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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 5 February 2019 ~
Ariana Grande (New) up 1 ~ 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. She is currently planning to return to the city with "a special show" additional to her world tour. (8 Feb 2019)
 

   
Ariana Grande (1) down 2 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
7 rings
With over 224 million streams in three weeks, Florida's Manchester Bee tattoo-wearing, first Honorary Citizen of Manchester - now the most popular artist in the world on Spotify - spends a second week at the top of the UK singles chart with the latest single from her forthcoming fifth album. She is currently planning to return to the city with "a special show" additional to her world tour. (18 Jan 2019)
 

   
Robbie Williams (5)up 3 ~ Robbie Williams Listen
Electrico Romantico
The "Knutsford City Limits" Stoke-on-Trent pop legend, who found fame with Manchester boy band Take That, provides vocals to Bob Sinclair's ode to phone addiction. (18 Jan 2019)
 

   
Ian Brown (6)up 4 ~ Ian Brown Listen
Ripples
King Monkey's first solo album in 10 years enters the UK charts at no.4, and serves as the long-awaited follow-up to 2009's "My Way". Self-produced, the former Stone Roses frontman wrote the majority of the tracks, created the artwork and played most of the instruments, sharing co-writing credits with his sons on three songs, who also provided additional instrumental contributions. (1 Feb 2019)

 
   
Chemical Brothers (9)up 5 ~ The Chemical Brothers Listen
Got To Keep On
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 second single from April's forthcoming "No Geography" album. (1 Feb)

See them live: CREAMFIELDS - 22nd Aug 2019 & MANCHESTER ARENA - 22nd Nov 2019
   

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Ariana Grande (New) up 6 ~ The Specials Listen
Encore
The Coventry ska legends, fronted by Terry Hall - who moved to Stockport to be closer to his beloved Manchester United - score their first ever UK chart topping album. 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
   
The Cinematic Orchestra (7) 7 ~ The Cinematic Orchestra Listen
A Caged Bird / Imitations Of Life
The London/Manchester nu jazz favourites are back with their first album and tour in over 12 years, "To Believe", (due March 15th), heralded by this surprise release, featuring Roots Manuva on vocals. (15 Jan 2019)

See him live at MANCHESTER ACADEMY - 30th March 2019
   
Robbie Williams (8) 8 ~ Robbie Williams Listen
Gold
The "Knutsford City Limits" Stoke-on-Trent pop legend, who found fame with Manchester boy band Take That, releases another previously unreleased demo from the upcoming third instalment of his "Under The Radar" series, which is out on February 14. (18 Jan 2019)
 

   
Richard AShcroft (10)up 9 ~ Richard Ashcroft Listen
Natural Rebel (Deluxe)
A re-issued deluxe version of the UK no.4 album from the former Verve frontman and Wigan legend, includes two new tracks including the brilliant acoustic non-album single, "Rare Vibration". (18 Jan 2019)

See him live at NEIGHBOURHOOD FESTIVAL - Sunday 26th May 2019
   
David GRay (14)up 10 ~ David Gray Listen
Watching The Waves
The third brilliant single teaser from the Altrincham folk rocker's forthcoming "Gold In A Brass Age" album, (due 8th March). (25 Jan 2019)

See him live at THE BRIDGEWATER HALL - 22nd March 2019
   

 
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Lost Under Heaven (15)up 11 ~ Lost Under Heaven Listen
Love Hates What You Become
The superb second album from ex-Wu Lyf frontman Ellery James Roberts and his Dutch girlfriend Ebony Hoorn, whom he met whilst living in an abandoned Manchester terrace. Written in Manchester and recorded in Los Angeles, it features Swans drummer Thor Harris. Brilliant stuff! (18 Jan 2019)
 

   
Rowetta (16)up 12 ~ Rowetta Listen
Another Mimosa
The Fun Lovin' Criminals return with their first album in nine years, cementing their close ties with Manchester, by featuring the former Happy Mondays vocalist on the brilliant Chic-flavoured track "Daylight". (18 Jan)

