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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 24 April 2019 ~
Ariana Grande (1) 1 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
Monopoly
Another potty mouthed single for your teenage daughters to sing into their comb, from the first Honorary Citizen of Manchester, Florida's Manchester Bee tattoo-wearing superstar - now the most popular artist in the world on Spotify - Clocking up over 39 million streams in a month, this duet with Victoria Monet, falls from no,23 in the UK singles charts to no.30. She is set to confirm plans for another "special concert" in Manchester after she has headlined Manchester Pride. (1 Apr 2019)

   
Chemical Brothers (3)up 2 ~ The Chemical Brothers Listen
No Geography
London superstar DJs 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 ninth studio album. Entering the UK album charts at no.4, could it be their seventh consecutive UK chart topper?. (12 Apr)

See them live: CREAMFIELDS - 22nd Aug 2019 & MANCHESTER ARENA - 22nd Nov 2019
   
Aitch (5)up 3 ~ Aitch Listen
Keisha & Becky (Remix)

The latest single from the mega-popular New Moston grime artist to challenge the feminist movement, sees him join forces with London drill rappers Russ Splash, Tion Wayne, Swams, Sav'o & JAY1 (11 Apr 2019)

 
   
Geko (7)up 4 ~ Geko Listen
New Money
The popular Manchester rapper enters the UK Charts at no.49 with his new collaboration with two others from North African descent, US Moroccan French Montana and London's Ay Em for this single. (11 Apr 2019)

   
Cassia (6)up 5 ~ Cassia Listen
Replica
The debut album from the Paul Simon's "Gracelands" inspired Macclesfield afro beat trio brings a sunny glow to "Manchester city, frozen over" and includes singles "100 Times Over", "Sink", "Out of Her Mind", "Get Up Tight", "Loosen Up", "Small Spaces" and "Replica". (29 Mar 2019)

   

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Chase & Status (11)up 6 ~ Chase & Status Listen
Program

The London drum & bass duo, Saul Milton and Will Kennard, who started their musical career whilst living together as students in Manchester (2003), latest single with Irah has echoes of Manchester band Audioweb. (12 Apr)

 
   
Push Baby (9)up 7 ~ Push Baby Listen
Mama's House

Well this is comeback you probably don't recognise. Four years after being dropped from their record label, despite topping the UK charts and enjoying over a third of a billion Spotify plays (putting them in the Top 25 of our Top 100 Manchester musicians chart), Manchester boy band Rixton, return in their new guise, with a brilliant new track. (5 Apr)

 
   
Morrissey (13)up 8 ~ Morrissey Listen
Wedding Bell Blues
The cover of the 1969 5th Dimension's track, is the third track to be released from the controversial former Smiths frontman's upcoming "California Son" covers album (due 24th May). Featuring Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and The Regrettes’ Lydia Night (8 Apr)

   
David GRay (12)up 9 ~ David Gray Listen
The West Coast of Clare
The Altrincham folk rocker provides vocals to the beautiful track on the star-studded new album from Irish folk band Dervish (12 Apr)

   
Blossoms (New)up 10 ~ Blossoms Listen
I've Seen The Future
A song recorded during the Stockport band's 'Cool Like You' sessions and taken from the limited edition Record Store Day UK version of the UK no.4 album, has now been released as a single (13 Apr)

   

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Chemical Brothers (15)up 11 ~ The Chemical Brothers Listen
Got To Keep On (Midland Remix)
Leeds techno, house and bass DJ Midland provides the latest 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. (5 Apr)

See them live: CREAMFIELDS - 22nd Aug 2019 & MANCHESTER ARENA - 22nd Nov 2019
   
Crazy P
(16)up 12 ~ Crazy P Listen

The Witness
You can almost picture Eddie Murphy in "Beverley Hills Cop" staking out a drug baron's mansion to the soundtrack of the new single from Bury's Danielle Moore and the Crazy Penis boys (5 Apr 2019)

   
Zeph (New)up 13 ~ Zeph Listen
Pull Up
Ashton's Zephaniah Cunningham, the latest hotly tipped rapper to appear from the Manchester freestyle scene releases his latest single. (11 Apr)

 
   
Chloe Foy (17)up 14 ~ Chloe Foy Listen
Oh You Are Not Well

Another amazing track from the popular classically inspired Manchester indie folk artist, currently riding high in our Top 100 Manchester musicians chart with over 320,000 Spotify listeners per month (5 Apr)

