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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”


Jun 7

Charts – 7 June 2019

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2019 by Paul in Music

You want a dull top ten?  Boy, have we got a dull top ten for you.

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

Celebrating their fourth week at number one, Ed and Justin head up an entire top twelve of non-movers.  This has never happened before.  The previous record was a static top 8, in 2016.  If you trawl through the chart archives then you’ll find some entire charts of non-movers, but those are actually weeks when no chart was published (usually between Christmas and New Year in decades past) – the chart compiler treats those as static charts for historical purposes of counting “weeks on chart”.

13.  Katy Perry – “Never Really Over”


Jun 2

Charts – 31 May 2019

Posted on Sunday, June 2, 2019 by Paul in Music

Meanwhile, back on the charts…

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

Three weeks.  Let’s see, what is there still to say about this…  Well, it’s the second number one single with this title, the first being Cheryl Cole’s song from 2014.  Predictably, “I Don’t Care” is an oft-used title.  Other top 40 “I Don’t Cares” belong to Fall Out Boy (2008), Ricky Martin (2005), Shakespears Sister (1992), Los Bravos (1966) and Liberace (1956).

The entire top 4 is static, but that’s partly because Lil Nas X isn’t giving up without a fight, and he’s narrowing the gap – it’s entirely possible he could yet get back to number one for a second run.

9.  Ed Sheeran featuring Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock – “Cross Me”


May 25

Charts – 24 May 2019

Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2019 by Paul in Music

Well, it’s a busy week for albums, at least.

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

Two weeks.  Since last week, we’ve established that Sheeran’s upcoming album is entitled “No 6 Collaborations Project”, which goes some way towards explaining what Bieber is doing here – commercially, at any rate, because he sure isn’t adding much creatively.  The title refers back to his self-released 2011 album “No 5 Collaborations Project” (numbers 1-4 apparently being earlier EPs, though his discography lists seven earlier EPs, so you may picture me here shrugging and moving on).  It heads up a top 4 made up entirely of records that reached number 1, which “Old Town Road”, “Someone You Loved” and “Vossi Bop” still hanging around – “Old Town Road” is actually still growing, despite being shoved aside by Sheeran.

Lewis Capaldi‘s first charting single “Grace” has been hanging around for a while, but vaults from 28 to 9 on the release of parent album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” (I know), which goes straight to number one.  The single’s previous peak was 21. “Someone You Loved” climbs 4-3, and “Hold Me While You Wait” climbs 8-5, giving him the maximum three songs on the singles chart, all in the top 40 – though for once, they’re all song that were on the top 40 already.  It goes without saying that without the three-song cap, we’d be swimming in Lewis Capaldi tracks this week. (more…)

May 19

Charts – 17 May 2019

Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2019 by Paul in Music

He was bound to be back sooner or later.

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

This is the first new Ed Sheeran single in two years – unless you count his guest appearance on Eminem’s “River”, and even that came out right at the end of 2017.  Yes, new songs written by Ed Sheeran seem to chart all the time; he’s approaching Barbara Cartland levels of prolificity.  But this is a proper Ed Sheeran single, so it’s an entirely predictable number one (his sixth in total).  It doesn’t quite have the highest sales/streaming figure of the year – that’s still Ariana Grande – but it’s close.  The song is… pretty routine and on brand: Sheeran is an ordinary bloke who feels out of place in the celebrity world and his girl makes him feel okay about that.


May 12

Charts – 10 May 2019

Posted on Sunday, May 12, 2019 by Paul in Music

We have a new podcast episode, just one post down!  Or if you prefer, there’s this…

1.  Stormzy – “Vossi Bop”

Two weeks, with over 10 million streams once again.  “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X is still hanging in at 2 with very respectable numbers; it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that it might retake number one.

4.  Lewis Capaldi – “Hold Me While You Wait”


May 3

Charts – 3 May 2019

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2019 by Paul in Music

Now this is a pleasingly eclectic week.

1.  Stormzy – “Vossi Bop”

Well, that’s slightly unexpected.  Stormzy is a big name – his 2017 album “Gang Signs & Prayer” got a week at number one.  But his previous peak in the singles chart is number 6, and on top of that, Taylor Swift has a new single out this week.  (Though as we’ll see, it wouldn’t have made number one anyway.)  “Vossi Bop” has 12.7 million streams in its first week, though, so it’s a big hit.


Apr 26

Charts – 26 April 2019

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

More of an albums week, I think…

1.  Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road”

Two weeks at number one, with a weekly streaming figure above ten million.  That’s impressive.  And now a string of climbers, so deep breath:  “Piece of Your Heart” by Meduza featuring Goodboys climbs 4-2, and “SOS” by Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc climbs 12-6 to become Avicii’s tenth top 10 hit.  “Here With Me” by Marshmello featuring Chvrches edges 10-9, and “So Am I” by Ava Max moves 14-13.  And  “All Day and Night” by Jax Jones & Martin Solveig featuring Madison Beer moves 22-14.

23.  Jonas Blue featuring Theresa Rex – “What I Like About You”


Apr 20

Charts – 19 April 2019

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

It turns out that Lewis Capaldi is not, in fact, “going to be here forever”, whatever I may have said last week.

1.  Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road”

After last week’s 39-2 climb, this probably shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, but Lewis Capaldi’s seven-week run comes to an end with this rap/country viral hit.  There’s clearly a novelty factor at work here, but you can’t really file “Old Town Road” as a novelty record in the traditional sense; it’s played fairly straight, and at most it’s a whimsical fragment, not a comedy song.  And I’ve said this before, but yes, that is the official video.  Well, it’s a “Visualizer” – but it is indeed what you get if you go to his own YouTube channel.  Despite what some people will tell you, this doesn’t technically give Billy Ray Cyrus his first UK number one (“Achy Breaky Heart” was a number 3), because as far as the chart is concerned, he’s not on the lead version of the track, so he doesn’t get credited.


Apr 13

Charts – 12 April 2019

Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2019 by Paul in Music

This is going to be here forever, isn’t it?

1.  Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”

That’s seven weeks, and more to the point, it’s still gaining both sales and streams.  Seven weeks overtakes “Thank U Next”, so the next marker is the eight-week run of Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss” just under a year ago.  The previous single “Grace” rebounds to 27 this week; it’s been hovering between 21 and 30 for nine weeks now.

Rather more interesting for our purposes is “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, which leaps 39-2 as it seems to have gone suddenly viral in the UK.  The remix with added Billy Ray Cyrus has undoubtedly got it a bit of attention, but it’s not as if he’s some sort of reliable chart presence in the UK – he hasn’t had a top 40 hit since the follow-up to “Achy Breaky Heart” back in 1992.  And technically he still hasn’t, because the remix hasn’t been nominated as the lead version, so the official chart credit still goes just to Lil Nas X.

5.  Meduza featuring Goodboys – “Piece of Your Heart”