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Charts – 9 March 2018

Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 by Paul in Music

Oh lord, he’s going to be here forever, isn’t he…?

1.  Drake – “God’s Plan”

Seven weeks, which means it overtakes “Perfect” and “Despocito” to be the longest-running number one since “Shape of You” managed a soul-destroying 14 weeks at the start of last year.  The previous Drake number one, “One Dance”, lasted for 15.  Pray for us.  It heads up a static top three, for the second week in a row – Rudimental’s “These Days” has now been stuck at 2 for five weeks.

26.  XXXTentacion – “Sad!”

Soundcloud rap seems to be an increasing presence in the top 40.  This is one of two lead singles from XXXTentacion’s upcoming album ?.  It’s his second hit, after “Jocelyn Flores” got to number 39 last week.  There’s something a bit self-parodic about releasing a lo-fi emo track called “SAD!”, but musically this is rather good.

XXXTentacion is only the second act in chart history to have a triple x in his name.  The other one was Bubba Sparxxx.

30.  Dave – “Hangman”

His third hit, after last year’s “No Words” and “How I Met My Ex”.  This is a bold choice of single – it has no chorus, only a verse lasting nearly three minutes.  Not easy to pull off, and quite impressively done.

33.  Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – “Meant To Be”

Strangely, this lands next to the Hailee Steinfield single “Let Me Go” at 34, also featuring the country duo Florida Georgia Line straying into EDM pop.  Though to be honest, this is more of a Florida Georgia Line single with added Bebe Rexha – it’s one of those singles where the credits look suspiciously as if they’ve been reversed to get it some more airplay.  The track was released in America last October, where it wound up on the country charts, and reaches the UK rather late in its lifecycle.  It’s been number one in Israel.

37.  Mostack – “What I Wanna”

The first solo hit for MoStack, though he guested on Dave’s “No Words”, and he was one of the catalogue of rappers on “Bad” by Steel Banglez.  Our token bouncy, upbeat single for the week.

38.  Khalid & Normani featuring “Love Lies”

For Khalid, this is the follow-up to his charming “Young, Dumb & Broke” from last year.  It’s the first solo(-ish) release from Normani Hamilton of Fifth Harmony.  It’s from the soundtrack of the Love, Simon movie.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man climbs 6-4.
  • “Say Something” by Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton moves 10-9.
  • “Fine Line” by Mabel featuring Not3s moves 14-11.
  • “Jumanji” by B Young moves 19-15.
  • “Look Alive” by Blocboy JB featuring Drake edges 18-17.
  • “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey climbs 31-18, so it’s going to be around for a while.
  • “Paradise” by George Ezra moves 30-19, which is a pleasant surprise.
  • “Lullaby” by Sigala & Paloma Faith moves 32-21.

Over on the album chart, it’s a very, very busy week.  Deep breath, everyone.  The Greatest Showman OST gets a ninth week at number one – it’s going nowhere.

2.  UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey – “A Real Labour of Love”

You might wonder why UB40 are “featuring” their own members.  But UB40 are in an unusual position: there are two versions of the group, both using the UB40 name, the compromise being that “featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey” credit. This is the first studio album from this incarnation of the band, though they did release an “Unplugged” album which got to 17 lat year.  It’s a covers album (like the original “Labour of Love”); the original version of the above track was by Beres Hammond in 1992.

5.  Embrace – “Love is a Basic Need”

Embrace have been around since 1998 and have yet to have an album miss the top 10 – with the curious exception of their 2002 greatest hits album, which bombed out at 36.  They’re still doing the heartfelt anthem deal – in rather ponderous fashion, to judge from the six-and-a-half minute track above..

8.  Tory Lanez – “Memories Don’t Die”

He’s from Toronto and he isn’t Drake.  The follow-up to 2016’s “I Told You”, which got to 18.  “Astonishingly hackneyed” – The Guardian.

9.  The Breeders – “All Nerve”

Blimey.  The Breeders haven’t released an album in a decade, but they haven’t been in the album top 40 since “Last Splash” reached number 5 way back in 1993.  It’s also the first album since then to feature the “Last Splash” line-up, so perhaps people see that as the real Breeders?

15.  Tracey Thorn – “Record”

Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl has released several solo albums in the last decade, but this is only the second one to make the albums top 40 (and the other one got to 38).  It’s somewhat old-school electropop.

20.  Sneakbo – “Brixton”

Sneakbo has been around for years, but this is his debut album.

25.  Superorganism – “Superorganism”

Indie-collage debut.  It’s getting on for a singles collection, to be honest, since half of the album has been out as a single already, with the earliest – the one above – dating back to last January.

30.  Moby – “Everything Was Beautiful & Nothing Hurt”

30?!  How are the mighty fallen.  But on checking, it turns out Moby hasn’t had a high-placing album since 2005 – it’s been 28 or lower ever since.  It’s… well, it’s a Moby album called “Everything Was Beautiful & Nothing Hurt” which includes a track called “Like A Motherless Child”…

Oh yeah, mothers.

Look who’s got an album out for Mother’s Day!

31.  Alan Titchmarsh & Debbie Wiseman – “The Glorious Garden”


When I saw this in the chart listing, I figured it would be another album of light classical standards, which plenty of TV presenters have bashed out for the money.

But no.  Accompanied by Classic FM’s in-house composer Debbie Wiseman, celebrity gardener Alan Tichmarsh brings us an album of his plant-themed poetry.

It is… truly extraordinary.

37.  Stone Broken – “Ain’t Always Easy”

Rock throwbacks from Walsall.  Not as memorable as an album of poetry by Alan Titchmarsh.

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