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Mendes and Cabello still top the singles chart
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello spend a fourth week (in total) at number one in the singles chart. Ed Sheeran tops the albums chart for a fourth consecutive week.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello stay at the top of the singles chart. Ed Sheeran spends another week at the top of the albums chart.

When the BBC and the Official Charts Company announced a new chart-related show a few weeks ago, reactions from some chart fans were mixed. The good news was that, after a gap of a few years, there would be a chart show of sorts on a Sunday featuring a chart based on two days of data. However, there was a flaw. While download sites and sellers of old-fashioned physical copies have been able to provide data covering the period up to the very end of the previous day, streaming sites have failed to do so. The reason for this extraordinary inability remains unknown. Therefore, we always knew that a substantial amount of data would be missing from the update broadcast on Sunday.

Nevertheless, the new show does at least represent an attempt to generate more interest in the chart. It was, of course, only going to be a matter of time before the flaw was exposed in all its glory. That has happened this week. Sunday’s update showed Ariana Grande’s new single, Boyfriend, at number one. By the end of the week, it had tumbled to number four as Senorita and two Ed Sheeran songs benefited more when more streaming data was added. Boyfriend features Social House, known to friends and family as Michael Foster and Charles Anderson.

Of those three songs, it is Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s Senorita that finishes on top of the chart once again. It tops the chart for a third successive week and a fourth in total. Two non-moving Ed Sheeran singles complete the top three. Beautiful People remains at number two, ahead of I Don’t Care at number three. The three-song limit continues to create messy chart runs. Last week, the third most popular Sheeran song was Cross Me at number seven. However, that has now been superseded by Take Me Back To London, featuring Stormzy. Therefore, Cross Me crashes out of the chart altogether, while Take Me Back To London, which bombed out from number three a few weeks ago, returns at number fourteen.

AJ Tracey’s Ladbroke Grove falls one place to number five.

After featuring on two songs which just about reached the top twenty so far this year, Aitch now gets a hit of his very own, and a new high chart position to boot. Taste (Make It Shake) is a new entry at number eight.

As a general rule, featured artists on songs tend to be vocalists. One prominent exception is that of Jax Jones who earned himself a featured artist credit on Duke Dumont’s 2014 chart-topper I Got U as a producer. Jones has gone on to have further hits as a featured artist and, on songs such as All Day And Night earlier this year, as lead artist. Bebe Rexha also made her chart debut as a featured artist. Most of her subsequent hits have seen her either take top billing or be promoted to “and” status rather than a lowly feature credit. Her latest single continues that trend as Harder, credited to Jax Jones and Bebe Rexha, enters at number ???

The list of British sitcoms that have also provided the title of a top forty hit almost increased by one last week. However, Dermot Kennedy’s Outnumbered stalled at number 41. This week, however, it climbs to number 39 and that list can be updated. The song reached number two in his native Ireland where he also had a top ten hit last year with Power Over Me.

Before the release of his No 6 Collaborations Project last month, Ed Sheeran had spent 36 weeks at the top of the albums chart with his last three albums, an average of twelve weeks each. His new album’s debut at the top briefly took his average number of weeks at the number one per chart-topping album back into single figures. Normality is restored this week as he gets a fourth week at number one, bringing his total to 40 weeks with four albums.

Lewis Capaldi spends another week at number two with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. Another album with a long title, Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? slips back to number five.

Almost exactly thirty years ago, Neneh Cherry entered at number two with her debut album Raw Like Sushi, failing to dislodge Jason Donovan from the top. This week her daughter Mabel doesn’t quite match that feat as her debut set, High Expectations enters at number three.

Drake enters at number four with a release entitled Care Package. Anyone who cannot understand why Drake is so successful should not be too quick to hope that his career is on the wane. This is just a collection of previously unreleased material which doesn’t seem to have excited people as much as brand new material might have done.

Volbeat’s debut album, The Strength / The Sound / The Songs, released in 2005, reached number eighteen. The next five releases all went to number one. No, you haven’t managed to forget a band whose chart record seems quite impressive. The opening sentence of this paragraph refers to the charts in their native Denmark. They didn’t reach the top forty in the UK until the last of those number ones, Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie, reached number sixteen in 2016. This week they double their number of weeks in the top forty as Rewind Replay Rebound enters at number seven. At the time of writing, I have no idea whether it has given them a sixth consecutive Danish number one.

Self-proclaimed Scot Rod Stewart (born in London) has had a number of hit albums under the American Songbook umbrella. Now, Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart has released a Scottish songbook album. Unlike Stewart’s collections, this album includes more recent songs such as The Mother We Share. It sees Polwart reach the top forty for the first time at number 34.

Most of Lil action in recent years has been in the singles chart. This week sees an exception as Lil Durk (a rapper in case you hadn’t guessed) enters at number 39 with a football result, Love Songs 4 The Streets 2. That’s not a bad result for Mike Skinner playing on his own against a collection of songs.
Published on: 2019-08-09 by Suedehead2 || 137973 Views
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King Rollo
9 Aug 2019 - 17:49
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That's now at least three Aitches with top 40 singles. First we had H from Marillion,then H from Steps and now we have Aitch who is the first one to have a solo hit. Are there any more I haven't thought of?
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