 See her live at THE CASTLE - 6th Apr
   
Shura (21)up 15 ~ Shura Listen
BKLYNLDN - i_vu London Dub
The popular Manchester raised, London based singer and former Manchester City Girls player has her latest single remixed (10 Apr)
 See her live at O2 RITZ - 18th Nov 2019

   

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(18)up 16 ~ The Breath Listen

Only Stories (Let The Cards Fall Revisited)
The acoustic re-recording of the brilliant "Let The Cards Fall" album from Rioghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum's bewitching folk project. (5 Apr 2019)
  See them live at GORILLA - 18th Oct
   
ACR (23)up 17 ~ A Certain Ratio Listen
Houses In Motion
Factory records funky jazz stars celebrate their 40th anniversary this year with a new box set, "ACR:BOX", due 3rd May. Featuring over 20 unreleased tracks including this 1980's Talking Heads cover, which Grace Jones recorded but never completed vocals for. (3 Apr 2019)
See them live at YES - 24th & 25th May 2019
   
Skittles (19)up 18 ~ Skittles Listen
Poor On Purpose

The popular Gorse Hill rapper delivers his second album, featuring local talent like long term collaborators DRS, Fox, Think Tonk, and Truthos Mufasa and includes singles "Take Me Away", "The Danger", "Init", and "Problematic" (12 Apr)

 
   
Planningtorock (20)up 19 ~ Planningtorock Listen
Surrounded (Planningtorock Remix)

The Berlin-based "Let's Talk About Gender Baby" Boltonian left-field queer dance producer and vocalist, Jam Rostrom, remixes the new single from Austrian singer Soap&Skin. (2 Apr)

 
   
Synkro (22)up 20 ~ Synkro Listen
Piano \ Voice
The new ambient single from atmospheric drum n bass producer Joe McBride. (3 Apr)

 

   

 
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Jesca Hoop (24)up 21 ~ Jesca Hoop Listen
Shoulder Charge
Joining up with New York folk rockers Lucius, this single sees the welcome return of the popular Californian folk singer who moved to Chorlton in 2008 after meeting Elbow's tour manager, Tom Piper. Heavily immersed into the Manchester scene, she has worked with Guy Garvey, Chloe Foy and Fingathing. (12 Apr 2018)

See her live at HOME MANCHESTER - 3rd Oct 2019

   
Synkro (New)up 22 ~ Synkro Listen
Prefab
Atmospheric drum n bass producer Joe McBride joins forces with Budapest DJ Gelka for this single. (19 Apr)

 

   
Gwilym Simcock (25)up 23 ~ Gwilym Simcock Listen
Beautiful Is Our Moment (For Billy Childs) - Part III
The second track to be released from the forthcoming album "Near and Now" (26th April) from the celebrated Welsh jazz pianist who studied classical piano, French horn and composition at Chetham's School, under the tutelage of Les Chisnall, who he dedicates tracks on the album to,  (12 Apr)

 

   
July 7 (New)up 24 ~ July 7 Listen
Angels & Demons
The new single from the soulful Manchester artist  (19 Apr)

 

   
Gwilym Simcock (New)up 25 ~ Primal Scream Listen
Velocity Girl
After being sacked by Manchester band The Wake in 1983, Glaswegian bass player Bobby Gillespie briefly joined The Jesus & Mary Chain before reuniting with his childhood group to record this jingly guitar B-side in 1986 - shortly before they would recruit Henry Olsen and Phillip "Toby" Tomanov from Nico's Manchester backing band The Faction, and Mancunian singer Denise Johnson. Reminiscent of the early Stone Roses (with future Primal Scream bass player, Mani) who were fresh on the Manchester scene at the time. Remastered and reissued  (18 Apr)

See them live: WARRINGTON - 25th May

   

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Abbie Ozard (44)up 26 ~ Abbie Ozard Listen
Only You
The catchy new single from the Nantwich singer songwriter is reminiscent of classic Blondie or 90's Manchester formed act Sleeper, who also have a new album out at the moment (12 Apr)

See her live: AATMA MANCHESTER - 18th April

   
mason Maynard (New)up 27 ~ Mason Maynard Listen
Reconcile EP
The hotly tipped young Manchester DJ, releases his latest EP (19 Apr 2019)

