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Nov 29

Charts – 25 November 2016

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 by Paul in Music

It’s pretty much a dead week, to be honest.  Traditionally, we’d be approaching the winter shutdown around this time: unless you were trying to sneak a hit, you generally didn’t try to release or promote a regular single during the Christmas and New Year period.  In the streaming era, when records can take a month or so to slow-build anyway, this may not hold – people might figure it’s worth putting something out and seeing if it takes off at the start of January.  But it’s all  looking familiarly quiet right now.

1.  Clean Bandit – “Rockabye” 

Three weeks.  It still needs a fourth to match the run of “Rather Be” in February 2014.  But along the lines of what I’ve just said, it’ll soon be time for the papers to start filling space by blathering about the race for Christmas Number 1.

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Nov 21

Charts – 18 November 2016

Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 by Paul in Music

Right, then… I will get back to a regular schedule later this week, with Deadpool v Gambit finally getting that review, followed by Uncanny X-Men Annual and an Old Man Logan arc a bit later, and maybe a wrestling post (depending on whether I want to write about the show in question once I’ve, you know, actually seen it).  Meantime, let’s clear this one away: a moribund top half of the chart, but a few more surprises lower down.

1.  Clean Bandit – “Rockabye”

Second week.  It’s now number one in streaming as well as sales.

4.  Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”

Blimey.  That’s a 28-place climb, which is quite something for a track that was propelled into the charts as a meme soundtrack (especially since it isn’t a novelty record).

23.  Nevada featuring Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap – “The Mack” (more…)

Nov 17

Charts – 11 November 2016

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Paul in Music

Yes, I really will get to Deadpool v Gambit.  But you see, I explained last week that I was leaving it until I was in a better mood and…

So!  We’ve got a new number one!  And the next chart is out tomorrow so I’d better get this post up.

1.  Clean Bandit – “Rockabye”

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Nov 6

Charts – 4 November 2016

Posted on Sunday, November 6, 2016 by Paul in Music

Okay, so.  I was going to try and get the long overdue Deadpool v. Gambit review done this week, but to be honest, I want to write that one when I’m in a more suitable mood for being positive about a happy little story.  And doing it this way round means the chart post won’t immediately shove the DvG review down the page.  So.

1.  Little Mix – “Shout Out To My Ex”

Third week, so it’s now their joint longest-running number 1, matching last year’s “Black Magic”.  Unusually, this is number one in sales but not in streams (on the streaming-only chart, it slips to number 2, leaving James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go” to retake the top spot).  That’s unusual, because it’s tended to be the sales that flare out first.

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Oct 24

Charts – 21 October 2016

Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 by Paul in Music

See, it can still be done.

1.  Little Mix – “Shout Out To My Ex”

Well, I think you know what you’re getting with a title like that – you dumped me, you broke my heart, I have risen above you, etc etc.  It’s exactly that.  And given that Little Mix actually can sing, having them in unison on the chorus doesn’t seem the best use of them.  But whatever.  I’ve heard it done worse.

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Oct 17

Charts – 14 October 2016

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 by Paul in Music

Well, this one won’t take long.  Seriously, there’s a podcast one post down, you should listen to that first.  Proper content.  And in the next two or three days I will, honestly, try and get to Civil War II: X-Men.  But meantime…

1.  James Arthur – “Say You Won’t Let Go”

Number 1 for the third week.  It’s number one in both streams and sales, too.  But there’s not much more to be said about that.

4.  Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”

Up one more place.  In true 2016 style, this has taken a month to move four places.

9.  Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”

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Oct 10

Charts – 7 October 2016

Posted on Monday, October 10, 2016 by Paul in Music

Three new entries, not much else on the singles charts, deluge on the albums.  Let’s run through it…

1.  James Arthur – “Say You Won’t Let Go”

Two weeks at number one, which by the standards of this year is hardly a surprise.

2.  The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk – “Starboy”

Climbing one place, which it makes it his biggest hit.

5.  Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”

Another one place climb.

9.  Niall Horan – “This Town”

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Oct 2

Charts – 30 September 2016

Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2016 by Paul in Music

Well, you wouldn’t have bet on this a couple of years ago.

1.  James Arthur – “Say You Won’t Let Go”

This is James Arthur’s second number one; the first was his X Factor winners single “Impossible”, and that was back in 2012.  At the time, he seemed like one of the more promising winners – “Impossible” is a characteristically wretched production, but the actual vocal is quite decent.  He did release an album in 2013, which got to number 2 on the album chart, spent a respectable three months in the top 40, and spawned a reasonably acceptable number 2 single.

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Sep 26

Charts – 23 September 2016

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2016 by Paul in Music

We’ve had a sudden spate of completed stories, so plenty of reviews coming up in the next couple of weeks.  But first up…

1.  The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey – “Closer”

That’s four weeks, and it’s the fourth number one single in a row to manage that.  Apparently this has never happened before; but streaming moves a lot slower than sales did, and there’s a strong argument that this makes it a better measure of popularity, even if a less interesting one.  That said, fast climbs up the chart are still possible…

2.  James Arthur – “Say You Won’t Let Go”

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Sep 19

Charts – 16 September 2016

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 by Paul in Music

Here’s a nice change – a couple of relatively high new entries by big names.  See, it still happens.

1.  The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey – “Closer”

That’s three weeks at number 1, and it heads a static top four.  But moving on…

5.  Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar – “The Greatest”

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