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A month at the top for Dance Monkey
Tones And I gets a fourth week at number one with her Dance Monkey. Foals beat James Arthur to get their first number one album.

Tones & I extends her run at the top of the singles chart to four weeks. Foals get their first number one album after several near misses.

Tony Watson, better known as Tones & I, remains at number one for a fourth week with her wonderfully quirky Dance Monkey. Once again it finishes well ahead of the opposition but with a slight decline in combined sales for the first time.

Regard’s Ride It spends another week in the runner-up position. Post Malone’s Circles climbs to a new peak of number four in its sixth week in the top ten. Ed Sheeran’s Camila Cabello- and Cardi B-assisted South Of The Border rises three places to number four. Travis Scott stays at number five with Highest In The Room, easily the worst song in this week’s top five.

Two songs climb into the top ten. Aitch is up to number eight with Buss Down while Maroon 5 jump nine places to number ten with Memories. Maroon 5’s eleventh top ten single comes fifteen years after their first.

There are just three new entries this week and they are all in the lower reaches of the chart. The highest of them , at number 30, is a dirge called Hot Girl Bummer by someone calling himself Blackbear having been born with the fairly cool name of Matthew Musto. His previous chart success was as co-writer of Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend.

Bears in the chart have been something of a rarity. The last one to gain a chart credit was Bear Who who featured on DJ Sneak’s Fix My Sink in 2003. No, I don’t remember it either. Before that, if we ignore Stutz Bearcats, the only other ones are the Teddy Bears who reached number two in 1959 with To Know Him Is To Love Him.

Not surprisingly, bummers in the chart are even more of a rarity with this being the first song with that word in the title to reach the UK charts.

At number 33 we have a new entry from two people whos each started their chart career in 2014 with a number one single. Jax Jones topped the chart in March of that year as the featured artist on Duke Dumont’s I Got U and former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson spent two weeks at the summit on June with Ghost, a title that might have been more appropriate at this time of year.

Jax Jones has continued to notch up hits in the five years since his debut but Ella Henderson’s last singles chart appearance was in 2015 alongside Kygo on Here For You. The two of them have now combined to give the world Here For You.

From a former X Factor contestant we move to a former coach on The Voice for our final new entry at number 40. Danny O’Donoghue was a judge in the first two series of the show, back in the days before ITV poached its lack of audience from the BBC. His band The Script had their first hit in 2008 with We Cry, and topped the chart in 2012 with Hall Of Fame on which they were joined by will i am who continues to parade his ego on The Voice. After having a hit called For The First Time in 2010, The Script’s latest hit is called The Last Time. Anyone expecting something ground-breaking clearly hasn’t listened to their previous singles.

While there was never any real doubt about who would be number one in the singles chart, the race to the top of the albums chart was rather closer. Monday’s update showed Foals narrowly ahead of James Arthur. By Wednesday, Foals were still ahead but their lead had almost evaporated. It looked very much like they were going to have another near miss.

By Friday, however, Foals had managed to reverse the trend and finish the week at number one with their sixth studio album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part II just seven months after part I reached number two. It is the Oxford band’s fourth top three album but the first to go all the way to number one. Their pleas on social media this week indicate that, whatever some people may think, having a number one album still means a lot to the acts themselves.

In they year that Ella Henderson was in X Factor, the winner was James Arthur. In the year or two after he won, he appeared to be set to join the list of winners whose post-show success was very limited. However, he staged a comeback in 2016 after three years away and is now on to his third album, You. Some of the show’s biggest successes have started to struggle by the time album number three comes around but James Arthur came within a whisker of making it to number one. As it is, he has to settle for a second number two album.

Ed Sheeran’s No ^ Collaborations Project slips one place to number three. Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is down two places to number five.

Alter Bridge, whose name sounds rather like a Channel 4 school-based drama, enter at number four with their sixth album, Walk The Sky. The Florida band’s debut album, One Day Remains, failed to reach the chart but each subsequent studio album has made the top forty with four of them (including this one) gracing the top ten.

The ever-reliable Wikipedia describes Yungblud’s musical style as alternative rock, hip-hop and punk which makes him sound about as confused as his spelling. He has yet to make an appearance in the top forty singles chart but his album, The Underrated Youth, lands at number six.

One sure sign that Christmas is on its way is the arrival of a new album from Daniel O’Donnell. Sure enough, here he is at number eight with Halfway To Paradise. As well as the title track (a number three hit for Billy Fury in 1965), this latest set includes versions of other fifties and sixties classics such as Teenager In Love, Love Me Tender and Singing The Blues. O’Donnell has had at least one top forty album in the UK every year since 1991.

Jimmy Eat World’s last five albums have all reached the top forty but none of them have broken in to the top twenty. Their last release, Integrity Blues (2016), came agonisingly close but could only get to number 21. This week they have repeated the trick as Surviving also enters at number 21.

Anyone who hoped that Wretch 32’s absence from the chart for a couple years meant that he had decided to pursue a new career will be disappointed to see him at number 29 with Upon Reflection.

If Ed Sheeran’s choice of album titles (notwithstanding his current release) is meant to appeal to lovers of basic arithmetic, Sam Shepherd’s choice of stage name, Floating Points, perhaps reflects a desire to appeal to those whose love of mathematics is on a higher plane. [That must be one of the weirdest sentences I have written for a long time.] The fact that he is a neuroscientist as well as a musician might help to provide an explanation. He enters the top forty for the first time with his third album, Crush.
Published on: 2019-10-25 by Suedehead2 || 12762 Views
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