Saturday, 31 January 2015


By claiming the Number 1 spot in the UK for a fifth consecutive week, the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars juggernaut that is "Uptown Funk" becomes only the second track EVER to spend the whole of January at the top of the pile.  Having knocked Ben Haenow off the top spot on the chart announced on Sunday 28th December, it has been there ever since.

The only other record to achieve the feat??  It was Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" which took over the top spot on the chart announced on Sunday 29th November 1992, and wasn't knocked off until "No Limits" from 2 Unlimited took over the Number 1 spot on the chart announced on Sunday 7th February 1993.

The 1977 Christmas Number 1 from Wings "Mull of Kintyre/Girls School missed the feat by just one day.  It took over top spot on the chart announced on Tuesday 29th November 1977, and was usurped on the chart announced on Tuesday 31st January 1978 by Althia & Donna's "Uptown Top Ranking".

Another excuse to show the Uptown Funk! video (Not that I need any excuse!!).


Friday, 30 January 2015


Well "Uptown Funk!" claims it's fifth consecutive week (sixth in total) at the top of the chart, becoming the first track in more than 60 years to reach five weeks at the top on it's second stint at the top, and only the third record ever to achieve this feat. (Bohemian Rhapsody achieved the feat in 1991/2, but that was as a reissue due to the death of Freddie Mercury, so I have discounted that).  The last record to achieve this milestone was "Secret Love" by Doris Day, which claimed an eight week run at the top in 1954, after initially topping the chart for a single week previously.  Now the last record to claim six weeks straight at the top was Leona Lewis with "Bleeding Love" which stayed for 7 weeks in late 2007.  Let's see if Mark & Bruno can match it.

Just missing out on her second Number 1 from her first two hits, Meghan Trainor has this week's highest climber as "Lips Are Movin'" moves up 48 places to claim this week's runner up spot.

Here is Meghan's video.

Stuck at Number 3 for the second week, Hozier's "Take Me To Church" claims it's 21st week on the chart, while, after three weeks at Number 2, Philip George's reworking of Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" drops down to this week's Number 4.  The last record to spend three weeks at Number 2 but still reach Number 1 was the Drake and Rihanna collaboration "What's My Name".  It reached Number 2 on Christmas Day 2010, amd finally made Number 1 on 15th January 2011.

Down 1 place at 5, it's Olly & Demi with "Up", while also down 1 at Number 6, it's Ed Sheeran's massive former Number 1, "Thinking Out Loud", which is currently Number 2 on the US Hot 100.

Stuck at 7, it's Alesso & Tove Lo with "Heroes (We Could Be)", while up 8 to Number 8 this week, giving him his 7th UK Top Ten hit, is Swedish DJ Avicii with "The Nights".

Two fallers complete this week's Top 10, as down three to Number 9, it's Taylor Swift's "Blank Space", while down two to Number 10 it's X Factor winner Ben Haenow with "Something I Need".

Still climbing steadily up the chart, and finally in the Top 20 at Number 17, it's an 11 place move this week for family group Echosmith with their debut hit "Cool Kids".

Down at Number 22 this week, we have the newest member of the "30 club" as Sia's "Chandelier" reaches the total this week to join her other entry, "Titanium" in the club.

Here's the video.

At Number 27, is a record which has gained two new writers this week.  The powers behind Sam Smith's "Stay With Me", have agreed to add the names of both Tom Petty & Jeff Lynne to the song's songwriting credits, after Tom Petty's management noted a similarity in some parts of the song to Tom Petty's classic, "I Won't Back Down".  I first picked up on this six months ago.

Anyway judge for yourselves, here are the videos for both songs.

 At Number 33 for a second week this week. it's John Legend with "All Of Me", on it's 51st week on the chart, putting it 11th on the all-time list of longest consecutive chart runs, while at Number 40, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne's "Rather Be" hits 53 weeks, putting it 9th on the same list.

Up 21 weeks to this week's Number 41, it's Canadian R & B star Weeknd, with his second entry on this week's chart.

From the "Fifty Shades Of Grey" soundtrack, this is "Earned It".

