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Mariah Carey is back at the top of the chart
Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You is back at number one, two years after it first topped the chart. Olly Murs gets his fifth number one album.

Mariah Carey’s perennial Christmas hit goes to the top of the singles chart. Olly Murs (remember him?) has the number one album.

The first singles chart update of the week, issued on Sunday, suggested that we could have an extremely tight race for the number one spot with just a few hundred “sales” separating four songs. Two Christmas songs from the 1980s were narrowly ahead of two songs from the latter part of 2022. However, to add to the confusion, two of those songs were no longer in the top four in Monday’s update suggesting that the contest may have been even closer than first reported.

By Wednesday, things had changed again with one of the original four back in the top four and the other at number five. In another twist, the leader had opened up a lead of just over 1,000 “sales”. The only chart that counts, of course, is the one announced on a Friday. That chart was topped by the song that had led all week. Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You gets a second run at the top after reaching number one for the first time in 2020.

Raye climbs four places to number two with Escapism. The song, which features 070 Shake, may well fall in the next few weeks but has a good chance of rebounding all the way to the top in the new year.

Wham’s Last Christmas is at number three with George Michael’s old friend Elton John, along with Ed Sheeran, at number four with Merry Christmas. Taylor Swift’s

This week inevitably sees another batch of re-entries but there are also three “normal” new entries. Leland Wayne, aka Metro Boomin made his top forty debut in the UK in 2020 as featured artist on 21 Savage’s Mr Right Now which also featured Drake. Messrs Boomin and Savage reverse roles on their latest single Creepin’. In order to add some class to the song they have also included The Weeknd who is responsible for the song’s best bits. It enters at number thirteen. Metro Boomin is also at number 39 with Superhero (Heroes And Villains) which features Future and Chris Brown.

We have never had a top forty hit in the UK called The Chase. The closest we have come was when Giorgio Moroder twice reached the top fifty (in 1979 and again in 2000) with Chase, part of his excellent soundtrack to Midnight Express. However, we do now have a top forty hit called Pointless. The song, at number twenty, is the latest single from Lewis Capaldi’s forthcoming album. Fans of Cold Comfort Farm will be eagerly awaiting Capaldi’s singles Feckless, Graceless and Aimless. Graceless might even be a follow-up to his 2019 hit Grace.

Before we get to this week’s Christmas re-entries, there is a brand new festive song to take care of. Lizzo enters at number 31 with Someday At Christmas, a song with the sort of lyrics that are easier to get away with at this time of year, however much the sentiment ought to apply at any time of year.

The highest re-entry is Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas. It was released as part of a Christmas EP in 1988, in the middle of the peak of his chart career although he had his first hit back in 1979. That EP only reached number 53. Driving Home For Christmas returned to the top forty in 2009 and has done so each year since 2015, reaching the top ten for the first time last Christmas. It is at number 21 this week.

Talking of long credits, it’s time for the granddaddy of them all - Wizzard featuring Vocal backing By The Suedettes Plus The Stockland Green Bilateral School Choir With Additional Noises By Miss snob And Class 3C. I hope they are all getting their fair share of the royalties from I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day which returns for its annual top forty outing at number 28.

Wizard’s 1970s glam-rock rivals Slade also return this week with Merry Xmas Everybody at number 36 Yes, It’s Chri-i-i-i-istma-a-a-a-a-a-a-as.

One day after the 42nd anniversary of his tragic death John Lennon is back at number 38 with Happy Christmas (War Is Over). It is, of course, obligatory to report that the full credit is John & Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. Let them all get their annual moment in the spotlight.

Lennon’s former bandmate Paul McCartney is also back this week. Wonderful Christmastime is at number 30 The 1970s British Christmas songs roll call is completed by Elton John’s Step Into Christmas at number 24. A more recent British song, Leona Lewis’s One More Sleep is at number 34.

The remainder of the re-entries underline how much part Christmas playlists on streaming sites play in the Christmas charts, dominated by songs from North American artists. The best of them, Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes, is at number 35. That is joined by Jose Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad at number 40, Michael Buble’s Holly Jolly Christmas at 32, Dean Martin’s Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow at 33 and Andy Williams’ It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year at 22.

December is generally a quiet period for new albums. However, last Friday saw the release of a new album from a former chart regular. Olly Murs had four number one singles in the years following his appearance in the 2009 series of X Factor. However, he hasn’t been seen in the top ten singles since early 2015. He has, though, continued to achieve success with his albums with every one of them reaching the top two. His first new album for four years, Marry Me, extends that run to seven albums and becomes his fifth chart-topping album.

Taylor Swift moves back up to number two with Midnights. Christmas With Cliff falls two places to number four. Michael Buble’s Christmas album is at number five.

Metro Boomin’s entries in the singles chart come from his new album, Heroes And Villains which enters at number three. It is his second solo album following Not All Heroes Wear Capes which peaked at number sixteen in 2018.

Electronic music duo cannot be accused of rushing their albums. This Is What We Do is their first release for seven years and only their fourth studio album since they were formed in 1989. Their main chart successes came in the mid-1990s although they didn’t get their first (and, so far, only) top ten hit single until 1999. This Is What We Do is at number eighteen.

Fleetwood Mac albums continue to have an increase in sales and streams following Chhristine McVie’s death last week. Rumours is up to number eleven and 50 Years - Don’t Stop is at number fifteen.
Published on: 2022-12-09 by Suedehead2 || 843 Views
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