Friday, 27 February 2015


Hello and welcome to this week's chart blog, where for the first time in exactly 6 years, two successive Number 1's have spent at least 3 weeks on top of the chart.  Way back in 2009 it was "Let's Dance" from Lady Gaga (3 weeks) and "The Fear" from Lily Allen (4 weeks), whereas in 2015 it is "Uptown Funk!" from Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (6 weeks) and "Love Me Like You Do" from Ellie Goulding which claims it's third week in the top spot this week.  It has also climbed to Number 3 on the US chart this week, and is one of SEVEN songs which are in both the UK & US Top 10 listing this week.  Very synchronised!!!

It is also the first time since 1993 that we have got as far as March with only two Number 1's - then it was "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston and "No Limit" by 2 Unlimited.

Here is Ellie.

Still stuck at Number 2, it's unlucky Hozier with "Take Me To Church", which is at Number 5 in the US, while also stuck at Number 3, it's the aforementioned "Uptown Funk!", which is currently enjoying its eighth straight week at the top of the US chart.

Canadian artist the Weeknd has his first UK Top 5 hit as "Earned It", from the "Fifty Shades Of Grey" soundtrack moves up 6 places to Number 4, while in the US it also moves into the Top 10 at Number 9 - another non-mover at Number 5 is "FourFiveSeconds" from Rihanna, Kanye & Macca, which drops to Number 6 in the US.

Last week's highest new entry, "Gravity" from DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre, drops to this week's Number 6, while up four to this week's Number 7, Maroon 5 claim their 8th UK Top 10 hit, which also moves to Number 4 in the US chart.

This is "Sugar".

Back up one place to Number 8, it's Avicii with "The Nights", while swopping places with it by moving from Number 8 to 9, it's Charli XCX with Rita Ora and "Doing It".

Finally, still hanging on in the Top 10, down three to Number 10, it's the song that has now spent the last 6 weeks at Number 2 in the US behind "Uptown Funk!.

This is "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran.

Outside the Top 10 this week, there is a new entry at Number 17 for LuvBug, the side project of fomer JLS member and TV presenter Marvin Humes.  Also featuring producers the White N3rd and JKAY, their first hit, featuring the vocals of Talay Riley, "Resonance" reached Number 13 in October 2014.

This is their follow up, "Revive (Say Something)".

This week's biggest climber, up a massive 51 places to Number 20 this week, is the collaboration between French DJ David Guetta, and Scottish songstress Emeli Sande.  

This is "What I Did For Love".

Finally, we move all the way down to Number 68, where "Let It Go" by Idina Menzel from the Disney film "Frozen" reaches 63 weeks on the chart this week.  This equals the total reached by the former record holder, "I Gotta Feelin'" by the Black Eyed Peas, putting it joint second of all time behind the current leader, Happy" from Pharrel Williams which reaches 65 weeks this week.

1 year ago - Money On My Mind - Sam Smith

5 years ago - Everybody Hurts - Helping Haiti
10 years ago - Over And Over - Nelly featuring Tim McGraw
20 years ago - Think Twice - Celine Dion
30 years ago - I Know Him So Well - Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson

40 years ago - Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
50 years ago - I'll Never Find Another You - The Seekers
60 years ago - Softly Softly - Ruby Murray


1 year ago - Happy - Pharrell Williams

5 years ago - Imma Be - The Black Eyed Peas
10 years ago - Candy Shop - 50 Cent featuring Olivia
20 years ago - Take A Bow - Madonna

30 years ago - Careless Whisper - Wham! featuring George Michael
40 years ago - Have You Never Been Mellow - Olivia Newton-John

50 years ago - My Girl - The Temptations

Well, another exciting chart week comes to an end, tune in next week to see if Ellie can claim a fourth week at Number 1, and claim the US top spot as well, or will Madonna's comeback spoil the party.

Until next week.


Friday, 20 February 2015


Well, looks like the "Fifty Shades Of Grey" effect is still strong, as Ellie Goulding spends a second week at the top spot with one of the songs from the film, "Love Me Like You Do", which also moves up to Number 6 on the US chart this week.

Surprisingly moving back up one place, for  a second stint at Number 2, it's Hozier with "Take Me To Church",  Now on its 24th week on the chart, it joins a select group of the unluckiest songs that have peaked at Number 2 on both the UK & the US charts.  I am currently working on compiling the complete list of these unlucky songs, which I will publish on this blog ASAP.

Meanwhile, here is "Take Me To Church".

Down one to 3, it's former UK chart topper, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, which reaches seven weeks at the top in the US this week.  It is the first track to spend at least 7 weeks on top of both charts since Rihanna & Jay-Z spent 10 weeks on top of the UK charts and 7 weeks on top of the UK charts in mid 2007.

This week's highest new entry comes from DJ Fresh, this time featuring the vocals of Ella Eyre.  "Gravity" gives DJ Fresh his fifth Top 5 single, and Ella Eyre her 2nd, her previous one being the massive Number 1, "Waiting All Night" with Rudimental.

This is "Gravity"

Just three weeks on the chart, and already moving back down, one place to Number 5, it's Rihanna, Kanye & Macca with "FourFiveSeconds", while one place lower, its "Ayo" from Chris Brown featuring Tyga.  It gives Chris Brown his 40th UK hit and gives him a total of 393 weeks on the UK chart, putting him 33rd on the all-time list.  Tyga AKA Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson claims his second consecutive UK Top 10, following his previous Chris Brown collaboration "Loyal".

Here is "Ayo".

One place lower, static at Number 7 is Ed Sheeran's former Number 1, "Thinking Out Loud", which has spent the last five weeks at the runner up position in the US chart, while at Number 8, we have the third new entry in this week's Top 10, Charlotte Emma Aitchinson AKA Charli XCX and Rita Ora with "Doing It".  The song is Charli's fourth Top 10 hit, and Rita Ora's seventh.

