James Masterton's Chart Watch UK

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Gotta get down on Friday, as a great woman once said. The single which trailed the competition all week storms past them at the death to become one of the more surprising Number One hits of recent months. But it is very much a hit record of the new consumer age, the track at the top of the charts purchased by hardly anyone at all. Read all about the exploits of Dave and friends inside.

The youthful, rebellious sound of rock and roll is embodied by two acts in their 70s at the top of the albums chart this week. Meanwhile, an emo band get their biggest hit ever and Lady Gaga goes all country rock on us. Thank goodness for Calvin and Sam sounding the same as ever to keep things grounded.

Two men speak to us from beyond the grave, in a manner which is both poignant and surprisingly moving. Plus Jess Glynne moves within an ace of equalling an all-time record for Top 10 hits, but one of the existing holders seems about to put it just beyond her reach. See, there's more to life than an all-static Top 4.

As you were at the top, but some amazing stories developing below. Machine Gun Kelly and Eminem are going to end up either fighting or copulating. That's generally how these playground fights play themselves out. Panic! At The Disco are Top 20 for the first time in 10 years, managing something precious few acts have ever done before.

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