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Five weeks at the top for Dance Monkey
Dance Monkey remains at number one for a fifth week. Stereophonics have their seventh number one album.

Tones & I dances on at the top of the singles chart. Stereophonics get their seventh number one album.

Tones & I holds on for a fifth week at number one with Dance Monkey. She has now matched the five week run of the lsat debut single by an Australian teenager to top the chart, Kylie Minogue’s I Should Be So Lucky.

Regard’s Ride It is at number two for the fourth time in the last five weeks.

For a long time two new entries in the top ten would have sparked cries of “Why so few?”. Since streaming became dominant, it is rare to get as many as two songs going straight into the top ten. This is one of those weeks. The higher of the two comes from Selena Gomez. Lose You To Love Me was released on Wednesday of last week and gained enough sales and streams in two days to enter the chart at number 65. This week, with a full seven days’ data, it soars to number three to give Gomez her first top five (and fifth top ten) hit. She has a second new entry with Look At Her Now at number 26.

Post Malone’s Circles slips back to number four and Ed Sheeran Camila Cabello and Cardi B are at number five with South Of The Border. Sheeran was named this week as the UK’s richest celebrity under thirty. The title was held last year by Adele, but she is now 31 so no longer qualifies. SHe’s still stinking rich though.

Fans of Kanye West (and they do exist) have long been promised a new album but were left waiting for an actual release date. As happens fairly frequently now, the wait ended not just with a date but also the release of the album itself. Inevitably, three songs (the maximum number allowed in the chart by a single artist) from the album enter the top forty. The highest of the three is the second song to burst straight into the top ten as Follow God enters at number six. It is joined by Selah at number 19 and Closed On Sunday at 20.

One way for acts to get some free or cheap publicity for a new release is to turn it into a news story. Coldplay found a cheap way of doing that this week by advertising in a local newspaper and making sure the national press got to hear about it. The band released two tracks from their forthcoming album - Orphans, a fairly standard Coldplay song and Arabesque, something a little less mainstream. There are no prizes for guessing which of them has entered the chart. Orphans is at number 27, giving the band their 24th top forty hit.

So, that’s six new entries done and we’re not finished yet. THe next newcomer comes from three artists I’d gladly never hear from again - AJ Tracey, Not3s and MoStack enter at number 22 with Floss. I assume the title refers to the dance rather than the dental hygiene product. It’s rubbish anyway.

While Harry Styles’ new song went straight into the upper reaches of the chart last month, his erstwhile bandmate Niall Horan has had to be rather more patient for renewed success. His latest offering, Nice To Meet Ya, enters at number 34 after three weeks outside the top forty. It breaks a two-year absence from the chart for Horan.

Among the challenges often posed to chart watchers is to list all the Welsh acts to have had a number one single, the point being that there are surprisingly few of them. Stereophonics joined that short list in 2005 when Dakota topped the chart for a week almost exactly eight years after their first hit. As with most bands of their ilk, the hit singles dried up years ago but they continue to enjoy success with their albums. That success continues as Kind becomes their seventh number one album.

Stereophonics have now spent a total of eleven weeks at the top of the albums chart. Just 55 acts have spent longer at number one. None of them are Welsh.

Stereophonics lead a crop of new entries at the very top of the chart. As the titles of two of the Kanye West tracks in the singles chart might suggest, his new release Jesus Is King is an overtly Christian album. Whether his UK fans care is another matter. He might have hoped to go to number one but has to be content with an opening position of number two.

Two of the week’s new albums come from singers who have been the butt of many jokes - James Blunt and Rick Astley. Blunt has managed to expand his Twitter following beyond fans of his music by gaining a reputation for his sharp wit. He is well aware that many people loathe his music but doesn’t really care. There are enough people who do like his music to send his sixth album, Once Upon A Mind, to number three.

Rick Astley achieved his first chart success as part of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman stable whose horrors polluted the chart for so long in the 1980s. His career staged a revival after unwitting internet users had his debut single Never Gonna Give You Up inflicted on them. He enters at number four with a compilation The Best Of Me. It includes his version of When I Fall In Love which was released in 1987 in the expectation that it would be the Christmas number one. Its chances were scuppered when the vastly superior Nat King Cole version was rereleased, thereby depriving the Astley version of some sales.

Despite his choice of stage name, Rex Orange County hails from the Surrey village of Grayshott rather than Florida. He makes his albums chart debut at number five with his third release, Pony.

Foals crash to number 23 after a week at number one with Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part II.

Back in June Bruce Springsteen scored his eleventh UK number one album with Western Stars, a collection of songs which featured in his film of the same name. He has now released an album of live versions of those songs and it enters at number eleven.

As well as Bruce Springsteen, three other veteran acts have new albums in the chart. Neil Young, whose chart career began in 1970, enters at number seventeen with Colorado, his 39th studio album. Van Morrison, whose solo career also started in 1970, is at number thirteen with Three Chords And The Truth, studio album number 41. It is the 46th of his albums (including various compilations) to chart higher than his Astral Weeks, widely regarded as one of the best albums of all-time by a British or Irish act. Hawkwind, best known for their single Silver Machine with Lemmy on vocals, are at number 34 with All Aboard The Skylark.

This year has seen a string of releases from various acts under the title Gold. In general, they have missed out on a top forty place. The Bay City Rollers collections is an exception. One of the first boybands to appeal almost exclusively to teenage girls are at number 20, their first top forty appearance since an earlier Greatest Hits set in 2010.

Editors, one of several bands to emerge in the mid-2010s having clearly been listening to Joy Division, enter at number 28 with a Best Of collection entitled Black Gold.

Harry Connick Jr enters at number 29 with a collection of Cole Porter songs. Josh Homme, best known as frontman of Queens Of The Stone Age is at number 33 with Volumes 11 and 12 from his side project Desert Sessions.

CIgarettes After Sex enter at number 36 with their second album, Cry. Australian rock band Airbourne are at number 39 with Boneshaker. For any Australian readers who don’t know, England are in the rugby WOrld Cup final tomorrow. Australia aren’t.
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