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Five weeks at the top for Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran continues singing about Bad Hanits at number one. Dave gets a second number one album.

Ed Sheeran still rules the singles chart. Dave has the week’s number one album.

Ed Sheeran spends a fifth week at number one with Bad Habits. Such has been his dominance of the charts in recent years that it is still only his joint fourth longest-running number one single, level with Take Me Back To London. Changes to the chart rules, largely prompted by Sheeran’s success, mean that he is unlikely to beat the fourteen weeks at the top achieved by Shape Of You in 2017.

Among the rule changes prompted by Ed Sheeran is the limit of three songs by an individual artist in the chart at any one time. It happened in response to every track from Sheeran’s ÷ album reached the top forty in 2017. Even if the singles chart had still been compiled using sales only at the time, all the tracks would still have reached the chart as each individual song sold large numbers of downloads. Since then, however, a number of other artists would have dominated the singles chart without that rule as a result of heavy streaming of the album. The fact that the issue is largely caused by streams contributing to both the singles and albums chart. That issue has never been addressed by the Official Charts Company.

The latest “victim” of this rule is Dave although, in this case, listeners to the chart show are the winners. As it is, some listeners may simply have chosen to switch off the chart show when it got to the top six in order to avoid a triple dose of Dave.

The highest-placed Dave track, at number two, is the Stormzy-assisted Clash which entered the chart a few weeks ago. That means he is limited to two new entries which are Verdansk at number four and In The Fire at six. The former features the combined (lack of) talents of Fredo, Ghetts, Meetz and Giggs. These two entries bring Dave’s tally of top ten hits up to ten.

This week’s top ten comprises, inter alia, three Dave entries, two from each of Måneskin and David Guetta, one called Black Magic(Jonathan is at number five) and another by an act who topped the chart with a song of the same name.

The three-song limit also accounts for a re-entry this week. Doja Cat’s You Right (featuring The Weeknd) drops out and is replaced by Need To Know, which reached number 37 last month, at number 29.

When the three-song limit was introduced, some people suggested that an artist might try and get round it by appearing as a featured artist on a succession of songs. While many people thought that Ed Sheeran or David Guetta might be the sort of person who could do this, few people suspected that Little Mix would give it a go. Nevertheless, they have two entries in this week’s chart as featured artists. Heartbreak Anthem (with that Guetta bloke and Galantis) is at number seven while they enter at number seventeen, jointly credited with Anne-Marie, with Kiss My (Uh-Oh). The former X-Factor winners have now had thirty top forty hits. Heartbreak Anthem’s continued presence in the top ten means that they have now reached 100 weeks in the upper tier. Their five number one singles are more than any other X-Factor winners, a title they look like holding for eternity with this week’s news that the show will probably not be returning.

Jack Harlow reached number 25 last year with What’s Poppin. The American rapper has now teamed up with fellow American Lil Nas X to give the world Industry Baby, a new entry at number thirteen. It is the fourth song whose title includes the word industry to enter the UK chart. All four have made the top forty but none have yet got into the top ten. The previous highest position reached by such a song was the number seventeen peak of Heaven 17’s Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry, a far better song than Industry Baby.

Camilla Cabello gets her thirteenth top forty hit, and her first since early last year, with Don’t Go Yet at number 37. She has five months lef to make it a hat-trick of number ones in odd years following Havana in 2017 and Senorita two years later.

With three of the tracks in the top five of the singles chart, it is no surprise that Dave’s album We’re All Alone In This Together has gone straight to number one. It is his second full-length album; both have topped the chart. Having been born in Brixton and raised in Streatham, Dave is, of course, a Manchester United fan.

Anne-Marie has a new entry at number two with her second album, Therapy. Her previous album, 2018’s Speak Your Mind, peaked one place lower.

Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour slips to number three, it’s lowest position so far in ten weeks in the chart. Last week’ s number one, KSI’s All Over The Place, is down to number four. Dona Cat’s Planet Her is at number five.

Following the release of no fewer than two new deluxe editions, Kid Laroi’s album re-enters at number six. Among the people involved in this marketing stunt are Justin Bieber, Polo G and Lil Durk. The release of a vinyl edition leads to the return of Miley Cyrus’s Plastic Hearts at number 27.

Amy Winehouse’s classic Back To Black album retuned to the top forty last Friday, exactly ten years after her death. This week it climbs to number seven.

Paul McCartney ended last year by getting his first solo number one album for over thirty years with McCartney III. He followed that up in March with an album of re-recordings of the original songs under the title McCartney III: Imagined. Each song had a different featured artist with Damon Albarn and Josh Homme among the names involved. The album was initially only available on streaming sites but is now available to buy and it enters at number 13.

Earlier this week, record shop chain HMV celebrated its 100th birthday, a landmark that they came very close to missing more than once in the last decade. To mark the anniversary, they made available special editions of a number of classic albums and threw in a new edition of Louis Tomlinson’s album for a laugh. Several of them appeared in the early midweek updates but, as they were all limited editions, most of them fell out of the top forty by the end of the week.

The highest-placed of the re-releases is one of the best debut albums of all-time, a yellow vinyl edition of Stone Roses. The album has had several reissues over the years and they have generally done better than the original release which entered at number 32 and peaked at number 19 nine months later. This latest edition is at number 22.

When Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber entered the top forty a few weeks ago, I mentioned that Stay was one of the most frequent titles to appear in the chart. One of the best songs of that name was written by Maurice Willimas and recorded by his band The Zodiacs. That version reached number fourteen in the UK in early 1961 before The hollies took the song into the top ten three years later. The song was back in the charts again in 1978 when Jackson Browne’s version reached number twelve. That also meant that Browne joined the list of singer-songwriters whose biggest UK hit was with a cover version. Browne released a new album last week and the daily updates suggested he might be on course for only his third top forty album in thirty years. He made it by entering at number 35.

Finally, many thanks to popchartfreak for filling in for me last week.
Published on: 2021-07-30 by Suedehead2 || 2814 Views
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1 Ed Sheeran
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4 Ed Sheeran
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5 Coldplay X BTS
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6 Joel Corry & Jax Jones
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7 Dermot Kennedy
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