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A sixth week at number one for Head & Heart
Joel Corry and MNEK's Head & Heart gets a sixth week at number one. The Killers trounce all-comers to get a sixth number one album.

Joe Corry and MNEK stay at the top of the singles chart for a sixth week. The Killers make it six number ones from six studio albums.

Joel Corry and MNEK hold on at the top of the chart once again, taking Head & Heart’s run at number one up to six weeks. Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion move up to number two with WAP.

At the start of the week, the main challenge for the top spot came from South Korean band BTS with their first wholly English-language single Dynamite. It got off to an explosive start and was at number one in Sunday’s update. Their label’s obvious desire to get the band to number one reached ridiculous proportions with a steady stream of remixes of the song being made available. They stopped just short of a version with an extensive triangle solo, another one where the triangle was held upside down for the solo and an instrumental version played entirely on a glockenspiel.

In the days of physical singles, there was a limit on the number of formats that could count towards the chart to avoid blatant manipulation. Multiple versions on a single CD were fine (Boo Radleys released a CD with several different versions of the brilliant Lazarus) as one CD still only represented one sale. It is much more difficult to police this with downloads so the Official Chart Company’s decision seems to be not to bother. In the event, the tactic didn’t work and Dynamite enters at number three. It is, nonetheless, BTS’s first top ten single in the UK.

Ten years ago Taio Cruz was at number one with another song called Dynamite. I am, therefore, denied the opportunity to speculate whether this is the first time two different songs with the same title have ever been at number one exactly ten years apart.

This week’s nightmare collaboration comes from Headie One and AJ Tracey with some Stormzy (who has at least released some decent material) thrown in. It also wins the prize for the most misleading title of the week as Ain’t It Different sounds very similar to everything else Headie One and AJ Tracey have released. As a new entry at number four, it is Headie One’s fourth top ten hit (and a new peak), Tracey’s sixth and Stormzy’s twelfth.

24KGoldn had his first UK chart hit earlier this year with City Of Angels. That reached number 25 but his new single, Mood, easily beats that in its first week in the top forty at number eleven. The song features rapper Michael Olmo who initially recorded under the name Olmo but now styles himself Iann Dior which almost makes him a Christ-less fashion label.

24KGoldn also appears at number 36 as a featured artist on Clean Bandit’s Tick Tock, bringing the band’s tally of top forty hits up to twelve. The song also features Mabel. Her record label’s habit of adding new singles to the streaming version of her album has been the subject of comment here before. With this new release, they have done it again. Streams of Tick Tock therefore count towards “sales” of the album and High Expectations duly climbs ten places to number twelve. According to the sales figures, Mabel’s album has sold over 100,000 copies. It is fair to assume that the number of people who have listened to the whole album from start to finish (with whatever the tracklisting was that week) is probably some way short of half that figure. Meanwhile, we look forward to Clean Bandit releasing Faceboock as their next single.

The month of August used to be known in news-reporting circles as the “silly season” as the papers responded to a lack of hard news with more trivial stories. It might have been thought that there was plenty of real news this August but apparently not. A lot of space on the front pages has been devoted to a total non-story, namely the alleged suggestion that rule Britannia and Land Of Hope And Glory would be dropped from the Last Night of the Proms next month. The biggest problem with the story is that nobody had made such a suggestion.

That simple fact didn’t stop various politicians fuming over the non-existent decision. After all, it’s not as if they’ve got anything else to think about. All that had happened is that the BBC, who organise the Proms, had decided that the songs would be performed as instrumentals. That decision had been made because of government guidelines about social distancing and, in particular, how they affect singers. In other words, ministers, from the prime minister downwards, were effectively arguing against their own government's guidelines.

I’m tempted to say “You couldn’t make it up”, but somebody did. The whole saga also led to a campaign to get Vera Lynn’s rendition of Land Of Hope And Glory into the chart. It soon took up several places in the iTunes chart with it being sourced from various albums. The likelihood is that some people chose to download it several times. It becomes a rare case in the streaming age of a song charting almost entirely on sales as it enters at number seventeen. After a couple near misses with We’ll Meet Again earlier in the year (coinciding with the 75th anniversary of VE Day and then her death at the age of 103) Vera Ltnn finally gets a first top forty hit since Travellin’ Home in 1957. That gap of 63 years between successive top forty hits will be hard to beat.

