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Jun 17

Charts – 15 June 2018

Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2018 by Paul in Music

Well, it’s movement.

1.  Jess Glynne – “I’ll Be There”

Number one with an asterisk.  For the second time this year, a long-running number one single stays at the top long enough to get whacked by the “accelerated chart ratio” rule that downweights the streams of tracks that have been out for ten weeks, and which are three weeks past their peak.  So the hammer falls on Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss”, which swandives from 1 to 7.  It would otherwise have managed another week at number one, and since all this is a lot more visible than it was meant to be – the rule was meant to target older tracks that needed a helping kick on their way out of the top 40 – you suspect they’ll tweak the rule soon, so as to fade it in a little bit more gently.


Jun 8

Charts – 8 June 2018

Posted on Friday, June 8, 2018 by Paul in Music

Another week to quietly give thanks for the Ed Sheeran rule…

1.  Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss” 

Okay, now this is getting boring.  This is eight weeks and counting.

10.  Kanye West – “Yikes”
11.  Kanye West – “All Mine”
17.  Kanye West – “Ghost Town”


Jun 2

Charts – 1 June 2018

Posted on Saturday, June 2, 2018 by Paul in Music

Not much happening, to be honest, but hey, we’ve got a format to keep up…

1.  Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”

Seven weeks, so it’s now clearly Calvin Harris’s longest-running number one, outlasting the six weeks of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” back in 2011.  And that was a “featuring” credit, anyway.

20.  George Ezra – “Shotgun”


May 26

Charts – 25 May 2018

Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2018 by Paul in Music

A quiet week for the singles chart, less so for the albums.

1.  Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”

That’s six weeks, which matches Calvin Harris’s previous best – “We Found Love” with Rihanna, back in 2011.  And that did it in two goes.  Casting about for something new to say about it, the Official Charts Company have come up with the information that this is now the longest running number one by a Scottish act since 1994 (when Wet Wet Wet’s “Love is All Around” was number one for 15 weeks).  In fact, within the last decade, the only Scottish acts to have a UK number one single were Calvin Harris himself, and Emeli Sande.

12.  Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – “Solo”


May 19

Charts – 18 May 2018

Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2018 by Paul in Music

I’ll start catching up on reviews in the next day or so, but let’s get the topical stuff done first.  And sometimes the charts make this nice and easy, by having basically one record come out in a week.

1.  Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”

Well, this is settling in for the long run, isn’t it?  Five weeks at number one makes this the longest Calvin Harris has stayed at number one, passing 2008’s “Dance Wiv Me”.  2011’s Rihanna collab “We Found Love” managed six, but that was in two goes.  Calvin and Dua head up a completely static top five, because it’s one of those weeks.

18.  Arctic Monkeys – “Four Out Of Five”
23.  Arctic Monkeys – “Star Treatment”
26.  Arctic Monkeys – “One Point Perspective”


May 14

Charts – 11 May 2018

Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018 by Paul in Music

A dull week on the singles chart, with one very obvious exception.  A rather busier week for the albums…

1.  Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”

Four weeks.  Granted, it’s not facing intense competition from any recent releases, with the top 10 singles merely swapping a few places – but it had eight million plus streams last week too.

14.  Childish Gambino – “This is America”


May 7

Charts – 4 May 2018

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2018 by Paul in Music

One of those weeks where we can feel thankful they changed the rules to stop Ed Sheeran…

1.  Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”

Three weeks, which makes it Dua Lipa’s biggest hit, since “New Rules” only stayed on top for two.  And it has a proper video now, too.  It’s number one in both sales and streams, so it could be here for a while.  It heads up a static top four, over Ariana Grande, Drake and Lil Dicky.

9.  Post Malone – “Better Now”
11.  Post Malone – “Paranoid” (more…)

Apr 28

Charts – 27 April 2018

Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2018 by Paul in Music

I’ll get back to reviews shortly, but first, let’s catch up on a busy week…

1.  Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”

Two weeks – Calvin Harris has number one hits fairly often but hasn’t managed a two week run since “We Found Love” back in 2011.  This still doesn’t have a proper video, so here’s a TV performance which Calvin Harris has posted on his YouTube channel.

2.  Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left To Cry” (more…)

Apr 21

Charts – 20 April 2018

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2018 by Paul in Music

Well, so much for Drake having another mammoth run at number 1.

1.  Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”

We’re ready for summer, then?  Calvin Harris has been around for over a decade now, and he’s been placing consistently in the top ten the whole time.  This is his ninth number one hit, following “Dance Wiv Me” (2008), “I’m Not Alone” (2009), “We Found Love” (2011), “Sweet Nothing” (2012), “Under Control” (2013), “Summer” (2014), “Blame” (2014), and “Feels” (2017).  Okay, a couple of those were guest appearances, but that’s still seven with top billing.  It’s an impressive haul, but you don’t think of Calvin Harris as that level of celebrity, perhaps because he’s more of a background figure in the way he promotes his own records.


Apr 14

Charts – 13 April 2018

Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2018 by Paul in Music

It’s an epic this week.  But first, do you miss the heady days of three weeks ago when Drake was at number 1 with “God’s Plan”?  Well, good news, because…

1.  Drake – “Nice For What”

This is Drake’s fourth number one.  True, one of them was his guest appearance on Rihanna’s “What’s My Name” back in 2010, and he wasn’t the draw on that one.  But the others were “One Dance”, which spent fifteen weeks at number one, and “God’s Plan”, which managed nine.  So we could be here for a while.  This one’s a bit different in tone, though, since it’s built around a more uplifting sample.  It’s a sped-up lift from Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” (number 4 in 1999) – which, by a weird coincidence, also crops up as a sample on another new entry this week. (more…)