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Charts – 26 October 2018

Posted on Saturday, October 27, 2018 by Paul in Music

Now here’s something I didn’t expect to see in 2018.

1.  Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”

Yes, it’s the fifth Lady Gaga number one!  The other four were “Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, “Bad Romance”, and “Telephone” – all of which were reached number one during her imperial phase of 2009/10.  So it’s been eight years, and until the A Star Is Born soundtrack came along, it was frankly looking as if the hits had dried up and it was off to Vegas/album-chart purgatory with her.  Her career bodyswerve with the move into acting has worked wonders.

“Shallow” entered at 13 at the start of the month.  It’s a marginal number one – the equivalent of around 1,200 sales over Calvin Harris & Sam Smith, and in a fairly slow week at that – but perhaps it has the momentum to stick around.  It’s only at number 5 on the streaming chart right now, but it’s climbing.  It’s also the first number one for Bradley Cooper, but he doesn’t go straight on to the one-hit wonder list, because the duo are also credited on “I’ll Never Love Again”, the other soundtrack single.  It climbs to 27 this week.  The third soundtrack single, “Always Remember Us This Way”, credited to Lady Gaga alone, climbs 31-25.  And the soundtrack album is still at number one on the album charts.

7.  Post Malone featuring Swae Lee – “Sunflower”

This is the lead single from the soundtrack of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, so forget the song and gaze at the video.  This thing looks gorgeous.  It’s Post Malone’s fourth top ten hit this year, and it’s pleasantly meandering.  Swae Lee’s only previous hit was a guest appearance on French Montana’s “Unforgettable”, which reached number 2 last year.

31.  Zara Larsson – “Ruin My Life”

This is the lead single from Larsson’s next album, and it’s the first time we’ve seen her on the chart since she sang on Clean Bandit’s number one “Symphony” in spring last year.  Her last hit as a lead artist was “I Would Like”, which reached number 2 back at Christmas 2016.  I’m not sure quite what to make of this; I think it’s going for desperation but it feels a bit too arch.

35.  D-Block Europe (Young Adz, Lil Pino & Dirtbike LB) – “Nassty”

Another one for the annals of unusual credits: D-Block Europe are a collective, so they’re telling us which ones are actually on this track.  Other acts of this sort haven’t always felt the need; So Solid Crew had thirty members at one point but just used the collective credit.  The track is nothing to write home about; the video is from the ever-popular “we have hired a car” sub-genre.

36.  Dua Lipa & Blackpink – “Kiss and Make Up”

Dua Lipa is also on the Silk City single “Electricity”, currently at number 9, but here’s an entirely different collaboration, with the Korean girl band Blackpink.  It’s from the second disc in the “Complete Edition” re-issue of her self-titled album, which is the usual miscellany plus a couple of new tracks.  Since the chart doesn’t distinguish between editions, the album duly “re-enters” the chart at number 9 this week.

But this also looks like a soft launch for another K-Pop act; are the Korean labels setting their sights on the UK market in a more focussed way?  Blackpink’s previous chart peak in the UK was in June, when “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” reached number 78 – still enough to make them the first Korean girl band to register on the top 100.  The video is great, plus you get to find out how to pronounce “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”.

39.  Rak-Su – “I Want You To Freak”

Last year’s X-Factor winners, whose (unusually self-penned) coronation single “Dimelo” reached number 2.  Number 39 is… well, not number 2.  Sure, this is 2018 and tracks do climb from the lower reaches.  But this has been out for four weeks, and it got its obligatory X Factor primetime performance last week, so number 39 is disappointing.  The TV promotion does prompt a 33-15 jump on the sales chart, but that’s only going to help so much when the track is languishing at 97 on the streaming chart.

The track is, obviously, based on “Freak Like Me”, which reached number 33 for Adina Howard in 1995, and number 12 for Tru Faith & Dub Conspiracy in 2000, before the Sugababes’ version (the one with the Gary Numan mash-up) became the one that everyone in Britain knows, reaching number 1 in 2002.

40.  Khalid featuring Empress Of – “Suncity”

Yes, just “Empress Of” – she’s a singer from Los Angeles.  But never mind that; this is the title track from Khalid’s EP “Suncity”, which just about scrapes into qualifying for the album chart at 21 minutes, and lands at number 20.  Khalid’s other current single, “Better” climbs 22-18, and a third single from the EP, “Saturday Nights”, is down at 69.  He’s also on Benny Blanco’s “Eastside”, still hanging around at 17, but that’s just a featured artist credit, and so it doesn’t count towards the three song cap.

This week’s other climbers:

  • “Zeze” by Kodak Black featuring Travis Scott and Offset climbs 11-8, which is a new peak for Travis Scott – his previous best was “Sicko Mode”, which made 9 earlier in the year.
  • “Just Got Paid” by Sigala x Ella Eyre x Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana climbs 14-12.
  • “Back & Forth” by MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill climbs 17-16.
  • “Thursday” by Jess Glynne climbs 24-23.
  • “Advice” by Cadet & Deno Driz climbs 40-37.

Over on the album chart, The Star Is Born soundtrack is number 1, with good old The Greatest Showman at 2.  We’re really back to the fifties, when it was musical soundtracks that dominated the album chart.  Further down…

4.  Richard Ashcroft – “Natural Rebel”

Proving that he moves with the times, Richard Ashcroft is here to show us that it’s not just your young rapper fellows who can hire a car and stand next to it in a very inexpensive video!  Richard Ashcroft can do it too!  All of Richard Ashcroft’s solo albums have made the top 5, unless you count 2010’s “United Nations of Sound”, credited to “RPA & The United Nations of Sound”, which only made number 20 – presumably because nobody realised it was by him.

5.  Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody – OST”

The soundtrack album to the poorly reviewed biopic, consisting of a bunch of Queen singles and some live tracks, some of them previously unreleased.  And Brian May and Roger Taylor playing the 20th Century Fox fanfare, because why not?

7.  Disturbed – “Evolution”

That matches their previous best, from their 2010 album “Asylum”.

11.  The Overtones – “The Overtones”

Easy listening vocal harmony group, now on their sixth album.  They’re self-releasing now, after four albums on Warner Music, and it doesn’t seem to have done them any harm.

12.  Greta Van Fleet – “Anthem of the Peaceful Army”

Not a solo artist, but a blues rock band.  Gretna (sic) Van Fleet was apparently just somebody who lived in their home town, and who has approved the use of her name.  It’s their debut album.

We’ve already mentioned “Suncity” by Khalid at number 20.

23.  Future & Juice WRLD – “WRLD on Drugs”

No, it doesn’t include Juice WRLD’s single “Lucid Dreams”.  This is a collaborative mixtape, and Juice WRLD’s first appearance on the album chart; Future has placed albums at this level before.

38.  Bryn Terfel – “Dreams and Songs”

He’s an opera singer, and this is an album of mostly standard covers – “Amazing Grace”, stuff from Fiddler on the Roof, you know.  Curiously, the track they’ve chosen to put on YouTube in full is a duet with Rob Brydon on “The Golf Song (Golfer’s Lament)”.  This turns out to be the theme tune to the TV show “Let’s Play Golf”, written by Albert Hay Malotte (1895-1964).

40.  REM – “At The BBC”

Exactly what it sounds like: a collection of REM session tracks for the BBC.  So here’s a live version of “Orange Crush”.

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