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Ed Sheeran number one for a ninth week
Ed Sheeran's Bad Habits remains at number one for a ninth week, Olivia Rodrigo climbs back to the top of the albums chart following a vinyl release of Sour.

Ed Sheeran spends a ninth week at number one with Bad Habits. Olivia Rodrigo returns to the top of the albums chart again.

There is still no shifting Ed Sheeran from the top of the singles chart as Bad Habits holds on for a ninth week at number one. Normally, this would be expected to be his last week with the assumption that streams would have been falling for the past three weeks. That would have put the song on to the Accelerated Chart Ration (ACR), thereby halving the value of its streams and sending it tumbling down the chart. Sheeran, however, is particularly fond of being at number one and released a new version of the track, featuring Tion Wayne and Central Cee two weeks ago. That sent streams up again which means that Bad Habits avoids ACR for the time being. Whether he dips into his contacts list to come up with further new versions remains to be seen.

Ed Sheeran also has the highest new entry of the week following the release of Visiting Hours from his forthcoming new album. It enters at number five. To give him a 30th top ten (and 46th top forty) hit and has to be considered among his duller songs.

Tion Wayne also has a new entry of his own (he is not credited on Bad Habits having not been on the original version). He and ArrDee enter at number nineteen with Wid It. ArrDee’s two previous top forty hits have both peaked at number six. Who the devil knows whether this will complete a hat-trick?

The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber spend a fourth consecutive week at number two with the appropriately-titled Stay. Becky Hill and David Guetta remain at number three with Remember. Jpnasu’s Black Magic cannot conjure a move from number four.

If old-fashioned ballads are your thing, your favourite new entry of the week may well be the one at number 22. Australian-born Philippines resident Clinton Kane makes his top forty debut with Guess I’m In Love. He is only the second singer using the forename Clinto to have a top forty hit, following Clinton Ford who had his first hit (with Old Shep) in 1959. George Clinton paid tribute to Heinz with his first two UK chart hits, both of which reached number 57, before an Ice Cube collaboration gave him his only top forty hit. President Clinton’s two terms in the White House came between two Georges.

In another quiet week for new album releases, Olivia Rodrigo returns to number one again with Sour. Its sales this week have been boosted by the release of a vinyl version.

The release of Sour on vinyl was enough to kill off any hopes artists with brand new albums had of bagging themselves a number one with Olivia Rogrigo ahead of the pack even in the first update of the week. Leading the way among those new albums is Lorde’s Solar Power at number two. The New Zealand-born singer has now reached the top five with all three of her albums but she has yet to have a number one album.

Lorde has decided not to release a CD version of the album, although she has released a CD box. The plastic-free box contains a code to access a download version of the album (with additional exclusive tracks) and other bits and bobs. Her claim that it is an environmentally-conscious move is somewhat called into question that she has released no fewer than four different vinyl versions.

Nottingham singer-songwriter Jake Bugg’s career got off to a great start as his eponymous debut album took the then eighteen-year-old straight to number one. He had the good fortune to release the album in 2012, meaning that his song Lightning Bolt featured regularly in coverage of the London Olympics whenever sprinter Usain Bolt was competing.

Jake Bugg’s biggest mistake probably came with the release of his second album, just a year later. The album had some tracks which were as good as any on his debut but, overall, it didn’t match the standards of that first release. He waited another three years before his next release with the fourth album, the country-tinged Hearts That Strain, following a year later. Now, after a four-year gap, he has returned to something more like his original style with his fifth set Saturday night, Sunday Morning to give us what is probably his best album since that debut. It enters at number three.

Doja Cat’s Planet Her climbs back up to number four. Dave’s We’re All Alone Together falls one palace to number five.

Fans of the BBC show People Just Do Nothing (and they do exist) have been given the chance to buy (or stream) a collection of alleged musical highlights in the form of Kurupt FM’s Greatest Hits (Part 1) which enters at number eight.

The title “Most famous band from town/city X” is sometimes easy to allocate while other twins and cities pose a greater challenge. The Beatles will surely never be surpassed as the most famous band from Liverpool but it is rather harder to determine Manchester’s winner because there are so many contenders. On the other hand, for over forty years, it has been hard to look beyond The Boomtown Rats for Dún Laoghaire’s most famous band. That latest in a short list of bands making anything close to a serious attempt to usurp Bob Gelkdof and co are Villagers whose sixth album, Fever Dreams, is at number nineteen. Two of their previous albums have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize which puts them two ahead of the Boomtown Rats. Pedants will point out that the Rats’ released most of their albums before the Mercury Prize existed.

Jane McDonald enters at number 21 with Let The Light In. Her latest collection includes songs from A Star Is Born and The Greatest Showman. Self-proclaimed “music makin’ ginger nutcase” Orla Gartland is at number ten with Woman On The Internet. Rapper Trippie Redd enters at number fifteen with Trip At Night, four places above the peak achieved by Life’s A Trip (2018) and ! (2019).

Just a year after the brilliant Pop Up Jim Bob, the former Carter USM singer is back with another entertaining collection of songs, Who Do We Hate Today. Among the titles which could only appear on a Carter or Jim Bob album are The Loneliest Elephant In The World and Karen (Is Thinking Of Changing Her Name). In true Carter fashion, some of the titles blatantly reference other songs, giving us Song For The Unsung (You’re So Modest You’ll Never Think This Song Is About You). A year after finally entering the chart for the first time as a solo artist, Jim Bob is back at number 34.

For an act with the support that Olivia Rodrigo has built up, a split release strategy, with the vinyl version coming after the main release, makes some sort of sense as it helps to maintain steady sales (and streams) of an album. For a little-known indie band, it makes less sense. It seems even stranger to have just a week between the digital release and the physical release. That, however, is what Edinburgh band Vistas have done for their second album What Were You Hoping To Find. It gets to number 39 on digital sales and streams. The physical versions are released today (Friday) so it may yet beat the number 21 peak of their debut Everything Changes In The End last year.
Published on: 2021-08-27 by Suedehead2 || 3377 Views
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Visiting Hours amongst "his duller songs"? He could release a double album of "Ed Sheeran's Dullest Hits" and still have plenty of material missed off for lack of room....teresa.gif Mind you he could save those ones for the follow-up "Ed Sheeran's Most-Insipid Hits" remixed with extra rappers for extra sales boosts.....
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