Saturday, June 03, 2017

Brit Sweep: June 3, 2017...

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

On the British singles chart, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (and sometimes Justin Bieber) hold steady on top for a fourth week with "Despacito"...

With the forthcoming British General Elections coming up next Thursday, it's become a real race between incumbent Tory prime minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (well, not exactly, as people are voting for their local members of parliament, who will in turn decide who the PM will be based on which party wins the most seats). Originally way out in front in the polls, May has been quite dismal as a leader and even more a campaigner, and her habit of twisting the truth, albeit not as crazy as our current Creamsicle, still resonates as untrustworthy with a growing size of the British public. Along with her support of Trump, there is a swelling of support for Corbyn, even more so among the youth, and to bolster that momentum organizers used a re-recording of a track from 2010 that nailed Conservative PM David Cameron and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg's coalition government over rising school fees, and now solely goes after May's dishonesty with "Liar Liar 2017". The resulting song rockets into the chart at #4 (the original spent a week at #89 in 2010). Sadly, the BBC and other radio stations have refused to play the track, even on their chart shows after it hit the top-40, to keep from being "biased"...


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British pop singer Rita Ora returns at #13 with "Your Song". It's not a remake of Elton John's classic, but rather a new track co-written by Ed Sheeran...


The fourth single from Little Mix's Glory Days album is "Power" featuring rapper Stormzy, and it enters at #27. The X Factor UK winners from the eighth season are also in the top-40 at #32 with "No More Love Songs", which is in the top ten in radio airplay...


Dutch DJ/producer Martin Garrix recruits Australian singer Troye Sivan at #51 for "There For You"...


Liam Gallagher, most famous from his stint in Oasis with brother Noel, comes in at #60 with his first solo single "Wall Of Glass"...


Swedish dance music producer NEIKED follows up his #5 hit "Sexual" with the record at #90, "Call Me" featuring MIMI...


Nick Jonas previews his upcoming fourth album with "Remember I Told You" at #97. It features Anne-Marie and Mike Posner...


Meanwhile, on the albums chart in the UK, the remastered 50th anniversary edition of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band races to #1. In its original run on the chart in 1967-68, the most heralded album in rock history spent 27 weeks on top in Britain. The new "super deluxe" version has rarities from the studio...


 Indie-rock band the Charlatans from West Midland land at #5 with their 13th studio album Different Days. They've been to #1 on this chart three times, most recently in 1997 with Tellin' Stories. They also did it with their debut Some Friendly, which had their biggest American success - two top-5 alternative rock hits with "The Only One I Know" and "Then"...


Another indie-rock act, the Amazons from Reading, flow in at #8 with their self-titled debut full-length album...


American hip-hop singer Bryson Tiller enters at #11 with his sophomore effort, True To Self. It's his first in the top-40...


British pop/rock vocalist Elkie Brooks arrives at #14 with the retrospective Pearls - The Very Best Of Elkie Brooks. Her original album Pearls from 1981 went all the way to #2...


German electronic rock music icons Kraftwerk drive in at #24 with their live set 3-D The Catalogue. The Catalogue is also available in an 8-CD collection...





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