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Oct 19

Charts – 19 October 2018

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2018 by Paul in Music

Boy, there’s not much of interest going on here…

1.  Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – “Promises”

Oh, this again?  “Promises” returns to number one for a sixth week after what turns out to have been a brief interruption by Dave’s “Funky Friday”.  That track slips to 2.  It’s fairly  close – the equivalent of 1,026 sales.

5.  Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj – “Woman Like Me”


Oct 13

Charts – 12 October 2018

Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2018 by Paul in Music

Well, this is a surprise.

1.  Dave featuring Fredo – “Funky Friday”

Not so much because Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s “Promises” gets knocked back to number 2 after a five-week run – that feels about right.  But this was behind in the midweeks.  It’s an independently released track.  And while Dave – also sometimes known as Santan Dave – has had hit singles before, the biggest was “No Words”, which never got above number 17.  On top of that, while Dave’s a pretty accessible rapper so far as things like delivery and subject matter go, this is still a minimal, mid-paced track without any conventional chorus.  It’s good, but it’s not an obvious number one in any way.  But here we are.


Oct 9

Charts – 5 October 2018

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by Paul in Music

There’s a podcast one post down!  Go listen to that!

But if you’re here for the chart…

1.  Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – “Promises”

Five weeks.  Not much more to be said about that, so…

13.  Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”

Welcome to the post-imperial phase of Lady Gaga’s career.  After a string of big hits between 2009 and 2011, her last two albums struggled to get traction beyond their lead singles.  Diminishing returns have plainly set in, so a drastic change of tack is called for.  And here it is: she’s turned to acting, in a country-rock musical.  It’s a remake of A Star is Born, originally dating from 1937, but also done with Judy Garland and James Mason in the fifties, and Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in the seventies.  Bradley Cooper, who also directs the film, is naturally making his first appearance on the singles chart.  The reviews have been glowing.


Sep 29

Charts – 28 September 2018

Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2018 by Paul in Music

Now this is a busy week.  So bear with me, I’ll be skipping quickly over some of these…

1.  Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – “Promises”

Four weeks, though the margins still aren’t huge – it leads by the equivalent of 6,500 sales, and it’s the sales that tip it over the edge, since it’s only at number 3 on the streaming chart.  A fourth week makes it Sam Smith’s longest running number one, beating last year’s “Too Good at Goodbyes”.  The rest of the top 10 is largely static, with a touch of place-swapping.

10.  Lil Peep & XXXTentacion – “Falling Down”


Sep 23

Charts – 21 September 2018

Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2018 by Paul in Music

It’s one of those weeks when we thank heavens for the albums chart, because there’s really nothing going on with the singles…

1.  Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – “Promises”

That’s three weeks, clinging on by a very narrow margin (the equivalent of 6,000 sales over Benny Blanco at number 2).  Sam Smith managed three weeks with “Too Good at Goodbyes” last year, so if he can manage another week, he’ll set a personal record.

33.  Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William – “Goodbye”


Sep 15

Charts – 14 September 2018

Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2018 by Paul in Music

It’s “not his best work” week on the singles chart.

1.  Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – “Promises”

Two weeks.  Unusually, it’s there on sales; Benny Blanco is the streaming number one.  Weirdly, “Promises” is also number 11 on the utterly-irrelevant physical sales chart, which is almost totally detached from the world of modern pop music.  Have a look if you don’t believe me.

3.  Kanye West & Lil Pump – “I Love It”

Clocking in at just over two minutes, this is the track that Kanye West debuted at this week’s inaugural PornHub awards, of which he was the “creative director”.  The song itself could be politely described as slight.  The video at least goes out of its way to undercut the misogynistic aspects by presenting Kanye and Lil Pump as naughty schoolboys tailing along after Adele Givens.  I wonder whether this did unusually well on video streams, because god knows it’s not much to listen to.


Sep 8

Charts – 7 September 2018

Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2018 by Paul in Music

[Looks at number of new entries this week.  Whimpers.  Cracks knuckles.]

1.  Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – “Promises”

Climbing to number 1 in its third week.  This is Calvin Harris’s tenth number one, the others being “Dance Wiv Me” (2008), “I’m Not Alone” (2009), “We Found Love” (2011), “Sweet Nothing” (2012), “Under Control” (2013), “Summer” (2014), “Blame” (2014), “Feels” (2017), and “One Kiss” (2018).  It’s hard to argue with that sort of track record – yes, two of them are “featuring” credits, but they’re very prominent ones – and clearly his change of direction a year or so back has paid dividends.  He joins a very, very small list of artists with ten or more number one hits – the others are Take That, Madonna, Cliff Richard, Westlife, the Beatles and Elvis Presley.  (He had 21, so there’s still a long way to go…)


Aug 31

Charts – 31 August 2018

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018 by Paul in Music

It’s the weeks like this that I enjoy.

1.  Benny Blanco featuring Halsey & Khalid – “Eastside”

New number one!  That’s not the most interesting thing about this week’s chart, but still, new number one!  “Eastside” has climbed 40-23-12-4-3-1 to get here, and it’s a great pop single (with a very good video), so I’m perfectly happy to see it here.  It might not be here long, though – it only has a very slight margin over the Calvin Harris & Sam Smith single, equivalent to 139 sales.


Aug 28

Charts – 24 August 2018

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by Paul in Music

It’s a busy week, so let’s dive in.

1.  George Ezra – “Shotgun”

Second week in this run, fourth week in total.  But it’s a busy week, so let’s move on…

2.  Calvin Harris & Sam Smith

The follow-up to “One Kiss” is along fairly similar lines – a while back, Calvin Harris made a fairly sharp stylistic turn away from his electropop formula and towards soul.  Now, he seems to have settled into a new formula.  Still, it’s a good formula, and this is one of his better renditions of it; and it suits Sam Smith’s voice, too.  It’s Sam Smith’s first appearance in the top 40 this year, and his first time in the top 10 since last year’s number one “Too Good at Goodbyes”.  This isn’t his primary genre, but he’s cropped up on Disclosure singles before.

8.  Ariana Grande – “Breathin”
22.  Ariana Grande – “Sweetener”

Aug 18

Charts – 17 August 2018

Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2018 by Paul in Music

More of an albums chart week, this.  But let’s quickly knock through the singles chart first.  Believe me, this won’t take long.

1.  George Ezra – “Shotgun”

That’s a little unexpected.  “Shotgun” had two weeks at number one in July, but it’s been stuck at number two for five weeks behind first “Three Lions”, and then Drake.  Returning to number one is less rare than it used to be, though still unusual; returning to number one after five weeks is still pretty rare.