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Sheeran and Bieber are still at number one
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber hold off another strong challenge from Lil Nas X to stay at the top of the singles chart. Lewis Capaldi gets a fourth week at number one in the albums chart.

Another close race at the top of the singles chart but Lewis Capaldi comfortably gets a fourth week at number one in the albums chart.

Close races at the top of the singles chart are, thankfully, relatively frequent. It is less common to see a close race for four successive weeks and even rarer for the same two songs to be battling it out for a whole month. Yet that is what we have seen for the past few weeks with Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s I Don’t Care locked in battle with Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road. For each of the last three weeks Sheeran and Bieber have triumphed but this week’s first update showed Lil Nas X with a modest lead. As the week progressed that lead narrowed with just a few hundred copies separating them by Wednesday.

By the end of the week Sheeran and Bieber had regained the lead to get a fifth week at number on. Lil Nas X remains stuck at number two.

The rest of the top five is the same as last week and the week before. Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved is at number three, Stormzy’s Vossi Bop is at four and Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy is at five. Capaldi is also at number six with Hold Me While You Wait and at number twelve with Grace. The latter highlights the absurdity of the three-song limit. Last week it dropped out in favour of Bruises, but this week it jumps straight back in. Bruises crashes straight back out again. These rules were never likely to find favour with people who like “neat” chart runs.

The rest of the top ten remains relatively static but, unlike last week, there is at least a little movement. There is even a new entry at number eight. The bad news is that No Guidance combines the questionable talents of Chris Brown and Drake. Both acts have collaborated with a long list of others, but this is the first time they have created a hit single together. Some people may question why Drake, whose first number one was alongside Rihanna, has chosen to work with someone who has a conviction for assaulting the very same Rihanna. Overall, it is Brown’s 32nd top forty (and sixteenth top ten) single and Drake’s 44th top forty (and seventeenth top ten) hit.

After having one top forty single in each of 2017 and 2018, Mabel gets her second hit of 2019 with Mad Love at number eighteen. Very few mad nouns have been top forty hits. Tears For Fears reached number three in 1982 before Michael Andrews and Gary Jules had a Christmas number one in 2003 with their version of the song. The only other example is another song called Mad Love, a number 22 hit for Sean Paul and David Guetta in 2018.

Liam Gallagher remains one of the few rock-oriented artists and one of the few artists over forty to continue to get the odd chart hit. This week he gets his third solo top forty single with Shockwave at number 22. The song is nothing ground-breaking, but it is, nevertheless, good to see a different genre represented in the top forty. While still a member of Oasis, Gallagher was a featured vocalist on Death In Vegas’s Scorpio Rising (number 22, 2002) and reached number six alongside Steve Cradock of Ocean Colour Scene with a cover of The Jam’s Carnation in 1999.

The list of tube stations to have provided the name of a top forty hit increases by one this week. Past examples include Waterloo (Abba), Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty), Warwick Avenue (Duffy) and even Victoria (The Kinks). Now they have been joined by Ladbroke Grove, a new entry for AJ Tracey at number 26. Tracey, who hails from Ladbroke Grove, had his first top forty hit last year with Butterflies, thereby adding to the list of sitcoms that have also been the title of a hit single. He missed the top forty with Mimi. leaving the number of top forty singles to share their name with a character from Inspector Montalbano at, I think, zero.

Rappers Young T and Bugsey signed a record deal three years ago when still in their teens. They have taken their time to get a first hit but they have made it this week with Strike A Pose at number thirty. They are joined by fellow rapper Aitch from Manchester who has never been a member of Steps. Young T and Bugsey are from Nottingham, making the latter the second bug from Nottingham to have a hit single after Jake Bugg. Sadly Jake Bugg’s single with CamelPhat, Be Someone, is showing no signs of being the hit it deserves to be.

The other new entries are tracks from albums released last week. Two of them come from Mostack - Stinking Rich (featuring Dave and J Hus) is at number nineteen and I’m The One (with Fredo) is at 39. Mostack’s collaboration with Stormzy, Shine Girl, is ahead of both of them at number thirteen. Avicii enters at number twenty with Heaven. Vocals on the track are provided by Coldplay’s Chris Martin although he does not receive a credit.

While the single chart delivered another close race, the albums chart produced a clear winner once again with Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent gaining a fourth week at number one. His chances of extending his run to a fifth week are close to zero as Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Bastille all have new albums out today (Friday).

Once again there are three new entries in the upper reaches of the chart although none of them came close to displacing Lewis Capaldi from the top spot, As already mentioned, that will happen next week. The highest of those new entries, at number two, comes from a band who would not have been considered serious contenders at the beginning of the year. At that point it had been a decade since Jonas Brothers had had a top forty single and just under a decade since their last album which peaked at number nine. However, in March they had their first ever top ten single in the UK with Sucker and they now get their highest-charting album with Happiness Begins. Sucker returns to the singles chart at number 40.

At the start of 2019 it also seemed unlikely that Mostack would enjoy so much success in the first half of the year. The Londoner, born Montell Daley, had notched up a few minor hit singles in 2017 and ‘18 while his debut album had spent just one week in the top forty. His career received a boost when he made the top ten for the first time as featured artist on Steel Banglez’ Fashion Week. As reported above, two tracks from the album, Stacko, entered the singles chart this week. The album itself is at number three.

