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Chart update – w/c 24 May 2010

By | Published on Monday 24 May 2010

So, it’s all change at the top of the singles chart this week, because BOB has only gone straight in at the top with his ditty ‘Nothin On You’. Whether or not the involvement of Bruno Mars helped or hindered in that chart achievement isn’t clear. Though Jason Derulo is ‘Ridin Solo’ without a Bruno, and he’s had to make do with number two, so there’s possibly a lesson in that. Former chart toppers Roll Deep slip to number three.

This week’s other singles chart new entries include the Leeds United football anthem ‘Marching On Together’, re-released to celebrate the team’s promotion to the premiership, which goes in at ten, Muse, who go in at eleven with ‘Neutron Star Collision’ despite having achieved no sporting triumph of note, the England-football-team-supporting The Squad, who go in at 21 with ‘Three Lions 2010’, despite their team probably set to achieve no sporting triumph of note, and The Pretty Reckless, who go in at sixteen with ‘Make Me Wanna Die’ despite having not achieved anything at all of note ever. The Glee cast are at 33 with ‘Jessie’s Girl’, Katie Melua is new at 35 with ‘The Flood’ and Nas and Damian Marley go in at 39 with ‘As We Enter’.

On the albums chart, the big if predictable news story is that The Rolling Stones have got their first number one in sixteen years with the re-release of their 1972 album ‘Exile Of Main Street’, a long player recorded in that period of the Stones’ long career known by music experts as “when they weren’t rubbish”. The re-release was instigated by the release of a documentary about the making of the album, show at the Cannes Film Festival last week and on BBC 1 this weekend. See, the BBC doesn’t just prop up the careers of aging theatre impresarios, they do their bit for aging rockers too.

The Stones re-release stopped Faithless’s new long player ‘The Dance’ from going top; it had to make do with number two. Other album chart new entries are as follows: Baseballs at four with ‘Strike’, LCD Soundsystem at seven with ‘This Is Happening’, Band Of Horses at 21 with ‘Infinite Arms’, Tiesto at 27 with hits album ‘Magikla Journey’, Black Keys with ‘Brothers’ at 29, Nas & Damian Marley with ‘Distant Relatives’ at 30, and Train with ‘Save Me San Francisco’ at 33.

The charts are complied by a monkey called Maurice, who then scribbles them down on a piece of mauve paper in green crayon, and slides that piece of paper under the bedroom door of Martin Talbot, who takes it into work with him at the offices of the Official Charts Company.