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A sixth week at number one for Lewis Capaldi
Lewis Capaldi is still at the top of the singles chart with Someone You Loved. Billie Eilish storms to the top of the chart with her debut album.

Lewis Capaldi makes it six weeks at the top of the singles chart. Billie Eilish’s debut album trounces all opposition to top the albums chart and give her a place in the record books.

There is still no stopping Lewis Capaldi as he gets a sixth week at number one in the singles chart with Someone You Loved. For each of the last five weeks, Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man have been stuck at number two with Giant, a word that describes both of them fairly well as they are both comfortably over six feet tall. This week, however, they slip back to number three. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man has now spent a total of eight weeks in the runner-up spot with two singles but has still not managed to reach number one.

Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man are replaced at number two by a new entry from Billie Eilish, Bad Guy. The song comes from her debut album which was released last week. The American singer-songwriter with Irish roots also climbs back up to number ??? with Bury A Friend. That song entered at number seven at the beginning of February and now reaches a new peak by climbing fourteen places to number six. A third track from the album, Wish You Were Gay, re-enters the top forty at number thirteen having previously peaked at number 26. She would have further songs in the top forty if the number of songs one artist is allowed to have in the chart at any one time was not limited to three.

Tom Walker slips one place to number four with Just You And I. The Jonas Brothers are also down one, to number five with Sucker.

The most famous Jay in the music industry at the moment uses the final letter of the alphabet as a sort-of surname. Now we have another Jay who uses the lowest positive integer as a surname, styling himself Jay1. As with Jay-Z, Jay1 does not resemble a colourful British garden bird. Regardless of appearances, the Coventry rapper is at number nineteen with Your Mrs. Perhaps I should rephrase that one.

After confounding expectations with their last single Hello My Love which dropped out of the top forty last week after a nine-week run, Westlife are back already with Better Man, another Ed Sheeran composition, at number 26. Hello My Love had a longer run in the top forty than several of Westlife’s fourteen number ones.

One of the difficulties with the genre charts is trying to decide whether certain songs should qualify. In the US there has been some debate over whether Old Town Road by Lil Nas X should qualify for the country chart .The title certainly sounds like a country song, but I can’t really detect any hint of country in the song itself. In the UK singles chart, where all genres qualify, it is at number 39.

Ariana Grande enters at number 40 with Monopoly. Despite that title, she doesn’t get it all her own way was she shares the credit with Victoria Monet. Monet has written other songs with Grande, including the chart-topping 7 Rings, but this os her first chart credit as a performer.

As already mentioned, Billie Eilish released her debut album last week. We have already seen three songs from When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go riding high in the singles chart. The album itself has also done rather well by going straight to the top of the chart to make Eilish the youngest female solo artist to bag a number one album. Furthermore, it wasn’t even close. It finishes well ahead of all rivals and notches up one of the best first-week sales figures for a debut album in recent years. Eilish doesn’t turn eighteen until the end of the year so she may well have a long career ahead of her.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack is back in its second most common position at number two. Tom Walker’s What A Time To Be Alive is back up to number three. George Ezra moves back up to number four with Staying At Tamara’s.The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack is at number five. After celebrating his first solo number one album for 27 years, Michael Ball falls to number seven with Coming Home To You.

Canadian musician Devin Townsend enters at number 23 with Empath. His only previous top forty appearance, fronting Devin Townsend Project was with the album Transcendence which spent a week at number 26 in 2016.

British trip-hop band Unkle had their first chart success in 1992, the same year that Michael Ball last had a solo number one album. In the summer of 2017 they had their first top forty album in fourteen years with The Road - Part I. Now they have released Part 2, subtitled Lost Highway, and it is a new entry at number 33.

Just weeks after Ludovico Einaudi’s latest release made the top forty, there is another classical album in the chart. The composer this time is Pole Henry Górecki who died in 2010. He enters at number 35 this week with his third symphony, compose in 1976. It is performed by Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by 85-year-old Krzysztof Penderecki who first gained international recognition as a composer in 1959. His work has been adapted for film soundtracks including The Exorcist and The Shining - all good family fun.

Scottish singer Gerry Crosbie, recording as Gerry Cinnamon, released his debut album Erratic Cinematic in September 2017. The album failed to reach the top 100 until it made a belated appearance last summer. Since then it has been in and out of the top 100 without ever getting near the top forty. That changes this week as it enters at number twenty. Whether his stage name is a tribute to the Stone Roses song Sally Cinnamon, the Spice Girls or neither, I know not.

There are a number of re-entries, most of them compilations. Pink’s Greatest Hits - So Far is at number 29, Abba Gold is at 37 (in the week that it was stated that their first new song would be released in September - I’ll believe it when I hear it) and Eminem’s Curtain Call is at 40. The only studio album to re-enter is Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (yet again) at number 25.

Finally, a big thank you to popchartfreak for his commentary last week.
Published on: 2019-04-05 by Suedehead2 || 47299 Views
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