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Another week at the top for The Weeknd
THe Weeknd gets a fifth week at the top of the singles chart. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have their first number one album as a duo.

The Weeknd continues his reign at the top of the singles chart. Former Beautiful South duo Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have the number one album.

The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights is still the UK’s number one single. Its current run of three weeks at the top is the joint longest of the year so far along with Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy’s Own It although Blinding Lights has now spent a total of five weeks at number one with a one-week interruption from Billie Eilish.

Saint Jhn’s Roses remains at number two.

After a February that was one of the wettest months on record in the UK, perhaps it is appropriate that the highest new entry, at number three, is a song called Rain. Even more aptly, one of the featured artists shares his name with a river. His name is taken from shortened forms of his two forenames Brytavious Lakeith. I’m going to stick my neck out and suggest that Tay Keith is the first Brytavious to have a UK chart hit.

The lead artist on Rain is Aitch who duly gets his third top forty hit of the year (two of them as a featured artist) before the middle of March. With five from last year, he now has eight top forty singles to his name. Unfortunately, they range in quality from terrible downwards. The addition of AJ Tracey to a song has never been known to improve it and this is no exception.

Roddy Ricch’s The Box slips one place to number four. Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now climbs back into the top five at number five. After five weeks in the top twenty, Lipa’s Physical finally breaks into the top ten at number eight. It becomes her eighth top ten single. Dua Lipa was among the acts due to perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend this year but that event has now become another victim of the coronavirus. A number of names were added to the line-up for Glastonbury yesterday (Thursday) but that festival may also be cancelled.

Billie Eilish’s Bond theme No Time To Die falls to number six. Her big hit Bad Guy was the biggest-selling single (excluding made-up sales from streams) in the world last year. At a time when many people are lamenting that too many current hits sound the same, it is good to see something different doing so well. Eilish still has a third song in the top forty with Everything I Wanted. When it first hit the chart, the title would have induced thoughts of abstracts such as health and happiness. In the age of coronavirus, it is more likely to make people think of pasta and toilet roll.

Krept & Konan’s last top forty hit came last year with Tell Me, a “song” that also featured the “talents” of D-Block Europe and Ling Hussle. Krept & Konan and D-Block Europe have teamed up again but this time they have dispensed with the services of Ling Hussle. Instead they have joined forces with Da Beatfreakz who receive top billing on Self-Obsessed, a new entry at number 26. Da Beatfreakz are brothers Obi and Uche Ebele who prefer to style themselves O1 and U1. It’s just as well Obi wasn’t called Ulysses as a certain Irish band might have had something to say about a potential name clash. Similarly, if Uche had been called Obadiah, a telecoms company might have wanted to consult their lawyers. While on the subject of telecoms firms, Da Beatfreakz’ previous top forty hit was called Motorola.

Continuing with the theme of self-obsession, Demi Lovato enters at number 35 with I Love Me.

In the first decade of this century astronomers debated at length over whether Pluto really deserved to be called a planet. The eventual decision was that it didn’t and it was relegated to the status of dwarf planet. This would have come as a particular blow to composer Colin Matthews. In 2000, he had been commissioned by the Manchester-based Halle Orchestra to write a piece called Pluto to be added to Gustav Holst’s Planet Suite. Pluto had not been discovered when Holst wrote his original work. The re-classification rendered this piece somewhat redundant. It is worth mentioning at this point that part of Jupiter was adapted by Manfred Mann for their hit Joybringer and that the same piece was used to set I Vow To Thee, My Country to music - an adaptation felt by many to be a suitable English national anthem.

Returning to Pluto, Lil Uzi Vert has a new entry at number 36 with Baby Pluto. It adds to the two top forty hits (one as a featured artist) he achieved in 2017. Uranus is the only one of the planets not to feature in the name of a chart hit although the only charting song with Neptune in its title fell short of the top forty. Lil Uzi Vert also enters at number 37 with P2, a title which could almost be a shortened form of Pee Pee, a song which was in the charts for M Huncho earlier this year.

New Zealander Stella Bennett, recording under the name Benee, makes her UK chart debut at number 39 with Supalonely. She shouldn’t be too lonely as she is joined on the song by another chart debutant Gus Dapperton., a singer-songwriter from New York. Of course, I am assuming the title should be pronounced Super Lonely rather than, for instance, Supper La Nelly.

