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Charts – 7 September 2018

Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2018 by Paul in Music

[Looks at number of new entries this week.  Whimpers.  Cracks knuckles.]

1.  Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – “Promises”

Climbing to number 1 in its third week.  This is Calvin Harris’s tenth number one, the others being “Dance Wiv Me” (2008), “I’m Not Alone” (2009), “We Found Love” (2011), “Sweet Nothing” (2012), “Under Control” (2013), “Summer” (2014), “Blame” (2014), “Feels” (2017), and “One Kiss” (2018).  It’s hard to argue with that sort of track record – yes, two of them are “featuring” credits, but they’re very prominent ones – and clearly his change of direction a year or so back has paid dividends.  He joins a very, very small list of artists with ten or more number one hits – the others are Take That, Madonna, Cliff Richard, Westlife, the Beatles and Elvis Presley.  (He had 21, so there’s still a long way to go…)

Sam Smith is on a mere seven number ones: “La La La” (2013), “Money on my Mind” (2014), “Stay With Me” (2014), “Lay Me Down” (2015), “Writing’s On The Wall” (2015), “Too Good at Goodbyes” (2017), and this one.  Novice.

4.  Eminem – “The Ringer”
6.  Eminem featuring Joyner Lucas – “Lucky You”
9.  Eminem – “Fall”

Eminem has a surprise new album out, “Kamikaze”.  It enters the album chart at number one, and it duly maxes out its allowance for the singles chart, with all three tracks entering the top ten.  This is Eminem’s ninth consecutive number one album, a run stretching back to “The Marshall Mathers LP” in 2000 (his 1999 debut only got to number 10).  And that’s a new record for consecutive number one albums, breaking his tie with Abba and Led Zeppelin on eight.

“Fall”, the official single, is one of his technically impressive monotone dirges.  “Lucky You” is an interesting one to find charting since the first half is a guest verse by Joyner Lucas, but it is on his YouTube channel in audio form, so that might make a difference.  “The Ringer” isn’t on YouTube at all, though.  It’s the opening track on the album, which is bound to help a bit, but rarely seems to be decisive in these things – it’s the ones that get singled out for repeat listens that make the chart.

The common theme to all these songs (and the video above) is that Eminem doesn’t much care for these young rappers, who mumble too much, and while he, Eminem, is his own worst critic, the poor reception of his previous album is very much everyone else’s fault for not understanding it.  Welcome to the bitter old man phase of Eminem’s career.

22.  LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth – “Thunderclouds”

LSD are Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, and yes, the official credit really is “LSD featuring Labrinth, Sia and Diplo”, presumably so that people will find it more easily.  This is the third LSD single, but “Audio” sank without trace, and “Genius” could only make it to number 72.  Clearly, this is a bit more like it.  It’s a weird 60s-throwback thing which is probably closer to Labrinth’s normal wheelhouse than either of the other two.  That’s not Sia in the video, of course – it’s her usual video stand-in Maddie Ziegler.

35.  Dean Lewis – “Be Alright”

This is an Australian number one being promoted internationally.  It’s basically an Ed Sheeran-style breakup song.

36.  Bazzi featuring Camila Cabello – “Beautiful”

This is the follow-up to “Mine”, which reached number 21 in March.  The video above is for the original version, which doesn’t have any Camila Cabello on it.  Much like “Mine”, it’s certainly different from the rest of the chart, but in a rather sludgy and syrupy way.

38.  AJ Tracey – “Lo(v/s)er”

Well, there’s a title that probably seemed cleverer before anyone wrote it down.  This is AJ Tracey’s second hit, after “Butterflies” reached number 19 and hovered there for a couple of months over the summer.  It’s, um, vaguely Latin, I guess.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Taste” by Tyga featuring Offset is up 9-8.  Oh, people.
  • “Happier” by Marshmello featuring Bastille edges 16-15.
  • “Don’t Leave Me Alone” by David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie is up 20-19.
  • “High Hopes” by Panic at the Disco climbs 25-21.  This has really taken its time – it’s been out since June and it entered the top 40 at the end of July – but it’s finally getting somewhere.  With this climb, it overtakes “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “But Its Better If You Do” become their second-highest single.  (“Nine in the Afternoon” is the highest, at 13.)
  • “079Me” by B Young climbs 24-23.
  • “Lost Without You” by Freya Ridings climbs 36-29.
  • “Panic Room” by Au/ra & Camelphat climbs 33-30.
  • “Baby Shark” by Pinkfong climbs 37-32.  By the way, the BTS single “Idol” drops straight from 21 to 73, so so much for my thinking it might climb.

The album chart is very busy this week, so we’ll take some of these very quickly.  As already mentioned, “Kamikaze” by Eminem enters at number one.

5.  Idles – “Joy as an Act of Resistance”

Not sure “joy” is the word that that video brings to mind, but it’s a great (post-)punk track for all that.  This is Idles’ second album, but the first to chart.

6.  Passenger – “Runaway”

Passenger’s one-hit wonder status on the singles chart (“Let Her Go”, which spent thirty weeks in the top 40 and peaked at number 2) is tempered by his consistent run of top ten albums.

9.  The Kooks – “Let’s Go Sunshine”

Their first top ten album since 2011, though they’ve never fallen short of the top 20.

10.  Troye Sivan – “Bloom”

Officially his second studio album after “Blue Neighbourhood”, but in fact it was his EP “Wild” that gave him a top 10 album in 2015.  The single “My My My” reached number 38 in January.  Come on, surely you remember it?

19.  Collabro – “Road to the Royal Albert Hall”

That’s the musical theatre boy band-ish group who won Britain’s Got Talent a while back.  So middle of the road it’s practically a traffic island.   The album title is unusual – it’s to tie in with the name of their live tour, which probably tells you where the real money is in this exercise.

22.  Anna Calvi – “Hunter”

Her third album to chart, and easily the highest.  She was nominated for the Mercury in 2013.  The video above is probably the best thing in this week’s post (though Idles is worth a click too).

24.  Emma Blackery – “Villains”

She’s a YouTuber with 1.4 million subscribers, but in theory at least, that’s always been ancillary to her music career (and the track above is actually pretty decent).  This is her first album to chart.

On the other hand…

25.  Why Don’t We – “8 Letters”

…here’s a YouTube-spawned boy band associated with Logan Paul.  It’s polished and surprisingly dull.

30.  Alexis Ffrench – “Evolution”

He’s a pianist and composer signed to Sony Classical, and this is his first appearance in the album chart.

36.  Pineapple Thief – “Dissolution”

Prog rock band finally making the album top 40 with their 12th studio album.  They’re the sort of band whose record label think the big selling point is that this is “the second album to feature the King Crimson / Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison”.

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