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Dance Monkey marches on at number one
Tones & I's Dance Monkey extends its run at the top of the singles chart to eight weeks. Westlife get an eighth number one album.

Tones & I gets an eighth week at the top of the singles chart. Westlife top the albums chart for the eighth time.

Tones & I spends another week well clear of all-comers at the top of the singles chart, extending Dance Monkey’s reign to eight weeks. It is now the longest-running number one by a female solo artist since Whitney Houston wailed her way through I Will Always Love You for ten weeks in 1992/3.

Dance Monkey has topped the charts in over 20 countries and has just become the longest-running chart-topper of all time in Australia. Tones & I has been at number one in her homeland for sixteen weeks, beating the fifteen-week run achieved by Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You two years ago. Thanks to Colin (zeuss at Buzzjack, oricon at Haven) for those facts.

Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now spends a third week at number two.

Dance monkey is one of the more unusual songs to have topped the chart in recent years. Earlier this year, Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy almost gave us another quirky chart-topper but, sadly, it got stuck at number two. She now has a chance to make amends as her next single, Everything I Wanted, jumps straight in at number three.

Regard slips to number four with Ride It. Maroon 5 climb one place to number five with Memories.

Right in the middle of an election campaign we have a new single from Tory Lanez at number 32. Perhaps Labour Streatz and Lib Dem Avenyooz will release something in time for next week’s chart. Jerry Sprunger (which features T-Pain) is his first top forty single although he has had three top twenty albums. He gets a fourth top twenty album this week with the entry of Chixtape 5 at number ten.

Four previous Tory Lanez singles have peaked between numbers 41 and 50. The existence of acts called Labour Streatz and Lib Dem Avenyooz may be considered to be fake news.

Former One Directioner Harry Styles was one of the guests on Joos Holland’s Later this week. THat can be seen either as a sign that Styles is building a reputation as a credible musician (rather than just another former boyband member) or that Later is expanding its scope to include pop. Regardless of which side you choose to take, he has a new entry at number 35 with Watermelon Sugar. It should come as no surprise that this is the first top forty (or, indeed, top anything) single to include the word watermelon in its title.

Lewis Capaldi featured on an earlier edition of the current series of Jools Holland’s show. He gets a new title to add to his list of hit singles as Before You Go enters at number nineteen. It comes from a deluxe version of his album released today (Friday).

Taylor Swift’s Lover is a re-entry at number 38 following the release of a new version with added Shawn Mendes.

The albums chart has another healthy batch of new entries as we approach the end of another year. The fresh blood starts with three new entries in the top five. As last week, the highest new entry comes from an Irish act whose initial appeal was largely to teenage girls. It is fair to say, though, that anyone who finds The Script to be a little on the dull side will find Westlife positively soporific. Nevertheless, every one of their albums (whether a studio album or a compilation) has made the top four and they have somehow notched up fourteen number one singles.

Their new album, Spectrum, continues that trend by trouncing all the opposition to finish at number one by a wide margin. None of Westlife’s seven previous chart-topping albums have held on for a second week at the top. With new albums by Coldplay and Robbie Willimas released today (Friday), that record is highly unlikely to change. Many acts have had several one-week chart-topping albums but most of those have managed at least one with a prolonged stay at number one. Indeed, Prince is the only other artist to have had five or more number one albums without any of them getting a second week at the top.

By the time Westlife made their first impression on the charts in 1999, Celine Dion had already had two number one singles and the first three of her five number one albums. She gets her first top forty album in six years with Courage at number two. The album is heavily influenced by the deaths of a brother and her husband in recent years.

Westlife were seen by many at the time they emerged as the natural successors to Boyzone who, in turn, were marketed as Ireland’s answer to Take That. Westlife were even managed for a time by Boyzone’s Ronan Keating.

Take That had initially been just another boyband who mostly recorded lame cover versions before they started to record their own songs. Their credibility gained another boost when they returned after a ten-year hiatus (no longer really qualifying for the label boyband) and were just as successful as they had been before. Their renewed popularity is past its peak but they continue to sell albums and concert tickets in large numbers. They had their eighth number one album a year ago with Odyssey, a collection of re-recordings of songs from their back catalogue. They now enter at number five with a live version of that album.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s BackTogether is at number three. Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is at four.

The fact that we are near the season of gluttony and family arguments is clearer than ever this week. That starts with one of the more unexpected hits, an album by a former footballer turned pundit. Well, if actors can do it, why not footballers? Even so, Chris Kamara would not have been the obvious ex-footballer to take the plunge. Nevertheless, he has done it and Here’s To Christmas is at number eight. Unbelievable, Jeff.

Also aiming to make its way into Christmas stockings is the latest offering from the Kidz Bop Kids. Kidz Bop 2020 includes their renditions of songs such as Senorita, Someone You Loved and Don’t Call Me Up and is a new entry at number seven.

Someone You Loved also appears on the new Collabro album, as does Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On. They have also raided The Greatest Showman and included a version of A Million Dreams on Love Like This. The former Britain’s Got Talent contestants are at number 22.

Competitively-priced boxed sets are another reliable Christmas staple and the week’s most successful example comes from The Police. Every Move You Make comprises their five studio albums and a sixth CD of other bits and bobs. Four of those five albums topped the chart as did two later compilation albums. This release enters at number seventeen.

Lady Antebellum complete this week’s new entries with Ocean at number 29.

Published on: 2019-11-22 by Suedehead2 || 1226 Views
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22 Nov 2019 - 19:30
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Watermelon Man may not have made the UK charts, but Herbie Hancock's jazz song made the US top 10 in the early 60's for Mongo Santamaria, one of the greatest names (literally, I mean) in all of pop music (a Cuban musician who fused latin and US black music to help create a new genre). Clearly less Watermelonist than the UK who have taken 55 years to catch up:lol:

There was, though, Blind Melon who took the fab No Rain into the UK singles chart. Not quite a watermelon, but maybe that was due to the lack of rain they were singing about.....
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There was also the Smashing Pumpkins album Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness.
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