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Ed Sheeran and Stormzy stay at number one
Ed Sheeran and Stormzy remain at the top of the singles chart with Take Me Back To London. Lana Del Rey has the number one album.

Ed Sheeran and Stormzy stay at number one in the singles chart. Lana Del Rey bags herself another number one album.

Ed Sheeran and Stormzy get a second week at number one with Take Me Back To London. The song finished at number nineteen on the Official Charts Company’s list of the biggest songs of summer 2019. Sheeran, unsurprisingly, topped that list with his duet with Justin Bieber, I Don’t Care. He also appeared at number six with Beautiful People. Sheera has now spent 35 weeks at the top of the singles chart in his eight-year chart career and 41 weeks at number one in the albums chart.

Kygo and Whitney Houston spend a second week at number two with Higher Love. Aitch climbs three places to number three with the inexplicably successful Taste (Make It Shake). AJ Tracey climbs to number four with Ladbroke Grove, a song that wouldn’t be too bad if it finished after the first thirty seconds or so. Dominic Fike falls to number five with the catchy 3 Nights.

Of all the geometric shapes, circles seem to have caught the imagination of writers of hit singles than any other. This week sees the third top forty hit simply called Circles (following the News Seekers in 1972 and Saffron in 1993) which joins other songs such as Circle In The Sand by Belinda Carlisle and the more diverse Circle Square Triangle by the delightfully-named Test Icicles. This particular song, a new entry at number eleven, comes from Post Malone who continues his run as one of very few artists to feature as a performer and a song title in the same chart. Sam Feldt’s song Post Malone climbs ten places to number sixteen.

Among the many accolades which, on closer examination, are almost meaningless is “Most famous singer from Kosovo”. For some time Rita Ora has held that title even though Kosovo didn’t actually exist when she was born and her family had left the country by the time it formally became an independent country. She now has a rival in the form of Regard, a DJ originally known as Dardan Aliu. He makes his UK top forty debut this week with Ride It at number 25.

Taylor Swift’s Cruel Summer entered the chart at number 27 last week following the release of her new album. This week it is no longer one of the three most popular songs from the album, so it drops straight back out again under the three-song rule. It is replaced by the return of You Need To Calm Down at number 28. That song reached number five at the beginning of the (not so cruel) summer.

When the tune for Yesterday first entered Paul McCartney’s head he famously used the words “scrambled eggs” until he could come up with some better lyrics. When a song is called La La La, there is always a suspicion that something similar happened to the writer but they never got round to writing something more sophisticated. The last song called La La La gave Sam Smith his first number one single, as the featured artist alongside Naughty Boy. Since then, Smith’s career has been rather more successful than that of Mr Boy. All this is a rambling way of leading up to the entry of another song called Lalala at number 37. This one comes from Y2K and bbno$. In other words, not only did they not get round to completing proper lyrics for their song, they also forgot to replace the temporary names they chose for themselves by hitting random characters on a keyboard.

After an unsuccessful career under her real name, Elizabeth Grant changed her name to Lana Del Rey and was rewarded with a major hit single with the glorious Video Games in 2011. A number one album, Born To Die, followed a few months later. Two of the next three albums also topped the chart with the exception, Honeymoon, peaking at number two. This week she gets her fourth number one with Norman F***ing Rockwell. Norman Rockwell, whose middle name was actually Percevel, was an American writer and illustrator who worked with the Scout movement for over sixty years and contributed many cover images for the Saturday Evening Post.

As mentioned last week when Taylor Swift got her fourth number one album, only Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Kylie Minogue and Celine Dion have had more UK number one albums as a female solo artist. The highest placed British artists on the list are Kate Bush, Norah Jones, Adele, Amy Winehouse and Susan Boyle, all with three number one albums.

Ed Sheeran’s No 6 Collaborations Project spends another week at number two. Taylor Swift’s Lover falls to number three after a week at the top. Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is down to number five.

The release strategy for American rock band Tool’s new album, Fear Inoculum, can reasonably be described as interesting. First, the album has just seven tracks, six of them over ten minutes long. For many decades, that wouldn’t really have mattered very much. However, with streaming as the dominant method of consuming music, it does make a difference as “sales” are calculated using the number of streams for individual tracks. That puts albums with relatively few tracks at a disadvantage, particularly if those tracks are very long.

Even that might not have mattered too much for a rock band as such acts still get a high proportion of their chart sales from actual sales. However, the CD version of the album is on sale for a whopping eighty pounds or so which puts it beyond the reach of al but the most dedicated of fans. This strategy seems even more peculiar when the band has two members whose name might suggest some familiarity with economics - Justin Chancellor and Maynard James Keenan. The latter’s name sound like a weird attempt to evoke the memory of economist John Maynard Keynes. Nevertheless, Tool get a second top ten album as Fear Inoculum enters at number four.

Twenty-five years ago, one of the dominant musical genres was Britpop. Suede are widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the movement. Their debut album, released in 1993, is one of the best-selling debut albums by a band. The following year, another debut album Definitely Maybe by Oasis, topped the chart and saw the Manchester band become one of the biggest acts of the decade. A twentieth anniversary edition, released a few months before the actual anniversary, saw the album back in the top ten in 2014. Now we have a 25th anniversary edition, this time released to fit in with the real anniversary. It sees the album return to the chart once more at number six. Oasis’s singles collection, Time Flies, is at number 28. Their mega-selling second album, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, just misses out on a return to the top forty. It is at number 41.

This year has seen the launch of a number of new political parties in the UK. Despite the name, the SLP is not one of them. It is the name chosen for his solo career by Kasabian’s Sergio Lorenzo Pizzorno, a name that probably isn’t too common in his native Leicester. His album, also called The SLP, is at number seven.

Kano gets his second top ten album with Hoodies All Summer at number eight. It follows 2016’s Made In The Manor which also reached number eight. I wonder what his favourite rugby position is.

Even her biggest fans would find it hard to deny that Sheryl Crow’s peak years are long behind her. She had four top ten albums between 1994 and 2002 with a Greatest Hits collection getting to number two in 2003. Her last album, Be Myself, didn’t even reach the top forty but her latest release, Threads, enters at number ten.

Lil Tecca could have followed hundreds of other artists by going for an eponymously-titled debut album. Instead, he has gone for the self-aggrandising We Love You, Tecca. It enters at number fifteen.

When Lizzo released her third album in May, she might have been hoping to break into the top forty for the first time. After all, she had notched up her first hit single a few months before. She was, however, to be disappointed as Cuz I Love You stalled at number 42. The album returned to the top 100 in July and has been there ever since. This week it belatedly climbs into the top forty at number 40.

Most albums tend not to climb any higher than their entry position. Among the exceptions is the Greatest Showman soundtrack. That entered at number 39 at the end of 2017 before climbing to number four the following week in the first chart of 2017. It has remained in the top ten ever since, until this week. After 87 weeks in the top ten it falls to number eleven. Despite this shocking news, the Earth is expected to continue spinning.

The release of a physical version propels Bon Iver’s II back into the chart at number 13, two places below the position it reached last month. Travis Scott’s Astroworld re-enters at number 24.

Published on: 2019-09-06 by Suedehead2 || 11018 Views
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King Rollo
6 Sep 2019 - 18:24
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You forgot Circles by Adam F which got to number 20 in 1997,a song which came to prominence on here after being entered by Jadakissnia into a recent Buzzjack Song Contest.
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