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Ed Sheeran still Shivers at number one
Ed Sheeran gets a third week at number one with Shivers. Wigan band The Lathums top the albums chart for the first time.

Ed Sheeran remains parked at the top of the singles chart. The Lathums go to number one with their debut album.

Ed Sheeran gets a third week at number one with Shivers. His current fourteen-week run at the top, with two songs, is beaten by three artists, Wet Wet Wet, Bryan Adams and Drake, all of whom achieved it with just one song.

Elton John and Dua Lipa remain at number two with Cold Heart. CKay’s Love Nwantiti continues to move in the right direction, climbing five places to number four. Central Cee’s Obsessed With You is down one place to number five.

While Coldplay started out as some sort of alternative rock band, they have long become more of a pop band. While the shift was fairly gradual, its biggest moment was probably their 2011 collaboration with Rihanna.For their latest single, they have gone even further down the pop road and teamed up with Korean boyband BTS. The result, My Universe, is a new entry at number three. In the week that Shivers remains at number one, it is worth pointing out that the first of Coldplay’s 26 top forty singles, back in 2000, was called Shiver.

From a band with a twenty-year chart history, we move on to an Australian / New Zealander duo making their debut in the top forty. Shouse released Love Tonight back in 2017 but it failed to make any impact on the charts. Thanks to TikTok (quelle surprise), it now makes its belated debut at number as this week’s second, and final, new entry at number 23.

The lack of new entries might have left room to mention some major climbers within the chart, but nothing has climbed by more than a few places. Ah well, maybe next week. Time for the albums. Perhaps that chart can deliver the best top two for some time.

While the north-west of England has spawned a whole host of major bands, the town of Wigan has made a relatively modest contribution to the total. The Verve are easily the best-known, but after that things get difficult. A quick search uncovered The Railway Children (who had a hit with the delightfully jolly Every Beat Of The Heart in 1990 and have nothing to do with Jenny Agguter or Bernard Cribbins) and that’s about it.

The latest act to attempt at least to become the second biggest band from Wigan are indie-pop band The Lathums. The band formed in 2019 and their songs seem to have featured on my Spotify suggestions list on a regular basis, making enough of an impact to have picked up a decent number of plays. Now they have finally released their debut album, How Beautiful Life Can Be, although they did reach the chart last year with an album made up of previously released EPs. It is a highly listenable collection of songs, some already familiar from those Spotify plays, with influences including other north-western bands such as The Coral.

In almost any other week, I would have been delighted to see The Lathums enter the chart at number one but, for reasons that will soon become clear, this week is different. Still, at least it should mean an end to the current curious position which sees the band have a German-language Wikipedia entry, but not an English-language one.

Last week, Lil Nas X nearly topped the chart with an album that had been completed just days before its release. This week, we turn to an album that took several months from completion to release. Several months ago, Public Service Broadcasting used their social media accounts to announce that they had finished work on their fourth album, Bright Magic. However, they also told their fans that they would have to wait until September to hear it in full. They made no secret of the fact that they wanted to wait until they were able to release in all formats in order to maximise its first week impact. Last week, the big day arrived and the album hit the shops, download sites and streaming services.

As with all Public Service Broadcasting albums, Bright Magic has a theme. The theme this time is one of my favourite cities, Berlin. It starts with its origins as a swamp (Der Sumpf) and the building of the city. It then moves on to the building of its reputation, including its vibrant nightlife (People Let’s Dance). The final part of the album is meant as a tribute to David Bowie who recorded three albums in the city. Unusually for the band, most of that part of the album is purely instrumental with no samples before it all ends with a reading of a German poem by actor Nina Hoss.

The album includes some samples from Every Valley, and the “instruments” include light bulbs as percussion. Thankfully, Public Service Broadcasting have never felt the need to conform to any sort of norm.

Not surprisingly given their history and the fact that this a Germany-themed album, the most obvious influence is Kraftwerk. Indeed, the Kraftwerk influence is more obvious than any influence on their previous work. Another clear influence is that of Greek keyboardist and composer Vangelis. He also released a new album last week, but it hasn’t made an impression on the chart.

At the time of the release date announcement, I held out some hope that Public Service Broadcasting could bag themselves a well-deserved first number one. That hope lasted until The Lathums chose the same date for their debut set. Nevertheless, they have made it to number two, a new peak for a fabulous band. In the words of band supremo J Willgoose Esq., “Records like this by bands like us don’t get to number two very often”.

Drake’s latest collection of tuneless dirges falls two places to number three. Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour slips one place to number four and Lil Nas X’s Montero falls three places to number five.

The precise definition of a one-hit wonder has been discussed here before, but there is another category of artist - the one-hit wonder that isn’t, by any sensible definition. In other words, an artist with one very well-known monster hit and then several other top ten hits that few people can name. One such is Natalie Imbruglia who had a huge hit with her version of Torn plus four other top ten hits, the last of which, fitting in with comments above, was Shiver in 2005. She enters at number ten with her first album in six years, Firebird.

American rock band Angels And Airwaves opened their career with a number six album in 2006. That remains the peak of their chart career. The follow-up reached the top forty but the best they have managed since then was with album number five which reached the dizzy heights of number 94. This week they stage a comeback of sorts with their sixth album, Lifeforms, at number seventeen.

Sleep Token’s Wikipedia entry describes them as a masked, anonymous collective of musicians said to be united in their worship of an ancient deity identified as “Sleep”. Hmm. Whoever they may be, they have a new entry at number 39 with the cheerfully-titled This Place Will Become Your Tomb.

Nirvana’s Nevermind album reached the grand old age of 30 this week. The media exposure surrounding that anniversary sees it return to the top forty at number 28.
Published on: 2021-10-01 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 3078 Views
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King Rollo
1 Oct 2021 - 17:25
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Back in 1975, there were two groups called Wigan's Chosen Few and Wigan's Ovation who were in the top 40 singles chart at the same time. Wigan's Chosen Few were actually from Canada but Wigan's Ovation were from Wigan.
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1 Oct 2021 - 19:08
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I’d forgotten about them!
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Popchartfreak
1 Oct 2021 - 19:18
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Ah I loved Footsie (crowd noises to Canadian 60's track supplied by Wigan residents) and Sleeping In The Snow (Wigans Ovation). The Verve obviously took their inspiration from Wigan's Chosen Few, putting some (classic) music noises over a bit of an Orchestral track recorded in the 60's. Sadly for them Andrew Loog-Old'em-Up owned the rights to the Rolling Stones 60's songs.

Moral: Make sure a former Manager hasn't screwed the songwriters you're sampling as it doesn't matter if the Record Company has given permission for the sample already.....
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Mart!n
2 Oct 2021 - 9:49
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Another 2 weeks for Bad Habits will match Bryan Adams but with 2 different tracks. They will be joint artists to hog the #1 spot.cheer.gif
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The Rolling Stones signed over their publishing rights for Bitter Sweet Symphony to The Verve a couple years ago.
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justice at last! Mick & Keef having some scruples at least...
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Emma Megan
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Nice post. Thanks for sharing this post.
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