See THE FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS live at MANCHESTER ACADEMY - 29th Mar 2019
   
Lamb (17)up 13 ~ Lamb Listen
Armageddon Waits
The mega popular Mancunian folk electronica duo return with their first single from the forthcoming "The Secret of Letting Go" (due April). (21 Jan 2019)
 

   
Solardo (New)up 14 ~ Solardo Listen
Tango Wango

Popular Manchester House music duo Mark Richards and James Eliot return with a new single. (3 Aug)

See them live: PARKLIFE - 8th June 2019 & CREAMFIELDS - 22nd Aug 2019
   
Crazy P
(22)up 15 ~ Crazy P Listen

SOS
Bury's Danielle Moore and the Crazy Penis boys return with yet another funky jazz single (30 Jan 2019)
See them live at PARKLIFE - 8th June 2019

   

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Spring King (24)up 16 ~ Cassia Listen
Small Spaces
The new single from the Paul Simon's "Gracelands" inspired Macclesfield afro beat trio. (1 Feb 2019)

   
Star.One (23)up 17 ~ Star.One Listen
Duppy & Done
Teaming up with Inch and Smoke Boys. the sibbling London garage DJ duo who emerged from the Manchester music collective of DJs, producers and musicians, known as the Murkage Cartel, release this new single. (1 Feb)
 

   
BBC Philharminic (25)up 18 ~ BBC Philharmonic Listen
Arriaga
The latest album in the Salford Quays orchestra's "La Música de España" series looks at Spanish composer: Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, nicknamed after his death as the Spanish Mozart. Despite dying aged just 19, he produced a rich collection of works, including the orchestral "Overture to Los esclavos felices (The Happy Slaves)", "Air from Médée", "Herminie", "Symphony in D minor" and "Overture in D major". (1 Feb)
 

   
Zeph (New)up 19 ~ Zeph Listen
Voice of The Streets Freestyle

Ashton's Zephaniah Cunningham, the latest hotly tipped rapper to appear from the Manchester freestyle scene features on this two track freestyle EP. (31 Jan)

 
   
The Mouse Outfit (26)up 20 ~ The Mouse Outfit, Kill Miami & OneDa Listen
Since Day One
The Mancunian jazz hop collective join forces with the Manchester producer Kill Miami and offer vocal duties to Mancunian melodic rapper OneDa, for this new single. (1 Feb 2019)

See them live at GORILLA - 22nd Feb 2019
   

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Murlo (27)up 21 ~ Murlo Listen
Fauna
The unique Manchester electronic DJ releases the second single from his forthcoming "Dolos" album (due Feb 22nd). (30 Jan 2019)
 

   
Slow Show (New)up 22 ~ The Slow Show Listen
Sharp Scratch
The moody Manchester band return with another amazing single, their first material in over three years. (6 Feb 2019)

 
   
ACR (30)up 23 ~ A Certain Ratio Listen
W.S.L.U.
The Factory Records Manchester post punk funk legends release a melodic new version of 1989's "The Big E (I Won't Stop Loving You)" (22 Jan 2019)

   
Paul Lewis (New)up 24 ~ Paul Lewis Listen
Weber & Schubert Sonatas
The new album from the working class Liverpool-born classical pianist who was accepted into Manchester's Chetham's School of Music at the age of 14 in 1986, graduating four years later in 1990, and going on to become one of the most famous pianists in the world. Coupling together the works of Carl Maria von Weber and Enrico Schubert, in order to paint a different and highly elegant portrait of the two musical dramatists who both died tragically young, in their 30s, whilst emblematic figures of Austro-German Romanticism

 
   
Finley Quaye (New)up 25 ~ Finley Quaye Listen
Faux Naif
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, releases a compilation of all the random cutting floor singles which have appeared, and as quickly been withdrawn, over the past two years. (2 Feb 2019)

 
   

