That’s six weeks, though with the rest of the chart pretty much dead, it’s not exactly a surprise. The logjam in the top 2 is broken, at least, as “Castle on the Hill” finally drops to 3, with “Human” by Rag’N’Bone Man returning to number 2. That’s thanks to the release of the parent album. But wait – Ed Sheeran has just released another single! So he could be at the top for some time to come, in one form or another.
7. Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – “Chained to the Rhythm”
Presently a non-album single, but presumably it heralds the start of a campaign towards her next album. It’s been a while – this her first top ten hit since “Dark Horse” back in 2013. (You might remember her Olympics single “Rise” stalling at 25 last year.) Skip Marley is Bob Marley’s grandson; the song is also co-written by Sia, who puts in an uncredited vocal appearance. The song is about pop music as the opiate of the masses when they ought to be thinking about politics and stuff. Lead-in times, eh?
37-34-31-32-30. That’s what I call painfully slow climbing.
40. Anne-Marie – “Ciao Adios”
Technically her second hit following last year’s “Alarm”, but of course she was uncredited on Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye”. If the idea is to get her over as a singer, this feels overproduced, and doesn’t help the cause. The song itself is not bad, and the BBC Live Lounge version is much better than the record.
On the album chart:
“Human” by Rag’N’Bone Man at 1. We’ve covered that.
“Rip It Up” by Thunder at 3. Not entirely shocking, since their previous album made the top 10 as well, but this is their second highest placing of all time – beaten only by 1992’s “Laughing on Judgement Day”. Here’s the title track.
“One Foot Out” by Nines at 4. That’s the UK rapper, not the Canadian power pop band. Single: “High Roller”.
“The Devil In” by Devlin at 16. You see what he did there? More UK rap. It’s his third album and the highest placing to date. Single: “Cold Blooded”.
“The Waiting Game” by Una Healy at 28. Because you demanded it, a solo album from one of the Saturdays, who have never officially split, but haven’t released anything since 2013. Even so, this seems to be more of a side project, at least in terms of the level of promotion it received in the UK. Here she is doing “Staring At The Moon” on the Irish version of The Voice.