Saturday, March 11, 2017

Brit Sweep: March 11, 2017...


Let's cross the Atlantic once again to check out the notable songs and albums reaching the charts in the UK this week...

On the official singles chart in Britain, Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" spends a ninth straight week at #1...

In fact, Sheeran absolutely dominates the chart, with all sixteen tracks from the deluxe version of his album Divide (÷) settle into the top-20, with thirteen songs joining the three already on ("Shape Of You" at #1, "Castle On The Hill" at #3, and "How Would You Feel (Paean)" at #11). The top newbie at #2 is "Galway Girl"...


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Landing at #4 is "Perfect", one of two (along with "How Would You Feel") that he wrote alone...


At #5 is "New Man", of which Jessie Ware was one of the writers, and after "Castle" my fave from the record...


Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic helped write the song at #6, "Happier"...


With the Chainsmokers/Coldplay collab "Something Just Like This" the only non-Ed in the top ten, we're back at #8 with "Dive". It was co-written by Julia Michaels, whose own "Issues" just became her first top-40 pop hit in America...


One notch under that is "Supermarket Flowers"...


And at #10 is "What Do I Know"...


Moving further down the chart, the new single from New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde, "Green Light", enters at #28...


The third radio single from girl-group X Factor UK winners Little Mix's Glory Days album, "No More Sad Songs" with rapper Machine Gun Kelly, drops in at #39...


 Newcomer J Hus makes his debut at #63 with "Did You See"...


 Coldplay also see their new single "Hypnotised" enter at #70...


French DJ/producer Martin Solveig slips in at the #100 position with "Places" featuring Norwegian-born singer Ina Wroldsen. In 2015, Martin climbed to #5 with "Intoxicated"...


Meanwhile, on the albums chart in the UK, Ed Sheeran is just as successful, with his Divide album coming in at #1, while his two former albums, Multiply and Add, fall in at #4 and #5...


American bluegrass queen Alison Krauss rolls in at #6 with her latest, Windy City. It's her second time in the top ten in this country; Alison's collaboration with Robert Plant, Raising Sand, went to #2...


The third album from vocal group Collabro, who won Britain's Got Talent a few years ago with their covers of mostly showtunes, is Home, and parks at #7...


Eclectic lo-fi punk duo Sleaford Mods come in at #12 with their latest, English Tapas...


 Irish easy-listening singer Daniel O'Donnell is back at #14 with Back Home Again...


American indie-rock band Grandaddy return at #18 with their first album in eleven years, Last Place. It's their highest rank on the British chart to date...


Psychedelic rock band Temples, from Northamptonshire in central England, went to #7 three years ago with their debut full-length album Sun Structures. They are now at #23 with their sophomore effort Volcano...


Legendary Japanese metal band X Japan rock in at #27 with the soundtrack to the documentary about the group, We Are X...


And on the entire opposite end of the musical spectrum, Irish traditional duo Foster & Allen check in at #34 with The Gold Collection...




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