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Cardi B and Meghan stay at number one
Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion's Wap spends a third week at the top of the singles chart. Doves get their third number one album eleven years after a near miss with their last album.

Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion maintain their grip on the top of the singles chart. Doves get a third number one album.

Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion’s reign of terror at the top of the singles chart continues as WAP stays at number one for a third week.Maybe its gathering of more than six expletives in one place can be declared illegal.

The rest of the top four also looks remarkably like last week’s chart. Mood by 24KGoldn and Iann Dior remains at number two, Ain’t It Different stays the same at number three for Headie One, Stormzy and AJ Tracey while Nathan Dawe and KSI’s Lighter is going nowhere at number four. There is, at least, a change at number five following a three-place jump for Looking For Me by Paul Woolford, Diplo and Kareen Lomax.

The lack of movement continues in much of the rest of the chart with just two new entries in the top forty. The higher of the two makes it all the way to number fourteen. Loose is S1mba’s second hit of the year following Rover which travelled all the way to number three. According to his Spotify profile, S1mba has helped to put Oxford on the map; apparently having one of the oldest universities in the world had somehow failed to do that. The song features KSI who, like S1mba made his chart debut with a song named after a car manufacturer. The lyrics of Loose have a reference to ducking the goose which makes me wonder whether it was flying unusually low or if it was dead and somebody threw it.

The new football season is now underway even though the last one hasn’t actually finished yet. The two main non-league cup competitions have still not been completed. Meanwhile, two phrases most footballers would prefer not to hear attached to their name by commentators have appeared as song titles in the lower reaches of the chart. Red Card looks like it will miss out on a top forty place but Tap In (usually only mentioned when a player has missed one) makes it at number 39 for Saweetie. She was born Diamonté Harper and now comes slightly closer than before to matching the promotional puff on her Wikipedia page with actual achievement.

As well as a lack of movement at the very top and a dearth of new entries, only one song makes a significant move up the chart. After entering at number 36 last week, Internet Money & Gunna featuring Don Toliver and NAV climb to number sixteen with Lemonade. There is one further piece of excitement with the reappearance of Tones & I at number 40 with her still-wonderful Dance Monkey.

Doves last released a studio album back in April 2009. The album, Kingdom Of Rust, was involved in one of the tightest ever battles at the top of the chart. It was released immediately after Lady Gaga’s debut Fame had finally climbed to number one in its twelfth week in the chart. Kingdom Of Rust led in each of the midweek updates but with a steadily diminishing lead. At the final count, Doves missed out by the wafer-thin margin of just four sales - actual sales as the chart was based purely on physical and download sales at the time.

That agonisingly narrow failure meant that Doves just missed out on a third successive chart-topping studio album after The Last Broadcast (2002) and Some Cities (2005). After Kingdom Of Rust, the band took a break before re-forming for some live dates last year. That comeback started, as did Suede’s in the year Doves went on hiatus (ignoring the warm-up gigs), with an Albert Hall show in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Now Doves have returned with a new album and, as ever, it has some cracking tunes. They are currently due to perform some live dates next spring but, as with all such plans, that may have to change. In the meantime, they finally have that third number one album as The Universal Want trounces all opposition.

Pop Smoke’s Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon is back up to number two; Juice Wrld’s Legends Never Die climbs back to number three and Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent ends an eight-week absence from the top five by climbing to number four.

The second-highest new entry, like the highest, comes from a band from Manchester. Unlike Doves, Everything Everything have a name that is an example of epizeuxis. Three of their four albums have made the top ten and now they make it four out of five as Re-Animator enters at number five. Three previous albums have been nominated for the Mercury Prize. We will have to wait until next summer to see if they can pick up a fourth nomination.

Last week’s top two both take a tumble down the chart. The Rolling Stones’ Goats Head Soup slumps to number fourteen after a week at number one. Last week’s runner-up, Declan McKenna’s Zeros crashes to number 40.

Many people would agree that Brian Warner is a slightly dull name but they might balk at the idea of choosing a stage name by combining the forename of a sex symbol with the surname of a serial killer. Nevertheless, that’s what he did and he came up with Marilyn Manson. He gave his band the same name and the original band members chose their stage names in the same, somewhat eccentric, way. Those other members have now left but the band still exist and they enter at number seven with We Are Chaos. It is their sixth top ten album.

From a band with an eccentric naming convention to a band that is simply eccentric. Formed in 1983, they achieved their first major success in the UK with their marvellous 2002 album Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. Commercial success has eluded them for the last few albums but they return to the chart this week with their latest release, American Head, at number seventeen.

Roachford get their first top forty album since 1997 with Twice In A Lifetime at number 31.

The Beatles’ 1 collection re-enters at number 39. There are two re-entries for Arctic Monkeys. Their excellent 2006 debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, is at number 37 and their equally brilliant AM from 2013 is one place lower.
Published on: 2020-09-18 by Suedehead2 || 1676 Views
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18 Sep 2020 - 19:06
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Condolences on the birthday number one? At least it proves female rappers can be just as bad as their male counterparts. It's what women's rights was all about, I'm sure!

Talking of that, great to see saweetie is another example of someone having a brilliant birth name and opting instead for a crappy moniker. It's as if they have no idea what's good and what's bad.....

Thanks for making me rush to the dictionary, never too old to learn a new word! Trapezeeaxis? Something something like like that that...laugh.gif Talk Talk. Duran Duran. Gaga.
18 Sep 2020 - 19:55
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I do like to think this can be educational at times biggrin.gif And epizeuxis is nearly as cool a word as Diamonte Harper is a name!
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