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Miley Cyrus makes a comeback at number one
Miley Cyrus returns to the top of the singles chart after a period of absence. Courteeners set a new record in the albums chart.

Miley Cyrus returns with her third number one single. Courteeners top the albums chart for the first time with a reissue of their debut release.

Miley Cyrus had her first UK hit single in spring 2013 and her first number one five-and-a-half years later. Her second chart-topping single followed a few months later. Since then she has had four further top ten singles, three of which reached number two. However, her last hit was back in 2020 when Prisoner reached the top ten. She has now broken that silence and Flowers seems to have captured the attention of the streaming public as it goes straight to number one. It is only the third number one single with the word Flowers in its title and the first not to say anything about wearing them in hair.

Raye and 070 Shake spend a second week at number two with Escapism. Sza’s Kill Bill remains at three, Taylor Swift’s Anti-Hero holds steady at four and Venbee and Goddard remainat number five with Messy In Heaven.

After just a week at the top Lewis Capald’s Pointless slumps to number twelve, underlining how important real sales (rather than streams) were to its success last week. It manages the rare feat of climbing to number one and also spending just one week in the top ten. It also enables a possibly unique event with numbers two to six remaining the same as last week but with a different number one.

SingMimi Webb gets her fifth top forty hit with Red Flags at number 23. The only other colour-related flag to make the top forty was Dido’s singular White Flag in 2003. It is worth mentioning that there is no particular reason for bullfighters to use a red flag as the animals are colour blind. Many people, of course, would argue that there is no reason for bullfighters to exist at all. As for the song, I’ve only just heard it but have already forgotten how it goes.

Singer Libianca was born in the USA but spent most of her childhood in Cameroon before returning to the country of her birth. She competed in the US version of The Voice in 2019 but didn’t get anywhere near winning. That hasn’t stopped her securing a recording contract and she enters the singles chart at number 27 with People.

Fredo’s last top forty hit was with I’m Back. Sadly, he is now back again at number 30 with Dave Flow. Frankly, I prefer Dave’s grandfather Orinoco.

One of the oddest titles of a hit single sees Shakira return to the top forty for the first time since 2014. What, then, lies behind the title BZRP Music Sessions - Vol 53? First, it has to be known that the single is credited to Bizarrap featuring Shakira. That explains the BZRP bit. Gonazalo Conde, to use the name by which Bizarrap has been known for most of his life, is an Argentinian producer who has hosted a series of sessions where he has recorded with various other artists. The 53rd session was with Shakira and this is the result, a rare Spanish song in the top forty at number 31. Bizarre indeed and it also happens to be rather good.

Metro Boomin, Future and Chris Brown re-enter at number 39 with Suprther (Heroes And Villains). If it was possible for an act to copyright song titles of three words or more, the Beach Boys would surely have put the kibosh in the use of the parenthetical part of this thing’s title. Why would they want their magnificent song associated in any way with this tripe?

Joel Corry and Tom Grennan finally get a deserved top twenty placing for Lionheart (Fearless) at number eighteen.

While we do have a new number one album this week, it isn’t actually a new album. It is instead a fifteenth anniversary reissue of Courteeners’ debut album St Jude. The album, which includes their breakthrough single Not Nineteen Forever, originally reached number four. This reissue gives them their first number one. A staggering 97% of the albums’ sales are from physical copies which means it is likely to suffer a very hefty fall next week.

The gap of fourteen years, nine months and fourteen days from the album’s original release and it topping the chart for the first time is a new record. Pink Floyd’s classic Dark Side Of The Moon will be fifty years old in March. It was kept of the chart in 1973 by a compilation album so many people will be hoping a 50th anniversary release means Courteener’s record doesn’t last long.

Taylor Swift’s Weekends slips to number two after its latest spell at the summit. Sza is at number three with SOS. The Weeknd’s hits collection is at number five.

London rapper Clavish enters at number four with his mixtape Rap Game Awful. As it includes collaborations with D-Block Europe and Fredo I suspect the third word describes it very well.

Gaz Coombes is at number six with his fourth solo album Turn The Car Around. It doesn’t sound entirely unlike an album by his band Supergrass which means it is a good selection of songs and well worthy of a high chart placing. It is Coombes’ first top ten album as a solo artist. By contrast five of Supergrass’s six studio albums made the top ten although only their debut, I Should Coco, went all the way to the top.

Gaz Coombes’ album is one of two high quality new entries this week as Circa Waves land at number fifteen with Never going Under. Three of their previous four albums reached the top ten although two of them only just made it (peaking at number ten) while the one exception got to number eleven.

For an established artist with high name recognition releasing an album unannounced can make sense. The release may well be reported as a news story, thereby generating some free promotion which helps to boost sales. It makes less sense for a less well-known act, however long they have been going. That makes Belle And Sebastian’s decision to release their new album last Friday at precisely zero notice a little odd. Their last album, released last year, reached the top ten. The odd release strategy may well be the main reason why Late Developers is only at number 30.

Belle & Sebastian’s fellow Scot Joesef makes his chart debut with Permanent Damage at number eighteen.
Published on: 2023-01-20 by Suedehead2 || 856 Views
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