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Ed Sheeran remains frozen at number one
Ed Sheeran's Shivers gets a second week at number one. Drake returns to the top of the albums chart.

Ed Sheeran continues to shiver at the top of the singles chart. Drake returns to number one in the albums chart.

After replacing his own Bad Habits at the top of the singles chart last week, Ed Sheeran gets a second week at number one with Shivers. As we near the end of the ninth month of 2021, Sheeran has spent the last three of them at the summit.

In one of those “I would never have expected that in 2021” moments, Elton John and Dua Lipa climb to number two with Cold Heart. It is the 74-year-old’s highest position as lead artist since he topped the chart with Something About The Way You Look and another song in 1997. It matches the original peak of Rocket Man (one of the two songs forming this mash-up) almost fifty years ago. Along with Abba reaching the top ten earlier this month, it is good to see that the charts can still throw up a surprise or two.

In another week with very few new entries, the highest is, once again, a track from a newly released album as Lil Nas X enters at number ten with That’s What I Want. While I won’t claim to want it, it is at least an improvement on Industry Baby. The release of the album has also prompted a return for Lil Nas X’s former number one Montero (Call Me By Your Name). The aforementioned Industry Baby climbs six places to number three.

Central Cee climbs one place to number four with Obsessed With You. Ed sheeran tops and tails the top five as Bad Habits falls to number five.

At number 25 we have the third top forty hit of the year for Taylor Swift’s re-recorded versions of her old songs. The latest song to benefit is Wildest Dreams which only reached number 40 in 2015.

The curse of the chart commentators rears its head again with another new entry whose presence on the internet is confined to promotional puff such as a Spotify profile. Therefore, all I can say about Justus Bennetts is that he is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Seattle. IIf Bad Day, a new entry at number 38 is representative of his oeuvre, it will be no great loss if he never gets to have his own Wikipedia entry.

The biggest climber within the top forty is CKay’s Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) which jumps fourteen places to number nine.

Another week, and another tight race at the top of the albums chart. Unfortunately, while last week’s two principal contenders had reasonable sales in 2021 terms, this week’s were battling it out to see whose sales were less pathetic. A generally miserable week for sales, which saw just two albums creep over the 10,000 mark, ends with Drake’s Certified Lover Boy return to number one.

The dominance of streaming means that it is now possibl;e to release a new album within days of its completion. There have been a few occasions when physical copies of an album have been in the shops almost immediately, but it is very rare. If Lil Nas X was determined to get a number one album in the UK, he would probably have delayed the release of Montero until vinyl and/or CD copies could be made available. The fact that he didn’t suggests that the UK albums market is some way down his list of priorities. A physical version would not have sold in massive numbers but in a tight race such as this week’s they would probably have been enough to tilt the balance in his favour. As it is, he enters at number two.

Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour climbs back up to number three. Doja Cat is at number four with Planet Her.

In a spectacular demonstration of a lack of taste, the top ive is completed by another rapper. Tion Wayne enters at number five with Green With Envy.

Last week’s number one, Manic Street Preachers’ splendid The Ultra Vivid Lament, falls to number fifteen.

If one of the curses of the chart commentator is a new entry from someone really obscure, another is the challenge to try and find something new to say about someone who releases an album of archive material every few months. That brings us to Bob Dylan who gets his 65th top forty, and 41st top ten, album this week. With most artists, an album of outtake, rehearsal recordings and alternative versions would hold little appeal. However ,not everybody is Bob Dylan. Springtime In New York - Bootleg 16, 1980-85 enters at number six.

While some acts chuck out an album of bits and bobs every few months, other acts release a string of Greatest Hits sets, often to coincide with a tour. Such is the case with Genesis who mark what is being billed as their farewell tour with the release of The Last Domino? The question mark, presumably, gives them the option of another farewell tour at some future date. The tracks mostly date from the latter part of their career although they have found room for songs such as I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe), their first hit single, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and Firth Of Fifth. It enters at number nine. Sadly, Supper’s Ready missed the cut.

While Genesis had their first hit single in the early 1970s, Fleetwood Mac’s chart debut came in the previous decade. Their line-up has, shall we say, been flexible over the years with various members walking out or being sacked before, at least some of the time, returning. The last member to be sacked was Lindsey Buckingham whose eponymous solo album enters at number 25. Its production was not exactly without its problems. In 2019 he suffered a heart attack which he would probably not have survived had he not been in hospital at the time. In the course of surgery following the attack, his vocal chords were damaged, leaving him uncertain whether he would be able to sing again. He did recover and the album is at number 25.

This week’s new entries are completed by Millionz at number ten with Provisional Licence, Spiritbox at number nineteen with Eternal Blue and NCT at 40 with Sticker - The 3rd Album, thor fourth album although it is their third Korean-language release.
Published on: 2021-09-24 by Suedehead2 || 1601 Views
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Live iTunes Top 10
1 Adele
Easy On Me
2 Elton John & Dua Lipa
Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
3 Ed Sheeran
4 Coldplay X BTS
My Universe
Just A Notion
6 Swedish House Mafia & The Weeknd
Moth To A Flame
7 Ewan McVicar
Tell Me Something Good
8 Elton John & Dua Lipa
Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
9 Becky Hill & Topic
My Heart Goes (La Di Da)
10 Dermot Kennedy
Better Days

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