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Lewis Capaldi wins the battle of the Scots
Lewis Capaldi beats his fellow Scot Calvin Harris to top the singles chart. Ariana Grande stays at number one in the albums chart.

Ariana Grande gets a third week at number one in the albums chart while there’s a four-way battle at the top of the singles chart.

We’ve had several close battles at the top of the singles chart in the early months of this year and this week has seen another one. However, while most close battles involve two - or, occasionally, three - songs, this week there were four songs battling for supremacy.

The first two, not surprisingly, were the top two songs from the last two weeks, both by Ariana Grande. The other two were Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Giant and Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved. If those two songs finished at numbers one and two, it would be the first time Scottish acts had filled the top two positions since November 2011 when Emeli Sande topped the chart with Calvin Harris at number two.

In the course of the week the lead at the top of the iTunes chart changed hands several times. Alvin Harris and Lewis Capaldi both spent time at the top with Pink also leading the way for a while. Just a few years ago that would have left those three contesting the number one position in the Official Chart with Ariana Grande out of the running. However, iTunes dominance is now a thing of the past with sales on the leading download site now only making up around ten per cent of chart “sales” (combined sales and streams). It is the streaming site that are now dominant. Therefore, Pink was never in with a chance of finishing the week at number one while Ariana Grande had two chances of doing so,

The eventual winner was Lewis Capaldi who is able to celebrate his first number one single. It is probably safe to assume that there will be some excited activity from him on social media this evening. His previous single, Grace, hits a new high of number 24. That leaves Calvin Harris reliving his fate in the the last Scotland v Scotland battle as he is at number two with his revamp of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Giant.

The two Ariana Grande songs swap relative positions once again, but this time they are outside the top two. Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored falls one place to number three while 7 Rings falls to number four after spending the last week (and four of the last five weeks) at number one.

The only top five position that could be predicted with any certainty this week was number five which always seemed destined to be filled by Mabel’s Don’t Call Me Up. Any attempt to predict the top four, on the other hand, would have been a clear case of “I predicted all the right songs, but not necessarily in the right order”.

Even many of us who are not particularly big fans of Pink have to accept that her performance at the Brit Awards last month was a highlight of an otherwise fairly lacklustre show. She was there to receive the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award. Her choice as the recipient award was not without its critics. While her contribution to music in a career stretching back to the final months of the last century cannot be denied, she still seemed an unlikely choice for the first non-British or Irish winner.

As mentioned above, Pink’s latest single, Walk Me Home, spent some time at the top of the iTunes chart in the course of the week. However, in common with most artists, her impact on the streaming charts was less instant. Nevertheless, she gets her twentieth top ten single in the UK with a new entry at number eight.

The subject of new entries from artists with a criminal record or facing serious allegations has been raised here several times in the last year or so. This week sees a new chapter in this saga with teenage rapper YNW Melly entering at number 31 despite facing two murder charges. Furthermore, the song is called Murder On My Mind. At a time when some people face ostracism for a slightly ill-judged comment, this all seems very wrong. Only this week Ariana Grande was criticised for agreeing to perform at Manchester Pride in August for the simple reason that she is heterosexual. Somehow the far less talented Britney Spears did not face the same criticism when she performed at Brighton Pride last year.

Dave enters at number 40 with Black. Sadly, Colin Vearncombe, the singer known as Black, died two years ago so cannot return the compliment by recording a song called Dave. Had he been able to do so, his song would almost certainly have been better than Dave’s effort.

The Official Charts Company-imposed limit of three songs per artist saw Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next drop out when the album of the same name was released a couple weeks ago. This week it regains its position as one of her three most popular songs in chart terms and re-enters at number 30.

There are Brits-inspired re-entries for Jess Glynne’s Thursday at number 35 and Calvin Harris & Sam Smith’s Promises at number 37. Promises was performed as part of a mash-up of Harris songs to coincide with him winning his first ever Brit award for Best Producer and has spent the last three weeks at number 50.

