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Three weeks at the top for Lewis Capaldi
Lewis Capaldi holds on for a third week at number one. Dave starts his albums career with a number one.

Lewis Capaldi spends a third week at the top of the singles chart. Dave gets a number one album at the first attempt.

The top of the singles chart remains in Scottish hands with Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved getting a third week at number one while Calvin Harris aye at number two with Giant. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s role as the vocalist on Giant maintains an English presence in the top two.

One clear way of demonstrating which acts are still selling albums is to look at the impact the release of a new album has on the singles chart. If people buy the album, whether a physical copy or download, that does not affect the singles chart. By contrast, if people stream the album, that also counts as a stream for each track. That will often lead to a number of those tracks entering the singles chart. For some time there was no limit on the number of tracks, but now no more than three tracks by the same artist are allowed in the chart at any one time.

This week’s clear example of an artist relying heavily on streams is the rapper Dave. Three tracks from his debut album, Psychodrama, are new entries in the top forty. Disaster, featuring J Hus, is at number eight, Streatham is at nine and Location, featuring Burna Boy, is at eleven. None of the other major new album releases contribute any new entries in the top forty singles chart.

The regular collection of alleged talents this week lands at number 33 in the shape of Boasty by Wiley, Steflon Don and Sean Paul.

As mentioned above, London rapper Dave released his album Psychodrama last week. It gave him three instant hit singles, but would he also get the number one album? In Monday’s update it was at number four, not far behind three other new entries. However, as always, that update was missing a significant amount of streaming data, data that was bound to favour Dave once it was added in.

By Thursday’s update, Dave had passed his rivals and he finishes the week with a number one album to his name. The album has been widely praised for its lyrics which address a number of issues facing this country and the world today. Expect to see it in many of the lists of the albums of the year in nine months’ time.

The early leaders in the albums chart were Oxford band Foals with their fifth studio album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part I. Their second and third albums, Total Life Forever (2010) and Holy Fire (2013), were both nominated for the Mercury Prize and all of their albums have reached the top ten. They started the week with hopes of topping the chart for the first time but end it at number two.

The other two leading new entries were from female vocalists, one of them a debut, the other from a much longer-established singer. Dido’s big break came courtesy of Eminem when he used a sample from her song, Thank You, in his breakthrough hit Stan. That boosted the fortunes both of the song itself and its parent album No Angel. Twenty years after the release of No Angel she enters at number three with her fifth album Still On My Mind. Like its predecessor, the album was produced by her brother Rollo Armstrong, best known as a member of Faithless.

The debut album in question comes from Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid who enters at number four with Sucker Punch.

Last week’s number one, Tom Walker’s What A Time To Be Alive, falls to number five.

Like Dido, David Gray’s career got off to a fairly slow start. He had to wait until the release of his fourth album, White Ladder (1998) before achieving any real success. His eleventh studio album, Gold In A Brass Age, is at number 21. Fellow singer-songwriter James Morrison enters at number fourteen with You’re Stronger Than You Know.

When Paul Weller first came to public attention as a member of The Jam, he was just a teenager. He was only 24 when he announced that the band were splitting up, thereby ensuring that The Jam became one of the bands who called it a day when they were still at the top. After a spell with the inferior Style Council he embarked on a solo career which is now in its 30th year.

That solo career has so far yielded fourteen solo albums and he has now released a sixth live set, Other Aspects, Live at the Royal Festival Hall. It is a new entry at number ten.

Juice Wrld are at number twelve with Death Race For Love. They enter the singles chart at number 39 with Robbery.

Following the broadcast of a film documentary making serious allegations against Michael Jackson there have been many calls for his music to be boycotted. That some people disagree is shown by the return of his Number Ones collection at number 28.

The release of the Freddie Mercury biopic has led to a return to chart action for their greatest hits package. This week their most famous studio album, A Night At The Opera, returns to the top forty at number 38, one place ahead of the name of one of the tracks. The album,of course, contains Bohemian Rhapsody as well as the equally epic Prophet Song. It was last in the top forty at the beginning of 1977.

George Ezra’s debut Wanted On Voyage is back again at number 36.
Published on: 2019-03-15 by Suedehead2 || 37054 Views
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