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Mariah Carey holds on at number one
Mariah Carey spends a second week at number one with the 26-year-old All I Want For Christmas Is You. Taylor Swift, almost exactly five years older than Mariah's song, has the number one album.

Mariah Carey gets a second week at the top of the singles chart. Taylor Swift has a second new number one album of the year.

After completing a 26-year climb to the top of the singles chart last week, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You holds on for a second week. While she is not yet guaranteed to get the official Christmas number one, Carey does at least know that she will be at number one in the UK when people wake up on Christmas morning.

Wham’s Last Christmas remains at number two while the third of the usual trio of leading festive songs, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s Fairytale Of New York slips one place to number five. Twenty years ago today (18 December), the music world was mourning the untimely death of Kirsty MacColl at the age of just 41. While he was an accomplished songwriter in her own right, responsible for songs such as They Don’t Know (later a big hit for Tracey Ullman) and There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis, she will always be best known for Faiytale and a cover of Billy Bragg’s A New England.

Once again, most of the week’s new entries are the result of the release of a new album by a big-name artist. In this case, the artist in question is Taylor Swift who announced the surprise release of her second album of the year last week. Chart rules limit the number of songs an artist can have in the chart at any one time to three and Swift matches that maximum with three new entries from the album. Willow is at number three, giving her an eleventh top five hit. Her 32nd and 33rd top forty hits come courtesy of Champagne Problems at number fifteen and No Body No Crime at nineteen. The latter song features Haim, giving the sisters their sixth top forty hit and their first for nearly six years. Those three new entries represent over 17% of the non-Christmas songs in this week’s top forty.

Ariana Grande’s Positions is at number four, making it two non-seasonal songs in the top five.

There is one other song entering the chart this week that is neither a Christmas song nor one by Taylor Swift. Any temptation to celebrate that news may well be brought to an end by the revelation that it is by Kid Cudi, Skepta and Pop Smoke. The fact that it is every bit as bad as that cast list suggests means that the bunting should definitely be kept in its box. Show Out is a new entry at number 37.

On, then, to this weeks returning seasonal offering. The song Sleigh Ride was originally an instrumental, completed in 1948 after being started two years earlier. The lyrics were not added until 1950. Its five-year gestation is approximately five years longer than it took Mariah Carey to write All I Want For Christmas Is You. The most famous version of the song is probably the one recorded by The Ronnettes for Phil Spector’s Christmas album in 1963. That version first registered in the UK singles chart in 2013 before making its top forty debut last year. It is back this week at number 40,

The Phil Spector Christmas album is widely regarded as a classic with even Spector’s conviction for murder in 2009 failing to apply fatal daamage to his reputation as one of popular music’s most influential producers. Three of the Christmas songs in this week’s chart, the Mariah Carey one. Kelly Clarkson’s Underneath The Tree and Leona Lewis’s One More Sleep, were clearly influenced by his sound.

While attention was understandably focussed on Mariah Carey’s 26-year climb to the top of the chart, another piece of chart history was made last week and it is one that will make many older chart-watchers weep. In order to celebrate the fact that, for the first time in a decade, their club rule the roost in Glasgow, Rangers fans were encouraged to download the rather wonderful Live It Up by Australian band Mental As Anything, a number three hit in 1987. Enough people rallied to the cause to send it to the top of the iTunes chart for most of the week and it duly went to number one in the sales-only chart last Friday (11 December). However, a lack of streams of the song meant that it finished some way short of even the lower reaches of the top 100 in the combined chart. It therefore becomes the first song to be the best seller of the week without entering the combined chart.

As mentioned above, Taylor Swift released her second new album of the year last week. She has kept herself busy in this year of lockdown by writing new material and then recording it swiftly (no pun intended). As well as Haim there are also guest appearances from Bon Iver and The National, emphasising her continuing progression from her country origins via pop and now a more folk and indie-influenced sound.

The Guardian’s critic noted that some of the songs on Evermore could easily be imagined as EDM bangers. Perhaps some of them will be resurrected in that form when conditions allow. The album goes straight to number one, matching Folklore at the end of July and giving Swift a sixth successive chart-topping album. She therefore becomes the second solo female artist to top the chart with two new studio albums in a calendar year after Rihanna in 2011. Thanks, once again, to Colin (zeuss at Buzzjack and orthon at Haven) for supplying that information.

Taylor Swift’s six chart-topping albums in eight years is a new record for a female artist, beating Madonna’s six number ones in eleven years.

Neil Diamond and the LSO are at number two wit Classic Diamonds. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s Together At Christmas is at number three. Michael Buble’s Christmas album soars back up to number four. Andrea Bocelli’s Believe is back up to number five. CD sales may be at a historic low but they are clearly still seen as suitable Christmas presents. It seems that some people can still think of yet another suitable recipient of Michael Buble’s 2011 collection.

Yungblud’s Weird tumbles all the way to number 33 after a week at the top. He is spared the ignominy of setting a new record fall from the summit by the fact that The Vamps established a new benchmark earlier this year.

One of music’s most overused cliches is the one about a band who took a decade or so to achieve overnight success. One of the bands who found themselves described in that way were Manchester’s James. They formed in the early 1980s but didn’t achieve any significant success until Sit Down became a big hit in 1991. The song reached number two in the chart two years after it was released, thereby adding an extra ingredient into the mix. Before that sudden wider recognition, James had established a reputation as a great live band; their increased exposure gave a lot more people the chance to see for themselves how good they were. Their fifth live album, Live In Extraordinary Times, is a new entry at number 31.

Kid Cudi is at number 26 with Man On The Moon III - The Chosen. Katherine Jenkins’ second festive album, Christmas Spectacular, is at number 36. It would make an ideal present for anyone who needs another version of White Christmas, Walking In The Air or Silent Night. Avalanches crash in at number 39 with We Will Always Love You.

The Killers’ Imploding The Mirage bounces back in at number 25 following its release on vinyl. Gerry Cinnamon’s The Bonny is back at number 32 after the release of a revamped edition.

There will be a commentary on Christmas Day for the official Christmas chart although it may not appear as soon as the Radio 1 chart rundown finishes at 16:00. As I assume some people won’t read those words of wisdom (or otherwise according to taste) until after the day itself, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone…

Happy Christmas
Feliĉan Kristnaskon
Joyeux Noel
Fröhe Weinachten
Hyvää Joulua
Häid Jõule
Nollaig Shona
Su Kalėdomis
Feliz Natal
Vesel Božič
Весела Коледа
Crăciun fericit
Καλή Χριστούγεννα
Счастливые Рождество
Linksmų Kalėdų
Boldog Karácsonyt
Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Nadelik Lowen
Published on: 2020-12-18 by Suedehead2 || 1396 Views
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19 Dec 2020 - 11:51
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20 Dec 2020 - 12:07
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Looks like there was a number one this week on sales which also failed to go top 100? Sales are just over 400,000 a week now which is pretty catastrophic.

Plus side Dolly Parton's made the top 75 singles, so she's got 44 years of new material chart-spanning, she must be up there behind Macca, Rolling Stones by now...
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Unfortunately, I can't see this week's best-seller making it a hat-trick sad.gif
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