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The Weeknd gets a second week at number one
Canadian singer and producer The Weeknd holds on at number one with Blinding Lights. Green Day get their fourth chart-topping album.

The Weeknd holds on at the top of the singles chart. Green Day get their fourth number one album.

After claiming his first number one single last week, The Weeknd stays at the summit with Blinding Lights, bringing an end to a short run of one-week chart-toppers. Roddy Ricch holds steady at number two with The Box. Roddy Ricch also appears on new entry at number 38 as the featured artist on Mustardís Balliní. Sadly, this means that The Box has already lost its place as Ricchís worst charting song. We can only hope he doesnít try to lower the quality of his output even further. As for Mustard, Dijon McFarlane seems to have decided that he might as well choose the most famous product of the city which gave him his name as his stage name.

A static top five is completed by Lewis Capaldi at number three with Before You Go, Dua Lipaís Donít Start Now at four and Eminemís Godzilla at number five. Saint Jhn climbs thirteen places to number eight with Roses, an appropriate title for Valentineís Day.

In the week that a Canadian spends his second week at number one, the highest new entry comes from a Canadian with seven chart-topping singles to his name. Yes, itís Justin Bieber who enters at number fourteen with Intentions, his 46th top forty singles in a chart career that entered its second decade last month. One of Bieberís number one singles came courtesy of a featured artist appearance on DJ Khaledís Iím The One. That song also featured Quavo who turns up on this latest Bieber hit. Bieberís new album was released today (Friday).

All of Justin Bieberís 46 top forty singles have come since Pussycat Dolls were last in the chart with Hush Hush Hush Hush in 2009. After a decade of taking that title literally, they have re-formed to release a new single, React and will be embarking on a tour. It was announced yesterday (Thursday) that they would be the headline act at the end of Brighton Pride weekend in August. In the meantime, React is a new entry at number 29. The fact that it is one of the weekís better new entries is more of a comment on the dire nature of most of the others.

Dermot Kennedy enters at number 27 with Power Over Me. His first hit, Outnumbered, shared its name with a television programme. His second has been given a boost by its use on another programme.

Tobi and Manny have set themselves a challenge with the title of their debut hit Destined For Greatness. The song, which features someone called Janellť, enters at number 31.

According to Spotify, M24 is the fresh prince of saucy drill. That may have made more sense to whoever wrote those words than it does to me. Whatever it means, the Londoner enters at number 32 with London, a song that doesnít make me want to listen to any more saucy drill. It features Tion Wayne who featured on two number seven hits last year - NSGís Options and Russís Keisha And Becky. Singles on which Wayne has been the lead artist have fared rather less well.

A full five years after they last graced the top forty, Disclosure enter at number 34 as the featured artist on Khalidís Know Your Worth. It is Khalidís fourteenth top forty hit; the previous thirteen all entered after Disclosure were last in the chart.

Anne-Marie gets her eleventh top forty hit with Birthday at number 36. Five of her previous hits reached the top ten including a number one as featured artist on Clean Banditís Rockabye in 2016.

After making his chart debut last year with Murder On My Mind YNW Melly, who is currently charged with two counts of murder, enters at number 37 with Suicidal.

Among the many critics of the Official Chart Companyís increasingly convoluted rules are the people who like to see a nice neat chart run. The introduction of the Accelerated Chart Ratio (ACR) (whereby the value of a songís streams are cut by a half if it has been in the chart for at least ten weeks and its streams have been in decline for three successive weeks) has led to many songs falling twenty or so places in one week before hovering around its new position for several weeks thereafter. The rule restricting an artist to three songs in the chart at any one time has, as was predicted, led to some even weirder chart runs. A song can drop right out of the chart from a position in the top ten simply because it has become that artistís fourth most popular song of the week. It can then re-enter (possibly somewhere close to its previous position) if it reclaims its place in the artistís top three.

