Let’s see, what’s still in the queue… oh yes, Deadpool v Gambit. We’ll get to that soon, honest. And then we’ll be caught up, hopefully just in time for some more stories to wrap up. First, though, I’m going to bash through a pretty quiet week on the singles chart.
That’s their second week, so clearly it didn’t just fluke itself a week at the top on the strength of fan sales. The streams have caught up quickly enough to keep it here. It heads up an entirely static top five.
Entering the top ten, and it still doesn’t have a video.
7. Clean Bandit – “Rockabye”
A new entry in the top ten! We don’t see that often these days. But despite their origins as a student dance/classical crossover act, Clean Bandit are now a top ten fixture. Six of their last seven singles made the top ten – the other one was “Come Over”, which somehow contrived to splutter out at 45. Made the top in Belgium, though.
This is the second single from their upcoming album. The strings seem now to be relegated to the start and end, but then violinist Neil Amin-Smith has left the band, leaving them with the odd line-up of a producer, a drummer, and a cellist. As usual, we have guest vocalists, and though they’re credited on both YouTube and Spotify, for some reason the Official Charts Company disagrees and is listing only the band. Anyhow, it’s Sean Paul and Anne-Marie (her own single “Alarm” is still in the chart at number 24). The song is one of those “poverty-stricken mother strive to provide a better life for her son” numbers. The obvious risk when you’re Clean Bandit, and you met at Cambridge and you’re fronted by a cellist called Grace Chatto, is that this comes across as tourism. And it kind of does, though it’s got a decent enough hook. I burst out laughing the first time I heard Sean Paul pop up halfway through the first verse to chip in “Daily struggle!”
New entry, but there’s no video for it. If you search on Spotify for “Drake Fake Love” then this is, unsurprisingly, one of the top two results. The other is “Drake the Fake” by The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower, from their album “Love In The Fascist Brothel”, which is a little more unexpected. This is one of two singles from “More Life”, which apparently is not an album but a “playlist”. What exactly that means, and how it differs from a digital-only mixtape, is anyone’s guess.
On the album chart:
“The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley at 1. This is an album of Elvis Presley vocals with new backing tracks by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s the second such album, after “If I Can Dream” reached number 1 last year. What a time to be alive. Single: “A Big Hunk o’ Love”.
“Nobody But Me” by Michael Bublé at 2. His ninth studio album, just in time for the run-up to Christmas. Actually, it’s been three and a half years since the last one, so fair enough. Here’s the title track, in which one of the Roots unexpectedly pops up to do a bit of rapping.
“Joanne” by Lady Gaga at 3. Blimey. The singles haven’t done well, and now the album slots in below an archive project and an easy listening album. Granted, the duets album with Tony Bennett only got to number 10, but this is her first regular studio album not to make number 1. Single: “Perfect Illusion”.
“You Want It Darker” by Leonard Cohen at 4. His 14th studio album, and very well received. Cohen is now aged 82. His albums still regularly get this high. Single: “Traveling Light”.
“Aquostic II – That’s A Fact” by Status Quo at 7, because who doesn’t need two acoustic Status Quo albums? Single: “That’s A Fact”.
“The Serenity of Suffering” by Korn at 9. Ah, Korn. Subtle as ever. You know what you’re getting with Korn. This is their highest chart placing since “All Mixed Up” in 2002. Single: “Take Me”.
“Lazarus – Original Cast Recording” at 10. We don’t normally get soundtrack albums in the chart because compilations are listed separately, but cast recordings are apparently an exception because the cast is treated as a band. Anyhow, this is a David Bowie jukebox musical. Here’s Michael C Hall singing the title track.
“Trolls – Motion Picture Cast Recording” at 11. Err… alright. This is really pushing it as an inclusion on the artist albums chart, but since all the artists are apparently in the film somewhere, it scrapes over the bar. The single was Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling”.
“Hacienda Classical” by Graeme Park, Mike Pickering & Peter Hook at 14. It’s exactly what you’re thinking it is – an orchestra and a piano plus a drum machine. Nothing on YouTube, but here’s the album on Spotify.
“Integrity Blues” by Jimmy Eat World at 21. Surprisingly, their highest chart position, beating 2004’s “Futures” by one place. Single: “You With Me”.
“Who You Selling For” by The Pretty Reckless at 23. I just about remember their 2010 single “Make Me Wanna Die”, but this is their third album. The first two made the top 10, so a big drop off. Single: “Take Me Down”.
“Version of Me” by Melanie C at 25. Yes, from the Spice Girls. None of her solo albums have made the albums top 40 since “Beautiful Intentions” back in 2005, so this is actually quite a good placing for her. Yes, I know. Single: “Anymore”.
“Citizen of Glass” by Agnes Obel at 30. She’s big in Denmark. This is her third album and her first to chart in the UK. Single: “Familiar”.
“Alone” by the Pretenders at 40. Their first album in eight years, and it seems to have gone largely unnoticed. Single: “Holy Commotion”.