Saturday, November 19, 2016

Brit Sweep: November 19, 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, Clean Bandit spend a second week at #1 with "Rockabye" with Anne-Marie and Sean Paul...

London-based indie-pop band the xx return with the highest debut of the week at #38 with "On Hold". It's the first single from their upcoming third album I See You. The song is their second British top-40 hit; they went to #34 in 2010 with "Islands"...


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Swedish singer Zara Larsson follows up her top-20 hit "Ain't My Fault" with "I Would Like", which enters at #42. Earlier this year, "Lush Life" made it to #3...


This year's Christmas ad from retailer John Lewis is provided with a song from electronica act Vaults, with a cover of soul artist Randy Crawford's "One Day I'll Fly Away", and they enter at #53. Crawford's original went to #2 in 1980.


Scottish songstress Emeli Sandé swims in at #78 with "Breathing Underwater". It's the second charting single from her Long Live the Angels album; the first, "Hurts", peaked at #22 and now stands at #36...


Neo-house producer KDA topped the chart in the UK last year with the infectious "Turn The Music Louder (Rumble)". He's back at #88 with "Just Say" featuring American R&B singer Tinashe...


Australian newcomer Starley casts her first hit on the chart at #89 with "Call On Me"...


Meanwhile on the albums chart in the UK, X Factor UK sixth-season runner-up and former host, has been one of the franchises biggest-selling stars, and his fifth studio album 24 Hrs gives him his fourth #1 record (his debut landed at #2)...


The aforementioned sophomore effort from Emeli Sandé, Love Live The Angels, ascends to #2 in its first week. Her debut, Our Version Of Events, did top the list here in 2012...


British pop legend Cliff Richard is back with an album of oldies covers, Just Fabulous Rock N' Roll, which is in at #4. It's a sequel of sorts to his 2013 set The Fabulous Rock N' Roll Songbook, which climbed to #7. Cliff just turned 76 years old last month...


Former lead singer of boy-band the Wanted, Nathan Sykes, finally sees his debut full-length album Unfinished Business check in at #11...


Legacy, another compilation of songs from the late great David Bowie, moves in at #13. There's a one and a two-disc version of the set...


Sting buzzes in at #15 with his twelfth solo studio set 57th & 9th. The title is the intersection in New York City near where it was recorded. He's topped the albums chart in the UK twice, with Nothing Like The Sun in 1987 and The Soul Cages in 1991...


Scottish rockers Simple Minds take their Acoustic album to #16. In the 80s the band had four consecutive #1 discs...


The two-CD set The Early Years 1967-1972 from Pink Floyd enters at #19. It's a distillation of the enormous 27-disc box set (costing over 500 dollars) covering the period before Dark Side Of The Moon...


The reunion of seminal rap act A Tribe Called Quest recorded before the passing of member Phife Dawg, We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service, arrives at #24. It's already their highest-charting disc in the UK.


Enigma, the long-running electronica/worldbeat project for Romanian producer Michael Cretu, is back at #40 with The Fall Of A Rebel Angel. It's the act's first album since 2008, and first to reach the top-40 since The Screen Behind The Mirror went to #7 in 2000. Their first two, MCMXC A.D. and The Cross Of Changes, topped the albums chart here...







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