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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”


Jun 24

Charts – 21 June 2015

Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by Paul in Music

Next week… next week looks set to be pretty busy at the top of the chart.  This week, yeah, not so much.

38.  Kygo featuring Parson James – “Stole The Show”


Jun 10

Charts – 7 June 2015

Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by Paul in Music

A busy week on the album chart; another largely dead one for the singles.  The addition of streaming data really seems to be helping to slow down the charts, for better or worse – probably better, actually.  We’ll come to an example of why in a bit.  First…

30.  The Weeknd – “The Hills”


Jun 3

Charts – 31 May 2015

Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by Paul in Music

This is the post-Eurovision chart, which in recent years has resulted in some oddities making one-week appearances.  This year, not so much.  And since the release schedules were otherwise quiet, it’s a placid week.

30.  Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora – “New York Raining”


May 29

Charts – 24 May 2015

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 by Paul in Music

A slightly busier chart than we’ve seen in recent weeks, but six new entries is still fairly tame by the standards of recent years.  Perhaps due to the streaming data slowing things down?

39.  Jessie J – “Flashlight”


May 22

Charts – 17 May 2015

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 by Paul in Music

Schedule?  What schedule?  Luckily, it’s another insanely quiet week, with a grand total of three new entries.  Nothing much happening in the lower half of the chart (well, “Trap Queen” climbs nine, if that excites you), so we can skip directly to…

17.  David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Afrojack – “Hey Mama”


May 14

Charts – 10 May 2015

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Paul in Music

Pretty uneventful week.  Running late anyway.  Let’s get going.

38.  Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”