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Charts – 16 November 2018

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2018 by Paul in Music

Busy, busy week.  Let’s get to it.

1.  Ariana Grande – “Thank U Next” 

Two weeks, and it’s the first time Ariana Grande has managed that.  This is doing huge business on streaming – 9.76 million in a week, a record for the year – for a chart score more than double the number two single, “Shallow”.  So it’s probably going to be here for a while.  It’s a little unexpected, since even after cementing her celebrity status, Ariana Grande has been more of a top ten level artist (her last number one was four years ago).

We have to go some way down to hit the first new entry…

17.  Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – “1999”

This has spent five weeks floating around outside the top 40 before finally taking off.  Charli XCX remains very much the nearly woman of British pop, acclaimed by a certain breed of pop fan but never quite getting the hits, except for a brief period in 2015 when she was regularly making the top 10.  The video’s quite fun in a 10 Things Everyone Remembers About The Nineties sort of way.

It’s the biggest hit to date for her guest Troye Sivan, which isn’t saying much; his other chart appearances were a Martin Garrix single that spent a week at number 40, and his own “My My My!”, which got to 38.

19.  Cheryl – “Love Made Me Do It”

The lead single from her fifth album, which comes four years after the last one.  Former Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts (the one whose solo singles were quite interesting) has a co-writing credit on this, but then so do six other people, including Natasha Bedingfield.  Cheryl’s last single “I Don’t Care” was a number 1 in 2014, but it’s a different market now, and a number 19 first-week debut isn’t so bad.  The single itself is surprisingly good, and deserves to hang around for a bit.

23.  XXXTentacion – “Bad”

The mere fact of having died isn’t preventing XXXTentacion from churning out the posthumous hits.  “Arms Around You” is still on the chart at number 19, and here comes another one.  It’s the lead single from “Skins”, the album he was working on when he died, which is reportedly a mere twenty minutes long.  In line with that, “Bad” clocks in at 95 seconds.  Mind you, XXXTentacion always did subscribe to the view that if you want to hear a second verse, you’ve got a perfectly serviceable replay button to hand.

25.  Fredo – “BMT”

Coming off his appearance on Dave’s number one “Freaky Friday” a few weeks ago, this is Fredo’s first hit as a lead artist.  “BMT” stands for “big man ting”, so you know the territory we’re in here.

32.  Ava Max – “Sweet But Psycho”

This was a number one in Sweden and Norway (though Ava Max herself is from Wisconsin), so of course it’s synthpop.  My initial reaction was that it was disappointingly bland, to be honest, but it was growing on me by the end there.

This week’s climbers – and there are loads…

  • “Let You Love Me” by Rita Ora climbs 5-4.
  • “Without Me” by Halsey climbs 9-6.
  • “Just Got Paid” by Sigala, Ella Eyre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana finally edges up to 11, after five weeks hovering between 12 and 15.
  • “Back & Forth” by MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill climbs 14-12.
  • “Polaroid” by Jonas Blue featuring Liam Payne & Lennon Stella climbs 16-13.
  • “Ruin My Life” by Zara Larsson climbs 22-14.
  • “Taki Taki” by DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Cardi B & Ozuna climbs 17-15.
  • “Better” by Khalid climbs 24-16.
  • “Empty Space” by James Arthur climbs 27-22.
  • “Goodbye” by Jason Derulo xDavid Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William climbs 31-26.
  • “When the Party’s Over” by Billie Eilish rebounds from 39 to a new peak of 29.  Unusually, the parent album “Don’t Smile At Me”, which came out back in July, finally enters the album top 40 this week at number 37 – this occasionally happens when a single takes off long after release, but it’s rare.
  • “A Million Dreams” by Pink climbs 37-36.

On the album chart:

1.  Muse – “Simulation Theory”

Muse’s sixth number one album – they’d have a clean streak going back to 2003 if it wasn’t for a live album in 2013, and “Haarp” reaching number 2 in 2008.  (It was beaten by Duffy’s “Rockferry”.)  The track above starts off a bit Kraftwerk, but winds up every bit as modestly understated as you’d expect from a Muse single.

2.  Olly Murs – “You Know I Know”

Breaking a four-album streak of number ones.  Unfortunate timing there.  The single is from the soundtrack of the new Johnny English film, and it features Snoop Dogg, though even he draws the line at showing up for the video.

4.  The Beatles – “The Beatles”

Better known as the White Album, of course, but this is the 50th anniversary box set re-release.  Originally a number one for 8 weeks at the turn of 1968/9.  (Er, probably.  They didn’t actually calculate a chart for the week after Christmas in those days, so the official chart records just treat the missing week as an entire chart of non-movers.  But in this case, seems a safe bet, since it was number one either side.)

7.  Aled Jones & Russell Watson – “In Harmony”

Two tenors familiar to the Classic FM audience, with an album of duets for Christmas.  The video above is obvious for Remembrance Day (complete with the fabulous facial expressions of lipsynching Aled Jones which I’ve enjoyed so much in his previous videos – see from about 1:13 onwards when they get to the close-ups), but the album itself isn’t so themed.

9.  Imagine Dragons – “Origins”

They’ve never had an album miss the top three before, so this is a slip.  But then none of the singles made the top 40 this time round – the closest was “Natural”, which got to 54.  The track above is also on the soundtrack of Ralph Breaks The Internet.

15.  The D-Day Darlings – “I’ll Remember You”

This lot came seventh in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.  They do straight covers of patriotic songs from World War II and apparently they’ve been going for twelve years.  It’s… kind of weird, to be honest.

18.  Architects – “Holy Hell”

Their third album to chart, all three of which have landed between 15 and 18.  If the title of this album and the fact that they’re on Epitaph isn’t enough of a clue as to the genre, their previous album was called “All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us”.  And he’ll hurt his throat singing like that.

19.  Lil Peep – “Come Over When You’re Sober – Part 2”

Part 1 only got to number 71, so somebody’s career has taken a turn for the better in the last year.  The lead single was “Falling Down”, the track with XXXTentacion that got to number 10.

25.  The Spice Girls – “Greatest Hits”

A re-entry apparently prompted simply by the announcement of their stadium reunion tour (minus Victoria Beckham, but evidently audiences feel they can get by).

26.  Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – “The Capitol Studios Sessions”

It’s an album of jazz covers.  Jeff Goldblum has a weekly residency with this band in Los Angeles.  He’s not singing, he’s just playing the piano in the band; they have guests for the vocals.

31.  Trippie Redd – “A Love Letter To You 3”

Officially a mixtape rather than a proper album, which is presumably why it’s at number 31 when his last album proper got to number 19.

“Blue” by Jonas Blue enters at 33; the current single is “Polaroid” at 16.

36.  Yxng Bane – “HBK”

Yes, it’s a Shawn Michaels reference.  This is a mixtape, and his first appearance on the album chart; a properly promoted single undoubtedly would have charted, but they didn’t do one.

And finally, number 37 is the Billie Eilish album “Don’t Smile At Me”, which I mentioned already.

Bring on the comments

  1. LiamKav says:

    ““BMT” stands for “big man ting”, so you know the territory we’re in here.”

    The lesser known prequel to “Giant-size Man-Ting”, I assume.

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