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Kate Bush spends a third week atop the singles chart
Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill remains at number one for a third week. Harry Styles holds on to top spot in the albums chart.

Kate Bush spends a third week at the top of the singles chart. Harry Styles gets another week at number one in the albums chart.

Kate Bush’s glorious Running Up That Hill gets a third week at number one. The release of the series finale of Stranger Things today (Friday) may well give it a further boost to prolong its spell at the top. Today’s Guardian has a piece comprising musicians expressing their admiration for Bush. They include two people whose bands covered a Kate Bush song - Brial Molko (Placebo, Running Up That Hill) and Barry Hyde (Futureheads, Hounds Of Love - as well as the wonderful Russ Mael of Sparks.

LF System move up one place to number two with Afraid To Feel, swapping places with Harry Styles’ As It Was. Beyonce’s Break My Soul soars seventeen places to number four; George Ezra’s Green Green Grass is a non-mover at number five.

It’s one out and one in for Drake thanks to the rule limiting the number of songs by one act (as lead artist) to three. Falling Back has fallen out and is replaced by Sticky at number ??? I shall resist the temptation to repeat one of my favourite terrible jokes.

If the success of Drake is hard to explain, the same applies to Doja Cat. However, some people can clearly hear something in her output that totally eludes me and she continues to enjoy chart success. She has a new entry at number ??? with Vegas, her 13th top forty hit.

When Josh Bruce chose his stage name, he decided (consciously or not) to opt for a moniker that will make many people assume he is paying tribute to a late veteran entertainer, Bru-C. This week he joins the still relatively small list of Nottingham acts to have a top forty hit with No Excuses at number 40.

For the first time since the very beginning of the year, this week’s number one album is the same as last week’s. Back in January Ed Sheeran’s = spent two successive weeks at the summit in its second spell at the top. This week Harry Styles’ Harry’s House, in its third spell at number one, holds on for a fourth week in total. Rumours that he would make a surprise appearance at Glastonbury last weekend proved unfounded but it would not be a surprise if he is seen on the Pyramid Stage in the next year or two.

The early leader in the albums chart this week was Closure / Continuation by English prog rock band Porcupine Tree. They made their UK chart debut in 2007 with their ninth studio album Fear Of A Broken Planet, perhaps deserving an award for persistence when they did so. They now get their third top forty (and first top ten) album with their eleventh release at number two.

The aforementioned = climbs back up to number three, extending its run in the top five to 35 weeks. Drake’s Honestly Nevermind heads two places in the right direction to number four. George Ezra’s Gold Rush Kid is back up one place to number five.

While the main reason for Drake and Doja Cat’s success is the quality of their work (or lack of it), there are additional reasons for wondering why Chris Brown continues to enjoy success. His latest effort, Breezy, is at number six.

There is an increasing number of songs or artists in the chart whose name or title consists o a proper noun and a verb. We are told that Harry styles, Cat burns and Jimmy cooks. We are now told that Luke combs as American singer-songwriter Luke Combs enters at number nine with his third album Growin’ Up. His two previous albums failed to trouble the chart compilers in the UK. Another singer-songwriter from the US of A, Conan Gray, is at number eight with Superache giving me a sentence that almost rhymes.

Giveon’s first full-length studio album Give Or Take enters at number nine. His biggest success in the singles chart was as a featured artist on Justin Bieber’s Peaches.

Last weekend’s Glastonbury Festival has had a significant impact on the albums chart with many albums by featured artists getting a boost. The highest re-entry is Sam Fender’s Seventeen Going Under at number nineteen. Its predecessor Hypersonic Missiles returns at number 33. Wet Leg’s one and only album, unimaginatively titled Wet Leg, is back at number 29. Billie Eilish’s Don’t Smile At Me returns at number 39 with When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go back at number 25.

There are also a couple Glastonbury-inspired re-entries in the singles chart. Friday night’s headliner Billie Eilish is back at number 31 with Happier Than Ever and Sam Fender’s excellent Seventeen Going Under is back at number twenty.

For obvious reasons Elvis Presley did not appear at Glastonbury. However, a new biopic about him has helped see the 30 Number One Hits collection jump back up to number 22.
Published on: 2022-07-01 by Suedehead2 || 556 Views
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Live iTunes Top 10
Not Over Yet (feat. Tom Grennan)
2 Joel Corry & Becky Hill
Afraid To Feel
4 George Ezra
Green Green Grass
5 Olivia Newton-John
Hopelessly Devoted to You
6 Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra
7 Harry Styles
As It Was
8 Calvin Harris, Justin Timberlake, Halsey & Pharrell Williams
Stay With Me
9 Beyoncé
10 OneRepublic
I Ain't Worried

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