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Dance Monkey gets a sixth week at the top
Tones & I's Dance Monkey continues to rule the singles chart. Jeff Lynne's ELO go to number one in a week of controversy in the albums chart.

Tones & I extends her run at the top of the singles chart to six weeks. Jeff Lynne’s ELO top the albums chart at the end of an eventful week.

Australian teenager Tones & I gets a sixth week at the top of the singles chart with Dance Monkey. Its streams actually increased last week, so it will remain on the Standard Chart Ratio until at least the second half of this month. A song is moved on to the Accelerated Chart Ratio (whereby streams only count for half as much as the standard ratio) if it has been in the chart for at least ten weeks and sales (streams plus actual sales) have been in decline for three successive weeks.

The list of artists whose last hit had an appropriate title shrinks by one this week as Dua Lipa’s number 24 hit from February this year will definitely not be her swan song. She returns to the chart at number two with Don’t Start Now which, in chart career terms, she hasn’t done. Aided by an appearance on Graham Norton’s show last week she gets her first top ten hit since Electricity a year ago.

Regard slips one place to number three with Ride It. He has now spent six weeks in the top three without managing to top the chart. He may find some consolation in being part of the first ever UK top three singles to have two songs by artists from Kosovo or with Kosovan ancestry.

Ed Sheeran and friends climb one place to number four with South Of The Border. Post Malone’s Circles is at number five.

Thornton Heath duo (Thornton Heath sounds so much nicer than Croydon) Krept And Konan released their second album last week and two songs from the album enter the singles chart. G Love, which features Wizkid, was made available before the album’s release and has been in the lower part of the chart for the last two weeks. This week it climbs into the top forty at number 28.

The higher placed of their two songs, though, at number 23, is Tell Me which features the combined alleged talents of D-Block Europe and Ling Hussle. D-Block Europe, from elsewhere in south London, have already displayed their ability to reach the charts with utter rubbish. Ling Hussle, who also hails from the southern part of the capital, makes his UK chart debut. Krept and Konan’s host album, Revenge Is Sweet, is at number five.

D-Block Europe have worked with a number of other artists but, so far at least, have not teamed up with AJ Tracey. Given their combined track record, it’s probably fair to assume I wouldn’t like the result if they did get together. In the meantime, AJ Tracey gets his fifth top forty hit of 2019 with Kiss And Tell (which features Skepta) at number 31.

On M Huncho’s last.fm page, the first act listed as a similar artist is D-Block Europe which is not an encouraging start. He chooses to perform in a mask, perhaps hoping that the resulting anonymity will encourage favourable comparisons with Daft Punk and Sia. To add to his air of mystery, he describes his musical style as trapwave. Dead boring would have been more descriptive is his single Thumb is representative of his oeuvre. It must appeal to someone other than his mum (assuming she knows M Huncho is her son) as it is a new entry at number 30.

American drag queen RuPaul first came to the attention of a UK audience with two minor hit singles in 1992. The following year he joined Elton John to record a new version of Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, a song John had previously taken to number one with Kiki Dee. After a couple more minor hits, he more or less disappeared as far as the British public was concerned. However, in 2009, he started presenting Drag Race on American television, a sort of X Factor for drag queens. The show has proved so successful that the BBC have made a British version, again with RuPaul as host. In the same way that the X Factor finalists record a (usually ghastly) charity single for a few years, the cast of the show have made their way to a recording studio. The result, Break Up Bye Bye, credited to the Cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, is at number 35.

Drill rapper Poundz enters at number 37 with Opp Thot. That sentence will leave many people wondering what drill rap sounds like and, indeed, what an opp thot is. Search me.

Halsey’s Graveyard returns at number 40 after slipping out of the top forty last week.

When is a compilation album not a compilation album? The answer from the Official Charts Company (OCC) this week seemed to be “Not sure. Leave it with us and we’ll get back to you”. As part of this year’s BBC Children In Need appeal an array of actors recorded cover versions of various well-known songs under the title Got It Covered.

As each actor recorded their own separate track it was generally assumed that the album would not qualify for the artist albums chart and would be consigned to the compilations chart. That\, after all, is what happened to a similar project (albeit using singers rather than actors) for the War Child charity in 1995. It was, therefore, something of a surprise when Monday’s chart update showed this album at number one.

