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Charts – 26 January 2018

Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2018 by Paul in Music

Look who’s back.

1.  Drake – “God’s Plan”

Drake, then.  I can’t honestly say Drake does a great deal for me.   According to genius.com, this is “a feel good track that discusses Drake’s future”, which is interesting, because it feels to me like blearily meandering locked-groove ennui.  This is Drake’s third number one, following “One Dance”, which was number one forever in 2016, and his guest vocal on Rihanna’s “What’s My Name” back in 2010.  Not many people can have new entries at number one these days, but Drake is one of the rare few.  It probably does help a bit that “God’s Plan” isn’t on YouTube, which doesn’t count towards the chart, thus pushing people towards the streaming services, which do.

It’s from the “Scary Hours” EP which he released without prior warning last Friday, and which seems to be commonly described as his first new material in a year (so apparently we’re not counting his Louis Vuitton tie-in “Signs”, which got to number 14 last June).  “Scary Hours” only has two tracks on it, so it’s a bit of a stretch to call it an “EP”, but I guess if you’re bundling tracks in the digital era you’ve got to call it something.

This week’s other new entries…

21.  Drake – “Diplomatic Immunity”

The other track from “Scary Hours”, and I’m surprised it’s quite this far behind.  It’s somewhat less commercial, but it’s a still a new Drake track (and I prefer it, but what do I know?).  Perhaps Drake has inadvertently re-invented the B-side.

32.  Mabel featuring Not3s – “Fine Line”

The follow-up to “Finders Keepers”, which reached the top ten last year and only just left the top 40.  This is growing on me, though I could live without the Not3s verse, which plods all over the track’s liquid shimmering.  Mabel also guests on the single version of Not3s’ current single “My Lover”, which is still around at 17 – though she doesn’t get a chart listing because the record company hasn’t nominated that mix as the lead version.

33.  Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen – “These Days”

Gospel-ish simple-pleasures track which is on the understated side by Rudimental’s standards, in as much as it resists the temptation to go for the usual celebratory stadium climax and sticks to where the song wants to go.  The video makes a decent stab of trying to sell us on Jess Glynne and Macklemore as a couple, though you can practically sense the director cursing that there are three voices on this track and he’s got to shoehorn Dan Caplen in somewhere.  Caplen’s been signed for a couple of years now, but this is his first chart appearance.

40.  The Chainsmokers – “Sick Boy”

Well, that’s not what I expected from a new Chainsmokers single.  They’ve gone a bit emo.   This is… not bad, actually.  I hope it climbs, because it does deserve better than to wind up as the change-of-direction single that gets stuck at 40.

This week’s climbers:

  • “IDGAF” by Dua Lipa climbs 14-4, and is now her second-biggest hit (after the number one “New Rules”, obviously)
  • “Tip Toe” by Jason Derulo featuring French Montana climbs 8-5.
  • “This is Me” by Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble climbs 13-8, a rare top ten hit for a soundtrack single.
  • “Breathe” by Jax Jones featuring Ina Wroldsen climbs 12-9.  It has a video now, with two dancers in the Natural History Museum at night.
  • “Strangers” by Sigrid climbs 26-14.  This is the sales number one, but it’s struggling on streams.
  • “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man climbs 25-20, finally reaching the top 20 after six months on the top 100.
  • “Bouff Daddy” by J Hus climbs 27-26.
  • “Him & I” by G-Eazy & Halsey climbs 32-27.
  • “Bad” by Steel Banglez featuring Yungen & Mostack climbs 30-33.

Over on the album chart, the Greatest Showman soundtrack gets a third week at number one.  Below that…

2.  Fall Out Boy – “M A N I A”

Their third number two album (the others were 2013’s “Save Rock And Roll” and 2015’s “American Beauty / American Psycho”).  They’ve never made it to number one.  I suspect the track above may not be representative of the album.

3.  First Aid Kit – “Ruins”

The Swedish folk duo have had two previous hit albums, but this is the first time they’ve made the top 10.  The song above is really good.

14.  Magnum – “Lost on the Road to Eternity”

Veteran B-list rockers who’ve been around since the 70s and haven’t been this high up the album chart since 1990.  They sound much the same as they did then.

39.  The Go! Team – “Semicircle”

Yay!  The Go! Team!  Always good to see a new Go! Team album.  This time they’ve got a brass band on the single.  Odd, but very happy.

40.  Xcerts – “Hold On To Your Heart”

Aberdonian rock band finally making the album top 40 (just) on their fourth album.  Radio friendly stuff, but in the wrong decade.

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