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Dec 8

Charts – 6 December 2019

Posted on Sunday, December 8, 2019 by Paul in Music

PREVIOUSLY ON THE UK SINGLES CHART: Annoyed by the way the chart is overrun with Christmas back catalogue material in December, the music industry changed the chart rules, so that anything which has been out for more than a couple of years is permanently subject to the “accelerated chart ratio” – the lower points given for streams of records that are meant to be on their way out of the charts. That will do it, they thought.

That will do it.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

That’s ten weeks, and at this point it’s time to dust off the record books. Ten weeks at number one puts “Dance Monkey” joint ninth in the all time record, alongside “Umbrella” by Rihanna (2007), “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston (1992), and “Cara Mia” by David Whitfield (1954).

The rest of the top 4 is also static. “Roxanne” by Arizona Zervas climbs 7-5, and “Memories” by Maroon 5 from 8-7. Number 8 is… ah. This is the chart covering sales and streams from 29 November to 5 December, so naturally, it’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, which entered at number 34 last week as a festive beachhead.

10. The Weeknd – “Heartless”
12. The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Nov 30

Charts – 29 November 2019

Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2019 by Paul in Music

Christmas beckons.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Nine weeks. That means it’s passed Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” to be the longest running number 1 of 2019 – it can’t be beaten now, obviously – and it’s the longest running number 1 since “God’s Plan” by Drake also managed nine weeks at the start of last year. Number 2 is “Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi, climbing 17 places now that it has a full week on release.

3. Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy – “Own It”

Nov 25

Charts – 22 November 2019

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2019 by Paul in Music

We’re only a week or so away from the march of the Christmas hits. But for now…

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Eight weeks. More to the point, its numbers went up this week – which means it’s not going to get downweighted any time soon, as that only happens when a record is three weeks past its peak. It could realistically sit there until the Christmas releases arrive.

3. Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”

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Nov 9

Charts – 8 November 2019

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

The bombardment of album releases continues, and the BBC complains about the chart rules.

1 Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Six weeks, and despite a wobble a little while back, it’s still growing. Maybe it’ll be one of those number ones that hangs around for ages due to the next wave of big releases holding off for Christmas.

2. Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now”

Nov 3

Charts – 1 November 2019

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2019 by Paul in Music

It’s the start of November – it’s time to get that album out for the Christmas market.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Five weeks, and after it seemed to have peaked, it’s growing again. Could be here for a while.

3. Selena Gomez – “Lose You To Love Me”
26. Selena Gomez – “Look At Her Now”

Oct 26

Charts – 25 October 2019

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2019 by Paul in Music

Ah well, another tumbleweed week.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Four weeks and counting, and with a massive lead over the competition (though it does seem to have peaked). It’s going to be here for a while. Wikipedia now lists 19 countries where this has been number 1. And below that… a singularly uneventful top 30.

“Circles” by Post Malone is up 4-3. “South of the Border” by Ed Sheeran featuring Camila Cabello & Cardi B climbs 7-4 – that’s the highest Cardi B has ever been. “Bruises” by Lewis Capaldi climbs 9-6. Aitch gets a third top 10 hit as “Buss Down” climbs 11-8. “Memories” by Maroon 5 climbs 19-10, which is their eleventh top 10 hit. The Harry Styles single that entered at number 3 last week drops to 11, which is not a good sign for his breadth of appeal. “Turn Me On” by Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula climbs 16-12.

15. Meduza, Becky Hill & Goodboys – “Lose Control”

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Oct 19

Charts – 18 October 2019

Posted on Saturday, October 19, 2019 by Paul in Music

In which a whole bunch of records hit ten weeks on chart and get whacked by the chart rules on older hits, thus allowing… well, some climbers, because there’s still not a huge amount going on in terms of new releases.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Three weeks and counting. This is over ten weeks old as well, by the way, but it’s still growing, so it’s not in danger of being hit by the chart rules just yet. “Ride It” by Regard climbs 3-2, and…

3. Harry Styles – “Lights Up”

Oct 12

Charts – 11 October 2019

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2019 by Paul in Music

Another fairly quiet week on the singles chart coupled with a barrage of new material on the albums.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Second week, and it’s still growing – streams were up to 7.34m last week. Could be around for a while.

2. Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room”

Oct 4

Charts – 4 October 2019

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2019 by Paul in Music

Movement! Or rather, artificial movement! Because, in another of those weeks when the downweighting rule for older singles makes its presence a bit too glaringly obvious, Ed Sheeran’s “Take Me Back to London” reaches its tenth week on chart, and (having peaked a few weeks ago) promptly drops straight from 1 to 13. This rule needs some refining. Meanwhile…

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Sep 29

Charts – 27 September 2019

Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2019 by Paul in Music

Practically a dead week… but let’s run through it. “Take Me Back To London” by Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy spends a fifth week at number one, with unspectacular sales/streams but a comfortable lead over the pack. “Taste (Make it Shake)” by Aitch is up to 2, and “Ride It” by Regard climbs into the top 10 at number 5 – overtaking the original Jay Sean version in the process, which only managed number 11. “Dance Monkey” by Tones & I also enters the top 10, by climbing to 7.

I don’t normally mention the fallers, but “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)” by Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey drops from 2 to 12 in its second week out, which is really quite unusual for a major release – this sort of first-week fanbase behaviour was common in the days of sales charts, but we don’t see it so much any more. Then we have a string on modest climbers: “Post Malone” by Sam Feldt featuring Rani (17-15), “Be Honest” by Jorja Smith featuring Burna Boy (18-16), “Outnumbered” by Dermot Kennedy (20-17), “Professor X” by Dave (24-19) and “Panini” by Lil Nas X (23-21), none of which particularly merit talking about. More notably, “Wiley Flow” by Stormzy vaults 37-22.

23. Lizzo – “Good as Hell”