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Cabello and Mendes return to number one.
Camila Cabello climb back to the top of the singles chart, ahead of three Ed Sheeran tracks. Sheeran himself spends a second week at number one in the albums chart.

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes return to the top of the singles chart. Ed Sheeran spends a second week at number one in the albums chart.

After being displaced by Ed Sheeran last week, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes return to number one this week with Senorita. Sheeran becomes one of the few artists to have had a song return to number one and to have been succeeded at the top of the chart by a song returning to the summit.

Ed Sheeran’s Beautiful People slips back to number two after a week at number one. Just below it is further evidence that the current chart rules can produce some ridiculous outcomes. Last week Ed Sheeran’s I Don’t Care (with added Justin Bieber) crashed out of the chart because three other Sheeran songs had higher “sales” figures. I Don’t Care’s position as the fourth most popular Sheeran song of the week was solely due to the fact that it had been moved on the Accelerated Chart Ratio whereby its streams were only worth half as much as those of other songs. However, if a song gets a sufficient increase in “sales”, it can move back to the standard ratio. That “sufficient” increase used to be 50% but it has now been reduced to a more modest 25%. I Don’t Care achieved that increase last week, so it is back on the standard ratio for at least another three weeks. As a result, it re-enters the chart at number three.

The third most popular Sheeran song of the week is Cross Me which stays at number four in the wider chart which includes songs that are not by Ed Sheeran.

Billie Eilish’s brilliantly quirky Bad Guy climbs back up to number five. Its rise is largely due to the release of a new version featuring Justin Bieber. I don’t think it really adds anything to the song in a musical sense, but it has clearly boosted the song’s popularity. In that sense, it has to be described as a success.

Sam Smith had a top ten hit earlier this year, with help from Normani, with Dancing With A Stranger, the first single from his forthcoming third studio album. There is, as yet, no confirmed release date for the album - or, for that matter, a title. However, there is a second single from the album, How Do You Sleep, and it enters at number twelve. The title is fitting in a week in which Brighton set a new record for the highest night-time temperature recorded in the UK, It certainly made sleeping more than a little difficult.

Like Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding has announced neither a title nor a release date for her new album. In her case, we are now on to the third single from the album - unless one or more of them fail to appear on it whenever it is released. She had a top twenty hit last year with Close To Me while Sixteen fell just short of the top twenty earlier this year. Hate Me, the (presumed) third single from the album has spent the last few weeks just outside the top forty and now enters the broadcast part of the chart at number 36. It is Goulding’s 22nd top forty hit and a third for featured artist Juice Wrld.

According to the promotional puff on his Spotify page, Joel Corry made his mark with a string of tracks most people will not have heard of, If they were released as singles, none of them got anywhere near the top forty. His fortunes change this week as he becomes the sixth act this century to have a hit with a song called Sorry, joining the likes of Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Madonna. Corry’s song of that name enters at number 38. In the twentieth century, not a single act had a top forty hit simply called Sorry. It really did seem to be the hardest word.

This year has seen a dramatic drop in the number of Lils entering the chart after a preponderance of them in 2018. This week Lil Tecca, better known to friends and family as Tyler Sharpe, enters at number 40 with Ransom. The fact that he is only sixteen is not a sufficient excuse for inflicting such dross on us.

To the surprise of almost nobody, Ed Sheeran spends a second week atop the albums chart with his No, 6 Collaborations Project. There may be slightly more people reeling in shock shock at the fact that Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent remains at number two, but it is hardly headline news.

After two top forty singles, Freya Ridings released her eponymous debut studio album last Friday (19 July). Unusually, she has already released two live albums, but neither of them troubled the top forty. Her first full release enters at number three.

Billie EIlish falls one place to number four with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go.

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke released his first solo album back in July 2006. The Eraser reached number three in the chart, but his next solo effort, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (2014), failed to reach the chart at all. Its slightly eccentric release strategy may have contributed to that. His latest solo album, Anima, was made available to download last month but the physical (CD and vinyl) versions did not hit the shops until last week. The fact that his fans prefer albums they can actually touch is evidenced by the fact that Anima has now reached the top forty for the first time at number five.

The kings of Swedish power metal, Sabaton (not that it is a particularly crowded field) enter at number eleven with The Great War. It continues the band’s obsession with war- and battle-related themes. Canadian rock is represented this week by Sum 41 at number 29 with Order In Decline.

On the subject of history, Shakespears Sister had their first hit single with You’re History in 1989. The band, formed by a member of Bananarama and named after a song by The Smiths, later had a much bigger hit than either of those acts managed as Stay spent eight weeks at number one. Those two songs, naturally enough, appear on a new compilation album, Singles Party, which enters at number fourteen.

Last weekend, the world marked the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 moon landings, unless you are one of those who thinks the whole thing took place in a film studio, The twentieth anniversary was marked by the release of a film, For All Mankind. The music for that film was written by producer Brian Eno and his brother Roger along with fellow producer Daniel Lanois. Brian Eno made his name with Roxy Music while Lanois has worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel and U2. That album, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, now reaches the chart for the first time, at number sixteen.

Regular readers will know that I am a bit of a fan of the band Public Service Broadcasting. They performed their 2015 album The Race For Space last night with an orchestra in a promenade concert at the Albert Hall. It will be broadcast tonight (Friday) on BBC4.
Published on: 2019-07-26 by Suedehead2 || 23973 Views
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