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Ariana Grande gets a double chart double
Ariana Grande gets two chart doubles by topping both charts and having the top two singles.

Ariana Grande replaces herself at the top of the singles chart and also has the number one album.

This week Ariana Grande joins a number of relatively short chart-related lists. First, she replaces herself at number one in the singles chart with new entry Break Up With Your Girlfriend, i’m Bored knocking 7 Rings down to number two. She is the first female singer to replace herself at the top of the chart and now has five number one singles to her name.

She also joins the select list of artists who have had singles at numbers one and two. The changes to the way the chart is compiled, going back to the inclusion of downloads, has made this feat less rare in recent years. Both Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran have held the top two places as well as replacing themselves at number one. She is only the second female solo artist to have the top two singles after Madonna.

Only seven or eight other artists have occupied the top two places in the singles chart. Why the uncertainty? That depends on whether you count The Shadows who had a single of their own and one as Cliff Richard’s backing band in the top two at the same time.

Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored is Grande’s third single to go straight to number one in just three months. Elvis Presley had three new entries at number one in the space of four weeks in 2005 although they were, of course, all re-releases.

Grande also enters at number eight with Needy. That makes her the first female singer to have three solo top ten singles since Ruby Murray, now better known as rhyming slang, in 1955. Rihanna had three top ten singles in 2010 and 2011, but they were not all solo hits.

Following the release of his ÷ album in 2017 Ed Sheeran occupied nine places in the top ten. The Official Charts Company responded to that by changing the rules so that no more than three songs by a single artist were allowed in the chart at any time. Grande becomes the latest victim of that rule. Most, if not all, tracks from the album would otherwise be in the top forty. The arrival of two new tracks means that Thank U, Next is dumped out of the top 100 having been at number 28 last week.

Thanks to Colin (zeuss at Buzzjack, orthon at Haven) for his help with some of the above facts. Further details will be posted later.

Lewis Capaldi climbs to number three with Someone You Loved following the release of the deeply moving video starring Peter Capaldi. Capaldi (L) responded to suggestions that the song might feature heavily in Love Island later in the year in brutally honest fashion with a tweet speculating about the amount of income that might generate for him. His palpable excitement at his success is rather endearing. Capaldi also climbs to a new peak of number 26 with Grace.

Sam Smith and Normani (not Romani as I said last week, oops) fall one place to number four with Dancing With A Stranger. Mabel stays at number five with Don’t call Me Up. Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man slip to number six with Giant. They will be performing at the Brit Awards ceremony on Tuesday night. That may yet give them the edge over Lewis Capaldi if Ariana Grande loses the number one spot next week.

Disclosure’s top forty debut with Latch in 2012 also provided a first hit for Sam Smith. While Smith has been a regular visitor to the chart in the six-and-a-half years since then, Disclosure haven’t had a top forty hit since Omen (also featuring Sam Smith) in 2015. They return this week as the featured artist on Khalid’s Talk, a new entry at number sixteen. It is Khalid’s tenth top forty hit in two years.

Tom Walker gets his second top forty hit with Just You And I at number thirty. The song was originally released in 2017 but has been re-issued in the wake of the success of Leave A Light On.

In the week that Ed Sheeran songs filled nine of the places in the top ten the one exception was the Chainsmokers and Coldplay collaboration Something Just Like This. Chainsmokers enter at number 34 this week with another collaboration, Who Do You Love. Their co-collaborators this time are 5 Seconds Of Summer who get their first hit as a featured artist to add to their eight top forty hits in their own right.

It took over forty years from the first UK singles chart for The Prodigy to become the first act to have a top forty hit with a song called Breathe. Since then many others have followed in their wake including Blue, Kylie Minogue and, early last year, Jax Jones. Now Camelphat have become the latest act to score a hit with the most basic piece of life-preserving advice imaginable at number 37. At least it is rather healthier than Cola, the subject of their first hit. They are joined by somebody called Christoph and by Jem Cooke whose website offers no useful information whatsoever. Breathe’s other appearance in the chart was as the act behind the rather glorious song Hands To Heaven in 1988.

Blueface (aka Jonathan Porter) enters at number 40 with Thotiana. He is signed to Cash Money West records which may provide the inspiration for naming Kanye West’s next child. The “song” is unlikely to get much radio airplay although Radio 1 did manage to cobble together some sort of broadcastable version for the Chart Show.

AJ Tracey’s Psych Out re-enters at number eighteen, comfortably beating its previous peak of number 27 achieved last month.

Last weekend British rapper Cadet wa killed in a road accident while on his way to a gig. He was just 28. He had his first top forty single with Advice which reached number 27 last month. That song re-enters this week at number 36.

The list of artists who have topped the singles and albums charts simultaneously is rather longer than the singles chart-related lists mentioned above, but it is still an impressive feat. Ariana Grande joins that list as her new album Thank U, Next goes straight to the top of the chart. It comes a little under six months after her last album Sweetener. She is only the third or fourth artist (again depending on whether you count The Shadows) to replace themselves at the top of the singles chart while also having the number one album. It last happened in 1981 when John Lennon did so a few weeks after his murder.

The Greatest Showman soundtracks returns to number two. It is its sixteenth week in the runner-up spot to add to its 28 weeks at number one.

As mentioned above, AJ Tracey’s Psych Out stormed back into the top forty singles chart this week. That is largely a result of the release of his eponymous debut album. The album, produced by a string of characters with weird pseudonyms, enters at number three.

The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack climbs back up to number four. Last weekend Rami Malek won a BAFTA award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the film. The highlight of the BAFTA Awards ceremony (OK, so it’s the only bit I’ve seen, but with Suede not appearing - snubbed again - it’s hard to see anything topping it) was Cirque du Soleil performing some acrobatics to Go! by Public Service Broadcasting.

Last week’s top two both have smaller falls than might have been anticipated. The Specials drop to number five after their week at the summit with Encore. Busted are down to number fifteen with Half Way There. Ian Brown’s Ripples fare less well. That crashes out of the top forty from last week’s number four.

The Ward Thomas sisters gained themselves a small part in chart history in 2016 when they became the first British country music act to get a number one album. The follow-up, Restless Minds, enters at number eight.

Even by their usual standards mercury Rev’s latest project is a bit of a strange one. The quirky American indie band have chosen to record a version of Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 album The Delta Sweete. Well, almost. Gentry’s best-known song, Ode To Billy Joe, isn’t on that album but Mercury Rev have decided to include it anyway at the expense of a track that was on the album. The album, Bobbie Gentry’s Delta Sweete Revisited features a different vocalist on each track with Norah Jones and Beth Orton perhaps the biggest names. The original album failed to chart in the UK. This new interpretation is at number 32.

With St. Valentine’s day yesterday (Thursday) it is no surprise to see Michael Buble’s Love album return at number 25. That is rather less likely to be responsible for the reappearance of the Oasis compilation Time Flies at number 37 or Travis Scott’s Astroworld at number 40.

Finally, in other news, fifteen years ago Sam and Mark had the number one single with their (massively inferior) cover of The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends. This week they landed themselves a new job as the presenter of a revived version of the old children’s television favourite Crackerjack. Crackerjack! Younger readers may need to ask their parents.
Published on: 2019-02-15 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 75895 Views
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