At Number 42, we have another long chart stayer as Dutchman Mr Probz hits the 40 week mark with his Number 1 smash "Waves", while one place lower, and now joint fourth on the all-time list of longest chart runs with 59 weeks, it's Idina Menzel's "Let It Go".

Talking of long chart stayers, still in the Top 50 at Number 50, Pharrell's song from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack "Happy" now has 61 weeks on the chart, putting it joint 2nd on the all time list, just two weeks off top spot.

Finally, there are two tracks further down which keep adding to the weeks on chart total. Vance Joy's "Riptide", which now has 47 weeks on the chart in four runs, is at Number 53, and, one place lower but with one more week on the chart, it's Ed Sheeran's track from "The Hobbit" soundtrack which has 48 weeks on the chart in five runs.

Here are both videos.


1 year ago - Rather Be - Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne

5 years ago - Fireflies - Owl City
10 years ago - It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley
20 years ago - Think Twice - Celine Dion
30 years ago - I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner

40 years ago - January - Pilot
50 years ago - Go Now - The Moody Blues 
60 years ago - Finger Of Suspicion - Dickie Valentine with the Stargazers


1 year ago - Dark Horse - Katy Perry featuring Juicy J

5 years ago - Tik Tok - Ke$ha
10 years ago - Let Me Love You - Mario
20 years ago - Creep - TLC

30 years ago - I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
40 years ago - Fire - The Ohio Players

50 years ago - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - The Righteous Brothers

So can amke it a sixth week at the top.  Or will Rihanna's new collaboration with Kanye & Macca make the top.  Or will Meghan claim her second successive chart topper.

Tune in next week to find out.


Friday, 23 January 2015


Happy New Year to all my readers, and welcome to my first blog of 2015.  This week the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars collaboration "Uptown Funk" claims a fourth consecutive week at the top of the chart (and a fifth in total), as well as also spending two weeks at the Top of the US chart.  If it can claim another week on top, it will be the first record to claim a run of five consecutive weeks at the Top since Katy Perry's debut "I Kissed A Girl" achieved the feat way back in 2008.

Another long runner at Number 2, as 21 year old Nottingham based producer claims his third successive week at the nearly position with "Wish You Were Mine", which samples from the Stevie Wonder classic "My Cherie Amour".  The last track to spend this long at Number 2 without reaching the top spot was Sean Paul's "She Doesn't Mind" in April 2012.

This is the video for "Wish You Were Mine".

Still climbing after 20 weeks on the chart, it's up two places this week for the excellent Hozier with his US Number 2 hit "Take Me To Church",  If it does manage to reach the top spot, it will claim Ed Sheeran's record for the slowest climb to Number One ever.

This is "Take Me To Church".

Stuck at Number 4 for a second week, is Olly Murs & Demi Lovato's "Up", while it's yet another milestone for man of the moment Ed Sheeran, as "Thinking Out Loud" joins the 30 club this week, one of three such tracks he has on this week's listing.  He also becomes one of the Top 50 artists of all time, with 330 weeks on the chart in total, a feat achieved in less than four years.

Also stuck at Number 6 for a second week, it's the former US Number 1 single from Taylor Swift "Blank Space", while back up two to Number 7 it's Tove Lo & Alesso with "Heroes (We Could Be).

Another non-mover at Number 8, it's the Christmas Number One from X-Factor winner Ben Haenow, his version of OneRepublic's "Something I Need", while down two from last week's Number 7 debut, it's "Promesses" by Tchami featuring Kaleem Taylor.

Finally, to complete this week's Top 10, it's back up three for Sam Smith's "Like I Can".

This week's highest climber moves a massive 48 places to this week's Number 13, and is a triple collaboration between Australian singer Sia, Canadian R & B singer Abel Tesfaye (AKA The Weeknd) and US DJ Thomas Pentz (AKA Diplo).  "Elastic Heart" becomes The Weeknd's first Top 20 hit, and is also the follow up to Sia's transatlantic smash "Chandelier".

