Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars with ‘Uptown Funk’ becomes the 1st song this decade to achieve 7 weeks at Number 1. Since the turn of the century only 4 other songs have achieved or surpassed this feat. In 2005 Tony Christie ft Peter Kay with ‘Is This The Way To Amarillo’ (7 weeks ), Gnarls Barkley in 2006 with ‘Crazy’ (9 weeks), Rihanna ft Jay Z with ‘Umbrella’ (10 weeks) in 2007 and Leona Lewis with ‘Bleeding Love’ (7 weeks)in 2007.
The surprise package which is Hozier continues his slow climb to the top with ‘Take Me To Church’ climbing another place to Number 2. It is now in its 27th week on the top 40, Hozier whose real name is Andrew Hozier –Byrne was born on 17th march 1990 in Bray County Wicklow Ireland, the song is also currently Number 2 in America behind ‘Uptown Funk’.
There are 7 new entries this week with the highest charting at Number 3 for Fergie with’ l.A.Love(La La)’.Fergie whose birth name was Stacey Ann Ferguson legally changed her name to Fergie Duhamel after marrying Josh Duhamel in 2009. Fergie is best known as the female member of The Black Eyed Peas the group she joined back in 2003, with the group she has achieved 16 top 40 singles. This is not the 1st time Fergie has tasted success as a solo artist, back in 2006 she released her debut Album ‘Dutchess’ which provided her with 3 top 10 singles the most successful being ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’(Number 2-2007). Another notable achievement was singing as a featured artist on the David Guetta Number 1 from 2009 ‘Gettin Over You’.
The other new entry into the top 5 is at Number 5 for Kanye West ,Rihanna and Paul McCartney with ‘Four Five Seconds’, the song is the 1st single to be released from Rihannas as yet untitled 8t studio album to be released later on this year. West and McCartney are amongst the co writers of the song, McCartney doesn’t sing on the track but does play instruments. This is the 1st top 5 single for Paul McCartney since ‘We All Stand Together’ reached Number 3 in 1984.
In total there are 3 new songs inside this week’s top 10 and new in at Number 7 is Karen Harding with ‘Say Something’. Harding appeared in the 10th series of X-Factor but was eliminated at the boot camp stage, in 2014 she was approached by record producer MNEK and signed to Method records, this is her debut single.
New in at Number 13 is Hannah Wants and Chris Lorenzo with ‘Rhymes’, Wants and Lorenzo are both British producers who have teamed up for the track which features samples from both the Busta Rhymes song ‘Touch It’ and the Daft Punk song ‘Technologic’.
The new entry at Number 22 is for Maroon 5 with the 3rd single release from their 5th Album entitled ‘V’. The song is called ‘Sugar’ and is currently in the top 10 in America, this current track gives them their 16th UK top 40 single.
The new song to chart this week at Number 30 is from Selena Gomez with ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants’. It is a new song added to her greatest hits album from last year called ‘For You’, this is her 2nd top 40 UK hit following on from ‘Come And Get It’ (Number 8-2013).
The final new entry this week is at Number 33 for The Weeknd with ‘Earned It’. The Weeknd was born Abel Tesfaye in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada on February 16th 1990. Tesfaye says he adopted his stage name after dropping out of school at the age of 17, he left one weekend and never came home. The spelling was modified to avoid copyright issues with a Canadian band already named The Weekend, this is his 1st charting single as main artist but he did chart as featured artist back in 2012 on the Drake song ‘Crew Love’ (Number 38),he is also featured artist on the current Number 11 single ‘Elastic Heart’ from Sia. ‘Earned It’ appears on the soundtrack of the film ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ which also features tracks from Ellie Goulding, Beyonce, Frank Sinatra and The Rolling Stones amongst others.
As always enjoy the music.