James Masterton's Chart Watch UK

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We are becalmed up top but disturbingly busy down the bottom. An all-static Top 5 makes Jack a dull boy, but Justin is new and exciting. Even if he still can't quite beat out his existing hit.

O Canada. You gift us another Number One artist. This one has been a long time coming however, The Weeknd charting for the first time way back in 2012. We dismissed it as just a track from a TV ad, but the spirit of the 80s has infected us all. Blinding Lights is the brand new Number One. But for just how long?

The picture library must be overflowing with "Lewis Capaldi looking secretly quite chuffed" shots by now. But here is another, as after an epic 11 week wait he finally tops the charts with Before You Go. And to think we all thought it would happen at Christmas.

Going forward generations that follow will come to know this moment as Eminem week. He tops the albums chart for the tenth time in a row and has his tenth Number One single by the second smallest margin in history. Basically the whole thing is about him this week. Apart from the end. But that's worth waiting for.

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