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Charts – 4 May 2018

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2018 by Paul in Music

One of those weeks where we can feel thankful they changed the rules to stop Ed Sheeran…

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

Three weeks, which makes it Dua Lipa’s biggest hit, since “New Rules” only stayed on top for two.  And it has a proper video now, too.  It’s number one in both sales and streams, so it could be here for a while.  It heads up a static top four, over Ariana Grande, Drake and Lil Dicky.

9.  Post Malone – “Better Now”
11.  Post Malone – “Paranoid”

Time for another album release that would have swamped the charts if it wasn’t for the three-song cap that they introduced to stop Ed Sheeran spoiling it for everyone else.  These two tracks both come from Post Malone’s second album “Beerbongs & Bentleys”, which enters at number 1.  They join the official current single “Psycho”, which rebounds to number 6.  (It peaked at 4 in March, but it’s been in the top 10 ever since.)  Clearly, the other album tracks would have swamped the top 40 if they’d been allowed to.

These three tracks are at 5, 6 and 7 on the streaming chart; on the sales chart, they’re at 30, 81 and Nowhere.  That probably shouldn’t be surprising, since cherrypicking album tracks is much simpler on a streaming service, and this is a genre that does better in streaming to begin with.

28.  Paloma Faith – “Make Your Own Kind of Music”

In contrast, here’s a track that’s nowhere on streams, but number 4 on sales.  That’s where pure sales will get you.  The YouTube description tells us that this video is inspired by Paloma Faith’s life story; I had never realised that advertising Skodas had been such a central part of her life.  The song was written in the late sixties and has never previously charted in the UK, perhaps because a song about making your own kind of music doesn’t obviously lend itself to straightforward cover versions such as this one.  The best known version is by Cass Elliot, which scraped the bottom end of the Billboard top 40 in 1969; the original was recorded the previous year by the Will-O-Bees.

And that’s it for new entries on the singles chart.  The climbers…

  • “2002” by Anne-Marie climbs 8-5.  Her debut album “Speak Your Mind” enters at a very respectable 3.
  • “I Like It” by Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin climbs 20-15.
  • “German” by EO climbs 24-18 – this is showing more staying power than I thought it would.
  • “Flames” by David Guetta featuring Sia finally gets noticed more widely after six weeks on release, and climbs 33-19.
  • “Like I Do” by David Guetta, Martin Garrix & Brooks climbs 32-29.
  • “Familiar” by Liam Payne & J Bavlin edges 34-31.

On the album chart, we’ve already mentioned Post Malone at 1 and Anne-Marie at 3…

4.  Blossoms – “Cool Like You”

Second album; the first was nominated for the 2017 Mercury and reached number 1.  This is Killers-adjacent indie.

8.  Janelle Monae – “Dirty Computer”

Her first top 10 album, though 2013’s “Electric Lady” reached 14.  She was also on Fun’s 2012 number 1 single “We Are Young”, if you remember.  This entire album has a video… sorry, “emotion picture”.  The video above, for “PYNK”, has probably attracted more comment for the clothes, but it’s a good song too.

13.  DMA’s – “For Now”

Australians with an extensive collection of 80s and 90s British indie pop.  Their second album; the 2016 debut only reached 36, so this is a big step up.

27.  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco – “You’re Driving Me Crazy”

Van Morrison does some more jazz standards, and some of his own back catalogue.  The reviews suggest it’s patchy.

26.  Skindred – “Big Tings”

Welsh metal band with a reggae influence – though this album is reportedly a tack towards radio friendliness.  Their third album in a row to place between 26 and 29.  The other two dropped straight out of the top 100 in week two…

28.  Matt Cardle – “Time To Be Alive”

The 2010 X Factor winner, who’s been gone for five years after self-releasing an album in 2013 that made a respectable 11; he’s back with Sony again now.

30.  Neil Young – “Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live”

Reissued live set from 1973.

39.  Rod Stewart – “Handbags & Gladrags – The Essential Rod Stewart”

Not to be confused with “The Best of Rod Stewart” (1977), “Greatest Hits” (1979), “The Best Of” (1994), “The Story So Far – The Very Best Of” (2001), “Changing Faces – The Very Best Of” (2003), “The Seventies Collection” (2007), “The Best Of – The Great American Songbook” (2011), or “Storyteller – The Complete Anthology” (2011), though those might explain why most people who might otherwise be in the market for a Rod Stewart compilation have got one already.  Also, this is a 3-CD compilation, heavy on the personal favourites and missing some of his number one singles.  Nor does it find room for his 1974 number 12 single “You Can Make Me Dance Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)”.

Bring on the comments

  1. Joe S. Walker says:

    You forgot “Sing It Again Rod” (1973) which probably had most of his best on it already. He was never the same after he went to America and became big there.

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