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Charts – 27 April 2018

Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2018 by Paul in Music

I’ll get back to reviews shortly, but first, let’s catch up on a busy week…

1.  Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”

Two weeks – Calvin Harris has number one hits fairly often but hasn’t managed a two week run since “We Found Love” back in 2011.  This still doesn’t have a proper video, so here’s a TV performance which Calvin Harris has posted on his YouTube channel.

2.  Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left To Cry”

This is Ariana Grande’s first regular single since the Manchester concert bombing last summer.  (A live version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” was released from the One Love concert.)  It’s not her biggest hit – her previous chart record was erratic, but aside from “One Last Time” reaching number 2 in the aftermath of the bombing, she also had number one hits with “Problem” and “Bang Bang” in 2014.  And a number 2 entry is pretty good these days.  This is growing on me – the chorus is nicely shimmery, though some of the connective stuff feels a bit bland.

8.  Anne-Marie – “2002”

Her third top ten hit, and the second – “Friends”, with Marshmello – is still hanging around.  It drops from 6 to 25 this week after reaching eleven weeks on the chart and getting whacked by the downweighting rule.  Of course, that means that her new top ten hit arrives just in time.  It’s a rather gimmicky Ed Sheeran song – remember the hits of 2002 when we were young? – but a decent showcase for her delivery.

17.  J Cole – “KOD”
28. J Cole – “ATM”
30. J Cole – “Photograph”

Guess who’s got an album out.  J Cole has only had one top 40 single before – “Deja Vu”, which reached number 30 in 2016.  The tracks from his previous album flooded the lower reaches of the top 100, but that was it.  His album track record is a bit more solid, but seemed to suggest that he’d peaked with 2013’s “Born Sinner” – it made the top 10, while his other albums all placed in the 20s.  The new album “KOD” enters at number 2, so apparently he’s on an upswing.

26.  Avicii – “Wake Me Up”
36.  Avicii – “Levels”

Avicii died last week at the age of 28 – the first major artist of his generation to do so, perhaps? – and these are the re-entries from his back catalogue.  “Wake Me Up” was number 1 for three weeks in 2013.  “Levels” was his breakthrough single, reaching number 4 in 2011.  It’s a pretty fair selection of his career – one of his stadium-country anthems, and one of my favourite dance records of its time.  I’ve never thought much of the video for either track, mind you – “Wake Me Up” is a weird “let’s run away and join the fashionable people” thing which does not inspire sympathy, and the official video for “Levels” is just plain atrocious.  (This fan video, which seems to have been a submission to an Avicii-sponsored competition, is vastly superior.)

His 2013 album “True” also re-enters at 14, while 2015’s “Stories” (not a particularly successful album – it entered at 9 and dropped out of the top 40 within a fortnight) re-enters at 17.  Just outside the singles top 40 is “Hey Brother”, which reached number 2 in 2013.  Given the cap rule, we don’t know how many other Avicii tracks might otherwise have been floating around the lower top 75, but it’s interesting that his other number 1 hit – “I Could Be The One” – doesn’t feature.  Then again, it’s a collaboration with Nicky Romero and not especially typical of Avicii.

34.  Liam Payne & J Balvin – “Familiar”

Another solo single from a second-tier One Direction member.  “Vaguely Hispanic” is in, so Liam Payne’s going to give that a crack, along with J Balvin from “Mi Gente” (he’s also on the current Cardi B single).  It’s fine, but a bit tick-the-boxes.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Lullaby” by Sigala & Paloma Faith climbs 7-6.
  • “Answerphone” by Banx & Ranx & Ella Eyre featuring Yxng Bane climbs 18-7.  It’s Eyre’s fourth top ten hit, Yxng Bane’s second.
  • “Love Lies” by Khalid & Normani climbs 16-12.
  • “I Like It” by Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin climbs 23-20.
  • “Bad Vibe” by M O, Lotto Boyzz & Mr Eazi climbs 22-21.
  • “Mad Love” by Sean Paul & David Guetta featuring Becky G climbs 25-22.
  • “German” by EO climbs 30-24.
  • “Vroom” by Yxng Bane climbs 32-31.
  • “Like I Do” by David Guetta, Martin Garrix & Brooks climbs 40-32.
  • “Flames” by David Guetta featuring Sia climbs 37-33.  Seriously?  You preferred “Like I Do”?

Over on the album chart, The Greatest Showman soundtrack celebrates its fourteenth week at number one, while “KOD” by J Cole enters at two.  Below that…

3.  The Shires – “Accidentally on Purpose”

Radio-friendly UK country act; this is their third top ten album.  They’re a curious proposition: an English group doing mainstream Nashville.  Mind you, it’s not too hard to imagine a parallel universe where they could have crossed over to a singles audience in the same way as the Corrs once did.

5.  Nines – “Crop Circle”

Second album, just one place below last year’s “One Foot Out”.  The single “I See You Shining” got to number 37, and re-enters at 40 this week.

7.  Black Stone Cherry – “Family Tree”

Southern metal.  Their previous two studio albums both got to number 5; there was a thing called “Black to Blues” last year which only made number 29, but that was a covers EP.

9.  Sting & Shaggy – “44/876”

Improbable middle aged collaboration album.  The single actually makes a reasonable case for this being a vaguely sensible collaboration than you might expect, though the middle ground between Sting and Shaggy is basically polished pop-reggae.

12.  A Perfect Circle – “Eat The Elephant”

Long-dormant alt-rock supergroup returning to the studio after 14 years.  Their only previous top 40 album was “Thirteenth Step”, which reached number 37 in 2003.  The single above is an inappropriately bombastic Douglas Adams reference.

And from here on, it’s a bunch of vinyl releases for Record Store Day (generally in advance of broader re-issues to come).

15.  The Who – “Live at the Fillmore East 1968”

Official release for a much bootlegged live album.  There doesn’t seem to be anything to link to beyond a 16 second trailer video, so there you are.

22.  David Bowie – “Welcome to the Blackout – Live London 78”

Another live album.  There’s also a re-entry at 25 for a re-issue of “Aladdin Sane”.

33.  Pink Floyd – “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”

Their debut studio album, which reached number 6 in 1967, remastered and reissued on vinyl for Record Store Day.

39.  Arcade Fire – “Arcade Fire”

Their 2003 debut, officially “Arcade Fire EP” (despite being 7 tracks long), but also sometimes known as “Us Kids Know”.  Originally a CD release, this is the first time it’s been on vinyl.

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