 

   
Gwilym Simcock (28) 28 ~ Flook Listen
Ancora
Wow! It may be 14 years since their last album, however the traditional Irish folk band, formed 25 years ago by legendary Mancunian flute player Michael McGoldrick, takes the incredible level of "Haven", where they left of, even higher. Their post McGoldrick line up remains, with Irish Mancunian bodhran player John Joe Kelly, Bath based Lúnasa guitarist Ed Boyd - a stalwart of the Manchester Irish scene - and original flute players Sarah Allen and Brian Finnegan. Incredible musicianship,  (12 Apr)

See them live at BURY MET - 12th May 2019

   
False Advertising (New)up 29 ~ False Advertising Listen
You Won't Feel Love

The latest single from the popular Manchester-based alternative rock trio (15 Apr)

 
   
Sly Antics (29)down 30 ~ Sly Antics Listen
Reality
The powerful new single from the superb Manchester-based Hebdon Bridge duo (5 Apr)

See them live at SACRED TRINITY CHURCH - 12th April 2019

   

 
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DRS (New)up 31 ~ DRS Listen
Crazy / Far Away
Manchester's in demand Delroy Pottinger provides the vocals to the new double A side single from London drum n bass act Critical Impact. (19 Apr)

 

   
Husk (New)up 32 ~ Husk Listen
Could You Forgive Me
The new single from the Manchester based artist described by BBC 6 Music as "the outsider popstar we've all been waiting for". (19 Apr 2019)

 

   
Clevv & Tyreezy (New)up 33 ~ Clevv & Tyreezy Listen
True Stories
The new single from popular Manchester rapper Clev Beadle sees him collaborate with the Withington/Hulme rapper, Tyrell Morrison  (17 Apr)

 

   
Ravellas (40)up 34 ~ Ravellas Listen
Worse Places
Another anthemic single from Wigan's up tempo indie rockers. (12 Apr 2018)

 See them live at THE OLD COURTS WIGAN - 14th Jun 2019

   
Larkins (New)up 35 ~ Larkins Listen
Live At The Albert Hall, Manchester
The fantastic live recording of the Glossop four piece's homecoming concert at Manchester's Albert Hall in March showcases their 80s synths, hair metal-inspired guitars and anthemic choruses that has seen them compared to The 1975 and Blossoms. Manchester's next big thing? The crowd here certainly think so! (19 Apr 2019)

 See them live at MATLOCK ~ 2ndth July 2019
   

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32 Tens (New)up 36 ~ 32 Tens Listen
Kill My Mind (Radio Edit)
A new shorter version of the December 2017 single from the Warrington/Manchester rockers. (19 Apr 2019)

 

   
Dario G (New)up 37 ~ Dario G & 5&Dime Listen
Savour The Miracle of Life (Remixes)
The Salford University dance act from Crewe-born Paul Spencer see their latest single, the first ever Dario G single to feature a male vocalist, David Amaro, remixed by Manchester's 5&Dime, as well as Dirtydisco, Magnetik Island, Lewis John, and Ryan Dwayne. (19 Apr)
 

   
Joseph Edmund (32)down 38 ~ Joseph Edmund Listen
Faffin EP
The Spotify pre-release of the new EP from the popular Manchester underground techno and house DJ,  (19 Apr)

 

   
Claremont (New)up 39 ~ Claremont Listen
Ebb Tide / Self
Two new minimalistic pieces from former Spring King member, unsigned Salford producer James Green. (14 Apr)
 

   
Cosmo Calling (36)down 40 ~ Cosmo Calling Listen
Blister

Yet another strong new single from the talented Manchester male and female fronted five piece rock band. We expect big things from this lot. (12 Apr)

 
   

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Audio Jacker (New)up 41 ~ Audio Jacker Listen
Keep The Lights On
The 443rd weekly (forgettable) release from the same Stockport producer behind Discotron, Daft Funk, Weekend Players, Disko Junkie, Martello, Jack Le Funk, Serial Thrilla, Georgio Rodgers, Thrilla, Boogie Freaks, Soul Power, Hype The Phunk, Phunk Rokerz, and countless other aliases on his Tasty Recordings label. (19 Apr 2019)
 

