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Charts – 15 June 2018

Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2018 by Paul in Music

Well, it’s movement.

1.  Jess Glynne – “I’ll Be There”

Number one with an asterisk.  For the second time this year, a long-running number one single stays at the top long enough to get whacked by the “accelerated chart ratio” rule that downweights the streams of tracks that have been out for ten weeks, and which are three weeks past their peak.  So the hammer falls on Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss”, which swandives from 1 to 7.  It would otherwise have managed another week at number one, and since all this is a lot more visible than it was meant to be – the rule was meant to target older tracks that needed a helping kick on their way out of the top 40 – you suspect they’ll tweak the rule soon, so as to fade it in a little bit more gently.

The beneficiary is Jess Glynne, with a track that entered at number 15 five weeks ago and still sounds a bit yodelly to me.  This is her seventh number one, even if most of them were as a guest star; the others are Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” (2014), Route 94’s “My Love” (2014), “Hold My Hand” (2015), Tinie Tempah’s “Not Letting Go” (2015), “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” (2015), and Rudimental’s “These Days” (2018).

There are no new entries at all in the top 30, but we have a bit more going on below that mark.

31.  Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack – “Rise” 

Jonas Blue’s first hit of the year.  Making their chart debut, Jack & Jack are a Nebraskan duo whose previous main claim to fame was releasing an album called “Calibraska” that did moderately well in the US three years ago.  This is above-average 2018 electro pop with a synth-flute hook to help it stand out from the pack, more euphoric than usual for Jonas Blue, and I can see it going further.

38.  Jorja Smith – “Blue Lights”

Her second minor hit of the year, after “Let Me Down” reached number 34 in January.  Her debut album “Lost & Found” enters at 3.  This is a really good, compelling song, and well worth taking a few minutes to watch.

39.  Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”

He’s a teenage rapper from Illinois, and this was his breakthrough hit in America, where it made the top 10.  It’s a lot more interesting than that might lead you to expect, and the lo-fi video is great.

With no new entries in the top 30, we get plenty of climbers instead.

  • “Solo” by Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato moves 6-2.   Clean Bandit haven’t missed the top five since 2014.  It’s now Demi Lovato’s biggest UK hit, beating the number 3 peak of “Heart Attack” in 2013.
  • “Shotgun” by George Era moves 8-4.  That’s his third top 5 hit, following “Budapest” back in 2013, and “Paradise” this year (which is still hanging around at 11).  It now has an official video, to go with the lyric video that was practically a full video anyway.  Admittedly, they’ve clearly chucked a lot more money at this one.
  • “Better Now” by Post Malone moves 7-6.
  • “Leave a Light On” by Tom Walker moves 16-8.  It’s the sales chart number one, but sales only take you so far in 2018.
  • “I Like It” by Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin moves 13-9.  It’s her first top ten hit as a lead artist, though she was on Bruno Mars’s “Finesse” earlier this year.  J Balvin gets his second top ten hit, following last year’s “Mi Gente”.
  • “If You’re Over Me” by Years & Years moves 19-12.
  • “Back To You” by Selena Gomez moves 23-13.  This has a video now.  Look, it says so at the start.
  • “Familiar” by Liam Payne & J Balvin moves 18-14.
  • “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B moves 28-16.
  • “Butterflies” by AJ Tracey & Not3s moves 24-19.
  • “Praise The Lord (Da Shine)” by A$AP Rocky featuring Skepta climbs 39-21, which I didn’t see coming, even though it’s good.
  • “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer climbs 37-22.  And I definitely didn’t see that coming.  It matches their previous single “Want You Back”, but the difference is that that single entered at 22 and plunged straight out, which is what you expect from fanbase acts.  This one is climbing, which presumably means someone’s listening to it beyond their core.
  • “First Time” by M-22 featuring Medina climbs 31-24.
  • “Man Down” by Shakka featuring AlunaGeorge climbs 30-25.
  • “Oh My” by Dappy featuring Ay Em climbs 36-34.  This is not giving up.
  • “Family Tree” by Ramz climbs 40-35.

On the album chart, you guessed it, The Greatest Showman soundtrack is still number 1.  And we’ve already mentioned Jorja Smith at 3.

4.  The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – “The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra”

“Indulge in the Beach Boys’ original vocal performances with new symphonic arrangements, newly recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London.”  Right you are.  It’s their 15th top ten album, and their highest position since “Summer Dreams” back in 1990.  The video above is a trailer for the whole album, including this open-to-interpretation observation by Bruce Johnston: “I think it’s very difficult to add the orchestra, because you have to be so sensitive to all the nuances that Brian put in there musically the first time around.  It’s difficult to do.  But they did it.”

7.   Kids See Ghosts – “Kids See Ghosts”

That’s the Kanye West / Kid Cudi album.  The track above lands at 47 on the singles chart, with “Reborn” one place below it.

8.  Lily Allen – “No Shame”

Her fourth album, and the first to miss the top 2.  None of the singles from this album made the top 100, which is what you call “post-imperial”.

9.  Eleanor Tomlinson – “Tales From Home”

Eleanor Tomlinson plays Demelza in Poldark and she’s releasing an album of folk covers on Sony Classical.  You pretty much know what to expect from that.

18.  Steps – “Party on the Dancefloor – Live From The London SSE Arena Wembley”

As advertised, it’s a Steps live album.  For those who’ve always wanted to hear their freeform improvisational spirit unchained, in tracks such as a seven-and-a-half-minute take on “Tragedy”.

(Which, as a visual spectacle, is actually quite fun.  But to listen to…?)

19.  Tremonti – “A Dying Machine”

Fourth solo-ish album from Mark Tremonti; he was the lead guitarist in Creed and Alter Bridge, if the name doesn’t ring a bell.  The previous two albums both landed in similar territory.  The track above isn’t bad, in a Foo Fighters-y kind of way.

23.  Gruff Rhys – “Babelsberg”

His second solo album to chart; the previous one got to number 24, so baby steps.  The 70s MOR-country track above is apparently fairly typical of the album.

28.  Mansun – “Attack of the Grey Lantern”

Remastered 21st anniversary edition of their 1997 number 1 debut album.  I’m not quite sure why, because 21 isn’t a round number, and besides, the original release was in February.  It’s not even as if the band are doing a reunion tour.  If you’ve not seen it before, “Taxloss” is an early example of the “we literally threw the budget away” video, which has been done worse many a time since.

40.  Tony Hadley – “Talking to the Moon”

Formerly of Spandau Ballet.  It’s his first studio solo album to make the album chart – though curiously, a compilation called “True Ballads” made number 31 in 2003.  The video above is not hugely flattering, but the song’s unexpectedly decent.

Bring on the comments

  1. Joe S. Walker says:

    Brian Wilson’s very obviously wearing a hairpiece these days.

  2. Jefferson Eng says:

    “It’s not even as if the band (Mansun) are doing a reunion tour.”

    No, but FWIW Paul Draper had been touring with fellow record label-mate Steven Wilson as a solo opening act in the US earlier this year, so there is that…

    (Not like I or anyone in the audience at the show in Philly this past April were paying attention to…I think…)

  3. Joe S. Walker says:

    I hadn’t seen that “Taxloss” video. I think it’s really stupid, offensive and irresponsible…

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