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Adele easily gets her third number one single
Adele trounces all opposition to get a third number one single with Easy On Me. Coldplay win an equally one-sided race to top the albums chart.

Adele and Coldplay top the singles and albums charts by wide margins.

For a long period from the mid- to late 1990s until the 2010s, it was possible to predict a lot of number one singles several weeks in advance. Most singles were made available to radio stations up to six weeks before release which meant that demand for the song built up in time for healthy first-week sales. The release schedules were known well in advance so predicting the number one for a given week was a simple matter of finding the probable most popular release from the previous week and assessing whether it was likely to beat the incumbent (which had probably entered at number one the previous week.

The move back to the old-fashioned method of making a song available to buy (or, now, stream) as soon as it is sent to radio stations means that demand for a song now tends to increase steadily for several weeks after release. Add in the fact that release dates are generally only announced a week or two in advance and it is now a lot more difficult to predict chart-toppers long in advance. Even when release dates are known, it is no longer a simple matter of guessing whether a song will top the chart; you also have to guess how long it will take to get there.

This, of course, is just a generalisation which means that there are exceptions. Some artists are almost guaranteed an instant number one when they release a new single after a fairly lengthy absence. One such is Adele. Even though she only has two previous number one singles to her name, the phenomenal success of her albums meant that her first single from album number four was about as close as it comes to a guaranteed number one.

If anybody did have any doubt that Adele would be number one this week, that doubt would have gone after Sunday’s update.The 70,000 sales accumulated by Easy On Me meant that it would almost certainly top the chart without a single extra sale or stream throughout the rest of the week. The fact that Sunday’s update is always missing a lot of streaming data added to the certainty as the real figure will have been significantly higher than 70,000. Obviously, there were further sales and streams as the week went on and by Wednesday sales were just short of 150,000, giving it the best weekly sales figure for a single this year with two days still to go.

The question many people were asking before they heard Easy On Me was whether it would be any good. Would it be something different from her previous material? After hearing it, one can only conclude that “Why change a winning formula?” won over “A change is as good as a rest”. While nobody was anticipating a drill album or some thrash metal, people could be forgiven for hoping for some sort of change in sound. Maybe that will be evident on some of the other songs on the album. For now, she gets her third number one single and a ninth week atop the singles chart to add to her 37 weeks at number one in the albums chart.

News of the release of the new Adele single, and forthcoming album, had already led to increased interest in her old albums. Now that interest has extended its reach to the singles chart as Someone Like You, her first number one from 2011, re-enters at number 34. Her albums also continue to climb the chart with 25 now up to number three, 21 at number six and 19 re-entering the top forty at number fifteen.

Elton John and Dua Lipa’s Cold Heart slips to number two after seven days at number one. Ed Sheeran’s Shivers drops to number three with Ckay’s Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) at number four.

As far as the singles chart goes, that is almost it. The only other moves of note are directly linked to the albums chart so let’s go there.

As with the singles chart, there was only really ever one contender for the number one spot in the albums chart given that Coldplay released a new album last week. The parallels also extended to the sales with the only real question being whether Music Of The Spheres would accumulate the highest weekly sales of 2021 so far. Most chart followers would have answered Yes to that question and they have duly been proved right. It is, however, likely to be beaten by both Ed Sheeran and Adele by the end of the year.

Music Of The Spheres was the title of a special Dr Who mini-episode written for the Dr Who Prom concert in 2008. It was, therefore, fitting that Coldplay featured on Graham Norton’s show last week when one of the other guests was the (outgoing) current Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, herself a Coldplay fan.

Music Of The Spheres maintains Coldplay’s 100% success rate with all nine of their studio albums topping the chart. They are now two behind The Beatles who went to number one with all eleven studio albums (counting Yellow Submarine as a soundtrack album). Oasis and The Killers each have seven number ones from seven studio albums.

The release of the album has helped to propel their BTS-assisted single My Universe up to number five. Their earlier single Higher Power re-enters at number 26 and album track Let Somebody Go (featuring Selena Gomez) is two places higher.

The last of those Beatles studio albums to top the chart was Let It Be, released in 1970. The album was produced by Phil Spector, a decision which was not very popular with Paul McCartney. Indeed, McCartney was largely responsible for the 2003 release of Let It Be… Naked, a Spector-free version of the album.

The album went straight to number one, replacing Bridge Over Troubled Water which had spent the previous thirteen weeks at the summit, and stayed there for three weeks before Simon and Garfunkel’s classic album went back to the top. A new “super deluxe” edition, including bits from rehearsals and other extras, enters at number two.

Now that we are well and truly into the final quarter of the year, it is inevitably time for a new Daniel O’Donnell album. After all, the Irish singer has had at least one top forty album every year since 1991, the year Ed Sheeran was born and Adele reached the age of three. On the subject of age, O’Donnell has called his new album 60, the age he will reach in December. Fans of his will be treated to versions of songs such as Always On My Mind, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Something Stupid. The album enters at number four.

Lambeth-born singer-songwriter Joy Crookes completes the top five with her debut album Skin at number five.

Sam Fender’s Seventeen Going Under falls to number seven from last week’s number one spot.

Nobody could really accuse Charlatans' singer Tim Burgess of taking things easy over the last eighteen months or so. In the first lockdown last year, he launched a series of discussions of albums with the artist concerned frequently involved. This series is still ongoing and is proving to be a huge success. Burgess has also campaigned for a better deal for musicians (notably including those a good deal less successful than himself) and others in the music industry, both in protecting them from the economic consequences of being unable to tour and to ensure they can tour Europe without mountains of red tape.

While doing all that, Tim Burgess also found time to release a new solo album last year. Next month, The Charlatans will be embarking on a new tour and now we have a new Greatest Hits set from one of the finest bands to have come out of the West Midlands. A Head Full Of Ideas is a new entry at number eleven. A previous singles collection reached number 38 in 2006.

Three animals not to be messed with feature in the week’s new entries. Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes (a rock band from Hertfordshire) are at number eight with Sticky. Ferocious Dog (a Celtic punk band from Nottinghamshire) are at number 31 with The Hope. Pinkpantheress enters at number twenty withTo Hell With It.

As well as Ferocious Dog’s Celtic punk, Young Thug’s improbably-titled album Punk enters at number 22. English indie rock band Lovejoy are at number twelve with Pebble Brain.

A twentieth anniversary edition of Kylie Minogue’s Fever is at number 23.
Published on: 2021-10-22 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 2139 Views
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