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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.


Apr 1

Charts – 31 March 2017

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

This is a nice easy one!  One new entry.  And lots of climbers – because that’s what happens when a logjam of album tracks starts to clear.

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

Twelve weeks now.  That passes the eleven weeks of Slim Whitman’s “Rose Marie”, so it’s now the fourth longest single reign at the top, behind “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)”, “Love is All Around” and “One Dance”.  (In terms of total weeks at number one, it’s also behind “I Believe” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”, both of which had multiple runs.)


Mar 29

Charts – 24 March 2017

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Paul in Music

Well, at least the Ed Sheeran log jam is broken…

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” 

So I guess it’s time to start talking about the all-time records again.  “Shape of You” has now been number 1 for eleven straight weeks, matching the run of Slim Whitman’s “Rose Marie” back in 1955.  Only three records have had longer reigns at number 1, though they’re still a little way out of reach: Drake’s “One Dance” managed 15 weeks last year, as did Wet Wet Wet’s version of “Love Is All Around” back in 1994.  And the all-time record of 16 weeks is still held by Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” from 1991.  That’s consecutive weeks, mind you – if you’re adding multiple reigns, then the record for most weeks at number 1 stands at 18, and has been held by Frankie Laine’s “I Believe” since 1953.

The Sheeran domination finally starts to clear this week.  He still has “Galway Girl” at 2 and “Castle on the Hill” at 3, but other tracks are dropping, and four of them are out of the top 40.  Mind you, that still gives him twelve concurrent hits, occupying numbers 1, 2, 3, 7, 11, 16, 21, 22, 26, 29 and 34.

4.  Drake – “Passionfruit”


Mar 18

Charts – 17 March 2017

Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2017 by Paul in Music

You’ll never guess.

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

That’s ten weeks, which would normally be a big deal in its own right.  But leave that aside.  Last week Sheeran swamped the top end of the chart, placing all sixteen albums tracks from ÷ in the top 20, and taking nine slots in the top ten.  Now in the past, when album tracks have entered the singles chart en masse, they’ve mostly gone away after the first week.  Not so here – Ed Sheeran still has nine slots in the top ten, and the entire album is still placing in the top 30.  Which makes my job a lot easier this week, since there’s very little room for anyone else to enter the charts.


Mar 14

Charts – 10 March 2016

Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Paul in Music

Full Force Sheeran.  FFS.

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” 

That’s nine weeks, which matches the nine week run of the record it replaced, Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye”.  So we’ve had a grand total of two number one singles in 18 weeks.  In itself that’s not unprecedented, but it’s tended to happen when one record stays at the top for months on end (like Drake’s “One Dance” last year).  Two records in a row, both with nine weeks… that’s not happened before.

So.  Last week, we established that Stormzy can release an album and get six tracks into the top 40.  This week Ed Sheeran has his album ÷ out.  And Ed Sheeran is a bit more high profile than Stormzy.

2.  Ed Sheeran – “Galway Girl”


Mar 7

Charts – 3 March 2017

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by Paul in Music

Okay… so, I was planning to review the Extraordinary X-Men tie-in issues of Inhumans vs X-Men last week, but with one thing or another I haven’t got to that yet.  So we’d best do the chart post before it gets completely out of date.  Reviews soon.

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape Of You”

Eight weeks.  Since the previous number one, “Rockabye”, also managed eight (nine, in fact), this matches the all-time record for chart slowness.  We haven’t had two eight-week number ones in a row since the 50s, which is practically chart prehistory.


Feb 28

Charts – 24 February 2017

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Paul in Music

By today’s standards, it’s a busy week!

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

That’s seven weeks.  This seems like a good time to remind you that the previous number one was “Rockabye” by Clean Bandit, which lasted nine.  Anyway, it’s been seven weeks, so it feels like time for another single from the album…

2.  Ed Sheeran – “How Would You Feel (Paean)”


Feb 20

Charts – 17 February 2017

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2017 by Paul in Music

This is a gloriously uneventful chart, so let’s bang through it.

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

That’s six weeks, though with the rest of the chart pretty much dead, it’s not exactly a surprise.  The logjam in the top 2 is broken, at least, as “Castle on the Hill” finally drops to 3, with “Human” by Rag’N’Bone Man returning to number 2.  That’s thanks to the release of the parent album.  But wait – Ed Sheeran has just released another single!  So he could be at the top for some time to come, in one form or another.

5.  Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades)”

Up four.

7.  Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley – “Chained to the Rhythm”


Feb 6

Charts – 3 February 2017

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 by Paul in Music

Hey, we did a podcast, and it’s one post down!  Meanwhile, it’s Dua Lipa Week on the UK top 40.

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” 

Fourth week, and “Castle on the Hill” is still at number 2.  Nothing else is particularly close, so this could last a while yet.  The album “x” rebounds to number 4, and “+” is back up to 21, because people really really like Ed Sheeran.  Maybe he’s an oasis of calm in uncertain times. (more…)

Jan 31

Charts – 27 January 2017

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Paul in Music

Not a very eventful week, but hey, at least there are some new videos!

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape Of You”

Third week, with “Castle On The Hill” still locked at 2.  “Shape Of You” had 56,000 downloads and 9.57 million streams.  It’s likely to be here for a while to come.  And it has a video now, because that’s the modern way – the video isn’t there to build to the release any more, it’s there to give it a boost once it’s underway.