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Another week at the top for Sheeran and Bieber
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's run at the top of the singles chart extends to a fourth week. Lewis Capaldi spends a third week at number one in the albums chart.

No change at the top of either chart as Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber have the number one single for a fourth week and Lewis Capaldi tops the albums chart for a third week.

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber hold on for a fourth week at number one in the singles chart with I Don’t Care. It is now the second longest-running number one of the year, behind Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved which spent seven weeks at the top. Five years ago this week Sheeran topped the chart for the first time with Sing.

Once again Sheeran and Bieber’s nearest challenger is Lil Nas X who spends a fifth consecutive week at number two with Old Town Road, The rest of the top five is also the same as last week. Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved is at number three, Stormzy’s Vossi Bop is at four and Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy (the only song in the top four not to have topped the chart) is at number five. The top four have spent the last fifteen weeks at number one between them.

The top section of this week’s chart is nearly as boring as last week’s Champions League final with the whole of the top twelve unchanged. There is, however, some new blood in the rest of the chart with six new entries and one re-entry in the top forty, including five in the six positions immediately below the top twelve.

In the early days of the chart music fans had to go into something called a shop to buy a round thing with a hole in the middle called a record. These shops were closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year. As that left only four days for people to buy records, there would often be no new chart for that week. The week’s chart would simply be a copy of the previous week. Excluding those weeks, this is the first week in chart history to have a completely unchanged top ten, let alone top twelve..

It is nearly eleven years since Katy Perry made her UK chart debut with the chart-topping I Kissed A Girl. In that time she has had a further four number ones with ten other singles reaching the top ten. Never Really Over may yet boost one or both of those totals. For now, it is a new entry at number thirteen. In a time when songwriters seem increasingly willing to sue other writers for allegedly plagiarising their work, Perry has agreed to give a co=writing credit ti Norwegian singer-songwriter Dagny, acknowledging the resemblance between Never Really Over and Dagny’s Love You Like That.

This week’s first (and only) Justin Bieber connection comes from the title of a song rather than a direct link to the artists involved. What Do You Mean was the title of Bieber’s first number one single in 2015. It is now also the title of a top twenty hit for Skepta and J Hus as it enters at number fourteen.

Skepta has a re-entry at number eighteen with Greaze Mode (whatever one of those might be). That song, which reached number 22 last month, features Nafe Smallz whose only previous top forty appearance was a week at number 38 towards the end of last year on Plug’s Broken Homes. Skepta also has a third entry at number 32 with Bullet From A Gun. That song has no featured artist.

J Hus’s UK top forty debut was a featured artist on Stormzy’s Bad Boys. That very same Stormzy has a new entry as a featured artist himself this week with Shine Girl at number fifteen. The lead artist in this case, Mostack, also made his first top forty appearance with a song with the word Bad in the title. In his case ti was the only word and a fair description of the song.

Lewis Capaldi’s Grace finally became a big hit in the wake of his number one single Someone You Loved. When the album was released the song reached the top ten for the first time, some nine months after it was first released. Last week it was the third most popular track from the album and stood at number fourteen in the singles chart. This week it is no longer one of Capaldi’s three most popular songs so, thanks to the three-song limit, it is booted out of the chart altogether. Perhaps fittingly, the winner of a battle between two Capaldi numbers is a song called Bruises. After being excluded from the chart for the last couple weeks by the same three-song rule it now enters at number sixteen. Before the release of the album, Bruises spent three months in the chart without reaching the top forty.

While Billy Ray Cyrus continues to enjoy a revival of his chart career (albeit an uncredited one) on Old Town Road, daughter Miley enters at number 31 with Mother’s Daughter. There is still no sign on a father / daughter mash-up combining Miley’s last hit and Dad’s best-known song under the title Nothing Breaks Like An Achy Breaky Heart.

Lewis Capaldi spends a third week at the top of the albums chart with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, matching the run enjoyed by its immediate predecessor Pink’s Hurts 2B Human. It is the first time two successive non-soundtrack albums have spent three weeks or more at number one since Adele’s 25 and David Bowie’s Blackstar in 2015/16. You have to go back a further five years for the previous occasion when Take That’s Progress and Rihanna’s Loud both had extended runs at the top in 2010/11.

While the top of the singles chart is decidedly static this week, there is rather more activity in the upper reaches of the albums chart where there are three new entries in the top five. As reported above, Skepta has three new entries in the singles chart this week. They are all from his new album, Ignorance Is Bliss, which is a new entry at number two. It matches the peak of his previous album, Konnichiwa, released in 2016.

For the whole of the time the chart was announced on a Sunday Radio 1’s Chart Show was able to play the whole of the top forty unless a particular song was banned for some reason. That rule was broken without any explanation in August 2007 when Richard Hawley had a new entry at number 40 with the excellent Tonight The Streets Are Ours. That remains his only week in the top forty singles chart as a credited artist.

Before embarking on a solo career Sheffield-born Hawley had been a member of the brilliant Longpigs and was briefly a member of Pulp. He has also collaborated with another successful Sheffield band, Arctic Monkeys and co-wrote a song on Robbie Williams’ first solo album Life Thru A Lens. Hawley’s latest solo album, the splendid Further, is a new entry at number three to give him a second top three (and fourth top ten) album. In common with Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Hawley is a long-time admirer of Scott Walker who died earlier this year.

The decision to release a new Susan Boyle album to coincide with this year’s Britain’s Got Talent final was clearly intended to boost sales of the album. After all, ten years on from her appearance in the show she and dance group Diversity (who won the final that year) remain the most successful acts to graduate from the programme.

The tactic doesn’t appear to have worked. Sales figures suggest that people who were interested in the album had already bought it by the time of Sunday’s final. Boyle’s debut album, I Dreamed A Dream, sold over 400,000 copies in its first week and soldwell over 250,000 in each of the following four weeks. This new release, Ten, has sold under 10,000 copies in week one (including streaming). Most of the album comprises previously released songs with just four of the tracks being new recordings. These include, with a distinct air of inevitability, a song from The Greatest Showman. The album enters at number five.

Billie Eilish falls two places to number four with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? That means that the Greatest Showman soundtrack drops out of the top five for the second time in three weeks. Perhaps it is finally running out of steam.

For a few years from the end of the last decade Chase And Status were regular visitors to the singles chart. However, they haven’t had a top forty hit since Alive over five years ago. They are still around though and this week they get their second top twenty album since their last singles chart success with Rtrn II Jungle at number twelve.

Acclaimed Irish blues and rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, who died in 1995 aged 47, is one of the rare artists whose most successful recording was a live album. His Live In Europe album (released in 1972) gave him his only appearance in the top ten. Now, just before the 24th anniversary of his death next week, there is a new album, Blues, featuring various tracks on which he played (on albums recorded by people such as Lonnie Donegan and Muddy Waters) as well as radio session recordings and other previously unreleased items. It is a new entry at number seventeen.

Miley Cyrus enters at number eighteen with She Is Coming. The album comprises just six tracks, lasting a total of under twenty minutes, and is only available to download or stream.

It feels like it has been a while since we last had a new entry from a Brighton band, so it is a pleasure to be able to report that Yonaka, hailing from the UK’s finest city, have a new entry at number 38 this week with Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow,

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours pops back into the top forty yet again at number 36. Eminem’s Curtain Call, another serial re-entry, is at number 37.
Published on: 2019-06-07 by Suedehead2 || 68172 Views
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