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A chart double for Beyonce
Beyonce tops both charts following the release of Cowboy Carter

Beyonce returns to the top of the singles chart and completes a chart double with her fifth solo number one album.

After spending two weeks behind Benson Boone the release of Beyonce’s new album sees Texas Hold ‘Em return to the top of the singles chart, giving it a total of five weeks at number one.

The return of Texas Hold ‘Em to the top of the chart highlights a flaw with the treatment of streams in calculating the charts. Many of the streams of the track will have been by people (including me) streaming the whole album to determine whether the album is as good as the critics said it was. Yet, as all streams of an album count as a stream for each individual track, the existing single gets a boost. Beyonce is, of course, by no means the first to benefit from this, but should a song really be described as the most popular track of the week simply because it is on a popular album?

Beyonce’s album Cowboy Carter includes a reworking of Dolly Parton’s Jolene in which Parton herself appears. It is not the first time Parton has recorded Jolene with somebody else. She has also recorded it with a capella group Pentatonix and Italian Eurovision winners Maneskin. This version enters the singles chart at number eight. Parton’s original version reached number seven in 1976 while the White Stripes took a live version to number sixteen in 2004. A third track from the album, II Most Wanted, which features Miley Cyrus, is a new entry at number nine.

Benson Boone falls back to number two after two weeks at the top with Beautifukl Things. Hios album is released today (Friday). Could he benefit from an album bounce and return to the to next week? A new single, Slow It Down, from the album was released last week. It enters at number 27.

Teddy Swims sinks one place to number three with Lose Control. Hozier gets his second top five hit (after Take Me To Church ten years ago) as Too Sweet climbs to number four. Ariana Grande slips one place to number five with We Can’t Be Friends (Wait For Your Love).

Another week, another new entry from a bloke with a guitar. The lucky man this week is New York’s Mark Ambor whose perfectly pleasant Belong Together is at number 22.

There is, of course, nearly always room for some rubbish in a week’s new entries. Reliable as ever, Megahn Trainor has delivered this week’s rubbish in the form of Been Like This at number 40. Just in case there was any chance of it being vaguely OK, T-Pain turns up to keep the quality down.

Weirdness is represented this week by the return of Richy Mitch and the Coal Miners at number 38 with Evergreen.

As mentioned above, Beyonce’s Cowboy Carter album was released last week to critical acclaim. As expected, it goes straight to number one to take Mrs Carter’s tally to five number one albums as a solo artist.

As well as the version of Jolene mentioned in the singles section, there is also a cover of the Beatles song Blackbird, written by Paul McCartney as a tribute to nine black students in Little Rock, Arkansas who wanted to test the court ruling that segregated schools were illegal. The response of the state governor was to send troops in - not to protect the nine students but to keep them out of the school. The track is one of many to address the subject of the emancipation pof black people, women or both. In particular, Beyonce is very vocal about her right to record a country-influenced album, despite the genre’s heavy white male bias.

Overall, it is a far better album than I ever expected a Beyonce album or a country-influenced album to be even if it does feel a bit bloated at times and Spaghetti is utterly dreadful. Indeed, the addition of some tracks late in the process is said to be the reason why some tracks are missing from the vinyl release. Vinyl pressings have to be booked and arranged months in advance of release; any tracks added after the tapes, whether real or metaphorical, have been delivered will miss the deadline.

Olivia Rodrigo’s revamped Guts album climbs to number two. The Weeknd’s Highlights is at number three while Ariana Grande is at number four with Eternal Sunshine. Noah Kahan’s Stick Season is back up to number five. The title track was named this week as the most popular track of 2024 so far.

At number eight it’s shoegaze time. The shoegaze movement (also known as The Scene That Celebrates Itself) was a group of bands such as Chapterhouse whose music left people unsure what to do at a gig. They couldn’t dance to it and they couldn’t really mosh to it either. So, the cliche went, they just gazed at their shoes. Another leading shoegaze band was Oxford’s Ride whose swirling guitars became very much their trademark. A couple years A couple years ago they went on tour to mark the 30th anniversary of their classic album Going Blank Again which reached number five and gave them their only top ten single, the brilliant Leave Them All Behind. Twisterella, which was just as good, only just scraped into the top forty.

In the autumn, Ride will be on tour again, this time to promote their latest album Interplay which, as referred to above, is at number eight.

Canadian rock band Sum 41 are at number 26 with Heaven X Hell, their final studio album apparently. Until the reunion tour anyway. BTS member J-hope is at number 38 with Hope On The Street Volume 1. With such a poor chart showing, will the record label bother with Volume 2? I suppose it depends on how well Volume 12 does in South Korea.
Published on: 2024-04-05 on BuzzJack by Suedehead2 | Views: 874
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