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Nov 29

Charts – 24 November 2017

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by Paul in Music

I suspect we’re now in the pre-Christmas phase where not much happens – a bit too early for anyone hoping to score in the Christmas period, a bit too late for anyone hoping to get in a regular promotional campaign before the festive break.

1.  Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug – “Havana”

Four weeks, and still leading by a comfortable margin.  “Silence” by Marshmello featuring Khalid is up 5-3, and “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran finally makes it back to number 4 – its peak from back in March, when it was charting as an album track.  “Man’s Not Hot” by Big Shaq moves 8-6, and “Blinded By Your Grace – Part 2” by Stormzy featuring MNEK jumps 12-7.  Not quite his highest chart position, but it’s getting close.

9.  Selena Gomez & Marshmello – “Wolves”

We’ve had the “visualiser”, we’ve had the smartphone video, and now here’s the actual video – four weeks into the chart run, and lifting the track 17-9.  That video is basically three and a half minutes of Selena Gomez writhing in the vicinity of an underlit swimming pool.  It’s the sort of visually distinctive video that looks vaguely promising until you realise it’s not actually going anywhere, and also that those hard surfaces are surely a poor choice of writhing venue.

“I Miss You” by Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels climbs 14-11, and “17” by MK moves 20-16.  “Let You Down” by NF moves 19-23.

29.  Katie Melua – “Fields of Gold”

This is the charity single for the annual BBC “Children in Need” telethon.  “Fields of Gold” was originally a Sting song – his version reached number 16 in 1993 – but it’s being used here partially as a tribute to broadcaster Terry Wogan, who presented the show for over 30 years until his death in 2016.  He was a big fan of this song, although more in the form of the cover by the late Eva Cassidy.  As it happens, Katie Melua had her only number 1 back in 2007 in a posthumously assembled duet with Cassidy on “What a Wonderful World”, another charity release for the Red Cross.  If you’re going to pay tribute to Terry Wogan then it’s certainly a better choice than any of his own novelty records – the notorious one for British people of a certain age is “The Floral Dance”, which reached number 21 in 1978, and got wheeled out on clip shows for years after.

Very much an MOR album act these days, Katie Melua hasn’t been a regular feature on the singles chart in years.  She did have some hit singles at the start of her career, though, the biggest being the slightly weird factoid-themed “Nine Million Bicycles”, which got to number 5 in 2005.

31.  Jason Derulo featuring French Montana – “Tip Toe”

Ah, the “models in bikinis on a hired yacht” video – all the imagination we’ve come to expect from Jason Derulo.  Features the lyric “the way you move your spine is alarming”, which I’m not sure is sexy.

34.  Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas is You”

Really?  In November?  I’m very disappointed, Britain.

35.  David Guetta & Afrojack featuring Charli XCX & French Montana – “Dirty Sexy Money”

Guetta’s imperial phase is behind us now but he still pops up from time to time.  I guess this could go further but it strikes me as pretty tedious.  As a guest star, French Montana isn’t caught by the three-track cap, and so he gets to appear at 31, 32, 35 and 39 on this week’s chart (with Derulo, Stefflon Don, this track, and his own “Unforgettable”)

38.  Not3s – “My Lover”

London rap.  This is pleasant enough, but there’s not much to say about it.

On the album chart

  • “The Architect” by Paloma Faith is number 1.  Her fourth album and her first number 1 – though she’s spent five previous weeks at number 2, so she’s been unlucky.  This is her political album.  The single “Crybaby” reached number 36 in September.
  • “Our Generation” by Tokio Myers is 4.  A pianist who won Britain’s Got Talent.  He’s kind of a pop-classical crossover artist in the Vanessa Mae mould with added epic finales.  Single: “Angel”.
  • “Low in High School” by Morrissey is 5.  Morrissey is a bit out of fashion these days, his political views being shall we say out of alignment with the consensus of his traditional fans, but he can still consistently get a studio album into the top 10.  Single: “I Wish You Lonely”.
  • “Wembley or Bust” by Jeff Lynne’s ELO is 9.  Live album.  Apparently the band name isn’t for legal reasons but simply reflects a desire to stress that it really is a version of ELO featuring Jeff Lynne.  Single: “Telephone Line”.
  • “The Book of Souls – Live Chapter” by Iron Maiden is 17.  Self-explanatory live album.  Here’s “Number of the Beast”.
  • “Songs From The Stage” by Leading Ladies at 19.  That’s Beverley Knight, Amber Riley and Cassidy Janson doing standards.  Single: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”.
  • “Twelve Tales of Christmas” by Tom Chaplin at 21.  Because somebody is apparently perceived to have demanded it, a Christmas covers album by the lead singer of Keane.  Single: “2000 Miles”.
  • “Greatest Hits – God’s Favourite Band” by Green Day at 22.  If you say so.  Here’s “Basket Case”.
  • “Full House – The Very Best of Madness” at 23.  Another Madness compilation?  Well, they’re all good.  Let’s have “Cardiac Arrest”, that one’s underrated.
  • “As You See Me Now” by Jools Holland & José Feliciano at 24.  José Feliciano wrote “Feliz Navidad” – and here it is again.
  • “Take a Look At Me Now – Complete” by Phil Collins at 26.  It’s a box set CD collection, for those who didn’t buy the vinyl version last year.  To be fair, at under twenty quid, it’s actually pretty good value if you shun streaming services and particularly want eight Phil Collins albums.  Let’s do “In The Air Tonight”.
  • “Everyday Is Christmas” by Sia at 39.  So I see.  Did I mention it’s November?  Anyway, this is a Sia Christmas album.  Title track.

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