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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?

But it’s not very likely because the track’s sales and streams have now faded to relatively ordinary levels.  It’s only just ahead of numbers 2 and 3 this week – which are Clean Bandit’s “Symphony” and Sheeran’s own “Galway Girl”, as Harry Styles drops straight to number 4.  “Symphony” still has a decent shot of being the next number 1.  And we’re down to a mere five Ed Sheeran tracks in the top 40, though it goes without saying that in any other time this would still have been seen as remarkable.

2.  Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson – “Symphony”

Up two, and see above.

6.  Kendrick Lamar – “Humble”

Jumping 25 places on the release of the parent album.  And yes, you guessed it, there’s a lot of Kendrick Lamar on this week’s chart – album releases do seem to be finding renewed life in the streaming era.  This is Lamar’s first appearance in the top 20 (let alone the top 10) as a lead artist, though he’s had higher-placing guest appearances on Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 tracks.

15.  Jason DeRulo featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla Sign – “Swalla”

Up 9.  This is doing better than I expected.

17.  Rag’n’Bone Man – “Skin”

Up 1, for a new peak.  This is one of those tracks that’s been hanging around in the mid-table for ages without quite breaking through – it first charted back in February.

18.  Kendrick Lamar – “DNA”

So here come the Kendrick Lamar album tracks.  But this one has a video, which effectively makes it the second single, so it’s understandably the highest new entry.  It starts off pretty commercial before going a lot darker in the second half.  That’s Don Cheadle in the video.

23.  Lady Gaga – “The Cure”

The last album didn’t exactly set the charts alight, with “Perfect Illusion” managing a single week at number 12 before dropping straight out, and nothing else getting above 39 – basically the fate of an act who’s no longer reaching beyond her fan base in the way she used to.  This is a surprise release of a new single, which she debuted at Coachella.  It would be number 4 on a pure sales chart, but it’s languishing at 84 on the streaming chart.

24.  Future – “Mask Off”

Up another 2 places.

27.  Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna – “Loyalty”

Another album track, presumably getting extra traction thanks to Rihanna’s appearance.

31.  Disciples – “On My Mind”

Climbing three places in its second week.  This would be top ten on a sales chart, but it’s yet to build much momentum in streams.

33.  Kendrick Lamar – “Element”

Another album track.  James Blake has a hand in this one.

34.  J Hus – “Did You See”

A new entry, though it’s actually climbing from 41.  J Hus is a London rapper, and this is his first chart appearance.

39.  Kendrick Lamar featuring Zacari – “Love”

Another album track.  As advertised, it’s a love song.  Zacari Pacaldo is a Californian singer, and this is his chart debut.

On the album chart, it’s a quiet week aside from the obvious.

  • ÷ by Ed Sheeran spends a seventh week at number 1.
  • “Damn” by Kendrick Lamar is 2.  We’ve mentioned it above, you might have noticed.
  • “Youth” by Tinie Tampah is 9.  That’s a bit underwhelming – the previous albums made 1 and 3, and the single “Text From Your Ex” couldn’t get above 23, surprisingly weak for somebody who’d previously racked up 7 number ones.
  • “The Search for Everything” by John Mayer is 16.  The previous two albums both got to number 4, so.  Single: “Still Feel Like Your Man”.

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