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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.

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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”

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Apr 5

Charts – 5 April 2019

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2019 by Paul in Music

It’s Billie Eilish week.  But first…

1.  Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”

Six weeks, which matches the run of “Thank U, Next” from before Christmas.

2.  Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”

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Mar 29

Charts – 29 March 2019

Posted on Friday, March 29, 2019 by Paul in Music

This is starting to get a little bit repetitive.

1.  Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”

Five weeks.  That’s the longest we’ve had since “Thank U Next” in the run-up to Christmas.  Poor “Giant” by Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man has been stuck behind it the whole time.  “Just You and I” by Tom Walker climbs 4-3, and “Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers goes 5-4.  “Location” by Dave featuring Burna Boy has now moved 11-8-6, which is odd, since it’s not the official single – that’s “Streatham”, which falls to 22 (while “Disaster” falls to 15).

7.  Steel Banglez featuring AJ Tracey & MoStack – “Fashion Week”

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Mar 22

Charts – 22 March 2019

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2019 by Paul in Music

There’s some sea shanties further down, if you like that.

1.  Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”

Four weeks, and his streams are still growing, so we could be here a while.  The top three is static, and “Just You And I” by Tom Walker climbs 10-4.  That overtakes last year’s “Leave a Light On” to be his biggest hit.  (Well, bigger.  He’s only had two.)  “Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers rebounds to a new peak of 5, and “Location” by Dave featuring Burna Boy climbs 11-8.  The other two tracks that charted from the album drop to 10 and 13, but it’s still pretty impressive to place three tracks so high, two weeks running.  Sigrid’s “Don’t Feel Like Crying” climbs 20-15… oh, hold on, that’s got a video now.

15.  Sigrid – “Don’t Feel Like Crying”

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Mar 16

Charts – 15 March 2019

Posted on Saturday, March 16, 2019 by Paul in Music

Yes, I know there’s a few comics out this week to review – the Iceman one-shot, X-Force and X-23, to be exact – but I feel like keeping this up to date first…

1.  Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”

The top four is static, so Lewis Capaldi gets a third week at number one.  It doesn’t have a huge lead, but it’s doing well enough.

8.  Dave featuring J Hus – “Disaster”
9.  Dave – “Streatham”
11.  Dave featuring Burna Boy – “Location”

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Mar 9

Charts – 8 March 2019

Posted on Saturday, March 9, 2019 by Paul in Music

So the singles chart is looking a bit becalmed again…

1.  Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”

That’s two weeks, with a lead over Calvin Harris equivalent to 6,000 sales.  The previous single “Grace” climbs to a new peak of 21.  Meanwhile, “Don’t Call Me Up” by Mabel, which I didn’t think much of, moves 5-3, so what do I know?

6.  The Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”

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Mar 4

Charts – 1 March 2019

Posted on Monday, March 4, 2019 by Paul in Music

So there’s a podcast one post down if that’s more your thing!  But meanwhile… here’s something I didn’t see coming.

1.  Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”

The midweeks had it as a toss-up between Ariana Grande and Calvin Harris.  And while Lewis Capaldi only made his top 40 debut this year, “Someone You Loved” has been available since last November. Clearly the recently-released video helps – it has an actual star attached, after all – but the song has still taken seven weeks to climb through the top 40 to get here.  Whatever Capaldi might say in interviews, he doesn’t technically join the one-hit wonder list here; his previous single “Grace” is also seeing a second wind, and reaches a new peak of 24 this week. (more…)

Feb 24

Charts – 22 February 2019

Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2019 by Paul in Music

Ariana Grande is going nowhere.

1.  Ariana Grande – “7 Rings”

Back at number 1 for a fourth week after being interrupted last week by, um, the other Ariana Grade single, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend I’m Bored” – though it’s close to a tie between the two tracks.  Technically that makes Ariana Grande the first artist ever to replace themselves at number one twice in a row, but it’s the streaming era and this sort of thing is a lot easier than it ever was in the past.

“Break Up” is at number 2, and “Needy” drops to number 11; regular readers will be well aware that the chart rules only allow three tracks from the album to chart.  The album itself gets a second week at number one.  I don’t think any of these tracks are especially good material, but there’s no denying her A-list status.

“Giant” by Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man climbs 6-4.  “Options” by NSG featuring Tion Wayne climbs 12-9, giving all involved their first top 10 hit. (more…)

Feb 17

Charts – 15 February 2019

Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2019 by Paul in Music

Ariana Grande has an album out, and we all know what that means.

1.  Ariana Grande – “Break Up With Your Girlfriend I’m Bored”
2.  Ariana Grande – “7 Rings”
8.  Ariana Grande – “Needy”

It’s only been about six months since Ariana Grande’s last album “Sweetener”, but already we have a complete new album, giving her a third number one album.  The single “Break Up…” pushes her own “7 Rings” down to number 2, making her fifth number one single – three of which have come within the last 100 days (the other one being the title track).  This is pretty exceptional even in the streaming era, where we’ve had individual songs stick around at the top for ages, but it’s still rare for somebody to have a string of number one hits in a short period.  The only other modern artist to do it is Justin Bieber; going further back, Elvis Presley did it in 1961, and John Lennon did it when he died.

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