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TOP 50 MANCHESTER MUSIC CHART
#Top50MCR
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 21 March 2019 ~
Tom Walker (1) 1 ~ Tom Walker Listen
What A Time To Be Alive
The incredible debut album from the Brit Award winning Chelford vocalist surprisingly entered the UK charts at no.1, beating Bryan Adams and Ariana Grande (this week no.5). Absolutely brilliant stuff, featuring duets with Zara Larsson and Rudimental, (1 Mar 2019)

See him live: MANCHESTER ACADEMY - 27th April 2019
   
IAMDDB (New) up 2 ~ IAMDDB Listen
Mira Mira
Critically acclaimed Manchester "urban jazz" star Diana Debrito stars on Florida superstar DJ Diplo's latest single. (13 Mar 2019)

See her live at ALBERT HALL - 7th April 2019
   
The Cinematic Orchestra (New) up 3 ~ The Cinematic Orchestra Listen
To Believe
The London/Manchester nu jazz favourites first album and tour in over 12 years. Whilst Manchester based members Stuart McCallum, Phil France and John Ellis may have left, founding member Jason Swinscoe and Dominic Smith retain longtime collaborators including RNCM drum teacher Luke Flowers and Manchester bassist Sam Vicary, alongside contributions from Moses Sumney, Roots Manuva, Heidi Vogel, Grey Reverend, Dorian Concept, Tawiah, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. (15 Mar 2019)

See him live at MANCHESTER ACADEMY - 30th March 2019
   
David GRay (2)down 4 ~ David Gray Listen
Gold In A Brass Age
The eleventh album from the Altrincham folk rocker, and his first in four years, in a career that spans over 25 years, several Brit and Grammy nominations, and three No.1 UK albums, enters the UK charts at no.21. This new collection of songs pushes him into unfamiliar terrain, whilst returning to his folk craftsmanship, with clever storytelling lyrics rather than unrelated but catchy rhyming words, which had become the pattern with his more recent releases (8 Mar 2019)

Geko (3)down 5 ~ Geko Listen
Bally (Remix)
A remix of the UK no.32 single from London Afro-beat rapper Swarmz, features the young Manchester rapper of North African descent, alongside London rappers Jaykae, Kwengface and 23 Unofficial. (28 Feb 2019)
 

   

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Chemical Brothers (7)up 6 ~ The Chemical Brothers Listen
We've Got To Try
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 the fourth track from April's forthcoming "No Geography" album. (8 Mar)

See them live: CREAMFIELDS - 22nd Aug 2019 & MANCHESTER ARENA - 22nd Nov 2019
   
Morrissey (6)up 7 ~ Morrissey Listen
It's Over
The cover of the Roy Orbison classic is the first track to be taken from the controversial former Smiths frontman's upcoming "California Son" covers album (due 24th May), which is set to feature Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear (22 Feb)

   
Chemical Brothers (New)up 8 ~ The Chemical Brothers & Riton Listen
Got To Keep On (Riton Remix)
Two of electronicas finest acts, both whom started their careers in Manchester, collaborate for this brilliant remix. Geordie DJ, Henry Smithson, who started out with Mark Rae's Grand Central label in 2001, whilst working at the Fat City Records shop, provides his take on the single from 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. (15 Mar)

See them live: CREAMFIELDS - 22nd Aug 2019 & MANCHESTER ARENA - 22nd Nov 2019
   
Torture (11)up 9 ~ Cabbage Listen
Torture
A catchy new single from the Mossley socialist political punk rockers (28 Feb 2019)
See them live in Manchester: YES - 25th Apr & DEAF INSTITUTE - 26th Apr
See them supporting BLOSSOMS: EDGLEY PARK - 22nd June

   
Kill Miami (New)up 10 ~ Kill Miami Listen
Dark Horses
The Mancunian hip hop producer teams up with Wu Tang Clan star Raekwon, influential American hardcore hip hop star KRS-One and Bradford rapper Lunar C for his new single. (9 Mar 2019)
 

   

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Robbie Williams (New)up 11 ~ Robbie Williams Listen
Electrico Romantico (Remixes)
The "Knutsford City Limits" Stoke-on-Trent pop legend, who found fame with Manchester boy band Take That, provides vocals on the remixes of Bob Sinclair's ode to phone addiction. (8 Mar 2019)
 

   
Lamb (New)up 12 ~ Lamb Listen
Moonshine
With echoes of Ane Brun, the mega popular Mancunian folk electronica duo release the second single from the forthcoming "The Secret of Letting Go" (due 26th April) featuring Irish reggae singer Cian Finn. (9 Mar 2019)
 