Again featuring 12 year old Maddie Ziegler, the dancer who also featured in "Chandelier", this time with actor Shia LeBouef, this is "Elastic Heart".

This week's highest new entry comes from Swedish producer Avicii (Tim Bergling to his friends).  "The Nights" is his fifth consecutive Top 20 hit.

Here is the video.

Finally into the Top 30 this week, up 11 from last week's 39, is the Sierota family from Toluca Lake, LA.  Graham, Sydney, Noah & Jamie record under the name Echosmith and this is their (excellent) first hit "Cool Kids".

At Number 29, it's the second of Ed Sheeran's 30 club members "Don't", on it's 30th week on the chart, while back up an impressive 24 places to 32 this week is Jeremih featuring YG with their Snap inspired former Top 5 hit "Don't Tell 'em".

Still in the Top 40, and back up three places this week, it's a pat on the back for Mr John Legend, as his smash hit "All Of Me" reaches 50 weeks on the UK charts, becoming only the 13th track to achieve this milestone, while at Number 35 it's Ed Sheeran's thirs and final member of the 30 club on this week's chart, "Sing".

At Number 39, another track claiming a long chart run as Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne's former Number 1 "Rather Be", reaches 52 weeks this week, a figure bettered by only 8 other tracks ever, two of which are further down this week's chart, including the song one place lower this week - Idina Menzel's "Let It Go".  By reaching 58 weeks on the chart this week, the "Frozen" classic now has the 5th longest chart run of all tiem, and the longest by a record which failed to reach the Top 10.

Here are "Rather Be" and "Let It Go".


We finish this week, very appropriately at Number 60 as former three-time Number One single from the film "Despicable Me 2", Pharrell Williams with "Happy" claims it's 60th week on the listing, the third longest of all time.  Along with the previously mentioned "Let It Go", the track has also become the first ever to spend the whole of a calendar year on the UK singles chart.

Here's the video.

1 year ago - Happy - Pharrell Williams
5 years ago - Replay - Iyaz

10 years ago - Goodies - Ciara featuring Petey Pablo
20 years ago - Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex
30 years ago - I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner

40 years ago - Ms Grace - The Tymes
50 years ago - Yeh Yeh - Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames

60 years ago - Finger Of Suspicion - Dickie Valentine with the Stargazers


1 year ago - Timber - Pitbull featuring Ke$ha
5 years ago - Tik Tok - Ke$ha
10 years ago - Let Me Love You - Mario
20 years ago - Creep - TLC

30 years ago - I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
40 years ago - Laughter In The Rain - Neil Sedaka

50 years ago - Downtown - Petula Clark

So can Mark & Bruno reach the elusive five weeks at the top mark.  Can Hozier equal Ed Sheeran's "slowest Number 1" record.  How many more weeks, can "Let It Go" and "Happy" achieve.

Tune in next week to find out.


Friday, 26 December 2014


Despite numerous internet campaigns to prevent him claiming the Number 1 spot, 2014 X Factor winner Ben Haenow claims this year's Christmas Number 1 with his cover of OneRepublics's "Something I Need", continuing the 100% success rate of the X Factor winners in reaching the Number 1 spot.

Last week's Number 1, Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk!" is down one place this week, but claims the record for most streams ever recorded in one week (2.34 million), while also down one at Number 3, is the 2014 chart champion Ed Sheeran with the massive Number 1 "Thinking Out Loud".

With this week's biggest climber, up 39 places to Number 4, we have another of the X Factor alumni.  Although he only came runner up, Olly Murs has had more success than the majority of the winners.  His new one is the appropriately titled "Up", and is a duet with a singer with another X Factor connection, former American X Factor judge Demi Lovato, who claims her third UK Top 10 hit in the UK.  Her previous two were "Heart Attack", a Number 3 hit in May 2013, and "Skyscraper", a Number 7 hit in October 2013 (Another X Factor connection, it was Sam Bailey's 2013 winner's song, and was therefore Christmas Number 1 last year).

This is "Up".

