Sunday 25 February 2018

Cilla Black makes posthumous charts comeback

Cilla Black died of a stroke after falling at her Spanish villa
Cilla Black died of a stroke after falling at her Spanish villa

Cilla Black has made a posthumous comeback to the UK music charts with her compilation album The Very Best Of.

The greatest hits collection, first released in 1983 and then most recently re-released in 2013, landed its highest ever chart position in 14th spot as fans paid tribute to the TV star and singer, who died of a stroke after falling and hitting her head at her Spanish villa in the Costa del Sol last weekend.

It is Black's highest charting album since Sher-oo in 1968, according to the Official Charts Company.

Her former Number One single Anyone Who Had A Heart, first released in 1964, also returned to the charts in 41st place, marking its highest chart position in 51 years.

One Direction took the top spot from Little Mix with their new single Drag Me Down, which was a surprise release on July 31.

The track - the group's first as a quartet without Zayn Malik - has broken the streaming record, racking up 2.03 million plays in its opening week across streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer.

Drag Me Down is the boyband's fourth Number One in the UK singles chart, following What Makes You Beautiful in 2011, Little Things in 2012 and the official Comic Relief single, One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) in 2013.

Calvin Harris and Disciples' new song How Deep Is Your Love, with a music video featuring model Gigi Hadid, takes the second spot, followed by Little Mix with Black Magic.

London-based group The Maccabees - Orlando Weeks, Felix White, Hugo White, Rupert Jarvis, Sam Doyle and Will White - thanked fans as their new album Marks To Prove It topped the charts.

It is their first Number One album, having beaten Lianne La Havas' second full-length record Blood, Years And Years' debut Communion, Ed Sheeran's x and Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour.

"We are very proud that our fourth album has given us our first Number 1," guitarist Felix White told "Thank you so much to everyone that bought it and for staying with us all these years."

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