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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”


Jul 22

Charts – 21 July 2017

Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2017 by Paul in Music

Well, it didn’t take long for this to cause problems.  This week’s top seller is “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee.  And this week’s most streamed record is “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee.  And yet…

1.  DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

This entered at number 3 at the end of June, and spent the last three weeks at number 2.  This week, it is the second-most purchased and the second-most streamed single.  So why is it number one?


Jul 15

Charts – 14 July 2017

Posted on Saturday, July 15, 2017 by Paul in Music

If the recent rule changes were intended to speed up the chart, then it doesn’t seem to be working yet…

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

That’s a total of nine weeks at number one.  I mean, it’s not all been long-running number ones lately.  This year has seen four single-week number ones: Harry Styles, Clean Bandit, DJ Khaled and Artists For Grenfell.  But juggernauts like this are becoming a regular feature.  “Despacito” has peaked, so it’s possible that the new rule (which downgrades the streams of records at least ten weeks old and at least three weeks past their peak) will kick in while it’s still at number one.  If so, it may not be here much longer.

“Feels” by Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean climbs to 4.  That’s enough to overtake “Chained To The Rhythm” and make it Katy Perry’s biggest hit since “Dark Horse” back in 2013.  It’s also Big Sean’s biggest hit ever, overtaking his guest appearance on Jessie J’s “Wild”, also back in 2013.  Further down the chart, the previous single “Slide” rebounds 33-21, which strangely makes it this week’s higher climber.  “Came Here For Love” by Sigala & Ella Eyre moves 12-6.  “Crying In The Club” by Camilla Cabello moves 16-14.

18.  Rudimental featuring James Arthur – “Sun Comes Up”


Jul 8

Charts – 7 July 2017

Posted on Saturday, July 8, 2017 by Paul in Music

Welcome to the exciting new era of marginally tweaked chart rules.  If you weren’t reading last week, the changes are basically that acts are limited to three hits at a time (“featuring” credits don’t count towards the cap), and tracks which have been out for ten weeks and are comfortably past their peak will see their streams downweighted to stop them clogging up the charts just because the same people have still got them on playlists.  Does it make a difference?  Well… a bit.

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

Exhibit A: an eighth week at number one for “Despacito”.   “Mama” by Jonas Blue featuring William Singe edges up one place to number 4 (continuing a glacially slow climb which included three weeks stuck at number six), and aside from that it’s a lot of rebounding.

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


Jul 1

Charts – 30 June 2017

Posted on Saturday, July 1, 2017 by Paul in Music

There are rule changes coming to the chart next week.  Because if the compilers wanted to make a case for them, they couldn’t have wished for a more helpful chart than this one.  It’s dull as ditchwater.

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

Returning to number one for a seventh week, after being interrupted by Artists For Grenfell (which drops to three).  So, let’s talk about those rule changes.


Jun 29

Charts – 23 June 2017

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 by Paul in Music

will start catching up on the reviews.  Honest.  And there are some chart rule changes coming up, but we’ll cover those next week…

1.  Artists for Grenfell – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”


Jun 17

Charts – 16 June 2017

Posted on Saturday, June 17, 2017 by Paul in Music

We’ll get back to reviews soon.  I’ve been busy.  In the meantime, here’s a quiet week on the singles chart.  Five new entries, but three of them below 30…

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

That’s six weeks, and it’s still miles ahead of the competition.  It could be there for a while, in the absence of any obvious challengers – remember, even charity fundraisers now face the challenge of getting streams as well as sales.  For example, Ariana Grande’s live version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” lands at 60 this week, which is because it sold respectably but didn’t get streams.

Meanwhile, “Unforgettable” by French Montana featuring Swae Lee climbs two places to 3.

5.  David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber – “2U”


Jun 10

Charts – 9 June 2017

Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2017 by Paul in Music

Prime time television still sells records.  But first…

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

Five weeks at number one.  It’s the top streaming single of the week, but it’s not the top seller.  That would be…

2.  Ariana Grande – “One Last Time”


Jun 4

Charts – 2 June 2017

Posted on Sunday, June 4, 2017 by Paul in Music

It’s election time.

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

That’s four weeks, which – assuming you’re prepared to turn a blind eye to Justin Bieber’s bits – makes it the longest running foreign language number one ever.  The previous record of three weeks is officially (i.e., in the eyes of the chart compilers) held by Manhattan Transfer’s “Chanson D’Amour”, from 1977, though that’s actually a mixture of English, French and “ra da da da da”.

4.  Captain Ska – “Liar Liar”

Now here’s something a bit more contentious than usual.