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Elton John and Dua Lipa top the singles chart
Elton John gets his eighth number one single almost half-way through his eighth decade. Sam Fender has a second number one album in the second half of his third decade.

Elton John and Dua Lipa climb to the top of the singles chart with Cold heart. Sam Fender easily gets a second number one album.

When Elton John and Dua Lipa’s Cold Heart entered the top forty in August, it is fair to assume that not many people thought it would go on to challenge for the top spot. It is unlikely that any new people would have started talking up its chances when it slipped back a couple places in its second week. However, it did a rapid about turn and has spent the last three weeks sitting at number two.

With Adele’s new single released today (Friday), this week seemed certain to be the last chance for the single to spring a final surprise and climb to number one. Even so, it was something of a surprise when Cold Heart was leading the way in the early updates, albeit by a fairly narrow margin.

Cold Heart continued to hold a small advantage in Wednesday’s update. That update is often the subject of a press release from the Official Charts Company and it might have been expected that they would choose to highlight the fact that a chart veteran was in with a chance of getting another number one single. Rather bizarrely, they chose to put out a press release focussing on the fact that he had had a new top ten hit in six successive decades, a feat he achieved a month ago. They only mentioned his chances of getting a new number one further down the press release which meant it also appeared towards the end of the resultant news items.

Nevertheless, it held on to its lead and finishes the week at the top of the pile. It is Elton John’s eighth number one single and Dua Lipa’s third. Elton John last topp[ed the singles chart in 2005 when he featured on 2Pac’s Ghetto Gospel.

That leaves Ed Sheeran’s Shivers at number two after four weeks at number one. Had it held on for another week, he would have equalled Bryan Adams’ record of sixteen successive weeks at the top of the singles chart. Adams, famously, spent all sixteen weeks at the top with a single song, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You. Tw months after that song first topped the chart, the follow-up single entered the top forty. It dropped out again after a five-week run with Everything I Do still at number one.

Ckay’s Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) holds on at number three for a second week. Glass Animals’ Heat Waves is another non-mover, at number five.

The highest new entry of the week, at number four, is the first solo single from Little Mix member Jesy Nelson. While Little Mix have released some decent singles over the last year or so, Boyz is truly dreadful. The presence of Nicki Minaj as a featured artist only serves to make it even worse.

Given his name, perhaps the least surprising thing about Ewan McVicar is the fact that he is Scottish. The other main fact in his Spotify profile is that he is a member of Patrick Topping’s Trick collective, whatever that is.

It is fairly rare to have a week with a tight race at the top of both the singles and albums chart. This is not one of those weeks. While the battle at the to pof the singles chart was a fairly close one, there was nothing remotely resembling a race for supremacy in the albums chart. There was never any serious doubt that Sam Fender would top the chart but his margin of victory is substantially larger than at least one person (me) anticipated.

Geordie singer-songwriter Sam Fender topped the chart with his excellent debut album Hypersonic Missiles in September 2019. His equally impressive follow-up Seventeen Going Under makes it two from two. It also finally gives him his first top forty single as the title track enters at number 26. He came within a whisker of getting a second but Spit Of You just fell short, finishing at number 41. His debut album re-enters at number 39.

Drake’s Certified Lover Boy climbs back up to number two. Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour also climbs back up two places, to number three. Doja Cat’s Planet Her os at number five.

The other new entry in the top five is also by an English singer-songwriter. In addition, James Blake is another singer to have had a lot more success with his albums than with his singles. Three of his first four albums reached the top ten, but he has had just one top forty single. Even that got no higher than number 39. His albums chart success continues with Friends That Break Your Heart entering at number four.

The Script’s Greatest Hits set falls to number nine after its week at the top.

While Floridian rock band Trivium are not exactly a household name (except, perhaps, in the members’ own households), they do have a consistent record of top twenty albums with six of their last seven releases reaching that part of the chart. They just about make it se3ven out of eight as In The Court Of The Dragon enters at number 20.

American rapper Don Toliver is at number 26 with Life Of A Don. New York rock band We Are Scientists enter at number 32 with Huffy, their first appearance in the top forty since 2014.

Adele’s old albums continue their assault on the charts ahead of the release of her new single. She climbs to number six with 25 while 21 re-enters the top forty at number fourteen.

BBC Four recently showed a repeat of a documentary on the making of Simon and Garfunkel’s classic 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water, an album which spent 33 weeks at number one. That album appeared in the top forty in the midweek updates but failed to make the cut at the end of the week. However, their Greatest Hits album, released in 1972, does re-enter at number 33. Paul Simon celebrated his eightieth birthday earlier this week.
Published on: 2021-10-15 by Suedehead2 || 2492 Views
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Live iTunes Top 10
1 Adele
Easy On Me
2 Elton John & Dua Lipa
Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
3 Acraze
Do It To It (feat. Cherish)
4 Ed Sheeran
5 Ed Sheeran
Overpass Graffiti
6 Niall Horan & Anne-Marie
Everywhere (BBC Children In Need)
7 Ewan McVicar
Tell Me Something Good
8 Yola
9 Adele
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