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Lewis Capaldi stays at number one
Lewis Capaldi spends a second week at the top of the singles chart. Fellow Scot Tom Walker has a number one album.

Lewis Capaldi gets a second week at the top of the singles chart. Tom Walker goes to number one with his debut album.

It’s a Scottish one-two at the top of the singles chart again with Lewis Capaldi retaining the number one slot he gained last week with Someone You Loved. As predicted, Capaldi got a little excited on social media last Friday. One of the first to respond on Twitter was Rag ‘n’ Bone Man who sent a rather sweet congratulatory message. Capaldi’s Grace continues to climb, rising three places to number 21.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s tweet was a generous response from the man who had missed out on his first number one single by a narrow margin. His Calvin Harris-led single, Giant, remains at number two.

Mabel climbs two places to number three with Don’t Call Me Up after four weeks stuck at number five. Ariana Grande’s two top five songs both fall one place, Break Up With Your Girlfriend I’m Bored to number four and 7 Rings to number five.

As a general rule, any chart act that has not reached the top ten within two or three years of making their chart debut would have to accept that it is probably not going to happen. By then, their best chance of breaking into the upper tier if the chart is probably an untimely death or the use of one of their songs in a film or an advert. The rule might be considered even more applicable to an act whose looks are at least as important as their sound.

However, generalisations are just that and should not be confused with hard-and-fast rules. The Jonas Brothers made their top forty debut in 2008 with SOS. They had one more hit later that year but haven’t been seen in the top forty as a collective since then although one of them, Nick, reached number two with Jealous in 2015.

Now, after an eleven year gap, they return to the top forty and, in doing so, reach the top ten for the first time. Sucker is a new entry at number six. Perhaps even more surprising is that they have scored this hit in their own right, not as featured artist on a leading producer’s latest hit.

This week’s “Cast of Thousands” award goes to How It Is which is credited to Roddy Ricch, Chip (who used to be known as Chipmunk) and Yxng Bane featuring The Plug. Roddy Ricch has spent most of his life known as Rodrick Moore from California and makes his UK top forty debut this week at number eighteen.

After spending six weeks hovering just outside the top fifty Swarmz enters at number 32 with Bally. He is accompanied by Tion Wayne whose previous chart appearance was as featured artist on NSG’s top ten hit Options.

Norwegian singer Sigrid finally gets her second top forty hit with Don’t Feel Like Crying entering at number 34.
To describe the battle at the top of the albums chart as any sort of battle would be rather misleading. Yes, the top three albums in each of the updates were new entries, but one of them was always well ahead of the others. That album was What A Time To Be Alive, the debut album from Tom Walker. The album was conveniently released a little over a week after he had won the British Breakthrough award at the Brits. His Leave A Light On Single re-enters at number 37. With Lewis Capaldi holding on at the top of the singles chart, both charts are topped by Scottish singer-songwriters.

The runner-up spot is taken by a Canadian singer-songwriter who, at 59, is over thirty years older than Tom Walker. Bryan Adams’ two best-known songs (probably) enjoyed contrasting fortunes in the British charts. The sixteen consecutive weeks at number one for (Everything I Do) I Do It For You in 1991 remains a record. On the other hand, Summer Of ‘69 (a much better song) has never been in the top forty. He enters at number two with Shine A Light, matching the peak position of his last studio album, Get Up, in 2015.

Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next falls to number three after three weeks at number one. Soundtracks from The Greatest Showman and Bohemian Rhapsody are at numbers four and five respectively.

The third of the trio of new entries in the highest echelons of the chart comes from Andrew Hozier-Byrne, better known simply as Hozier. His eponymous debut album was preceded by the highly successful single Take Me To Church. Despite a lack of hit singles from Wasteland Baby it still enters at number six.

Solange Knowles has spent her professional career very much in th4e shadow of big sister Beyonce. She has had just one minor hit single in the UK and one top twenty album. Nothing much changes with the release of her fourth solo album, When I Get Home. It is a new entry at number eighteen.

One sure sign that Mothering Sunday must be close is the release of a new album from Daniel O’Donnell. After all, many of his previous 37 top forty albums have been released around this time of the year or in the run-up to Christmas. The three-CD set Gold Collection enters at number 23. He has had at least one top forty album every year since 1991.

Many successful films have gone on to be adapted for the stage, either as straight plays or as musicals. One of the latest examples is the 1989 film Heathers which starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. The musical version reached the London stage last year and now, inevitably, there is an album to go with it. The London Cast’s album enters at number 24.

Sundara Karma, an indie band from Reading, enter at number 28 with their curiously-titled second album Ulfila’s Alphabet. It falls short of the number 24 peak achieved by their 2017 debut Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect.

Sheffield rock band While She Sleeps enter at number 21 with So What. Kimetrius Foose enters at number thirty with Shelby, recorded under the name Lil Skies. What is it about rappers and the name Lil?

On Monday (4 March) The Prodigy’s Keith Flint was found dead at his Essex home, apparently having taken his own life. The Prodigy made their chart debut in 1991 with the top ten hit Charly. Five years later they had two number one singles with Firestarter and Breathe, both featuring Flint on vocals. Those two songs helped to establish The Prodigy as a dance act whose appeal went beyond general dance fans. Indeed, I was lucky enough to see The Prodigy live not long after those two chart-topping singles.

Keith Flint’s stage persona was very much that of an angry young man. However, social media was soon full of comments from people saying what a sweet man he was away from the stage. Mat Osman tweeted that he and his bandmates had spent a lot of time in Flint’s company when The Prodigy and Suede were playing at the same festivals in the 1990s. One of the responses was from somebody who regularly worked at Glastonbury. He was impressed with the fact that each time The Prodigy returned to the Somerset festival, Flint went beyond a nod in his direction as an acknowledgement of vague recognition and was able to address him by name each year.

Flint’s other interests included owning a pub in Essex. He was often to be found working in the pub, including laying the real fire. Anybody who was heard to make a rather obvious remark was ordered to put a pound in the pub’s swear box.

The news of Flint’s death at the age of just 49 inevitably led to sales and streams of Prodigy songs and albums increasing significantly. As a result three of their albums return to the top forty. Their 2005 Singles collection (one of their seven number one albums) is, unsurprisingly, the highest of the three, returning at number thirteen. They are accompanied by two other former chart-toppers, The Fat Of The Land (1997) at number 26 and No Tourists (2018) at number 35.

Before the death of Keith Flint, the highest entry from a deceased artist was going to be a two-CD retrospective from Tom Petty (who died in 2017) modestly titled The Best Of Everything. The title might suggest that it covers his whole career, but there is nothing here from his time as a Travelling Wilbury. The collection enters at number 38.
Published on: 2019-03-08 by Suedehead2 || 36795 Views
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The Sundara Karma album is called Ulfilas' Alphabet, not Ulfila's Alphabet.

The alphabet in question is the Gothic alphabet, which Ulfilas helped to develop in the 4th century AD. (I'm no expert on language history. I'm just quoting Wikipedia.) laugh.gif
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