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Ed Sheeran has his tenth number one single
Ed Sheeran tops the singles chart with Bad Habits. Jack Savoretti has his second number one album.

Olivia Rodrigo loses both chart crowns this week as Ed Sheeran gets his tenth number one single and Jack Savoretti tops the albums chart.

There is a familiar name at the top of the singles chart this week as Ed Sheeran gets his tenth number one with Bad Habits, almost exactly seven years after his first. In the all-time list of most number one singles he moves ahead of Abba (more on them later), the Spice Girls and Rihanna and draws level with Eminem and Calvin Harris. Just six acts have had more number ones than Sheeran who gets his 42nd week at the top of the singles chart to add to the 41 weeks he has spent at number one in the albums chart (with four albums).

The new entry from Ed Sheeran brings to an end Olivia Rodrigo’s five-week run at the top with Good 4 U. That song falls one place to number two. The Weeknd’s Save Your Tears remains at number four while Galantis, David Guetta and Little Mix climb one place to number four with Heartbreak Anthem.

The British public’s new-found enthusiasm for Italian rock (or one Italian rock band, anyway) continues. Måneskin’s I Wanna Be Your Slave is up one place to number five while their cover of Beggin’ climbs three places to number seven.

Doja Cat released a new album, Planet Her, last week. That, inevitably, means that tracks from the album have entered the singles chart. You Right, which features a contribution from The Weeknd, is at number nine. The title of the second song, Ain’t Shit, will lead to many choruses of “Oh yes it is” and they would not be far wrong. You Right is decent enough but this song, a new entry at number 29 would politely be described as rubbish. Her third song in the chart (the Official Charts Company-imposed limit) is Kiss Me More which falls to number fourteen. The two newcomers bring her tally up to nine top forty hits.

Tyler The Creator also released a new album last week but he has only managed to get one song into the singles chart. Wusyaname (which looks like the name of a Japanese restaurant) enters at number 25. It features Youngboy and Ty Dolla Sign which many people will feel is not a good thing.

Amsterdam-based German producer Jonasu (aka David Kröper) has his first UK hit single at number 30 with Black Magic, a title previously used successfully by Little Mix

When the first edition of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles was published, they used a very strict definition of a one-hit wonder - an act with a number one single but no other charting single ever. Other people choose to use a rather looser definition.

By the strictest definition, Tones & I lost her one-hit-wonder tag when Never Seen The Rain reached number 99 but anyone using only the top 75 will have said that doesn’t count. Most of the people saying that will, presumably, have removed her from the list when Fly Away entered the top 75 two weeks ago. That song enters the top forty this week at number 33 which should now end any claims that Dance Monkey is her only hit. It’s a feel-good song with a little bit of the quirkiness which made Dance Monkey such fun.

While Doja Cat’s second new entry is pretty awful, it is at least significantly better than Aitch’s latest effort, Learning Curve, which is polluting the chart at number 27 Somehow, the man born Harrison Armstrong now has twelve top forty hits to his name.

The sheer atrociousness of Learning Curve also means that Fredo’s Talk Of The Town stands no chance of being the week’s worst new entry. In fact, it isn’t even the second worst. Its appearance at number 34 brings Fredo’s tally of top forty hits up to fourteen. Talk Of The Town was the name of a BBC show in the 1960s and ‘70s which featured various comedians and musical acts of the day and was also the name of a single by The Pretenders in 1980.

After two top ten hits in each of 2017 and 2018, producer Marshmello slowed down a bit with just one top tenner in each of the next two years. He is still waiting for his first big hit of 2021; perhaps it will be the Jonas Brothers-featuring Leave Before You Love Me which enters this week at number 35.

In the week’s first update, 3 Lions had dropped out of the top 100. England’s last-16 victory over Germany in the European Championships sees it climb to number 22. It’s next move will be largely determined tomorrow (Saturday) when England play Ukraine in the quarter-final. Streams will either plummet to almost zero or will increase ahead of a semi-final on Wednesday.

Moving on to the albums chart, it is time to return to the regular theme of people who have dropped an exotic-sounding name in exchange for something rather more banal. In this case, the man born Giovanni Edgar Charles Galletto-Savaretti kept half of his Italian surname but replaced his forenames with the very British Jack. His singles chart record is almost non-existent but his albums have been rather more successful. His last three releases have all reached the top ten with his most recent, Singing To Strangers, topping the chart for a week in 2019. He now gets a second chart-topper with Europiana which features contributions from Nile Rodgers, John Oates and someone who goes by the name Gizmo Varillas.

That means that Olivia Rodrigo has lost both parts of her chart double this week as Sour slips back to number two.

Olivia Rodrigo has been in the news this week following justified allegations that her song Brutal bears more than a passing resemblance to Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up. While it is hardly the first time a songwriter has been accused of plagiarism (and it won’t be the last), it is rather more unusual for the alleged victim to shrug his shoulders and say “so what?”. That, though, is effectively what Costello has done in this case. He has gone further in saying that Pump It Up owes a lot to Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues which itself was influenced by Chuck Berry’s Too Much Monkey Business.

