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Lewis Capaldi has a pointless number one
Lewis Capaldi gets a fifth number one single with a fourteen-place climb for Pointless. Taylor Swift remains atop the albums chart.

Lewis Capaqldi climbs to the top of the singles chart with Pointless. Taylor Swift heads an unchanged top five in the albums chart.

In an unusual development, the battle at the top of the singles chart was between two acts on tour together, Lewis Capaldi and his support act Raye. There was no doubt which of the two would be the bigger seller. Capaldi released Pointless on CD with signed copies also available. Furthermore, several versions of Pointless were each selling more downloads than Raye’s Escapism which relied almost entirely on streams for its chart sales.

Which one, then,was the unlucky one when the chart was unveiled on Friday the thirteenth?

The unlucky one is Raye who slips to number two after just a week at the top with Escapism. She makes way for Lewis Capaldi who climbs fourteen places to grab his fourth number one single. His critics will point to the fact that he released thousands of signed CD singles this week but nobody was forced to buy one. That said, it is a pretty uninspiring song.

There is little movement in the rest of the top five. Taylor Swift’s Anti-Hero slips to number four while Sza climbs to number three with Kill Bill. Venbee and Goddard fall two places to number five with Messy In Heaven.

A look at their chart record might suggest that Skrillex committed career suicide by working with Justin Bieber in 2015. Where Are U Now (which was actually pretty good) became Sonny Moore’s biggest hit when it reached number three but he didn’t return to the top forty until 2020. He now turns up again with Rumble at number nineteen Thankfully Ant & Dec weren’t ready to rumble again so he has enlisted the services of Fred Again and Flowdan instead.

Tory Lanez has a new entry at number 36 with The Color Violet. That is slightly more coverage than it got on Radio 1’s Chart Show.

In the 70 years of UK chart history there have been a number of hit songs about hotels - Heartbreak Hotel (Evlis Presley) and Hotel California (Eagles) for example. Until now, though, there had never been a hit singl;e by a hotel, unless you count Paris Hilton. That duck is finally broken by the appearance at number 38 this week of Hotel Ugly with Shut Up My Moms Calling. The brothers who form Hotel Ugly may be relieved that the Apostrophe Protection Society closed down three years ago.

We are still in the part of the year when very few major albums are released so we have another week with no new entries in the top five. It also means another week at the top for Taylor Swift’s Midnights. She heads a top five which looks exactly the same as last week’s. Sza is at number two with SOS, The Weeknd’s Highlights is at three, Ed Sheeran’s = is at four and Harry Styles’ Brit Award-nominated Harry’s House is at five.

The highest new entry can be found at the relatively low position of number fifteen in the shape of Gabrielle Aplin’s Phosphorescent. Her career highlight remains her chart-topping version of The Power Of Love in 2012.

One of the moments on Have I Got News For You which appealed to my silly side came back in 2012 when Mitt Romney was the Republican chosen to be the sacrificial lamb to lose to Barack Obama in that year’s presidential election. “What is Mitt short for?”, mused Paul Merton. “Mitthew?”. That fitted in nicely with my long-term question about what Iggy Pop’s first name was short for. Igglesden perhaps. The question is, of course, moot because Iggy Pop is merely the chosen moniker of the man born James Osterberg and who first made his name with The Stooges back in 1967. He enters at number 33 with his nineteenth solo album Every Loser. It is only his fifth solo album to reach the top forty so, in a sense, Every Loser Wins as Nick Berry might say.
Published on: 2023-01-13 by Suedehead2 || 826 Views
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