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Lewis Capaldi returns with a new number one
Lewis Capaldi celebrates his return to the UK charts with a number one single. Robbie Williams tops the albums chart

Lewis Capaldi returns to the charts with his third number one single. Robbie Williams gets his fourteenth number one album, a record for a solo artist.

There was a close three-way battle at the top of the singles chart this week involving last week’s top two and a new entry.

On the very day I heard Cian Ducrot’s All For You for the first time and commented that it sounded like he was filling the gap left by the absence of anything new from Lewis Capaldi, the man himself (unbeknownst to me) duly released a new single, Forget Me. Proving that he is currently in the big league of artists whose new material can pick up large numbers of streams and sales from the word go, the song topped the chart in each of the week’s updates, albeit only just. The top three singles were separated by just a few hundred sales.

The question, then, was whether the number one would be BOTA (Baddest Of Them All) again, a reworking of a 1999 number one or a song with a similar title to a 2010 number one. The winner at the end of the week was Lewis Capaldi’s comeback single. Forget Me is his third number one single, putting him three ahead of his Scottish/Italian contemporary Paolo Nutini.

David Guetta and Bebe Rexha remain at number two with I’m Good (Blue).

BOTA is at number three. As well as being the song at the top of the charts for the latest change in UK Prime Minister, it is also the first ever song to top the UK chart at the time of a change in the country’s monarch. Talking of monarchs, OneRepublic are at number four with I Ain’t Worried. Nicki Minaj is at number five with Super Freaky Girl, a song that is dreadful even by her usual low standards.

Rema’s Spotify biography describes him as an Afrorave prodigy. Hmm. A quick search for other Afrorave artists doesn’t exactly produce a long list. Nevertheless, his debut hiit Calm Down, is well worth a listen. It enters at number 35.

The first song called Words to reach the UK chart was by The Allisons. The 1961 hit was the follow-up to their Eurovision entry that year. Since then The Bee Gees and FR David are among the artists to achieve success with a song of that name. They are joined this week by Alesso and Zara Larsson who finally make it into the top forty, at number 37, after hovering just outside for the last few weeks. It doesn’t count as either act’s best work.

In the 1960s two songs called Atlantis were top forty hits - one by The Shadows, the other by Donovan. In the 54 years since the singer best known for Mellow Yellow and The Hurdgy-Gurdy Man left the chart with his Atlantis song, folk-ish band Seafret enter at number 40 with their take on the mythical lost land. Its presence gives further encouragement top those of us who have been yearning for more variety in the charts.

Beyonce’s Cuff It re-enters at number 38.

While the singles chart provided a very close race, the battle at the top of the albums chart was a complete non-contest. Given his huge success, particularly in the late 1990s and into the early part of this century, it is easy to forget that Robbie Williams’ solo career got off to a faltering start. His third single, Lazy Days, reached the top ten but only spent three weeks in the top forty. The follow-up, South Of The Border, stalled at number fourteen. His first solo tour was not a sell-out (I managed to get a ticket to see him in Southampton just a few days before the event). Then he released Angels. The song famously didn’t top the chart but it was still a massive hit.

His first seven studio albums all went to number one, His debut, Life Thru A Lens took four months to get there (having debuted outside the top forty) but all the others were instant hits. The run was ended when Reality Killed The Video Star finished behind JLS in 2009. He has now re-recorded many of his greatest hits to mark the 25th anniversary of the start of his solo career and XXV becomes his fourteenth solo number one album. Only The Beatles (with fifteen) have had more number one albums than the man from Stoke.

Arguably the current version of Robbie Williams (a former boyband singer who has surprised many people with the range and quality of his solo material), Harry Styles is at number three with Harry’s House.

Over forty years after the release of his first solo album Ozzy Osbourne gets his highest charting album with Patient Number 9 at number two. I’d rather listen to Cashier No 9.

There is another Manic Street Preachers reissue this week. Their 2001 album originally reached number two. The reissue (accompanied by b-sides and other stuff) is at number four. Another reissue of an album that originally reached number two, Toyah’s Anthem, is at number 33.

Reading band The Amazons reach a new career high with How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me at number five.

Nigerian singer Asake is at number 22 with Mr Money With The Vibe. KT Tunstall enters at number 25 with her seventh studio album Nut. Only a 2006 acoustic collection has had a lower peak.

Finally, congratulations to Jack Saunders on becoming the new host of the Radio 1 Chart Show (and doing a good job of it) and many thanks to Scott Mills for his four-year stewardship of the show.
Published on: 2022-09-16 by Suedehead2 || 623 Views
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1 Lewis Capaldi
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6 RM
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