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Lil Nas X climbs to number one
Lil Nas X trounces all opposition to top the singles chart for the first time. BTS become the first Korean act to have a number one album.

Lil Nas X ends Lewis Capaldi’s reign at the top of the singles chart. BTS make a little bit of albums chart history.

After last week’s big climb to number two, it was almost inevitable that Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road would take the one remaining step to the top this week. And so it has come to pass. When it entered the chart two weeks ago, I commented that it had been excluded from the US Country chart because it “wasn’t country enough”. The record company has attempted to address that by recruiting Billy Ray Cyrus to add his vocals to a remix of the song. However, he hasn’t been added to the credits so, for the time being at least, he cannot claim his first UK number one single. He therefore remains two behind his daughter Miley and is denied his first top forty hit since Could’ve Been Me in 1992. He has a new album out later this year.

Lewis Capaldi slips to number two after his seven-week stay at the top. Streams of Someone You Loved increased last week, so it will not be on the Accelerated Chart Ratio (where streams are halved in value) for at least another three weeks. This week Capaldi announced a short arena tour. He also announced that help would be available for fans who suffer from anxiety but still wish to attend one of the shows. Let’s hope that initiative is successful and is taken up by other acts so that more people can experience the excitement of live music.

Billie Eilish stays at number three with Bad Guy. Meduza featuring Goodboys climb one place to number four with Piece Of Your Heart. Tom Walker’s Just You And I returns to the top five at number five.

On 20 April last year Swedish producer Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, took his own life after suffering from depression. At the time of his death he was believed to have left dozens of unreleased recordings - some of them complete, others unfinished. Some of those recordings are being released on a new album later this year. In the meantime, we have the first single from that album, SOS. Vocals are provided by Aloe Blacc, best known for the wonderful I Need A Dollar. The song enters at number twelve.

Last week South Korean girlband Blackpink set a new record when the video for their single Kill This Love was viewed 56.7 million times worldwide on Youtube. That record has already been beaten by their compatriots BTS. The video for Boy With Luv clocked up a hefty 74.6 million views last Friday (12 April). It would be a surprise if that record remains in place for long. The song, which featured Halsey, enters at number thirteen to give BTS their first top twenty hit in the UK.

The biggest climber of the week, by some distance, is Keisha & Becky by Russ and Tion Wayne. It climbs 32 places to number seven. Chvrches get a very welcome first top ten hit single as their collaboration with Marshmello, Here With Me, climbs to number ten.

Post Malone and Swae Lee’s Sunflower is a re-entry at number 40. Nine weeks after its first week in the top forty Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Who Do You Love gets a second week, at number 36.

Since Korean pop made its first appearance in the chart (in the form of a song which should never be mentioned again) it has been steadily growing in popularity with UK audiences. That popularity reaches a new peak this week as BTS become the first Korean act to get a number one album. Map Of The Soul - Persona is not a typical boyband album - the band are reported to have been inspired by the works of Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung. For anyone who has forgotten, the first three letters of a word in the previous sentence give a clue to the identity of the song mentioned at the beginning of the paragraph.

After two weeks at number one, Billie Eilish slips to number two with her debut album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go, The Greatest Showman soundtrack stays at number three.

The Chemical Brothers’ debut album Exit Planet Dust, released in 1995, entered the chart at number nine and never graced the top ten again. The next six studio albums, by contrast, all went to number one. The first of those six, Dig Your Own Hole (1997), also spawned two number one singles - Setting Sun (with vocals by Noel Gallagher) and Block Rockin; Beats). That run of success now seems to have come to a halt as their latest album, No Geography, enters at number four. The possibility of it climbing to number one cannot be completely dismissed, but it seems highly unlikely.

Tom Walker’s What A Time To Be Alive is at number five.

At the start of this week singer Reg Smith, better known as Marty Wilde, celebrated his eightieth birthday. In order to celebrate the start of his ninth decade, Wilde, father of Kim whose greatest success came in the 1980s, is embarking on a tour and has released a new compilation album, Dreamboats And Petticoats which enters at number seven. The album contains top ten hits such as his versions of Rubber Ball and A Teenager In Love.Wilde never had a hit album in his main chart career. His only other appearance in the albums chart was another compilation in 2007.

