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LF System get a third week at number one
LF System remain at the top of the singles chart and Harry Styles has the number one album again.

LF System stick around at the top of the singles chart. Harry Styles remains at number one in the albums chart.

There’s no change at the top of the singles chart with this week’s top three unchanged from last week. That means that LF System’s Afraid To Feel is still at number one, giving the Scottish duo a third week at the summit. The song it replaced, Harry Styles’ As It Was, holds on in second place. George Ezra is still at number three with Green Green Grass.

Burna Boy climbs to number four with Last Last and Beyonce’s Break My Soul slips to number five.

Three of the biggest names in music Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake have joined forces (and allowed Halsey to join them) to create Stay With Me, a new song to join the eight previous top forty hits with that title. It enters at number 29 but is surely destined to go a good deal higher in the coming weeks. It is Harris’s 38th top forty hit, Williams’ 21st, Timberlake's 26th and Halsey’s 13th. The quartet have had nineteen number one singles between them, including Feels which featured both Williams and Harris.

Just over a year ago Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits entered the top forty. Apart from a few weeks when it was excluded due to the three song limit, it has been there ever since. This week Californian Steve Lacy makes his UK top forty debut at number 25 with a solitary Bad Habit. Bad Habits is at number 39.

Any thoughts that Arrdee’s success would be limited to his debut hit Oliver Twist didn’t last long as he started to build up a string of hits. He can now add another one to his list as Hello Mate enters at number 37. Arrdee claims that he and his “collective” know everybody in Brighton. This isn’t true. Unless he is calling me a nobody.

Five years after his UK chart debut, James Hype finally gets a second top forty hit with Ferrari at number forty. He is joined by north Londoner Miggy Dela Rosa who scores his first chart hit. Is Miggy short for anything? Migglesden perhaps? Or maybe Mighael. Or even a straightforward Miguel. Whether it is short for something or not, the song itself is decent enough.

At the end of a week which saw temperature records shattered in Great britain, Glass Animals’ Heat Wave climbs one place to number 32. It first entered the top forty in February of last year. Somebody told me that you had a boyfriend…

Another chart week and another “default” week at the top of the albums chart for Harry Styles’ third album Harry’s House. As well as continuing to be streamed heavily, it is still selling reasonably well. Last week it was still in the top ten of the pure sales chart.

As last week, a new album led the way in the early updates but, once again, it only had a narrow lead. That lead was, surprisingly, retained as late as Wednesday’s update but it still seemed likely that Mabel’s second album About Last Night would fall short by the end of the week. And so it has come to pass although its presence at number two still marks an advance from her debut set’s number three peak.

When Beatice Lauss released the song Coffee in 2017 under the curious name Beabadoodee not many people noticed. One person who did was Canadian rapper Isaiah faber who sampled it for his song Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head) which he released under the name Powfu in 2020. The song became a big hit, spending ten weeks in the top ten and played a part in Beabadoodee’s debut album Fake It Flowers reaching the top ten later that year. She returns to the chart this week at number four with her second album Beatopia. It includes collaborations with Pinkpantheress, Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman and two members of The 1975.

Ed Sheeran is still at number three with =. George Ezra’s Gold Rush Kid climbs back up to number five.

Lizzo enters at number six with her fourth album Special. Her first two albums made no impact on the UK charts but the third, Cuz I Love You, reached number 30 in 2019. If there were two of her, would that be two Lizzi?

This week’s “I thought they split up ages ago” slot is filled by American band Interpol who land at number fourteen with their seventh album The Other Side Of Make-Believe. Not only does it not contain a cover of Bucks Fizz’s The Land Of Make Believe, it doesn’t even include a cover of that single’s b-side (whatever it was). Their last album, 2016’s marauder, only reached number 23 so this marks an improvement in their fortunes.

Yorkshire band Working Men’s Club land at number eleven with their second album Fear Fear. Norfolk’s Deaf Havana are at number 23 with The Present Is A Foreign Land, their sixth studio album. I assume the title is inspired by the first line of L P Hartley’s novel The Go-Between - “The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there”.

Rock veteran Jeff Beck and actor Johnny Depp enter at number 38 with 18, their first album together. Beck’s first success came as a member of The Yardbirds in the 1960s. Other former members of the band include Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

Queen’s Greatest Hits climbs back into the top ten at number eight. The Official Charts company put out a press release this week stating that sales of the album had reached seven million, giving it a very clear lead in the list of all-time best-selling albums. While its status as the country’s best-selling album is widely accepted, the seven million figure is disputed, Some would say that an all-time sales figure should not include streams. However, at last all albums are treated the same, even if you think the rules (which mean that, for example, somebody who streams the 1975 album A Night At The Opera in full also contributes to the “sales” of Queen’s Greatest Hits) are daft.

The more controversial issue is that the figure includes a share of sales of The Platinum Collection (comprising Queen’s Greatest Hits Volumes I, II and III) and an earlier release combining Volumes I and II. While that apportionment might be deemed justifiable, it has not been applied to any other “”boxed sets” of albums. Sales of the full sets of Beatles albums released in 2009 have not been apportioned and allocated to each of the albums contained therein.
Published on: 2022-07-22 by Suedehead2 || 1127 Views
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22 Jul 2022 - 17:34
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I thought for a min you were referencing killers tracks but im only human and obv missing something...laugh.gif
22 Jul 2022 - 19:01
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Only the one Killers reference this time!
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