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Sheeran and Bieber are still at number one.
Whether they care or not, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber get a second week at number one in the singles chart with I Don't Care. Lewis Capaldi gets his expected number one album.

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber get a second week at the top of the singles chart. Lewis Capaldi tops the albums chart by a massive margin.

As expected, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber spend a second week at number one in the singles chart with I Donít Care. Sheeran has now spent 26 weeks (six months) at the top of the singles chart and a further 36 weeks at number one in the albums chart. In singles chart terms Bieber is slightly ahead with 32 weeks at number one but the Canadian has only spent a solitary week at the top of the albums chart.

Lil Nas Xís Old Town Road isnít going anywhere as it stays at number two for another week. Stormzyís Vossi Bop fallso one place to number four where it is sandwiched between two Lewis Capaldi songs. Someone You Loved is back up one place to number three and Hold Me While You Wait rebounds to number five. The release of his debut album has also propelled Grace to a new peak. It climbs nineteen places to number nine in its 17th week in the top forty. Without the limit of three songs for any act most, if not all, of the albumís tracks would be in the top forty.

As well as Lewis Capaldi, two other artists have new entries with tracks from their new albums. American rapper Tyler Okonwa, known as Tyler The Creator, has had four top forty albums but has ventured no higher than number 93 in the singles chart. That all changes this week as streams of his new album are enough to see two of the tracks in the top forty. Earfquake (yes, really) is at number seventeen, I Think is at thirty. The third song allowed in the chart,, Igorís Theme is at number 41. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Tyler The Creator has not spent time in jail. He has, however, been banned from entering the UK because of the controversial nature of some of his lyrics. That ban has now expired and he is expected to perform here later in the year.

DJ Khaled was a comparatively ancient 40 years old when he made his top forty debut with For Free (featuring Drake) in 2016. Since then he has had two number one singles and was last in the chart with No Brainer (featuring Justin Bieber among others) last year. Three tracks from his latest album have entered the top 100, but only one of them is in the top forty. Jealous, featuring Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Big Sean is at number 37.

There is still three conventional new entries this week, i.e. actual singles rather than tracks from a heavily-streamed album. The first comes from Ashley Frangipane, better known as Halsey, whose first venture into the UK charts was as a featured artist on Justin Bieberís The Feeling (yes, him again). Nightmare, a newcomer at number 26, is her seventh top forty hit, but only her second as lead artist.

With the weather gradually improving in the UK, Summer Days by Martin Garrix enters at number 36. The cast also includes Macklemore and, making his chart debut, Patrick Stump. Floridian singer Dominic Fike is another chart debutant this week. He enters at number 39 with 3 Nights.

While the number one in the singles chart this week was very predictable, the identity of the number one album was even more so. Only the unexpected release of a new album from someone like Adele or Ed Sheeran was ever going to stop Lewis Capaldi from going straight to the top of the pile with his debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. In an act of self-deprecation familiar to his many followers on social media, the album takes its title from a particularly unfavourable review Capaldi once received. The album has notched up more downloads in a week than any other album this year and its total sales (including streams) are more than the rest of the top ten put together.

Without Lewis Capaldiís album, there would have been a real battle for number one. Instead, we had a battle for the coveted number two spot. In addition to the Tyler The Creator album that produced three new entries in the singles chart, there were also releases from indie band The National and Rammstein.

American indie band The National released their debut album at the beginning of the century but had to wait until their fifth album in 2010 before they enjoyed any significant chart success. That album, High Violet, reached the top five both in their home country and in the UK. Subsequent albums have achieved similar chart success with Sleep Well Beast topping the UK chart in 2017. If they had released their eighth studio album, I Am Easy To Find, at any time in the last few weeks, it would at the very least have been a contender for number one. As it is, it enters at number two a long way behind Lewis Capaldi.

Just in case their name wasnít enough of a giveway, Rammstein are a German rock band. In their 25 years of existence their line-up has remained unchanged, something relatively few bands can boast. In their home country, their last five albums have all topped the chart. Their only album not to do so was their 1995 debut Herzeleid. In the UK, their first two albums missed the chart altogether, but each subsequent release has charted higher than its predecessor. That trend continues as they get their first top ten placing in the UK with the unimaginatively titled Rammstein at number three.

As recorded above, Tyler The Creatorís new album, Igor, has provided three of this weekís new entries in the singles chart, largely from streams of the album. In an indication of how streaming remains less dominant in the albums market, it enters at number four, behind The National and Rammstein.

DJ Khaledís album, Father Of Asahd, suffers a similar fate. While three tracks have entered the singles chart (albeit not all in the top forty), the album enters at number six. DJ Khaledís consolation is that it marks a new high for him, beating the number seven peak of Major Key in 2016.

Billie Eilish falls to number five with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The Greatest Showman soundtrack slumps to number seven, its lowest position since it entered the chart at number 39 in the chart announced at the end of December 2017. After three weeks at number one, Pinkís Hurts 2B Human falls to number eight.

Northampton rapper Tyron Frampton chose the name slowthai for his music career. See what he did there? This week he becomes the first artist from the BBCís Sound Of 2019 to achieve chart success with his album, Nothing Great About Britain, at number nine. As the title suggests,his lyrics are often politically charged and include attacks on Theresa May who, at the time of writing on Thursday afternoon, is still UK Prime Minister. Friday update - she still is, but not for much longer.

The competition for the act whose name most obviously gives away their musical style is particularly fierce this week. Even if we disqualify DJ Khaled for being too obvious Rammstein are given a good run for their money by Digga D, a rapper would you believe? He entered the singles chart a few weeks ago with No Diet. Now he has his first appearance in the albums chart with Double Tap Diaries at number eleven.

Itís been a few paragraphs since Justin Bieber got a mention, so here he is again. Our next new album is by yet another singer who has collaborated with him. In this particular case, the collaboration was not a huge success. Beautiful, by Carly Rae Jepsen and the Bieber limped in at number 68. It is now four years since Jepsen had a major hit single with I Really Like You. The subsequent album, Emotion, just missed the top twenty. Her latest release, Dedicated, is at number 26.

When I moved to the Bournemouth area in 1997, local band Big Big Train had already been going for seven years. In twenty years of living there, I was never aware of their existence. Clearly I was not alone; only two of their twelve albums have reached the chart with neither of those two troubling the top forty. Album number thirteen, Grand Tour, proves to be lucky for them, entering the chart at number 35.

For some reason people who would normally buy any new album by a particular artist choose not to buy soundtrack albums by the same artist. As an example, Alex Turnerís only album not to top the chart (either as part of a band or on his own) was the soundtrack to the film Submarine which stalled at number 35. This week, Biffy Clyro suffer the same fate. A new studio album by the Scottish band is almost guaranteed to reach the top ten. Their soundtrack to the film Balance, Not Symmetry only enters at number 36.

There are no re-entries in the top forty this week, but Elton Johnís Diamonds collection climbs fifteen places to number fifteen following the release of the biopic Rocketman.
Published on: 2019-05-24 by Suedehead2 || 24071 Views
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