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A chart double for Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus tops the singles and albums chart for the second time in her career

Miley Cyrus scores a chart double as Flowers remains at the top of the singles chart while Endless Summer Vacation storms to the top of the albums chart.

Miley Cyrus gets a ninth week at number one in the singles chart with Flowers. The release of her new album has helped it to increase its lead at the top after last week’s narrow win. Two more tracks from the album join Flowers in the top forty. River is at number sixteen and Jaded is at 27. River is the third song of that name to make the chart in a little over five years. Before that, there had been precisely none. The other two (by Ed Sheeran & Eminem and Ellie Goulding & Amazon) both reached number one. Cyrus has now had 23 top forty hits.

While on the subject of Ellie Goulding (as we almost were), she features on the highest new entry in this week’s singles chart. Miracle, at number three, is her 24th top forty hit but a 39th for the lead artist, Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. Harris made his chart debut in 2007 with the enjoyable Acceptable In The 80s and has had at least one top forty hit every year since then. Miracle is, at times, reminiscent of Robert Miles’ Children which will get another mention later.

Pinkpanteress remains at number two with Boy’s A Liar. The Weeknd’s 2016 song Die For You is at number four. Rema and Selena Gomez move back up to number five with Calm Down.

Digga D enters at number nineteen with Energy. Of his thirteen top forty hits, this is the fifth to have a title of six characters or fewer.

Ever since Sam Ryder delivered the UK’s best Eurovision Song Contest result for many years last May there has been enhanced interest in who would be representing us this year. The fact that Liverpool will be hosting the contest on behalf of Ukraine added another layer of interest. There had been some speculation over the course of the last ten months that somebody reasonably well-known might be chosen (there was never any realistic chance that Ed Sheeran would do it.

Last week it was announced that the chosen song was I Wrote A Song by Mae Muller, not exactly a big name but she does have a number 32 hit to her name courtesy of a featured artist slot on Neiked’s Better Days in 2021. It looks like Better Days are indeed on the way as the song enters at number 30. It is worth noting that Sam Ryder didn’t enter the chart until after the contest. The song sounded better on a second listen than the first time I heard it. That could be a problem for the viewers’ vote as most voters will only hear each song once. On the other hand, its early char success may be an encouraging sign. Many recent UK entries haven’t made the chart at all, raising the question of why we should expect the rest of Europe to like a song that UK listeners don’t rate very highly.

It is no great surprise that ASrrdee’s latest hit is a collaboration. However, the choice of Cat Burns as guest vocalist for Home For My Heart is, perhaps, somewhat unexpected. As a new entry at number 35 it becomes Arrdee’s eighth top forty hit and Burns’ second. As ever with Arrdee, it falls well short of greatness while also avoiding being anywhere near atrocious.

The final new entry lands in the anchor position of number 40 and it gives DJ collective Switch Disco their debut hit over a decade after they started working together. React features vocals from Ella Henderson whose biggest hit to date remains her chart-topping debut Ghost back in 2014. The song samples Robert Miles’ brilliant 1996 hit Children. It is, by a comfortable margin, the second best song in this week’s chart to owe something to that tune.

As well as topping the singles chart for a ninth week, Miley Cyus has also bagged herself a number one album with Endless Summer Vacation finishing comfortably clear of all rivals. It is only her second chart-topping album in the UK following Bangerz in 2013. That release also gave her a chart double as it topped the albums chart while Wrecking Ball was the number one single.

The Weeknd’s The Highlights collection climbs back up to number two. It has yet to get any higher but is well-placed to do so in a quiet week for new releases.

Miley Cyrus’s strongest opposition for the the top spot came from duo Sleaford Mods but, in the end, they could only get to number three with their twelfth studio album UK Grim. It does, nonetheless, give them a new highest chart position in their sixteen-year career.

Pink is at number four with Trustfall. Harry Styles completes the top five at number five with Harry’s House.

For his 44th studio album Van Morrison has chosen to record a selection of old skiffle songs. While the genre is rarely heard nowadays, it played a major part in the development of popular music. It gained popularity in the 1950s and counted among its fans two Liverpudlains called John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Probably the best-known exponent of skiffle in the UK was Scottish singer Lonnie Donegan. Unfortunately he is most associated with My Old Man’s A Dustman rather than vastly superior songs such as Putting On The Style, Rock Island Line and Cumberland Gap.

Van Morrison himself has been known for most of his career as a singer-songwriter whose work is often revered by critics without being a commercial success. His Astral Weeks album (released in 1968) is regularly included in lists of the best albums of all time but has spent just one week in the albums chart - in 2015.

His reputation took a hefty knock when he became one of the most vocal opponents of protective measures against the spread of Covid. That controversy didn’t stop Kenneth Branagh using Morrison’s music in his 2021 film Belfast. Much of Morrison’s commercial success has been in the latter part of his career; over half of his top ten albums have been in the 21st century. That success continues as Moving On Skiffle enters at number sixteen.

Duo Ward Thomas are at number 31 with Music In The Madness Ward. I love the idea of a hospital with wards named after bands from the 1970s and ‘80s.

Last week’s number two album, Slow Thai’s Ugly, crashes to number 57. Even so it fares better than the album that beat it to the top. The Lathums’ From Nothing To A Little Bit More has gone from one to 65.
Published on: 2023-03-17 by Suedehead2 || 742 Views
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