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Ting Tings (New)up 26 ~ The Ting Tings Listen
A&E (IYEARA Remix)
The track from Katie and Jules' "Black Light" album, gets a remix from the London trio with a rather controversial name (8 Feb 2019)
 

   
DRS (35)up 27 ~ DRS Listen
From The Deep
Popular Mancunian drum n bass vocalist Delroy Pottinger releases his soulful new album. (1 Feb)
 

   
Levelz (34)up 28 ~ LEVELZ Listen
Rainy Day (LVL 50)
The new 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. (25 Jan 2019)
 

   
Ist Ist (31)up 29 ~ Ist Ist Listen
Everything Is Different Now
The six track EP from the brilliant dark experimental Joy Division inspired Manchester three piece, features singles "Exist" and "Jennifer's Lips". (25 Jan)

See them live at GORILLA - 16th March 2019
   
White N3rd (New)up 30 ~ White N3rd Listen
Walk Away

The "Freaky With You" Manchester DJ returns with a banging dance track, featuring London vocalist BB Diamond. (8 Feb 2018)

   

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Callow Youth (New)up 31 ~ Callow Youth Listen
Did It Really Matter?
The brilliant rocking new single from the young Manchester five piece, should appeal to fans of The Courteeners (1 Feb 2019)
 See them supporting The Clause at JIMMYS ~ 22nd Feb 2019

   
Mecca:83 (36)up 32 ~ Mecca:83 Listen
Meridian
Manchester deep jazz DJ Evan Jones returns with a brilliant new single, featuring Vermont based producer Es-K (21 Jan 2019)
 

   
The Zangwills (39)up 33 ~ The Zangwills Listen
Sunlight at Midnight
The new single from the charismatic Northwich indie rockers. (1 Feb 2019)
 

   
XXXY (37)up 34 ~ XXXY Listen
Green Porcelain
Manchester bass music synthesist Rupert Taylor provides a remix of London vocalist Rebecca Phillips single. (30 Jan)

 
   
Freeda (New)up 35 ~ Freeda Listen
Plead
The fantastic foot tapping, hand clapping new single from the 5 peice Manchester indie rockers (7 Feb)

 

   

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Dario G (New)up 36 ~ Dario G Listen
Savour The Miracle of Life
Crewe-born Paul Spencer returns with his Salford University formed electronica group, to deliver the first ever Dario G single to feature a male vocalist, David Amaro. (8 Feb)

 

   
Tim Bowness (New)up 37 ~ Tim Bowness Listen
Borderline
The beautiful new solo single from Stockton Heath's former No-Man star, taken from his forthcoming "Flowers at the Scene" album, due in March. (8 Feb 2019)

 

   
Robin Knightz (44)up 38 ~ Robin Knightz Listen

The third single from the talented Harpurhey female rapper. (30 Jan)

 
   
Anamelia (38)down 39 ~ Anamelia Listen
Storm
The excellent new single from Manchester raised Polish songstress, Angelika Kuliga. (23 Jan 2019)
 

   
Lancashire Hotpots (41)up 40 ~ The Lancashire Hotpots Listen
Lean Forward, Lean Backwards
Everybody's favourite Lancashire folk comedy act release a new single with remixes from Ricardo Autobahn. (1 Feb 2019)

   

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Discotron (New)up 41 ~ Discotron Listen
Straight Up Disco EP
The latest funky offering from the same Stockport producer behind Daft Funk, Weekend Players, Audio Jacker, Disko Junkie, Boogie Freaks, 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 Feb 2019)
 

   
Mecca:83 (New)up 42 ~ The Ting Tings Listen
Basement (Boixy Remix)
The track from Katie and Jules' "Black Light" album, gets a remix (8 Feb 2019)
 

   
Mecca:83 (New)up 43 ~ Mecca:83 Listen
Moon Glow
Manchester deep jazz DJ Evan Jones releases yet another brilliant single, featuring Buscrates & J Vibes (4 Feb 2019)
 

