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Ed Sheeran replaces himself at number one
Ed Sheeran's eleven-week run at number one with Bad habits is ended by Ed Sheeran. Manic Street Preaches finally get a second number one album.

Ed Sherman replaces himself at the top of the singles chart. There is another close race for the number one album.

After eleven weeks at the to pof the singles chart with bad habits, Ed Sheeran has finally been deposed - by himself. Sheeran’s eleventh number one single is Shiver, another track from his new album, scheduled for release next month. He becomes the first artist to have a second number one in 2021. He is also the first artist to replace himself at number one on two completely separate occasions. Or is he?

As so often with chart records, the list of acts who have replaced themselves at number one is full of caveats and question marks. If we restrict ourselves to songs by exactly the same artist and where the release strategy has been reasonably “normal”, then The Beatles are the only other act ever to achieve the feat with She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand in 1963. Beyond that, things get more complicated.

There have been several occasions when an act (or, more accurately, their record company) has released two or more singles only a week or so apart. The most obvious example would be the succession of Elvis Presley reissues in 2005. Two of those releases, Jailhouse Rock and One Night / I Got Stung, topped the chart in successive weeks. However, the fact that they were all limited editions meant that none of them stood a chance of staying at number one for more than a week.

As well as the unusual release schedule, there is also the unexpected event which can lead to an artist replacing themselves at the top of the chart. The only example of this happened in 1982 when, just weeks after he was murdered in New York, John Lennon had successive number ones with Imagine and Woman.

The most contentious issue is the treatment of The Shadows. They established themselves as Cliff Richartd’s backing band and were credited (initially as The Drifters) on many of his early singles. In 1960, they started recording their own material without Richard. The first of those songs, Apache, was at number one this very week in 1960. It had replaced Please Don’t Tease, credited to Cliff Richard and The Shadows. In 1963, The Shadows were knocked off the summit by another Cliff Richard and The Shadows song. Later that same year, Cliff Richard and The Shadows replaced The Shadows at the top only for the backing band to reclaim the top spot the following week. If they are all accepted, The Shadows have replaced themselves at the top four times.

The feat of a double self-replacement was achieved again (or for the first time if you don’t count The Shadows) by Ariana Grande in 2019. Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored went straight to number one, replacing 7 Rings which had spent the previous three weeks there. One week later, 7 Rings regained the top spot.

Even Ed Sheeran’s claim to have replaced himself at number one twice has to be qualified by acknowledging that the previous occasion saw his 2017 Christmas number one Perfect replaced by River, credited to Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran. The eleven weeks spent at number one by Bad habits is easily the longest spell at the top for a song that was replaced by another song by the same artist.

Many thanks to Colin (zeuss at Buzzjack, orthon at Haven) for providing a list of artists who have replaced themselves at number one.

Bad Habits falls just two places to number three. As its streams are now halved i9n value as a result of the song being on the Accelerated Chart Ratio, its presence in the top three is a sign of its continuing popularity.

Two of Drake’s new dirges have held up from last week’s high entry positions. Girls Want Girls is still at number two while Fair Trade falls three places to number six. However, Champagne Poetry has fallen victim to the three-song rule (despite not really qualifying as a song) and drops straight out of the chart from last week’s number five. It is replaced by Sexy at number ??? which borrows from Right Said Fred’s 1991 single I’m Too Sexy.

Elton John and Dua Lipa’s Cold Heart jumps ??? places to number ???. It is John’s highest position in the singles chart since Tiny Dancer reached number three in 2009.

The second highest new entry of the week, behind Ed Sheeran, comed form Central Cee who gets his fifth top forty (and second top ten) hit of the year with Obsessed With You at number ???

Nigerian singer Ckay enters at number 23 with Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah), giving the chart an all too rare slice of Afrobeat.

While the charts continue to contain a lot of rap, we are also seeing a revival in interest in female singer-songwriters. One of the most successful of these this year has been Mimi Webb who gets her third top forty hit with 24/5 at number 25. So close to being at number 24.5.

