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Mendes and Cabello take over at number one
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello each get their second number one single with the duet Senorita. Lewis Capaldi is back at the top of the albums chart.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello ascend to the top of the singles chart. Lewis Capaldi returns to number one in the albums chart.

We finally get a new number one in the singles chart as Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello climb to the summit with their duet Senorita. It is the first number one with a foreign language title since Despacito two years ago. Cabello’s previous chart-topper, Havana, doesn’t count as its spelling has been anglicised. It is Mendes’ first number one for three-and-a-half years following Stitches at the beginning of 2016.

Mendes and Cabello swap places with Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber (who, of course, featured on Despacito) as they fall to number two with I Don’t Care after eight weeks at number one. Sheeran is also at number three alongside Khalid on Beautiful People. Lewis Capaldi moves back up to number four with Hold Me While You Wait.

The featured artist on Camila Cabello’s Havana was Young Thug. On the day that Cabello gets hew second number one Young Thug returns to the chart with his fourth top forty hit, his second of 2019. Once again he is the feature artist, this time alongside Post Malone on Goodbyes which enters at number five. It takes Malone’s tally of top forty hits to ten. Like Mr Thug he has one chart-topping single to his name.

A look at Mist’s real name, Rhys Thomas Sylvester, will tell you immediately that he is Welsh. Except he isn’t. He is, in fact, from Edgbaston which is at least closer to Wales than a lot of the UK. MUch has been said about the number of American rappers with a criminal record enjoying chart success in the UK (insert your own jokes about many rap records being criminal). Mist shows that former UK jailbirds can also have chart success. In his case he has served time for driving and drug-related offences. Mist had a minor top forty hit last year with Game Changer; his new single, So High which features Freddo, may prove to be his own game changer. It enters at number eleven.

Rap duo D-Block Europe gain their third top forty hit with Home Pussy at number twenty. The duo hail from Lewisham in south London and comprises Young Adz and Dirtbike LB, presumably not their real names. At least they seem to have abandoned the irritating habit of including both their collective name and individual names in the credit. After all, did you ever see anything credited to Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe?

Anyone watching the BBC’s usual comprehensive coverage of this year’s Glastonbury Festival may have heard Mark Radcliffe refer to the fact that Freya Ridings’ father is the voice of Daddy Pig in the children’s programme Peppa Pig. As I was in my forties when the programme started and have no children, I have never seen it so cannot comment on his ability to sound like a pig. Daughter Freya’s new single Castles entered the chart last month and now enters the top forty at number 34,

There haven’t been many hit singles that share their name with a footballer but their number is increased by one this week as Dave and AJ Tracey enter at number 36 with Thiago Silva. Tracey is, apparently, a Tottenham fan. The Brazilian international has never played for Tottenham. The nearest he has come geographically is with his current club Paris St. Germain.

As well as a few hits from the duo Hurts, a number of hit singles have claimed that something specific hurts. These include Love Hurts (Jim Capaldi’s version of a Nazareth song), Every Day Hurts (Sad Cafe) and Everybody Hurts (REM). Those songs are now joined by Lizzo’s Truth Hurts which enters at number 37 - insert your own joke about a politician of your choice.

The current “default” number one when no new release can claim the top spot is Lewis Capaldi’s Devilishly Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. That duly climbs back to number one this week for its eighth week at the top. It is, however, likely to be its final week at the summit. Ed Sheeran’s new album was released today (Friday) and will surely top the chart for the rest of the summer.

After seven days at number one Kylie Minogue’s latest compilation, Step Back In Time, slips to number two.

It will surprise very few people that the members of The Lighthouse Family are not related and that none of them are called Lighthouse. Anyone who is surprised may also have been shocked to learn that the Scissor Sisters were not Brenda and Lucy Scissor. Their brand of easy listening gave the hits in the 1990s with songs such as Lifted and Ocean Drive. The Lighthouse Family disbanded in 2003 and the members pursued individual projects with a conspicuous lack of success. They re-formed in 2011 but have waited until now to release a new album. The result, Blue Sky In Your Head, enters at number three.

Billie Eilish stays at number four with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go. The Killers’ Direct Hits compilation continues to enjoy a boost from their excellent Glastonbury headlining performance almost two weeks ago. It climbs one place to number five to claim a new peak position nearly six years after its release.

There is just one other new entry this week and that is at number 28. The album in question is Jay1’s debut set One,

There may be just two new entries this week, but there are four re-entries. The Spice Girls’ Greatest Hits is at number fifteen following the release of a new vinyl edition. Post Malone’s Beerbongs and Bentleys is at number 31, Eminem’s Curtain Call compilation is at 36 and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, originally released in 1977, is back yet again at number 37.

Finally, two notices. First, thanks to popchartfreak for filling in for me with his customary wit last week, Second, a new show for chart watchers begins on Radio 1 on Sunday evening featuring the first twenty update of the week. It will be compiled from sales on Friday and Saturday plus (unless the streaming companies have finally got their act together and can supply data from the previous day) streams from Friday.
Published on: 2019-07-12 by Suedehead2 || 182099 Views
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King Rollo
12 Jul 2019 - 17:21
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Chart fact of the week : this is the first time a duet by two singers who both have previous number 1 singles has been replaced at number 1 by another duet by two singers who both have previous number 1 singles.

12 Jul 2019 - 17:25
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That definitely wins geeky chart fact of the week biggrin.gif
12 Jul 2019 - 17:59
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Thanks for the comment Simon! Undeserved though..... smile.gif

I'm correcting my chart commentary of last week - I assumed Ink was in fact Kid Ink having grown up a bit, and continuing to feature on Chris Brown tracks - turns out she isn't Kid Ink, Brown just has a thing for singers called ink. Inkwells for Xmas? (one for the Victorian readers there)

I'll also add that Love Hurts was a Jim Capaldi 1975 cover version of a Roy Orbison song that came out after a flop version from 1974 version from Nazareth that eventually charted in the USA and became a 1977 UK reactivated version.

Scissor Sisters Brenda and Lucy were not quite as amusingly named as their younger brother Naill and German cousin Herr.
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