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Wellerman gets a second week at the top
Nathan Evans gets a second week at number one with Wellerman. Lana Del Rey has a fifth number one album in six standard releases.

Nathan Evans spends a second week at number one with Wellerman. Lana Del Rey tops the albums chart.

After climbing to the top of the singles chart following a seven-week wait, he gets a second week at number one with Wellerman. It will still be dismissed by many as a novelty hit but its chart run (nine weeks in the top three so far) suggest otherwise. Its streams increased last week which means that it won’t be going on to the Accelerated Chart Ratio (at which point its run in the highest reaches of the chart will come to an abrupt end) for at least a couple more weeks.

A1 × J1 spend a second week at number two with Latest Trends. Riton (assisted by Nightcrawlers and Mufasa) breaks out of his cycle from the last four weeks (when his hit Friday has oscillated between numbers seven and five) by7 climbing to number four. Tiesto’s The Business slips to number five.

Justin Bieber released a new album last Friday which, as regular chart watchers will have come to expect, means that new tracks from the album make an appearance in the singles chart. The higher of the two newcomers, at number three, is a song called Peaches which features Giveon and Daniel Caesar. Giveon previously featured on Drake’s Chicago Freestyle while Toronto’s Caesar makes his UK chart debut this week. The two previous top forty entries called Peaches (by the Stranglers and Presidents Of The USA) both reached number eight. Only one of them was about fruit. That song included the highly profound lyric “Peaches come from a can, They were put there by a man”.

The other Bieber new entry is As I Am at number 24, another song that refers to his mental health issues. It features Khalid who had a quiet 2020 after a busy few years. The two new entries bring Bieber’s tally up to 55. He is also at number ten with Hold On. Those 55 hits have spent a total of 499 weeks in the top forty.

Away from one of Canada’s most successful exports, singer-songwriter Griff, born Sarah Griffiths, makes her top forty debut at number 39 with Black Hole. She nearly reached the top forty with Love Is My Compass, released last year, but it was kept out by all the Christmas songs. By the time they departed, Love Is My Compass had run out of steam (and streams).

Polo G nearly broke into the top forty in the summer of 2019 with Pop Out but fell one place short. That song featured Lil Tjay who would also have made his top forty debut if it had gone one place higher. Both rappers have made the top forty (and, for that matter, the top ten) since that narrow failure and now they are collaborating again, this time with Lil Tjay7 as the lead artist. Headshot, the result of that collaboration, is at number forty. As two named artists are not enough for some, this also features New Yorker Fivio Foreign.

While the singles chart is on only its fourth number one of 2021 as we reach the end of the first quarter, the albums chart has seen a new number one every week. Indeed, the last album to spend two successive weeks at the top was Taylor Swift’s Folklore which held the top spot for three weeks in August last year. The swift follow-up to Folklore, Evermore, is the only album since then to get a second week at the top. It returned to the top in January, two weeks after a previous seven-day stay at the summit.

The latest album to reach number one is Lana Del Rey’s newie Chemtrails Over The Country Club. She released her first album, Lana Del Ray, under her birth name of Elizabeth Grant but it disappeared without trace. After a slight change in spelling, she used that album title for her new stage name and made her breakthrough with the single Video Games. Since that rebranding, she has released five albums (not including a spoken word album) with four of them topping the chart. The exception, 2015’s Honeymoon, reached number two. She now makes it five number ones out of six with this latest release.

Those five number one albums now put Lana Del Rey three ahead of Justin Bieber whose only two chart-toppers to date are Believe (2012) and Changes (2020). His sixth studio album, Justice, enters at number two. A deluxe version with six additional tracks is released today (Friday) so there must still be a chance that it will hit the top.

Central Cee’s Wild West falls one place to number three with Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia staying at number four. Harry Styles’ Fine Line returns to the top five at number five in its 54th week in the top ten.

Tom Grennan.s Evering Road falls to number fifteen after its week at number one.

Three weeks after Architects topped the albums chart, another Brighton band have a high new entry. Black Honey’s debut set, unoriginally called Black Honey, reached number 33 in 2018. Written & Directed, their second album, is at number seven.

Most 50th anniversaries are fairly short-lived. Bob Dylan, though, is not exactly known for sticking to convention. He started a series of 50th anniversary releases in 2012 (the 50th anniversary of his first album) and the series is still going. A limited edition of the latest compilation was released last year but now it has got a full release under the name 1970. It includes out-takes from Dylan recording sessions and some songs recorded with George Harrison. The pair (who worked together as part of the Travelling Wilburys) recorded covers of songs such as All I Have To Do Is Dream as well as some Dylan songs. The full release enters at number thirteen to give his Bobness a 64th top forty album.

Since disbanding the Police forty years ago Sting has supplemented his solo career with a series of duets with performers as diverse as Eric Clapton, Shaggy and Mary J Blige. He has now released a collection of those duets as an album with the crushingly boring title Duets. It is a new entry at number seventeen.

Two enduring hits collections will almost certainly reach the landmark of 1,000 weeks in the top 100 this year. Abba Gold will reach that total in the summer while Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Legend compilation will follow around three months later. Abba Gold has been in the top forty all year. Legend re-enters this week at number 39.

Two other compilations return to the top forty this week. Maroon 5’s singles collection is at number 34 and The Beatles’ 1 is at number forty meaning that George Harrison is on two of this week’s entries almost twenty years after his untimely death. Arctic Monkeys re-enter at number 36 with Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.
Published on: 2021-03-26 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 1083 Views
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Popchartfreak
26 Mar 2021 - 19:08
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Wot no mention of Griff's Black Hole borrowing heavily from a bit of yhe melody to Kim Wilde's Cambodia? It kept bugging me till i realised why it sounded familiar..😎
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I hadn't actually heard it when I wrote that bit laugh.gif
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