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Nov 27

Charts – November 2015

Posted on Friday, November 27, 2015 by Paul in Music

Okay, let’s get this month’s chart post out promptly!  Um… new Watch With Father post probably over the weekend or early next week,  and some sort of state of the X-books type thing maybe in the pipeline too.  I know.

Meanwhile, hope you like the words “Justin Bieber”, because they’re going to be cropping up a lot.

6 November 2015: Adele, “Hello”

A second week at number one, and this is a juggernaut of a record.  Justin Bieber, stuck at number two for the second week, would normally have walked it to number one with his sales of 48,000 and his 4.41m streams.  But Adele shifted 121,000 and had streams of 5.78 million.  Nobody was going to match that.  And nobody really tried, with the highest new entry coming down at 10 for “Focus” by Ariana Grande.


Nov 4

Charts – October 2015

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by Paul in Music

Five weeks.  Some of them very quiet.

2 October 2015: Sam Smith, “Writing’s On The Wall”


Sep 30

Charts – September 2015

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Paul in Music

So then.  As promised when I stopped the weekly chart posts, I’m going to do a monthly round-up of what’s been in the singles chart – plus, in this case, the last two charts of August, since I didn’t cover them either.  That’ll cover the number 1 singles and a brief run-down of what else has made the top 40 during this period, picking out anything actually notable.  Annoyingly for my purposes, it’s been a period with a heavy turnover of number one singles…

21 August 2015: Jess Glynne, “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” 


Aug 16

Charts – 14 August 2015

Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2015 by Paul in Music

Some housekeeping to start.   2015 is continuing to be a remarkably lethargic year for the singles chart – which seems to be in part a consequence of adding streaming data, which (mildly) favours records with enduring appeal and squeezes out what would otherwise have been one-week entries at the lower end of the top 40.  That also means that the records that are making the top 40 are tending to be less interesting on the whole.  That being the case, I’m thinking of putting this feature on hiatus for a bit, or perhaps converting it to a monthly round-up or something.  Instead, I thought I might do some posts on CBeebies, the BBC’s channel for young children.  Because I see a lot of CBeebies these days.  And several people have actually said they’d read it…


39.  Tough Love featuring Ginuwine – “Pony (Jump On It)”


Aug 9

Charts – 7 August 2015

Posted on Sunday, August 9, 2015 by Paul in Music

If you were expecting Cilla Black to show up in this week’s singles chart, then let’s get your disappointment out of the way now.  “Anyone Who Had A Heart” did sell for a few days following her death at the start of the week, but it lands at 41, just outside our remit here.  Instead…

36.  Shaggy featuring Mohombi, Faydee & Costi – “I Need Your Love”


Aug 3

Charts – 31 July 2015

Posted on Monday, August 3, 2015 by Paul in Music

It’s a podcast weekend, so check one post down for the latest episode (or, if you prefer, two posts down for another Chikara show).  Meanwhile, the singles chart remains pretty quiet, though this looks to be the latest week in that vein.

29.  Disclosure featuring Sam Smith – “Omen”


Jul 27

Charts – 24 July 2015

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2015 by Paul in Music

Another astonishingly quiet chart – Radio 1 must be thanking their lucky stars they only have to fill 1h 45 with the run down these days.  There’s literally nothing going on in the bottom half of the chart at all.  So we pick up with…

18.  5 Seconds of Summer – “She’s Kinda Hot”


Jul 18

Charts – 17 July 2015

Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2015 by Paul in Music

If the compilers were hoping for some exciting, memorable weeks to liven up the first few charts after the shift to Fridays, it seems they’re going to be disappointed.  This is one of the deadest charts I’ve ever seen outside the Christmas-New Year break.  How dead?  Try this for the lowest new entry…

6.  Avicii – “Waiting for Love”


Jul 13

Charts – 10 July 2015

Posted on Monday, July 13, 2015 by Paul in Music

It’s a podcast weekend, so check that out in the post below.  Nearly two hours long, this one.

So then.  We skipped last week’s chart, which was the last one to be announced on a Sunday, before the music industry’s “Global Release Date” scheme harmonised all new releases on a Friday around the world.  So from here on, the chart will be announced on a Friday afternoon.  It gets a shorter slot on Radio 1 – cut from three hours to 1h45 – but it’s actually a significant trade up.  Listening figures are much higher on a Friday afternoon, and besides, playing the entire chart is just not a sensible format in these days of streaming media, and in an era when the chart itself is relatively slow.

The Sunday night slot is a British tradition – Radio 1 has been playing the entire chart in that slot since 1962 – but like Top of the Pops, it’s long outstayed its usefulness.  And the significance of that Sunday slot is easy to overstate, because although the chart was calculated on the basis of a Sunday-to-Saturday week, it wasn’t actually possible to turn around the calculations in 24 hours until 1987.  Before then, the chart was actually announced on Tuesday, so the Sunday night show was playing the chart from the previous week.  Things moved more slowly in the analogue age.


Jul 2

Charts – 28 June 2015

Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Paul in Music

The reign of Jason Derulo is over!  It only took four weeks!  And the end is nigh in another respect – this is the penultimate Sunday chart.  Next week is the last one before we jump to Fridays with the “Global Release Date”.

32.  Duke Dumont – “The Giver”