Elvis Costello has been honest about his songs’ origins before, making no secret of the fact that the opening bars of Oliver’s Army are based around Abba’s Dancing Queen. That brings us neatly (ish) to the subject of Abba Gold which this week becomes the first album in UK chart history to accumulate 1,000 weeks in the chart.

Abba Gold was by no means their first compilation. They released their first in 1976, just two years after they hit the big time with their Eurovision Song Contest win and had released several more by the time the Gold collection hit the shops in 1992. Before its release, Abba had endured a period when their music was considered rather naff and not to be taken seriously but, as time went on, it was reappraised and the Swedish band were acknowledged to have recorded some magnificent pop songs. The release of an EP of Abba covers by Erasure, which was to be the duo’s only number one, helped in their rehabilitation.

Abba Gold went straight to number one; it stayed there for just one week, although it did remain in the top ten for a total of sixteen weeks. For the rest of the 1990s, it frequently returned to the chart with the occasional venture back into the top forty. In April 1999, the musical Mamma Mia!, based on Abba’s songs, opened in London’s West End. The publicity surrounding the musical; had already propelled it back into the upper reaches of the chart and the opening took it back to number one. It spent another five weeks (in three runs) at the top and spent around six months back in the top ten. At the time, the seven-year gap between spells at number one was a new record.

Inevitably, the success of the stage musical eventually led to a film version. That was released in 2008 and Abba Gold duly returned to the top of the chart for another two weeks. That gap of nearly nine years between spells at number one beat Abba Gold’s own record. The record has now been comprehensively beaten by two releases each from the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Thanks to Colin (zeuss at Buzzjack, orthon at Haven) for confirming my memory of those records.

While it has rarely been out of the chart for very long, it is streaming that has made it almost a permanent fixture as every stream of a song from the album (whether it has been specifically picked from the album or not) contributes to its “sales”. Its current chart run of 209 weeks, dating back to June 2017, is easily its longest in its long chart career. It fell as low as the mid-80s early in this run but has not been close to dropping out of the top 100 since December 2017. As long as the chart rules stay the same or a new compilation somehow becomes more popular, it is hard to see it leaving the top 100 for a very long time. As it is, it has spent roughly two-thirds of its thirty-year existence in the top 100.

Abba Gold is the second highest-selling album of all time in the UK, behind Queen’s Greatest Hits which will reach 1,000 weeks in the top 100 in the first half of next year (assuming the rules are not changed). Bob Marley’s Legend collection will hit that landmark in October this year.

Two other high new entries have already been mentioned in the section on the singles chart. Doja Cat’s Planet Her is at number three. Her debut album, Amala (her real forename) missed the chart altogether and the follow-up, Hot Pink, only reached its peak of number 38 four months after its release.

Tyler The Creator, on the other hand, has already had two top ten albums although neither of them managed a second week in the upper tier. He now gets a third top ten album with Call Me If You Get Lost at number four.

Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia is at number five.

In some cases, you can look at a person’s background and guess how their life might pan out, even if those assumptions might reveal some prejudices. In other cases, those assumptions can be completely wrong. As an example, many people would not expect an American man with very conservative parents to end up as an openly gay musician who speaks four languages in addition to English. John Grant, however, is such a man although he had to move to Germany to achieve some of that. He gets his second UK top ten album with Boy From Michigan at number eight.

You know how it is - you go months without a Chuck Berry reference and then two turn up at once. After all, it is hard to imagine that American rock band Buckcherry just happened to pick a name that sounds like a homage to the rock ‘n’ roll legend. They are at number 30 with their ninth album Hellbound (or should that be Bellhound?).

Dance due Gorgon City are at number 26 with Olympia. Punk band Beartooth are at number 38 with Below.

This month sees significant anniversaries of the death of two members of the 27 Club. Jim Morrison, lead singer of American rock band The Doors, died in Paris on 3 July 1971. Two of their best-known songs, Light My Fire and Riders On The Storm, remain among the best seven-minute songs of all time. The former was reworked (and shortened) to provide hits for Jopse Feliciano and Will Young. Morrison’s death at the age of 27 was largely due to alcohol and other drugs, a combination that also led to the death of 27-year-old Amy Winehouse on 23 July 2011. Both musicians surely had a lot more to offer.
Published on: 2021-07-02 by Suedehead2 || 3988 Views
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2 Jul 2021 - 17:14
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OCC says Abba GOLD is on 5.61m "pure" sales.
Anyone know have many streaming sales it has?
8 Jul 2021 - 15:09
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Kind of late now but in the second paragraph you said that both The Weeknd and Galantis/Guetta/Little Mix are at number four smile.gif
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