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May 23

Charts – 19 May 2017

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by Paul in Music

It’s a quiet week.  Honestly, you might want to try the podcast, one post down.  But anyway…

1.  Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – “Despacito”

Two weeks.  Not much more to be said.

4.  Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

Up one place.  Did I mention last week that it’s overtaken “Treat You Better” to become his second-biggest hit?  Well, it has.

6.  Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”


May 16

Charts – 12 May 2017

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Paul in Music

I’ll start catching up on reviews in the next couple of days.  But first…

1.  Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – “Despacito (Remix)”


May 9

Charts – 5 May 2017

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Paul in Music

Blimey, this is getting positively eventful.

1.  DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One”

So after a long, long stretch of tedium, we’ve had four changes of number one in a row.  Okay, one of those was Ed Sheeran going back to the top, but it counts!  And this time it’s DJ Khaled, who’s had hit albums in America going back a decade.  His only previous appearance in the UK singles chart was “For Free”, which made number 25 last year.  That one had Drake on it, which is probably not a coincidence..


Apr 29

Charts – 28 April 2017

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 by Paul in Music

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is no longer number one… for the second time.  Maybe this time it’ll stick?

1.  Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson – “Symphony”

“Symphony” has been on the chart for six weeks now, moving 6-4-3-4-2-1.  It’s Clean Bandit’s third number one, after “Rather Be” and “Rockabye”.  “Rockabye”, of course, was the number one before “Shape of You”, and it spent nine weeks at the top.  So, aside from that single week of Harry Styles, it’s been nothing but Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit at number one since mid-November.  That’s coming up for six months.


Apr 23

Charts – 21 April 2017

Posted on Sunday, April 23, 2017 by Paul in Music

Two weeks after Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” was finally deposed from number 1 after its thirteen week reign, how are things shaping up in the bold, post-Ed world?

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”


Okay then.

So that’s fourteen weeks, non-consecutive, which matches the total of “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  One more week to match “One Dance” and “Love is All Around”, each of which made 15 weeks without interruption.  Bryan Adams is 16, and beyond that lies the seemingly unattainable 18 weeks of Frankie Laine’s “I Believe” from 1953.  Who knows?


Apr 17

Charts – 14 April 2017

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017 by Paul in Music

So I will, I assure you, get to the last outstanding X-Axis review – which is the “Enemy of the State II” arc from All-New Wolverine – pretty soon.  But let’s do the topical post first.  It’s taken fourteen weeks, but Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” finally throws in the towel.  It goes down in the record books  as the fourth longest-running number one in chart history, behind the 15 weeks of Drake’s “One Dance” and Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around” and the 16 weeks of Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”.  There are still seven Sheeran songs on the chart this week, but they’re all going down, and “Dive” and “Supermarket Flowers” bid the top 40 farewell.

1.  Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”


Apr 11

Charts – 7 April 2017

Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by Paul in Music

We did a podcast this weekend!  It’s one post down!  Meanwhile, over in the UK singles chart, the era of Ed Sheeran glides serenely on…

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

That’s 13 weeks at the top.  And for the fifth straight week, the biggest challenge comes from Sheeran’s own “Galway Girl” at number 2.  The rest of his chart domination is finally waning – other Sheeran tracks can be found at 6, 16, 22, 26, 29, 38 and 40.  Drake settles for a mere three, all going down, so things really are returning to normal.  It’s taken a while, though.


Apr 1

Charts – 31 March 2017

Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2017 by Paul in Music

This is a nice easy one!  One new entry.  And lots of climbers – because that’s what happens when a logjam of album tracks starts to clear.

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

Twelve weeks now.  That passes the eleven weeks of Slim Whitman’s “Rose Marie”, so it’s now the fourth longest single reign at the top, behind “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)”, “Love is All Around” and “One Dance”.  (In terms of total weeks at number one, it’s also behind “I Believe” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”, both of which had multiple runs.)


Mar 29

Charts – 24 March 2017

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Paul in Music

Well, at least the Ed Sheeran log jam is broken…

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” 

So I guess it’s time to start talking about the all-time records again.  “Shape of You” has now been number 1 for eleven straight weeks, matching the run of Slim Whitman’s “Rose Marie” back in 1955.  Only three records have had longer reigns at number 1, though they’re still a little way out of reach: Drake’s “One Dance” managed 15 weeks last year, as did Wet Wet Wet’s version of “Love Is All Around” back in 1994.  And the all-time record of 16 weeks is still held by Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” from 1991.  That’s consecutive weeks, mind you – if you’re adding multiple reigns, then the record for most weeks at number 1 stands at 18, and has been held by Frankie Laine’s “I Believe” since 1953.

The Sheeran domination finally starts to clear this week.  He still has “Galway Girl” at 2 and “Castle on the Hill” at 3, but other tracks are dropping, and four of them are out of the top 40.  Mind you, that still gives him twelve concurrent hits, occupying numbers 1, 2, 3, 7, 11, 16, 21, 22, 26, 29 and 34.

4.  Drake – “Passionfruit”


Mar 18

Charts – 17 March 2017

Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2017 by Paul in Music

You’ll never guess.

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

That’s ten weeks, which would normally be a big deal in its own right.  But leave that aside.  Last week Sheeran swamped the top end of the chart, placing all sixteen albums tracks from ÷ in the top 20, and taking nine slots in the top ten.  Now in the past, when album tracks have entered the singles chart en masse, they’ve mostly gone away after the first week.  Not so here – Ed Sheeran still has nine slots in the top ten, and the entire album is still placing in the top 30.  Which makes my job a lot easier this week, since there’s very little room for anyone else to enter the charts.