James Masterton's Chart Watch UK

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This week's Chart Watch column is not one that could be tossed off in a hurry. That most exquisitely crafted of British acts Clean Bandit top the charts for the fourth time in their career with another immaculately conceived pop record. Dragging Demi Lovato along for the ride, they enjoy their biggest hit ever. Plus, The Greatest Showman does something few other albums have ever achieved, and Nicki Minaj has the biggest hit under her own steam in almost four years.

Praise be! A new Number One single. Jess Glynne breaks her own records and takes pride of place as the most successful female artist of the decade so far. But could it be she just did so on a technicality? Plus The Greatest Showman is Number One again. Doing something no soundtrack has done for 50 years in the process. Will it still be there at Christmas?

OH GOD THIS IS BORING. Eight weeks now for One Kiss at the top of the charts, although the good news is that circumstances may be about to bring it to an end. Kanye West doesn't care what you think of his tweets and lands his biggest hit album in years, but even he cannot shift the almighty Greatest Showman soundtrack. This column also features jangly guitar-pop, for the first time in what feels like forever.

Yeah, One Kiss is still at Number One. But is it completely accurate to just blame people streaming hits playlists without a thought? James isn't so sure. Meanwhile, attention turns to just which single could replace it - which could be as soon as two weeks time.