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Charts – 21 September 2018

Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2018 by Paul in Music

It’s one of those weeks when we thank heavens for the albums chart, because there’s really nothing going on with the singles…

1.  Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – “Promises”

That’s three weeks, clinging on by a very narrow margin (the equivalent of 6,000 sales over Benny Blanco at number 2).  Sam Smith managed three weeks with “Too Good at Goodbyes” last year, so if he can manage another week, he’ll set a personal record.

33.  Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William – “Goodbye”

Told you it was a quiet week.  The chorus is from “Time To Say Goodbye” by Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli, the plodding pop-operatic ballad which reached number 2 in 1997.  That, in turn, was, in turn, a cover of Bocelli’s own “Con Te Partirò”, which was a number one hit the previous year in France and Belgium (but not in Italy, where they would have actually understood the lyrics).  As for this… well, it’s the sort of record that makes you wonder if Scooter might have done a better job of it.

The odd artist credit is because it’s going to appear on both the upcoming Jason Derulo album, and the David Guetta album “7”, which is out this week.  It reaches number 9 on the album chart – roughly where his previous album landed in 2014, so no great surprises there, and his fourth top ten album going back to 2009.  Willy William, if you’ve forgotten, is the French guy who was on “Mi Gente” with J Balvin.

Technically, the chart compilers are counting this as a Jason Derulo single, so it doesn’t count towards Guetta’s three song cap.  In practice it makes no difference, because the only other album track to make the top 40 is current single “Don’t Leave Me Alone”.

37.  Sigala, Ella Eyre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana – “Just Got Paid”

Are we just picking artists from a hat or something?  Sigala and Ella Eyre worked together on last year’s “Came Here For Love”, and that was top ten.  French Montana, fair enough.  Meghan Trainor, though?  Really?  She could use the profile – she hasn’t had a hit since 2016, and a single earlier this year crashed out at 70 – but she’s an odd fit with these guys.  The song is a “going out to party on pay day” number, and it’s not great.  It’s going for funky but the vibe is closer to Saturday Night Takeaway.  A bit too clean, maybe.

And that’s it for new entries.  This week’s climbers:

  • “Happier” by Marshmello featuring Bastille climbs 6-5.  That’s Marshmello’s third top five hit, and Bastille’s fourth.
  • “In My Mind” by Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino climbs 14-8.
  • “Electricity” by Silk City featuring Dua Lipa climbs 15-10.  Her sixth top ten hit.
  • “Rap Devil” by Machine Gun Kelly climbs 31-15, which I didn’t see coming.  Eminem’s rebuttal “Killshot” has also been given a full release, but his three-song quota is already maxed out by “Lucky You” at 7, “Fall” at 13, and “Ringer” at 17.  If it wasn’t for the three-song rule, “Killshot” would apparently have been number 21.
  • “Don’t Leave Me Alone” by David Guetta featuring Anne-Marie climbs 23-18.  The other David Guetta single of the moment.
  • “High Hopes” by Panic at The Disco climbs 22-20, finally giving them a second top twenty hit after a ten year gap.  This is in its ninth week on the top 40 and still climbing.
  • “Be Alright” by Dean Lewis climbs 27-22.
  • “Thunderclouds” by LSD climbs 24-23.
  • “Lost Without You” by Freya Ridings climbs 26-25.
  • “Beautiful” by Bazzi featuring Camila Cabello climbs 37-36.

On the album chart, “Kamikaze” by Eminem is number one for a third week.  And to make up for the quiet singles chart, we have a deluge of new albums.

2.  Paul Weller – “True Meanings”

That’s a fairly standard position for a Paul Weller solo album – he was last at number 2 in 2015.  It’s an entire album of folky, acoustic songs.

8.  Pale Waves – “My Mind Makes Noises”

80s-throwback indie pop.  It’s their debut album.  The single above is pleasing but wears its influences very much in plain sight.  Number 9 is the David Guetta album already mentioned, and…

10.  Jungle – “For Ever”

They’re a soul band, and this is a belated follow-up to their Mercury-nominated debut from 2014.

11.  Aphex Twin – “Collapse”

Officially this is a five-track EP, but it ticks the boxes to qualify for the album chart.  As you can tell from the track above, it’s very much a return to the signature Aphex Twin mix of ambient and glitchtronica.  The video above certain captures the Aphex Twin sound in visual form, which is why it carries a strobe warning.

12.  Orbital – “Monsters Exist”

Their first album in six years – they broke up and re-formed last year – and their highest placing since “The Altogether” back in 2001.  The video above is fantastic.

16.  Carrie Underwood – “Cry Pretty”

She’s a big name in country.  This is her sixth album and the third to chart in the UK (though those three all made the top 20).

18.  Richard Thompson – “13 Rivers”

Slightly higher than his last studio album.  This is his eighteenth solo album.

19.  6lack – “East Atlanta Love Letter”

This is his second album, but his debut “Free 6lack” didn’t chart in this country.  It’s very moody.

21.  Jean Michel Jarre – “Planet Jarre”

A 41-track compilation album!  So let’s go with his biggest UK hit single, “Oxygene, Part 4”, which reached number 4 in 1977.  And that “Part IV” is important – the compilation includes parts 1, 19, 20, 8, 4, and 2, in that order.  (The Orb’s “Toxygene” was ostensibly a remix of Part 8, which was rejected for bearing no resemblance to the original.)

26.  Low – “Double Negative”

It’s their twelfth album, only their second to chart in the UK.  They’ve developed a late-period interest in experimental electronica to broaden their sonic palette, to great effect.  (The album contains tracks a lot odder than the one above – just look at the opener.  And no, that’s not a bit of scene-setting noise playing at the start of the video.  That’s the song.)

30.  Ghetts – “Ghetto Gospel – The New Testament”

Follow-up to 2014 “Rebel With a Cause”, which made 23.

31.  Good Charlotte – “Generation RX”

This week’s entry in the “are they still going” file.  And they are, though they did split up for a few years after 2011.

33.  Tony Bennett & Diana Krall – “Love is Here to Stay”

It’s an album of Gershwin covers.  With this album, Tony Bennett beats his own record for the oldest man to chart with an original studio album, that being how time and numbers work.  The record is likely to stand for quite some time; Bennett is 92.

Bring on the comments

  1. K says:

    Jarre has been more active than he’s been in over a decade – right on the tail of that compilation comes another album announced for this year, which would be his fourth album in four years. All this on top of a world tour that spanned the last two years and releasing mini documentaries and archival footage on Youtube.

    This goes way beyond paying the bills and starts to look like putting your legacy in order.

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