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Ed Sheeran and Stormzy are number one for a 4th week
Ed Sheeran and Stormzy's Take Me Back To London spends a fourth week at the top of the singles chart. Sam Fender tops the chart with his debut album.

Ed Sheeran and Stormzy get a fourth week at number one. Sam Fender goes to the top of the chart with his debut album.

In the update broadcast on Sunday, Ed Sheeran and Stormzy had been replaced at the top of the singles chart. However, by Monday they were back in the position at the summit and Take Me Back To London duly gets a fourth week at number one in the week’s Official Chart. That means that next week it will be the first of his eight chart-topping singles to be my birthday number one. I’m sure he would be thrilled to know that. Stormzy has a new entry at number 37 with Wiley Flow. This presumably has as much to do with rapper Wiley as Enya’s Orinoco flow had to do with a womble.

The song that briefly looked like it might displace Ed Sheeran and Stormzy from the top was Don’t Call Me Angel by the high profile trio of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey who have previously had 47 top forty singles between them. The song, a new entry at number two, features on the new film version of Charlie’s Angels. Charlie’s Angels was originally an American television series in the 1970s and early ‘80s which was briefly revived in 2011.

Aitch stays at number three with Taste (Make It Shake). Kygo and Whitney Houston fall to number four with Higher Love and AJ Tracey’s Ladbroke Grove is down to number five.

Since the beginning of last year D-Block Europe and Lil Baby have accumulated fifteen top 100 hits between them. However, only four of them have (dis)graced the top forty. Even the two Lil Baby songs which featured Drake only reached number 46. D-Block Europe’s biggest hit to date was with Kitchen Kings earlier this year while Lil Baby’s only top forty success to date was with Drip Too Hard which was not about a kitchen tap. Working together they now have a new hit at number sixteen with Nookie which was the name of ventriloquist Roger de Courcey’s bear. One of the other Lils, Lil Nas X, re-enters at number 23 with Panini.

Last week’s commentary had a brief mention of the existence of a track featuring Ozzy Osbourne on Post Malone’s new album. This week that track, Take What You Want which also features Travis Scott and is actually quite good, finds itself in the singles chart at number 22. John ‘Ozzy’ Osbourne first enjoyed chart success as a member of Black Sabbath in the 1970s. He had some modest success as a solo artist before the MTV show THe Osbournes raised his profile. That led to a Christmas number one, Changes, with his daughter Kelly in 2003. This is his first appearance in the top forty singles chart since then.

Last night (Thursday) Dave was awarded the 2019 Mercury Music Prize for his album Psychodrama. This week he takes his tally of top forty singles in 2019 to an impressive nine with Professor X at number 24. There is no sign of Professors I to IX. In the few hours following the announcement of the award, Pyschodrama’s sales were boosted enough to see it back in the top forty at number 37.

La La La by the spellcheck-challenging Y2K and bbno$, re-enters at number 40.

North Shields singer-songwriter Sam Fender has received a substantial amount of critical acclaim and was on the BBC’s Sound Of 2019 list alongside Lewis Capaldi among others. Sadly, singles such as Play God and his debut album’s excellent title track Hypersonic Missiles have failed to reach the top forty. The album, though, helps to make up for that disappointment by finishing well clear of the field at number one. The singer’s voice has been compared by many, including this writer, with Brandon Flowers (of The Killers) and Bruce Springsteen. Let me, therefore, take this opportunity to wish The Boss a happy 70th birthday for next Monday (23 September).

Hypersonic Missiles sold around 41,000 copies (including sales-equivalent streams). One-fifth (8,200) of those sales were on vinyl, making it the fastest-selling vinyl album of 2019 so far.

Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding slips to number two after a week at number one. Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is at number four and Taylor Swift’s Lover is at five. The whole of the top five have, therefore, spent time at the top of the albums chart.

In today’s climate, record companies tend to be very impatient for success and are generally quick to drop acts who fail to live up to expectations. When the first single from George Ezra’s second album, Staying At Tamara’s, fell short of the top forty, there were already suggestions that he faced the axe despite the success of his debut. Thankfully, subsequent singles fared rather better and the album has been a massive hit.

In the same vein, some people felt that Emeli Sande might lose the chance to release a third album after her second failed to repeat the success of her massive-selling debut Our Version Of Events. That album spent ten weeks at number one but the follow-up, while out-performing the vast majority of albums released that year, had a relatively disappointing chart performance, particularly when compared with Adele’s second album. However, she has been given the chance to release album number three and Real Life is a new entry at number six.

Those of us who are psephological geeks as well as chart geeks think of the Sussex town of Bexhill-on-Sea as the parliamentary constituency with the highest proportion of voters of pensionable age, higher even than nearby Eastbourne. That made it an odd port of call for Pixies, a band not exactly known for their gentle ditties, on their latest tour. Nevertheless, they dropped by to play at the De La Warr Pavilion. They enter at number seven with Beneath The Eyrie, their third album since they re-formed in 2003. Fellow American rock band Korn are at number nine with The Nothing.

As has been noted here before, it is the fate of some bands to be known for one song, and one song only. Colorado band Lumineers joined those ranks in 2012 when their song Ho Hey became ubiquitous, party thanks to its use on talent shows. That remains their only hit single. Ho Hey’s host album, uninspiringly named Lumineers, reached number eight while the follow-up, Cleopatra, topped the chart in 2016. Album number three, called III presumably after the people responsible for choosing Cleopatra’s title were sacked for showing some imagination, is at number eight.

At the end of November, veterans The Who will be releasing a new album. In the meantime, there is a chart debut for The Hu with The Gereg at number 21. The name of the album and the band might suggest something a little unusual, but maybe not quite as unusual as a Mongolian throat-singing band. Yes, you read that correctly. Maybe they can persuade some of their compatriots to record an album of rock classics performed on the Mongolian nose flute. They could include a Bruce Springsteen song and call it Nose A-Render and become only the second Mongolian act to have a hit album in the UK.

Charli XCX enters at number fourteen with her third album, Charli. It includes collaborations with Troye Sivan, Haim, and Christine and the Queens.

Published on: 2019-09-20 by Suedehead2 || 25555 Views
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21 Sep 2019 - 18:18
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Happy 47th birthday next week Simon! I hope I haven't let it out the bag you were a child prodigy at Uni in the 80's...!

True Story, I was in the audience when Bosley from Charlie's Angels was on the US version of Blankety Blank.

Was Ozzy a bit Paranoid he'd never get another hit single?

Nose A-Render ouch! Those of us with long memories recall the actual first Mongol Music Invasion - Genghis Khan was In Eurovision long long ago.
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Changes was certainly very prominent in the run-up to Xmas 2003 but it wasn't Xmas #1 itself.
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This discussion is very important.
19 Oct 2019 - 11:07
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I concur.
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