James Masterton's Chart Watch UK

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It is out with the old, and in with the slightly older as we do a Ctrl-Z at the top of the singles chart. Meanwhile, in the world of albums, BTS are justifiably huge. But why on earth can they not buy a hit single?

The name's Eilish. Billie Eilish (although she's actually Billie O'Connell but let's not get bogged down with that right now). Invited to record the theme to the new James Bond film, she has done what only one other artist in chart history has managed. And in the process landed an unassailable chart first of her own.

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?

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