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Charts – 9 June 2017

Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2017 by Paul in Music

Prime time television still sells records.  But first…

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

Five weeks at number one.  It’s the top streaming single of the week, but it’s not the top seller.  That would be…

2.  Ariana Grande – “One Last Time”

This re-entered the chart at 11 after the concert bombing two weeks ago, dropped to 12 last week, and now vaults to number 2.  In part, this is due to an official re-issue as a charity single (the chart assimilates all versions of a song, so it’s treated as a climber rather than a new entry).  But it’s also thanks to the prime time coverage of the “One Love Manchester” charity concert which, as we shall see, sold quite a few records.

It’s not her highest chart position – she made number 1 twice in 2014 with “Problem” and “Bang Bang”.  Also this week, “Dangerous Woman” rebounds to 11 on the album chart, and “My Everything” climbs back to 14.

Number 5 is “Unforgettable” by French Montana featuring Swae Lee, climbing another place; number 6 is “Mama” by Jonas Blue featuring William Singe, up two.

7.  Niall Horan – “Slow Hands”

After moving 25-31-23-21, “Slow Hands” suddenly vaults into the top 10, and it seems reasonable to assume that the One Love Manchester concert had a fair amount to do with that.  On a sales chart, it would be number 3.  “Pretty Girl” by Maggie Lindeman climbs another place to 14.

21.  Liam Gallagher – “Wall of Glass”

Not the sort of thing you’d normally expect to register in the singles chart.  While this is officially his debut solo single, Beady Eye was basically a Liam Gallagher vehicle, and their only top 40 appearance came in 2011, when “The Roller” managed a single week at number 31.  Liam’s appearance at “One Love Manchester” seems the most likely explanation for this anachronism – on a pure sales chart, “Wall of Glass” would have been number four.

23.  Camila Cabello – “Crying in the Club”

She’s a member of Fifth Harmony, and this is her first outright solo hit, though she did appear on Machine Gun Kelly’s “Bad Things” back in January. Unusually, the video is actually a medley of “Crying in the Club” with another track from her album, “I Have Questions” – the single actually starts about two minutes in. The tune has an acknowledged lift from “Genie in a Bottle”.

25.  Oasis – “Don’t Look Back in Anger”

Back to the concert theme, although strangely this was performed by Chris Martin and Ariana Grande instead of Liam Gallagher.  (Mind you, it’s Noel who sings on the record.)  “Don’t Look Back in Anger” spent a week at number 1 in 1996, and hasn’t been in the chart since its original run.  “What’s The Story Morning Glory” climbs to 22 on the album chart, and “Definitely Maybe” re-enters at 35.

Nothing going on further down the singles chart, so let’s move to the albums:

  • “÷” by Ed Sheeran returns to number 1 for a third run, and its eleventh week in total.
  • “Is This The Life We Really Want” by Roger Waters at 3. No videos, but the album is here.  Easily his highest position for a solo album; his previous best was number 8 for “Amused to Death” in 1992.
  • “Dua Lipa” by Dua Lipa at 5.  A rare example of an album with plenty of hit singles on it; the biggest was “Be The One”, which deservedly got to 9 earlier in the year.
  • “Relaxer” by Alt-J at 6.  The previous album made number 1, but this is still respectable enough.  Single: “In Cold Blood”.
  • “Last Young Renegade” by All Time Low at 7.  Again, a follow-up to a number 1 falling short but still doing okay.  Single: “Nice2KnoU”.
  • “Without a Word” by Hank Marvin at 9.  Hank Marvin may have been releasing solo albums since 1969 but the last four still made the top ten.  Here is his cover version of the theme to Doctor Who.
  • “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” by Halsey at 12.  You know, Halsey.  She had a number 1 last year as the guest singer on “Closer” by the Chainsmokers.  Well, this is her second album – the the previous one, “Badlands” got to number 9.  Single: “Now or Never”.
  • “High Street Kid” by MoStack at 16.  Grime debut.  Single: “Screw & Brew”.
  • “Kissworld – The Best of Kiss” at 18.  Self-explanatory.  Their biggest UK hit singles were “Crazy Crazy Nights” and “God Gave Rock’N’Roll To You II”, which made number 4 in 1987 and 1992 respectively.
  • “Pop Goes Classical” by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at 25.  You have Classic FM to blame for this – in fact, the orchestra are barely credited on the sleeve.   Here’s the trailer video.
  • “Home Counties” by Saint Etienne at 31.  It’s been five years since the last album, but they are still going.  Single: “Heather”.
  • “The Counterweight” by Thea Gilmore at 40.  She’s consistent if nothing else – her last two albums got to 39.  Single: “Sounds Good To Me”.

Bring on the comments

  1. K says:

    Surprisingly, Saint Etienne are charting better this decade than the last – in the 2000s they fell out of the album top 40 entirely. The difference seems to be moving the settings of their albums further and further out from metropolitan London.

    Yes, this album has a Brexit song nestled among all the rosy nostalgia. It’s the closest they’ve ever come to anger although it comes off more as dejection.

  2. MikeyWayne says:

    Saint Etienne is the only band whose fan club I ever joined, happy to see them pop up on the chart. I’m really diggin’ the new album.

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