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Sep 30

Charts – 29 September 2017

Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2017 by Paul in Music

I’ll warn you now, there’s nothing much happening until we reach the bottom end of the top thirty.

1.  Sam Smith – “Too Good at Goodbyes”

Three weeks now, which is his longest run at the top, overtaking the Comic Relief re-issue of “Lay Me Down” which managed two weeks in 2015.  It’s very marginal, though – his lead was the equivalent of 693 sales – so he probably won’t be there much longer.

And now, a long list of tracks which are climbing…“Rockstar” by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage moves 5-2.  “Havana” by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug is up 7-4.  “Lonely Together” by Avicii featuring Rita Ora goes from 10 to 8.    “1-800-273-8255” by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid is up from 17 to 12.  “Hurtin’ Me” by Stefflon Don & French Montana climbs from 20 to 14.  “What Lovers Do” by Maroon 5 featuring SZA… oh, hold on, this one’s got a video now.

18.  Maroon 5 featuring SZA – “What Lovers Do”


Sep 25

Charts – 22 September 2017

Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017 by Paul in Music

Okay… so this week I’ll make some headway on the backlog.  Really.

But first…

1.  Sam Smith – “Too Good At Goodbyes”

That’s two weeks.  Despite his numerous number ones, this is only the second time Sam Smith has managed a second week – the other was the Comic Relief re-issue of “Lay Me Down”, which was a special case.  The single now has a video, which is Very Sincere.


Sep 16

Charts – 15 September 2017

Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2017 by Paul in Music

Turnover at the top seems to be returning to something more normal.  After the epic runs earlier in the year, we’ve had six different number one singles in the space of ten weeks.  The latest being…

1.  Sam Smith – “Too Good At Goodbyes”

New entry at number one.  See, it still happens sometimes.  This is the lead single from Smith’s second album, and it’s already his sixth number one.  That makes it sound like the first album was an unstoppable juggernaut, but in fact it’s a bit more complicated.  2013’s “La La La” was a guest shot on a Naughty Boy single.  2014’s “Money On My Mind” and “Stay With Me” were indeed regular singles from the album.  2015’s “Lay Me Down” was a charity release.  And “Writing’s On The Wall”, later that year, was a non-album Bond theme.  Still, Bond themes don’t routinely go to number one, so that was a pretty clear sign that people were waiting for new Sam Smith material.


Sep 9

Charts – 8 September 2017

Posted on Saturday, September 9, 2017 by Paul in Music

Ooookay… so I hoped that I would start catching up on reviews last week, but, well, my hope was misplaced.  Anyway, let’s do the chart post first…

1.  Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Two weeks.  It’s number one on sales, but not on streams, where Dua Lipa is back on top.  My guess is that it won’t be number one for too long, because it’s not a song so much as an event, and the event has happened now.  But we’ll see.

“Mi Gente” by J Balvin & Willy William climbs 9-5, and…

7.  Taylor Swift – “…Ready For It?”


Sep 3

Charts – 1 September 2017

Posted on Sunday, September 3, 2017 by Paul in Music

Hopefully I’ll start catching up on reviews over the next week – currently stuck in the queue are the “Weapons of Mutant Destruction crossover between Weapon X and Totally Awesome Hulk (which finished a few weeks back now), a couple of issues of Generation X, and the first arc of Jean Grey.  We’ll get to them.  Meanwhile…

1.  Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Judged as a song, Taylor Swift’s first UK number one is pretty mediocre.  But it’s not a song, so much as the latest event in her personal brand-building – something which the video makes increasingly explicit as it goes on.  The middle eight references her personality change, the lyrics are basically the continuation of an ongoing feud with an unspecified celebrity… it’s a record which exists primarily as a narrative incident in her tabloid storylines.  If you wanted to be generous, you could make the case that at least it sounds different from most chart pop of 2017, I guess.


Aug 27

Charts – 25 August 2017

Posted on Sunday, August 27, 2017 by Paul in Music

And there was me thinking “New Rules” might have sneaked a week at number one between bigger hits.

1.   Dua Lipa – “New Rules”

Second week, which is a bit of a surprise, but quite welcome.  It’s number one on streaming, but only number 3 on sales.

2.  Justin Bieber & BloodPop® – “Friends”


Aug 19

Charts – 18 August 2017

Posted on Saturday, August 19, 2017 by Paul in Music

Well, I didn’t see this coming.

1.  Dua Lipa – “New Rules”

So this is not a track you would have predicted as a number one.  It’s the seventh single from her self-titled debut album, which was already out by the time “New Rules” started to be promoted as a single.  Normally that would mean a promotional vehicle to remind people that the album is still out.  And until now, Dua Lipa’s biggest hit was “Be The One”, which peaked at number 9.  But here we are, with a climb of 36-19-9-5-1.


Aug 13

Charts – 11 August 2017

Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2017 by Paul in Music


1.  Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”

We’re a good way into August, and here’s the eighth number one of 2017.  And for the second time in a month, it’s number one with an asterisk, because “Despacito” remains number 1 on both the sales and the streaming charts.  It’s purely the downweighting of “Despacito” streams (under the rule that applies to long-running hits which have passed their peak) that allows “Feels” to be number one.  But since “Despacito” drops to 4 this week on the main chart, it does looks like we’re finally rid of it.  “Feels” probably isn’t going to be here long either – it’s been out for two months, and it climbed 21-21-6-4-4-4-3-1 to get here, so it seems unlikely that a long run lies ahead of it.  But who knows, these days?


Aug 7

Charts – 4 August 2017

Posted on Monday, August 7, 2017 by Paul in Music

So, how’s that effort to speed up the charts coming along?  Well, not brilliantly.  True, there’s often a lull at this time of year – there seems to be a theory that promoting new music should go on hold over the holiday season – but strap in for the skull-shuddering excitement of an eleven-week number one and a chart with one new entry!

1.  Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – “Despacito”

Even after three weeks of downweighting, “Despacito” is still – just – clinging on at number one.  So I suppose it’s time to start flagging up the records.  With two interruptions to its run, we’re only concerned here with total weeks at number one, and right now, “Despacito” is joint seventh on that list, level with Slim Whitman’s “Rose Marie” from 1955.  The next target is 14 weeks, shared by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, but that’s a lot to ask of a record which is only marginally still at the top.


Jul 31

Charts – 28 July 2017

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 by Paul in Music

Ah.  This looks familiar.

1.  Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – “Despacito”

Returning to number one for a third run, giving it a total of ten weeks.  Last week, “Despacito” was hit by the new chart rule which downweights the streams of records which have been on the chart for at least ten weeks (“Despacito” has now been here for 15) and which peaked at least three weeks previously.  Even with that handicap, it was only marginally beaten by DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts”, and now it regains the top spot.  This is a bit embarrassing all round.  If “Wild Thoughts” didn’t have an asterisk next to it as a legitimate number one before, it certainly does now.  Returning to number one twice is rare, but not totally unheard of in the modern era; Justin Bieber did it in 2015 with “What Do U Mean”, and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams managed it too.

Nothing of note in the rest of the top ten.  “Power” by Little Mix climbs from 8 to 6; “Pretty Girl” by Maggie Lindemann climbs 9 to 8.   “Sun Comes Up” by Rudimental featuring James Arthur climbs 16-10, which makes it Rudimental’s biggest hit since “Bloodstream” in 2015.  And “Crying in the Club” by Camila Cabello is up from 13 to 12.

13.  Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & The Digital Farm Animals – “Back To You”