Billie Eilish is still at number four with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Northern Ireland singer-songwriter Neil Hannon, performing under the moniker The Divine Comedy, first came to many people’s attention with the brilliant single Something For The Weekend in 1996. That song reached the top twenty shortly after the host album, Casanova, had failed to enter the top forty.

Hannon’s wit and ability to write a cracking tune gave him further chart success with songs such as Generation Sex and his only top ten hit (so far at least) National Express. He has written theme tunes for programmes such as The IT Crowd and Father Ted, performed the whole of Vampire Weekend’s debut album with a collection of guest musicians and even recorded albums about cricket under the name The Duckworth Lewis Method but The Divine Comedy has continued to be his main project. This week The Divine Comedy’s fantastic twelfth studio album enters at number five, their highest albums chart position apart from a Best Of collection which reached number three in 1999.

It always pays to be wary when a posthumous album is released. There is always the risk that unreleased material is either incomplete or has remained unreleased for the simple reason that it isn’t very good. Those warnings can be disregarded in the case of Avicii’s Tim which takes its name from his given name Tim Bergling. The only warning has to be that some of the lyrics make for uncomfortable listening given the circumstances of his death last year at the age of just 28. The album deserves to enter higher than its actual position of number seven.

For some years Bob Dylan has tried to avoid the risk of the release of inferior posthumous albums by compiling albums of unreleased recordings himself. He started releasing The Bootleg Series as long ago as 1991 and has also released a series of collections of live recordings. The latest set of live recordings dates from 1975 by which time his chart career was already into its second decade. The fourteen-disc collection includes recordings of rehearsals as well as the more traditional concert recordings and includes some of his best-known songs such as Blowin’ In The Wind, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door and Just Like A Woman, each of them several times. The boxed set, under the title The Rolling Thunder Revue, enters at number twenty to give Dylan a 61st top forty album.

Bob Dylan will be back performing in the UK in the summer (assuming we get one), including a date in Hyde Park when he will be sharing the bill with Neii Young who, at a mere 75, is five years Dylan’s junior. This week Young joins Dylan by entering the chart with a live album from the 1970s. Tuscaloosa, recorded in the Alabama town of that name in 1973, enters at number thirty to give him his fortieth top forty album.

A trio of new entries from veteran artists is completed by Santana’s Africa Speaks at number 35 The band have been fronted for over fifty years by Carlos Santana who is now 71.

In May 2013 I wrote “The list of British jazz musicians to have achieved chart success in the 21st century is rather short - as, for that matter, is Jamie Cullum.” I very much doubt he ever read that comment, so it is unlikely that it inspired the name of his latest album, Taller. The album fails to give him a first appearance in the top ten for almost a decade by entering at number seventeen.

Norwegian singer Aurora made her UK chart debut in 2015 with a version of Oasis’s Half The World Away which was used in a Christmas advert for a department store. The following year she had a minor hit with her debut album All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend. THis week she returns to the chart at number 32 with her second album A Different Kind Of Human (Step 2).

The Division Bell, released in 1994, was Pink Floyd’s fourteenth studio album and the second not to feature Roger Waters. In the UK it became their fourth number one album after Atom Heart Mother (1970), Wish You Were Here (1975) and The Final Cut (1983). It also topped the albums charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA. The Wall (1979) topped the chart in those eight countries but only reached number three in the UK despite giving them their only number one single. To mark 25 years (and a bit) since The Division Bell’s release a new vinyl edition has been made available and it sees the album return to the chart at number 23.

Published on: 2019-06-14 by Suedehead2 || 182887 Views
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16 Jun 2019 - 18:47
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Why would Drake record with Chris Brown? Sour grapes with Rihanna who didn't get back to him when he professed his love for her in public in 2016, rather than actually give her a call?

Cos if there is any way guaranteed to win the woman of your dreams it'd be palling up with her former abuser. Women just love that sort of thing.

Leo Sayer, of course, beat AJ Tracey to name-checking Ladbroke Grove in a hit song by ooh, 45 years. One Man Band pondered the dangers of crossing said road when I was sweet 16, so I have very much avoided ever going there, just to be on the safe side. AJ seems to be a bit proud of sitting in his Rover, and cruising in his four-wheel drive in his lyrics, so I'd assume he also takes the pedestrian safety message to heart and drives everywhere. "No one sees" he exclaims, and "No one knows the pain", presumably the pedestrians getting hit by his car after he just needs "a drink and a rub down" and "I don't know about sober" leading to his poor excuse "wait everyone run from the cop car" .

Now Leo warned us of this long before AJ was even a twinkle in his daddy's eye:

Everybody knows down Ladbroke Grove
You have to leap across the street
You can lose your life under a taxi cab
You gotta have eyes in your feet.

Or, I assume, Rover's and generic four-wheel drives while under the influence. Leo only moaned about getting moved along by the police for busking.
18 Jun 2019 - 10:28
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There's a bit of a flaw in little Leo's advice. Eyes in your feet wouldn't be much use if you were wearing shoes and socks cry.gif
19 Jun 2019 - 19:33
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He was probably too busy with his Harlequin outfit and make-up in those days to be bothered with shoes and socks. "The Show Must Go On" he sang, gazing up at his Sandie Shaw-footed inspiration. Probs. laugh.gif
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Who could forget that outfit? Of course, he might want to laugh.gif
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I love the outfit though hahaha
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