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Four weeks at the top for Harry Styles
Harry Styles makes it a month at the the of the singles chart with As It Was. Fontaines DC top the albums chart for the first time.

Harry Styles remains at the top of the singles chart for a fourth week. Fontaines DC get their first number one album.

Harry Styles’ As It Was gets a fourth week at number one in the singles chart. Jack Harlow’s First Class spends a third week at number two. Cat Burns climbs two places to number three while Aitch and Ashanti slip to number four with Baby.

Dave’s Starlight falls one place to number five to continue its slow progress down the chart from the summit. It is the fourth successive week that it has fallen one place.

It is nearly two months since a new song with Ed Sheeran’s name attached to it entered the top forty. The long wait for another one is finally over as 2Step enters at number thirteen. The song features Lil Baby and comes less than six months after Sheeran worked with his father Lad.

The Kid Laroi gets his fifth top forty single with Thousand Miles at number 21. Other songs using the imperial measure of distance include Eight Miles High (The Byrds), I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (The Proclaimers) and 2000 Miles (The Pretenders) as well as the less specific I Can See For Miles (The Who). We should also not forget the late John Miles who reached number three with the wonderfully over-the-top Music.

Her promotional puff on Spotify describes New Yorker Leah Kate’s sound as the 2090s meet the 2020s. Maybe younger readers will still be around in the 2090s to find out how accurate that description is. She makes her UK chart debut this week with 10 Things I Hate About You at number 30.

A full 32 years after she first screeched her way into the UK charts Mariah Carey gets her 40th top forty hit at number 33 with Big Energy (a strange choice of title given the massive increases most people are seeing in their energy bills). She is the featured artist alongside Atlanta-born rapper Latto who gets her first UK chart success. DJ Khaled also joins in.

Potter Payper and Tiggs da Author soar 28 places to number twelve with the awful Gangsteritus. Its rise is due to the release of a Part II of the song, sales and streams of which have been added to those of the first version.

With many bands, it is difficult to tell where they might be from until you hear the singer speak. Fontaines DC are not one of those bands. As soon as Grian Chatten starts to sing, it is pretty clear that at least one of their number hails from Ireland. The Dublin-based band were unlucky to miss out on a number one with their brilliant second album A Hero’s Death in August 2020 when it finished just behind Taylor Swift’s Folklore. This time, they timed the release rather better and smashed all the competition out of the park, leaving Skinty Fia well ahead at the top of the pile.

The opening track of Skinty Fia, In ár gCroíthe go deo, refers to an Irish phrase meaning “In our hearts forever” which an English council refused to allow on a gravestone on the grounds that the use of the Irish language was a political statement. The council lost the case in court.

In a sign of how little competition Fontaines DC faced from other new releases, Ed Sheeran’s = is still at number two. Little Mix’s hits compilation is at number three and Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour is at number five.

An initial look at the list of new albums last week left me confident that Fontaines DC’s Skinty Fia would be my favourite of the week. It didn't turn out that way. Over their long existence Spiritualized (formed in 1990) have made some great songs such as Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space and Stop Your Crying but I have generally found their albums disappointing. That doesn’t apply to their latest offering Everything Was Beautiful which is great from start to finish. It enters at number five to give the Rugby-based band a first top ten album since Let Me Come Down (which included Stop Your Crying) reached number three in 2001.

After last week’s ramblings about people who really did have similar names and achieved success in the same field, we have a duo called Bob Vylan whose two members claim to be called Bobby Vylan and Bobbie Vylan. Hmm. Perhaps all I can say about that is that Bob Dylan wasn’t actually born with that name. The grime-punk outfit (whatever that means) enter at number eighteen with Bob Vylan Presents: The Price Of Life.

Rapper Pusha T has a new entry at number seven with It’s Almost Dry. British Rock band Stone Broken are at number 27 with Revelation.

Last weekend saw a whole host of special releases to mark the latest Record Store Day. Among them was a new vinyl edition of The Streets’ 2002 album Original Pirate Material. The original version peaked at number ten. The 20th anniversary release lands at number 36.


Brian May’s second solo album Another World reached number 23 when it was released in 1998. A reissued version fares rather better, entering at number fourteen.
Published on: 2022-04-29 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 705 Views
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