   
Tim Bowness (14)up 13 ~ Tim Bowness Listen
Flowers At The Scene
The superb new solo album from Stockton Heath's art rock No-Man star, features Manchester legends Kevin Godley (10CC) and Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), as well as Andy Partridge (XTC), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Jim Matheos (Fates Warning/OSI), and David Longdon (Big Big Train) (1 Mar 2019)
 

   
The Halle (17)up 14 ~ Hallé Listen
Shoshtakovich:Symphony No. 5 & Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin
Sir Mark Elder's acclaimed Dmitri Shostakovich interpretations continue with this live concert recording of one of the composer's most popular symphonies, coupled with a work which reveals one of its most enigmatic secrets. Live recording from Bridgewater Hall performance in January 2018. (1 March)

 
   
Chappaqua Wrestling (18)up 15 ~ Chappaqua Wrestling Listen
Cry Every Time
The new single from Manchester-based Brighton Americana duo Charlie Woods and Jake Mac (25 Feb)

   

 
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Futurecop & Parallels (15)down 16 ~ Futurecop! Listen
This Moment Forever
Manchester composer Manzur Iqbal joins forces once more with Canadian electro popster Parallels for his latest single. (1 Mar 2019)

 
   
Rory Wynne (20)up 17 ~ Rory Wynne Listen
Getting Over It
The new single from Conrad Murray's latest act, the 18 year old Stockport rocker, who first enjoyed radio play as a 13 year old and went on to support Blossoms at Castlefield Bowl. (26 Feb 2019)

   
Francis Lung (19)up 18 ~ Francis Lung Listen
I Wanna Live In My Dreams
The new dreamy 60s sounding single from the former WU LYF songwriter and bassist (26 Feb)

   
Prima (23)up 19 ~ Prima Listen
Discover
The Manchester singer provides the vocals to the new single from Kent drum & bass duo Shapes. (1 Mar)

   
Mecca:83 (24)up 20 ~ Mecca:83 Listen
Amber Hue
Manchester deep jazz DJ Evan Jones delivers another brilliant soulful single with American musician Buscrates & Danish producer J Vibes (26 Mar 2019)
 

   

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The BReath (26)up 21 ~ The Breath Listen
No You Keep It (Acoustic)
The second of two new tracks from Rioghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum's bewitching folk project, with acoustic performances of tracks from their "Let The Cards Fall" album set for release. (8 Mar 2019)
 

   
Dario G (25)up 22 ~ Dario G Listen
Savour The Miracle of Life (Acoustics, Instrumentals and Accapella)
Crewe-born Paul Spencer offers an instrumental version of the first ever Dario G single to feature a male vocalist, David Amaro, with his Salford University formed electronica group. (1 Mar)
 

   
Ting Tings (27)up 23 ~ The Ting Tings Listen
Blacklight (Niamh Remix)
The latest remix from Katie and Jules' "Black Light" album (1 Mar 2019)
 

   
Pacific (29)up 24 ~ Pacific Listen
Clarity
The new single from the Northwich anthemic piano driven indie band. (1 Mar 2019)
 See them live: WARRINGTON - 15th March

   
James Holt (28)up 25 ~ James Holt Listen
Come Out To Play
Yet another brilliant new single from the highly-acclaimed Manchester singer songwriter (1 March)
 See him supporting PROSE & MANCHESTER CAMERATA: ACADEMY 2 - 23rd March
 See him supporting SOUND OF THE SIRENS: BAND ON THE WALL - 28th March

   

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Dirty Laces (New)up 26 ~ Dirty Laces Listen
Moving Pictures
The new single from the Mancunian indie five piece. (11 Mar 2019)

   
Discotron (33)up 27 ~ Discotron Listen
Love & Happiness
Teaming up with French producer Alan Junior, this is the latest disco single from the same Stockport producer behind Discotron, Daft Funk, Weekend Players, Boogie Freaks, Disko Junkie, Audio Jacker, Martello, Jack Le Funk, Serial Thrilla, Giorgio Rodgers, Soul Power, Hype The Phunk, Phunk Rokerz, and countless other aliases on his Tasty Recordings label. (8 Mar 2019)
 

   
Skittles (35)up 28 ~ Skittles Listen
Init

The Gorse Hill rapper returns with his latest autobiographical single. (1 Mar)

 
   
Chemical Brothers (30)up 29 ~ The Chemical Brothers Listen
WGTT15000BPM F1 NEEEUM MIX
Teaming up with F1, 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, have transformed brilliantnew track We've Got To Try" into the iconic sound of an F1 car roaring past at high speed, clocking in as the fastest remix of all time, at just 3 seconds long. (7 Mar)

