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Head & Heart is still number one
Head & Heart gets a fifth week at number one for Joel Corry and MNEK. Biffy Clyro end Taylor Swift's run at the top of the albums chart.

Joel Corry and MNEK spend a fifth week at the top of the singles chart. Biffy Clyro get a third number one album.

Joel Corry and MNEK continue to rule the roost in the singles chart as Head & Heart gets a fifth week at number one. It is the first single to get at least five successive weeks at number one since Tones & I spent eleven weeks at the summit with Dance Monkey last year. The latter song finally left the top forty last week after a 50-week run and narrowly failed to return this week.

There was bound to be a change in the top two this week as Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s Savage Love was moved on to the Advanced Chart Ratio (meaning the value of its streams are halved) after three successive weeks of declining streams. It falls to number ten as a result. Replacing it at number two is the inexplicably popular WAP by Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion. Nathan Dawe and KSI stay at number three with Lighter.

*** Terrible joke alert ***

When a drake and a duck mate, the result can be a number of lil durks. Those durks will eventually be seen on river banks. One Lil Durk, born Durk Banks, has now joined forces with Drake to record Laugh Now Cry Later which is a new entry at number four. It is Drake’s 56th top forty hit in a chart career that began just a decade ago and Lil Durk’s first chart appearance. Lil Durk’s brother and manager were both murdered and his father is in jail. Lil Durk himself has also spent time in jail. He has, however, found the time to father six children three years before he turns thirty.

Harry Styles remains at number five with Watermelon Sugar.

Miley Cyrus enters at number fifteen with Midnight Sky. It is her eighteenth top forty hit and is already her biggest hit since Nothing Breaks Like A Heart two years ago. She continues her habit of releasing singles that are a good deal better than her early material.

Seventeen-year-old Canadian singer Tate McRae makes her UK chart debut with a pleasant little number called You Broke Me First at number 34. She appeared on a dancing talent show in the US at the age of 13. There is no evidence to suggest that she has a brother called Lyle but I'd like to think she does. That would be quite sweet.

Dua Lipa enters at number 39 with Levitating. It is a remixed version of the song from the album Future Nostalgia and features contributions from Madonna and Missy Elliott. As the featured artists are not credited, Madonna misses out on a 72nd top forty hit (and a first for five years) while Missy Elliott is denied her first top forty appearance for seven years and what would have been a 25th top forty hit.

Within the top forty there are big climbs for Paul Woolford, Diplo and Kareen Lomax’s Looking For Me (up fifteen places to number fourteen) and Jasn Derulo’s Take You Dancing (also up fifteen places, to number nineteen).

In 2010, Biffy Clyro were a moderately successful Scottish rock band with a loyal following and who had seen their last two albums reach the top ten after their first three albums had all fallen short of the top forty. Then some bright spark decided to take a song of theirs, Many Of Horror, rename it When We Collide and let Matt Cardle perform it on X Factor. Cardle won, Many Of Horror was released as a single, it went to number one and the Biffy Clyro version also made the top ten.

Biffy Clyro’s next two studio albums topped the chart. Whether their latest release, A Celebration Of Endings, counts as completing a hat-trick depends on the status of Balance, Not Symmetry. The Official Charts Company lists it as a soundtrack album and there was, indeed, an accompanying film. Wikipedia counts it as a studio album. In any event, they now have a third number one album to their name. That puts them three ahead of Matt Cardle.

After three weeks at number one, Taylor Swift’s Folklore is at number two. I’m sure Swift will still be able to afford the £23,000 she very generously donated to a needy Maths student from London this week. Pop Smoke falls one place to number four with Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon. Juice Wrld is still at number five with Legends Never Die.

When a band puts together their debut album, one of the decisions to be made is how far back in their repertoire to go when selecting tracks. It is likely that they will have written at least twice the number of songs required to fill an album with many of them having been discarded as they improve their songwriting skills. It is, therefore, something of a surprise that Sea Girls’ debut album includes songs released as singles as long as three years ago. Thankfully, they are good enough to merit their inclusion on Open Up Your Head which enters at number three. It remains to be seen whether they have spent the time when they should have been touring to promote the album (or at least preparing to do so) ensuring the wait for album number two is not quite as long.

