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Charts – 2 February 2018

Posted on Saturday, February 3, 2018 by Paul in Music

A quiet singles chart, a static top four.  Fortunately there’s more going on with the albums.

1.  Drake – “God’s Plan”

Two weeks.  The B-side “Diplomatic Immunity” drops to 36 this week, so it’s not a case of anything with Drake’s name selling.  Then again…

31.  Migos featuring Drake – “Walk it Talk It”

This is not a single. It’s a track from Migos’s “Culture II” album, which is also out this week, and clocks in at a juggernaut 1 hour 45 minutes.  It enters the album chart at number 4.  That’s a big improvement on the first “Culture”, which got to 16 last year.  So there’s definitely a Migos audience out there.  But they don’t buy singles.  Migos’s only other hit single under their own power was “Bad and Boujee”, which spent six weeks on the chart without getting above 30.

There are two official singles from “Culture II”.  “Stir Fry” is meant to be the current one, but it’s down at 51.  “Motor Sport” was the lead single, released back in September; it couldn’t get past 49.  And it had Nicki Minaj and Cardi B on it.  But an unpushed album track with Drake… that can make the singles chart.

And yes, this is the highest new entry of the week.  It’s a quiet one for singles.

32.  Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton – “Say Something”

The second single from the upcoming “Man of the Woods” album.  The first one, “Filthy”, entered at 15 and swandived gracefully out of the top 40 after three weeks.  That’s not great.  With this one, the supposed country theme of the album – or it least of its promotion – is a little more apparent, as Chris Stapleton shows up.  He’s never had a hit single in Britain, but his album “From a Room: Volume 1” charted last year.  (Not volume 2, though, which came out at Christmas.)

“Say Something” is a bit of a patience test.  The video version is over six minutes long and about the first half of that sounds like an extended intro.  And then you realise, oh, this is it.  It picks up slightly by the end – which is to say, it keeps doing the same thing but with a crescendo – and I imagine the radio edit will do it a lot of favours.

35.  Mist – “Game Changer”

Your UK rap track for the week.  Mist is a rapper from Birmingham, and this is his first appearance.  The Steel Banglez production on this is great, mind you.  That 8-bit sound and the piano really work for me.

And that’s the new entries.  We’ve got a few more climbers…

  • “I Know You” by Craig David featuring Bastille climbs 10-5.  That’s his highest position since 2005, when the long-forgotten “Don’t Love You No More” reached number 4.  The parent album is out this week.
  • “Breathe” by Jax Jones featuring Ina Wroldsen climbs 9-7.
  • “Strangers” by Sigrid moves 14-10.
  • “These Days” by Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne & Macklemore climbs 33-11, and is clearly going to be around for a while.  Rudimental and Jess are both at this level regularly, but Macklemore hasn’t been this high since 2013 (when “Same Love” reached 6).
  • “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man climbs 20-13, as the wider audience bizarrely cottons on to it six months after it entered the chart.
  • “My Lover” by Not3s edges 17-16.
  • “The Greatest Show” by Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Zac Efron & Zendaya climbs to 21 after three weeks at 23.
  • “Fine Line” by Mabel featuring Not3s moves 32-22.  Pleased about that.
  • “Him & I” by G-Eazy & Halsey moves 27-25.
  • “Sick Boy” by the Chainsmokers climbs to 38, so at least it doesn’t suffer the ignominy of getting one week at number 40.

Over on the album chart, The Greatest Showman soundtrack gets a fourth week at number one.  Craig David’s “The Time Is Now” is the highest new entry at number 2 – not all that surprising, as his comeback album “Following My Intuition” was a number 1 in 2016.  I’ve covered the single before.   “Culture II” by Migos is 4, which we can skip over for the same reasons.

7.  Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – “Black Coffee”

This is the third album these two have released as a duo, but their first appearance in the top 20.  Same goes for Hart’s solo albums, though Bonamassa’s been higher than this.  It’s a covers album; “Black Coffee” itself was originally an Ike & Tina Turner song from 1972.

12.  Machine Head – “Catharsis”

Surprisingly, their highest chart position ever, just edging out 1999’s “The Burning Red”.  By now, you know what you’re getting with Machine Head – both the music, and the video, which takes itself quite seriously.

18.  Sheku Kanneh-Mason – “Inspiration”

Teenage cellist who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2016.  Nothing if not eclectic, the album contains both the above cover of “No Woman No Cry”, and the entirety of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No 1.

20.  Django Django – “Marble Skies”

Art-dance-indie, I guess.  It’s their third album.  I always feel I ought to like Django Django more than I actually do…

21.  Nils Frahm – “All Melody”

Making his first appearance on the album chart, nine albums and thirteen years into his career, Nils Frahm hovers somewhere in the hinterland between electronica and modern classical. The only thing on YouTube is the trailer above, so there you go.

23.  The Marmozets – “Knowing What You Know Now”

A belated follow-up to their 2014 debut. The band claimed to have finished this album over a year ago, so heaven only knows what the delay was. One of the tracks was used as a theme for NXT TakeOver: WarGames, for the wrestling fans among you.  Not this one, though.

29.  Jeff Wayne – “The War of the Worlds”

Time for another reissue of this old workhorse, then. Strangely, the only official video on YouTube for any version of War of the Worlds seems to be the 2012 remake version of “Forever Autumn”, featuring Liam Neeson and Gary Barlow, and you have to draw the line somewhere.

37.  Turin Brakes – “Invisible Storm”

Still plugging away, and just hanging in the bottom end of the chart.

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