See them live: CREAMFIELDS - 22nd Aug 2019 & MANCHESTER ARENA - 22nd Nov 2019
   
Blind Mic (32)up 30 ~ Blind Mic & July 7 Listen
Starz & Stripez
Wonderful soulful duet, recorded in New York, from two of 0161's finest musicians. (6 Mar)

 

   

 
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KSR (New)up 31 ~ [K S R] & Time Elijah Listen
Headloss
A new single from the hotly tipped Manchester soul singer, featuring Time Elijah. (15 Mar 2019)

 

   
Slydigs (34)up 32 ~ Slydigs Listen
Think & You'll Miss It
The brilliant Warrington rockers are back with a new four track EP, including a longer version of last summer's single "Sleep In The Wind" (28 Feb)

   
Henge (36)up 33 ~ Henge Listen
Demilitarise
Think Ian Brown jamming with Cabbage in a space ship, and you have the brilliant 9 minute long political demand from the amazing Mancunian cosmic rockers. A remix EP has also been released (1 Mar)

   
Slamboree (New)up 34 ~ Slamboree Listen
Big Love (The Remixes)
San Diego DJ Wes Smith and Birmingham's Hybrid Theory remix the new single from multi-award winning Bristol musician Mike Freear’s festival circus act, built around the vocals of Manchester's Kathika Rabbit. (15 Mar 2019)

 

   
Boogie Freaks (38)up 35 ~ Boogie Freaks Listen
Rock The Disco
Another disco single to clap your hands and move your feet to from the same Stockport producer behind Discotron, Daft Funk, Weekend Players, Disko Junkie, Audio Jacker, Martello, Jack Le Funk, Serial Thrilla, Giorgio Rodgers, Soul Power, Hype The Phunk, Phunk Rokerz, and countless other aliases on his Tasty Recordings label. (1 Mar 2019)
 

   

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Giorgio Rodgers (New)up 36 ~ Giorgio Rodgers Listen
Put Up Your Hands
This weeks single from the same Stockport producer behind Discotron, Daft Funk, Weekend Players, Disko Junkie, Audio Jacker, Martello, Jack Le Funk, Serial Thrilla, Boogie Freaks, Soul Power, Hype The Phunk, Phunk Rokerz, and countless other aliases on his Tasty Recordings label. (15 Mar 2019)
 

   
Jazz Purple (39)up 37 ~ Michelle Platnum & Jazz Purple Listen
Energy
The debut solo single from the H "Two" O and Platnum Mancunian singer Michelle McKenna, features brilliant Manchester producer and long time Bipolar Sunshine collaborator, Olaoluwa Olamide Modupe-Ojo (who is married to Prince Charles' niece). (25 Feb 2019)
 

   
Puppet Theory (41)up 38 ~ Puppet Theory Listen
Strike Three
The Manchester-formed pop punk indie rockers return with a new single. (6 Mar)

 

   
Strika0161 (40)up 39 ~ Strika 0161 Listen
Grind
The brand new single from the Stockport rapper (24 Feb)
 

   
Dantevilles (42)up 40 ~ Dantevilles Listen
Bloomin' Flowers
The latest single from the Mancunian alt-pop rockers (8 Mar)

 

   

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Cleargreen (37)down 41 ~ Cleargreen Listen
Blue Lights (Sirens)
The new Spotify cover of Jorja Smith's single by the anthemic Kearsley indie rockers, recorded 5 months ago live at Vibe Studio Manchester. (1 Mar)

See them live at JIMMY'S - 28th June 2019

   
Bright Black (43)up 42 ~ The Bright Black Listen
Super Duper
More 80s influences from BIMM Manchester’s indie soul band (1 March 2019)

   
Edward II (44)up 43 ~ Edward II Listen
T & Latouche: Tales from an Urban Safari
Jamaican reggae meets traditional English country dance, as the unique Manchester group drop their third album, which includes a remix from Manchester reggae star Nucleus Roots. (8 Mar)

 

   
Lyerr (47)up 44 ~ Lyerr Listen
Fun To Lie
The new single from the young Mancunian indie rockers (1 Mar)
  See them live: NIGHT PEOPLE - 5th April

   
King Kartel (45) 45 ~ King Kartel Listen
Lock & Load

Another rocking single from the catchy Manchester band. (4 Mar)

See them live: MANCHESTER ACADEMY 3 - 10 May 2019
   

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Tonica (46) 46 ~ TONICA Listen
This Is The Last Time
A hook heavy new single from the Mancunian electro pop duo (1 Mar)

   
The Rants (New)up 47 ~ The Rants Listen
Dangerous Game
The debut single from the young Manchester indie punk rockers (8 Mar)
  See them live with STEREOHAZE: 78 SACKVILLE STREET - 12th April

