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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”


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”


Sep 12

Charts – 9 September 2016

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2016 by Paul in Music

Why, this is almost like old times.  Six new entries!  We haven’t had that in ages.  The chart compilers will be relieved about that.  It’s something to talk about in the press release.

1.  Chainsmokers featuring Halsey – “Closer”

But it’s not all good news for them.  “Closer” gets a second week at number 1.  That’s not the problem.  Two weeks is fine, especially since it’s still growing.  The problem is that it heads a completely static top 7, and this is no longer all that unusual – in muting the impact of first-week fan sales, the streaming era seems to be illustrating that commercial radio was right all along about just how long it takes for the public to lose interest in a hit.

10.  Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – “In The Name of Love” (more…)

Sep 3

Charts – 2 September 2016

Posted on Saturday, September 3, 2016 by Paul in Music

This week offers a new low for uneventfulness in the streaming-era top 40: a chart with sixteen non-movers (including everything from number 4 down to number 14) and no new entries.  Staggeringly dull would be a kind way to describe it.  It’s the sort of chart that delivers on the top 40’s official function of providing a historical record, while utterly failing on its underlying mission to provide a promotional storyline for the music industry.  But there is at least one thing of note:

1.  The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey – “Closer”


Aug 29

Charts – 26 August 2016

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016 by Paul in Music

Four new entries this week!  Positively hyperactive!  Which means we can skip quickly over the climbers to get to them…

1.  Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber & MØ – “Cold Water”

That’s five weeks.  But it only had a 2% lead over DJ Snake, so it’s not likely to last that much longer. (more…)

Aug 19

Charts – 19 August 2016

Posted on Friday, August 19, 2016 by Paul in Music

This is what you call a laughably uneventful week.  It’s the sort of week that must leave the Official Charts Company’s social media people bashing their skulls off the desk in frustration as they desperately scour through the top 40 looking for something, anything, worth tweeting about.

There really isn’t much to work with, which is why I’m doing this post on Friday night and getting it out of the way.  (Not that there are any X-stories to review this week either.  Might do Paw Patrol.  Been watching a lot of Paw Patrol.)

1.  Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber & MØ – “Cold Water”

You’re still reading?  Okay.  Well, this is four weeks at number one.  Long by normal standards, not so much by this year’s.  In fact, there hasn’t been a number one that lasted less than a month since February.


Aug 14

Charts – 12 August 2016

Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2016 by Paul in Music

Looks like another single might be settling in for a long stay…

1.  Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber & MØ – “Cold Water”

Three weeks at number one, which is no real surprise.  It’s not the top seller any more, but it does have a big lead in streams.  But for a change, it has a challenge from a new entry.

2.  DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”


Aug 8

Charts – 5 August 2016

Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016 by Paul in Music

After last week’s exciting anticlimax, when Drake didn’t set a record after all, the singles chart has a nice lie down and a rest.

1.  Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber & MØ – “Cold Water”

It was miles ahead of everyone else last time, so it’s completely unsurprising that “Cold Water” gets a second week at number one.  Combined sales and streams are actually slightly up.  It still doesn’t have a proper video, by the way, which means that we haven’t had a number one single with a video since April.

2.  Calum Scott – “Dancing On My Own” (more…)

Aug 1

Charts – 29 July 2016

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2016 by Paul in Music

Last time, Drake’s “One Dance” had reached its fifteenth week at number one, just one week short of matching the all-time record held by Bryan Adams.  And…

1.  Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber & MØ – “Cold Water”

…it’s a bit of an anticlimax.  Because as I also pointed out last time, Drake only made it to fifteen weeks thanks to the boost from cutting the price on iTunes.  That was always going to make sixteen weeks a struggle, and so after all that time at number one, “One Dance” drops straight to number five.


Jul 27

Charts – 22 July 2016

Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 by Paul in Music

So, I’ve been out of town, which is why I haven’t got around to reviewing the Uncanny arc that finished last week.  I’ll get to it in the next couple of days.  But first, let’s see what’s happened in the chart while I was away…


1.  Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla – “One Dance” 

Another challenger is seen off, as the Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down” falls back to number 3 this week, and Drake’s seemingly eternal run at the top drones on.  We’re getting to crunch time, because this matches the fifteen week run of Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around” in 1994, and one more week will match the all-time record for the longest single stay at number one, set by Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” in 1991.