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Harry Styles tops both charts
Harry Styles tops the albums chart by a country mile and also has the whole of the top three in the singles chart.

Harry Styles scores a chart double with the number one album and the top three positions in the singles chart.

Harry Styles gets an eighth week at the top of the singles chart with As It Was. That he would remain at number one was always inevitable given the release of his third solo album Harry’s House last week (20 May). Equally predictably, the album itself has gone straight to number one, clocking up the highest weekly sales total for an album so far this year with 113,000 chart sales.

Harry Styles has been the most successful former member of One Direction by a comfortable margin with many people who were not fans of his band acknowledging the quality of his solo material. His first album went to number one but had a fairly short run in the top forty. The follow-up Fine Line, on the other hand, has been a massive success. It missed out on the number one spot having been released in a strong week but has spent just two weeks outside the top forty since then, amassing a total of 126 weeks there, including this week.

The success of Fine Line served to increase expectations for his new set. On a first listen, I was a little disappointed. There are some very strong songs (As It Was, Music For A Sushi Restaurant and Satellite in particular) but some of the other tracks are a little on the bland side.

Other houses to be associated directly with their owners include the wonderful Susan’s House by Eels and Madness’ Our House. Widening the scope beyond music there is also Hector’s House, a children’s programme imported from France in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Finer Line climbs back into the top ten at number eight and his eponymous debut returns to the top forty at number 29.

This week is another week when the three-song rule (limiting the number of songs by an act as lead performer to three) prevented the chart being completely dominated by one artist. Even so Harry Styles occupies the top three positions in this week’s chart. The aforementioned Music For A Sushi Restaurant is at number three (possibly helped by the fact that it is the opening track on the album) and Late Night Talking (track number two) at number three.

Not surprisingly, it is a rare feat for an act to occupy the top three positions in the singles chart.It is also not a surprise that it has only happened since download sales have been included in the chart. Slightly less predictably, all three acts to have achieved it have been male singers. Justin Bieber was the first in January 2016 with Ed Sheeran achieving it in March 2017 following the release of ÷. It was the chart dominance of tracks from that album that led to the introduction of the three-song rule. For three weeks Sheeran had the number one album and the top three singles. The nearest anyone came to occupying the whole of the top three in the pre-download era was when another male solo artist, Frankie Laine, was at numbers one, three and four.

Thanks to Colin (zeuss at Buzzjack, orthion at Haven) for some of the above information.

Lizzo is at number five with About Damn Time, one place behind Cat Burns’ Go.

Nathan Dawe and Ella Henderson enter at number twenty with 21 Reasons Why. The gloriously eccentric My Life Story reached number 32 with 12 Reasons Why in 1996.

There are a number of ways of assessing the relative merits of singles by the same act. If a song contains a sample of an old song, it is very tempting to include the difference between the sampled song and the new song in that assessment. On that measure, Aitch’s new single 1989 may be considered his worst as it includes a sample of Stone Roses’ brilliant Fool’s Gold. Fools Gold was a top ten hit in, you’ve guessed it, 1989. Aitch’s latest abomination is at number 23.

As already reported, Harry Styles has the number one album this week with Harry’s House.

Manchester band Everything Everything get their fourth top five album but, slightly bizarrely, the first to reach the top four. Previous releases Arc (2013), A Fever Dream (2017) and Re-Animator (2020) all peaked at number five. This week they break new ground with Data Fell at number four.

M Huncho enters at number five with Chasing Euphoria, his first full-length album. He has previously entered the albums chart with two mix-tapes.

German synth-pop band Propaganda’s best-known work is probably their brilliant 1985 hit Duel. The band are no more but two of their number are now working under the banner xPropaganda. Their debut album The Heart Is Strange is at number eleven.

It would be remiss of me to mention synth-pop without also mentioning Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode whose death at the age of 60 was announced yesterday. The Essex band started out as very much a synth-pop band in the early 1980s but they gradually moved in a much darker direction following the departure of Vince Clarke, now half of Erasure. His keyboard playing was a major part of the band’s success and the music world will be poorer without him.

Brighton’s thriving music scene is represented this week by Porridge Radio who enter at number 39 with the strangely-titled Water Slide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky.

When a band re-forms, it is sometimes a great idea while there are other occasions when people may be wondering whether the members have found themselves short of a bob or two and are looking to make some money. The return of N-Dubz falls into the latter category. New material has so far been restricted to one single but a new album is threatened. In the meantime, their 2011 Greatest Hits collection returns at number ten, its highest ever position. The single, Charmer, is at number 32.

The Clash are in the top twenty with a reissue of Combat Rock. It reached number two on release in 1982. The Official Chart Company’s report doesn’t give the position and the chart section is currently broken so I can’t tell you any more. There is also a new edition of Jack Savoretti’s Europiana which topped the chart last year. The new edition, titled Europiana Encore is at number 22. Another reissue of a former number one album, Rick Astley’s Whenever You Need Somebody, is at number 28, 35 years after it was first inflicted on us.

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