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Mood is number one for a third week
A third week at number one for 24KGoldn and Iann Dior's Mood. Queen top the albums chart with a new live set.

Mood gives 24KGoldn and Iann Dior a third week at the top of the singles chart. Queen get their tenth number one album with a collection of live recordings featuring Adam Lambert as vocalist.

It’s another fairly static week at the top of the singles chart with little change in the top five. It’s the same songs as last week but in a slightly different order. For the third week, 24KGoldn and Iann Dior are at number one with Mood. Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion’s WAP is still at number two.

Internet Money, Gunna and Don Tolliver climb two places to number three with Lemonade. After four weeks at number three, Headie One, Stormzy and AJ Tracey’s Ain’t It Different is somewhere slightly different - number four. Paul Woolford, Kareen Lomax and Diplo fall one place to number five.

The highest new entry of the week comes from D-Block Europe who remain inexplicably popular. To add insult to injury, UFO features the alleged talents of Aitch. UFO is D-Block Europe’s thirteenth top forty hit and, as a new entry at number eleven, sees them reach a new peak in the singles chart. Aitch has nine previous top forty hits to his name with five of them reaching the top ten.

Aitch’s success in converting top forty singles into top ten hits is nearly matched by Shawn Mendes, seven of whose top forty entries have gone into the upper tier. Whether hit number eleven makes the top ten remains to be seen. For now, Wonder is at number 21.

Twenty-two-year-old Wes Nelson has his first hit single at number twenty-two with See Nobody. I don’t know whether he saw featured artist Hardy Caprio when recording this or whether they recorded their contributions entirely separately.

When Bryson Tiller made his top forty debut in 2017, he was very much “that other bloke” who featured on Wild Thoughts alongside DJ Khaled (for whom it was a second number one) and Rihanna. Three years on, he returns to the top forty for the first time since then with Outta Time at number 24. Once again, he is still easily the lesser known of the two credited artists as it features Drake who gets his 57th top forty hit, none of which have referenced a Heinz product.

It has been said (on QI so it must be true) that Heinz have never had exactly 57 varieties of product. They have had fewer and they have had more, but never exactly 57. Similarly, Drake has never had exactly 57 top forty hits as he features on a second new entry this week. Mr Right Now, at number 28, is credited to 21 Savage and Metro Boomin featuring Drake. Metro Bommin, born Leland Wayne, has had seven previous top 100 entries but this is the first to break into the top forty.

With the American presidential election just a few weeks away, we have a new entry from someone named after a Spoonerism for a past candidate, Ritt Momney. We look forward to future releases from Tronald Dump and Kill Blinton. In the meantime, Ritt Momney (known to his family as Jack Rutter (or Rack Jutter) is at number 33 with a cover of Corinne Bailey Rae’s Put Your Records On. Bailey Rae’s version reached number two in 2006.

There is another cover version at number 38 in the form of Miley Cyrus’s version of Blondie’s Heart Of Glass. This new version is OK but nothing can beat the original which spent four weeks at number one in 1979.

The list of song titles to have provided a hit for two different artists this year gains yet another entry this week as Jorja Smith and Popcaan enter at number 35 with Come Over. The Rudimental song of the same name is at number 29. If somebody knows whether the number of duplicated song titles this year is any sort of record, perhaps they could let us all know,

Dua Lipa has a re-entry at number 30 with Levitating. It spent a week at number 39 in August and returns thanks to a new remix by DaBaby.

For any band, losing their frontman can be a major blow. For Queen (who were very much a band even though so much of the focus was on one man), it was more of a blow than for most. Not only was Freddie Mercury a brilliant frontman (their Live Aid performance which inspired the film Bohemian Rhapsody is evidence of that) but he was also an incredible singer. Various recordings of his vocals with no accompaniment are testament to that talent.

In April 1992, following Freddie Mercury’s death the previous year, the remaining members of Queen performed a tribute concert at Wembley which raised over £20 million for Aids charities. The guest vocalists included Elton John, George Michael and Roger Daltrey. The final album with Mercury’s vocals was not released until 1995 when it became the band’s ninth number one.

The band finally decided to re-form without Freddie Mercury in 2004 with Paul Rodgers (formerly of Free and Bad Company) as vocalist. That project ended in 2009 before being revived two years later with a new vocalist, Adam Lambert who made his name in American Idol. They have yet to release a studio album but have toured extensively and have now released a live album.

The album is made up of recordings from various shows in the 2010s in venues from Tokyo to London and Lisbon. It draws on songs from most of Queen’s career including the soundtrack Freddie Mercury contributed (along with the legendary Giorgio Moroder) to a restored version on Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, one of the greatest films in cinema history. Sadly, they don’t seem to have found a stand-in for Montserrat Caballe so Barcelona is missing.

Nobody will ever be truly able to replace Freddie Mercury but Adam Lambert does a decent job in keeping his memory alive. Queen have released several live albums with three of them reaching the top three. None of them, though, topped the chart. Live Around The World, therefore, is their first chart-topping live album and the tenth number one album for the band overall. It is their 22nd week at the top of the albums chart. Only twenty acts have spent longer at the summit.

