Saturday, April 15, 2017

Brit Sweep: April 15, 2017...


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

On their official singles chart, Ed Sheeran's run at #1 comes to an end after 13 weeks, and who would have the clout to do it? One of the One Direction boys, of course, as Harry Styles becomes the fourth member of the "boy-band" to nab a solo hit as "Sign Of The Times" makes its debut at #1...


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(As a side note, Beyonce's 2015 stand-alone single "Die With You" appears on this chart for the first time at #62, helped by a new video exclusive to the Tidal streaming service for her ninth anniversary with Jay-Z...)

New York alt-pop singer/songwriter Halsey lands at #82 with her new solo single "Now Or Never". Her collab with The Chainsmokers, "Closer", went to #1 here for four weeks...


Pop/dance singer JP Cooper from Manchester follows up his top ten hit "September Song" with "Passport Home", which checks in at #86...


American rapper Lil Uzi Vert scores his first chart hit in the UK with "XO Tour LLIF3" at #97...


Meanwhile on the albums chart in Britain, Sheeran still reigns with Divide for the sixth week...

American bro-dance duo the Chainsmokers have the highest new entry at #3 with their first full-length album Memories...Do Not Open...


Veteran hard rock band Deep Purple reunites at #6 with their twentieth studio album Infinite. Of its original members from 1968, only drummer Ian Paice is here (though '69 alums Roger Glover and lead singer Ian Gillian are on board...) Three of their releases have gone to #1, including a greatest hits set in 1980, and this is their first top 10 appearance since 1987's The House Of Blue Light...


American indie-folk artist Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, takes his third "Misty" album, Pure Comedy, to #8...


Genesis' Mike Rutherford's side project Mike + The Mechanics return at #9 with Let Me Fly. It's their fourth top tenner - they went to #2 back in 1988 with Living Years. Andrew Roachford from the 80's soul band Roachford and Canadian singer Tim Howar handle vocals these days..


American synthpop band Future Islands sail in at #18 with The Far Field. Their last set, Singles, came in at #36 here...


Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ nabs his second top-40 album in the UK with All-Amerikkkan Badass at #23...


With the deserved success of blues-rock singer Rag N' Bone Man, the man from East Sussex sees his earlier EP Wolves enter the top-40 at #24. His Human album is holding at #2...


Brian May, the guitarist and songwriter from rock legends Queen, teams up with actress/singer Kerry Ellis for Golden Days, which comes in at #27...


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