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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.

Zara Larsson gets her first UK number one, having previously peaked at number 2 with her own single “I Would Like” at the start of the year.

5.  Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla Sign – “Swalla” 

Well, what do I know?  34-24-15-6.  This is evidently going to be around for a while.

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

This is the bonus track on the deluxe edition of his album “Illuminate”, which come to think of it is a promotional technique I don’t remember coming up for a while now.  You’d think the title would be either “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” or “There’s Nothin’ Holdin’ Me Back”, but apparently Shawn Mendes likes to hedge his bets.  Something for every accent.  It’s a Shawn Mendes record, though maybe with a bit more punch to it than usual.

12.  Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like” 

Well, this is still plugging away.  Its painfully slow progress up the chart has seen it take four weeks to advance from 15 to 12.

15.  Little Mix – “No More Sad Songs”

Up one.

16.  Rag’n’Bone Man – “Skin”

And also up one.

19.  Lady Gaga – “The Cure” 

Up four places – and that’s good news for Lady Gaga, given that the lead single from the last album crashed out of the top 40 after a single week.  This one is showing signs of reaching an audience beyond the fans.

20.  J Hus – “Did You See” 

This week’s highest climber, up 14.

22.  Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – “Despacito”

We don’t get much Spanish-language pop in the UK chart, but this thing has over a billion views on YouTube, and that gets you somewhere.  Also, the version that’s actually being pushed on UK radio has added English language bits by Justin Bieber at the start, so as not to scare the horses.  According to Wikipedia, this is “a Latin pop and reggaeton fusion song composed in common time and its lyrics are about having a sexual relationship but performed in a smooth and romantic way.”  So now you know.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are both established stars in Puerto Rico.  You won’t be surprised to hear that this is Fonsi’s first appearance on the UK singles chart.  You might be slightly more surprised to hear that Daddy Yankee has been here before, once, twelve years ago, when “Gasolina” reached number 5.

24.  French Montana featuring Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”

French Montana is a Moroccan-born rapper who’s been around for a decade or so, but he’s making his first chart appearance here.  I think.  Depending on which source you check, he may have had a featured artist credit on will.i.am’s “Feelin’ Yourself”, which made number 2 in 2014.  That record had a ton of guests on it, and the official database lists the artist credit as “will.i.am/Cyrus/Khalifa”, presumably for space reasons, but French Montana was on it.

Swae Lee is one half of Rae Sremmurd, but this is his first individual chart credit.

27.  Zayn featuring Partynextdoor – “Still Got Time”

This peaked at 24 on release four weeks ago, but it makes a comeback this week with the release of the video.  And what a video.  Zayn would really like to stress that he isn’t a boy band any more.  He is a big boy now.  Look at his video.  It’s got smoking and everything.

28.  Disciples – “On My Mind”

34-31-28 – slow but steady progress.

34.  Paramore – “Hard Times”

Blimey, there’s one for the Are They Still Going file.  Paramore were last in the chart in 2013 when “Still Into You” made number 15, since when they’ve been doing more membership shuffles and litigating with the ex-bassist.  During that time they have apparently discovered 80s new wave, and the result is a record almost totally unrecognisable as Paramore.  It’s also pretty good.

38.  Lana Del Rey featuring The Weeknd – “Lust For Life”

This is the second single from her upcoming album; the first, “Love”, stalled at 41.  She last made the top 40 in 2014 when “West Coast” reached number 21.  A high profile guest always helps.  The track has nothing whatsoever to do with the Iggy Pop track of the same name, which came out in 1977, but only charted when it reached number 26 in 1996 (on the back of Trainspotting).

39.  Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato – “No Promises”

The third hit for the US trio, after “Sex” (number 9 a year ago) and “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)” (36 in the summer).  Doesn’t really feel like the best use of Demi Lovato, who seems a bit over-processed on this track, but alright.

On the album chart, it’s a busy week.

  • ÷ by Ed Sheeran is still number 1 after eight weeks.
  • “Tears on the Dancefloor” by Steps is number 2, because that’s the album market in 2017 for you.  The single “Scared of the Dark” made number 37 in March.  In fairness to Steps, all of their regular studio albums have gone top 5 (the “regular” is there because a 2012 reunion Christmas album reached number 32).
  • “Life Love Flesh Blood” by Imelda May at 5.  She’s a kind of endearing rockabilly throwback, and this is her third top ten album.  Single: “Should’ve Been You”.
  • “Jump on Board” by Texas at 6.  Pretty much where the last two Texas albums landed, so this is their level these days.  Single “Let’s Work It Out” is low-NRG disco.
  • “You Are We” by While She Sleeps at 8.  Metalcore, as if you couldn’t guess.  It’s their third album and the first to make the top 10.  It’s a crowd-funded self-release.  Single: “Silence Speaks”.
  • “Risk to Exist” by Maximo Park at 11.  At the lower end of their range, but it’s a busy week for new releases.  Single: “Get High (No, I Don’t)”.
  • “Americana” by Ray Davies at 15.  Exactly what it sounds like – Ray Davies doing a country rock album about his experiences in America.  Single: “Americana”.
  • “Cracked Actor (Live in Los Angeles 74)” by David Bowie at 20.  This was a special release  for National Record Store Day, so it would rather defeat the point if there was anything I could link to, and indeed there isn’t anything.  As advertised, it’s a live album from his 1974 tour.  There already was a live album from his 1974 tour – David Live, which reached number 2 that year – but this has a different setlist.
  • “This is My Town – Songs of New York” by Barry Manilow at 26.  A mixture of Broadway standards and, well, Barry Manilow songs about New York.  Sample track: “I Dig New York”.
  • “Love and War” by Brad Paisley at 33.  Country music.  He got to number 34 with his previous album “Moonshine In The Trunk”.  Single: “Today”.
  • “8” by Incubus at 35.  Incubus’s chart places are all over the place – they made the top ten in 2004 with “A Crow Left Of The Murder”, and then the follow-up “Light Grenades” missed the top 40 entirely.  So 35… well, that’s kind of middling for them.  Single: “Loneliest”
  • “Bowpromo” by David Bowie at 38.  Another Record Store Day release.  It’s a reissue of a promotional item from 1971, mostly made up of alternate versions of tracks from Hunky Dory.

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