This week's Official UK Singles Chart

This week's Official UK Albums Chart


Here's something you don't see very often, the Top 2 singles on the Official UK Single chart swapping places with each other just a week after both arrived on the chart. Tinie Tempah and Jess Glynne thus make way for Belgian producer Felix De Laet, better known as Lost Frequencies whose rather haunting Are You With Me climbs a place to Number One. It is the most purchased single this week and the third most streamed, meaning it was always going to be a comfortable chart champion. [The first ever tropical house Number One?]

When we last met Rita Ora it was just over a year ago. She was still riding the wave of her 2012 debut album and indeed seemed to be set to follow it up with another storming collection of songs. Her latest single I Will Never Let You Down had shot straight to Number One, aided not a little by the fact that it was another impressive production from her creative and romantic foil Calvin Harris. Then it all went sour. Ora and Harris parted company, the Scotsman claiming ownership of the tracks they had been working on together and leaving the singer bereft of much of the material set to form her second album. Since then her only chart appearances have been in guest roles and she has popped up on singles by Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX and most recently Charles Hamilton.

Now she is back in her own right with a brand new single Poison, a song which pointedly deals with the end of a toxic relationship. A more straightforward pop record than some of her past offerings, it is written by American songwriter Julia Michaels and perhaps more notably Kate Nash, the British singer-songwriter famous for her 2007 hit single Foundations and whose own recording career has taken something of a nosedive in recent years. Poison enters the charts at Number 3, perhaps disappointing for those hoping she would add a fifth Number One to her career to date total, but still her eighth Top 10 hit single all told.

They have been names to drop ever since they picked up the prize in the MTV Brand New competition earlier this year, although their critical acclaim actually stretches further back than that with the pair having landed the Best Newcomer gong at the 2013 Mobo Awards. Now British hip-hop duo Krept & Konan make their chart debut with Freak Of The Week which enters the chart at Number 9, helped by a guest appearance from Jeremih. Konan's real name is Karl Wilson and his other claim to fame is being the son of legendary Jamaican star Delroy Wilson who famously began his own recording career in 1962 at the age of just 13.

For reasons that will become obvious, this week was a quiet one for new releases. The only other Top 40 arrival is oddly enough an older track, Wings by Birdy which originally hit Number 16 in September 2013. Its return comes thanks to a TV commercial, although oddly enough one for a bank - Lloyds - who are celebrating their 250th anniversary with a 90 second TV and cinema spot featuring the Birdy single as an inspirational soundtrack.

All the real action this week is on the Official UK Album chart and as I hinted last week it is the impact of the Glastonbury festival last week which informs most chart stories. Leading the way is Lionel Richie whose reward for his Saturday night set is a surge to Number One for The Definitive Collection, a compilation of both his solo work and old Commodores singles. The collection was first released in 2003 and peaked at Number 10 back then. It is the veteran star's first Number One album for over two decades although as you might expect his last one was also a hits collection, Back To Front topping the charts back in 1992.

Topping the bill were another bunch of veterans The Who, although they became the first big name act in some time to exercise their right of veto and refused to allow the BBC to screen their performance live, TV viewers having to make do with an hour of highlights later that night. Not that it did them too much harm, and so their 2014 collection Who Hits 50 charges up the charts this week to hit Number 11, its highest placing to date.

In fact, nearly half the Top 40 albums this week are by acts who performed at Glastonbury, although some of this is naturally down to the festival featuring just about every name act of the moment who are already selling records. The highest new entry though goes to another veteran singer-songwriter. Richard Thompson charted his first album back in 1985 but until today has never had a Top 10 record. Sneaking in then at Number 10 is his new collection Still which duly becomes his highest charting album ever.

That is all for this week and indeed all for this era of the British charts, for this is the last sales countdown ever to be revealed on a Sunday, an event which has also put an end to the traditional Sunday afternoon Top 40 show on the BBC, a place it has had in the schedules since January 1962. As of next week, the chart date in the UK moves to a Friday to coincide with the launch of Global Release Day. This does, however, mean that the next chart will be an oddity, based on five days of sales alone with the survey running from Sunday until Thursday. More on that in next week's column - here at the start of the weekend from now on, rather than the end.