   
Pacific (New)up 42 ~ Pacific Listen
Let Me Out
The new single from the Northwich anthemic piano driven indie band. (19 Apr 2019)

See them live at NIGHT PEOPLE - 7th Sep 2019

   
Jack Le Funk (43) 43 ~ Jack Le Funk Listen
Only You
The 442nd weekly funky house release from the same Stockport producer behind Discotron, Daft Funk, Weekend Players, Disko Junkie, Audio Jacker, Martello, Serial Thrilla, Georgio Rodgers, Thrilla, Boogie Freaks, Soul Power, Hype The Phunk, Phunk Rokerz, and countless other aliases on his Tasty Recordings label. (12 Apr 2019)
 

   
Delights (New)up 44 ~ Delights Listen
Daydream

The new single from the jingly guitared Madchester influenced young Manchester indie rockers. (19 Apr)

 
   
The Membranes (New)up 45 ~ The Membranes Listen
A Strange Perfume
The new single from John Robb's post punk band. (19 Apr 2019)

See them live at o2 RITZ - 8th June 2019

   

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The Membranes (New)up 46 ~ The Lathums Listen
Crying Out
The brilliant new single from the young Wigan four piece. (10 Apr 2019)

 

   
KIME (New)up 47 ~ K.I.M.E Listen
Ed Toppa
The new single from the Moss Side rapper, formerly known as Shakz. (17 Apr 2019)

 

   
Joseph Edmund (48) 48 ~ Joseph Edmund Listen
Correct Things (Joseph Edmund Remix)
The Manchester underground techno and house DJ remixes the new single from Svan Gianz(12 Apr)

 

   
Steroehaze (49) 49 ~ Stereohaze Listen
Fight For Your Future
The excellent 5 track EP from the young Manchester rockers boasts great guitar riffs and catchy lyrics (12 Apr)

   
The Membranes (New)up 50 ~ SUNGLO Listen
Elevator Belle
The new single from the melodic progressive Manchester rock quartet. (19 Apr 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.
 

Tom Walker (Albums)down 5 ~ 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.4). Absolutely brilliant stuff, featuring duets with Zara Larsson and Rudimental, (1 Mar 2019)

See him live: MANCHESTER ACADEMY - 27th April 2019
   
Tom Walker (Singles)up 5 ~ Tom Walker Listen
Just You and I
The mega popular Chelmsford vocalist's highest UK singles chart hit is a studio re-recording of 2017's acoustic single, reaching no.3 and scored over 60 million Spotify streams (11 Jan 2019)

See him live: MANCHESTER ACADEMY - 27th April 2019
   
Ariana Grande (Albums) down 12 ~ 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)

   
Russell Watson (Classical)down 17 ~ 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)

 
   
John Mayall (Jazz & Blues) down 22 ~ John Mayall Listen
Nobody Told Me
Topping the UK Jazz & Blues Chart, 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)

 
   
John Mayall (Jazz & Blues)up 24 ~ 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)

 
   
Take That (Albums)up 28 ~ 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 - 25th, 26th & 27th April 2019
   
Oasis
(Albums)up 38 ~ Oasis Listen

Time Flies 1994 - 2009
The 293rd 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

   
Ariana Grande (Singles)down 39 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored
With over 290 million streams, 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)

   
Halle (Classical) up 40 ~ Hallé Choir & Sir John Barbirolli Listen
Elgar ~ The Dream of Gerontius
Twenty years on, the 1999 album (of the classic 1965 recording) from the legendary conductor and Manchester's leading choir re-enters the UK classical charts. (20 Sep 1999)

   
Ariana Grande (Singles) up 42 ~ Ariana Grande Listen
7 rings
With almost 582 million streams, 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 53 ~ 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)

   

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The 1975 (Albums)down 60 ~ 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)

 
   
Tom Walker (Singles)down 61 ~ 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 223 million Spotify streams. (13 Oct 2017)

   
Oasis (Albums) down 69 ~ Oasis Listen
What's The Story Morning Glory
The 380th 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

   
Courteeners
(Albums)up 97 ~ Courteeners Listen

Falcon
The Manchester stadium rockers' UK no.6 second album re-enters the charts following its limited edition 180 gram white vinyl Record Store Day 2019 release (22 Feb 2010)
See them live with JAMES at HEATON PARK - 15th June 2019

   
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