Dublin band Fontaines DC have been earning themselves some good reviews of late and are in my top 30 most-played artists of the year on Spotify, so they must be doing something right. This week they achieve the biggest success of their career as their debut album, Dogrel, enters at number nine.

Fontaines DC played a gig in Brighton last night (Thursday). The same venue plays host tomorrow night to M Huncho who also released a debut album last week. In order to preserve an air of mystery, the London-based rapper chooses to wear a balaclava for public appearances. His album, Utopia, lands at number thirteen.

Emma Bunton’s first two solo albums both reached the top ten. However, the former Spice Girl’s third release didn’t get anywhere near the top forty. If she took that as a sign that she should reassess her career choice, she certainly took a long time about it. Her fourth studio album, My Happy Place, comes over twelve years after her flop of a third set. It sees her back in the top twenty for the first time in fifteen years at number eleven.

Olajide Olatunji, or KSI to use his chosen moniker, is described as a comedian, actor, rapper, Youtube personality and white-collar boxer, whatever that last one may mean. His first two albums both reached the top forty although neither of them has managed a second week in the top 75. His third album, New Age, recorded with someone called Randolph, is at number seventeen.

Thi week’s award for the band whose name most obviously marks them out as a rock band goes to Southampton’s Band Of Skulls. With a name like that, they are hardly likely to be a purveyor of insipid cover versions. Their last album, By Default, missed out on a top forty spot by one place. Album number five does a little better - Love Is All You Love is at number thirty.

If Killers singer Brandon Flowers had chosen the same trick as Brandon Anderson, he would have performed under the name Flowers .Richard. Thankfully, he didn’t. Brandon Paak Anderson, on the other hand, did choose to use the name Anderson .Paak. Don’t ask me why. He makes his top forty debut this week with his fourth album, Ventura, at number 27.

Last Saturday (13 April) was the annual Record Store Day with the usual list of limited edition releases made available only to independent record shops. With overall album sales so low, some of these releases, specifically new editions of old albums, sold enough to reach the chart, erven if they missed the top forty. Pink Floyd’s second album A Saucerful Of Secrets (originally released in 1968 when it made the top ten) is at number 46. The album was the last to feature founder member Syd Barrett.

Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks, a number four hit on its release in 1975, is at number 43. David Bowie’s covers album, Pin Ups, a number one in 1973, is at number 31. That album includes a version of See Emily Play, written by Syd Barrett for Pink Floyd’s debut album Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.
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19 Apr 2019 - 18:21
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Is that unmentioned song Jung At Heart by the Bluebells?

Marty Wilde just to make it a bit more impressive - he has waited 60 years and more to get his first top 10 album. That is a feat it's hard to see happening again for a living touring act!
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19 Apr 2019 - 19:11
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If you count the original version of Old Town Road as being the no.1 single,not the remix,it is the sixth shortest song to reach no.1.
The top six shortest no.1s are:
1.39 What Do You Want? - Adam Faith
1.47 Poor Me - Adam Faith
1.47 Dreamboat - Alma Cogan
1.50 Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
1.51 Side Saddle - Russ Conway
1.53 Old Town Road - Lil Nas X
As the top 5 are all from 1952-1960,Old Town Road is the shortest no.1 for 59 years.
19 Apr 2019 - 20:40
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I must have missed the bit about The Bluebells being Korean ohmy.gif And, of course, Young At Heart is a good song.

Thanks for the info on short number ones. I thought the shortest number one might have been Little Jimmy Osmond tongue.gif
19 Apr 2019 - 22:00
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Now that Giant is about to go to ACR, not only did it take Rag'N'Bone Man up to 8 weeks at #2 (added to the 3 for Human) without a #1 - one behind Nat King Cole's all time record of 9 weeks - but it is also the first song for a very long time, possibly since the 1950s, to spend as many as 14 weeks in the Top 7 without reaching #1. I know the Top 7 isn't really a 'thing' but none of the other big #2 songs I've checked from the current era spent more than 13 weeks that high.
20 Apr 2019 - 5:30
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^ I meant 14 *consecutive* weeks
20 Apr 2019 - 7:39
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Thanks Jim. For records like that, I’m perfectly prepared to accept that the top seven is a thing.
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