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Sheeran and Stormzy still top the chart
Ed Sheeran and Stormzy get a fifth week at number one with Take Me Back To London. Liam Gallagher gets his second number one solo album.

Ed Sheeran and Stromzy extend their run at the top of the singles chart to five weeks. Liam Gallagher has another number one album to his name.

Es Sheeran and Stormzy’s Take Me Back To London tops the singles chart for a fifth week bringing Sheeran’s record up to 38 weeks at the summit with his eight number one singles.

Aitch moves back up to number two with Taste (Make It Shake). Last week’s runner-up, Don’t Call Me Angel, has slumped to number twelve in only its second week in the chart despite its stellar line-up of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey.

Kygo and Whitney Houston are back up to number three with their version of Higher Love and AJ Tracey’s Ladbroke Grove returns to number four. Kosovan DJ Regard jumps six places to number five with Ride It. Tones & I adds some quirkiness to the top ten, climbing seven places to number seven with Dance Monkey.

Melissa Jefferson, now better known as Lizzo, made her UK chart debut earlier this year with the number 38 hit Juice. By then she had released two studio albums and a string of singles without success. One of those singles was Good As Hell, released in March 2016. That single has now been re-promoted and it enters at number 23. As it is over three years old, it would normally be permanently subjected to the Accelerated Chart Ratio meaning that the sales-equivalent value of its streams would be halved. However, the record company has been able to get the song treated as if it was a brand new release. As it has not charted before, that seems to be perfectly reasonable.

In 1998 Faithless told the world that God Is A DJ. Pink repeated the message in 2004. Last year Ariana Grande proclaimed that God Is A Woman. Now, Tiesto and Mabel are telling us that, regardless of their gender, God Is A Dancer, putting him/her in the same category as Rhythm. Their song of that name is a new entry at number 37. For Tiesto, it is the second hit of the year that began with him turning fifty.

The Ozzy Osbourne-assisted Take What You Want (with additional noises from Travis Scott) is no longer the third most popular Post Malone song. It is, therefore, excluded in the chart and is replaced by Sunflower which returns at number 27. That song was last in the top forty back in April. There is also a re-entry at number 39 for Dave’s Location.

The biggest upward mover of the week is Stormzy’s Wiley Flow which jumps fifteen places to number 22.

In the week that much attention (in the music world anyway) has been focussed on the fiftieth anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album, we have a new album from one of the most successful Beatles tribute acts, Liam Gallagher. He and his brother Noel have never tried to hide their admiration for the Fab Four and much of their output - both collectively as Oasis and in their post-Oasis careers - has reflected that. Liam’s new album, Why Me Why Not, is no exception.

Following the break-up of Oasis, Liam had to watch Noel’s albums with High Flying Birds top the chart while his own as part of Beady Eye (effectively Oasis without Noel) fell just short. His fortunes took a turn for the better when his first wholly solo album went to number one. The follow-up has now matched that albeit with lower sales. Those two solo chart-toppers, added to Oasis’s eight number ones from eight studio albums, bring his total to ten number ones spending a total of 23 weeks at the summit.

A special anniversary edition of Abbey Road was released today (Friday). Expect to see that in the chart next week.

Chart geeks often like to discuss how important it is to artists to get a number one album. It is not uncommon for a record label to choose a release date carefully to avoid too much competition. It might be thought that a band whose first five studio albums all topped the chart would be keen to extend that run with album number six. That, though, doesn’t seem to be the case with Keane who released Cause And Effect last week knowing that they would be competing against Liam Gallagher.

Keane’s most successful album remains their 2004 debut Hopes And Fears which spent a total of five weeks at number one and was narrowly beaten to the title of best-selling album of the year by the Scissor Sisters’ debut. Following their fifth successive number one album in 2012 and the release of a Best Of compilation the following year, the band members went their separate ways. They have now re-formed the band to release their first new album for seven years. It enters at number two, well behind Liam Gallagher but also comfortably ahead of the rest of the chart. If they had really wanted that sixth number one, they could have achieved it with a different release date.

Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding slips one place to number three. Ed Sheeran’s career enters new crisis territory as No 6 Collaborations Project hits a new low point of number four after a mere eleven weeks. Sam Fender’s Hypersonic Missiles falls to number five after a week at the top. When the tour dates surrounding the release of the album were arranged, his team were fairly cautious and booked a series of dates on mid-sized venues. Following the release of the album, a new set of dates in much larger venues were announced this week and were sold out within hours.

While Blink 182’s most successful period was around the turn of the century, their only number one album was California, released in 2016. In a hilarious move, they have decided to call their eighth album Nine. Oh, how everyone must have laughed when they came up with that idea. The album enters at number six which is an upside-down nine.

The only other new entry of the week is at number 36. That album is Jaime, the debut solo album from Brittany Howard of the band Alabama Shakes. The album is dedicated to her sister Jaime who died while she was in her teens.

After BBC4 showed an evening of Fleetwood Mac-related programmes last Friday, their Rumours album soars 21 places to number seventeen. The 50 Years - Don’t Stop compilation climbs ten places to number thirteen.

Dave’s Psychodrama album sneaked back into the top forty last week after being announced as the winner of the 2019 Mercury Prize just a few hours before the chart week closed. Now, after a full week of sales and streams following that success, it is up 25 places to number twelve.

The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack returns to the top ten at number nine. Queen’s Platinum Collection also receives a boost, returning to the top forty at number 25.

Bob Marley’s Legend compilation re-enters the top forty yet again at number 37. Ed Sheeran’s × is back at number 40 so it’s not all bad news for him.
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