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Charts – 12 April 2019

Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2019 by Paul in Music

This is going to be here forever, isn’t it?

1.  Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”

That’s seven weeks, and more to the point, it’s still gaining both sales and streams.  Seven weeks overtakes “Thank U Next”, so the next marker is the eight-week run of Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss” just under a year ago.  The previous single “Grace” rebounds to 27 this week; it’s been hovering between 21 and 30 for nine weeks now.

Rather more interesting for our purposes is “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, which leaps 39-2 as it seems to have gone suddenly viral in the UK.  The remix with added Billy Ray Cyrus has undoubtedly got it a bit of attention, but it’s not as if he’s some sort of reliable chart presence in the UK – he hasn’t had a top 40 hit since the follow-up to “Achy Breaky Heart” back in 1992.  And technically he still hasn’t, because the remix hasn’t been nominated as the lead version, so the official chart credit still goes just to Lil Nas X.

5.  Meduza featuring Goodboys – “Piece of Your Heart”

Climbing from 10, and it’s got a video now.  Nothing out of the ordinary, but very nicely shot.

We’ll come back to number 9.

11.  Marshmello featuring Chvrches – “Here With Me”

Climbing 15-11, and we’ve had this one before.  But it’s now on to its third video, following the Spotify vertical video and the “alternative video” (which was just a landscape edit of the Spotify video).  This “proper” video is, erm, well-intentioned.  It’s evidently intended as a heart-warming tribute to the courage of firefighters and their families, and fair enough, but the execution is appallingly on-the-nose and mawkish.  If ever a Marshmello video actually cried out for a cameo by a bloke with a bucket on his head, this is the one.

“So Am I” by Ava Max climbs 20-16, and “Your Mrs” by Jay1 edges from 19 to 18.  “Monopoly” by Ariana Grande & Victoria Monet predictably climbs from 40, but only as far as 23.

32.  Khalid – “My Bad”

Right, I said I’d come back to number 9.  It’s “Talk” by Khalid, climbing from 16, and now reaching his highest ever position as a lead artist.  (As a guest, he’s been higher with both Benny Blanco and Marshmello.)  The release of parent album “Free Spirit” seems to have pushed it over the top; it enters the album chart at number two.  Officially this is his second studio album, the first being “American Teen”, which came out in 2017 and just missed the top 40.  But that involves classing last year’s “Suncity” (which got to 20) as an EP.  And it also spawns this secondary hit on the back of album streams.  A third track, “Outta My Head”, just misses the top 40.

33.  Blackpink – “Kill This Love”

This is the Korean girl band who appeared on a record with Dua Lipa last year (which couldn’t get above 36).  Now they have a hit single of their own, confusingly taken from an EP of the same name which charts in its own right to land at 40 on the album chart.  The video – which includes English language subtitles – is every bit as unrestrained as you would hope.

36.  Alec Benjamin – “Let Me Down Slowly”

Making his first appearance on the singles chart, Alec Benjamin is a songwriter from Arizona.  This track has only reached number 79 in America, but it’s done well for him throughout Europe.  Although Benjamin gets the sole chart credit, there’s also a version featuring Alessia Cara, who had a couple of top ten hits with Zedd and Logic in 2017, but hasn’t been heard from since.

39.  The Jonas Brothers – “Cool”

A rapid follow-up to “Sucker”, which falls to number 7 this week.  That’s Miami in the video, and since they’re playing the 80s card heavily, I guess someone’s thinking Miami Vice.   Kind of?  Anyway, “Sucker” was better, but this is pleasant enough.

Over on the album chart, “When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go” by Billie Eilish gets a second week at number one, while Khalid’s “Free Spirit” enters at 2.

7.  Mike & The Mechanics – “Out of the Blue”

It’s one of those albums with a scattering of original material plus a load of cover versions of the back catalogue.  Nonetheless, it’s the highest position for a Mike & The Mechanics studio album since “The Living Years” (which reached number 2 in 1988) – there’s also a greatest hits album which got higher than this in 1996.

10.  Circa Waves – “What’s It Like Over There”

Circa Waves are remarkably consistent on the album chart – all three of their albums have reached either 10 or 11.  The single’s a rather enjoyable piano stomper, though I can’t shake the feeling that it reminds me of something else.

22.  Idlewild – “Interview Music”

And finally for this week – well, apart from that Blackpink EP at number 40, but we’ve covered that – Idlewild’s eighth album, four years after the last one.  Looks like they’re back to doing off-kilter guitar pop.

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