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Charts – 6 April 2018

Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2018 by Paul in Music

Another week with everything still in mid-storyline, if you’re wondering about reviews.  From reading it, you’d think this week’s X-Men Gold was the last part of “Cruel and Unusual”, but the solicitations assure me it isn’t, so we’ll take that on trust.  In the meantime…

1.  Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown – “Freaky Friday”

Oh.  Really?  Oh.

So this has moved 16-5-1 and let’s say I’m no more enamoured of it than I was last week or the week before.  Chris Brown has had a total of fifteen top 10 hits over twelve years, but this is only his second number one, following six years after “Turn Up The Music”.  It also adds Lil Dicky to the one hit wonder list (for now, at least).

And it’s a relatively rare modern example of a novelty record making number one, albeit one with a production that wouldn’t be out of place as a regular single.  It’s not an exact category, but on any view it’s been several years since we had a novelty record as number one.  There’s PJ & Duncan’s “Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble” from 2013, but that was more of an ironic download campaign.  There’s Psy’s “Gangnam Style” from 2012, but that wasn’t really a novelty record in its native language.  For an unambiguous novelty number one, you’re arguably going back to 2009, and “The Official BBC Children in Need Medley” by Peter Kay’s Animated All Star Band.

So much for my prediction that Rudimental could hold on for a second week and clear the asterisk from their number one.  They’re back at 2 this week.

7.  The Weeknd – “Call Out My Name”

Meanwhile, the Weeknd has released a six-track thing called “My Dear Melancholy,”, which is apparently regarded as an EP, but meets the criteria for the album chart.  It’s the highest new entry over there, landing at 3.  That’s not a typo, by the way – the title really is “My Dear Melancholy,”.  The comma is silent.

Last time the Weeknd released an album, he swamped the chart; that’s not possible any more, because the chart rules now limit any act to three singles (not counting “featuring” credits).  “Call Out My Name” is the de facto single, since it has a video of sorts.  It’s a good choice – this is the sort of heartfelt stuff he excels at, and I’d rather have this sort of emotion than the stunned blankness of some of his contemporaries.

And guess what…

17.  The Weeknd – “Try Me”

18.  The Weeknd – “Wasted Times”

Seems pretty likely that the whole album would have made the top 40 if it could, then.  And that’s your lot for new entries this week.  Thank heavens the Weeknd had an album out.

This week’s climbers:

  • “This Is Me” by Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble reaches a new peak of 3, on the back of a TV performance.
  • “What I Wanna” by Mostack moves 37-33.
  • “Vrom” by Yxng Bane climbs 40-36.

Well, that was the dullest singles chart in months.  Let’s see if the albums have anything more to offer. We get off to a bad start, as The Greatest Showman soundtrack returns to number 1 for a twelfth week.  And we’ve already covered “My Dear Melancholy,” by the Weeknd at 3…

4.  The Vaccines – “Combat Sports”

Their fourth album, all of which have landed in the top 4 – though their peak was back in 2012 when “Come of Age” managed a week at number 1.  The single above didn’t chart in the UK, but Wikipedia assures me that it got to number 65 in Belgium.  I can’t help feeling there’s a better song trying to get out of the rather one-dimensional production, and that they might be better live.

6.  Kacey Musgraves – “Golden Hour”

So here’s somebody on the rise.  “Golden Hour” is Kacey Musgraves’ third regular studio album on a major label – those qualifications are because she also self-released four albums before competing in Nashville Star in 2007, and we’re pretending A Very Kacey Christmas didn’t happen.  Let’s stick with the overseas hits – the track above reached number 30 on the US country chart.  A quick skim of the reviews suggests this is seen as one of the weaker tracks on the album – the lyric’s certainly a bit strained – but it still has a pleasing warmth.

12.  The Levellers – “We The Collective”

Celebrating their thirtieth anniversary with an acoustic greatest hits album, basically.  There are also a couple of original tracks, including the above, which is about refugees (and it’s a good protest song).  Although the band have been touring, they haven’t released an album since 2012.

21.  Cabbage – “Nihilistic Glamour Shots”

If you programmed a computer to come up with an indie band, and you fed all the ITV Chart Show Indie Chart segments as a template, it would probably come up with this.  See the video here if you want something even indier.  (It also has some vaguely disturbing gun-waving, which is why I haven’t embedded it.)

24.  Hayley Kiyoko – “Expectations”

Hayley Kiyoko is an actress and singer who got some viral play for her single “Girls Like Girls” a couple of years ago.  She also played Velma in a couple of Scooby-Doo sequel movies.  This is synthpop, and feels like it belongs more on the singles chart, but it’s good.

25.  Rich The Kid – “The World Is Yours”

His first studio album, though it comes after seven mixtapes.  It does feature the requisite parade of guest stars, but I’ve gone for the single that doesn’t have any.

36.  Mo Jamil – “Evolve”

This is the album by the winner of The Voice UK last year, just in time for this year’s final!  Obviously, you don’t schedule an album like that, hoping for number 36.  The Voice UK regularly failed to launch careers on the BBC, but there was always a reasonable theory that the less-inhibited ITV might be able to promote the winner more effectively.  It seems not.

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  1. Douglas says:

    I cannot stress enough how much I enjoy these chart posts, and how fundamental they are to me keeping up with modern music. I have no idea how you find the time to put them together (I mean, I have no idea how you find the time to do ANYTHING else, considering your day job) – but I’m very grateful that you do. Thank you! 🙂

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