Panic! At The Disco’s High Hopes re-enters at number 39 with no help from the Brits. The song left the top forty in December when it was pushed out by the flood of Christmas songs but has been close to re-entering for the last few weeks. Kehlani and Ty Dolla Sign re-enter at number 33 with Nights Like This.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper climb back up to number eleven with Shallow after performing the song at the Oscars ceremony last weekend.

Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next spend a third week at number one in the albums chart. Last year only two non-soundtrack albums (Eminem’s Kamikaze and Drake’s Scorpion) spent three or more weeks at number one. The Eminem album re-enters at number 37 this week.

The rest of the top five is also the same as last week’s. Soundtracks from The Greatest Showman, A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody remain at numbers two, three and four respectively. George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s is still at number five. THe winner of Best British Male at the Brit Awards also re-enters at number 31 with his debut album, Wanted On Voyage.

Nathaniel Thompson from Peckham, better known as Giggs, enters at number six with Big Bad…, an interesting choice of title for someone with a conviction for possession of a firearm to his name, Still, at least St David’ Day is marked with a new entry for an album by somebody who shares his name with one of wales’ greatest footballers. Giggs’ last album, Landlord, reached number two in 2016.

Two more rap albums enter the top forty. Offset is at number nineteen with Father Of 4 and Gunna lands at number 24 with Drip Or Drown 2. The albums Father Of, Father Of 2, Father Of 3 and Drip Or Drown do not exist.

Sleaford Mods, who are not really mods or from Sleaford. Enter at number nine with their eleventh album, Eton Alive. It is their first top ten album after near misses with Key Markets (number 11, 2015) and English Tapas (number 12, 2017).

While the spelling of Dream Theater’s name makes it fairly clear that they are American, it is not a name that immediately makes one expect a rock band. Nevertheless, that is what they are. They had four top 100 albums before breaking into the top forty for the first time in 2007 with Systematic Chaos. Each of the following four albums peaked higher than its immediate predecessor with their 2016 album The Astonishing giving them a new high of number eleven. Distance Over Time, their fourteenth studio album, breaks that run by entering at number twelve.

Pink is the biggest beneficiary from last week’s Brit awards. Her Greatest Hits - So Far collection re-enters at number eighteen. Jorja Smith is rewarded for her rather dull performance with a re-entry at number 27 for her Lost And Found album. Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh returns at number 38.

Away from the Brit Awards, Elton John’s Diamonds compilation is back at number 32.
Published on: 2019-03-01 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 66560 Views
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danG
3 Mar 2019 - 23:09
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Gunna did have a 'Drip Or Drown' but it was an EP whereas 'Drip Or Drown 2' is a proper album.
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Chig66
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I've noticed that Lewis Capaldi has managed to be #1 on the Official Chart, without being #1 on any of the formats which get added together to form the official singles chart. I've not paid much attention to this before. How many other #1s have done this?

Is it possible that Capaldi is #1 on video streaming? (And why doesn't the OCC publish the video streams chart?)

The number 1s on each chart are;

Sales #1 = P!nk
(Someone You Loved is #3)

including...
Downloads #1 = P!nk
(Someone You Loved is #3 here too)

Physicals #1 = Mac Miller
(Lewis Capaldi is #2 on this chart, but with his earlier single, Grace, which is down from last week's #1.)

including...
Vinyl #1 = Mac Miller
(There's no physical single for Someone You Loved.)

Audio streaming #1 = Ariana Grande - BUWYG,IB (Former partner of the late Mac Miller.)
(Guess what? He's #3 here too!)
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Suedehead2
5 Mar 2019 - 14:34
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I think it has been done before, but I couldn't tell you when.

On the other side of the coin, Despacito had a week when it topped the sales and streaming charts but, thanks to ACR, did not top the Official Chart.
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Suedehead2
5 Mar 2019 - 14:36
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Thanks Dan. I'm afraid only looked at the list of his albums. Oops.
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danG
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@Chigg66 there is a video streaming chart that gets published. https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/video-streaming-chart/

Lewis is #12, the #1 is Baby Shark.
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Thanks for that, Dan. I'll bookmark that page!
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