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Charts – 27 July 2018

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

Look, we need dull weeks so that the slightly less dull weeks can seem interesting in comparison.

1.  Drake – “In My Feelings”

Two weeks, still no video.  The album “Scorpion” drops to 3 this week as it yields to a far, far greater force, but more of that later.  As for the other two Drake singles, “Don’t Matter To Me” drops to 7, and “Nonstop” falls to 22.  There could well be others that would qualify for the top 40 if it wasn’t for the three-song cap.

26.  Loud Luxury featuring Brando – “Body”

Yes, all the way down to 26 for the highest new entry.  Loud Luxury are a Toronto production duo, and this is their first hit; Brando is the singer.  It’s a bit of a dance throwback, complete with cut up vocals and one-night-stand vignette video.

33.  The 1975 – “Love It If We Made It”

The second single from the upcoming album “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” (really).  The first one was “Give Yourself A Try”, which reached number 22 last month – two singles placing in the top 40 from an album is pretty good for a tenured indie band in 2018.  As for the song, it’s a bit of a grind, to be honest – the verses are very much sixth form poetry.

35.  6ix9ine featuring Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz – “Fefe”

This is 6ix9ine’s first appearance in the top 40, but you have to figure that Nicki Minaj is doing a lot of the heavy lifting in that department – and she is on about half the record, so it’s not a token cameo to get her name on the thing.  It’s a fairly forgettable record, but considering that 6ix9ine is prone to one-note shouting, this is actually something of a change of pace for him.

36.  Panic at the Disco – “High Hopes”

This has been out for a few weeks now, and the parent album reached number 2 at the start of the month, but it now scrapes the bottom end of the top 40.  It’s their first appearance in the top 40 singles since “Nine in the Afternoon” reached number 13 a decade ago.  In a pretty thin week, I quite enjoyed this.

39.  B Young – “079Me”

The follow up to “Jumanji”, which reached 13 earlier in the year.  Entirely amiable without actually going anywhere.

40.  Benny Blanco featuring Halsey & Khalid – “Eastside”

Blanco has been around as a songwriter for years, but this is his first release credited under his own name.  The song is decent, but the video is surprisingly good in an understated kind of way.  Worth a look if you’re picking one thing from this post.

This week’s climbers – and there are a ton of them:

  • “Rise” by Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack climbs 6-3.  It’s now his biggest hit since he had a brace of number 2s in 2016.
  • “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer climbs 8-4.  This really has escaped their usual ghetto to become a genuine crossover hit.  They haven’t been this high since “Don’t Stop” managed a week at number 2 in 2014 (it crashed straight out of the top 10 the following week).  In terms of sustained popularity rather than highest chart position, this is probably already their biggest hit.
  • “Jackie Chan” by Tiesto & Dzeko featuring Preme & Post Malone climbs 9-5.
  • “If You’re Over Me” by Years & Years climbs 10-6.
  • “I Like It” by Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin climbs 11-8.  Her first top ten hit with lead billing.
  • “Lucid Dreams” by Juice WRLD climbs 17-12.  This has been on the top 40 for seven weeks now.
  • “Taste” by Tyga featuring Offset climbs 16-15.
  • “Only You” by Cheat Codes & Little Mix climbs 19-16.
  • “Ring Ring” by Jax Jones featuring Mabel & Rich the Kid climbs 23-17.
  • “First Time” by M-22 featuring Medina climbs 26-20.
  • “Oh My” by Dappy featuring Ay Em climbs 25-23.  This has now moved 39-36-34-34-31-26-26-25-23.
  • “Nevermind” by Dennis Lloyd climbs 29-24.
  • “Ocean” by Martin Garrix featuring Khalid climbs 34-29.
  • “Fine Girl” by Ziezie climbs 39-31.
  • “Panic Room” by Au/Ra & Camelphat climbs 40-38.

On the album chart, there really is not much going on.  The Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again soundtrack climbs to number 1, and something tells me it might be there a while – then again, the Greatest Showman soundtrack rebounds to 2.  More surprising is that the original Mamma Mia soundtrack climbs to number 5 (an all-time record for it, because it was banished to the compilation chart on first release).  Oh, and Abba’s perennial greatest hits compilation “Gold” is at number 7 this week.

The Official Chart Company are cheerfully pointing out that this is the first time since 1969 that there have been three movie soundtrack albums in the top 5, but it’s a largely meaningless stat, because until recently movie soundtrack albums were treated as compilations and excluded from the artist album chart.  It’s only recently that the chart has started treating “movie cast” as a pseudo-artist, allowing musical soundtracks to chart again.

There are just two new entries on the album chart:

14.  D-Block Europe & Yxng Bane – “Any Minute Now”

It’s a collaboration mixtape.  Yxng Bane will be a familiar name if you’re reading these posts regularly.  D-Block Europe are a collective from South London.  I rather admire anyone who’s still making videos in their front room in 2018 (though the editor is certainly earning his money with some of this footage).

39.  The Internet – “Hive Mind”

Their fourth album, but the first to make the album chart (or come close).  The video above is certainly the most interesting piece of music in this week’s post.

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