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Kate Bush stays at number one
Kate Bush gets a second week at number one with Running Up That Hill. Harry Styles beats two big new entries to return to the top of the albums chart.

Kate Bush gets a second week at the top of the singles chart. There is a tight three-way race for the number one album.

After running up the chart to number one last week, Kate Bush stays at the summit with Running Up That Hill. The revival in interest in this fabulous song is showing no sign of abating. The success of this song has led people to do the sensible thing and listen to some of her older songs. As a result her greatest hits set The Whole Story re-enters at number seventeen.

Harry Styles holds on at number two with As It Was. LF System’s Afraid To Feel climbs one place to number three. Cat Burns’ Go falls to number four and George Ezra’s Green Grass, complete with its groundbreaking lyrics, climbs one place to number five.

There are hopeful signs that Drake’s popularity might finally be in decline. Last week he announced the immediate release of a new album. There was a time when that would have meant three new entries very high up the singles chart. While he does indeed have three new entries, none of them came close to challenging for the top spot with the highest, Jimmy Cooks (which features 21 Savage for extra awfulness), at number seven. Massive, which is incredibly boring even by Drake standards, is at number eight and Falling Back is at number ten.

We move on, then, to the rest of this week’s new entries, the ones not by Drake. For most of the week it looked like there wouldn’t be any. However, that changed when Beyonce released a new single Break my Soul. While it is far from her best single, it is still a good deal better than anything Drake has ever released.

Ah well, we can always look at songs making a rapid climb up the chart. We have all of two of them as long as we count a twelve-place climb from 40 to 28 as a rapid climb. For a large part of chart history it wouldn’t have been anything exceptional but the climb by Sigala and Talia Mar’s Stay The Night is worthy of mention, particularly as it didn’t feature at all in last week’s commentary when it entered the chart. Oops. One week late, then, congratulations to Talia Marr on her first hit single.

After entering the chart at number 31 last week, Joji’s perfectly pleasant Glimpse Of Us climbs to number fourteen. A climb into the top ten next week seems very likely. If anyone can think of a Japanese act, other than Yoko Ono, to have a top ten hit, perhaps they could let me know. Maybe I’ve forgotten someone obvious.

There were three contenders for this week’s number one album. Inevitably Drake’s Honestly Nevermind was one of them with a new release from Foals and the biggest album of the year so far, Harry Styles’ Harry’s House completing the trio.

The early leader was Foals’ Life Is Yours. It still led the field on Wednesday but the gap between the top three had narrowed substantially. With the momentum behind the other two contenders it seemed likely that the album would be back at number three by the time the final chart was announced and that is exactly what has happened. While they may be disappointed at missing out on a second chart-topper they do at least maintain their record of reaching the top three with all but one of their seven studio albums. Three of their previous albums have been nominated for the Mercury Prize. We will find out whether they have got a fourth nomination at the end of next month.

Drake’s last two albums have topped the chart and it might have been expected that Honestly Forever would complete a hat-trick. In a further sign that his appeal might be waning, that hasn’t happened. It enters at number two.

Harry Styles’ Harry’s House was back in third place at the start of the week but sufficiently close to the two high new entries to pose a significant threat. By Wednesday it was still at number three but, as mentioned above, the gap had narrowed. Therefore, it is no surprise that it ends the week back at the top, albeit by just 350 “sales”.. So, not only has Drake’s album been kept off the top, it has been beaten by an album that is now in its fifth week in the chart. What a flop.

Ed Sheeran’s = slips to number four. Radiohead side project The Smile re-enter at number five following a physical release for A Light For Attracting Attention. It previously charted at number nineteen.

Glastonbury festival-goers finally get a chance to celebrate the event’s fiftieth anniversary this weekend, two years after it was supposed to happen. Tonight (Friday) Billie Eilish will become the first person born in the 21st century (and the youngest solo act ever) to headline on the main stage while Paul McCartney will become the oldest ever headliner tomorrow night, a week after his 80th birthday.

One of the acts to perform at the very first Glastonbury back in 1970 was a little-known singer called David Bowie. Within two years, his fifth album took him into the albums chart for the first time and set him on the way to becoming a global superstar. That album was Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and, to mark its fiftieth anniversary, there is - surprise, surprise - a new edition of the album for people to enjoy. Ity enters at number twelve.

A new album featuring former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler might be expected to be a big event for a Suede fan such as me. Unfortunately, I find his collaborator Jessie Buckley’s voice rather dull so All Our Days That Tear The Heart doesn’t really excite me. Other people have shown more interest so it is at number 23.

Nova Twins join the list of acts with sibling-related names without actually being siblings to have a hit album as Supernova lands at number seven. At least, unlike Thompson Twins who had as many as seven members at one point, there are only two of them.

As well as Kate Bush, two other acts return to the top forty with greatest hits sets. Queen’s Platinum Collection at number 21 after being released on vinyl for the first time. Stereophonics’ A Decade In The Sun is at number 31 after they played two nights in Cardiff this week, one of which was shown on BBC2.
Published on: 2022-06-24 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 1077 Views
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Popchartfreak
24 Jun 2022 - 17:26
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kyu Sakamoto had a top in 1964 and US number one with the brilliant Sukiyaki. Sadly he died in an airline disaster. i entered it into bjsc under its original title Ue o Muite Arukō and was rewarded with a DNQ. I loved it as a kid, and Kyu was very cute.

another Sakamoto went top 20 twice, once with yellow magic orchestra and once with david sylvian, and riuchi sakamoto was entered into bjsc with a bit more success.

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I wish Yellow Magic Orchestra had managed to get a top ten hit sad.gif
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