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TOP 50 MANCHESTER MUSIC CHART
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The 50 latest releases from the "Rock'n'Goal Capital of the World" listed in order of Spotify plays
Chart includes artists from Manchester, groups formed in Manchester, bands with Mancunian lead singers or key musicians, RNCM and Chetham's alumni, and includes bands with a strong Manchester connection.
 

~ Updated 14 January 2018 ~
Aitch 1 ~ Aitch Listen
Straight Rhymez

With over 3 million Spotify streams in barely a week, the third potty mouthed single in as many weeks, from the mega-popular New Moston grime artist is already his biggest hit yet and sees him "ride up to Failsworth on a disc brake" (8 Dec 2018)

 
   
JP Cooper (3)up 2 ~ JP Cooper Listen
Cheerleader (Demo)
Passing the million streams mark, the stunning new song from the incredible Middleton singer-songwriter who has come a long way from playing the pubs of Manchester to become the 464th most popular artist in the world on Spotify! (14 Dec 2018)

 

   
Tom Walker (New)up 3 ~ Tom Walker Listen
Just You and I

A studio re-recording of 2017's acoustic single from the mega popular Macclesfield vocalist, from his forthcoming "What A Time to Be Alive" album (due March 2019), (11 Jan 2019)

See him live: MANCHESTER ACADEMY - 27th April 2018
   
Just Banco (5)up 4 ~ Just Banco Listen
The Last Train to Trapan
The new album from the Manchester rapper, signed to the 1975's label,showcases his blend of R&B, Grime & Rap, which he has dubbed "Trapan". Features singles "Soo Yung", "Can't Say", "Ashleigh", "Lad", "Chun Li" and three new tracks. (14 Dec 2018)

 

   
Aitch (8)up 5 ~ Aitch Listen
Miss Me With It

A notably non-festive Christmas Day single from the mega-popular New Moston grime artist. (25 Dec 2018)

 
   

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Chemical Brothers (New)up 6 ~ The Chemical Brothers Listen
MAH

London duo, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, who started their musical career (as the Dust Brothers), whilst studying at the University of Manchester between 1989 and 1992, running their own club nights, release their new single ahead of the forthcoming "No Geography" album. (7 Jan)

See him live: MANCHESTER ARENA - 22nd Nov 2019
   
Zeph (6)down 7 ~ Zeph Listen
Element

Ashton's Zephaniah Cunningham, the latest hotly tipped rapper to appear from the Manchester freestyle scene, releases his second old school style single. (21 Dec)

 
   
Aitch (New)up 8 ~ Aitch Listen
Wait

The first single of 2019 from the mega-popular New Moston grime artist. Hotly tipped to become one of the UK's biggest music stars this year (9 Jan 2019)

 
   
Richard AShcroft (10)up 9 ~ Richard Ashcroft Listen
Rare Vibration

The stunning new acoustic non-album single from the former Verve frontman and Wigan legend. (19 Dec)

See him live at NEIGHBOURHOOD FESTIVAL - Sunday 26th May 2019
   
Ian Brown (9)down 10 ~ Ian Brown Listen
Black Roses

The second digital teaser to be released from King Monkey's new "Ripples" album (due in February). (14 Dec)

 
   

 
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Ian Brown (New)up 11 ~ David Gray Listen
A Tight Ship

The second brilliant single teaser from the Altrincham folk rocker's forthcoming "Gold In A Brass Age" album, (due 8th March). (4 Jan 2019)

See him live at THE BRIDGEWATER HALL - 22nd March 2019
   
Ian Brown (New)up 12 ~ Ian Brown Listen
From Chaos to Harmony

The third digital teaser to be released from King Monkey's new "Ripples" album (due in February). (3 Jan 2019)

 
   
John Mayall (12)down 13 ~ John Mayall Listen
What Have I Done Wrong

The incredible second track to be taken from the 85 year old Macclesfield Godfather of British Blues' forthcoming "Nobody Told Me" album (due February). Featuring Joe Banamassa on guitar, the album will also boast an impressive list of guest guitarists, including Todd Rundgren, Little Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band, Alex Lifeson from Rush, Larry McCray and Carolyn Wonderland. (14 Dec)

 
   
