Monday, 30 March 2015


By just managing ro stay in the chart at Number 73 this week, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" therefore becomes the first single ever to claim a 70 week chart run.  The epic run began on 7th December 2013 when it made it's chart debut at Number 71.  Just four weeks later it began the first of it's three separate stays at Number 1, only the third record ever to achieve this.  The other two?  "I Believe" by Frankie Laine and "Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell, both in the 50's.  It also spent a record 49 consecutive weeks in the Top 40, between 14th December 2013 and 15th November 2014.  On the 24th January 2014, it became only the third record to claim a 60 week chart run, after "I Gotta Feelin'" by the Black Eyed Peas (63  weeks), and "Someone Like You" by Adele (61 weeks).

Anyway, it's well done to Mr Williams, and here he is performing "Happy".


Friday, 27 March 2015

IAN DURY 12th MAY 1942 - 27th MARCH 2000

Fifteen years ago today, Ian Robins Dury, one of Britain's greatest ever songwriters passed away at the age of just 57 of metastatic colorectal cancer.  

Dury had contracted polio at the age of seven, but despite his disability, he became one of the pioneers of punk, forming Kilburn & the High Roads in 1971, who despite being highly regarded on the live circuit, failed to gain any major success before disbanding in 1975.

In 1977, he formed a new band, the Blockheads, and their first single "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" was banned by the BBC, nut was named as NME's single of the week.

The band had their first hit with "What a Waste" which reached Number 9 in June 1978.  However, it was the next single which brought them to the notice of the masses, as "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick", climbed all the way to the Number 1 spot in January 1979, becoming the first "New Wave" single to sell 1 million copies.  The follow up single, "Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3)", also made the Top 3, but further commercial success eluded the band, and they disbanded in 1982.

In 1981, as a protest against the International Year of the Disabled Person, which Dury felt was patronising, he wrote the "anti-charity" song "Spasticus Autisticus".  Unfortunately, the lyrical content proved to much for radio, and most stations, including the BBC, refused to play it.

As a tribute to the great man, here he is performing "What A Waste".  RIP, Mr Dury.


A slight deviation from the norm this week as we acknowledge the phenomenon that is "Uptown Funk!" which this week equals "Blurred Lines" 12 week run at the top, the longest run of this decade so far.  The longest run of the 21st century is 14 weeks, currently held by the Black Eyed Peas 2009 Number 1, "I Gotta Feelin'", while the all time record is still the 16 weeks spent at top spot by the Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men hit "One Sweet Day from 2nd December 1995 to 17th March 1996.  Could Mark & Bruno set a new best mark, stay on this blog to see!

Anyway, back to the UK chart, and it's a second week at the top for the Official Comic Relief song from Sam Smith & John Legend, "Lay Me Down".

Also static for a second week at Number 2, it's Years And Years with their former Number 1, "King", while surprisingly back up two places again, it's "FourFiveSeconds" from Rihanna/Kanye/Macca.

Still making it's way up the chart, another six places this week, up to Number 4, from his debut album "Chaos And The Calm", this is James Bay with "Hold Back The River".

Down one place to 5 this week, it's another former Number 1, Ellie Goulding with "Love Me Like You Do", while stationary at Number 6, it's one of the 29 "Unluckiest Songs Of All Time" (see my blog page of the same title!), Hozier's "Take Me To Church".

After debuting at Number 3 last week, it's down four places for Flo Rida's "GDFR", although the track does enter the US Top 10 this week, while back up one place to Number 8, it's the aforementioned "Uptown Funk!".

Down two at Number 9, it's the Weeknd with "Earned It", while back into the Top 10 this week, and Number 2 in the US, it's Maroon 5 with "Sugar".

This week's highest new entry comes in at thie week's Number 11 - it's London House duo "Tough Love" with their debut hit.

This is "So Freakin' Tight".

Another surprising climb this week, up 11 places to this week's Number 26, "Bloodstream" is a track from Ed Sheeran's multi million selling album "x".

Here is the version featuring Rudimental.

This week's highest climber moves up 23 places to this week's Number 28 - Pitbull & Ne-Yo's "Time Of Our Lives" is at Number 9 in the US this week.  It is Pitbull's 30th and Ne-Yo's 22nd UK hit.

This is "Time Of Our Lives".

In at Number 52 this week, it's congratulations to Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea as "Trouble", her collaboration with Jennifer Hudson, gives her her 100th week on the UK chart.  For further info on her complete chart career, see my separate post.

Here is Iggy & Jennifer with "Trouble".

Not much else happening this week, although Pharrell Williams' "Happy" could become the first track EVER to have a chart run of 70 consecutive weeks, as this week it reaches 69 weeks.

1 year ago - I Got U - Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones

5 years ago - Telephone - Lady GaGa featuring Beyonce 
10 years ago - (Is This The Way To) Amarillo - Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay
20 years ago - Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle) - The Outhere Brothers
30 years ago - Easy Lover - Philip Bailey with Phil Collins

40 years ago - Bye Bye Baby - Bay City Rollers
50 years ago - The Last Time - The Rolling Stones
60 years ago - Give Me Your Word - Tennessee Ernie Ford


1 year ago - Happy - Pharrell Williams

5 years ago - Rude Boy - Rihanna
10 years ago - Candy Shop - 50 Cent featuring Olivia
20 years ago - Take A Bow - Madonna

30 years ago - One More Night - Phil Collins
40 years ago - Loving You - Minnie Riperton

50 years ago - Stop! In The Name Of Love - The Supremes

Well, next week's chart looks like it could be another quiet one, although it looks as if Jess Glynne could claim her third Number 1 with "Hold My Hand".

Until next week.



My latest new page has now gone live on this blog - a list of the 29 unlucky songs that have peaked at Number 2 in both the UK & the US.  Take a look, makes interesting reading!


It's congratulations this week to Amethyst Amelia Kelly (AKA Iggy Azalea), as her 9th hit "Trouble" (which features Jennifer Hudson) enters the chart this week at Number 52, thereby giving Iggy her 100th week on the UK chart.  Her first week on the chart was on the 8th September 2012, as guest vocalist on Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas' Number 44 hit "Beat Down".  SHe has now had 4 Top Ten hits including the 2014 Number 1 collaboration with Ariana Grande "Problem".  In the US, she also become the first artist ever to be at Number 1 & 2 on the US chart at the same time with her first two hits - "Fancy" & "Problem".

To celebrate, here is Ms Kelly with her 2014 UK Number 5/US Number 1 hit "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX).  Below the video is her complete UK chart record.

        Chart Debut      Title                                                     Chart Peak     Chart Weeks

Beat Down 44 1
Work 17 13
Bounce 13 4
26/10/2013 + Change Your Life 10 4
19/04/2014 + Fancy 5 31
12/07/2014 * Problem 1 21
23/08/2014 + Black Widow 4 17
Problem (re-entry) 50 3
Fancy (re-entry) 64 1
Black Widow (re-entry) 50 3
No Mediocre 49 1
Trouble 52 1

Beat Down credited to Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas featuring Iggy Azalea
Change Your Life credited to Iggy Azalea featuring TI
Fancy credited to Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
Problem credited to Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
Black Widow credited to Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora
No Mediocre credited to TI featuring Iggy Azalea
Trouble credited to Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson.