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Sheeran and Bieber keep their place at the top
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber get a sixth week at number one with I Don't Care. Bruce Springsteen gets an eleventh chart-topping album a few months before his 70th birthday.

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber extend their run at the top of the singles chart to six weeks. Bruce Springsteen gets an eleventh number one album.

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber stay at number one in the singles chart for a sixth week, this time by a comfortable margin. It is the third of Sheeran’s six number one singles to spend at least six weeks at the top. Three of Bieber’s seven chart-toppers have spent at least six weeks at the summit with a further two spending five weeks there.

Stromzy’s Vossi Bop and Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy climb two places to numbers two and three respectively. Those climbs are entirely due to the fact that the songs that have been ahead of them for the last few weeks - Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road and Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved are now on the Accelerated Chart Ratio. Because their streams have decreased for the last three weeks and they have been in the chart for at least ten weeks, their streams are now only half as valuable. Therefore, in the week that Old Town Road might have returned to the top if streams continued to count as before, it actually falls to number seven. The song spent ten weeks in the top two, but just two of them at number one.

Someone You Loved has been banished from the top ten altogether after a 20-week run, but Lewis Capaldi does get some benefit from its penalty. His song Hold Me While You Wait climbs two places to number four.

Taylor Swift’s new single You Need To Calm Down has been described as a song in support of LGBT rights. However, a quick look at its lyrics shows that it is at least as much about the pressures of fame in the social media age. Earlier this year it was a decade since Swift’s first top ten hit with Love Story. You Need To Calm Down, a new entry at number five, is her second top ten hit of 2019 and her thirteenth overall.

After a few weeks with little activity in the top ten the upper tier of the chart is a positive hive of activity this week. As well as the moves detailed above, there is a second brand new entry at number ten. Please try not to get too excited. This second newcomer comes from Little Mix with their latest release Bounce Back. Their last two top forty hits failed to dent the top twenty so the title it at least slightly apt. It is their fourteenth top ten hit; Four of the previous thirteen have gone all the way to number one.

Those of us with a tendency to be pedantic frequently find ourselves pointing out that a single exception does not prove a generalisation wrong. For example, the existence of left-handed people does not contradict the general rule that most people are right-handed. One of the general rules of the UK charts in recent years has been that new songs from Drake tend to enter the chart near the top. The fact that two new songs from him have not done so does not prove that the rule is out of date although we can always hope. The higher of the two new tracks, Money In The Grave which features Rick Ross, is at number thirteen. Omerta, which has no feature artist, is at number 33.

Drake does not quite achieve what could have been an almost unique double. While he becomes the first artist to have a top forty hit with the word Omerta in its title there has been one previous hit with the word Grave - Digging The Grave by Faith No More in 1995. The theme song from One Foot In The Grave only reached number 50. He does achieve a double though. Both tracks are rubbish. That, of course, is far from a unique achievement for Drake.

Just as it begins to look like the Easter weekend might not have been the full extent of summer 2019 after all, Martin Garrix, Macklemore and Patrick Stump re-enter at number 36 with Summer Days.

For some weeks it has been evident that the next big battle at the top of the albums chart would be this week with the release of new albums from Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Bastille. Two of those albums are by veteran acts who are in a position to do what they like. They can release an album that is described as “more of the same” or they can do something different. The third act are only on their third album.

A number of Bruce Springsteen’s albums have explored his musical roots, sometimes with a collection of cover versions, at others just self-penned works that rely heavily on a particular genre. Perhaps the best example of the former type is the brilliant 2006 Seeger Sessions album. His latest, Western Stars, has a very strong country flavour to it. His first studio album for over five years delivers him an eleventh number one.

One of the earliest events in the marketing campaign for Madonna’s latest album was her much-hyped appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest last month. The performance itself generated a lot of publicity, although much of that centred around how woeful her vocals were. Not surprisingly, she wasn’t asked about that when she was a guest on Graham Norton’s show last week. Nor was she asked whether not seeming to have a clue who one of the other guests was made her look arrogant. At least Miriam Margolyes presents her lack of knowledge of the other guests in an endearing way when she is on the show.

Madonna has survived for over thirty years in the music industry by regularly reinventing herself.
That can mean alienating fans with an album they don’t like, but the upside is that albums are likely to sound fresher While she is no longer as popular as she was in her heyday, most other artists who started their career in the 1980s ceased to be even vaguely relevant long ago. A new Madonna album is still considered to be an item of interest. If she had released Madame X a week later, she might have got a thirteenth number one album. As it is, she is at number two.

By the time Bastille’s singer Dan Smith was born in 1986, Bruce Springsteen had released seven studio albums and Madonna’s third album had been out for a couple weeks. The band had a minor top forty hit in 2012 with Flaws before Pompeii went to number two the following year, spending eight weeks in the top ten. That helped to pave the way for their debut album, Bad Blood, to go straight to number one. A year after its release it was still at number one although, for the sake of accuracy, it should be stressed that that was only its third week at the top.

Album number two, Wild World, also topped the chart two years later. The first clear signs that Bastille were finally returning came in the form of collaborations with Craig David (I Know You) and Marshmello (Happier). Now that return is complete with the release of their third album, Doom Days. It was always going to struggle to compete with Springsteen and Madonna but its failure to outsell Lewis Capaldi’s album in its fifth week is more of a surprise. Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is at number three after four weeks at the top and Doom Days is a new entry at number four.

Another week, another new edition of a classic album. This week it is the turn of Joy Division’s debut album Unknown Pleasure, originally released in June 1979. Forty years on it continues to feature regularly in critics’ lists of the best albums of all-time although it failed to reach the chart on its release and only got to number 71 following the death of singer Ian Curtis in 1980. The fortieth anniversary editions included one on red vinyl with the colours on the iconic black and white sleeve reversed. This week it finally makes it into the top ten for the first time at number five.

If an act’s name doesn’t really give a hint of their style, you can always try looking at the people they supported on tour at the start of their career. It doesn’t always work, particularly if you can only find limited information, but if the acts listed are poets John Cooper Clarke and Benjamin Zephaniah along with Billy Bragg you can get a rough idea of what you might expect from Kate Tempest. So far, Tempest has enjoyed more success with critics than with the general public. Two of her three previous albums have been nominated for the Mercury Prize but only one of them has troubled the top forty. The Book Of Traps And Lessons becomes her second top forty hit, landing as it does at number 30.

Just a few weeks after Fontaines DC had a hit album their fellow Celts, the similarly-named The LaFontaines land at number 33 with Junior. It is the band’s third album but the first to get anywhere near the top forty. For this album they have joined the select list of bands (with Genesis perhaps being the most notable) where the drummer has taken over vocal duties following the departure of the original singer.

In the last few years we have seen a number of compilations of an artist’s songs with a new orchestral arrangement. Those releases have included two Roy Orbison collections, Unchained Melodies and A Love So Beautiful, both of which have made the top ten. Faced with a choice of releasing a third collection or simply combining the two previous ones for a double album, the record company have gone for the cheaper option. The new package enters at number 22.

Jack Savoretti’s Playing To Strangers jumps back into the top forty at number eighteen. Queen’s Greatest Hits, one of the biggest selling albums of all-time in the UK, is back at number 31. I’m sure there is a reason for both of them. The current incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, including Neil Finn of Crowded House fame, have been playing some dates in the UK this week. Their 50 Years - Don’t Stop compilation climbs nine places to number ten.
Published on: 2019-06-21 by Suedehead2 || 176372 Views
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