New ORder (New)up 14 ~ New Order Listen
Fine Time - Nollan Remix

Brazilian DJ Nollan gives the legendary Manchester band's 1989 "Technique" track an amazing 30th anniversary remix. (7 Jan 2019)

 
   
Johnny Marr 15 ~ Johnny Marr Listen
Summer In The City
The legendary Smiths guitarist joins forces once more with The The vocalist Matt Johnson for this cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's classic 1966 hit. (14 Dec 2018)

 

   

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BBC Philharminic (New)up 16 ~ BBC Philharmonic Listen
George Antheil
The second album in the Salford Quays orchestra's George Antheil series, takes a look at the symphonic output of, the self-proclaimed ‘bad boy of music’. They perform Symphony No. 3 "American" (1946), of which only one movement was performed during his lifetime, Symphony No. 6 "after Delacroix" (1950), and two lively symphonic pieces, Archipelago (1935) and Hot-Time Dance (1948), and a re-orchestration into a concert waltz of music from the score to Specter of the Rose (1946), a film which tells the story of a male ballet dancer suspected of having murdered his first wife and about to do likewise to his second. (4 Jan)

 

   
Tunde (New)up 17 ~ Tunde Listen
Next Up? [S2 - Ep4]
More crime capers from the latest Manchester grime artist on the scene. (28 Dec)

 

   
Geko (14)down 18 ~ Geko Listen
Will Smith (iLL BLU Remix)

London production duo iLL BLU remix the Manchester rapper's latest single, with London rapper Not3s, which scraped into the UK charts at no.100 in November. (14 Dec)

 
   
Tantzz (16)down 19 ~ Tantzz Listen
Outrageous
The new single from the Manchester based rapper. (11 Dec 2018)

 

   
Aldous RH (30)up 20 ~ Aldous RH Listen
U & ME
The latest psychedlelic single from Whalley Range based Egyptian Hip Hop’s former singer, Alexander Aldous Robinson Hewett. (17 Dec)

 

   

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DRS (18)down 21 ~ DRS Listen
Space Cadet EP

"Living in the city where the rain is from", popular Mancunian drum n bass vocalist Delroy Pottinger releases his new EP, featuring collaborations with GLXY, Skeptical, Artificial Intelligence, Mindstate and Dogger. (21 Dec)

 
   
Geko (New)up 22 ~ Geko Listen
Wondering (Remix)

The popular Manchester rapper adds vocals to this remix of popular girl band M.O.'s UK no. 91 single. (11 Jan 2019)

 
   
The Mouse Outfit (New)up 23 ~ The Mouse Outfit, IAMDDB & KinKai Listen
Feeling High (Lenzman Remix)

A remix of the 2018 track from the Mancunian jazz hop collective's "Jagged Tooth Crook" album featuring a host of Manchester stars. (11 Jan 2019)

See them live at GORILLA - 22nd Feb 2019
   
Saytr Play (New)up 24 ~ Saytr Play Listen
Bang Average

Produced by The Courteeners bass player Joe Cross, and with echoes of Pulp, this is another brilliant new single from the energetic Manchester-based University of Central Lancashire formed indie rockers. A band to keep your eyes on. (4 Jan 2019)

See them live at GORILLA - 22nd Feb 2019
   
PROSE (23)down 25 ~ PROSE Listen
See Me Like This

The melodic Mancunian acoustic rap duo deliver an ode to addiction from a heartbroken son to his father to son. (21 Dec 2018)

 
   

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Solardo (28)up 26 ~ Solardo Listen
The Spot (Best of 2018)
Manchester superstar house DJs Mark Richards and James Eliot release their first ever radio show mix of their favourite tracks of 2018. (28 Dec)

 

   
Levelz (32)up 27 ~ LEVELZ & Biome Listen
Reach For The Sky (Biome Remix)
Manchester-based half-step DJ, Biome remixes the single from the Manchester hip hop collective featuring Fox, Skittles, Chunky, T-Man and Truthos Mufasa on vocals with original production from Metrodome, Bricks and Skittles.(19 Dec 2018)

 

   
Dub Phizix (24)down 28 ~ Dub Phizix Listen
EXITVS008
The Manchester drum n bass artist collaborates with London DJ Fixate for two new tracks. (21 Dec 2018)

 

   
Lost Under Heaven (New)up 29 ~ Jonathan Ogden Listen
Something Real
The new solo single from the Mancunian Rivers & Robots frontman. (4 Jan 2019)

