James Masterton's Chart Watch UK

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No, YOU spent midweek writing an introduction to this column that would never get used. The thing we thought might have happened didn't happen and we are left with nothing happening. Except for a new hit by two men who can swap notes about an ex.

NOBODY MOVE! Oh, wait, you haven't. One of the most extraordinary singles charts in the entire history of the medium is yours for your perusal this week. Every single one of the Top 12 singles this week is a non-mover. And yet there's tons to talk about. Just below the stack, there are three brand new entries. Or should that possibly be four? Plus Cheryl is no longer a thing (apparently) and we have the oldest singles chart debutant ever.

Al hail the return of Urban Ed as he reactivates in time to try to save us from the mediocrity of... himself? Meanwhile, Old Town Road just won't let go of that Number 2 position, still poised it seems for a sensational return to the top.

All hail Lewis Capaldi, undeniable King of albums with the strongest sale of the year. All hail Sheeran and Bieber who are still Kings of singles. But hail too to Lil Nas X who hasn't been Number One for five weeks now, but keeps racking up the numbers to deserve to. Plus Eurovision and even Britain thinks our own entry is garbage.

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