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Harry Styles remains at number one
Harry Styles' As It Was is still at the top of the singles chart. Arcade Fire top the albums chart for a fourth time.

Harry Styles remains at the top of the singles chart. Arcade Fire score their fourth chart-topping album.

Harry Styles continues his reign at the top of the singles chart with As It Was getting a sixth week at number one. He heads a static top three with Jack Harlow’s First Class still at number two Getting a fifth week at number two while Cat Burns stays put at number three with Go. Jack Harlow now has two more songs in the chart as Churchill Downs enters at number nineteen and Dua Lipa lands at number 33. The latter effort is far worse than anything Ms Lipa has ever released. She should sue. The former is the first charting song to mention that particular former Prime Minister in its title. Unsurprisingly, Theresa May and Gordon Brown lead the field in that respect. Churchill is the only former Prime Minister to have had a charting album. A collection of recordings of his speeches reached the chart immediately after his death in 1965.

Then we get an old-fashioned big climb into the top five in the form of Lizzo’s About Damn Time climbing eleven places to number four. Her only other top ten hit was Good As Hell in the winter of 2019. Dave’s Starlight is at number five. That means I don’t have to mention the rubbish that was at number five last week.

It has been nearly four years since Kendrick Lamar was last seen in the UK top forty. Unfortunately, that period of bliss has now ended with the arrival at number 24 of The Heart Part V. Frankly, it is terrible, even by his precious standards. Let’s hope we aren’t subjected to parts I to IV any time soon.

George Ezra scores his second hit of the year with Green Grass at number 31. The song, another fine number from Mr Barnett, is the second song reaching the top forty hit to repeat that particular colour in its title following Green, Green Grass Of Home (note the comma) by Tom Jones in 1966. Elvis Presley later had a hit with the same song. If we widen it to the full traffic light, we can add UB40’s version of the Neil Diamond-penned Red Red Wine.

We get another entry this week on the list of performers too obscure to have much information available in the form of someone called Benzz. His Spotify profile tells us that he is eighteen but that could, of course, be out of date by now. Perhaps I should just state that Je M'Appelle, a new entry at number 34 is truly awful and move on.


One of my favourite debut albums of the first decade of this century is Arcade Fire’s excellent Funeral, released in 2005. The Canadian multi-instrumentalists’ album was refreshingly different from pretty much anything else around at the time and deserved to be a massive success. Sadly, it took nine months to reach the top forty and, even then, got no higher than number 33. It did, however, set them up for an assault on the top of the chart with their second release, Neon Bible in 2007. It led the way in the early midweek updates but ultimately fell just short and finished behind the previous week’s number one, Kaiser Chiefs’ Yours Truly Angry Mob.

Their next three albums, however, did top the chart although many people felt that each of them was less good than the previous one. That meant that there was a certain amount of nervousness ahead of the release of WE last week. Such nervousness was misplaced as it is, for me at least, their best album since Neon Bible. It gives them a well-deserved fourth number one.

Sigrid’s debut album Sucker Punch reached number four in 2019 following two top forty singles. Her second set, How To Let Go, hasn’t spawned any major hit singles but it outperforms its predecessor by entering at number two.

Anyone who bought Knucks’ debut album in the belief that the name sounded like that of a punk-ish band may well have been more than a little disappointed to find that Alpha Place is actually a rap album. It is a new entry at number three.

The arrival of two new Jack Harlow songs in the top forty singles chart will lead chart followers to conclude that he must have released an album. He has. Come Home The Kids Miss You (has he never heard of a comma?) lands at number four. That Sheeran bloke is at number five.

Regular listeners to Radio 2’s Popmaster quiz will soon get used to the fact that a question which starts “Which duo…” will usually refer to a duo with a group-type name rather than the names of two individuals. Favourite answers are the likes of Erasure, Pet Shop Boys or Soft Cell with the odd descent into bad taste with, for example, Dollar.

One of those duos released a new album last week, a few years after what was billed as their farewell concert. Thankfully, the new album by Soft Cell - for it is they - is very good. The duo, whose first hit single (not their first release) Tainted Love was a massive number one hit, last released an album back in 2002. Cruelty Without Beauty failed to reach the chart, as did a revamped edition in 2020 although a number of hits collections did make the top forty. Happiness Not Included enters at number seven to give them their first top ten entry with a studio album since 1983’s The Art Of Falling Apart.

Among the songs on Happiness Not Included is Purple Zone. A brilliant version of the song, with added Pet Shop Boys, was released as a single earlier this year but, sadly, it didn’t get anywhere near the top forty. A Soft Cell-Pet Shop Boys collaboration in the mid-1980s could have been a huge hit.

While Soft Cell are a duo with a band name, Belle & Sebastian are a band with a name that makes them sound like a duo. The band, who made their UK chart debut in 1996, enter at number eight with A Bit Of Previous.

The law of diminishing returns continues to apply to Belle & Sebastian’s fellow Scot Emeli Sande. Her debut album, Our Version Of Events, spent a total of ten weeks at number one but each of its successors has peaked at a new low position. That continues in spectacular fashion with album number four. Let’s Say For Instance can only manage to reach number 27.

Californian rock band Warpaint are at number 21 with Radiate Like This, their first album for six years. Sharon Van Etten gets her third top forty album with We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong at number 28. Kylie Minogue is at number 40 with Infinite Disco, a standalone release of an album previously available as part of the deluxe edition of her 2020 release Disco.
Published on: 2022-05-13 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 728 Views
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Mack.
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Churchill Downs named after the racecourse in Louisville, Kentucky which hosts the Kentucky Derby in the first weekend of May.
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Nothing to do with a dog then?
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It's a horse racing track which has nothing to do with dogs.
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