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Charts – 3 November 2017

Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017 by Paul in Music

Right, this is late again.  I’ll flag up that there’s a Jean Grey review one post down, by the way.  Meanwhile…

1.  Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug – “Havana”

Blimey, a video which takes two and a half minutes to get to the start of the song?  For “Havana”?  Seriously?  Anyway, “Rockstar” is deposed after a four week run.  “Havana” has actually been the top selling track for about a month now, but it’s taken a while for streams to catch up.  It entered the top 40 at the end of August and it’s been in top ten for eight weeks already, which suggests it probably won’t have enough legs to manage a long a run at the top.  I can’t say “Havana” does a great deal for me; it’s serviceable stuff, but nothing that seems especially memorable.

It’s her first number one, either as a solo artist or as a member of Fifth Harmony – their biggest hit was “Work From Home”, which got to number 2 last spring.  Oh, and it’s also Young Thug’s first number one, obviously.  His only other top 40 appearance was in April when he joined Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande as guests on Calvin Harris’s “Heatwave”, which only managed two weeks on the chart.

Not much going on further down the top 10.  “Silence” by Marshmello featuring Khalid and “Lonely Together” by Avicii featuring Rita Ora hold steady at 3 and 4, “Dusk Till Dawn” by Zayn featuring Sia rebounds to its original entry point of number 5 (it’s been hovering between 5 and 9 for eight weeks now)…

6.  Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”

… and this edges up another place to 6, but it’s got a video now.  A video that looks almost as if he’s angling for the Christmas number one, but he can’t be, can he?  Not at the start of November?

“Finders Keepers” by Mabel featuring Kojo Funds is stuck at 8.  “How Long” by Charlie Puth climbs 17-9, which is his fourth top ten hit.  He performed it on Sounds Like Friday Night, which is the BBC’s attempt to reintroduce music to prime time, but it was climbing pretty quickly already, so I wouldn’t read too much into that just yet.

11.  Rita Ora – “Anywhere”

Ah.  This entered at number 20 last week and I forgot to mention it.  Oops.  This is (presumably) the second single from her next album, and there’s something a bit breezily seventies about that chorus, isn’t there?  That’s something different.  This is growing on me.  Odd that she’s competing with the Avicii single on which she also guest stars, but then again…

16.  Selena Gomez & Marshmello – “Wolves”

… it hasn’t stopped Marshmello, who also has a single in the top 5 right now.  Man of the moment, I guess, though this seems awfully close to Avicii’s stadium-country schtick, at least in the chorus.  As for the placeholder video, which is mainly intended for mobile phones… well, they came up with the cute idea of doing it as a mock Facetime session and then forgot to actually do anything with the premise.

It’s the fourth Selena Gomez hit of the year, the biggest being “It Ain’t Me”, which reached the top 10 in the spring.

“Cola” by Camelphat & Elderbrook climbs 23-18, and…

20.  Big Shaq – “Man’s Not Hot”

This has turned out to be surprisingly enduring for a novelty viral hit – it’s moved 30-23-23-23-26-20 – and it’s actually got a proper video now.

22.  Liam Payne – “Bedroom Floor”

Climbing 28-22.  It was on the BBC show on Friday, so we’ll see how much that helps.  It’s got a video now too, though it’s pretty forgettable.

26.  MK – “17”.

See, this is what happens when I leave these things to the end of the week – I end up with two weeks worth of new videos for climbers…   “Let You Down” by NF jumps 40-27.

28.  Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels – “I Miss You”

Well, that’s surprisingly low.  I mean, this’ll probably climb – most major releases do these days – but Clean Bandit are still in the class of acts who usually jump straight to the top ten with new material.  And there’s no obvious reason why this should be different.  Julia Michaels’ only previous chart appearance was with “Issues”, which made number 10 in the spring.

34.  Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

Streaming services + Hallowe’en = number 34.  “Thriller” has turned out to be a hardy perennial, but it only made number 10 on release in 1983.  It’s returned to the top 40 twice since then – it managed a week at number 35 in 2008, and had a more substantial run after Jackson’s death in 2009 when it got to number 12.  The (very vaguely) Hallowe’en themed compilation “Scream” re-enters the album chart at 19.

38.  Taylor Swift – “Ready For It”

This made number 7 as a promotion single in September, and dropped out of the top 40 after five weeks.  It’s now getting full-scale promotion and the video is out, so it vaults 71-38 to re-enter the charts.  We’ll see where it goes from here.

40.  Stormzy featuring MNEK – “Blinded By Your Grace – Part 2”

This is a track from “Gang Signs and Prayer”, which got to number 55 as an album track in the week of review, but it’s now being promoted as a single.  It was on the X Factor results show, but that doesn’t seem to have done it much good.  Note that the X Factor version features (the Cowell-affiliated) Labrinth instead of MNEK, who has made it known that he was a little surprised not to be asked.  The parent album jumps 32-13, which is unusual.

On the album chart:

  • “Together Again” by Michael Ball & Alfie Boe is number 1, while their first album “Together” re-enters at 36.  Here’s their version of “He Lives In You” from The Lion King.
  • “Scream Above The Sounds” by The Stereophonics at 2.  Their first album “Word Gets Around” was twenty years ago now, and they’re still consistently placing studio albums in the top three.  Single: “Before Anyone Knew Our Name”.
  • “Nat King Cole & Me” by Gregory Porter at 3.  Self-explanatory, really.  It’s his third (and highest) top ten album.  Here’s “Smile”.
  • “Tears on the Dancefloor” by Steps re-enters at 8.  It reached number 2 on release in May and I can only assume it’s knocked down to bargain discount somewhere.
  • “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” by Chris Brown is 10.  This was a midweek release – it came out on Hallowe’en – so number 10 is actually pretty high.  The single “Questions” reached number 12 in September.
  • “Meaning of Life” by Kelly Clarkson is 11, and there’s a title I suspect it struggles to live up to.  The single “Love So Soft” bombed out at 81, partly because it wound up being overshadowed by renewed interest in the previous album’s single “Piece By Piece”.
  • “Christmas” by Michael Buble jumps 30-16, because it’s November.
  • “Five” by Hollywood Undead is 31.  Lord, rap rock.  These guys have been going for a decade but only their last two albums have (just) made the top 40 albums.  Single: “We Own The Night”.
  • “Different Cloth” by Skrapz is 33.  London rap.  It’s his second album and the first to chart.  Single: “High Spec”.

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