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Charts – 2 March 2018

Posted on Sunday, March 4, 2018 by Paul in Music


1.  Drake – “God’s Plan”

Six weeks and counting.  It heads up a static top three, with Rudimental’s “These Days” at 2, and Dua Lipa’s “IDGAF” at 3.

4.  Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”

Post Malone’s second top ten hit, following last year’s number one “Rockstar”.  There was another single in the interim, “I Fall Apart”, which only got to 19.  This one is… well, it’s pretty typical for 2018, with a mid-paced beat that sounds pleasantly chilled until you realise it’s going nowhere, unless “round in circles” counts.  It’s in the well trodden (if not absolutely stripmined) territory of songs about not being able to trust people now that you’re  rich and successful.  For all that, the real problem here is “only one idea”; the idea itself is good enough, but it’s  not up to simply looping it for the best part of four minutes.

Ty Dolla $ign has never had a UK hit in his own right – he’s never even made the top 100 – but through the power of guest appearances, this is the third time he’s shown up in the top 5.  The others were guest verses on Jason Derulo’s “Swalla” last year, and Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” in 2016.

22.  5 Seconds of Summer – “Want You Back”

5 Seconds of Summer had several top ten hits back in 2014, including the number one “She Looks So Perfect”, which seemed to be setting them up to be a Blink 182 for the post-McFly market.  They haven’t been in the top ten since, but they’re still registering hit singles, which isn’t bad four years on, particularly as fanbase-driven acts have tended to struggle on the chart in the streaming era.  This is the lead single from their third album, and from the looks of it, the plan is to migrate into Maroon 5’s territory.  It’s… polished, I guess.

30.  George Ezra – “Paradise”

George Ezra had a very good 2014, when “Budapest” hung around the chart for ages and his album “Wanted On Voyage” spent four weeks at number one.  But he still hasn’t got around to releasing the follow-up album.  It’s meant to be coming this year, and “Paradise” is  the second single, the first (“Don’t Matter Now”) having crashed out at 66 last year.  So at least this gets him back into the chart for the first time in three years.  The single’s a decent piece of indie-folk, not unlike what he was making in 2014, but a lot more out of place on the top 40 in 2018.  Best of a pretty uninspiring bunch this week.

32.  Sigma & Paloma Faith – “Lullaby”

Speaking of four years ago, Sigma and Paloma Faith last collaborated on “Changing”, which reached number 1 in September 2014.  That was when Sigma were mainly whacking breakbeat tracks on songs, by way of follow-up to their number 1 “Nobody To Love” and winding up with records that sounded like an own-brand Rudimental.  This year, of course, they’ve moved into the tropical house palette.  Competent, trend-following stuff.

34.  Hardy Caprio – “Rapper”

Making his first appearance on the singles chart, Hardy Caprio is indeed a rapper.  Musically, this is pretty decent; visually, the video features two women in lingerie having a pillow fight.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Friends” by Marshmello & Anne-Marie moves 9-5.  That gives them both a second top five hit, following Marshmello’s “Friends” last year, and Anne-Marie’s vocal on Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” back at Christmas 2016.
  • “Say Something” by Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton climbs 22-10 on the back of a performance at the Brit Awards (which is prime time TV exposure).  After the lead single “Filthy” conked out at 15, they’ll be pleased to have got a top ten single out of this album.
  • “Fine Line” by Mabel featuring Not3s moves 16-14.
  • “Look Alive” by Blocboy JB featuring Drake moves 21-18.
  • “Jumanji” by B Young climbs 25-19.
  • “Mine” by Bazzi moves 27-23.
  • “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran re-enters at 29, on the back of another Brit awards performance; it reached number 8 as a track from the ÷ album nearly a year ago, and hasn’t been in the top 40 since April.  It’s now officially being promoted as a single.
  • “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey moves 37-31.

On the album chart, The Greatest Showman OST spends an eighth week at number one, while just below it, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ celebrates an uninterrupted year in the top ten – just like the previous two albums managed.  This is unprecedented; even the Beatles only did it twice.  Further down, Pete Tong’s “Ibiza Classics” album re-enters at 11 – I’m not quite sure what’s going on there, since it wasn’t on the Brits show.  Maybe it’s being discounted somewhere?  It’s a light week for new releases, but we do have…

20.  6ix9nine – “Day 69”

Debut mixtape by this week’s rapper from the internet.  It’s pronounced “six nine”, if you weren’t sure.  He’s godawful – he’s a completely one-dimensional rapper who shouts a lot, waves guns around, you know the deal.  Your basic controversy baiting.  There are music videos that I could link to, but, uh, no.  And that’s before you get to his 2015 conviction, but I’ll leave you to read up on that in your own time if you really want.

32.  Vance Joy – “Nation of Two”

You might remember his one and only hit single “Riptide”, which made number 10 in 2014.  This is the very belated follow-up to that year’s album.

39.  Ocean Wisdom – “Wizville”

This is the second album by London rapper Ocean Wisdom, but it’s the first one to make the top 40.  A lot more interesting than most of the UK rap we get on the album chart, which is becoming a bit samey.  This isn’t.

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