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Five weeks in a row for Mendes and Cabello
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello continue to defeat all their rivals to stay at number one in the singles chart. Ed Sheeran returns to the top of the albums chart after a week's absence.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello continue their run at the top of the singles chart. Ed Sheeran returns to number one in the albums chart.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s Senorita holds on at number one in the singles chart for a fifth successive week bringing its total time at the top to six weeks. The top two remain s unchanged yet again with Ed Sheeran and Khalid staying at number two with Beautiful People.

Dominic Fike stays at number three with 3 Nights. Kygo and Whitney Houston’s Higher Love is one place higher than last week at number four. AJ Tracey’s Ladbroke Grove climbs back up to number five.

After just one new entry last week, we are positively spoilt this week with five of them although none of them have broken into the top ten in their first week. Still, at least we have some new blood.

Jorja Smith made her UK chart debut in 2017 as a featured artist on Drake’s Get It Together. The following year she won the Critics’ Choice award at the Brits but has failed to improve on the number 24 peak achieved by Get It Together with any of her subsequent singles. This week she makes it into the top twenty for the first time with Be Honest at number eighteen. She is joined on the track by Burna Boy who made his chart debut earlier this year on Dave’s ghastly Location. That abomination can be found at number 40 this week.

As well as Burna Boy, Headie One also made his first chart appearance alongside Dave, this time as the lead artist. The Tottenham-based rapper reached the top ten with 18Hunna at the start of this year. He was next spotted in the top forty last month as one of the featured artists on Krept & Konan’s I Spy, a song that continues to pollute the airwaves. After having some assistance on both of those earlier hits he now has a hit he can claim all to himself with Both at number 22.

The highest of the new entries comes from Taylor Swift at number 23. Lover is her third top forty hit of the year; the previous two both peaked in the top ten. An album of the same name is released today (Friday). Meanwhile, Swift has suggested she might re-record her early albums after the master tapes of them were sold by her former record company. This would allow her to own the rights to the newer versions of the songs.

After five top forty hits as part of Fifth Harmony, Normani Kordei became the second former member of the group (after Camila Cabello) to have a hit in her own name on Khalid’s Love Lies last year. She followed that up this year by teaming up with Sam Smith on Dancing With A Stranger. This week she gets her first true solo hit as Motivation lands at number thirty. It is only the second ever hit with the word motivation in the title following Sum 41’s song of the same name in 2002.

Post Malone enters at number 34 as a song title rather than another new song of his. This effort, which keeps threatening to break into Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, is the first hit in over four years for Sam Feldt and gives featured artist Rani a first experience of life in the top forty.

Liam Gallagher has failed to reach the top forty this week with One Of Us, thereby failing to have his first hit with a song sharing its name with an Abba hit. Miley Cyrus has also missed out on a new entry with a song sharing its title with an Oasis song, albeit not a single. Slide Away may yet reach climb to give her a sixteenth top forty success. In the meantime, Old Town Road by Lil Nas X and featuring Miley’s dad Billy Ray Cyrus was finally toppled from the top of the American singles chart (by Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy) after a record-breaking nineteen agonising weeks.

After a week at number two, Ed Sheeran’s No 6 Collaborations Project returns to the top of the albums chart for a fifth week in total. Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely IUninspired To A Hellish Extent also climbs back up one place, to number two. Capaldi’s album remains the best-selling album released in 2019 but its sales this year are still some way behind those of the Greatest Showman soundtrack.

English post-punk is represented in this week’s chart bu Hampshire’s Frank Turner at number three with his new album No Man’s Land. It is the week’s biggest seller in the physical albums chart (CDs, vinyl and the odd cassette).

After their seven days at the summit, Slipknot fall to number four with We Are Not Your Kind. Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go is at number five.

Only a select few record labels reach iconic status and are recognised for a particular style of music. Globally, the most famous label has to be Motown, home of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye. In the UK, Factory Records brought us the likes of Joy Division and the Happy Mondays in the 1980s while, in the 1990s, Creation Records gave us Oasis, My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub and Ride.

Such was the status of Creation’s founder Alan McGee that he even had a song dedicated to him in the form of The Pooh Sticks’ I Know Someone Who Knows Someone Who Knows Alan McGee Quite Well. In 1994, to mark the tenth anniversary of the label, the Albert Hall staged a concert featuring many of the label’s acts, all performing acoustic sets. The line-up included Oasis (yet to release their first album and well down the running order), Jesus And Mary Chain and Bob Mould.

The headline act at that concert (yes, I was in the audience) were Oxford band Ride. Like some of the other acts, they were very much a guitar-based band, so an acoustic set represented something different for them. After Ride broke up in the latter half of the 1990s, bassist Andy Bell (not to be confused with the Erasure member of the same name) went on to play with Oasis and Beady Eye. The band eventually re-formed and released a new album, Weather Diaries, in 2017. Now they have released another one, This Is Not A Safe Place. The opening track, R.I.D.E., is a little weird but the rest of the album is largely classic Ride. That, it should be said, is a good thing. The album enters at number seven.

Among the other tracks on the Ride album is one called Kill Switch. That brings us neatly to Killswitch Engage, a rock band from Massachusetts. Their last three albums all reached the top forty with each one peaking higher than its immediate predecessor. That trend goes into reverse this week as Atonement enters at number thirteen.

If you prefer your rock to be from a female band, the new Sleater-Kinney album, The Center Won’t Hold, might have been your choice from last week’s releases. The band released seven albums between 1995 and 2005 but then took a ten-year break before releasing album number eight. That album, No Cities To Love, finally saw them in the UK charts for the first time. Sadly, album number nine has missed out on a place in the top forty.

If you rely on certain sections of the press, you could be forgiven for believing that most rappers are involved in violent crime in some way. It is, therefore, rather unfortunate that rappers called Young Thug and Blade Brown each have new albums in the chart this week. Young Thug, whose run-ins with the law have mostly been drug related, is at number eight with So Much Fun. Streatham’s Blade Brown, who has avoided that sort of bad PR, enters at number twelve with Bags And Boxes 4. Bags And Boxes 3 just missed the top forty in 2014 while numbers one and two didn’t enter the chart at all.

Despite releasing some great singles at the end of the last decade, Friendly Fires never got any higher than number thirty in the chart. Even their debut album provided limited consolation when it just missed out on a top twenty place. Their second album, Pala (2011), reached the top ten but only spent a further two weeks in the top forty. This week they finally make a welcome return with their third album, Inflorescent, at number fifteen.

A few months ago Fontaines DC made their first appearance in the UK charts with their album Dogrel. Now it is the turn of another punk-influenced band from Dublin to do the same. The Murder Capital are at number eighteen with When I Have Fears. They are at number two in their homeland.

As if their strong accents were not enough to highlight their Scottishness, Runrig emphasised their roots even more by releasing a version of the traditional song Loch Lomond as their first single. Over a period of over forty years they released fourteen studio albums before deciding to bring the band to an end in 2017. Before packing up their instruments for the last time, they embarked on a farewell tour and that has now given birth to a live album, The Last Dance - Farewell Concert recorded in Stirling. It enters the chart at number 27 Runrig’s former members include Pete Wishart who has been an SNP MP since 2001.

Foo Fighters are headlining the Reading and Leeds Festival this weekend. Their Greatest Hits album returns to the top forty at number 33.
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