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Ed Sheeran has another chart double
Ed Sheeran tops both the singles and albums chart once again as his new album goes straight to the top of the chart and a track from it tops the singles chart.

Ed Sheeran grabs himself another number one single as his new album goes straight to the top.

Just seven days after vacating the number one spot with his duet with Justin Bieber, I Don’t Care, Ed Sheeran gets a seventh chart-topping single in the shape of the Khalid-featuring Beautiful People. It comes a year after Khalid’s previous number one single, Eastside, on which he featured alongside Benny Blanco and Halsey.

Beautiful People comes from Ed Sheeran’s new album which was released last week. The release of Sheeran’s previous album, ÷, led to a change in chart rules after all of its tracks were in the top twenty in the week of its release. The Official Charts Company imposed a limit to restrict the number of songs by a single artist that could be in the chart at any one time to three. Inevitably, Sheeran suffers from that rule this week.

The two other Sheeran tracks allowed in the chart are Take Me Back To London which features Stormzy and enters at number three, and Cross Me (featuring Chance The Rapper and PNB Rock) which climbs four places to number four. Under the old rules, more than a dozen Sheeran tracks would have been in the top forty although his dominance would not have been as great as it was with the release of ÷.

A notable absence from this week’s chart is Sheeran and Bieber’s I Don’t Care. Without the Accelerated Chart Ratio (which downgrades streams from songs deemed to have been in the chart for too long and whose streams are in decline) it may have returned to number one this week. Under the current rules, it is nowhere to be seen having left the chart altogether from last week’s number two. Many people will feel that this makes the chart look ridiculous.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello slip to number two after their week at the top. Senorita is the first song to spend just a solitary week at the top since Ariana Grande’s Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored in February. Lewis Capaldi’s Ho;d Me While You Wait slides one place to number five.

Ah well, you might think, the limit on new entries from Ed Sheeran will have left more room for new entries from other artists. If that’s what you were hoping for, prepare to be disappointed, There are three further new entries, one of which would have been in the top forty even if all the Sheeran tracks had been allowed. The song comes from Krept and Konan whose second appearance in the top 100 was with a song featuring none other than Edward Christopher Sheeran. Their new hit I-Spy, featuring Headie One and K Trap, enters at number eighteen.

Just a few weeks after The Cure headlined Glastonbury, producer Remedee makes his chart debut with Love Of My Life at number 38. Adding to the general tedium of the song are Not3s and Young Adz.

In 2004 Ebony Dubsters (whoever they may have been) reached the dizzy heights of number 55 with a double a-side single, Number 1 / The Ritual. Not only did it fall 54 places short of number one, it also seemed to deter other artists from releasing a single with the word ritual in the title. This week sees a tiny bit of chart history as Tiesto becomes only the second artist to reach the chart at all with a song containing the word ritual in the title, but also the first to break into the top forty with such a song. Ritual, featuring Rita Ora and Jonas Blue, enters at number 40.

Before he became a global megastar with the release of his first full solo album +, Ed Sheeran had released a number of EPs with little success, One of those was No. 5 Collaborations Project which comprised collaborations with grime artists such as Devlin and JME, His latest album returns to that theme, as is suggested by the title, No 6 Collaborations Project, a departure from the arithmetical symbols theme. The difference this time, of course, is that Sheeran can take his pick from any number of potential collaborators instead of having to beg musicians to work with him. As well as the songs from the album which have already graced the singles chart, it also includes contributions from Eminem, Bruno Mars and Skrillex among others.

There was never any doubt that a new Sheeran album would go straight to number one. The only question was how its sales would compare with those for ÷ and ×. The lack of Radio 2-friendly material was always going to mean its first-week sales were never anywhere near those for the previous two albums. It ends the week with comfortably in excess of 100,000 sales (including stream-equivalent sales) and achieves the highest first-week sales of any album so far this year.

Naturally, the release of No 6 Collaborations Project has boosted the sales of Sheeran’s previous albums. That sees ÷ climb two places to number seven, × re-enter at number thirteen and + return at number 37.

Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent falls to number two after its latest visit to the summit. Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go climbs back up one place to number three and the latest Kylie Minogue collection falls two places to number four, The A Star Is Born soundtrack jumps back up to number five.

Even allowing for an understandable reluctance by record labels to release new albums at the same time as Ed Sheeran, we might have hoped for rather more than just one other new entry in the chart this week. Technically, there are two new entries, but only one of them is completely new to the wider chart. Even that one album isn’t entirely new. The bizarrely-titled (No,12k,Lg,17Mif) is a collection of New Order songs reimagined and re-recorded by the band in collaboration with conceptual artist Liam Gillick. It enters at number 35.

The other album new to the top forty is Jax Jones’ Snacks at number 21. Despite Jones having two big hit singles in 2018, the album only just scraped into the top 100 when it was released in January. It has remained in the top 100 ever since although it took until April for it to break into the top 75 and now finally makes the top forty after six months in the chart.

Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend returns to the top forty yet again at number 36 and Queen’s Platinum Collection is back at number 40.
Published on: 2019-07-19 by Suedehead2 || 30103 Views
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19 Jul 2019 - 19:29
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Yes the 3-track rule is a dumb rule and it looks stupid. What they SHOULD do is allow any officially-released single for as long as it sells/streams and limit album tracks to just one track - invariably this will be the next single. That should stop the ridiculous state of affairs where what are basically album streams order sorted a bit by itunes track downloads counting as "hits" even if they chart only for one week out of curiosity plugs on Spotify, and also the attempts to get round this by pushing weekly track releases ahead of the album to get them into the charts. It's an album "sale" not a single "sale.
19 Jul 2019 - 21:01
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They certainly need to review the rules to minimise the chances of this week's nonsense. I still maintain that each stream should only contribute to the albums or singles chart, but not both. There is no perfect way of determining whether a stream counts towards the singles or albums chart, but even an 80% accurate method is better than the current nonsense.
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