Michael Kiwanuka is Number One album on the 60th anniversary of the album chart
Drake has equalled Wet Wet Wet’s 15-week run at Number One in the singles chart.
‘One Dance’ has now matched Scottish popsters Wet Wet Wet’s spell on top, achieved in 1994 with their cover of The Troggs’ single ‘Love Is All Around’. It leaves ‘One Dance’ only one week behind the all-time record of 16 weeks, set in 1991 by Bryan Adams’ ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’.
See below for NME’s survey about whether or not the public actually know ‘One Dance’ at all.
In 1953, pre-rock & roll crooner Frankie Laine had 18 weeks at Number One, but this was in three different spells on top, rather than the consecutive weeks at No 1 by Adams, Drake and Wet Wet Wet.
This week also celebrates the 60th anniversary of the album chart, which began on July 22 1956 when Frank Sinatra was No 1 with ‘Songs For Swingin’ Lovers’. Michael Kiwanuka scores his first Number One album with his second record ‘Love & Hate’. The all-time record for No 1 albums is held by Paul McCartney, with 22 – 15 with The Beatles, two with Wings, one with his late wife Linda and four solo.
Good Charlotte (No 13) and Jeff Beck (No 27) are the other Top 40 album new entries.
The singles chart remains reliably vibrant, with Katy Perry’s Olympics anthem ‘Rise’ the highest new entry at No 25, followed by 5 Seconds Of Summer (28), M.O (35) and Snakehips (38).