Mimi Webb’s new song joins Sleepy Hallow’s 2055 in the list of numerical song titles in this week’s chart. Their numbers are boosted by the arrival at number 26 of Digga D’s 2K17. Regular readers should have no difficulty in guessing which of the three I think is the best.

Will Smith’s daughter Willow continues her attempt to eliminate memories of her abysmal 2010 hit Whip My Hair with her second top forty entry of the year. She does so by joining the list of acts who style themselves Act-Name featuring Members of Said Act. In other words, she has teamed up with Tyler Cole and they have called themselves The Anxiety, Willow and Tyler Cole. Why? They enter at number 35 with Meet Me At Our Spot

In its seventh week in the top 100 Dermot Kennedy’s Better Days climbs into the top forty at number forty. Given the information on acts who have replaced themselves at number one, it is worth mentioning that Kennedy was once in a band called Shadows And Dust.

There have been a number of close races at the top of the albums chart and there was another one this week. Unlike last week, when a band heavily reliant on sales were up against someone whose “sales” largely came from streaming, both acts this week got most of their sales from downloads and physical sales. Once again, both contenders, Manic Street Preachers and Steps, launched a campaign to try to bag themselves a number one album. Perhaps surprisingly, the Manics were hoping to get only their second number one album while Steps (in cheese terms the Dairylea to Abba’s Roquefort), were aiming for their fourth.

It is not the first time the Manics and Steps have filled the top two places in the albums chart. In September 1998, the Welsh band walloped Steps by the massive margin of 95,000 sales (real, physical sales with not a single download or stream). This time, there was no chance that their combined sales (including streams) would be anywhere near 95,000.

Manic Street Preachers led the way in each of the week’s updates, but by Thursday the lead was down to just a few hundred copies. Thankfully, quality won in the end and the Manics held on to top the only chart that actually matters, the one published on Friday, by around 2,000 sales. The Ultra Vivid Lament thereby finally doubles their tally of number one albums. While many people will assume that Everything Must Go was their other chart topper, that actually stalled at number two. It entered the chart behind George Michael’s Older in May 1996 and then climbed back into second place ten months later when it lost out to the Spice Girls. They finally topped the albums chart with This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours in September 1998.

Steps, then, enter at number two with What The Future Holds Part II. The original intention was for it to be a deluxe version of last year’s album but they seem to have found some new songs to inflict on the public instead.

Drake’s Certified Lover Boy falls to number three after a week at the top.

Back in the heyday of punk, Guildford seemed to be one of the least likely towns in the UK to produce one of the genre’s leading bands. Nevertheless, The Stranglers made it with hits such as (Get A) Grip (On Yourself), Heroes and Peaches, mentioned here just a couple months ago. They toned down their sound after a few years and enjoyed further success with Golden Brown and a version of Bacharach and David’s Walk On By among other hits. This week they return to the top forty albums chart for the first time in fifteen years with Dark Matters at number four, their highest chart position since a Greatest Hits set in 1990.

Having been almost written off after a couple albums received less than rapturous reviews, The Vaccines return with their best work for some time, Back In Love City, at number five.

Other new entries come from Kacey Musgraves (Star-Crossed, number ten), St. Etienne (I’ve Been Trying To Tell You, 14), Amyl and the Sniffers (Comfort to Me, 21), Death Of Guitar Pop (Pukka Sounds, 24), K-Trap (Trapo, 33) and Steve Hackett (Surrender of Silence, 31).

After her Mercury Prize win, Arlo Parks re-enters at number 36 with Collapsed In Sunbeams. Metallica are at number eight with a re-issue of their 1991 eponymous album. A new edition of Marillion’s Fugazi, which provided the name of a grunge band, is at number 25.
Published on: 2021-09-17 by Suedehead2 || 1984 Views
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