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Feb 9

Charts – 8 February 2019

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

Well, it’s a busy week for albums, at least.

1.  Ariana Grande – “7 Rings”

Three weeks.  It seems to have peaked – streams are down to a mere nine million or so – but it’s still comfortably heading up a static top four.  “Don’t Call Me Up” by Mabel climbs 7-5.  Just four new entries this week…

7.  Billie Eilish – “Bury A Friend”


Feb 2

Charts – 1 February 2019

Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2019 by Paul in Music

We’re settling back into the normal routine here.

1.  Ariana Grande – “7 Rings”

That’s two weeks, and it’s still doing over ten million streams.  I still don’t think much of it.  So let’s move on.  The rest of the top three is static – below that, “Giant” by Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man climbs 5-4, and “Don’t Call Me Up” by Mabel moves 11-7.  That overtakes “Finders Keepers” to be her biggest hit.

9.  J Cole – “Middle Child”


Jan 25

Charts – 25 January 2019

Posted on Friday, January 25, 2019 by Paul in Music

There’s a ton of new entries on the album chart this week, so settle in.  And hey, here’s our first new number one of 2019!

1.  Ariana Grande – “7 Rings”

Mmm.  This is Ariana Grande’s fourth UK number one and… it’s a bit rubbish, this, isn’t it?  Hugely popular – nearly 17 million streams in a week, and you don’t get that just from dutiful fans listening.  But still a bit rubbish.  It’s the old “allow me to inform you of my significant wealth” song, which I’m never interested in, even if it is tongue in cheek (“Whoever said money can’t solve your problems / Must not have had enough money to solve ’em”).  It’s… vaguely unlikeable, you know, which is not usually an issue with Ariana Grande.


Jan 20

Charts – 18 January 2018

Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2019 by Paul in Music

The singles chart is getting back into the swing of things.  The album chart… very much isn’t.

1.  Ava Max – “Sweet But Psycho” 

That’s four weeks at number one, but at least some other records are marching on her.  “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” by Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus climbs 3-2, which is Miley’s highest position since 2014 (when she was one of a ton of guests on’s “Feelin’ Myself”).  “Wow.” by Post Malone climbs 4-3, equalling the peak of his previous single “Sunflowers”, which in turn is still hanging around at 5.

4.  Sam Smith & Normani – “Dancing with a Stranger”


Jan 12

Charts – 11 January 2018

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

Christmas is over, and the singles chart is back to something approaching normal.  Just four new entries, but they are normal new entries.

1.  Ava Max – “Sweet But Psycho”

Not that anything is yet breaking through to challenge Ava Max, who gets a third week at number 1.  She has a comfortable lead over the number 2 single (“Thank U Next”), equivalent to 27,000 sales, so she could be here a while yet.  Number 3 is “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” by Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus, which is now Ronson’s biggest hit since “Uptown Funk”.  “Wow.” by Post Malone climbs to 5, pushing his own “Sunflower” down to 5.

6.  Headie One featuring Dave – “18Hunna”


Jan 7

Charts – 13 December 2018

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2019 by Paul in Music

This is the annual dead chart, the one between Christmas and New Year that makes no sense.  Last week the chart was dominated by Christmas records, which made up more than half the top 40.  This week they’re all gone.  All of them.  . But there’s nothing new out yet to replace them, which means a surge of stuff that’s been hanging around a while, plus a few things that didn’t quite make the top 40 until now.  To keep this somewhat manageable, I’ll mainly stick to pointing out the records that are actually at a new peak.

1.  Ava Max – “Sweet But Psycho”

That’s two weeks, and it managed nearly eight million streams last week.  So even though it’s been out for a couple of month, it could be a while before something musters the energy to shift it.  Ariana Grande’s “Thank U Next” rebounds to number 2, while “Sunflower” by Post Malone featuring Swae Lee climbs to number 3 after eleven weeks out (its previous peak was number 7).

5.  Post Malone – “Wow.”


Dec 28

Charts – 28 December 2018

Posted on Friday, December 28, 2018 by Paul in Music

It’s the post-Christmas chart, covering the week that straddles Christmas itself.  Nothing new is released in Christmas week, and the streaming services are dominated – up until Christmas Day itself – with people hammering the Christmas playlists.  So it’s time for the annual weird chart, where the Christmas songs march to the top, all of them set to vanish this time next week.  There are a bunch of chart entries, though they’re all caused by the festive flood.

But we kick off with the new number one…

1.  Ava Max – “Sweet But Psycho”


Dec 21

Charts – 21 December 2018

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2018 by Paul in Music

It’s the Christmas number one!  And… this was not expected.

1.  LadBaby – “We Built This City”

So, after two years of regular singles as the Christmas number one – Ed Sheeran last year, Clean Bandit in 2016 – it’s a novelty record.  We’ve had a lot of charity records and X Factor winners as Christmas number one, but the last time an out-and-out novelty record did it was in 2000 when the theme to Bob the Builder managed it.


Dec 8

Charts – 7 December 2018

Posted on Saturday, December 8, 2018 by Paul in Music

So much for the theory that if we give less weight to the streams of older tracks, the chart won’t be clogged up with old records this Christmas, then!

1.  Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next”

Five weeks, and the chart compilers are crediting it with a new record for weekly streams – 14.9 million.  This is misleading: the previous record was 14.2 million, held by Ed Sheeran, but that was before video plays counted towards the chart.  And since Ariana Grande’s video streams stand at over 7 million in a week, it’s pretty clear that if we were comparing like with like, Ed Sheeran would still be ahead.  But more of Ariana Grande later.  Meanwhile…

4.  Dalton Harris featuring James Arthur – “The Power of Love”


Nov 30

Charts – 30 November 2018

Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 by Paul in Music

No X-books to review this week, and… yeah, not the most active chart either.  Just three new entries on the singles chart.

1.  Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next”

Four weeks!  And look, it has a video now.  As in, literally within the last couple of hours.  It’s… well, it’s a homage to teen films, which doesn’t really feel like it fits with the song, but whatever.

20.  DigDat – “Air Force”