Unusually for the current chart era, we have five new entries in the top forty this week and they are all also new entries to the top 100. At one time this would not have been worthy of comment but nowadays a lot of songs climb into the top forty from lower down the top 100.

First there were The Housemartins, the Hull-based band that gave us hits such as Happy Hour and a Christmas number one with an a capella version of the Isley Brothers’ Happy Hour. After they disbanded singer Paul Heaton formed The Beautiful South (with Norman Cook) and the hits continued with songs including Perfect Ten, Song For WHoever and the chart-topping A Little Time.

After all this success, it was a little surprising that Heaton’s solo career went nowhere. His fortunes didn’t revive until he teamed up again with another former Beautiful South member Jacqui Abbott (I so nearly typed Dianne there! What a strange duo that would have been).

The Housemartins had three top ten albums without making it to the very top. Beautiful South helped to make up for that by getting three number one albums. Heaton now has a fourth chart-topping album to his name as Manchester Calling enters at number one.

One final fun fact for fans of the delightful Divine Comedy song Norman and Norma on their latest album Office Politics - Paul Heaton’s parents are Horace and Doris.

There are still two albums with excessively long titles in the top five. Lewis Capaldi falls back to number two with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent and Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go falls three places to number five.

Lil Uzi Vert's two top forty entries come from his second studio album Eternal Atake, whatever that means. The album enters at number three, easily outperforming his debut set which reached number fourteen in 2017.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are not the only people whose chart career began in the 1980s to have new entries in the albums chart this week. We also have new entries from Deacon Blue and most of Bucks Fizz.

Scottish band Deacon Blue made their top forty debut in 1988 with the song Dignity. Their subsequent hits included Real Gone Kid and an EP of songs written by American songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David. They had one number one studio album and also topped the charts with a Greatest Hits collection. Apart from a five-year hiatus in the 1990s, they have continued to tour and to record new albums. The latest, City Of Love, enters at number four, making it their highest-placed studio album since Whatever You Say, Say Nothing also reached number four in 1993.

We recently found out that the UK entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (assuming it goes ahead) will be performed by James Newman, brother of John. In the meantime, we have a new album from The Fizz. The band comprise three of the members of former Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz plus a fourth member. Issues over who owns the right to the name Bucks Fizz forced their rebranding. Their new album, Smoke & Mirrors lands at number 29.

Singer-songwriter and producer Ari Leff, known as Lauv, enters at number nine with his debut album How I’m Feeling. Jhené Aiko enters at number thirteen with Chilombo. She follows the likes of George Ezra in using her first two forenames as her stage name but has then used her surname for the title of her third album. If George Exzra does the same, ew can look forward to his new album Barnett.

Over the years many actors have decided to try to branch out with a singing career. Most of them have continued with acting as their main career although there are exceptions such as Kylie Minogue who abandoned acting for singing.

In the 1980s many of the actors involved were soap stars. As well as Kylie Minogue, we were treated (if that’s the right word) to songs from the likes of Jason Donovan, Nick Berry and Anita Dobson. In the 1970s Telly Savalas (best-known for playing Kojak) topped the chart with a spoken version of Bread’s song If. Windsor Davies and Don Estelle (in character from It Ain’t Half Hot Mum) went to number one with a version of Whispering Grass, originally recorded by The Inkspots (and others) in 1940.

The most successful singing actor of the 1970s was David Soul, one of the stars of US detective series Starsky & Hutch. He had two number ones with Silver Lady and Don’t Give Up On Us and two other top ten hits. One further top twenty hit followed before his singing career fizzled out. With just those five top forty hits, it might be considered somewhat ambitious to make David Soul the latest singer to get a Gold collection, particularly as it amounts to 44 songs on three CDs. Nevertheless, it has happened and it enters the chart at number 28.

There is a new entry at number 26 for William Gallagher who shortened his first name to Liam. It is not, however, the William (known as Liam) Gallagher whose band were called The Rain before changing their name to Oasis. This Liam Gallagher was more commonly known by his middle name Rory. He released a string of albums in the 1970s and ‘80s with limited chart success. He died in 1995 but gets a posthumous new entry with a live album, Check Shirt Wizard - Live in ‘77, at number 26.

When Doja Cat released her second album Hot Pink last November, it just sneaked into the chart at number 96 before disappearing. The success of the single Say So has revived interest in the album and it has been steadily climbing the chart for the last few weeks. It breaks into the top forty this week at number 38.

Published on: 2020-03-13 by Suedehead2 || 2604 Views
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