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Charts – 16 June 2017

Posted on Saturday, June 17, 2017 by Paul in Music

We’ll get back to reviews soon.  I’ve been busy.  In the meantime, here’s a quiet week on the singles chart.  Five new entries, but three of them below 30…

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

That’s six weeks, and it’s still miles ahead of the competition.  It could be there for a while, in the absence of any obvious challengers – remember, even charity fundraisers now face the challenge of getting streams as well as sales.  For example, Ariana Grande’s live version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” lands at 60 this week, which is because it sold respectably but didn’t get streams.

Meanwhile, “Unforgettable” by French Montana featuring Swae Lee climbs two places to 3.

5.  David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber – “2U”

Yes, this piece of product placement really is the official video.  Or for now, anyway.  There’s going to be another one later.  But as it stands, we have Victoria’s Secret models lip-synching to Justin Bieber.  Guetta gets his highest placing since “Dangerous” in 2014.  Bieber already appears on two other tracks in the top ten – “Despacito”, and the previous number one, DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One”, which is still hanging around at 7.  In fact, you wonder if Bieber is actually driving the sales here.  Guetta’s previous single, “Light My Body Up”, couldn’t get above 64 – admittedly an understated number by his normally epic standards, but still a track with Nicki Minaj involved.

13.  Little Mix – “Power”

This entered at 27 two weeks ago, dropped back in week two, and now vaults up the chart.  Presumably that’s because the video came out and the single version with Stormzy is out.  It’s now beaten the number 15 peak of previous single “No More Sad Songs”.

26.  Sigala featuring Ella Eyre – “Came Here For Love”

Reach for your tropical house preset sounds, Sigala is back.  It’s his first appearance of 2017, although things seem to have tailed off a bit after his first four singles all made the top 10.  Ella Eyre hasn’t charted since 2015 and seems to have pretty much sat out 2016 entirely, but presumably there’s an album in the offing.

35.  Major Lazer featuring Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo – “Know No Better”

This is the fourth single from Major Lazer’s upcoming album “Know No Better” (the first was “Cold Water”, which came out almost a year ago now – it’s the Calvin Harris album-as-greatest-hits model, I guess).  Cabello’s other single “Crying in the Club” is a non-mover at 23 this week.  Scott gets his second hit, after guesting on “Portland” by Drake earlier in the year.  And serial collaborator Quavo is also on Liam Payne’s “Strip That Down” (at 4) and DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One” (at 7), not to mention Post Malone’s “Congratulations” (at 58).  He has yet to have a hit all of his own.

38.  Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”

Imagine Dragons last had a hit of their own in 2015 with “I Bet My Life”, although they cropped up on the Suicide Squad soundtrack hit “Sucker for Pain” last year.  This is decidedly electronic stuff for Imagine Dragons, isn’t it?  Sounds like a record destined to live on soundtracking recap packages on BBC Sport.  It’s the second single from their upcoming album; the first missed the top 40 by a hair.

39.  Lil Uzi Vert – “XO Tour Llif3”

He’s a rapper from Philadelphia, and this is his first hit under his own power – though he’s also on Migos’s “Bad & Boujee”, which got to number 30 earlier in the year.  This made the top 10 in America.

On the album chart:

  • “Truth is a Beautiful Thing” by London Grammar at 1.  It’s been nearly four years since their debut, which made number 3.  Single: “Big Picture”.
  • “Adios” by Glen Campbell at 3.  Campbell’s 64th and final album (he’s 81 and retired due to Alzheimers several years ago) is a collection of covers he recorded in 2012-3.  This is one of the highest album chart positions of his career, though he did have a number 1 with a greatest hits album in 1976.  Title track.
  • “Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie” by Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie at 5.  They’re members of Fleetwood Mac, if you didn’t know.  Here’s a Tonight Show performance of “In My World”.
  • “Witness” by Katy Perry at 6.  The previous two albums made number 1, but the imperial phase is over.  The hit from this album was “Chained To The Rhythm”, which managed a couple of weeks in the top 10 in March.
  • “Chuck” by Chuck Berry at 9.  Believe it or not, an album of new Chuck Berry songs – the last one was in 1979.  It was announced on his 90th birthday last October, but sadly he died earlier this year.  Thankfully, it’s a respectable farewell.  Single: “Darlin'”.
  • “Heart Break” by Lady Antebellum at 14.  You may remember their one hit single “Need You Now”, from 2010 and again in 2012.  They’ve been more consistent on the album chart, though this is still their lowest position for a regular album since they broke through (discounting a Christmas album which missed the top 40 in 2012).  Single: “You Look Good”.
  • “Cigarettes After Sex” by Cigarettes After Sex at 27.  Debut album, although they’ve been around for years.  The band is basically Greg Gonzalez and a rotating cast, and they’re a bit dreamy-like.  Single: “Each Time You Fall In Love”.
  • “The Optimist” by Anathema at 34.  Rock band who’ve been around since 1990 but didn’t make the albums top 40 in 2014, when they got to 33.  Single: “Springfield”.
  • “Wolves” by Rise Against at 38.  Oh.  The last album made 13, so this is a real fall back.  Single: “The Violence”.

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