Those two rules have once again combined to give us two more messy chart runs. Lewis Capaldiís Bruises has gone on to ACR and, as a result, it is no longer the third most popular Capaldi song so it has crashed out of the chart from last weekís number fifteen. It has been replaced, at number 30, by the return of Hold Me While You Wait which reached number four last May.

There has been a tendency in recent years for artists to release short albums. This is in contrast to the early days of the CD when many acts attempted to get as close as possible to the maximum capacity of the new format. One reason suggested for this phenomenon is that people are more likely to stream short albums, thereby generating income for the artist and their record label. The same reason has also been given for the current preponderance of short songs, both as singles and album tracks.

The latest act to release a short album of short songs are Green Day whose latest release comprises ten songs lasting just 26 minutes between them. A previous album of theirs was titled American Idiot, a name widely believed to refer to the US president of the day, George W Bush. They may possibly be continuing that theme with the title of their thirteenth album, the first three words of which are Father Of All. The final word sounds a bit like Brotherduckers. Despite its brevity, the album gives Green Day their fourth number one in the UK.

Lewis Capaldiís Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent spends another week at number two and Eminemís Music To Be Murdered By is still at number three. J Hus moves back up one place to number four with Big Conspiracy following its physical release. Ed Sheeranís No 6 Collaborations Project is back up to number five, its twentieth week in the top five.

Blossoms fall to number eleven with Foolish Loving Spaces after a week at number one.

London-based duo Oh Wonder released their eponymous debut album in 2015 having released each of the fifteen tracks as a single over the previous year and a bit. None of the tracks entered the singles chart but the album got to number 26. The follow-up, Ultralife, entered at number eight but dropped straight out of the chart the following week. They enter at number eight with their third album, No One Else Can Wear Your Crown. The appearance of a band called Oh Wonder at number eight serve as a reminder of the band Eighth Wonder who had a top ten hit with the wonderful Pet Shop Boys-produced Iím Not Scared in 1988;

Welsh rock band Those Damn Crows released their debut album Murder And The Motive in 2018. While it reached number five in the UK rock and metal albums chart, it didnít make any impression on the overall albums chart. This week they make their debut in the main albums chart with Point Of No Return at number fourteen.

For many years Bryan Ferry was releasing solo material while also remaining a member of the band who launched his career, Roxy Music. The band released their last album in 1982 but Ferry has continued to release solo material in the almost thirty years since then. Much of his solo material has comprised cover versions and many of them appear on his ďnewĒ live album recorded at Londonís Albert Hall in 1974. Those songs include Sympathy For The Devil (Rolling Stones), The Tracks Of My Tears (Smokey Robinson) and A Hard Rainís A Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan), his first solo hit. The album enters at number eighteen to give Ferry his first top forty placing for over five years and his best chart position since a collection of Dylan covers in 2007.

In their original incarnation La Roux were a duo comprising singer Ellie Jackson (whose hair colour inspired their name) and producer Ben Langmaid. Since Langmaidís departure Jackson has effectively been the only member with other musicians joining her for touring purposes. Their career started well with two top two singles including the number one Bulletproof. As far as the singles chart goes, that is almost it. Their two albums, released five years apart, both made the top ten. After another lengthy gap, five-and-a-half years, album number three has finally appeared. Supervision is a new entry at number twenty.

Bashar Jackson, recording under the name Pop Smoke (perhaps to avoid any association with the Syrian dictator) enters at number 22 with Meet The Woo 2. His debut album Meet The Woo (in case you hadnít guessed the title) failed to chart. The Cadillac Three enter at number 30 with Country Fuzz.

English folk singer Seth Lakeman gets his sixth top forty album with A Pilgrimís Tale at number 39. He remains the only Seth to be named on a charting album. The number of Seths to be named on a charting single remains stubbornly stuck at zero.

Rod Stewartís Youíre In My Heart was released on vinyl last week. As a result it returns to the chart at number 26. Whitney Houstonís Ultimate Collection is back at number 31.
Published on: 2020-02-14 by Suedehead2 || 1063 Views
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