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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.


May 28

Charts – 26 May 2017

Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2017 by Paul in Music

After a brief flurry of activity, we’re settling back into the routine of a handful of new entries per week, some of which go on to climb the chart, slowly, ever so slowly…

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

Three weeks at number one.  Could be here a while, too.

3.  Liam Payne featuring Quavo – “Strip That Down”


May 23

Charts – 19 May 2017

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by Paul in Music

It’s a quiet week.  Honestly, you might want to try the podcast, one post down.  But anyway…

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

Two weeks.  Not much more to be said.

4.  Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

Up one place.  Did I mention last week that it’s overtaken “Treat You Better” to become his second-biggest hit?  Well, it has.

6.  Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”


May 16

Charts – 12 May 2017

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Paul in Music

I’ll start catching up on reviews in the next couple of days.  But first…

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


May 9

Charts – 5 May 2017

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Paul in Music

Blimey, this is getting positively eventful.

1.  DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One”

So after a long, long stretch of tedium, we’ve had four changes of number one in a row.  Okay, one of those was Ed Sheeran going back to the top, but it counts!  And this time it’s DJ Khaled, who’s had hit albums in America going back a decade.  His only previous appearance in the UK singles chart was “For Free”, which made number 25 last year.  That one had Drake on it, which is probably not a coincidence..


Apr 29

Charts – 28 April 2017

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 by Paul in Music

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is no longer number one… for the second time.  Maybe this time it’ll stick?

1.  Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson – “Symphony”

“Symphony” has been on the chart for six weeks now, moving 6-4-3-4-2-1.  It’s Clean Bandit’s third number one, after “Rather Be” and “Rockabye”.  “Rockabye”, of course, was the number one before “Shape of You”, and it spent nine weeks at the top.  So, aside from that single week of Harry Styles, it’s been nothing but Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit at number one since mid-November.  That’s coming up for six months.


Apr 23

Charts – 21 April 2017

Posted on Sunday, April 23, 2017 by Paul in Music

Two weeks after Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” was finally deposed from number 1 after its thirteen week reign, how are things shaping up in the bold, post-Ed world?

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”


Okay then.

So that’s fourteen weeks, non-consecutive, which matches the total of “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  One more week to match “One Dance” and “Love is All Around”, each of which made 15 weeks without interruption.  Bryan Adams is 16, and beyond that lies the seemingly unattainable 18 weeks of Frankie Laine’s “I Believe” from 1953.  Who knows?


Apr 17

Charts – 14 April 2017

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017 by Paul in Music

So I will, I assure you, get to the last outstanding X-Axis review – which is the “Enemy of the State II” arc from All-New Wolverine – pretty soon.  But let’s do the topical post first.  It’s taken fourteen weeks, but Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” finally throws in the towel.  It goes down in the record books  as the fourth longest-running number one in chart history, behind the 15 weeks of Drake’s “One Dance” and Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around” and the 16 weeks of Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”.  There are still seven Sheeran songs on the chart this week, but they’re all going down, and “Dive” and “Supermarket Flowers” bid the top 40 farewell.

1.  Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”


Apr 11

Charts – 7 April 2017

Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by Paul in Music

We did a podcast this weekend!  It’s one post down!  Meanwhile, over in the UK singles chart, the era of Ed Sheeran glides serenely on…

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

That’s 13 weeks at the top.  And for the fifth straight week, the biggest challenge comes from Sheeran’s own “Galway Girl” at number 2.  The rest of his chart domination is finally waning – other Sheeran tracks can be found at 6, 16, 22, 26, 29, 38 and 40.  Drake settles for a mere three, all going down, so things really are returning to normal.  It’s taken a while, though.