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Harry Styles tops the chart for a fifth week
Harry Styles' As It Was gets a fifth week at number one in the singles chart. Indie band Blossoms have a third number one album.

Harry Styles remains at the top of the singles chart. Blossoms secure a third number one album.

It’s a familiar tale at the top of the singles chart with very little change in the top five. Harry Styles gets a fifth week at the top of the singles chart with As It Was. It has now spent longer at the top of the singles chart than all four of One Direction’s four chart=toppers put together.

Jack Harlow’s First Class remains in second place with Cat Burns’ Go going nowhere at number three. Last week’s numbers four and five swap places. Aitch and Ashanti’s Baby is now at number five while Dave’s thoroughly dreadful Starlight is at four.

A single featuring an act whose five previous top forty singles have been poor and one whose 67 previous hits have been mostly diabolical was never likely to appeal to me. And so it has proved. Future and Drake’s Wait For U, a new entry at number eight, is indeed truly awful. The other featured artist, Tems, also deserves a mention, if only to ensure she takes her share of the blame.

Lizzo enters at number fifteen with About Damn Time. Measured purely by peak chart position, it is already the second most successful of her five top forty hits, behind 2019’s Good As Hell.

The steady flow of new American singer-songwriters into the UK charts continues with the arrival of 20-year-old Benson Boone at number 21 with In The Stars, a song that could be about a pub crawl limited to pubs called The Star, but isn’t. He has a lot of work to do if he is to become the most successful Boone in the UK charts. Pat Boone had 26 top forty singles between 1955 and 1962, including a number one and a further eleven top ten hits.

After hovering outside the broadcast chart for a couple months, Diplo and Miguel come storming into the top forty with a two-place rtiser to number 39. Don’t Forget My Love is the ninth top forty single for the producer whose name is a simple typo away from a Lego brick and the second for Miguel, nine years after his first. Miguel’s first hit was as featured artist on Mariah Carey’s Beautiful. That was her last new top forty hit until last week when Big Energy entered the chart.

While the top five singles are the same as last week’s, albeit in a slightly different order, four of the top five albums are new entries. Predictably enough, the exception is Ed Sheeran’s = which is at number four.

Stockport’s finest Blossoms get their third number one from four releases with the thoroughly decent Ribbon Around The Bomb. The band are one of the support acts for The Killers’ summer dates, gigs which were originally scheduled for two years ago. Ninety per cent of their sales are accounted for by physical sales with the remaining ten per cent accounted for by downloads and streams. Unfortunately, that suggests they will suffer a sharp fall next week,

The diabolical Drake-featuring single which saw Future return to the top ten after two years comes from his new album I Never Liked You. His ninth studio album enters at number two, beating his previous peak and giving him a third top ten album.

There was a time when German rock bands could get minor top fortüy hits in the UK. Rammstein had four top forty singles at the beginning of this century although none of them climbed any higher than number thirty. They have fared better in the albums chart with a peak of number three for their untitled seventh album in 2019. They match that this week with Zeit also landing at number three.

Another rock band, this time from the UK, have a new entry at number five. Thunder’s fourteenth studio album Dopamine enters the chart just a year after their last set hit number three.

Bloc Party enter at number seven with Alpha Games, their first new release for six years. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to listen to it so I cannot say whether it matches the quality of their brilliant debut Silent Alarm, an album which is now seventeen years old. Eek.

There are not many bands named after a grammatical joke. One of their number, Let’s Eat Grandma, enter at number 26 with Two Ribbons. Reef return to the top twenty after a 22-year absence with Shoot Me Your Ace at number twenty.

The Weeknd’s Dawn FM has finally been released on vinyl. The resultant sales boost sees it return to the top forty at number nine.
Published on: 2022-05-06 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 732 Views
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Popchartfreak
7 May 2022 - 9:35
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I finally got my Killers ticket as I step back into live concerts and I think Blossoms will be the support to boot. I will make sure I get there early!
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Suedehead2
7 May 2022 - 10:11
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If I had a ticket, I would definitely be getting there in time to see them. I last saw them at the Old Fire Station in Bournemouth!
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8 May 2022 - 10:04
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Getting in there early in their career then! Not the first act you've done that for and not the last cheer.gif I'm still jealous about the Sheeran gig laugh.gif
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8 May 2022 - 14:21
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There's always a certain satisfaction in having high hopes for a band I've seen early in their career come to fruition biggrin.gif
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