There is a very 1990s feel to some of this week’s new entries with two solo albums from singers whose bands enjoyed success in that decade and one new album by a band from that era. The most successful of the bands involved, and the one whose associated album is highest in this week’s chart, is Manic Street Preachers who had four top ten albums in the 1990s. Singer James Dean Bradfield released his first solo album, The Great Western, back in 2006.

Fourteen years on, Bradfield has finally got round to a second solo set, Even In Exile. The album (which is very good) is a concept album based on the life of Chilean poet Victor Jara who was murdered by the Pinochet regime in 1973. The lyrics are by poet Patrick Jones. Jones’ brother Nicholas is better known as Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers. Even In Exile enters at number six.

Amid all the Britpop of the 1990s, we also had Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine to provide us with some light relief. They remain best-known for the wonderful Sheriff Fatman but also gave us gems such as The Only Living Boy In New Cross, Do Re Mi So Far So Good and After The Watershed as well as a wonderful version of The Impossible Dream.

Carter’s singer Jim Morrison could hardly perform under his real name without Doors fans kicking up an understandable fuss so he used his middle name and called himself Jim Bob, a slightly less whacky name than his bandmate Les Carter’s choice of Fruitbat. Their live performances were always brilliant in an anarchic way and it was a sad day when Carter USM ceased to be. Still, Jim Bob has pursued a solo career (and still performs Carter songs when playing live) and has just released his latest album, Pop Up Jim Bob.

The album is very reminiscent of a Carter USM album (which is a good thing) and the lyrics include contemporary references to some of the protests seen in the UK earlier this year. Jim Bob even manages to link these protests to the 1914 Christmas truce at the start of World War One in Truce. The name of the 26-second following track, 2020 WTF, sums up what many of us think. Rather belatedly, Jim Bob finally gets his first chart success as a solo artist as Pop Up Jim Bob enters at number 26.

Both Manic Street Preachers and, to a lesser extent, released some overtly political songs but The Levellers were even more of a political band. Even their name came from a political movement. They became regulars on the festival circuit in the 1990s and still continue to make regular appearances there - or, at least, they did while festivals were still allowed. Their twelfth studio album Peace enters at number eight to give them a first top ten appearance since Mouth To Mouth in 1997.

Burna Boy seems to have an obsession with height. At 6 ft. 1 (1.84m) he is tall but he is hardly a match for Richard Osman. Nevertheless, he called his first album African Giant and this week he enters at number eleven with the follow-up, Twice As Tall. Twice as tall as what, I don’t know. A child maybe.

Folk singer Kate Rusby hails from the Yorkshire town of Penistone, a town that doesn’t confuse anti-obscenity software quite as much as Scunthorpe. Her second album, Sleepless, was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1999 but even that wasn’t enough for it to reach the chart. Indeed, she didn’t reach the top forty until her twelfth album, 20, reached number 22 in 2012. Her fifteenth album, Hand Me Down, gives her a second top forty hit at number twelve.

Sarah Joyce, better known as Rumer, enters at number seventeen with Nashville Tears.

Queen’s Greatest Hits (the best-selling album of all time in the UK) has been in the top twenty all year. This week it is joined in the top forty by Greatest Hits II at number 24. The album was released in 1991, ten years after the first collection and just a few weeks before Freddie Mercury died. It went straight to number one before returning to the top after Mercury’s death. It is one of twelve greatest hits-type albums in the top forty this week.
Published on: 2020-08-21 by Suedehead2 || 1567 Views
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21 Aug 2020 - 17:43
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Tate & Lyle. Sweet. Oh dear! laugh.gif

CTUSM were always fun, Manics frequently fab.

A drake walks into a bar.

"Got any bread?" he asks the barman.

"Sorry, this is a pub, we just serve drinks" says the barman.

"Oh" says the drake "cos I'm f***ing loaded" and goes back to his Penthouse flat.

I may have changed the usual punchline a bit...
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Today is officially Bad Joke Friday laugh.gif
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Head & Heart is such a great song. I wonder if it will stay there next week for a 6th week.
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A lot depends on how many BTS fans buy all 143 different versions of their single.
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