South Korean girl group Blackpink enter at number two with The Album, a title previously used by Abba. Blackpink’s previous album got no higher than number 40. They also enter the singles chart at number 40 with Lovesick Girls.

The Queen and Blackpink albums head a bumper list of new entries in this week’s albums chart but all of the others are beaten by a re-entry. Oasis released their debut album Definitely Maybe in September 1994 and, to nobody’s surprise, it went straight to number one. While rock bands tend to leave fairly lengthy gaps between albums, Oasis returned with their second set, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory just a year later. Definitely Maybe is widely regarded as one of the best debut albums of all time (and is undoubtedly one of the biggest-selling in the UK) but, for many, Morning Glory is even better. As well as characteristic songs such as Roll With It, the album also includes Champagne Supernova and Wonderwall as well as Don’t Look Back In Anger.

Morning Glory inevitably went straight to number one but spent just a week there before giving way to fellow Mancunians Simply Red. Oasis remained in the top three for the next three months before returning to the top in January 1996. Morning Glory remained at number one for nine of the following ten weeks with The Bluetones preventing them making it ten weeks in a row, Thanks to streaming, it has been in the top forty for most of the last six months but dropped out last week. It jumps straight back in at number three this week following the release of a 25th anniversary edition including, for the first time, a cassette version. It is third in the all-time list of best-selling studio albums in the UK behind Adele’s 21 and The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Amanda Holden was given the opportunity to plug her debut album in front of an audience of millions when she got to perform in last weekend’s semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent. A very small minority of the audience bothered to buy or stream the album and it is a new entry at number four. Anyone listening to it will be treated (if that’s the right word) to her efforts at singing Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (nobody will ever come close to matching Julie Covington’s version), I Dreamed A Dream and Over The Rainbow among others.

Bon Jovi enter at number five with their fifteenth studio album, 2020. Idles crash to number 28 after a week at number one with Ultra Mono. In a sign o’ the times, a number of other albums in last week’s top ten have also plummeted down the chart. The Prince reissue is nowhere to be seen and Deftones put up little resistance as OHMS slumps to somewhere near the bottom of the top 100. Fans of Joji haven’t shown much loyalty to Nectar.

Just two weeks after Nick Mason was in the top ten with a live album featuring early Pink Floyd material, another member of the band, Roger Waters, is at number nine with a live album of slightly later Pink Floyd tunes. Us + Them was recorded on the tour of that name in 2017 and 2018 and includes classics such as Wish You Were Here, Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) and The Great Gig In The Sky as well as Dogs and Pigs from the underrated Animals album.

As well as a 77-year-old former member of Pink Floyd, there is also an album by a 72-year-old former member of Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant is at number ??? with Digging Deep: Subterranea, a collection of songs from his series of podcasts.

Another septuagenarian, 74-year-old Dolly Parton is at number 32 with A Holly Dolly Christmas. Yes, the Christmas albums are on their way already. Her 47th studio album includes appearances by Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus (on separate tracks) and Michael Buble (whose own Christmas album will undoubtedly be back in a month or two) and Dolly’s brother Randy.

Bryson Tiller is at number twelve with the awkwardly-titled A N N I V E R S A R Y. Savage Mode II by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin is at number ten.

Two solo albums by female singers who made their name as part of a band in the 1990s are also among the new entries. Former Spice Girl Melanie C is at number eight with her eponymous eighth album. Her first two solo albums reached the top ten in 1999 and 2003. In chart terms, this is her best-performing album since then. Róisín Murphy, formerly with Moloko, is at number fourteen with Róisín Machine, her fifth solo set.

Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor is at number eleven with CMFT. His middle name is Todd so the title doesn’t represent his initials. I won’t speculate on what the MF might stand for but I will point out that there is a football team called Bristol Manor Farm.

There is a rare spoken word album at number 25 in the form of Lana Del Rey’s Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass, a collection of poems.

Working Men’s Club are fronted by an eighteen-year-old Australian but their eponymous debut album has a very eighties feel to it. It is a new entry at number 26. American rock band LANY are at number 21 with Mama’s Boy. Stone Foundation are at number 39 with Is Love Enough?

The Bangles may have been largely rubbish but the release of a Gold collection does give the opportunity to say that the name Gold Bangles has a certain ring to it. It is at number 38. WIth so many new entries, a lot of the greatest hits-type albums have left the top forty this week. For much of the year, roughly one-quarter of the top forty has been made up of these compilations. This week there are only six.
Published on: 2020-10-09 by Suedehead2 || 831 Views
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11 Oct 2020 - 18:21
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Oh I found out what CMFT meant on an article on the Kerrang website.

That's interesting that Wes Nelson debuted on the chart at the same chart position number as his age, I wonder has that ever happened before with any other chart debut?

'Dogs' is one of my favourite Pink Floyd songs, the first part of the song actually sounds more like Marillion in style than Pink Floyd in my opinion.
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I think we can assume Tom Moore has the record for the biggest gap between age and chart debut position! As for the two ever being the same, no idea laugh.gif

The whole Animals album is fantastic. I've always been disappointed that so many people dimiss it sad.gif
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