hackney quartet Rudimental have enjoyed five top ten singles (three of them going to number one) and two number one albums. This week they fail to make it a hat-trick of number one albums as Toast To Our Differences enters at number five. The album includes their two top ten singles from 2018, Sun Comes Up (featuring James Arthur) and These Days (featuring Jess Glynne and Macklemore) as well as collaborations with Ladysmith Black Mambazo (whose first major success in the UK came courtesy of a slot on Paul Simon’s Graceland album) and Rita Ora.

After a slow start American band Backstreet Boys put together a run of thirteen successive top ten singles between 1996 and 2001. Unfortunately, none of them were any good. After a couple more hits in the early years of the 21st century they largely disappeared from view and, more to the point, earshot. They never really went away, they just stopped releasing material anybody wanted to buy. This week, however, they are back in the big time as their latest album, DNA, enters at number seven. It is their highest-charting studio album since Millennium in 1999.

Trevor Horn first came to public attention as a member of The Buggles whose number one single, Video Killed The Radio Star, was to become the first song played on MTV in the USA. He went on to become a successful producer, notably with Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Younger readers may be more familiar with his son Aaron who was part of Sam And The Womp; they had a number one single in 2012 with Bom Bom. Who could forget it?

Most of Horn’s success came in the 1980s and he has now chosen to revisit that decade to produce new versions of some of its biggest hits. He has enlisted the help of names such as Robbie Williams, Seal (whose Kiss From A Rose was produced by Horn), All Saints and, erm, Matt Cardle) as well as an orchestra. The songs chosen include Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears), Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen), Take On Me (A-ha) and The Power Of Love (Frankie Goes To Hollywood). Having listened to some of the album, I’m not sure why he bothered. The version of Blue Monday is almost criminally bad. Nevertheless, Trevor Horn Reimagines the 1980s is a new entry at number eleven.

American rock band Rival Sons get their fourth top forty album (from five releases) as Feral Roots lands at number twelve. Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett enters at number 28 with his 25th studio album At The Edge Of Light.

Mabel released her debut album last October, a release that was met with widespread indifference. It spent six weeks in the top 100 without rising any higher than number 64. It returned to the chart last month and climbed to number 42 last week, This week Ivy To Roses enters the top forty for the first time at number 34.

Paul Heaton’s The Last King Of Pop re-enters at number 39. Ed Sheeran’s × is back again at number 40. The album has not left the top 100 since it was released in June 2014.
Published on: 2019-02-01 by Suedehead2 || 56037 Views
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1 Feb 2019 - 19:57
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oops, you missed a gift with a sentence starting..

"Everybody, rock your body, Backstreet's back, alright!" which remains a fab single, as does Larger Than Life which could prob have been squeezed in, cos I Like It That Way laugh.gif

I think the comments about Trevor Horn are fair, bar one track with Rumer which actually does something different with Slave To The Rhythm - by not having any rhythm whatsoever!:)
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I've heard about half of the Trevor Horn album. Slave To The Rhythm is in the half I haven't heard laugh.gif
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hello.. I am a beginner in this site. I am a music lover, and I am looking forward for more music to come. thank you
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