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Three weeks at the top for Sheeran and Stormzy
Ed Sheeran and Stormzy's Take Me Back To London tops the singles chart for a third week. Post Malone has a second chart-topping album.

Ed Sheeran and Stormzy remain at the top of the singles chart. Post Malone goes straight to number one in the albums chart.

Ed Sheeran and Stormzy’s Take Me Back To London finishes well ahead of the competition once again to spend a third week at number one in the singles chart. Sheeran has now spent twelve weeks at the singles chart summit this year, ahead of Lewis Capaldi’s seven weeks and Justin Bieber’s eight (all with Sheeran on I Don’t Care).

If the next number one is to be a song already in the chart, the favourite must now be Aitch’s utterly appalling Taste (Make It Shake). That abomination moves up to number three this week. The best-selling song of the moment, Kygo and Whitney Houston’s Higher Love, slips to number three after two weeks at number two. It looks like its lack of streams compared with other songs near the top of the chart will stop it ever reaching number one.

AJ Tracey stays at number four with Ladbroke Grove. Post Malone’s Circles climbs six places to number five.

Circles is one of three Post Malone songs (not including Sam Fledt’s song Post Malone) in the top forty following the release of his album. Goodbyes, featuring Young Thug, returns to the top ten at number ten (still five places below its entry position back in July) and the title track from the album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, is a new entry at number eleven. It is the twelfth top forty hit in a little over two years for Jodie Post’s child. Lovers of Stella Gibbons’ brilliant novel Cold Comfort Farm will join me in lamenting the fact that Austin Post’s mother is not called Flora.

Stormzy’s first appearance in the top forty came in 2015 with a song called WickedSkengMan 4. He has returned to the theme with his latest song Sounds Of The Skeng, a new entry at number twenty. Both song titles sound like something written for a Lord of the Rings film or something from Red Dwarf.

Aitch steps in at number 21 with Buss Down, a track from his album released last week. The most positive thing that can be said about the song is that it is an improvement on the song currently at number two. The song features ZieZie who had a minor hit with Fine Girl last year.

The remaining two new entries both come from female solo artists. Camila Cabello enters at number 38 with Liar, her tenth solo top forty hit. Miley Cyrus gets her sixteenth top forty single with Slide Away at number 40. Its failure to enter the chart last week denied me the opportunity to link it in with the reappearance in the album chart of Definitely Maybe, the Oasis album which included a track called Slide Away.

The biggest climber of the week is the delightfully quirky Dance Monkey by Tones & I which moves up twelve places to number nineteen.

Post Malone’s debut album can best be described as a slow burner. Released in December 2016, Stoney didn’t make its top forty debut until the following July. It eventually climbed to number ten a few weeks later. By contrast, the follow-up, Beerbongs And Bentleys, went straight to number one and spent its first fourteen weeks in the top ten. Not surprisingly, album number three has, so far at least, emulated his second album rather than the first by also going straight to the top. Most of the featured artists on the album are fairly predictable, but they also include Ozzy Osbourne.

Ed Sheeran’s No 6 Collaborations Project spends a third consecutive week at number two. Taylor Swift’s Lover falls one place to number four and Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent spends another week at number five. Lana Del Rey’s Norman Rockwell falls to number seven after a week at the summit.

As mentioned above, Aitch (known to many as Harrison Armstrong) released his album last week. The album, carrying the rather wet title Aitch2O, enters at number three.

Status Quo enter at number six with Backbone. It is the band’s 33rd studio album and the first since the death of singer Rick Parfitt in 2016. Their first four albums all failed to reach the chart despite a number of hit singles and the fifth, Piledriver, looked set to follow suit when it was released in December 1972. However, it entered the top forty the following month and eventually reached number five. Backbone brings their tally of top ten albums up to 25.

Status Quo had their first hit single, Pictures Of Matchstick Men, in 1968, the year after Iggy Pop formed The Stooges. It is fair to say that the latter band have not been quite as successful as the Quo. Iggy Pop went on to work with David Bowie in the 1970s and has been cited as an influence by bands such as Depeche Mode, Joy Division and The Smiths. He enters at number 26 with his eighteenth solo studio album, Free.

Most vegetarians tend not to evangelise too much about their chosen diet. Among the exceptions are Morrissey of the aforementioned Smiths and Chrissie Hynde whose band The Pretenders enjoyed significant success for a few years from the late 1970s. Outside The Pretenders she has collaborated with other artists such as UB40, Brandon Flowers, Neneh Cherry (mother of Mabel), Pet Shop Boys and Iggy Pop. That list is now joined by jazz band the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble. Their album together, Valve Bone Woe, enters at number 32.

The rather short list of alumni of various versions of The Voice gets a new name this week as Melanie Martinez, a contestant on the US version in 2012, enters at number eight with K-12. Belinda Carlisle enters at number eleven with her Gold compilation. She notched up seven top ten singles between 1987 and 1996.

Three of Bat For Lashes’ first three albums were nominated for the Mercury Prize and she has been a regular Brit Awards nominee. Sadly, that hasn’t been matched by major commercial success with the sublime Daniel her only hit single. Her fifth album, Lost Girls, enters at number thirteen.

American rock band Black Star Riders are at number fourteen with Another State Of Grace. Singer-songwriter Mahalia is at number 28 with Love And Compromise. Mark Ronson’s Late Night Feelings re-enters at number 36.
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