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Jan 29

Charts – 25 January 2015

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 by Paul in Music

Our run of exceedingly dull charts finally comes to an end… next week.  This week, though, there’s virtually nothing happening at all.  Not on the singles chart, at any rate – the album release schedules are at least back in business.

2.  Meghan Trainor – “Lips Are Movin”


Jan 19

Charts – 18 January 2015

Posted on Monday, January 19, 2015 by Paul in Music

Since the UK music industry believes firmly in (a) promoting everything for weeks before release, and (b) not promoting anything new in the run-up to Christmas, the dead period meanders on…

28.  Echosmith – “Cool Kids”

Climbing 11 places, in one of the few notable movements in the lower half of the charts.  Otherwise, it’s most just stuff that’s been out for ages, still swilling around waiting to be displaced.

16.  Avicii – “The Nights”


Jan 13

Charts – 11 January 2015

Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Paul in Music

We’re still in the post-Christmas dead period.  Spare a thought, if you will, for Tulisa Contostavlos, formerly of N-Dubz and X Factor, who released her comeback single “Living Without You” in this deadest of weeks and sees it limp to 44, even with a complete absence of competition.  It’s looking like the end of the road there.

39.  Echosmith – “Cool Kids”


Jan 5

Charts – 4 January 2015

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Paul in Music

It’s week two of the dead period over Christmas and New Year, so once again there’s not much going on here.  Let’s bash through it quickly anyway.

Another batch of hits from earlier in the year enjoy rebounds on the strength of post-Christmas year-in-review playlists, re-entering at the bottom end of the charts.  (Specifically: “Prayer in C” by Lilly Wood at 39, “All of Me” by John Legend at 36, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams at 34, “Changing” by Sigma at 33, and “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit at 28.)  Otherwise…

35.  Kanye West featuring Paul McCartney – “Only One” 


Dec 29

Charts – 28 December 2014

Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 by Paul in Music

It’s the annual dead chart for Christmas week.  The British care about the Christmas Number One, but that means the record that’s number one on Christmas Day, i.e. the one that sold best in the week preceding Christmas.  Christmas week itself, nobody cares about in the slightest – and so nobody releases anything, except for oddballs hoping to sneak a number one hit in an easy week.  These days, it also tends to be a chart of rebounding long-running hits, presumably because of people spending their Christmas gift vouchers and buying music for their new gadgets.

For those who really care, the major rebounders this year are: “Waves” by Mr Probz (49-39), “Rude” by Magic! (54-36), “Sing” by Ed Sheeran (37-27), “Blame it on Me” by George Ezra (34-24), “Budapest” by ditto (28-21), “Don’t” by Ed Sheeran (27-18), “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift (32-15), and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (23-11).

That leaves us with one re-entry, one new entry, and a change of number one, so this is going to be a short one…

38.  Shakin’ Stevens – “Merry Christmas Everyone”


Dec 22

Charts – 21 December 2014

Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 by Paul in Music

It’s the Christmas chart – and once again, Britain sticks to the script.  This will be short; it’s a very quiet week for new releases, though a couple of acts have given it a punt.  The back catalogue Christmas songs already entered a few weeks ago – “Fairytale” is the highest, at 11 – and only one of this year’s online campaigns results in a top 40 entry.  (“Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden just missed out, at 44.) So the bottom half of the top 40 is all reshuffling, and we can jump straight to…

14.  Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson – “Go All Night”


Dec 16

Charts – 14 December 2014

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Paul in Music

It’s the week before the Christmas chart, and so effectively the last regular chart of the year – though by this time the regular music industry has already gone into its festive shutdown.  The result is, with one unusual exception, a week of comparatively niche releases that did well at the start of the week and tailed off badly, and the usual upward march of the Christmas classics.

39.  Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
37.  Ella Henderson – “Ghost”

A couple of long running records, both number 1s in June, re-entering at the bottom end due to lack of competition from new releases.  “Sing” joins “Thinking Out Loud” and “Don’t” to give Sheeran three songs in this week’s chart.  Henderson’s current single “Yours” drops to 20 this week.

35.  Wizzard – “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”


Dec 11

Charts – 7 December 2014

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Paul in Music

Say, you don’t think it’s the first chart of December, do you?

39.  Wham! – “Last Christmas”


Dec 3

Charts – 30 November 2014

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Paul in Music

Hey, it’s one of those weeks where the record-buying public wanders off script!  Yay!

36.  Beyonce – “7/11″


Nov 24

Charts – 23 November 2014

Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 by Paul in Music

It’s Christmas, apparently!  It must be, they have the red cups out, and Bob Geldof is aggrieved.

26.  Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “In The Heat of the Moment”