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Ed Sheeran's Bad Habits still at number one
Ed Sheeran spends an eighth week at the top of the singles chart. The Killers make it seven number ones from seven studio albums.

Ed Sheeran spends an eighth week at the top of the singles chart. The Killers get their seventh successive number one studio album.

There is still no stopping Ed Sheeran's run at the top of the singles chart with Ipswich Town’s most unlikely squad member getting an eighth week at number one with Bad Habits. It brings his total time at the top of the singles chart to 48 weeks. Combined with his 41 weeks atop the albums chart, his 89 weeks at the top of the UK’s two main charts puts him behind just Elvis Presley and The Beatles. He moves ahead of Abba who have been in third place in this list for over forty years. Thanks to Colin (zeuss at Buzzjack, orthon at Haven) for those figures. Sheeran announced this week that his new album, =, will be released at the end of October. His total time at the top of the charts is, therefore, likely to reach 100 weeks by early next year, possibly even by the end of 2021.

The last song to spend exactly eight successive weeks at number one was Sheeran’s collaboration with Justin Bieber, I Don’t Care. That same Justin Bieber, this time playing second fiddle to Kid Laroi, remains at number two with Stay.

Becky Hill and David Guetta climb two places to number three with Remember. Jonasu’s Black Magic is down one place to number four. Billie Eilish slips one place to number five with Happier Than Ever.

After a number of minor hits on his own, London rapper Digga G had his first major hit when he teamed up with the even less talented AJ Tracey on Bringing It Back early this year. Normal service was resumed with his next two releases - both of them were solo efforts and they were both only modest hits. He has now recruited another featured artist, Brighton’s Arrdee, for his new single Wasted and, hey presto, he is back in the top ten at number six.

After their inept batting display on Monday, England’s cricketers would probably not want to see a song called Out Out enter the charts. If so, they will be disappointed as Joel Corry, along with Jax Jones and Charlie XCX are at number eighteen with that very title. It immediately outperforms the song from which it takes a sample, Stromae’s Alors On Danse which reached number 25 in 2010. This is Joel Corry’s fifth top forty hit. The previous four have all reached the top ten.

Any song featuring Chali XCX has a roughly 50-50 chance of being at least tolerable; songs featuring Cardi B are significantly less likely to get above that rather low bar. Her latest offering, a collaboration with Lizzo called Rumors, goes comfortably under that bar. Somehow, it is a new entry at number twenty.

Like Charli XCX, Doja Cat has released some songs which are tolerable while others have been dreadful. Woman, her latest hit, is no masterpiece but at least it doesn’t make me want to throw my radio out of the window. Woman is a new entry at number 26.

In the summer of 2012, Australian producers PNAU worked with Elton John to make Good Morning To The Night, an album of mash-ups of songs from John’s extensive back catalogue. The album went to number one but did not hang around for very long. Now PNAU, whose members include Nick Littlemore - who, as half of Empire Of The Sun, had a hit with the wonderful We Are The People in 2009 - have teamed up with John again, with the addition of Dua Lipa, to create Cold Heart, a mash-up of Sacrifice and Rocket Man.

Sacrifice turns up fairly regularly in various quiz questions. The reason it makes such a good question is that, in 1990, it was Elton John’s first solo number one, a full twenty years after his first hit. Rocket Man has previously been covered, brilliantly of course, by Kate Bush. Cold Heart is a new entry at number 33. Apart from the annual re-entry of Step Into Christmas, it is Elton John’s first hit as lead artist since Electricity in 2005.

Just two weeks after making her top forty debut, Pinkpantheress has a second modest hit on her hands. Pain is at number 38 this week; Just For Me is a new entry at 36.

After a string of big hits in the middle of the last decade, Clean Bandit have been fairly quiet over the last few years, averaging just one hit per year. Whether they improve on that by having two hits this year remains to be seen. For now, they have a new entry at number 40 with Drive. The song features Topic and Wes Nelson, each of whom have a chart career that, for now at least, peaked with a number three single last year.

It is, perhaps, surprising that an American band whose singer so obviously reveres Bruce Springsteen should continue to be more successful in the UK than on their own side of the Atlantic. They began their successful career with Hot Fuss (including the ever-popular Mr Brightside) and have continued to entertain UK audiences in the seventeen years since then.

If Hot Fuss can be said to have had a certain British flavour to it, the same could not be said of the follow-up Sam’s Town. That album very clearly saw Brandon Flowers release his inner Springsteen but it still performed significantly less well in the US than in the UK. Until now, the band have had only one number one album in the US whereas every one of their studio albums, as well as both of Flowers’ solo albums, has topped the UK charts.

That remarkable consistency continues with the release of their seventh studio album Pressure Machine, just a year after the release of Imploding The Mirage. Pressure Machine is a much more subdued album than many of its predecessor, reminding this listener of much of Springsteen’s The River, released in 1980, the year before Flowers was born. The album’s theme of Flowers’ childhood and where he grew up is accentuated by spoken word contributions from residents of Flowers' childhood home town of Nephi, Utah, one of which could very easily have been narrated by the woman who did the same on The Orb’s brilliant Little Fluffy Clouds single. The album is probably even more Springsteen-like than Sam’s Town and is, in my opinion at least, their best album for some time. It easily maintains Flowers’ excellent chart record by entering at number one.

After two top ten albums, producers Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland make it into the top five for the first time with their third album, Loving In Stereo, at number three. Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour is at number two again. Dave’s We’re All In This Together falls to number four after its unexpected return to number one last week. Billie Eilish is at number five with Happier Than Ever meaning that she has done a chart double of sorts with the album and its title track.

Outside the top three, new entries are something of a rarity this week with just one more. It comes from Jade Bird who was lucky enough to have been born in Northumberland but later suffered the misfortune of moving to Croydon. The folk-influenced singer reached the top ten with her eponymous debut in 2019. Album number two has not fared so well; Different Kinds Of Light is a new entry at number 27.

One of the peculiarities of the way streams are counted in the albums chart is the treatment of Greatest Hits albums. Streams of a song can count towards both its parent album and one compilation. Which compilation is determined by which one is the best-seller that week. This week, that rule means that Whitney Houston’s long-running Ultimate Collection has dropped out of the chart from last week’s number 42 while her 2012 collection I Will Always Love You - The Best Of returns to the chart at number 39.
Published on: 2021-08-20 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 3503 Views
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Dobbo.
20 Aug 2021 - 16:44
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Actually the last song with exactly 8 weeks at #1 was Blinding Lights! Although of course that certainly deserved a few more.
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20 Aug 2021 - 17:19
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Oops, I should have specified successive weeks!
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