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Charts – 14 July 2017

Posted on Saturday, July 15, 2017 by Paul in Music

If the recent rule changes were intended to speed up the chart, then it doesn’t seem to be working yet…

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

That’s a total of nine weeks at number one.  I mean, it’s not all been long-running number ones lately.  This year has seen four single-week number ones: Harry Styles, Clean Bandit, DJ Khaled and Artists For Grenfell.  But juggernauts like this are becoming a regular feature.  “Despacito” has peaked, so it’s possible that the new rule (which downgrades the streams of records at least ten weeks old and at least three weeks past their peak) will kick in while it’s still at number one.  If so, it may not be here much longer.

“Feels” by Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean climbs to 4.  That’s enough to overtake “Chained To The Rhythm” and make it Katy Perry’s biggest hit since “Dark Horse” back in 2013.  It’s also Big Sean’s biggest hit ever, overtaking his guest appearance on Jessie J’s “Wild”, also back in 2013.  Further down the chart, the previous single “Slide” rebounds 33-21, which strangely makes it this week’s higher climber.  “Came Here For Love” by Sigala & Ella Eyre moves 12-6.  “Crying In The Club” by Camilla Cabello moves 16-14.

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

This isn’t especially newsworthy – it climbs 24-18 in its second week on chart – but hey, it’s got a lyric video now, which is something.  Remember when all lyric videos looked like this?  You know, basically just showing the lyrics?  Seems quaint now.

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

Another climber – 26-19 – but it too has now got a video.   It’s a “kid daydreams of better life” job, but it’s very well edited.

26.  Zedd featuring Liam Payne – “Get Low”

At long last, this week’s highest new entry – outside the top 20.  I assume this is a placeholder video, though it’s quite a decent one.  It’s bouncy and catchy enough, though Zedd is telling interviewers that he thinks it sounds like Drake, and well, not seeing it.  Liam Payne, once of One Direction, gets his second solo hit after his own “Strip That Down”, which peaked at number 3 and is still in the top 10.

“Chasing Highs” by Alma climbs 30-28, and then we get something a bit more notable.

30.  Kesha – “Praying”

Kesha Sebert first charted back in 2009, and while her number one debut was really a false start (she’s a credited guest vocalist on Flo Rida’s “Right Round”, but she had no part in promoting the record, and somebody else lip-synchs her part in the video), she had a string of top ten hits in 2009-12 built around a semi-ironically exaggerated party girl persona.  Those singles are less about singing and more about selling the character; 2012’s “Die Young” is the best of the bunch, but “Tik Tok” is the archetype.

She was last in the chart in 2014, as the guest on Pitbull’s number 1 “Timber”; she hasn’t charted in her own right since 2013.  That four year gap has been spent locked in litigation with her longtime producer Dr Luke, which has been something of a cause celebre.  I tread carefully in talking about litigation that I haven’t been following closely and that involves very serious allegations – this is territory where you don’t want to misstate what was alleged or what has been decided.  As it stands, she’s still stuck on the Sony-affiliated Kemosabe label, but Dr Luke has no apparent role in this release (and hasn’t been CEO of the label for several months).

“Praying” is unlike any of her previous singles, naturally enough.  Anything she released in these circumstances would inevitably be seen as a statement, and this song is clearly intended to be taken as such, even before you add the first minute of the video.  Interestingly, a video has already appeared for another album track, “Woman”, which is rather closer to her past output and might be a move to ensure that her comeback is not entirely about the ongoing legal saga.

“Congratulations” by Post Malone & Quavo climbs 39-34, and “Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfeld moves 40-37.

38.  Jax Jones featuring Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don – “Instruction”

I’m not quite sure how Demi Lovato has wound up doing fairly anonymous vocals on a dance track – you’d think this was a bit below her pay grade – but I do like the samba stuff.  It’s the first top 40 appearance for rapper Stefflon Don.

On the album chart:

  • “÷” by Ed Sheeran is still number 1, because the sun has not yet plunged into the ocean, and it will be number 1 until then.  Fourteen weeks and counting.
  • “Something to Tell You” by Haim is 2.  Four years since the previous album, so that’s not bad.  Single: “Want You Back”.  (Great video.)
  • “4:44” by Jay-Z at 3.  Oddly, the only Jay-Z album to reach number 1 was 2013’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail”.  A bit surprising to see him come in behind Haim (it’s not due to the first week exclusivity with Tidal – that was the previous week, when he didn’t chart, because the Tidal user base is too small to be relevant).  Single: “4:44”.
  • “Every Valley” by Public Service Broadcasting at 4.  That’s the highest place so far for this curious group who specialise in instrumentals with narration taken from archive footage.  This album is about Welsh mining.  Single: “They Gave Me A Lamp”.
  • “Something’s Changing” by Lucy Rose at 34.  Ouch.  Her last album, “Work It Out”, got to number 9.  She’s not on a major label any more, but this still seems a big hit.  Single: “No Good At All”.

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