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Stormzy storms to the top of the chart
Stormzy gets his first UK number one single with Vossi Bop. Pink has another number one album.

Stormzy storms to number one. Pink has another number one album.

Three-and-a-half years after his first top forty hit Stormzy gets his first chart-topping single as Vossi Bop goes straight to number one. It is his twelfth top forty hit although not all of the previous eleven have been official singles. As is often the way these days, some of them were album tracks which had a short chart run immediately after the album was released. I’m not sure what a Vossi Bop is.

After two weeks at the summit Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road slips back to number two.

A press release issued by the RSPB(Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) this week might have given the impression that their collection of birdsong was a serious contender for number one. That was never likely but oen bird, a swift, was considered to be in with a chance. Taylor Swift, for it is she, released her new single, Me, last week and it enters at number three. It is, perhaps, one of the most self-centred song titles since Joan Armatrading had a hit with Me Myself I.

Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved falls one place to number four. Meduza and Goodboys fall three places to number five with Piece Of Your Heart.

And so we come to that collection of birdsong. One of the great free shows provided by nature is the dawn chorus although it does mean an early start if you wish to witness it. Unfortunately, a dramatic decline in the number of songbirds in the UK and a general rise in background noise means that it is becoming increasingly difficult to hear it. That has inspired the RSPB to release a single, Let Nature Sing, featuring many of the country’s songbirds. It becomes one of the more unusual top forty hits by entering at number eighteen.

Apart from Taylor Swift, other birds to have charted include Lieutenant Pigeon, various Robins, Sam Sparro and, from Ireland (not really), the O’Jays. More indirectly, there have been at least two Budgies - Budgie from Siouxsie and the Banshees (and, later, the Creatures) and Adam Faith who played the title character in the television series Budgie. As recently as last week, Jade Bird had a top ten album.

Zara Larsson gets her ninth top forty ht, and her first for a year, with Don’t Worry Bout Me at number 34. She has a good track record of converting top forty hits into top ten hits with six of her previous eight to forty entries reaching the upper tier.

Ellie Goulding enters at number 36 with Sixteen. Sixteen is one of the most common double-digit numbers to feature in hit song titles. Previous examples include Sixteen Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford), Only Sixteen (sam Cooke) and Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen (Neil Sedaka).

The battle for supremacy in the albums chart was expected to be a tight race between Pink and Catfish And The Bottlemen. In the event, it wasn’t particularly close at all with Pink easily claiming the number one spot. Pink’s debut album, Can’t Take Me Home (2000), was initially something of a flop, falling well short of the top forty. It eventually reached the top forty after spawning two top ten singles and reached a peak of number thirteen. All subsequent albums have made the top ten with two of them, Funhouse (2008) and Beautiful Trauma (2017) topping the chart. This week she gets a third number one album with Hurts 2B which may, or may not, be about being poked with a pencil.

Welsh indie band Catfish and the Bottlemen have been steadily building a following over the last few years, Their first album, The Balcony (2014) just about made the top ten and they followed that with the chart-topping The Ride in 2016. Earlier this year they finally bagged themselves a top forty single with the splendid Longshot.

Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go drops to number three after a third non-consecutive week at number one. The Greatest Showman soundtrack flaas two places to number four,

Marina and the Diamonds, like Christine and the Queens, was one of those confusing names that sounded like a singer and their band but was, in reality, just a soloist and a number of session musicians. Now Marina Diamandis has abandoned any pretence and simply uses the name Marina. Love + Fear, her first album under that name, is a new entry at number ???

As if a recording of birdsong in the singles chart was not enough weirdness for one week, the albums chart includes a new entry for Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland. After many years being known primarily as Donald Sutherland’s son he became a major star in his own right when he took the lead role in the television series 24. He released his first album, Down In A Hole, but very few people took any notice. The second album, Reckless And Me, has made more of an impact. It enters at number nine. As with his debut set, most of the songs are written by Sutherland.

When singer Dolores O’Riordan died at the beginning of last year, that appeared to spell the end for The Cranberries. However, she had been working on new songs and left behind recordings of the vocals for those songs. The remaining members of the band have completed the songs to create one final album, In The End. It enters at number ten to give the band their first top ten album for twenty years.

People might imagine that a band called Bear’s Den hail from a town near Glasgow. In fact, they come from London and may never have even visited Bearsden. They are at number thirteen with their third album, So That You Might Hear Me.

Pete Doherty’s latest project sees him restore the R to the end of his name and recruit a band called Puta Madres. The former Libertine enters at number 25 with an album also called Peter Doherty and The Puta Madres. ScHoolboy Q brings his random use of upper case into the chart at number 27 with CrasH Talk.

With a palindromic forename and an alliterative name overall, you might have thought that Hannah Harding would have recorded in her own name. However, the New Zealand singer decided to adopt the name Aldous Harding instead. As the only famous Aldous is the definitely male (and dead) Aldous Huxley, this is rather confusing. The closest Aldous Huxley has come to chart success was with a David Essex song from Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds which shared its title, Brave New World with his most famous work. Until this week, that is more than Aldous Harding had managed. That has now changed as her third album, Designer, is at number 33.

Following their appearance on Graham Norton’s chat show last week (or was it the mention they got in last week’s commentary?), The Specials return to the chart at number 35 with Encore.
Published on: 2019-05-03 by Suedehead2 || 48829 Views
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4 May 2019 - 19:35
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Budgie, 2B pencil - it's a good thing this came out after the voting!:lol:

Other tweeters: The Blackbyrds, The Housemartins, Sheryl Crow, Paloma faith, The Jayhawks, Morris & The Mynahs, Cilla Blackbird, Lulu & The Plovers, Emma Bunting, and of course who could forget 'Stork Tork....
5 May 2019 - 9:03
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And I thought some of my jokes were bad tongue.gif Should we all be listening to Tork Stork by Stork Tork?
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