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Ariana Grande makes chart history again
Ariana Grande becomes the first artist ever to replace themselves at the top of the chart for a second successive week. She also stays at the top of the albums chart.

Ariana Grande tops both charts again and scores another first.

There was another close race in the singles chart this week with Wednesday night’s Brit Awards show providing a potential extra twist. In each of the updates throughout the week the battle was between the two Ariana Grande songs that occupied the top two places last week. However, there was also the possibility that Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man would gain enough momentum from their Brits performance of Giant to claim the top spot for themselves.

As an additional point of interest for keen chart followers, there was always the possibility that the two Ariana Grande songs would swap places. That would make Grande the first artist ever to replace herself at number one and then repeat the feat the following week.

The biggest issue for Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man was always going to be the way the chart is compiled. For reasons which remain obscure, the streaming sites are unable to provide the Official Charts Company with up-to-date data. That means that Thursday’s streams are always estimated based on the figures from the previous six days. Therefore, if Harris and Raggy Man’s Thursday streams were higher than the rest of the week, those extra streams would not be included.

With that complication in mind, it is no surprise that Ariana Grande holds the top two places in the singles chart once again. The winner, by a very narrow margin, is 7 Rings which returns to the top of the chart after a week at number two. Grande therefore becomes the first artist ever to replace herself at the top of the chart in successive weeks. Elvis Presley came close in 2005 when he topped the chart with three different songs in the space of four weeks.

Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved was holding steady at number three in each of the daily updates, but there was always the threat that he would suffer from his absence from the Brits. In the event he had built up enough of a lead to hold on to third place and he had another excuse to get excited on Twitter as tickets for his first major tour sold out very quickly this morning (Friday). Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man climb back up to number four with Giant. Mabel’s Don’t Call Me Up remains at number five.

Cardi B enters at number twelve with her latest rubbish, Please Me. Quite how she persuaded Bruno Mars to get involved is something of a mystery. There is little chance that this song will be as well remembered by this time next year as the Beatles’ Please Please Me still is 56 years after its release.

When London duo D-Block Europe made their top forty debut last year they immediately joined the list of artists who credited themselves both as a collective and as individuals on the same song. The song, Nassty, was officially credited to D Block Europe, Young Adz, Lil Pino and Dirtbike LB. However, Young Adz and Dirtbike LB are also the two members of D Block Europe. How confusing. They enter this week (using only their collective name) at number sixteen with Kitchen Kings.

Little Mix have a re-entry at number 26 with Think About Us (I’d rather not, thanks). The song, which features Ty Dolla Sign, spent a week at number 34 at the beginning of the month.

Last year we saw two songs named after a year reach the top forty - 2002 by Anne-Marie and 1999 by Charli XCX and Troye Sivan. Now we have a song named after the number of days in each of those years, 365. The song, performed by Zedd with vocal contributions from Katy Perry is at number 37.

The surge in sales of Cadet’s Advice following the singer’s death has seen the song’s streaming ratio reset to the standard of 100 streams for one sale for paying subscribers and 600 streams per sale by users of the advertising-supported services. That helps the song climb 22 places to number fourteen, beating its previous peak of number 27.

While the race at the top of the singles chart was fairly close, particularly after the added complication of the Brit Awards show, there was never any real doubt that Ariana Grande would get a second week at number one in the albums chart. Thank U, Next is the first of her three chart-topping albums to hold on for a second week.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack gets another week at number two followed by two other soundtracks, A Star Is Born at number three and Bohemian Rhapsody at four. George Ezra (winner of the Best British Male award on Wednesday night) climbs to number five with Staying At Tamara’s. Ezra’s album missed out on the Best Album award with The 1975 taking the crown for A Brief Inquiry Into Online Dating which re-enters at number 23.

After two weeks when the highest new entry went straight to number one, we are back to the days when the question was whether the week’s highest new entry would even make the top ten. It has and that new entry is the debut album from D-Block Europe, Home Alone at number six. As mentioned above, they also have a new entry in the singles chart this week.

We even just about get second new entry in the top ten with the sixth studio album from Avril Lavigne. The Canadian singer’s first three albums all topped the chart. The first, Let Go, took its time to reach the top but stayed there for three weeks once it got there. Head Above Water, her first album for over five years, enters at number ten.

Chaka Khan (Yvette Stevens to her family) made her UK chart debut in 1978 with the ghastly single I’m Every Woman. For the next five years things went blissfully quiet and it looked like she wouldn’t be assaulting our ears again. However, in spring 1983 she returned to the chart with Ain’t Nobody. The only positive thing that could be said about that song is that it was an improvement on I’m Every Woman. That sparked a brief revival of her career, peaking with the number one single I Feel For You in 1984. Shortly after that she disappeared again although I’m Every Woman and Ain’t Nobody both returned to the chart in 1989. This week she gets her first top forty album in 35 years (apart from an album of remixes) as Hello Happiness lands at number eighteen.

Drake enters at number 21 with the re-issue of a 2009 mixtape, So Far Gone. Like the two previous mixtapes, it failed to chart on its original release. The first of those was called Room For Improvement. In terms of musical quality, that title remains true to this day.

German supergroup (it says here) Avantasia enter at number 38 with Moonglow. It is their eighth studio album but the first to reach the UK charts. It topped the chart in Germany after their three previous albums all peaked at number two.

Post Malone’s Stoney album re-enters at number 26. Ed Sheeran’s × is back yet again at number and Anne- Marie’s Speak Your Mind returns at number 40.
Published on: 2019-02-22 by Suedehead2 || 63453 Views
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22 Feb 2019 - 17:53
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Chaka was also in Rufus, gifted a good Stevie Wonder song in 1974 giving them lots of US success till she went solo, though she looked somewhat svelte in those days, before she became Every Woman. I love Ain't Nobody & Prince's I Feel For You, Like Sugar not quite up those standards... (or down, depending on point of view laugh.gif)
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I Feel For You was at least tolerable - for about a minute, anyway laugh.gif
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Thank YOU and 7 rings on her
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I love you ..more more albums to come
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