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Oct 19

Charts – 18 October 2019

Posted on Saturday, October 19, 2019 by Paul in Music

In which a whole bunch of records hit ten weeks on chart and get whacked by the chart rules on older hits, thus allowing… well, some climbers, because there’s still not a huge amount going on in terms of new releases.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Three weeks and counting. This is over ten weeks old as well, by the way, but it’s still growing, so it’s not in danger of being hit by the chart rules just yet. “Ride It” by Regard climbs 3-2, and…

3. Harry Styles – “Lights Up”

Oct 12

Charts – 11 October 2019

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2019 by Paul in Music

Another fairly quiet week on the singles chart coupled with a barrage of new material on the albums.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Second week, and it’s still growing – streams were up to 7.34m last week. Could be around for a while.

2. Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room”

Oct 4

Charts – 4 October 2019

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2019 by Paul in Music

Movement! Or rather, artificial movement! Because, in another of those weeks when the downweighting rule for older singles makes its presence a bit too glaringly obvious, Ed Sheeran’s “Take Me Back to London” reaches its tenth week on chart, and (having peaked a few weeks ago) promptly drops straight from 1 to 13. This rule needs some refining. Meanwhile…

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Sep 29

Charts – 27 September 2019

Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2019 by Paul in Music

Practically a dead week… but let’s run through it. “Take Me Back To London” by Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy spends a fifth week at number one, with unspectacular sales/streams but a comfortable lead over the pack. “Taste (Make it Shake)” by Aitch is up to 2, and “Ride It” by Regard climbs into the top 10 at number 5 – overtaking the original Jay Sean version in the process, which only managed number 11. “Dance Monkey” by Tones & I also enters the top 10, by climbing to 7.

I don’t normally mention the fallers, but “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)” by Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey drops from 2 to 12 in its second week out, which is really quite unusual for a major release – this sort of first-week fanbase behaviour was common in the days of sales charts, but we don’t see it so much any more. Then we have a string on modest climbers: “Post Malone” by Sam Feldt featuring Rani (17-15), “Be Honest” by Jorja Smith featuring Burna Boy (18-16), “Outnumbered” by Dermot Kennedy (20-17), “Professor X” by Dave (24-19) and “Panini” by Lil Nas X (23-21), none of which particularly merit talking about. More notably, “Wiley Flow” by Stormzy vaults 37-22.

23. Lizzo – “Good as Hell”

Sep 21

Charts – 20 September 2019

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2019 by Paul in Music

Quite a few oddities this week. Plus, a busy week at the top end of the album chart!

1. Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy – “Take Me Back To London”

Four weeks and counting. It’s still getting eight million plus streams a week, and it holds off a strong challenge from…

2. Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey – “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)”

The theme for the new Charlie’s Angels movie (hence the easily searchable bracketed bit in the title), from the all-star collaborative trios of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and — hold on, who?!?

Sep 15

Charts – 13 September 2019

Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2019 by Paul in Music

Once again, it’s a more interesting week for albums. But let’s get the singles out of the way first.

1. Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy – “Take Me Back To London”

Three weeks and counting, so it’s now Stormzy’s longest-running number one. Stormzy also has another single out, but we’ll come to that later.

11. Post Malone – “Hollywood’s Bleeding”

Sep 7

Charts – 6 September 2019

Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2019 by Paul in Music

How long till they start tinkering with the rules again to speed up the chart, I wonder?

1.  Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy – “Take Me Back To London”

Second week, and I imagine it’s settling in for the long haul. “Taste (Make it Shake)” by Aitch climbs 6-3 – this is easily his biggest credited hit, though he’s also on the remix version of “Take Me Back to London”, and his guest verse on Young T & Bugsey’s “Strike A Pose” climbs 12-10 this week. “Sorry” by Joel Corry climbs 7-6, and “Ransom” by Lil Tecca climbs 9-7 – the parent debut album “We Love You Tecca” enters at 15.

11. Post Malone – “Circles”


Aug 30

Charts – 30 August 2019

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2019 by Paul in Music

This is getting repetitive.

1.  Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy – “Take Me Back To London”

So, since May, the number 1 position has gone like this: Stormzy’s “Vossi Bop” (2 weeks), Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” (8 weeks), Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Senorita” (1 week), Ed Sheeran’s “Beautiful People” (1 week), “Senorita” again (5 weeks) and now Ed Sheeran & Stormzy (1 week and counting). Woo. In fact, we’ve had only ten different acts at number one all year – and that’s counting Mendes and Cabello separately, plus including Khalid for his featured appearance on “Beautiful People”. It’s a slow year, dominated in the second half by Ed Sheeran (and in the first by Ariana Grande).


Aug 25

Charts – 23 August 2019

Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2019 by Paul in Music

After a couple of very slow weeks, things… pick up a little bit? I mean, at least there’s something going on in the bottom half of the singles chart. Fi

1. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”

Six weeks. Don’t worry, it won’t be here much longer – next week will be its tenth on chart, and since it peaked a few weeks back, it’s almost certain to get whacked by the downweighting rule. Filling out the top 20 we have a bunch of minor climbers, which I shall dutifully now list: “Higher Love” by Kygo & Whitney Houston climbs 5-4; “Random” by Lil Tecca climbs 13-7; “Sorry” by Joel Corry climbs 16-10; “Strike a Pose” by Young T & Bugsey featuring Aitch climbs 15-14; and “Castles” by Freya Ridings climbs 18-16.  Most notable of that bunch is “Higher Love”, which has overtaken the number 5 position of Whitney Houston’s last major hit (2009’s “Million Dollar Bill”).  It now stands as her biggest hit in 20 years, going back to “My Love Is Your Love”, which got to number 2 in 1999.

18. Jorja Smith featuring Burna Boy – “Be Honest”


Aug 17

Charts – 16 August 2019

Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2019 by Paul in Music

It’s another absurdly quiet week for the singles chart, but at least we have the albums to keep us company.

1.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”

Five weeks now, but it peaked a while back, so it probably won’t be here too much longer.  This matches the run of Cabello’s other number 1, “Havana”.  (We long passed the two-week reign of Mendes’ “Stitches”.)  “3 Nights” by Dominic Fike climbs 6-3, and “Taste (Make it Shake)” by Aitch climbs 8-4.  “Higher Love” by Kygo & Whitney Houston climbs 9-5, to overtake “It Ain’t Me” as Kygo’s biggest hit; it now matches the peak of Houston’s last significant hit “Million Dollar Bill” from 2009.  The next target is to make number 2, which would make it her biggest hit since “My Love Is Your Love” in 1999.  “How Do You Sleep” by Sam Smith climbs 12-7 to become his 11th top ten hit.  “Ransom” by Lil Tecca climbs 24-13, which is a bit more notable than most of these climbs, and “Strike a Pose” by Young T & Bugsey featuring Aitch climbs 18-15.  “Sorry” by Joel Corry moves 19-16, “Castles” by Freya Ridings from 21-18, and “Ritual” by Tiesto, Jonas Blue & Rita Ora from 27-26.  “Harder” by Jax Jones & Bebe Rexha climbs 36-30, “Outnumbered” by Dermot Kennedy from 39-34… and yes, yes, that’s everything before we finally teach this week’s highest new entry.

40.  Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – “Hot Girl Summer”