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Oct 26

Charts – 20 October 2017

Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017 by Paul in Music

Nearly forgot to cover this one.  Two new entries, the higher one at 33.  Fortunately we’ve got a few videos to round out the post…

1.  Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – “Rockstar”

Three weeks.  And both the other Post Malone tracks climb as well – “I Fall Apart” moves 22-19, and “Congratulations” edges up to 26.  It’s been hanging around the top 40 since mid July and that’s as high as it’s got.  Under current chart rules, you can’t have more than three hits at a time (as a lead artist, at any rate), so it’s entirely possible that some of his other tracks might be getting spillover as well.

“Lonely Together” by Avicii featuring Rita Ora edges up to 4, which makes it his biggest hit since 2013.

5.  CNCO & Little Mix – “Reggaetón Lento”

So this is the UK release of “Reggaetón Lento” by Cowell-affiliated Latin boy band CNCO.  Because the label leaves nothing to chance, instead of being left to stand on its merits, the UK version has Little Mix all over it, which doesn’t really do it any favours musically, but doubtless helped draw some attention.  It returns to its peak of number 5 for the third time this week, and the UK mix has now got its own video, with CNCO actually showing up.  I’ll be interested to see the follow-up with CNCO; they were designed for a very different demographic, but there’s a boy band void on the British chart right now…

“Hurtin’ Me” by Stefflon Don & French Montana climbs 9-7, and here’s another belated new video…

9.  Marshmello featuring Khali – “Silence”

So this has a video now, seven weeks after it first charted.  It climbs 12 places, as well, but the video only came out on Friday, so that can’t be the reason.  It’s not the greatest video I’ve ever seen, the director has a vision and he doesn’t seem desperately bothered whether the artist fits into it or not.  Khalid’s other current singles are his guest spot on Logic’s “1-800-273-8255”, which drops out of the top 10 this week; and his own “Young Dumb & Broke”, which climbs 25-21.

“Finders Keepers” by Mabel featuring Kojo Funds climbs 19-10, and “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran is back up to 11.  (“Shape of You”, which dropped out of the top 40 last week, rebounds to number 35 in celebration.)  “How Long” by Charlie Puth leaps 40-22.  “Man’s Not Hot” by Big Shaq spends its third consecutive week at number 23 – holding up very well for a comedy record.

24.  Craig David – “Heartline”

Another track suddenly getting a video several weeks after it debuted.  This has moved 35-28-32-35-24, but again, the video came out too late to be the cause of this week’s jump.

25.  Camelphat & Elderbrook – “Cola”

Climbing from last week’s 38.   And it’s got a video now!

“If I’m Lucky” by Jason Derulo, which has been hovering between 30 and 33 for six straight weeks, finally makes the dizzy heights of 28.

33.  Pink featuring Eminem – “Revenge”

This is the track being cherrypicked from Pink’s album “Beautiful Trauma”, which came out this week.  It’s her second number one album; the first was 2008’s “Funhouse”.  She hasn’t had an album out in five years.  The lead single, “What About Us”, rebounds to 15 in support.

It’s not a single, so presumably it’s here because Eminem’s on it; he doesn’t release much these days, and it’s his first top 40 appearance of any sort in three years (since “Guts Over Fear” made number 10 in 2014).  It’s… not great?  It’s meant to be a jokey vengeful-exes song but the Eminem verse seems to miss the tone.

40.  Yxng Bane – “Rihanna”

Yxng Bane’s first hit in his own right, after guesting on Yungen’s “Bestie” (which drops to 14 this week).  This isn’t about Rihanna.  It’s about his girl who is “bad like Rihanna”.

On the album chart:

  • “Beautiful Trauma” by Pink at number 1, which we’ve covered already.
  • “Carry Fire” by Robert Plant at 3.  His albums consistently place in the top 5.   Single: “The May Queen”.  (It’s pretty good.)
  • “Colors” by Beck at 5.  Beck’s last three albums have made the top ten, and strangely, they’re the only ones that have – “Odelay” only got to 17.  The title track apparently does not have a video, but a “slime visualizer”.
  • “Masseduction” by St Vincent at 6.  Annie Clark’s first album only made number 21, so this is a huge improvement.  Single: “Los Ageless”.
  • “Ladies & Gentlemen – The Best of George Michael” re-enters at 9.  Presumably that’s connected with the “Freedom” documentary that was on Channel 4 last week.  Let’s have the none-more-80s “Careless Whisper”.  (Although supposedly Michael wasn’t especially fond of the song, which he wrote at 17.)
  • “Lotta Sea Lice” by Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile at 11.  Lo-fi indie.  Both charted with solo albums in 2015, Courtney Barnett with “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit”, and Vile with “B’Lieve I’m Goin Down”.  Single: “Over Everything”.
  • “FR32” by Wretch 32 at 12.  That’s strange, no hit singles from this so far.  It’s also his first album to miss the top 10.  Single: “Tell Me”.
  • “The Ooz” by King Krule at 23.  Archy Marshall makes the album chart for the first time with his third release.  Single “Dum Surfer” is lounge jazz gone horribly wrong.
  • “Ten Add Ten – The Very Best of Scouting for Girls” at 24.  It’s a tenth anniversary compilation, with the obligatory new stuff.   Single: “Dancing in the Daylight”.
  • “The Knowledge” by Squeeze at 25.  The second album they’ve released in this run.  Single: “Innocence in Paradise”.
  • “Exile & Grace” by King King at 31.  Glasgow blues rock.  Single: “Broken”.

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