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Charts – 18 August 2017

Posted on Saturday, August 19, 2017 by Paul in Music

Well, I didn’t see this coming.

1.  Dua Lipa – “New Rules”

So this is not a track you would have predicted as a number one.  It’s the seventh single from her self-titled debut album, which was already out by the time “New Rules” started to be promoted as a single.  Normally that would mean a promotional vehicle to remind people that the album is still out.  And until now, Dua Lipa’s biggest hit was “Be The One”, which peaked at number 9.  But here we are, with a climb of 36-19-9-5-1.

“New Rules” has grown on me – it’s a decent break-up song and the “ways not to get sucked back in” conceit is a good one.  Makes a change from the usual options of bitter, defiant and/or distraught.

It’s also another beneficiary of the rules change: most of its chart points come from streaming, but in fact, on the pure streaming chart (which doesn’t downweight the long runners) it’s only number 4.  Still, you can make a case for that rule, as I’ve said before, all depending on how you feel about how the chart should treat people who just stick with the same songs for weeks on end, and whether there comes a point when they’ve been counted enough.

5.  Pink – “What About Us”

The lead single from her next album.  It’s her biggest hit since “Just Give Me A Reason” in 2013, though in fairness, she hasn’t released much since then.  Pink is a hangover from the pre-streaming era, and predictably, this is overwhelmingly selling rather than streaming.  In fact, it’s number one on the pure sales chart, but a mere number 45 on streams.  That doesn’t bode well for it sticking around.

It’s a sort of all-purpose non-specific protest song, I guess – the sort that could be about pretty much anything.  I wonder if we’ll start seeing more of this sort of thing.

“Back To You” by Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and the Digital Farm Animals climbs 12-8, which is Rexha’s highest position since 2014.  “Mi Gente” by J Balvin & Willy William is up 19-12.  “Instruction” by Jax Jones featuring Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don moves 16-13, overtaking Levato’s other current single “Sorry Not Sorry” (which drops to 15).

16.  James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh – “More Than Friends”

Despite the title, this is a cover version of “Don’t Let Go” by En Vogue, a number 5 hit in 1997.  Hype is a producer making his chart debut.  Kelli-Leigh is a session singer who’s been around for years; this is her first chart listing, but that’s largely because she doesn’t get credited.  In particular, she wasn’t credited for “I Got U” by Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones, a number 1 in 2014, despite being the lead singer.  This was seriously anomalous at the time, so it’s good to see her finally get some sort of credit of her own.  She has released records under her own name before, but not with much success – here’s “Sun Token”, where she’s actually in the video.

“Bestie” by Yungen featuring Yxng Bane climbs 24-21.  “Praying” by Kesha, which re-entered the chart last week, climbs to a new peak of 27 on the release of the parent album.  “Congratulations” by Post Malone & Quavo edges up one place to 28.  “Real Life” by Duke Dumont & Gorgon City moves 36-31.

32.  Avicii featuring Sandro Cavazzo – “Without You”

Avicii’s still doing his stadium dance and country music thing, then.  He was last in the chart two years ago, and this is from a six-track EP.  This isn’t a chart-friendly strategy, because only sales of individual tracks will be registering.  If you bought the whole EP, then your purchase kind of vanished into the chart ether, because the running length and the low price mean that it only qualifies for the budget album chart, which is so obscure that they don’t even bother putting it on the website.

Sandro Cavazzo, the singer, is another Swedish artist, who performed on a couple of tracks from Avicii’s last album.  Here’s his recent single “So Much Better”, if you want to see what he looks like – it’s a pretty good video, actually.

38.  Axwell /\ Ingrosso – “More Than You Know”

You remember these guys, they were in the Swedish House Mafia.  The hits haven’t been so big as a duo, even though the music’s pretty similar.  It’s been a couple of years since they were last in the chart – a single earlier this year, “I Love You”, stalled at 72.

On the album chart:

  • “÷” by Ed Sheeran is still number 1, because of course it is.
  • “The 50 Greatest Hits” by Elvis Presley is number 2.  It’s a reissue commemorating the fortieth anniversary of his death.  Picking something at random, here’s “Heartbreak Hotel”.
  • “Rainbow” by Kesha enters at 4.  Her highest position to date.  The first album, “Animal”, reached number 8 in 2010; the 2012 follow-up “Warrior” didn’t chart.  Here’s the title track “Rainbow”, which has a video for some reason.
  • “You” by Dodie at 6.  Her previous album “Intertwined” made number 35 in 2016, so big step up.  Here’s an acoustic version of “In The Middle”.
  • “24-7 Rock Star Shit” by The Cribs at 8.  Pretty much where Cribs studio albums usually wind up. Single: “Rainbow Ridge”.  Very grunge.
  • “League of My Own II” by Chip at 12.  That’s the former Chipmunk, making his first appearance in the album chart under that name.  Single: “Amazing Minds”.
  • “Scum” by Rat Boy at 15.  Indie-ish debut album.  Single: “Laidback”.
  • “Lost and Found” by Martine McCutcheon at 17.  She hasn’t released an album since 2002, and that was a collection of show tunes.  Odd to put one out at this stage in her career, but there it is.  Single: “Say I’m Not Alone”.
  • “Spooky Action” by Paul Draper at 19.  A solo album by the singer from Mansun.  Single: “Things People Want”.
  • “Acoustic Classics 2” by Richard Thompson at 24.  On the low side for him, but it’s a crowdfunded collection of acoustic covers of his own songs.  Sample track: “Gesthsemane”.

Bring on the comments

  1. Jefferson Eng says:

    Is it to early to see anything from the new Steven Wilson yet, because there appears to be quite a bit of buzz in the press currently…

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