 

   
Finley Quaye (34)up 30 ~ Finley Quaye Listen
Common

Released, withdrawn and released again, this is yet another completely baffling random release from the controversial Manchester-raised, Reddish living reggae star, who seems to have fallen a long way since being crowned 1998 BRIT Awards Best Male Solo Artist. (1 Jan 2019)

 
   

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Lost Under Heaven (New)up 31 ~ Lost Under Heaven Listen
Come
Heralding next week's "Love Hates What You Become" album, this is the latest brilliant single from ex-Wu Lyf frontman Ellery Roberts and his Dutch girlfriend Ebony Hoorn, whom he met whilst living in an abandoned Manchester terrace. (7 Jan 2019)

See them live at GORILLA - 29th Jan 2019

   
Finley Quaye (New)up 32 ~ Finley Quaye Listen
Just Like Old Times

Thsi week's completely baffling random release from the controversial Manchester-raised, Reddish living reggae star, who seems to have fallen a long way since being crowned 1998 BRIT Awards Best Male Solo Artist. (7 Jan 2019)

 
   
Tim Bowness (New)up 33 ~ Tim Bowness Listen
I Go Deeper
The new solo single from Stockton Heath's former No-Man star, taken from his forthcoming "Flowers at the Scene" album, due in March. (11 Jan 2019)

 

   
Biome (New)up 34 ~ Biome Listen
Griddled EP
The latest EP from the Manchester-based half-step DJ. (4 Jan 2019)

 

   
North Base (New)up 35 ~ North Base Listen
No Man's Land
The Manchester's Drum & Bass exporters return, collaborating with No Concept and SMK for a single. (11 Jan)

See them live: MANCHESTER ACADEMY - 9th Mar 2019

   

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Sleazy F Baby (43)up 36 ~ Sleazy F Baby Listen
Halftime EP
The new 5 track EP from the Rusholme grime artist who drinks, bathes and brushes his teeth with Hennessy cognac. (28 Dec 2018)

 

   
Sweet Female Attitude (33)down 37 ~ Sweet Female Attitude Listen
Movin' On (Joe Olindo & Martin Depp Remixes)
Leanne Brown's Manchester garage act team up with Bournemouth DJ BKT and get two remixes from Joe Olindo and Martin Depp. (21 Dec)

 

   
5&Dime (36)down 38 ~ 5&Dime Listen
Blow Your House Down
Lee Monteverde's dance act serve up a Boxing Day mix of Marco J's 2011 track. (26 Dec 2018)

 

   
Discotron (New)up 39 ~ Discotron Listen
Bite My Style
The latest funky offering from the same Stockport producer behind Daft Funk, Weekend Players, Audio Jacker, Disko Junkie, Boogie Freaks, Martello, Serial Thrilla, Jack Le Funk, Giorgio Rodgers, Soul Power, Hype The Phunk, Phunk Rokerz, and countless other aliases on his Tasty Recordings label. (11 Jan 2019)

 

   
Audio Jacker (37)down 40 ~ Audio Jacker & Discotron Listen
The Boogie
With a nod to The Sugarhill Gang, the latest funky offering from the same Stockport producer behind Daft Funk, Weekend Players, Disko Junkie, Boogie Freaks, Martello, Serial Thrilla, Jack Le Funk, Giorgio Rodgers, Soul Power, Hype The Phunk, Phunk Rokerz, and countless other aliases on his Tasty Recordings label, sees two of his monikers combine. (28 Dec 2018)

 

   

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Alex Kidd (38)down 41 ~ Alex Kidd Listen
Give It Up
The latest single from the Mancunian hard dance DJ. (24 Dec 2018)

 

   
Bauer (40)down 42 ~ Bauer Listen
Shooting Star (Xmas Wish) / Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
The Christmas single from the Manchester alt synth pop group, recorded in 2015, includes a cover of the John Lennon & Yoko Ono classic. (17 Dec)

 

   
Wrigz (42)down 43 ~ Wrigz Listen
Lone Survivor
Manchester grime artist, formerly known as Wrigley, releases his fifth album of 2018, on Christmas Day, featuring Manchester soulstress Shoa, with whom he also announced he will be having a baby girl. (25 Dec 2018)

 