American singer-songwriter Conan Gray released his debut album earlier this year and saw it enter the UK chart at number 30. This week he becomes the first Conan ever to have a top forty hit single as Heather, a pleasant little ditty, enters at number 22.

Abra Cadabra’s On Deck spent a week at number 39 last month. As if by magic, it returns to the top forty this week at number 32.

The battle at the top of the singles chart was relatively close this week but the battle at the top of the albums chart was anything but. The Killers romped home with just over 50,000 sales while no other album even managed 10,000. Imploding The Mirage is The Killers’ sixth studio album and continues their 100% record of topping the chart with each one of them. You know what you’re going to get with a Killers album and this latest set duly delivers some typically cracking tunes. It offers variety as well with My God (featuring Weyes Blood) being a significant departure from their usual style.

One track missing from Imploding The Mirage is Land Of The Free, released as a single last year. The band have tended to avoid much political comment and have mixed with Republicans as well as Democrats. Land Of The Free, a stinging rebuke of much of contemporary America’s attitude towards guns and refugees, among other things, therefore came as something of a surprise.

Best of the also-rans (in numerical terms if not in quality) is Pop Smoke’s Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon which climbs back up to number two. Taylor Swift’s Folklore slips one place to number three.

As noted above, you know pretty much what you are going to get from a Killers album and the same applies to an Erasure album. Once again, that is not a criticism. The Neon, Erasure’s eighteenth studio album is another classy collection of synth-pop tunes. Erasure had a run of five consecutive number one albums in the late 1980s and early ’90s, including a collection of their fabulous singles, but haven’t reached the top five since then. That long wait comes to an end this week as The Neon enters at number four.

Juice Wrld’s Legends Never Die spends a third consecutive week (and fourth in total) at number five.

Singer-songwriter Jamie Webster joins a very long line of Liverpudlians to have enjoyed chart success as his debut album We Get By lands at number six. He supported fellow Liverpudlians Cast at a home-town gig late last year.

Some bands enjoy a long career with few, if any, changes in their line-up. Other bands reach a point where they have just one original member left, usually the singer. The Waterboys fall very firmly into the latter category with singer Mike Scott having been the only original member of the band since 1991. Strangely, that was also the year of their biggest hit with a reissue of The Whole Of The Moon. They enter at number fourteen with their fourteenth studio album Good Luck Seeker. As far as I am aware, the album is not about quidditch or a message to Judith Durham. You may need to ask someone old about Judith Durham.

Nebraska band Bright Eyes enter at number 22 with Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was, their tenth studio album. It is only their third top forty album and they have yet to reach the top forty with two successive releases. Perhaps their next album can break that unwanted record.

Nas enters at number 24 with King’s Disease. The album, his thirteenth, includes contributions from Big Sean, Lil Durk and Dr Dre.

South Africa-born Australian Troye Sivan enters at number 34 with In A Dream. With just six tracks and a run-time of under twenty minutes it is officially described as an EP but qualifies for the albums chart.

XXXTentacion’s Question Mark re-enters at number 40. Arctic Monkeys’ excellent debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not returns at number 38.
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Outdoing yourself this week with the quips! biggrin.gif

warms the cockles of my heart to see "triangle" and "glockenspiel" still in musical use laugh.gif

Just to reinforce how long it's been since Vera Lynn made the top 40....errr it's the first time it's happened in my lifetime laugh.gif

I saw Judith Durham on the last Seekers farewell tour, still in fine voice following life-threatening illness, and I got a free ticket as a chap's wife was unwell and he didnt want to waste the ticket so got the box office to direct the first solo person buying a ticket over to him where he was patiently waiting. I bought him the Hits CD's they were selling for being so nice as he wouldnt accept any money. That's a typical Seekers fan, considerate and over 60.... smile.gif
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I had thought about going to that farewell concert at the BIC - until I saw the price laugh.gif
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