Friday, September 30, 2016

Brit Sweep: September 30, 2016...






It's time to cross the Atlantic yet again to check out the notable songs and albums making the charts in the UK this week...

On the official singles chart in Britain, fourth-season winner of the X Factor UK, James Arthur, makes a massive comeback and moves to #1 with "Say You Won't Let Go". It's his second time at the top after his "winners song" triumph, "Impossible"...

Canadian alt-R&B/hip-hop star The Weekend is back all the way up at #3 with his brand-new single "Starboy". The record, which features French dance faves Daft Punk, is now his third release to reach that mark along with "The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face"...


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Teddy Mac, who became a viral video star after a clip of the sufferer from Alzheimer's in the car with his son singing along to music, got the oppurtunity to record two songs at Abbey Road Studios, with the proceeds benefiting he and his wife along with the Alzheimer's Foundation. One of them, "You Make Me Feel So Young", makes the chart up at #43. This is simply amazing. Read about him here.



Drum and bass duo Chase & Status return at #65 with "All Goes Wrong" featuring Tom Grennan...


James TW, a singer from Warwickshire in central England, has been getting exposure from YouTube, and now makes the chart at #78 with "When You Love Someone"...


American pop singer/songwriter Andy Grammer is in at #79 with "Fresh Eyes". It's his second hit in the UK; he went to #65 last year with "Honey I'm Good"...


Neo-house artist Jax Jones collaborated with Duke Dumont on the #1 hit "I Got U" last year; now he's back at #85 with "House Work" featuring Mike Dunn and MNEK...


Another club track, "Crank It (Woah!)" from Kikedo and George Kwali featuring Nadia Rose and Sweetie Irie, moves in at #89...


American rapper D.R.A.M. takes his US top-10 pop hit "Broccoli" featuring Lil' Yachty to these shores at #96...


While Kings of Leon's radio single "Waste A Moment" moves to #80, the title track from their WALLS album moves in at #97...


The second One Direction member to have a solo charting single is Niall Horan (the blonde one), whose "This Town" slips in at #100. (of course, there's no clip for it as yet....)

Meanwhile, on the British albums chart, indie-folk artist Passenger, aka Michael Rosenberg from Brighton, lands his first #1 album with Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea...


Bruce Springsteen takes the #2 spot with Chapter and Verse, his "book soundtrack" to his autobiography Born To Run spans his entire career. He's had ten #1 albums in the UK - from Born In The USA to High Hopes in 2014...


The second album from Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes, Illuminate, shines in at #3. His debut, Handwritten, peaked at #12...


Progressive rock vets Marillion are back at #4 with F E A R. It's their 14th studio release with lead singer Steve Hogarth. Their former lead, Fish, took them to #1 with Misplaced Childhood in 1985...


Airbourne, a hard rock act from Australia, score their first British top-10 record with Breakin' Outta Hell...


My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts, an expanded version of the defunct band's 2006 album, comes in at #11. The original version went to #2 in the UK...


Heads Up, the third album from American female indie-rock group Warpaint, streaks in at #13. They made it to #9 with their self-titled second album in 2014...


American blues-rock titan Joe Bonamassa arrives at #17 with Live At the Greek Theatre. In 2012 he went to #2 in this country with Driving Towards The Daylight...


The late, great David Bowie is back on the chart at #21 with Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976), a box set collecting material from those years which included the studio albums Station To Station, Young Americans, and Diamond Dogs as well as live sets and singles and various rarities...



Singer/songwriter/activist Billy Bragg and Joe Henry come together at #28 with Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad...


Greek new age artist Vangelis, best known for the soundtrack to the movie Chariots Of Fire with the title track that topped the American pop chart, enters at #40 with Rosetta...












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