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Six weeks at the top for Stick Season
Noah Kahan is at number one in their singles chart for a sixth week. Hotly tipped band Last Dinner Party have a number one album.

Noah Kahan stays at the top of the singles chart. Last Dinner Party’s first album finishes its first week in first place. It probably won’t last.

Noah Kahan continues to rule the singles chart with Stick Season getting a sixth week at number one. The song took a long time to get into the chart but has now amassed eighteen weeks in the top forty, sixteen of them in the top ten.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor gets another week at number two with Murder On The Dancefloor. Teddy Swims is still maintaining a degree of control. Lose Control is still at number three. JHack Harlow’s Lovin On Me remains at number four. Benson Boone’s Beautiful Things continues to climb, rising six places to number five.

There is not exactly a long list of new entries this week, but we can console ourselves that the one at number forty has a lovely cosy title - Home by Good Neighbours. Their own publicity describes the band as having been born out of small towns and spare time. If Home is anything to go by, they have used that space time reasonably constructively. They make their top forty debut at number 40.

I should clarify what i meant by saying the list of new entries is not exactly long. In fact, I have already reached the end of the list. At least it means that the standard of new entries is unusually high.

The same, sadly, cannot be said of the list of re-entries. The revived Perfect (Exceeder) by Mason vs Princess Superstar is back at number 39 after dropping out last week. It still sounds horrible. Equally bad and almost as old, Kanye West and Pusha T’s Runaway is back at number 35.

YG Marley climbed into the top ten, at number nine, with Praise Jah In The Moonlight.

When Last Dinner Party were announced as the winner of the BBC’s Sound of 2024 poll, they were the first band to win since Years & Years (the name now used by Olly Alexander for most of his solo work) in 2015. They were the first all female band to win since Haim two years before that. Past winners include Adele, Sam Smith and Pink Pantheress, all of whom have enjoyed significant success. However, they also include Pa Salieu who is not exactly a household name.

Last week, Last Dinner Party released their debut album. As winners of the BBC award and the Brits equivalent, hopes for the album were high. They have delivered, both in terms of quality and chart success as it is this week’s number one album. Prelude To Ecstasy even lives up to its name by having a little prelude track at the beginning. By a quirky coincidence, the album’s sales (including streams) are the highest for a debut album by a band since the aforementioned Years & Years. Last Dinner Party’s single Nothing Matters climbs into the top twenty at number nineteen.

The contrast in fortunes for many artists in the singles and albums charts are well illustrated by the fate of singer-songwriter Jamie Webster. The Liverpudlian had top ten albums in 2020 We Get By) and 2022 (Moments) but he has yet to spend as much as a week in the singles chart. As we are now in another even year in the 2020s, he has released another album and it too has reached the top ten. Third album 10 For The People outdoes its predecessors by entering at number two.

Noah Kahan’s Stick Season is at number three. A new edition of the album is released today (Friday). Can he beat Declan McKenna and finally make it to the top of the albums chart? The Weeknd’s Highlights is at number four.

Taylor Swift’s rerecorded 1989 climbs back up to number five, one place ahead of Midnights.. Last weekend, the latter won the album of the year at the Grammy awards, making Swift the first artist to win that award four times. She is due to release another album this year. Can she make it five album of the year Grammys?

It would be fair to say that Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles work hasn’t always matched the quality of his work with the Fab Four. One of the undoubted highlights was undoubtedly the third studio album released by Wings, Band On The Run. The album was released in November 1973. It didn’t top the chart until the following July, having spent most of its run in the top ten, but it then stayed there for seven weeks. Now, a couple months late, there is a fiftieth anniversary edition of the album which includes rough mixes of each of the tracks, allowing listeners to get a small idea of how the album developed. It enters ast number sixteen.

Given his name, one might expect Dylan John Thomas to be Welsh. In act, the singer-songwriter hails from Glasgow which is definitely not Welsh. His debut album, also called Dylan John Thomas, is at number 21.

Despite the quality of their first major hit single Tattva, Kula Shaker were never exactly favourites of the music press. Having a lead singer called Crispian who was a member of a major acting dynasty (his mother is Hayley Mills, his grandfather John Mills) didn’t exactly help them. Their first two albums reached the top ten with their debut set going all the way to the top. However, only one of the following seven albums made the top forty. Several of them didn’t even get into the top 100. That makes their arrival at number 22 with Natural Magick something of a triumph.
Published on: 2024-02-09 by Suedehead2 || 1257 Views
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Live iTunes Top 10
1 Hozier
Too Sweet
2 Perrie
Forget About Us
3 Teddy Swims
Lose Control
4 Benson Boone
Beautiful Things
5 Beyoncé
6 Noah Kahan
Stick Season
7 Becky Hill
Outside Of Love
8 Dasha
9 Disturbed
The Sound of Silence (CYRIL Remix)
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