This year's Christmas novelty hit enters this weeks at Number 5.  Internet sensation and Wealdstone FC fan Gordon Hill AKA the Wealdstone Raider smashes into the Top 5 with "Got No Fans".  Originally filmed on YouTube confronting opposing fans with the now legendary phrase, Mr Hill crashes into the Top 5 after a Daily Mirror led campaign for the Christmas Number 1 spot.

This is "Got No Fans"

The next three places are all fallers, down two at Number 6, former Take That Number 1 "These Days", down one to 7, Taylor Swift's "Blank Space", and down one to 8, it's "Night Changes" from One Direction.

Static at Number 9, It's Calvin & Ellie with "Outside", while propping up the Top 10 by moving three places back up, it's another former Number 1 "All Abouth That Bass" from Meghan Trainor.

At number 11 for the second week, it's Christmas classic "Fairytale Of New York", and it's well done to the Pogues and the late Kirsty MacColl, who claim their 67th week on the chart with the song, which puts in Number 8 on the alltime longevity list.  

Three places lower, and with a new entry at Number 14, it's North London producer duo Kye "Foamo" Gibbon and Matt "RackNRuin" Robson-Scott.  As Gorgon City, "Go All Night" is their fifth hit collaboration, and this time they collaborate with former Americal Idol finalist and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, giving her only her second UK Top 20 hit, following 2008's Number 11 hit spotlight.

This is "Go All Night".

Another congrulations this week goes to Idina Menzel as "Let It Go" has become the first record EVER (along with "Happy" from Pharrell Williams) to spend the whole of a calendar year on the chart, having first charted on 21st December last year.  Even more remarkable id the fact that it has never climbed higher than Number 11 in the chart.

At number 41 and 46 are two records which are aiming to claim places in the Top 10 all time list of consecutive weeks on the chart - John Legen's "All Of Me" is currently on 46 and Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne's "Rather Be" is currently on 48.  10th spot on the list is currently held by Passenger's "Let Her Go" with 51 weeks.

Finally, at Number 57, it's the aforementioned "Happy" from Pharrell Williams on its 56th week on the chart, which puts it joint 5th of all time, and joins "Let It Go" in being the first records to spend the whole of a calendar year on the singles chart.

1 year ago - Skyscraper - Sam Bailey
5 years ago - The Climb - Joe McElderry

10 years ago - Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid 20
20 years ago - Stay Another Day - East 17
30 years ago - Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid

40 years ago - Lonely This Christmas - Mud
50 years ago - I Feel Fine - The Beatles

60 years ago - Let's Have Another Party - Winifred Atwell


1 year ago - The Monster - Eminem featuring Rihanna
5 years ago - Tik Tok - Ke$ha
10 years ago - Let Me Love You - Mario
20 years ago - On Bended Knee - Boyz II Men

30 years ago - Like A Virgin - Madonna
40 years ago - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Elton John
50 years ago - I Feel Fine - The Beatles

It will ne interesting next week to see if Ben Haenow can buck the trend of recent X Factor winners and claim a second week at Number One, or can Bruno and Mark reclaim top spot.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the Christmas holiday and have a great New Year.



Well, another year is over and it's time to declare another chart champion.  This year's title as the artist with most weeks on the UK Singles chart this year goes to...Ed Sheeran!  His 159 weeks is the third highest total of all time, and the highest by a male soloist.  The only other artists to beat this total are Rihanna & Adele with 224 weeks and 163 weeks respectively, both of which were achieved in 2011.  Congratulations to Mr Sheeran, who becomes the first British male artist to claim the title since Gareth Gates in 2002.

So here is the list of the Top Ten artist of the year.

  1. Ed Sheeran             159 weeks
  2. Sam Smith             107 weeks
  3. Pharrell Williams   92 weeks 
  4. Jess Glynne             91 weeks
  5. Katy Perry               86 weeks
  6. Avicii                        78 weeks
  7. OneRepublic           73 weeks
  8. Iggy Azalea             70 weeks
  9. Idina Menzel          67 weeks
10. Calvin Harris         64 weeks
 =. Ellie Goulding        64 weeks
 =. Clean Bandit          64 weeks.