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Ariana Grande scores a chart double
Ariana Grande positions herself at the top of both the singles and albums chart.

Ariana Grande gets a chart double with w number one single and album.

In a week when close races across the Atlantic have dominated the headlines, the two main chart battles in the UK provided rather less excitement. In the singles chart, Ariana Grande gets a second week at number one with Positions. It is the third of her seven chart-topping singles to spend more than a solitary week at the summit.

Ariana Grande’s new album, also called Positions, was released last Friday which inevitably means that two other tracks enter the top forty. Once again, there would have been more without the three-tracks-per-artist limit imposed by the Official Charts Company. Grande’s 27th and 28th top forty hits are 34+35 at number nine and Motive, featuring Doja Cat, at number sixteen.

Internet Money, Gunna and Don Toliver remain at number two with Lemonade. Wes Nelson and Hardy Caprio climb one place to number three with See Nobody. There is also a one-place climb for Tate McRae’s You Broke Me First at number four. Pop Smoke is up two places with What You Know Bout Love.

I ended last week’s commentary with some words about Paul Harvey and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra’s Four Notes - Paul’s Tune. That was written on the assumption that its best chance of making the top forty came with last week’s chart. I was far too pessimistic. It has spent most of the week well clear at the top of the iTunes chart, making it the best-selling single of the week and meaning that its relative lack of streams cannot prevent it entering at number 32. Paul Harvey therefore joins the list of chart acts to make their chart debut after their eightieth birthday.

Tion Wayne gets his eighth top forty hit with Deluded at number 26. It is, perhaps not surprisingly, the first chart hit with the word deluded in its title. The song features Mist who gets his fourth top forty hit in the UK.

After nearly fifty years of chart history, only three songs called Paradise had reached the top forty. Then in 2001, the year before the fiftieth anniversary of the chart Kaci reached number eleven with a song of that name. Since then, there has been a bit of a rush with a further four hits called Paradise, including a number one for Coldplay. Now we have the sixth Paradise of the 21st century in the form of the new single from Meduza with vocals from Dermot Kennedy at number 35. It is the third top forty hit for Italian producers Meduza and the fourth for Irish singer Kennedy.

Harry Styles’ success with his second album Fine Lines continues with the entry of Golden at number 40, the fifth hit single from the album.

Ariana Grande follows up her number one single last week with her new album Positions also going straight to the top of the chart to give her a fourth number one album. It gives her a chart double, a feat she also achieved last year with Break Up With Your Girlfriend I’m Bored and, the following week, 7 Rings from the album Thank U, Next. It is the first time an album and its title track have topped the charts simultaneously since Gary Barlow and The Commonwealth Band’s Sing in 2012.

After last week’s bumper crop of new entries, there is another one this week with another fifteen newcomers and a reissue. This is always a busy time of year for new albums but the numbers are even higher this year because of the number of releases delayed from earlier in the year. One of the most high profile casualties was Sam Smith’s intended third album To Die For. The single To Die For was released in February, a time when its title was already beginning to seem unfortunate.

Although the track To Die For is still on it, the album itself has been renamed Love Goes and the intended artwork has been replaced. Smith’s first two albums both went to number one with In The Lonely Hour spending a total of eight weeks at the top. Love Goes may yet get there at some point but, for now, it is at number two.

With 80-year-old Paul Harvey having a new entry in the singles chart, another 80-year-old has a new entry in the albums chart. Cliff Richard celebrated his eightieth birthday last month and released his 41st studio album last Friday. Music… The Air That I Breathe enters at number three. It is his 66th top forty album and the 46th to reach the top ten. He has had at least one top ten album in every decade since the 1950s.

Bruce Springsteen’s Letter For You falls to number four after a week at the top.

There is a Human theme to three of the new entries. Bring Me The Horizon’s last three albums have reached numbers three, two and one respectively. It being impossible to get to number zero, that sequence was bound to be broken with the release of Post Human - Survival Horror. It enters at number five so they have at least managed to extend their record to four successive top five albums. Previous albums did less well.

Continuing, then, with the human theme, Black Stone Cherry enter at number eleven with The Human Condition while Amy McDonald is one place higher with The Human Demands. The unrelated Jane McDonlad enters at number 24 with Cruising With Jane McDonald - Volume 2, Volume 1 reached number six two years ago. The title refers to her beginnings as a singer on cruise ships.

M Huncho and Nafe Smallz enter at number six with DNA. Dizzee Rascal can only make it to number thirteen with E3 AF. His last five albums all reached the top ten.

One of the few bands to split up while at the top of their game - taking that age-old advice to quit while people are still calling for more - were The Jam who called it a day in 1982. If that was a surprise, so was the direction taken by main-man Paul Weller when he formed the soul-influenced Style Council. Weller’s name was enough to ensure success and the band had fifteen hits before Weller went solo. A new compilation, Long Hot Summers (named after one of their biggest hits), enters at number eight.

One of the up-and-coming bands at the time The Jam split up were U2. Their first two albums, Boy and October, had performed modestly but were well received by many critics. Most of their subsequent albums went to number one and they remain active - with no changes in their line-up - today. One of those chart-topping albums was All That You Can’t Leave Behind, released in 2000. A twentieth anniversary edition is at number 27.

U2 were formed towards the end of the punk era and became one of the most successful post-punk bands. Punk was largely a reaction against a lot of the music of the mid-70s with most acts described as boring old farts. One of those who largely escaped that tag was David Bowie, it being illegal to question the great man’s status. There has been some further delving into his archives leading to the release of Ouvrez Le Chien, a live album recorded in Dallas in 1995. That enters at number 32.

Elvis Costello is another singer to have emerged at the time of punk. Originally something of an angry young man, he has mellowed somewhat over the years. He is at number 39 with his 31st studio album, Hey Clockface. As Lemonade is still at number two in the singles chart, it is worth remembering that Elvis Costello’s father, Ross McManus, performed the song I’m A Secret Lemonade Drinker with son Declan on backing vocals for a television commercial.

While U2 have spent an extraordinary 40+ years together without any changes in line-up, Eels have been a little more flexible, albeit nowhere near as flexible as some. They enter at number 37 with their thirteenth studio album, Earth To Dora.

The new entries are completed by Wizkid’s Made In Lagos at number fifteen and Camelphat’s Dark Matter at number 2.
Published on: 2020-11-06 by Suedehead2 || 1331 Views
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