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Ed Sheeran storms to number one
Ed Sheeran and Stromzy climb to the top of the singles chart with Take Me Back To London. Taylor Swift gets her fourth number one album.

Ed Sheeran gets another number one single but Taylor Swift replaces him at the top of the albums chart.

Close followers of the chart will have known that Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello stood almost no chance of topping the singles chart again this week. As Senorita’s streams have been in decline for three successive weeks and the song has been in the chart for at least ten weeks, it has been moved to the Accelerated Chart Ratio. This means that its streams are now worth only half as much as they were before and it tumbles to number eleven as a result after five successive weeks (and six in total) at number one.

The only question relating to the top spot at the beginning of the chart week was who would replace Mendes and Cabello. The answer is that it is the man who interrupted Senorita’s run at the top of the chart - our old friend Ed Sheeran. However, it is not a return to the summit for Beautiful People that sees him back on top of the pile. Instead, Take Me Back To London climbs ten places to number one. The song entered the chart at number three when Sheeran’s album was released but dropped straight back out again the following week because of the rule restricting the number of songs by any one artist allowed in the chart to three. Two weeks later it was back, and now it has climbed to the top thanks, in part, to a new remix being made available. It is Sheeran’s eighth number one single in five years and a second chart-topper for featured artist Stormzy. Sheeran becomes the first artist to bag three number one singles in 2019.

Take Me Back To London is, perhaps surprisingly, the first UK number one to contain the name of the country’s capital city in its title. Paris was the first to make it to the top in the form of Winifred Atwell’s Poor People Of Paris in 1956. Berlin has been there, but only as a band name. Near misses in song titles include Berlin and, if you identify as Catalan, Barcelona. It is, of course, not unusual for a new number one to swap places with its immediate predecessor but I would hazard a guess that this is the first time the numbers one and eleven have swapped places.

Kygo and Whitney Houston climb to number two with Higher Love. It is Houston’s first top two single since My Love Is Your Love twenty years ago. Ed Sheeran and Khalid’s Beautiful People slips to number three. Dominic Fike falls one place to number four with 3 Nights and AJ Tracey’s Ladbroke Grove is still at number five.

After all the excitement of last week’s chart containing five new entries, we are down to four this week. To make things a little less exciting, two of them are simply tracks from Taylor Swift’s new album which was released last week. There would, of course, have been more new entries from her without the three-song limit. The lucky songs to have been allowed into the chart by the Official Chart Company’s rule makers are The Man at number 21 and Cruel Summer at 27. The only two previous hits called Cruel Summer - by Ace Of Base and Bananarama - both reached number eight. Can Swift make it three out of three? Lover, a new entry for Swift last week, is at number fourteen.

The higher of the other new entries, at number 33 is a song called I’m Lonely by Lauv and Anne-Marie. That, at least, is presumably the title that Radio 1 will use. Somebody, somewhere, seems to have decided that it would be really clever to include an expletive as the first word of the full title. Perhaps it was to avoid drawing too much attention to the apparent incongruity of having a duet called I’m Lonely. Late update - Radio 1 shortened the title even more and went for Lonely.

We have had many examples of solo artists who use a moniker that makes them sound like a band. Toni Watson has chosen a different approach, calling herself Tones & I to make her sound like a duo. The Australian singer makes her UK chart debut at number 40 with Dance Monkey, a title that sounds like one of Alan Partridge’s suggested programme ideas.

The albums chart this week is also not exactly awash with new blood. There are just four new entries in the top forty. THe highest, predictably, is from Taylor Swift at number one. Lover, her fourth successive chart-topping album, has attracted a lot of comment because of its overt attacks on Donald Trump from a singer not previously known for her songs’ political content. If her political views alienate some of the fans she acquired when her music had a more country style, I suspect she won’t be particularly bothered. Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Kylie Minogue and Celine Dion are the only female solo artists to have had more than four number one albums in the UK.

The new Taylor Swift album means that everything has changed at the top of the chart with Ed Sheeran’s No 6 Collaborations Project falling to number two. It is, however, unlikely to be the end game for the album. It will surely return to the summit before long. Lewis Capaldi slips to number three with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. Another album with a sesquipedalian title, Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go is at number four.

Tottenham rapper Irving Adjei, recording as Headie One, gets his third top forty album in a little over a year with Music × Road at number five. It is a first top ten album for the artist who has also notched up three top forty singles so far this year.

Thirteen-member American boyband Brockhampton enter at number eleven with their fifth album Ginger. There are not many bands whose peak chart position is a smaller number than their number of members but who have never reached the top ten.

Among the inspirations for band names over the years have been names of movements from history. As well as bands such as The Decembrists are New Model Army who took their name from a militia formed by the Parliamentarians in the English Civil War. The band formed in the early 1980s and, apart from a hiatus in the latter part of the 1990s, have continued in some form ever since. As with so many bands that have lasted for such a long time, there has only been one constant member - in this case it is singer and main songwriter Justin Sullivan. They enter at number thirteen with their fifteenth studio album From Here. It is the highest charting album of their career.

Twenty-one years after the release of their number one album Mezzanine, Massive Attack have put out a twentieth anniversary edition. It includes remixes of some of the tracks, among them the hit single Teardrop. One of the producers to have worked with Massive Attack is Mabel’s father Cameron McVey. However, he was not involved in the making of Mezzanine.

There are three other re-entries in the top forty. Ed Sheeran’s + is back at number 40, The Ultimate Whitney Houston Collection is at 38 and Pink’s Hurts 2B Human is at 39.
Published on: 2019-08-30 by Suedehead2 || 16772 Views
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