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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”


Jun 23

Charts – 21 June 2019

Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2019 by Paul in Music

There’s a podcast one post down!  Meanwhile, the singles charts could really use some big releases to come along…

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

Six weeks.  This is getting a little tiresome.  Below, the logjam in the top 10 is finally broken, though the suspiciously large drops for “Old Town Road” and “Someone You Loved” make it rather obvious that they’ve simply been out long enough (and are far enough past their peak) to get hit with the chart rule that downweights older hits to usher them out of the charts.  And aside from the two new entries that take their place, the rest of the top ten simply reshuffles itself.  In fact, it would have been another static top five if it wasn’t for the chart rules.  But hey, it’s simulated movement, at least!

5.  Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”


Jun 14

Charts – 14 June 2019

Posted on Friday, June 14, 2019 by Paul in Music

The first in a long series of completed X-books storylines hits this week… but let’s do the chart post before I turn my attention to the bursting dam.  Be warned… after the drought will come the backlog.  This is what happens when everything wraps up a storyline at once.  But first!

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

After last week’s static top 12, we have… a static top 10.  But only marginally!  “I Don’t Care” gets a fifth week at number one, but holds off “Old Town Road” by the equivalent of over 1,553 sales.  Given that we’re talking about records with streaming figures in the 8 millions, that’s not much.  “Old Town Road” has been sitting at number 2 for seven weeks now, and if it can actually make it back to number one – which is eminently possible – that will be quite something.

The other Ed Sheeran single, “Cross Me”, is still holding steady at 9.

8.  Chris Brown featuring Drake – “No Guidance”


Jun 7

Charts – 7 June 2019

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2019 by Paul in Music

You want a dull top ten?  Boy, have we got a dull top ten for you.

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

Celebrating their fourth week at number one, Ed and Justin head up an entire top twelve of non-movers.  This has never happened before.  The previous record was a static top 8, in 2016.  If you trawl through the chart archives then you’ll find some entire charts of non-movers, but those are actually weeks when no chart was published (usually between Christmas and New Year in decades past) – the chart compiler treats those as static charts for historical purposes of counting “weeks on chart”.

13.  Katy Perry – “Never Really Over”


Jun 2

Charts – 31 May 2019

Posted on Sunday, June 2, 2019 by Paul in Music

Meanwhile, back on the charts…

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

Three weeks.  Let’s see, what is there still to say about this…  Well, it’s the second number one single with this title, the first being Cheryl Cole’s song from 2014.  Predictably, “I Don’t Care” is an oft-used title.  Other top 40 “I Don’t Cares” belong to Fall Out Boy (2008), Ricky Martin (2005), Shakespears Sister (1992), Los Bravos (1966) and Liberace (1956).

The entire top 4 is static, but that’s partly because Lil Nas X isn’t giving up without a fight, and he’s narrowing the gap – it’s entirely possible he could yet get back to number one for a second run.

9.  Ed Sheeran featuring Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock – “Cross Me”


May 25

Charts – 24 May 2019

Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2019 by Paul in Music

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

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

Two weeks.  Since last week, we’ve established that Sheeran’s upcoming album is entitled “No 6 Collaborations Project”, which goes some way towards explaining what Bieber is doing here – commercially, at any rate, because he sure isn’t adding much creatively.  The title refers back to his self-released 2011 album “No 5 Collaborations Project” (numbers 1-4 apparently being earlier EPs, though his discography lists seven earlier EPs, so you may picture me here shrugging and moving on).  It heads up a top 4 made up entirely of records that reached number 1, which “Old Town Road”, “Someone You Loved” and “Vossi Bop” still hanging around – “Old Town Road” is actually still growing, despite being shoved aside by Sheeran.

Lewis Capaldi‘s first charting single “Grace” has been hanging around for a while, but vaults from 28 to 9 on the release of parent album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” (I know), which goes straight to number one.  The single’s previous peak was 21. “Someone You Loved” climbs 4-3, and “Hold Me While You Wait” climbs 8-5, giving him the maximum three songs on the singles chart, all in the top 40 – though for once, they’re all song that were on the top 40 already.  It goes without saying that without the three-song cap, we’d be swimming in Lewis Capaldi tracks this week. (more…)

May 19

Charts – 17 May 2019

Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2019 by Paul in Music

He was bound to be back sooner or later.

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

This is the first new Ed Sheeran single in two years – unless you count his guest appearance on Eminem’s “River”, and even that came out right at the end of 2017.  Yes, new songs written by Ed Sheeran seem to chart all the time; he’s approaching Barbara Cartland levels of prolificity.  But this is a proper Ed Sheeran single, so it’s an entirely predictable number one (his sixth in total).  It doesn’t quite have the highest sales/streaming figure of the year – that’s still Ariana Grande – but it’s close.  The song is… pretty routine and on brand: Sheeran is an ordinary bloke who feels out of place in the celebrity world and his girl makes him feel okay about that.


May 12

Charts – 10 May 2019

Posted on Sunday, May 12, 2019 by Paul in Music

We have a new podcast episode, just one post down!  Or if you prefer, there’s this…

1.  Stormzy – “Vossi Bop”

Two weeks, with over 10 million streams once again.  “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X is still hanging in at 2 with very respectable numbers; it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that it might retake number one.

4.  Lewis Capaldi – “Hold Me While You Wait”


May 3

Charts – 3 May 2019

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2019 by Paul in Music

Now this is a pleasingly eclectic week.

1.  Stormzy – “Vossi Bop”

Well, that’s slightly unexpected.  Stormzy is a big name – his 2017 album “Gang Signs & Prayer” got a week at number one.  But his previous peak in the singles chart is number 6, and on top of that, Taylor Swift has a new single out this week.  (Though as we’ll see, it wouldn’t have made number one anyway.)  “Vossi Bop” has 12.7 million streams in its first week, though, so it’s a big hit.