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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”


Aug 10

Charts – 9 August 2019

Posted on Saturday, August 10, 2019 by Paul in Music

We’ve… seen busier charts, I’ll be honest.  Still, there are a couple of big new releases.

1.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”

Fourth (non-consecutive) week at number one.  It still has a week to go to match “Havana” as Cabello’s longest-running number one.

4.  Ariana Grande & Social House – “Boyfriend”


Aug 3

Charts – 2 August 2019

Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2019 by Paul in Music

How thoughtful!  I am busy, and this can be short!

1.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita” 

Three weeks in total.  There’s not much more to say about that, and… um, pretty much nothing going on in the singles top 40.  As in, no new entries.  At all.  None.  So, climbers, then: “Ladbroke Grove” by AJ Tracey reaches a new peak of 4.  “3 Nights” by Dominic Fike reaches the top 10, climbing to 8.  “Higher Love” by Kygo & Whitney Houston climbs 15-10, which puts Kygo back in the top 10 for the first time in two years, and the late Whitney Houston for the first time since 2009.

“How Do You Sleep” by Sam Smith climbs 12-11, and “Sorry” by Joel Corry climbs 38-21 – apparently they’ve been hammering it on Love Island.  “Ransom” by Lil Tecca climbs 40-23, and “Ritual” by Tiesto, Jonas Blue & Rita Ora moves 28-26.  “Hate Me” by Ellie Goulding & Juice Wrld is 36-33, and “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo moves 39-34.  And that’s it.  That’s the singles chart.

On the album chart, Ed Sheeran’s “No 6 Collaborations Project” has a third week at number one, and our highest new entry is…

3.  The Kaiser Chiefs – “Duck”


Jul 26

Charts – 26 July 2019

Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 by Paul in Music


1.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”

I mean, there’s a new number one, but it’s just returning for a second week after getting interrupted by Ed Sheeran’s album release.  Sheeran occupies numbers 2, 3 and 4 with tracks from his new album, reminding us all of why that three-song cap was introduced.  Awkwardly, his top tracks are shuffling position among themselves, so “I Don’t Care”, which dropped out of the chart last week because of the cap, now rebounds straight in to number 3.

5.  Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”


Jul 20

Charts – 19 July 2015

Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2019 by Paul in Music

In which Ed Sheeran releases an album, with predictable results.

1.  Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid – “Beautiful People”
3.  Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy – “Take Me Back to London”
4.  Ed Sheeran featuring Chance the Rapper & PnB Rock – “Cross Me”

The album in question is “No 6 Collaborations Project”, the numbering following from a series of EPs and albums that he released back before he hit the big time – “No 5 Collaborations Project” was self-released in 2011 and reached number 46.  It’s Sheeran’s fourth consecutive number one album and chances are it’s going to be around for a while to come.


Jul 12

Charts – 12 July 2019

Posted on Friday, July 12, 2019 by Paul in Music

Oh good, movement!

1.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”

This has spent two weeks stuck at number 2 behind Ed Sheeran, and it’s pretty good – it’s kind of Latin by numbers, but it’s got a real lightness of touch to it.  It’s the second number one for both singers – in Shawn Mendes’ case, it comes four years after “Stitches”, while Cabello’s previous number one was 2017’s “Havana.”  (Cabello’s other current single, “Find U Again” with Mark Ronson, is still down at 31.)   (more…)

Jul 5

Charts – 5 July 2019

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2019 by Paul in Music

This is the annual post-Glastonbury chart, and as is often the case, it’s rather quiet, because everyone’s been off in a field instead of promoting their records (and everyone who does want to promote a record is being drowned out by the people in the field).  So we can run through this quite quickly…

1.  Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”

Eight weeks, and it’s now joined by…

3.  Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid – “Beautiful People”


Jun 28

Charts – 28 June 2019

Posted on Friday, June 28, 2019 by Paul in Music

Yes, I’m well aware there’s a review backlog building up, and we’ll get to it, but this is the time-sensitive, takes-less-thought post, so…

1.  Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”

Seven gripping weeks.  That’s not so much by Ed Sheeran standards – remember “Shape of You” and its 14-week odyssey? – but it’s a record for Bieber.  His previous record was six weeks with “Love Yourself”.  And that was written by Ed Sheeran too.

2.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”
37.  Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello – “Find U Again”


Jun 23

Charts – 21 June 2019

Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2019 by Paul in Music

There’s a podcast one post down!  Meanwhile, the singles charts could really use some big releases to come along…

1.  Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”

Six weeks.  This is getting a little tiresome.  Below, the logjam in the top 10 is finally broken, though the suspiciously large drops for “Old Town Road” and “Someone You Loved” make it rather obvious that they’ve simply been out long enough (and are far enough past their peak) to get hit with the chart rule that downweights older hits to usher them out of the charts.  And aside from the two new entries that take their place, the rest of the top ten simply reshuffles itself.  In fact, it would have been another static top five if it wasn’t for the chart rules.  But hey, it’s simulated movement, at least!

5.  Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”


Jun 14

Charts – 14 June 2019

Posted on Friday, June 14, 2019 by Paul in Music

The first in a long series of completed X-books storylines hits this week… but let’s do the chart post before I turn my attention to the bursting dam.  Be warned… after the drought will come the backlog.  This is what happens when everything wraps up a storyline at once.  But first!

1.  Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”

After last week’s static top 12, we have… a static top 10.  But only marginally!  “I Don’t Care” gets a fifth week at number one, but holds off “Old Town Road” by the equivalent of over 1,553 sales.  Given that we’re talking about records with streaming figures in the 8 millions, that’s not much.  “Old Town Road” has been sitting at number 2 for seven weeks now, and if it can actually make it back to number one – which is eminently possible – that will be quite something.

The other Ed Sheeran single, “Cross Me”, is still holding steady at 9.

8.  Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance”