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Charts – 19 October 2018

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2018 by Paul in Music

Boy, there’s not much of interest going on here…

1.  Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – “Promises”

Oh, this again?  “Promises” returns to number one for a sixth week after what turns out to have been a brief interruption by Dave’s “Funky Friday”.  That track slips to 2.  It’s fairly  close – the equivalent of 1,026 sales.

5.  Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj – “Woman Like Me”

This is the lead single from the fifth Little Mix album, due out next month.  It’s a song originally written by Jess Glynne and Ed Sheeran for her album (of which more later), and which didn’t make the cut.  The production saves it, since the song itself seems desperately familiar to me.

11.  Kodak Black featuring Travis Scott & Offset – “Zeze”

Kodak Black’s first top 40 hit, though he was being referenced in Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” last year.  It’s not a nonsense title; a zeze is a musical instrument, and there’s one on the track.  It might also be some sort of swipe at 6ix9ine, who’s released tracks called “Keke”, “Bebe” and “Fefe”.  This is a bit of a rush release, apparently recorded after Kodak Black was released from prison in August.

13.  Bad Bunny featuring Drake – “Mia”

If you count guest appearances, this is Drake’s twelfth appearance on the top 40 this year, and it’s still only mid October.  This week he gives the rub to Bad Bunny, a Puerto Rican rapper who also appeared on Cardi B’s “I Like It” earlier this year – that made the top 10.  The track is entirely in Spanish; in a literal translation, it reads like possessive boyfriend stuff.  (“Tell them you’re mine” etc.)

24.  Jess Glynne – “Thursday”

From her second album “Always In Between”, which enters the album chart at number 1 this week. It’s the track you stick on YouTube to show there’s some range to the album, I guess.  Both Jess Glynne’s albums have gone to number one, and she’s had eleven top ten hits in four years.

40.  Cadet & Deno Driz – “Advice”

This week’s UK rap debut.  It’s an Instagram freestyle worked up into a proper track.  I like the way their voices work together.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Shallow” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper climbs 6-4.  That overtakes “Applause” (which reached number 5), so it’s now Lady Gaga’s highest chart place since “Born This Way” back in 2011.  The other two soundtrack album singles also climb, with “Always Remember Us This Way” going 39-31, and “I’ll Never Love Again” from 35-34.
  • “Just Got Paid” by Sigala x Ella Eyre x Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana climbs 15-14.
  • “Back & Forth” by MK x Jonas Blue x Becky Hill climbs 21-17.
  • “No Stylist” by French Montana featuring Drake climbs 29-19.
  • “Taki Taki” by DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Cardi B & Ozuna climbs 33-21.

Over on the album chart, Jess Glynne is number one (as already mentioned), and it’s a quiet week at the top end of the chart…

7.  Rick Wakeman – “Piano Odyssey”

His second album of piano covers, this time with songs by the likes of Queen and the Beatles.  There are no proper videos for this on YouTube, although there is a brief clip of an interview where Simon Mayo asks him about song length.

13.  Elvis Costello & The Imposters – “Look Now”

An album of songs from abandoned stage projects.  It’s been five years since Costello’s last studio album, and ten since the last one with the Imposters.  Number 14 is very high for an Elvis Costello album these days – he hasn’t been this high since 1994’s “Brutal Youth”.

16.  Quavo – “Quavo Huncho”

His debut solo album, though of course he’s a member of Migos, and they’ve had a couple of top twenty albums.  The reviews for this seem to be pretty middling.

17.  John Grant – “Love is Magic”

US indie songwriter – his 2015 album made the top ten, but it looks like that was an anomaly.  The video for the title track features “a beautiful snapshot of unconditional love”, i.e. dog training.

18.  Ella Mai – “Ella Mai”

She’s signed to DJ Mustard’s label, and two pre-album singles both just missed the top 40, which must be frustrating.

19.  David Bowie – “Loving the Alien (1983-1988)”

It’s an 11 CD (!) box set for the completists. The title track, above, reached number 19 in 1985.

21.  Primal Scream – “Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Sessions”

As opposed to the, er, original version of the album, which reached number 2 in 1994.

24.  Kurt Vile – “Bottle It In”

Finally for this week, this is pretty much where the last Kurt Vile solo album landed in 2015 (one place higher, actually, so it’s marginally his highest placing album).  The track above is nearly ten minutes long, but it’s probably my favourite thing on this post.

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