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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.

5.  The Chainsmokers – “Paris” 

Up two, making this their third top five hit.

10.  Sean Paul featuring Dua Lipa – “No Lie”

Up one.  It’s his eighth top ten hit as a lead artist.  More to the point, it’s also the first top ten appearance for Dua Lipa, who is having a very good week on the chart, as illustrated by…

11.  Dua Lipa – “Be The One” 

… which is up ten places, for this week’s highest climber.  Remember, this one died on its first release a year ago, despite doing decently well abroad – and they did promote it.  (Here she is plugging it on Radio 1 last January, for example.)  But 2017 looks to be her year.  And it is a good single, which deserved a second shot.

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

From the soundtrack of Fifty Shades Darker.  Obviously.  Is that still a big thing?  The book is five years old, the first movie was two years ago…  We’ll find out when the film comes out, I suppose.  This has been out for a while, entering at 16 before Christmas and dropping as far as 36 before rebounding as the film promotion takes off.  It also has a video now.  Still, it’s a Taylor Swift single and it’s reaching a peak of number 13 in its eighth week on chart.  That doesn’t sound too great to me.

20.  Major Lazer featuring PartyNextDoor & Nicki Minaj – “Run Up”

One of Major Lazer’s more mellow pop tracks, though there’s something marginally interesting going on with the drums.  PartyNextDoor is a Canadian rapper, getting his first singles chart credit (though his third album made number 11 last summer).  Nicki Minaj is still hanging around the chart as a guest on Ariana Grande’s “Side to Side”, which peaked at number 4 back in October.

23.  Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – “Scared To Be Lonely”

Yes, a third Dua Lipa single.  It’s a big push to start the year.  Garrix apparently considers this a follow-up to last year’s top ten hit “In the Name Of Love”.  It’s his fifth single as lead artist and, as yet, the only one not to make the top ten – though give it time.  Mind you, it is competing with “Be The One”, which I’d say was clearly the superior Dua Lipa single…

31.  Migos – “Bad & Boujee”

This has now edged up 37-34-31.

34.  Tinie Tempah featuring Tinashe – “Text From Your Ex”

Up one place.  This is certainly taking its time to get going.

35.  Rag’N’Bone Man – “Skin”

Follow-up to “Human”, which is still in the top 10.  It’s not immediately in the same league, but then “Human” was an instant classic, so it’s a tough debut to live up to.  But the album is out next week, so it needs another little push.

On the album chart:

  • The La La Land soundtrack album climbs to 1 in its third week, which is unusual to put it mildly.  Here’s the “City of Stars” clip.
  • “All These Countless Nights” by Deaf Havana is the highest new entry at 5.  Indie rock.  It’s their third album, and beats their previous peak of number 9.  Single: “Fever”.
  • “I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing” by Lucy Spraggan at 12.  Yes, her from X Factor five years ago.  It’s her fourth album to chart, though, so she’s done okay out of it.  Single: “Dear You”.  (It’s quite good, actually.)
  • “A Girl A Bottle A Boat” by Train at 13.  Their tenth album, and the fifth to chart in the UK – the British bought 2001’s “Drops of Jupiter” and then ignored them until 2010, at which point they started charting again.  Single: “Play That Song”.
  • “Culture” by Migos at 16.  Their second album, their first to chart in the UK – we’ve had the single already.
  • “A Moment of Madness” by Izzy Bizu re-enters at 23, having previously spent a single week at number 28 last September.  Not quite sure what’s going on there, I guess it’s being re-promoted.   Single: “Talking To You”.
  • “SweetSexySavage” by Kehlani at 26.  Officialy her debut album, but that depends on you classifying two other releases as mixtapes.  Single: “Distraction”.

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