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Charts – 19 May 2017

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by Paul in Music

It’s a quiet week.  Honestly, you might want to try the podcast, one post down.  But anyway…

1.  Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – “Despacito”

Two weeks.  Not much more to be said.

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

Up one place.  Did I mention last week that it’s overtaken “Treat You Better” to become his second-biggest hit?  Well, it has.

6.  Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”

This was number 1 five weeks ago, but it rebounds from 10 this week, which is at least mildly noteworthy.  It has a video now, but the main reason for the second wind is the promotion for the album release (of which more later).

9.  J Hus – “Did You See”

Up another three, giving him his first top ten hit.

11.  Miley Cyrus – “Malibu”

This week’s highest new entry is the first time we’ve seen Miley Cyrus in the singles chart since 2014.  She did release an album in 2015 – “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz” – which was a sprawling 92-minute piece of experimentation with the involvement of the Flaming Lips.  But it had no actual singles, even though a few tracks had videos – some decidely questionable (though there was also a relatively normal one for “Lighter”).

From the look of it, “Dead Petz” finally burned through her phase of distancing herself from Disney, as “Malibu” is a surprisingly normal record – a bid for adult-ish credibility with a vaguely country-ish soft rock song.  It’s notable more for the contrast with earlier Miley Cyrus tracks than for its inherent qualities, but it’s not bad.

12.  Charlie Puth – “Attention”

Up four and still of no particular interest to me.

15.  Disciples – “On My Mind”

Up eight, and apparently gaining momentum.

21.  Maggie Lindeman – “Pretty Girl”

Chart debut.  Maggie Lindeman is a teenager from LA whose social media following – 2 million followers on Instagram – has yet to translate into any chart success in the USA, but has sent this track to the top ten in Scandinavia.  It’s a more-than-just-a-pretty-face song, naturally.

22.  Jonas Blue featuring William Singe – “Mama”

Up seven.

33.  Kyle featuring Lil Yachty – “iSpy”

Up seven.  Can’t say I was expecting this one to go climb, but there we are.

34.  Paramore – “Hard Times”

Re-entry thanks to the album release.  It matches the original peak.

On the album chart:

  • “Harry Styles” by Harry Styles debuts at 1.  See above for the single.  He’s previously had four number one albums as a member of One Direction.
  • “After Laughter” by Paramore at 4.  And again, I’ve already mentioned the single.  This is their third top ten album; 2009’s “Brand New Eyes” and 2013’s “Paramore” both made number one.
  • “A Kind Revolution” by Paul Weller at 5.  Weller’s studio albums routinely make the top ten, so this is no surprise.  Single: “Long Long Road”.
  • “Common Sense” by J Hus at 6.  Debut album, and once again, I’ve mentioned the single already.  It’s an unusually heavy week for crossover between the single and album charts, which have often existed in parallel universes outside the mega-releases like Ed Sheeran.
  • “Send Away the Tigers” by the Manic Street Preachers at 21, a tenth anniversary re-issue of the album that reached number 2 in 2007.  The biggest hit from this album was “Your Love Alone Is Not Enough”, which reached number 2.
  • “II” by Inglorious at 22.  Retro rock.  The frontman used to be in Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  It’s their top 40 debut (the self-titled debut made number 45 last year).  Single: “Taking the Blame”.
  • “Welcome Home” by the Zac Brown Band at 25.  They’re a pretty big deal in the US country charts.  That’s not usually a recipe for success in the UK.  Their previous album made number 36, so this is a step up.  The single “Roots” is an inoffensive cliche fest.
  • The Dreamgirls Original London Cast Recording at 36.  Self-explanatory.  Here’s a version of “Listen” from Radio 2.
  • “Bloom” by Machine Gun Kelly at 37.  The single “Bad Things” made number 16 back in January.

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