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Dance Monkey is still number one
Tones And I's Dance Monkey is the number one single for the second week. Dermot Kennedy hits the top of the albums chart with his debut album.

Tones & I gets a second week at the top of the singles chart. Dermot Kennedy’s debut album goes straight to number one in the albums chart.

After climbing to number one last week, Australian teenager Tones & I gets a second week at the top with Dance Monkey.

Fans of high new entries will be pleased that there is one at number two this week. Fans of good music will be less pleased that it is Highest In The Room by Travis Scott. Anyone who has failed to get excited by any of his previous releases are unlikely to change their opinion of him after hearing this.

Regard slips to number three with Ride It while AJ Tracey’s Ladbroke Grove is down to number four. Post Malone’s Circles returns to the number five peak it hit four weeks ago.

Kygo and Whitney Houston fall one place to number six with Higher Love. Higher Love was written by English songwriter Steve Winwwod who was a member of various bands including The Spencer Davis Group (Gimme Some Lovin.), Traffic (Hole In My Shoe and Paper Sun) and Blind Faith. The latter group included drummer Ginger Baker who died last weekend at the age of 80. Blind Faith also included Eric Clapton who had previously been in Cream along with Baker.

One long-established method of tying to get a hit single for an unknown act is to recruit a better-known act as a featured artist. Some artists are, of course, more willing than others to hire themselves out to all-comers. One such seems to be Justin Bieber who has appeared with almost anybody who is anybody and plenty of people who aren’t. This week he helps country duo Dan and Shay to get their first UK hit with 10,000 Nights at number nineteen.

If Justin Bieber isn’t available to appear as a featured artist, many acts turn to his fellow Canadian Drake. That tactic didn’t quite work for American singer Summer Walker as her collaboration with him, Girls Need Love, stalled at number 41. Having decided that this particular girl didn’t need a featured artist after all, Walker now gets her first top forty hit with Playing Games at number 25. She also has a new entry in the albums chart with Over It at number seven.

A number of acts with summer in their name have achieved chart success, most notably Donna Summer and, more recently, 5 Seconds Of Summer. Just one act called Autumn has achieved chart success (with My Little Girl, a number 37 hit in 1971) and the Edgar Winter Group had a number eighteen hit with Frankenstein in 1973. However, no act with spring in their name (not counting, for example, Dusty Springfield or Bruce Springsteen) has graced the top forty. Beijing Spring came the closest with Summerlands reaching number 53 in 1993, so even they needed some help from another season. The Four Seasons, of course, had many hits.

Halsey enters at number 38 with Graveyard. It is only the second ever top forty (or, indeed, top 100) hit with the word graveyard in its name following Boomtown Rats’ The Elephant’s Graveyard (Guilty) in 1981. The (Guilty) bit is part of the title, not an indication that I regret buying it. Halsey’s first chart hit came as featured artist alongside, yes, Justin Bieber.

Sales and streams of Dermot Kennedy’s latest single continue to be outnumbered by those of several other songs, albeit by fewer songs than ever this week as it climbs to number eight. He fares better in the albums chart as sales and streams of his debut release, Without Fear, outnumber those of every other current release meaning that he starts his albums chart career at number one. He also has the number one album in his native Ireland. The last Irishman to top the UK chart with his debut solo album was Ronan Keating in July 2000.

The Beatles’ Abbey Road slips to number two after marking its fiftieth anniversary with a week at number one. Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band added another five weeks to its top ten tally (bringing the total to 49 weeks) at the time of its fiftieth anniversary two years ago.

Ed Sheeran’s No 6 Collaborations Project is back in its customary place in the top five. It climbs back to number three. His latest single from the album, South Of The Border with Camila Cabello and Cardi B, climbs sixteen places to number 24 in the singles chart.

Post Malone is at number four with Hollywood’s Bleeding and Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is at five.

Ever since his time in The Birthday Party people have known that Nick Cave is not a singer to listen to if you are in need of cheerful pop music. His latest album as part of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Ghosteen, is the first to be written after the death of his teenage son in 2015 and its style reflects that unimaginable sorrow. The pain he still feels is obvious in almost every track. It enters at number sixteen to become The Bad Seeds’ fourteenth top forty album.

While Nick Cave may not be the person to listen to if you want something cheerful, the same has not been true of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, frequently known for obvious reasons as OMD. They have even managed to make songs about serious - and very uncheerful - subjects seem quite upbeat. The obvious example is their 1980 hit Enola Gay which was about the first atomic bomb.

Most of OMD’s success came in the 1980s but they have enjoyed some modest success with new albums since they re-formed in 2006. One of my regrets is that, having seen them live several times in their original incarnation, I have missed out on seeing them since they got back together. That is finally due to be remedied next month as they are on tour to promote a new Best Of collection, Souvenir.

As well as all the hits (and some singles which were not hits), the five CDs and two DVDs include two discs of live recordings (including one 1981 gig that I was able to attend) and a disc of unreleased demos, working versions etc. Two previous OMD compilations have reached the top twenty. This latest, ultra-comprehensive, collection lands at number eighteen.

Another eighties band, Simple Minds, also have a new entry this week. Their career started fairly slowly but they eventually rose to become a hugely successful stadium rock band, selling out large venues for their live shows. While they tend not to sell too many CDs any more, their live tours continue to be popular. It, therefore, makes sense that their latest release is a live album recorded on their North American tour last year. The album includes some of their biggest hits such as Alive And Kicking, Promised You A Miracle and Waterfront. Their only UK number one single, Belfast Child, is not among the 25 tracks on Live In The City Of Angels which enters at number eight.

Moving on from the 1980s, the next new entry comes from a band who peaked in 2003. In that year The Darkness had two number two singles with I Believe In A Thing Called Love and the gloriously over-the-top Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End). As their fortunes declined and his own personal addiction problems escalated, front man Justin Hawkins left the band in 2006 leaving the other members to regroup under a different name. They are now back, with Hawkins restored to their line-up, and they enter at number ten with their first new album in thirteen years, Easter Is Cancelled.

There is a birthday card depicting two penguins lying on a blanket in the snow looking up at the night sky. One penguin asks the other what he can tell by looking at the sky. “I don’t know”, says the other penguin, to which the first penguin replies “It means our tent has been stolen”. That birthday card probably wasn’t the inspiration for Barnsley’s The Sherlocks calling their second album Under Your Sky. Regardless of the title’s origin, the album - which is rather good - enters at number seventeen.

Less than five months after Wildhearts released their first album in ten years, they have released another one. Renaissance Men reached number eleven in May. Diagnosis enters at number 25.

Wilco enter at number 29 with Ode To Joy. As the band are from Chicago, the choice of the name of the European anthem as the title of their album is probably just a coincidence. American singer Angel Olsen sneaked into the top forty in 2016 with her third album, My Woman. Album number four, All Mirrors, enters at number 28.
Published on: 2019-10-11 by Suedehead2 || 20491 Views
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11 Oct 2019 - 18:54
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Ah nostalgia for me with the name check for autumn, i recorded my little girl off terry wogans afternoon radio 2 show back in late 1971 - on reel to reel tape, 4 track, with aul divil bantering over the song at the end. Just a 13 year ol lad i was...laugh.gif
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I can't say I remember the song at all! I'll have to find it and see if it triggers any memories.
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I will search this song.
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