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Aug 30

Charts – 30 August 2019

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2019 by Paul in Music

This is getting repetitive.

1.  Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy – “Take Me Back To London”

So, since May, the number 1 position has gone like this: Stormzy’s “Vossi Bop” (2 weeks), Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” (8 weeks), Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Senorita” (1 week), Ed Sheeran’s “Beautiful People” (1 week), “Senorita” again (5 weeks) and now Ed Sheeran & Stormzy (1 week and counting). Woo. In fact, we’ve had only ten different acts at number one all year – and that’s counting Mendes and Cabello separately, plus including Khalid for his featured appearance on “Beautiful People”. It’s a slow year, dominated in the second half by Ed Sheeran (and in the first by Ariana Grande).


Aug 25

Charts – 23 August 2019

Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2019 by Paul in Music

After a couple of very slow weeks, things… pick up a little bit? I mean, at least there’s something going on in the bottom half of the singles chart. Fi

1. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”

Six weeks. Don’t worry, it won’t be here much longer – next week will be its tenth on chart, and since it peaked a few weeks back, it’s almost certain to get whacked by the downweighting rule. Filling out the top 20 we have a bunch of minor climbers, which I shall dutifully now list: “Higher Love” by Kygo & Whitney Houston climbs 5-4; “Random” by Lil Tecca climbs 13-7; “Sorry” by Joel Corry climbs 16-10; “Strike a Pose” by Young T & Bugsey featuring Aitch climbs 15-14; and “Castles” by Freya Ridings climbs 18-16.  Most notable of that bunch is “Higher Love”, which has overtaken the number 5 position of Whitney Houston’s last major hit (2009’s “Million Dollar Bill”).  It now stands as her biggest hit in 20 years, going back to “My Love Is Your Love”, which got to number 2 in 1999.

18. Jorja Smith featuring Burna Boy – “Be Honest”


Aug 17

Charts – 16 August 2019

Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2019 by Paul in Music

It’s another absurdly quiet week for the singles chart, but at least we have the albums to keep us company.

1.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”

Five weeks now, but it peaked a while back, so it probably won’t be here too much longer.  This matches the run of Cabello’s other number 1, “Havana”.  (We long passed the two-week reign of Mendes’ “Stitches”.)  “3 Nights” by Dominic Fike climbs 6-3, and “Taste (Make it Shake)” by Aitch climbs 8-4.  “Higher Love” by Kygo & Whitney Houston climbs 9-5, to overtake “It Ain’t Me” as Kygo’s biggest hit; it now matches the peak of Houston’s last significant hit “Million Dollar Bill” from 2009.  The next target is to make number 2, which would make it her biggest hit since “My Love Is Your Love” in 1999.  “How Do You Sleep” by Sam Smith climbs 12-7 to become his 11th top ten hit.  “Ransom” by Lil Tecca climbs 24-13, which is a bit more notable than most of these climbs, and “Strike a Pose” by Young T & Bugsey featuring Aitch climbs 18-15.  “Sorry” by Joel Corry moves 19-16, “Castles” by Freya Ridings from 21-18, and “Ritual” by Tiesto, Jonas Blue & Rita Ora from 27-26.  “Harder” by Jax Jones & Bebe Rexha climbs 36-30, “Outnumbered” by Dermot Kennedy from 39-34… and yes, yes, that’s everything before we finally teach this week’s highest new entry.

40.  Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – “Hot Girl Summer”


Aug 10

Charts – 9 August 2019

Posted on Saturday, August 10, 2019 by Paul in Music

We’ve… seen busier charts, I’ll be honest.  Still, there are a couple of big new releases.

1.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”

Fourth (non-consecutive) week at number one.  It still has a week to go to match “Havana” as Cabello’s longest-running number one.

4.  Ariana Grande & Social House – “Boyfriend”


Aug 3

Charts – 2 August 2019

Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2019 by Paul in Music

How thoughtful!  I am busy, and this can be short!

1.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita” 

Three weeks in total.  There’s not much more to say about that, and… um, pretty much nothing going on in the singles top 40.  As in, no new entries.  At all.  None.  So, climbers, then: “Ladbroke Grove” by AJ Tracey reaches a new peak of 4.  “3 Nights” by Dominic Fike reaches the top 10, climbing to 8.  “Higher Love” by Kygo & Whitney Houston climbs 15-10, which puts Kygo back in the top 10 for the first time in two years, and the late Whitney Houston for the first time since 2009.

“How Do You Sleep” by Sam Smith climbs 12-11, and “Sorry” by Joel Corry climbs 38-21 – apparently they’ve been hammering it on Love Island.  “Ransom” by Lil Tecca climbs 40-23, and “Ritual” by Tiesto, Jonas Blue & Rita Ora moves 28-26.  “Hate Me” by Ellie Goulding & Juice Wrld is 36-33, and “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo moves 39-34.  And that’s it.  That’s the singles chart.

On the album chart, Ed Sheeran’s “No 6 Collaborations Project” has a third week at number one, and our highest new entry is…

3.  The Kaiser Chiefs – “Duck”


Jul 26

Charts – 26 July 2019

Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 by Paul in Music


1.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”

I mean, there’s a new number one, but it’s just returning for a second week after getting interrupted by Ed Sheeran’s album release.  Sheeran occupies numbers 2, 3 and 4 with tracks from his new album, reminding us all of why that three-song cap was introduced.  Awkwardly, his top tracks are shuffling position among themselves, so “I Don’t Care”, which dropped out of the chart last week because of the cap, now rebounds straight in to number 3.

5.  Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”


Jul 20

Charts – 19 July 2015

Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2019 by Paul in Music

In which Ed Sheeran releases an album, with predictable results.

1.  Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid – “Beautiful People”
3.  Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy – “Take Me Back to London”
4.  Ed Sheeran featuring Chance the Rapper & PnB Rock – “Cross Me”

The album in question is “No 6 Collaborations Project”, the numbering following from a series of EPs and albums that he released back before he hit the big time – “No 5 Collaborations Project” was self-released in 2011 and reached number 46.  It’s Sheeran’s fourth consecutive number one album and chances are it’s going to be around for a while to come.


Jul 12

Charts – 12 July 2019

Posted on Friday, July 12, 2019 by Paul in Music

Oh good, movement!

1.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”

This has spent two weeks stuck at number 2 behind Ed Sheeran, and it’s pretty good – it’s kind of Latin by numbers, but it’s got a real lightness of touch to it.  It’s the second number one for both singers – in Shawn Mendes’ case, it comes four years after “Stitches”, while Cabello’s previous number one was 2017’s “Havana.”  (Cabello’s other current single, “Find U Again” with Mark Ronson, is still down at 31.)   (more…)

Jul 5

Charts – 5 July 2019

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

This is the annual post-Glastonbury chart, and as is often the case, it’s rather quiet, because everyone’s been off in a field instead of promoting their records (and everyone who does want to promote a record is being drowned out by the people in the field).  So we can run through this quite quickly…

1.  Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”

Eight weeks, and it’s now joined by…

3.  Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid – “Beautiful People”


Jun 28

Charts – 28 June 2019

Posted on Friday, June 28, 2019 by Paul in Music

Yes, I’m well aware there’s a review backlog building up, and we’ll get to it, but this is the time-sensitive, takes-less-thought post, so…

1.  Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”

Seven gripping weeks.  That’s not so much by Ed Sheeran standards – remember “Shape of You” and its 14-week odyssey? – but it’s a record for Bieber.  His previous record was six weeks with “Love Yourself”.  And that was written by Ed Sheeran too.

2.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”
37.  Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello – “Find U Again”