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Charts – 2 November 2018

Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2018 by Paul in Music

A relative handful of new entries this week…

1.  Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow” 

Two weeks.  To be honest, it’s been a bit lucky – it’s a quiet period, and it’s managed both weeks on sales that wouldn’t normally get the job done.  On the other hand, it’s still gaining momentum, so it could still have another week in it.

14.  XXXTentacion & Lil Pump featuring Maluma & Swae Lee – “Arms Around You”

XXXTentacion seems to be turning into the new Tupac.  Except that’s probably easier in 2018, because you can take a fragment from an unfinished track and round it out with a bunch of guest stars.  “Arms Around You” started life as a collaboration with Rio Santana, whose contribution has been unceremoniously ditched.  In fact, what we have here is simply XXXTentacion’s vocals for the chorus, with the three verses supplied by Lil Pump (who’s also on “I Love It” at number 11), Maluma (a Colombian singer, making his first chart appearance), and Swae Lee (of whom more later).  It’s a passable mainstream pop song but a dubious entry in the XXXTentacion canon.

34.  Billie Eilish – “When the Party’s Over”

Her first UK hit, though a collaboration with Khalid just missed the top 40 during the summer.  It’s a slow-build ballad which stands out a mile in the chart, and the video is fantastic.  Definitely worth a play.

36.  Ellie Goulding x Diplo featuring Swae Lee – “Close To Me”

Goulding’s been away for a while – her last chart credit was for guesting on a Kygo single that reached number 34 last May, and she hasn’t had a hit of her own in a couple of years.  Presumably this is the start of the campaign for the next album.  Bit of a slow start, but it’s the first week on release, and it’s a strong single that has every chance of going further.  Swae Lee gets his second hit of the week, and Diplo, well, he’s just ubiquitous.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Woman Like Me” by Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj climbs 6-2.  That makes it Little Mix’s biggest hit since “Shout Out To My Ex” in 2016.  For Nicki Minaj, it’s her biggest hit since “Bang Bang”, with Jessie J and Ariana Grande – her only UK number one, back in 2014.  Her biggest hit as the lead artist was “Starships”, which reached number 2 in 2012.
  • “Zeze” by Kodak Black featuring Travis Scott and Offset climbs 8-7.
  • “Lose Without You” by Freya Ridings climbs 13-9 to enter the top 10.
  • “Back & Forth” by MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill climbs 16-15.
  • “Thursday” by Jess Glynne climbs 23-18.
  • “Taki Taki” by DJ Snake featuring Selenz Gomez, Cardi B and Ozuna climbs 22-20.
  • “Without Me” by Halsey climbs 26-22.
  • “Ruin My Life” by Zara Larsson climbs 31-28.
  • “Advice” by Cadet & Deno Driz climbs 37-33.

Over on the album chart…

1.  Andrea Bocelli – “Si”

Andrea Bocelli has had ten previous top 10 albums, but this is his first number one.  The Official Chart Company is claiming this as the first classical album to reach number one in twenty years, but that’s under a very broad definition of classical; the track above is a duet with Dua Lipa, and there’s an Ed Sheeran track on the album too.  In fact, that “twenty years” figure depends on you counting the Titanic soundtrack album as a classical album too.  If you prefer a stricter definition of “classical”, the last classical number one album would have been the Three Tenors concert album from 1994.

5.  Tom Odell – “Jubilee Road”

This is his third album, and the lowest charting – but the top 5 is still perfectly respectable.

12.  Boy George & Culture Club – “Life”

Culture Club, who for some reason are now crediting Boy George separately, re-formed in 2014 and tried (and failed) to record an album at the time.  A re-working of that album now finally sees the light of day.  It’s middle aged reggae, basically.

13.  Thom Yorke – “Suspiria – OST”

Exactly what it says – the soundtrack album to a remake of the horror classic Suspiria.  Thom Yorke has released two previous solo albums: “The Eraser” reached number 3 in 2006, while 2014’s “Tomorrow Modern Boxes” didn’t chart, presumably because it was released principally on Bit Torrent.

17.  The Kingdom Choir – “Stand By Me”

As seen at the Royal Wedding.  This is their first appearance on the regular album chart; the track above is a cover of Stormzy’s “Blinded By Your Grace, Part 2”.

18.  Tory Lanez – “LoVE me NOw”

His second album this year, and since the other one reached number 8, this seems a bit disappointing.

21.  Robyn – “Honey”

Pretty much exactly where Robyn’s last album landed (her collaboration with Royksopp in 2014), and actually higher than most Robyn albums have managed.

26.  Joji – “Ballads 1”

Ah, albums by ex-YouTubers.  This is the guy who brought you the Harlem Shake viral video, but it’s a proper album, albeit with middling reviews.

27.  Razorlight – “Olympus Sleeping”

Finally, Razorlight have released their first album in a decade.  It’s also their first to miss the top five.

Bring on the comments

  1. Tom Shapira says:

    her full name is apparently Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell; which is either fantastic or insufferable.

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