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LF System hold on at number one
LF System's Afraid To Feel spends a fifth week at number one. They finish narrowly ahead of Beyoncé who gets her fourth number one album.

LF System hold on at the top of the singles chart. Beyonce gets her fourth number one album.

LF System get a fifth week at number one with Afraid To Feel. The song has firmly established itself as the song of summer 2022.

The release of Beyoncé’s new album has given a boost to the first single Break My Soul which has seen it climb back up the chart to a new peak of number two. Her last top three single was Best Thing I Never had in 2011. Many of the “sales” this week will, of course, have come from people streaming the whole album with many listeners no doubt then cherry-picking their favourite tracks for another listen (or several listens).

As is now the norm for a new release from a major artist, further tracks from the album have also entered the chart. The chart rules, limiting the number of songs from a single act to a maximum of three, once again mean that only two new tracks enter the chart. Cuff It is at number fourteen while Alien Superstar is at number sixteen. They are Beyoncé’s 37th and 38th top forty hits as a solo artist. The latter song is credited to no fewer than 24 writers. The BBC Children In Need Medley, featuring seven songs, only had eighteen credited writers, most of them for Jai Ho.

Harry Styles remains at number three with As It Was now in its 18th week in the top five. That has never been easy to achieve but the introduction of the Accelerated Chart Ratio (punishing songs that have been in the chart for at least ten weeks and have seen streams decline for three successive weeks) has made it even more difficult. Thanks to Jim Watts at Buzzjack for pointing out that its eighteen weeks in the top three is the longest run since The Beatles’ She Loves You in 1963.

George Ezra’s Green Green Grass slips to number four in its seventh week in the top five. Central Cee’s dismal Doja falls to number four.

East Londoner (the one in England, not South Africa) Jonathan Mensah, performing as Jae5 (possibly having dismissed the idea of calling himself Jon Table) makes his top forty debut with Propeller at number 38. Also contributing to its dullness are Dave and another top forty debutant BNXN, a singer-songwriter from Nigeria.

There is one re-entry. Remember by David Guetta & Becky Hill is back at 39. It was in the top ten two years ago and has apparently featured in something called Love Island.

Two songs have a reasonably sizeable climb within the top forty - Luude and Mattafix climb nine places to number 28 with Big City Life while James Hype and Miggy Dela Rosa’s Ferrari motors eleven places to number 25. One Republic’s I Ain’t Worried climbs to number ten to give them a first top ten hit since Love Runs Out in 2014.

Among the songs leaving the top forty is Glass Animals’ Heat Waves. It entered the top forty in January 2021 before, counter-intuitively, dropping out at the beginning of summer. It returned in September and, apart from a few weeks over Christmas, has been there ever since. It has spent a total of 60 weeks in the top forty with a further 30 weeks in the wider chart.

To the surprise of almost nobody, Beyoncé’s album Renaissance (presumably not named after the band who had a hit with Northern Lights in the 1970s, a song taken from the album A Song For All Seasons with its epic title track) has gone straight to number one. It is Ms Knowles-Carter’s’ fourth chart-topping album following her debut Dangerously In Love (2003), 4 (2011) and Lemonade (2016). It has been the subject of some controversy with Beyoncé re-recording part of one track because of the inclusion of a word not considered offensive in the US but are in other Anglophone countries. While it is to her credit that she has responded to the criticism, it is nevertheless surprising that nobody within her team seemed to have spotted the potential problem before the album was recorded.

Two old friends complete the top three with Harry Styles still at number two with Harry’s House and Ed Sheeran’s = stuck at number three. Sheeran’s album is now the best-selling album of the 2020s including streams. It has moved ahead of Adele’s 30 although her album is still ahead on actual sales. Sheeran’s lead is entirely down to streaming.

The Weeknbd’s Highlights collection is at number four and Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour returns to the top five once again at number five.

Brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll formed Orbital in 1989 and enjoyed chart success with songs such as Chime and The Box. They have split up twice (in 2004 and 2014 so watch out for news in 2024) before re-forming each time. Last week they released a new Best Of collection with the title 30 Something (the tile of an album by Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine). As well as new remixes, all the songs have been re-recorded to match the form of the song they perform at live gigs. There is also a previously unreleased song featuring a contribution from Stephen Hawking. The whole set is well worth a listen if you haven’t got round to doing so yet. It enters at number nineteen.

Continuing on the subject of brothers in bands, Cribs went one better than Orbital with the original line-up comprising twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their brother Ross. They were later joined for a few years by the genius who is Johnny Marr. Following the release of vinyl and deluxe editions, one of their albums return to the top forty this week while two others make it in for the first time. Their eponymous debut album (released in 2004) failed to make the chart at all while the follow-up The New Fellas spent a solitary week at number 78 when it was released in 2005; this week they are at numbers 23 and 20 respectively. Men’s Needs Women’s Needs Whatever is at number thirteen, matching its 2007 peak. Without the release of Renaissance, they would have occupied the top three positions in the vinyl albums chart.

Singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers enters at number six with her second album Surrender. Her debut set Heard It In A Past Life reached number 25 in 2019. If she has any brothers, they do not appear to have played any part in the making of the album.

My brief mention of the late Bernard Cribbins last week should have included a reference to his role as the station porter in The Railway Children. After all, The Railway Children had a hit single in 1990 with Every Beat Of The Heart.

I shall be on holiday for the next three Fridays. While I am away, popchartfreak will be filling in with commentaries in his own entertaining style. I will return on 2 September, two weeks before the release of a new Suede album.
Published on: 2022-08-05 by Suedehead2 || 1078 Views
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5 Aug 2022 - 16:57
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Longest top 3 run since She Loves You! But can As It Was beat it next week? And also The fabs had 4 of those weeks with their next number one smile.gif
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