   
Nucleus Roots (42)down 44 ~ Nucleus Roots Listen
Lamp To My Feet
The new single from Paul Lush's Manchester reggae act, who have been heavily responsible for the city's Roots Reggae music scene over the past 18 years. Vocals are provided by Sweden's Brother Dan. (31 Jan)
 

   
Audio Jacker (43)down 45 ~ Audio Jacker Listen
Let Me Tell You
The latest funky offering from the same Stockport producer behind Discotron, 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. (25 Jan 2019)
 

   

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Jazz Purple (46) 46 ~ Dean Mac & Jazz Purple Listen
Fire
The Manchester singer teams up with brilliant Manchester producer and long time Bipolar Sunshine collaborator, Olaoluwa Olamide Modupe-Ojo (who is married to Prince Charles' niece). (22 Jan 2019)
 

   
The Recreation (47) 47 ~ The Recreation Listen
Dreambrain
The new single from the hotly tipped Manchester indie rockers. (1 Feb 2019)

   
Jack Le Funk (48) 48 ~ Jack Le Funk Listen
Funk's Vibin' EP
The latest funky offering from the same Stockport producer behind Discotron, Daft Funk, Weekend Players, Audio Jacker, Disko Junkie, Boogie Freaks, Martello, Serial Thrilla, Giorgio Rodgers, Soul Power, Hype The Phunk, Phunk Rokerz, and countless other aliases on his Tasty Recordings label. (1 Feb 2019)
 

   
Lancashire Hotpots (49) 49 ~ Nigel Stonier Listen
Navigate
With a hint of I Am Kloot and Badly Drawn Boy, this is the brilliant new album, which offers a current political and social commentary, from the much sought after Nantwich producer of Robert Plant, Martha Wainwright, Fairport Convention, Gretchen Peters, Clare Teal, and Manchester's Abbie Ozard, amongst others. It features notable guest appearances from his wife Thea Gilmore, as well as Liam Gallagher's cello player, Liz Hanks, and Robbie McIntosh of The Pretenders and Talk Talk. (30 Jan 2019)

   
Maitlands (50) 50 ~ The Maitlands Listen
Bury The Hatchet
The new EP from Oldham's self proclaimed least favourite sons, who claim to lie somewhere between a drunk Smiths and a sober Fall. (1 Feb)
See them live: STAR & GARTER - 9th March 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.
 

Russell Watson (Classical) up 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)

See him live at BRIDGEWATER HALL - 24th Feb 2018
   
Ariana Grande (Albums) down 26 ~ 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 28 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
thank u, next
The UK no.2 single from the first Honorary Citizen of Manchester heralds her forthcoming fifth album, of the same name. (3 Nov 2018)
 

   
The 1975 (Albums)down 30 ~ 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 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)

 
   
Take That (Albums) down 33 ~ 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 42 ~ Oasis Listen

Time Flies 1994 - 2009
The 283rd 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

   
Tom Walker (Singles)down 46 ~ 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)

   
Oasis (Albums)down 57 ~ Oasis Listen
What's The Story Morning Glory
The 370th 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

   
Paul Heaton (Albums)down 60 ~ 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
   
Ariana Grande (Singles)down 71 ~ 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)

 
   
Ariana Grande (Albums) up 76 ~ 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 (Albums) down 93 ~ 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)
 

   
The 1075 (Albums)down 94 ~ The 1975 Listen
I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It
The second chart-topping debut album by the Wilmslow band also recharts. Famous for setting the record for longest title of a US Billboard number-one album (71 characters), it includes hits "Love Me". "Somebody Else", and "The Sound". (26 Feb 2016)
 

   
The 1075 (Albums)down 95 ~ The 1975 Listen
The 1975
The eponymous chart-topping debut album by the Wilmslow band recharts for its 158th week in the Top 100, pushing over 500,000 sales in the UK alone. Includes hits "Chocolate", "The City" and "Sex". (2 Sep 2013)
 

   
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