   
Steroehaze (New)up 48 ~ Stereohaze Listen
Contain Yourself
The excellent new single from the young Manchester rockers (3 Mar)
  See them live with THE RANTS: 78 SACKVILLE STREET - 12th April

   
Lishprod (New)up 49 ~ Lishprod, Rush BG & JXSTXR Listen
Trappers on da Block
The new collaboration between the three Manchester rappers. (3 Mar 2019)
 

   
Anamelia (New)up 50 ~ Anamelia Listen
Elements
The new three track EP from Manchester raised Polish songstress, Angelika Kuliga features previous singles "Clouds" and "Storm", and includes new track "Wind". (8 Mar 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.
 

John Mayall (Jazz) 2 ~ John Mayall Listen
Nobody Told Me
Topping the UK Jazz & Blues Chart (this week no.2), the new studio album from the 85 year old Macclesfield Godfather of British Blues, and former Manchester School of Art student, boasts an impressive list of guest guitarists, including Joe Bonamassa, Todd Rundgren, Little Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band (and Sopranos), Alex Lifeson from Rush, Larry McCray and Carolyn Wonderland. Recorded at The Foo Fighters' Studio 606, using the same legendary Sound City Neve console his one-time protégés, Fleetwood Mac, used to record "Rumors". This is the blues at its absolute best, from one of Manchester's finest ever musicians. (15 Feb)

 
   
Ariana Grande (Singles) 4 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored
Florida's Manchester Bee tattoo-wearing, first Honorary Citizen of Manchester - now the most popular artist in the world on Spotify - knocked her own "7 Rings" single off the UK no.1 singles chart spot with this album track from her chart-topping "7 Rings" album, before swapping places at the top, the following week. (8 Feb 2019)

   
Russell Watson (Classical) 4 ~ 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)

 
   
Ariana Grande (Singles) down 6 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
7 rings
With almost 454 million streams in a month, the first Honorary Citizen of Manchester spent three weeks at the top of the UK singles chart with this single from her chart-topping fifth album, before being knocked down to no.2 by her own "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored", .swapping places once more the following week. (18 Jan 2019)

   
Ariana Grande (Albums) down 8 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
thank u, next
The new album from Florida's Manchester Bee tattoo-wearing, first Honorary Citizen of Manchester - now the most popular artist in the world on Spotify - topped the UK charts for three weeks before being displaced by Manchester's Tom Walker. After announcing she will headline Manchester Pride, she has confirmed plans for another "special concert" in the city. (8 Feb 2019)

   
Tom Walker (Singles)down 10 ~ Tom Walker Listen
Just You and I
Reaching its highest UK chart position to date, this studio re-recording of 2017's acoustic single from the mega popular Macclesfield vocalist, heralds his forthcoming "What A Time to Be Alive" album (due March 2019), (11 Jan 2019)

See him live: MANCHESTER ACADEMY - 27th April 2019
   
John Mayall (Jazz & Blues)down 17 ~ John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers Listen
Blues Breakers
The legendary debut album from the Macclesfield Godfather of British Blues, re-enters the Jazz & Blues chart. Showcasing a young Eric Clapton it is one of the best albums of all time (22 July 1966)

 
   
The 1975 (Albums)down 32 ~ 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 with their incredible Brit Award Winning 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)

 
   
Ariana Grande (Albums) down 37 ~ The Specials Listen
Encore
The Coventry ska legends, fronted by Terry Hall - who moved to Stockport to be closer to his beloved Manchester United - scored their first ever UK chart topping album (this week no.7). It is the band's first work with their legendary singer since 1981's "Ghost Town". (1 Feb 2019)
 See them live: ACADEMY - 28th April 2019
   
Ariana Grande (Albums)down 40 ~ 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 the Manchester tribute "No Tears Left To Cry", alongside Top 10 singles "God Is A Woman" and "Breathin'" amongst other charting tracks. (21 Aug 2018)

   
Ariana Grande (SIngles) down 43 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
thank u, next
The chart-topping title track from the first Honorary Citizen of Manchester's no.1 album re-enters the chart. (4 Nov 2018)

   

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Tom Walker (Singles)down 45 ~ 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 203 million Spotify streams. (13 Oct 2017)

   
Oasis
(Albums)down 45 ~ Oasis Listen

Time Flies 1994 - 2009
The 288th 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

   
Take That (Albums)up 54 ~ 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
   
Oasis (Albums) down 69 ~ Oasis Listen
What's The Story Morning Glory
The 375th 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

   
Ariana Grande (Albums) down 98 ~ 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)

   
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