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Taylor Swift's Anti-Hero gets a third week at number one. She is deprived of a three-week chart double by Drake and 21 Savage

Taylor Swift gets a third week atop the singles chart but loses out to Drake and 21 Savage3 in the albums chart.

Taylor Swift’s Anti-Hero stays at number one for a third week, beating the two-week run of her only previous chart-topper, Look What You Made Me Do five years ago. It will, therefore, have the honour of topping the chart on the 70th anniversary if the UK singles chart next week. That first singles chart was a top twelve although it contained fifteen songs. In that chart, no adjustment was made for tied positions. Thus, for example, the two songs tied at number seven were followed by two songs at number eight and then the number nine. The chart, topped by Al Martino’s All In My Heart, contained three songs by Vera Lynn - the Ed Sheeran of her day.

Sam Smith and Bebe Rexha are still at number two with Unholy. Miss You by Oliver Tree and Robin Schulz climb one place to number four with Miss You.

Drake released a new album last week. Sadly, Brenda from Bristol died in the summer, but I’m sure her response would have been “Not another one”, a reaction shared by many others. This particular effort isn’t the usual collection of tracks with a long roll call of featured artists; it is a collaboration with 12 Savage with just one featured artist, Travis Scott. Inevitably, three of the tracks are at the top end of this week’s singles chart. Rich Flex, which doesn't deserve to make anyone rich, is at number three. Major Distribution, which doesn’t distribute any talent at all, is at number five. Circo Loco, which is every bit as bad as its title, is at number seven.

Fredo announces his return to the singles chart by entering at number 33 with I’m Back. He has had 34 top 100 singles; exactly half of them have reached the top forty. His biggest single as lead artist was the number three hit Money Talks last year but he topped the chart as featured artist on Dave’s dreadful Funky Friday in 2018.

George Miller, aka Joji, gets his second top forty hit of the year (and of all-time) with Die For You) at number 39. He made his top forty debut with Glimpse Of Us earlier this year. It is a perfectly pleasant little tune without exactly being ground-breaking. The aforementioned Glimpse Of Us re-enters at number 34.

London rapper K-Trap re-enters at number eighteen with Warm. It is the third time the song has entered the top forty. On both previous occasions it dropped straight back out again. Its higher position this time round may see it hold on next week.

Most recent close races at the top of the albums chart have been between two (or more) new releases. This week’s race, however, was between last week’s winner and a new release.

As hinted at above, the new release was Drake and 21 Savage’s Her Loss. Despite picking up a miserable total of actual sales, heavy streaming of tracks from the album were enough for it to finish at the top of the pile. It is Drake’s fifth number one album and 21 Savage’s first. His previous best position was achieved by7 another collaboration. He and Metro Boomin reached number ten in 2020 with Savage Mode II.

Taaylor Swift, then slips to number two after a fortnight at the top with Midnights. Her main barrier to returning to the top next week comes from Bruce Springsteen. Harry Styles is at number five with Harry’s House.

Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, better known as First Aid Kit are at number three with their fifth album Palomino, not to be confused with the Pet Shop Boys song Paninaro. It matches the peak of their previous album, Runs, in 2018. That album, along with its two predecessors, topped the chart in Sweden. This may well do so too.

Welsh actor and singer Luke Evans lands at number four with his second album A Song For You. Those songs include You Raise Me Up, Bridge Over Troubled Water and My Way. He also celebrates his Welshness by including a version of Calon Lan.

As well as having two singles in the top forty this week, Japanese singer Joji also has a new album in the chart. He enters at number thirteen with Smithereens. His previous album made the top ten.

It being November, there is a new Daniel O’Donnell album in the chart. I Wish You Well, a new entry at number sixteen, is his 42nd top forty album. He has had at least one top forty album every year since 1991.

You might think that a band called Crawlers ought to hail from Crawley. However, they are from a place that has boasted rather more successful acts from that Sussex town (The Cure and, erm, that’s about it) - Liverpool. Their debut mixtape Sound Without Noise is at number 22.

Ezra Collective provide a rare piece of jazz in the charts with their first top forty album Where I’m Meant To Be at number 24. The totally unrelated George Ezra (whose surname isn’t Ezra) re-enters at number 38 with Gold Rush Kid.

After their first two albums, The Prodigy dropped the The (not to be confused with Matt Johnson’s musical project The The) and became just Prodigy for their third album. The Fat Of The Land (with two thes of its own) was released in July 1997 and went straight to number one where it spent the next six weeks. The album contains their two number one singles Breathe and Firestarter as well as the notorious Smack My Bitch Up. A new 25th anniversary edition is this week’s most successful “classic album”, entering at number nineteen. It is the best-selling vinyl album of the week.

Producer Probin Skinner, performing under the moniker cavetown joins the ranks of successful artists to eschew capital letters by entering at number 38 with the charmingly titled worm food.
Published on: 2022-11-11 by Suedehead2 || 1386 Views
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11 Nov 2022 - 18:38
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Liverpool being called a palace gladdens my boyhood Scouse heart:lol:

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