Monday, May 22, 2017

Brit Sweep: May 21, 2017...

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, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and rapper Daddy Yankee spend a second week on top with "Despacito" featuring Justin Bieber...

Miley Cyrus is back with the highest debut of the week at #11 with "Malibu". It previews her upcoming sixth album...


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Scottish DJ/producer Calvin Harris has been rolling out singles periodically this year, and the newest, "Rollin'" featuring Future and Khalid, arrives at #44...


Gambian-British rapper J Hus, from London, sees eight of the tracks from his new album Common Sense make their way on to the top singles chart, with the title track coming in at #55...


Seven new ones from Harry Styles' first album away from One Direction also enter the list, with "Carolina" dropping in at #51...


The Eurovision Song Contest finals were held on May 13th, and the UK's entry into the affair, "Never Give Up On You" (ironic considering Brexit and all) came in 15th, which was a meager improvement from last year's 24th place showing (out of 26). On the charts here, it arrives at #73 (although on the sales-only chart it did much better at #22)...


The third single from X Factor UK ninth-season champ James Arthur's second album Back From The Edge is "Can I Be Him", which moves in at #78...


The song that did win Eurovision, "Amar Pelos Dois" from Portugal's Salvador Sobral, slips in at #97 (but #31 on the sales chart)...


Meanwhile, on the albums chart in the UK, Harry Styles rockets in at #1 with his self-titled solo debut...


American pop/rock concoction Paramore enter at #4 with After Laughter, their fifth studio album. The previous two, Brand New Eyes and Paramore, both reached #1 in 2009 and 2013 respectively...


British alternative rock treasure Paul Weller returns at #5 with his thirteenth solo record A Kind Revolution. Four of those went to #1, the most recent being Sonik Kicks in 2012...


J Hus' Common Sense debut rolls in at #6...


British hard rock band Inglorious claim their first top-40 album with their second effort, II, at #22...


American jam-country stars the Zac Brown Band check in at #25 with Welcome Home. So far it's their best showing on the British charts...


The London cast album to the musical Dreamgirls revival this year starring Amber Riley from Glee steams in at #36...


American rapper Machine Gun Kelly shoots in at #37 with his third set Bloom...






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