   
The Maple State (New)up 44 ~ The Maple State Listen
Germany / A Notion
"I was talking to a girl in Germany, about her brother's punk band that I've got to see, and how her best friend is moving to Manchester and how we should hook up when you're visiting her". The brilliant double A side single from the anthemic Manchester punk rockers has echoes of early Big Country. (11 Jan 2019)

 

   
Boogie Freakz (44)down 45 ~ Boogie Freaks Listen
Feel The Way I Do
Yet another questionable release from the same Stockport producer behind Discotron, Daft Funk, Weekend Players, Audio Jacker, Disko Junkie, Martello, Serial Thrilla, Jack Le Funk, Giorgio Rodgers, Soul Power, Hype The Phunk, Phunk Rokerz, and countless other aliases on his Tasty Recordings label. (21 Dec 2018)

 

   

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Giorgio Rodgers (New)up 46 ~ Giorgio Rodgers Listen
Boom Boom Bap
A productive festive period for the same Stockport producer behind Discotron, Daft Funk, Weekend Players, Audio Jacker, Disko Junkie, Boogie Freaks, Martello, Serial Thrilla, Jack Le Funk, Soul Power, Hype The Phunk, Phunk Rokerz, and countless other aliases on his Tasty Recordings label. (4 Jan 2019)

 

   
Soul Power (New)up 47 ~ Soul Power Listen
Dance All Nite
This week's release from the same Stockport producer behind Discotron, Daft Funk, Weekend Players, Audio Jacker, Disko Junkie, Boogie Freaks, Martello, Serial Thrilla, Jack Le Funk, Giorgio Rodgers, Hype The Phunk, Phunk Rokerz, and countless other aliases on his Tasty Recordings label. (4 Jan 2019)

 

   
Voodoo Black (New)up 48 ~ Voodoo Black Listen
Gettin' Dum
The latest release from the Manchester-based Mouse Outfit collaborators; Ellis Meade, Sparkz, DJ Cutters, and Dubbul O. (4 Jan 2019)

 

   
Lishprod (New)up 49 ~ Lishprod Listen
Fell In Love
The new single from the Manchester artist, collaborating with London's Big Tobz. (14 Dec 2018)

 

   
Th3 Dose (New)up 50 ~ Th3 Dose Listen
Pac With da Juice
"Making moves from the 6-1", the new single from "fresh prince of Manny" rappers Sedda, KGOSI and Texan bandmate Souler. (11 Jan 2019)

 

   

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OTHER RELEASES IN THE UK CHARTS
Manchester artists currently in the Official UK charts
Chart includes artists from Manchester, groups formed in Manchester, bands with Mancunian lead singers or key musicians, RNCM and Chetham's alumni, and includes bands with a strong Manchester connection.
 

Take That (Albums) down 7 ~ Take That Listen
Odyssey

The re-imagined greatest hits album went straight in to the UK Charts at no.1 (this week no.5), taking the listener on a journey through the incredible musical history of one of Manchester's most successful bands ever. The 27 tracks - included a collaboration with Barry Gibb - are peppered with soundbites from their life, building a historical narrative around the songs - the story of five local teenage lads, who went on to become one of the biggest boy bands of all time. (23 Nov)

See them live at MANCHESTER ARENA - 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 26th & 27th May 2019
   
Ariana Grande (Albums) down 17 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
Sweetener
The first album from the first Honorary Citizen of Manchester, since the Manchester Arena attack, topped the charts in the UK and more than 18 other countries around the world and includes Top 10 singles "No Tears Left To Cry", "God Is A Woman" and "Breathin'" amongst other charting tracks. (21 Aug 2018)

 

   
Ariana Grande (Singles)up 20 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
Imagine

The Florida singer with a Manchester bee tattoo, who became the first "Honorary Citizen of Manchester" in July 2017, is now the most popular artist in the world on Spotify. This, her latest single reached UK no.8 ahead of the news she is to announce a huge Manchester "second homecoming" gig. (14 Dec 2018)

 
   
Paul Heaton (Albums)down 23 ~ Paul Heaton Listen
The Last King Of Pop

The amazing 23 track compilation from the Wirral-born, Manchester-based former landlord of The Kings Arms in Salford, entered the UK charts at no.10 (no,20 this week) and features some of the finest songs from his extraordinary career, including hits from his days in the Housemartins, The Beautiful South, his solo years, and his long-standing collaboration with Jacqui Abbott. As well as a re-recording of the Beautiful South classic "A Little Time", and a brand new song, "7" Singles", it includes the 2006 tribute to his home city, "Manchester". (16 Nov)