The initial suspicion was that the people behind the album thought they could get round the rules by crediting it to Children In Need and the BBC Concert Orchestra with a different featured artist for each track, despite the fact that the orchestra does not play on all of the tracks. As the BBC pay a fee to the OCC to use the chart, cynics might have thought that the Beeb had a quiet word in somebody’s ear to get it accepted for the main chart. Whether that was true or not, the OCC announced on Wednesday that the album did not qualify for the main chart after all. Sticklers for consistency will feel that they made the right decision in the end.

On Thursday, some of the people involved with the album protested that it should be allowed into the artist albums chart. The OCC responded that they had originally been given misleading information, hence the initial decision to count it as an artist album. Despite some pleading that its exclusion would reduce the amount raised for Children In Need, the OCC has stuck by its decision that it should be consigned to the compilations chart. It tops that chart this week and is the best-selling album of the week.

That, then, left Jeff Lynne’s ELO with a healthy lead and in line to finish the week at number one, leaving chart followers a different question to answer. Would it count as ELO’s fourth number one album or a first for Jeff Lynne’s ELO? Electric Light Orchestra were formed in 1970 by Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan. Wood subsequently left to form Wizzard, leaving Lynne as front man, main songwriter and producer. It was under Lynne that the band achieved most of their success with albums such as A New World Record and Out Of The Blue and singles including Mr Blue Sky.

The new album, From Out Of Nowhere, is essentially a Jeff Lynne solo album with him playing almost all the instruments on every track. While the album still sounds very reminiscent of ELO, it seems reasonable to count it as a first number one for a separate act. If, on the other hand, you wish to count it as a new ELO album, it is their first studio album to top the chart since Time in 1981. A Greatest Hits collection topped the chart in 2016.

Jeff Lynne started his career as a member of The Move with Roy Wood as one of his bandmates. One of his side projects was as a member of the Travelling Wilburys. Sadly, three of their number (George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty) are no lunger with us, but Bob Dylan is still around. For some time now he has filled the gap between new albums by releasing material from his archives. The latest compilation, Travellin’ Thru - The Bootleg Series 15, is at number six. The recordings are from the period 1967-69 and include versions of Lay Lady Lay and All Along The Watchtower as well as songs he didn’t write such as That’s All Right Mama and You Are My Sunshine (yes, really!). It is Dylan’s 39th top then album (not including his work with Travelling WIlburys).

Michael Kiwanuka’s career to date can reasonably described as a series of footnotes in musical history. He has been nominated for the Mercury Prize and he won the BBC’s Sound of 2012. His second album, Love & Hate, went to number one on the sixtieth anniversary of the UK albums chart. However, he could still walk down most High Streets unrecognised. His third album, Kiwanuka, enters at number two.

The sesquipedalian title section of the top five is next. Ed Sheeran’s No 6 Collaborations Project is at number three, one place ahead of Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.

Stereophonics fall to number ten after a week at number one with Kind.

The signs that Christmas is on its way continue to mount up. This week’s albums chart contribution to that is the appearance of a new album by Aled Jones and Russell Watson. They released an album called In Harmony last year. This year they have put out a follow-up, Back In Harmony. I suppose that is a slightly better title than In Harmony 2 or, even worse, something really naff like In Harmony 2gether. It launches its chart run at number seven.

In the week last year that Aled Jones and Russell Watson’s In Harmony entered the albums chart, actor Jeff Goldblum also had a new entry with a jazz album. This week he, with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra once again, lands in the chart with his second album I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This at number 20. Despite having starred in the film The Fly, he has still not recorded a version of the U2 song of the same name.

Since Simple Minds released their last Greatest Hits collection in 2013, they have had precisely zero hits to add to the 24 top forty hits they amassed between 1982 and 1998. They haven’t even added to the 33 top 75 hits gained between 1979 and 2005. What better time, then, to release another Best Of set? Their excuse is they want to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a collection of 40 songs. Just a month after they were in the top forty with another live album, they enter at number 27 with Forty - The Best Of 1979-2009.

Another week, another re-release of a classic album. This time it’s REM’s turn and the album in question is 1994’s Monster. The band’s first six albums made little impact in the UK but they finally started to achieve chart success with the release of Out Of Time in 1991. That went straight to number one, easily beating their previous best position of number 27 with Green. Out Of Time was the first of four successive number one albums for the band with Monster being the third of them. The 25th anniversary reissue lands at number 25.
Published on: 2019-11-08 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 371 Views
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E L Rollo
8 Nov 2019 - 20:07
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I think Bob Dylan holds the record for the longest gap between studio albums reaching no.1 with 39 years between New Morning (1970) and Together Through Life (2009). ELO's gap of 38 years is just one year short of breaking the record.
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A triumph for the Travelling Wilburys!
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