Here's the video.

Down three at 9, it's Avicii with "The Nights", while we complete the Top 10 as we began, with a song from the film of the moment, as the Weeknd's "Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)", moves up eight places to give him his first UK Top 10 hit.

Here is "Earned It".

Back in the Top 20 for the first time since May 2013's "Play Hard", Shaffer Chimere Smith AKA Ne-Yo, hits Number 14 this week with his latest hit, "Coming With You".

Here's the video.

At Numbers 22 and 27, we have the final two new entries in the Top 40, Bakermat's "Teach Me" and Imagine Dragons' "I Bet My Life"

Here are the videos.

Moving outside the Top 40, and back up two places to Number 49, "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne notches up 56 weeks on the chart, putting it joint 7th on the all-time list, while also back up, this time six places to 55, Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" reaches its 64th week on the chart, claiming the all-time record from former record holder "I Gotta Feelin'" by the Black Eyed Peas.

To celebrate the new record holder, here is Pharrell with "Happy".

New at Number 57, and back in the chart after 2 and a half years away, this is Florence Welch with her Machine and "What Kind Of Man".

Finally, at Number 67 this week, it's congratulations to Mr Vance Joy, as "Riptide" reaches it's 50th week on the chart in four separate runs.

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

5 years ago - Everybody Hurts - Helping Haiti
10 years ago - Get Right- Jennifer Lopez
20 years ago - Think Twice - Celine Dion
30 years ago - I Know Him So Well - Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson

40 years ago - Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
50 years ago - Tired Of Waiting For You - The Kinks
60 years ago - Softly Softly - Ruby Murray


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 - Take A Bow - Madonna

30 years ago - Careless Whisper - Wham! featuring George Michael
40 years ago - Best Of My Love - The Eagles

50 years ago - This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis & the Playboys

Well, another exciting chart week comes to an end, tune in next week to see if Ellie can claim a third week at Number 1, or can Hozier become the slowest Number 1 of all time.


Thursday, 19 February 2015

BON SCOTT - 9th JULY 1946 - 19th FEBRUARY 1980

BBC4 tonight is showing a re-run of the Top of the Pops episode first aired on 7th February 1980.  One of the bands playing on that show were AC/DC whose track "Touch Too Much" was hovering just outside the Top 40 at Number 47.  The band had recorded their performance the day before, and the film would be edited for inclusion in the following night's show.  No-one at the studio, or the millions who would watch the show at 7:30 on the night could have dreamed that within 12 days the bands charismatic lead singer, Ronald Belford AKA "Bon" Scott would be dead.
 On the 15th February 1980, Scott attended a session where Malcolm and Angus Young were working on the beginnings of two new songs: "Have a Drink On Me" and "Let Me Put My Love Into You" with Scott accompanying on drums rather than singing or writing lyrics. (Versions of both songs would appear on the seminal "Back To Black" album, the band's ultimate tribute to their former singer. Four days later, on 19 February 1980, Scott passed out after a night of heavy drinking at the London club called The Music Machine (before and since commonly known as the Camden Palace and currently named KOKO). After leaving the venue, Scott fell asleep in a Renault 5 owned by an acquaintance named Alistair Kinnear, at 67 Overhill Road in East Dulwich, South London. Not wanting to wake him, Kinnear left him in the car to sleep it off until morning. 
The following morning, Kinnear found Scott lifeless and alerted the authorities. Scott was rushed to Kings College Hospital in Camberwell where he was pronounced dead on arrival.  The official cause was listed on the death certificate as "acute alcoholic poisoning" and classified as "death by misadventure"
His body was cremated and his ashes were interred by his family in the cemetery in the family's home town of Fremantle, Western Australia.
One interesting fact about Bon Scott, is that he was born in the same small Scottish town, Kirremuir in Angus as the creator of Peter Pan, J M Barrie.
Anyway, as a tribute to the late Bon Scott, here is that TotP performance from February 1980 - this is "Touch Too Much".

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


It was 34 years ago today, that probably the greatest travesty in chart history occurred, when the mighty “Vienna” from Ultravox was prevented from taking its rightful place at the top of the UK Singles chart, by novelty one hit wonder song, “Shaddap You Face” by the Joe Dolce Music Theatre.

“Vienna” first entered the chart at Number 52 on the chart announced on Tuesday 13th January 1981, before shooting up to Number 16 the following week.  On the chart announced on 10th February 1981, “Vienna” stood in a strong position at Number 2, just behind the late John Lennon’s “Woman” which was spending its second week at the top.  All looked set for it to claim the following week’s Number 1 spot, but, thanks to a radio campaign by DJ Terry Wogan, “Shaddap You Face” overtook it to claim top spot.  It remained there for the next two weeks until it was knocked off the top on 10th March 1981 by Roxy Music's version of the John Lennon song "Jealous Guy" by which time “Vienna”s light had also faded and so it was never to claim its rightful place at the top, spending four weeks as runner up.

Still one of the greatest songs of all time, and here is the equally brilliant video.

Monday, 16 February 2015


Well, he's finally done it!  "Happy", the Pharrell Williams' song from the film "Despicable Me 2" this  week spends its 64th consecutive week in the UK Top 75 Singles chart, overtaking the previous record holder, the Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feelin'", which had held the title since August 2010.  How many more weeks can the song hold out, although another film song, "Let It Go" from the film "Frozen", sung by Idina Menzel, currently has 62 weeks on the chart, so is also vying for top spot.  These songs are also the only two songs to have spent a whole calendar year on the UK chart.

To celebrate the new record holder, here is Pharrel with "Happy".