See him live at EDGLEY PARK STOCKPORT - 20th & 21st Jun 2019
   
The 1975 (Albums)up 24 ~ The 1975 Listen
A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

The Wilmslow boys who have gone on to be one of the biggest bands on the planet, went straight in at UK. no.1 (plummeting to no.39 this week) with their incredible eclectic third album, receiving universal 5 Star press reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Includes the singles, "Give Yourself a Try", "Love It If We Made It", "TooTimeTooTimeTooTime", "I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)","Sincerity Is Scary" , and"It's Not Living (If It's Not with You)", (30 Nov)

See them live at MANCHESTER ARENA - 24th Jan 2019
   
Tom Walker (Singles)down 34 ~ Tom Walker Listen
Leave A Light On
Over a year after its original release, the Macclesfield singer's French chart topper and UK no.7 hit, re-enters the chart, with over 185 million Spotify streams. (13 Oct 2017)

See him live: MANCHESTER ACADEMY - 27th April 2019

   
Oasis

(Albums)up 51 ~ Oasis Listen

Time Flies 1994 - 2009
The 279th week in the charts for the Gallagher brother's chart-topping "greatest hits" collection, which includes previous non-album tracks "Whatever" and "Lord Don't Slow Me Down". (14 Jun 2010)

See NOEL GALLAGHER live: HEATON PARK - 7th June 2019

   
Oasis (Albums)up 54 ~ Oasis Listen
What's The Story Morning Glory
The 366th week in the charts for the Gallagher brother's chart-topping second album, their most commercially successful release selling over 22 million copies so far. It includes hits "Some Might Say", "Roll with It", "Morning Glory", "Wonderwall", "Don't Look Back in Anger", and "Champagne Supernova". (2 Oct 1995)

See NOEL GALLAGHER live: HEATON PARK - 7th June 2019

   
The 1975 (SIngles)down 70 ~ The 1975 Listen
It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)
Taking a whole new sound for the band, the Wilmslow's popstars fourth single from their highly accredited album "A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships" (18 Oct)

See them live at MANCHESTER ARENA - 24th Jan 2019

   
Russell Watson (Albums)down 71 ~ Russell Watson Listen
In Harmony

The popular Salford tenor unites with Aled Jones reached no.8 in the UK album charts (no.2 in Classical Charts) with this collection of well-loved hymns, arias, and popular songs, including “Bright Horizons”, which was specifically composed for them by Sir Karl Jenkins. The medley “Where Have All The Flowers Gone/Here’s To The Heroes”, is a timely tribute to the centenary of the end of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of the NHS. (9 Nov)

See him live at BRIDGEWATER HALL - 24th Feb 2018
   
Ariana Grande (Albums) up 75 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
Dangerous Woman
Featuring the singles "Dangerous Woman", "Into You", "Side to Side" and "Everyday", this is the album whose promotional tour would see the Florida musician become a household name and forever related to Manchester; due to the suicide terrorist attack at Manchester Arena, May 22, 2017, which left 22 local fans and their waiting parents dead. 500 more were injured, of which 116 would suffer live changing injuries. It was for those fans, the young singer would return to the city barely days later, to organise the One Love Manchester benefit concert. She would later be made the first Honorary Citizen of Manchester. (20 May 2016)

 

   
Ariana Grande (Singles) down 77 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
No Tears Left To Cry
The honorary citizen of Manchester first single since the Manchester Arena attack; a track that pays more than a nod to that fateful night, including a "Manchester" worker bee in the video to match her new tattoo. Reaching number 2 in the UK, it topped the charts in Australia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, and Slovakia. (20 April 2018)

 

   
Ariana Grande (Albums) up 85 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
My Everything
Released three years before the dreadful events of May 22, 2017, which would see the Florida popstar develop a strong bond with our city, and bestowed an "Honorary Citizen". Reaching UK no.3 on its release, it includes singles "Problem" , "Break Free" ,"Bang Bang", "Love Me Harder", and "One Last Time". (20 May 2016)

 

   
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