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Charts – 14 September 2018

Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2018 by Paul in Music

It’s “not his best work” week on the singles chart.

1.  Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – “Promises”

Two weeks.  Unusually, it’s there on sales; Benny Blanco is the streaming number one.  Weirdly, “Promises” is also number 11 on the utterly-irrelevant physical sales chart, which is almost totally detached from the world of modern pop music.  Have a look if you don’t believe me.

3.  Kanye West & Lil Pump – “I Love It”

Clocking in at just over two minutes, this is the track that Kanye West debuted at this week’s inaugural PornHub awards, of which he was the “creative director”.  The song itself could be politely described as slight.  The video at least goes out of its way to undercut the misogynistic aspects by presenting Kanye and Lil Pump as naughty schoolboys tailing along after Adele Givens.  I wonder whether this did unusually well on video streams, because god knows it’s not much to listen to.

This is the highest place Kanye West has reached on the singles chart since “FourFiveSeconds” in 2015.  Despite what it says on the Chart Company’s news page, this isn’t Lil Pump’s chart debut – that was “Gucci Gang”, which reached number 27 last year.  Adele Givens isn’t a singer, she’s a comedian, and her bit is sampled from a Def Jam Comedy bit back in the 90s.

15.  Silk City featuring Dua Lipa – “Electricity”

Silk City is Mark Ronson and the seemingly ubiquitous Diplo.  This is pretty underwhelming, to be honest – Ronson and Diplo don’t sound that much alike normally, but somehow they’ve met in the middle to produce a fairly routine upbeat dance track that’s above average but could have been made by pretty much anyone.  The video is, erm, not subtle (which is unusual for Dua Lipa).

31.  Machine Gun Kelly – “Rap Devil”

We don’t get many diss tracks in the top 40, perhaps because they tend not to get full scale releases.  For some reason Machine Gun Kelly’s rebuttal to Eminem’s album does get a video and some degree of promotion, and scrapes the bottom end of the top 40.  Given that Machine Gun Kelly’s only previous chart appearance was on a Camila Cabello record that got to number 16, while Eminem has three concurrent top ten singles for the second week running, and his album is number one for a second week, this seems a bit of an uneven match.  In fact, Kelly’s basic point is that Eminem is past his prime and going a bit old-man-shouts-at-cloud, which is true enough, but doesn’t really merit four full-length verses.  Eminem released his response on Friday, but I wouldn’t expect it to chart, even if he didn’t have three other hits maxing out his allowance.

This week’s climbers don’t move far…

  • “Body” by Loud Luxury featuring Brando climbs 5-4.
  • “Taste” by Tyga featuring Offset climbs 8-5.
  • “Happier” by Marshmello featuring Bastille climbs 15-6.
  • “Fall” by Eminem climbs 9-8 – the only one of the three singles to climb this week.  “Lucky You” falls to 9, and “The Ringer” falls to 10.
  • “All I Am” by Jess Glynne climbs 14-11.
  • “In My Mind” by Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino climbs 16-14.
  • “Lost Without You” by Freya Ridings climbs 29-26.
  • “Be Alright” by Dean Lewis climbs 35-27.

On the album chart, Eminem is still number one.

3.  Paul McCartney – “Egypt Station”

In which Paul McCartney experiments in working with some of today’s pop songwriters.  That means you get stuff like the track above – a collaboration with Ryan Tedder, of all people, and boy does it sound like it.  The reviews suggest this is a weak spot of the album, and quite why it’s been chosen as a single, I’m not sure.  Number 3 matches the peak of his previous studio album “New” in 2013 (and the 2016 compilation album that followed it).

8.  T-Rex – “Gold”

It’s a three-disc career retrospective.  They had four UK number 1s in 1971-2 – “Hot Love”, “Get It On”, “Telegram Sam” and “Metal Guru” (no, not “Children of the Revolution” or “20th Century Boy”, though they did make the top 3).  But those are all really obvious, so let’s go with a live version of their chart debut “Debora”, which reached number 34 in 1968.

10.  Paul Simon – “In The Blue Light”

This week’s other septuagenarian album release sees Paul Simon covering some of the more obscure entries from his own back catalogue.  The song above comes from 1983’s “Hearts and Bones”; here’s the original video.

11.  Spiritualized – “And Nothing Hurt”

Spiritualized still regularly make the top 10, but this is their highest position since their heyday at the turn of the century.  Judging from the single above, Jason Pierce has gone a bit Americana in his old age, but to good effect.

13.  Clutch – “Book of Bad Decisions”

US rock band on their twelfth studio album, but only the second to make the top 40 in this country.  The video above is… not quite what I was expecting.

18.  Alter Bridge featuring Parallax Orchestra – “Live at the Royal Albert Hall”

Self-explanatory, really.  It’s a live album of Alter Bridge with an orchestra.  Doesn’t include Edge’s theme song, tragically.

19.  Lenny Kravitz – “Raise Vibration”

That’s a similar position to his 2014 album “Strut” – but since a string of previous albums had missed the top 40, the fact that he’s now charting consistently again is a good sign.  The single is a lot better than I was expecting, particularly after reading on Wikipedia that it “explores the perils of his near-mythical sensuality with intonations alluding to his past intimate relationships”.

25.  Maribou State – “Kingdoms in Colour”

First appearance on the singles or album chart for this production duo, although they’ve been releasing EPs since 2011 and this is their second album.

33.  Paul Carrack – “These Days”

He was in bands like Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics, though his extensive solo career has had only a modest impact on the charts – he’s never made it above 25 on the album chart.   There’s an essentially identical video for every track on the album.

40.  Teleman – “Family of Aliens”

They’ve been a support act for a lot of people you have heard of (Suede, Maximo Park, Belle and Sebastian…)  This is their third album, but their first appearance in the albums top 40.  The synthpop track above did get a reasonable amount of support from 6 Music, for what that’s worth.

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