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Bad Habits gets a third week at number one
Ed Sheeran spends a third week at number one with Bad habits. Inhaler, a band with a family connection to one of Ireland's most successful exports, have the number one album.

Ed Sheeran tops the singles chart for a third week with Bad Habits. Inhaler make their chart debut at the top of the albums chart.

There’s still no change at the top of the singles chart as Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits gets a third week at number one. The only real threat looked like coming from Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds with the latest revival of Three Lions. However, that threat receded as soon as the penalty shoot-out ended on Sunday night.

Three Lions was as high as number two in one midweek update but there was never any doubt that it would fall off as the memories of England’s achievement in reaching the final became no more than just memories. It finishes the week at number four.

Football fans frequently commandeer pop songs and turn them into chants. Sometimes they change the lyrics but, other times, they don’t bother. For this tournament, England supporters started chanting part of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, a number eight hit in 1971. Fifty years on, it re-enters the chart at number twenty.

Just as random as the choice of a Neil Diamond song was the choice of Atomic kitten’s Whole Again for a football chant, this time with the lyrics changed into a tribute to England manager Gareth Southgate. Sensing the chance to earn a few bob, the Liverpool trio have re-recorded the song as Southgate You’re The One (Football’s Coming Home Again) and it lands at number fourteen. Fat Les’s Vindaloo is at number 28.

Dave’s last three hits have referenced the opening line of a Neil Diamond song (Money Talks) and two chemical elements (Titanium, also a Sia song, and Mercury, also the adopted name of a singer who did rather well). For his next effort, he has sullied the name of the great 1970s and ‘80s band Clash. The song, for which Stormzy has to share some of the blame, is at number three.

Justin Bieber’s 25 top ten hits include collaborations with, David Guetta and Ariana Grande. For his 26th, Kid Laroi has been added to that list. While neither of them have released an album with the most boring name imaginable, their own, they have released a single with one of the most unoriginal in popular music history, Stay. Among the many hit songs of that title are quality singles from Jackson Browne, Shakespeare’s Sister, Bernard Butler and Hurts. This one is not in the same league as those songs but it is, at least, far better than the Simply Red song called Stay. It enters at number five.

If Dave’s recent hits can be accused, rather obliquely, of referencing some of the most successful names in British music, BTS have done it rather more overtly by mentioning Elton John in the lyrics of their latest hit, Permission To Dance. Furthermore, the song is co-written by Ed Sheeran who has also had the odd hit or two. Permission To Dance is at number sixteen.

Billie Eilish gets her thirteenth top 40 hit with NDA at number 23, her fourth top forty hit of 2021.

After appearing as the title of a song by Sam Feldt, Post Malone now uses the name of a band as the title of his new single, albeit with the correct spelling. Motley Crew, rather than the band’s spelling of Motley Crüe, is a new entry at number 33.

On what has been a gloriously sunny day here, Rain Radio and Irish producer Craig Gorman enter at number 40 with Talk About. The song samples Nelly Furtado’s Big Hoops. Fredo0 and Headie One are at number 36 with Wandsworth To Bullingdon.

Just a few weeks ago, the release of Maroon 5’s album Jordi provoked comments here about how Jordi Cruyff’s career suffered for the simple reason that he wasn’t as good as his father. His critics conveniently overlooked the fact that very few players before or since have been as good as Johann Cruyff was.

The same problem can be encountered by anybody who follows in the footsteps of a famous parent. Sean Lennon, Zack Starkey and Dhani Harrison were never going to match their fathers’ success. Stella McCartney and Duncan Jones perhaps had the right idea by pursuing a career in a different sphere.

The problem for the son of a famous father can be particularly difficult for a vocalist. After all, simple genetics means that he is highly likely to sound like his father. Baxter Dury’s voice is so similar to his brilliant father’s that it is almost as if Ian was still around. The same similarity in vocals applies to Irish band Inghaler’s Elijah Hewsom and his rather more famous dad Paul, better known as Bono.

The similarity does not end with the vocals. Elijah Hewson’s songwriting is also very reminiscent of U2. Thankfully, it is (for now at least) not quite as overblown as U2’s more recent style which means that Inhaler’s debut, It Won’t Always Be Like This, is a very good album.

Inhaler started the week at the top of the albums chart but it wasn’t clear whether they had a healthy enough lead to give them the number one spot by the end of the week. As has become commonplace, their record company started stepping up the promotional gimmicks as the week went on. Most controversially, they slashed the price of the vinyl version. Any fan who had bought that on Monday, or ordered it ahead of the release, would have had good reason to feel ripped off by that move. Reducing the price to get rid of stock is one thing; reducing it within days of release will eventually backfire if fans simply wait for that discount to happen.

Whatever happens with future releases and the promotional tactics, it worked this time as Inhaler make their debut at number one.

Olivia Rodrigo slips back to number two with Sour. Queen’s Greatest Hits is also down one place, to number three.

Tom Odell maintains his record of reaching the top five with every album as his fourth release, Monsters, enters at number four.

The remaining new entries are a Greatest Hits set and two re-releases. The highest of the three, by a long way is a twentieth anniversary edition of Muse’s Origin Of Symmetry. The original release reached number three; the re-issue is at number six. The other re-issue. Turin Brakes’ The Optimist, is at number 37, ten places lower than its position when it was released in 2001.

S Club 7’s Essential collection is at number 35. Its 45 tracks comprise all the essential songs plus 45 more.
Published on: 2021-07-16 by Suedehead2 || 4364 Views
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16 Jul 2021 - 17:33
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ouch! S Club 7 laugh.gif

I'm more generous, the 4 good singles (Reach, S Club Party, Two In A Million and Don't Stop Movin') the other singles and 30 filler tracks. Oops! The only way they will get 12 tracks to feature in my Greatest Hits of The 21st century thread is if I include Rachel Stevens solo stuff. Which I will.....
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