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Shivers gets a fourth week at number one
Ed Sheeran spends a fourth week at number one in the singles chart with Shivers. The Script have the number one album.

Ed Sheeran remains in palace at the top of the singles chart. The Script top the albums chart with a Greatest Hits collection.

Ed Sheeran’s Shivers gets a fourth week at number one to bring his reign at the top to fifteen weeks with two songs. For those who dislike Sheeran, rest assured - it will end one day.

Elton John and Dua Lipa hold on at number two with Cold Heart. Ckay’s Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) climbs to number three. Central Cee’s Obsessed With You continues to oscillate between numbers four and five. This week it is at number four. Glass Animals’ Heat Waves reaches a new peak of number five almost a year after it entered the top 100. Apart from a short spell when it was pushed out by festive songs it has been in the chart ever since.

The shortage of new entries continues this week with a mere two. When an American couple had a baby boy in 1993, they chose the perfectly respectable name Oliver. For reasons unknown, they gave him Tree as a second name. Having been raised as Oliver Tree Nickell, he has embarked (no pun intended) on a musical career as Oliver Tree. He is at number 34 with Life Goes On. It is the fourth or fifth song called Life Goes On to reach the chart, depending on whether you count Noah And The Whale’s L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. The best-known Noah (sort of) was known for his work with trees.

The other new entry is yet another song whose success has been driven by TikTok. Arz, real name unknown, is a seventeen-year-old rapper from north-east London who makes his first chart appearance at number 36 with Alone With You, a song released a little over six months ago.

The last quarter of the year used to be a time when a lot of Greatest Hits compilations were released. The rise of streaming has rendered them somewhat unnecessary given that fans can easily compile their own collection as a playlist. They still haven’t gone away completely although some artists choose to give their fans something both familiar and different by releasing a live album. That might have roughly the same tracklisting as a Greatest Hits set, but at least people are getting versions they might not have heard before.

This week’s albums chart, though, is topped by a simple old-fashioned Greatest Hits set from Irish band The Script. They had their first hit with We Cry in 2008 and have had four top ten hits, including a number one with the will,i,am-assisted Hall Of Fame. All but one of their studio albums has topped the chart (the exception was their third set, called Number 3, which reached number 2). Tales From The Script now gives them a sixth number one album.

There was much excitement in 2019 when ska band The Specials got their first number one album in their forty-year career. For their latest project, the band - always known for their political stance - have recorded an album of protest songs from the last century or so. The songs include those from writers such as Bob Marley, Leonard Cohen and even Frank Zappa. The album, Protest Songs 1924-2012, enters at number two.

Being in one of the biggest bands in the world has never been a guarantee of success as a solo artist. Earlier this year, we saw the re-release of one of Brian May’s solo releases which reminded us that he hasn’t exactly enjoyed a stellar solo career. Now it is the turn of his bandmate Roger Taylor, Queen’s drummer throughout their existence. He released his first solo album, Fun In Space, in 1981. That album reached number eighteen, a better chart position than any of the next four (released between 1984 and 2013) managed. This week he finally gets into the top ten as a solo artist as Outsider enters at number three.

After their week in the spotlight at number one, The Lathums fall to number 22 with How Beautiful Life Can be. The band are currently on tour, carrying their number one trophy with them.

It’s not often that I get the chance to mention new material from someone who first reached the chart before I was born but I can do that this week. Tony Bennett mader his UK chart debut back in 1955 with his version of Stranger In Paradise. It was one of no fewer than six versions of the song to reach the chart that year. Three of them reached the top ten with Bennett’s version topping the chart for two weeks. He recorded an album with Lady Gaga in 2014 and now, at the age of 94 (at time of recording), he has made another one, expected to be his final album. Love For Sale, a collection of jazz standards, is at number six.

After a very long delay, the latest James Bond film was finally released at the end of last month, a full nineteen months after Billie Eilish’s theme song topped the singles chart. The soundtrack to the film has been written by German composer Hans Zimmer whose previous work has included The Lion King, Mission: Impossible 2 and Dunkirk. The No Time To Die soundtrack is at number seven. Billie Eilish’s contribution re-enters the singles chart at number 32. No Time To Die becomes the highest charting Bond soundtrack album (having already provided only the second number one single for the eternal franchise), beating the peak of number fourteen reached by Goldfinger in 1964.

Neil Young enters at number 32 with a live album recorded in 1970, the year he first entered the UK albums chart with his classic After The Goldrush album.

Various rap albums are among the week’s new entries. Potter Payper is at number eight with Thanks For Waiting, Meek Mill is at number 23 with Expensive Pain and Headie One lands at number 26 with Too Loyal For My Own Good. Folk singer Grace Petrie is at number 37 with Connectivity.

Adele releases a new single next week, threatening to topple Ed Sheeran from the summit. That news proved enough to propel 25 back into the chart at number 27.

Two bands which have seen a number of personnel changes over the years also enter the chart this week, one with a re-release of their debut album from 2000 and one with their first new material since the year before that was released. The former are Sugababes whose debut set Overload, which reached number six first time around, is at number eighteen. The latter band are prog-rock veterans Yes who are at number twenty with The Quest.
Published on: 2021-10-08 by Suedehead2 || 3031 Views
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It hasn't quite been a 22 year wait for a Yes album. They released new studio albums in 2001, 2011 and 2014.
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