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Charts – 7 July 2017

Posted on Saturday, July 8, 2017 by Paul in Music

Welcome to the exciting new era of marginally tweaked chart rules.  If you weren’t reading last week, the changes are basically that acts are limited to three hits at a time (“featuring” credits don’t count towards the cap), and tracks which have been out for ten weeks and are comfortably past their peak will see their streams downweighted to stop them clogging up the charts just because the same people have still got them on playlists.  Does it make a difference?  Well… a bit.

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

Exhibit A: an eighth week at number one for “Despacito”.   “Mama” by Jonas Blue featuring William Singe edges up one place to number 4 (continuing a glacially slow climb which included three weeks stuck at number six), and aside from that it’s a lot of rebounding.

6.  Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”

This spent the last two weeks at number 21, but it’s got a video now.  It’s also the week of release for the parent album, “Funk Wav Bounces – Vol 1”, which enters the album chart at number 2.  As the improbable title suggests, Calvin Harris is trying his hand at a bit of funk.  At least it’s a change from his formula, which was starting to ossify.  The singles thus far have slightly underperformed; this is the highest that any of them have managed.  Harris hasn’t been this high since non-album single “My Way” got to number 4 last year.

Pharrell Williams returns to the top 10 for the first time since “Happy” at the start of 2014, and Big Sean hasn’t been here since guesting on Jessie J’s “Wild” the year before.  Katy Perry – well, she had “Chained to the Rhythm” back in March.

And now, a bunch of minor climbers.  “Your Song” by Rita Ora climbs three places to number 7, which is nice, because it’s a good song.  “Power” by Little Mix edges up to 8.  “Pretty Girl” by Maggie Lindemann is up three at 9.  “Came Here For Love” by Sigala featuring Ella Eyre moves 19-12, which is a bit more notable.  “Signs” by Drake – you know, the Louis Vuitton promo single – climbs 22-14 in its second week.  “Crying in the Club” by Camilla Cabello moves 18-16 – it’s taken a month to move seven places.  “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons goes 26-21.  It’s possible some of this is a result of a bit of dead wood being cleared out, but the climbs are not huge.

So what did get affected by the new rule?  Ed Sheeran was already down to three tracks in the top 40; all are caught by the downweighting rule and all naturally suffer drops, but only one actually drops past 40 as a result.  Clean Bandit’s “Symphony”, which was number 1 back in May and was still clogging up the top 20, drops ten places, but it’s still around.  So it’s not that drastic.

There are five new entries this week, plus one re-entry – we’ll come to them.  The six tracks which left the top 40 to make room for them are “Smile for Bradley” by Liv’n’G (last week’s 28), “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran (30), “Mask Off” by Future (33), “Places” by Martin Solveig & Ina Wroldsen” (38), “Skin” by Rag’n’Bone Man (39) and “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar (40).   The Liv’n’G charity single drops straight out of the top 100 in its second week on release, and that’s nothing to do with the rule changes.  The other five have been hit by the downweighting rule, but most of them are indeed lingering long beyond their peak – “Mask Off” is the exception, since it peaked about a month ago after a very slow burn climb.

24.  Rudimental featuring James Arthur – “Sun Comes Up”

This is a slightly odd collaboration, between the ex-X-Factor balladeer and the drum and bass outfit (who have now found the tropical house samples).  It’s a better fit than you might think, to be fair.  Rudimental were last in the chart two years ago when they were collaborating with Ed Sheeran, but who wasn’t?  James Arthur had a number 1 last year with his comeback “Say You Won’t Let Go”, but the follow-ups didn’t do so well, so it may be relaunch time again.

“Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez climbs from 34 to 25 in its seventh week out, as people are finally starting to notice that it’s quite good (not helped by the video, which kind of kills the mood).  She hasn’t been in the top 30 with one of her own singles since “Hands To Myself” at the start of last year, though she did guest on a Kygo track that made the top 10 this spring.  “Know No Better” by Major Lazer featuring Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo climbs 31-26.

30.  Alma – “Chasing Highs”

It’s a dance track, as you’d probably guessed.  Alma-Sofia Miettinen is another graduate of the Idol franchise – she came fifth in Finnish Idol in 2013 when she was a teenager.  This was her third top ten hit in Finland – if you’re interested, the others were “Karma” and “Dye My Hair”.

“XO Tour Llif3” by Lil Uzi Vert, which entered at 39 three weeks ago and has been hovering just outside the top 40 since, re-enters at 31.

32.  Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson – “Unpredictable”

God, it’s an X-Factor crossover single.  Murs came second in 2009, Johnson won in 2015 – and they’re still trying to get her regular career off the ground.  Her previous single, “Best Behaviour”, crashed out at 48.  Her album has yet to appear, a year and a half after she won the show.  So here she is, grafted on to the single release of an Olly Murs album track but given equal billing.  Hmm.

39.  Post Malone & Quavo – “Congratulations”

Quavo has three singles on this week’s chart, all as a guest – he’s also on Liam Payne’s “Strip That Down” (number 5) and DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One” (number 11).  Oh, and as a member of Migos, he’s also on Calvin Harris’s “Slide” (number 33).  Rapper Post Malone makes his first UK chart appearance.

40.  Hailee Steinfeld – “Most Girls”

Her second chart hit – just – after “Starving” made the top 10 last year.

On the album chart… virtually nothing going on, actually.

  • “÷” by Ed Sheeran is still at number 1, for the 13th week out of its 18 weeks on release.  (It spent the other five weeks at number 2.)
  • “Funk Wav Bounces – Vol 1” by Calvin Harris is number 2, as noted.  That matches the previous album from 2014, “Motion”.
  • “Hydrograd” by Stone Sour is 5, which is as high as they’ve ever got.  Single: “Song #3”.
  • “TLC” by TLC at 40, a curious Kickstartered coda album being released by the two surviving members, 15 years after the last TLC album, “3D”.  Single: “Way Back”.

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