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Charts – 26 April 2019

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2019 by Paul in Music

More of an albums week, I think…

1.  Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road”

Two weeks at number one, with a weekly streaming figure above ten million.  That’s impressive.  And now a string of climbers, so deep breath:  “Piece of Your Heart” by Meduza featuring Goodboys climbs 4-2, and “SOS” by Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc climbs 12-6 to become Avicii’s tenth top 10 hit.  “Here With Me” by Marshmello featuring Chvrches edges 10-9, and “So Am I” by Ava Max moves 14-13.  And  “All Day and Night” by Jax Jones & Martin Solveig featuring Madison Beer moves 22-14.

23.  Jonas Blue featuring Theresa Rex – “What I Like About You”

Yeesh, the video does that no favours.  The song itself is serviceable pop with a decent hook – it’s Jonas Blue – but there’s some seriously clumsy stuff in that video, and it’s really not the song to do the dramatic opening monologue with.  Especially if you’re going to write it that badly.  Theresa Rex is from Denmark; this is her first chart credit, but she was the singer on Martin Jensen’s “Solo Dance”, which reached number 7 in 2017.

24.  Lil Dicky – “Earth”

So you can score Lil Dicky off the list of true one hit wonders.  Last year’s novelty number one “Freaky Friday” is joined by a second hit, released in advance of Earth Day, and with profits going to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.  The video above is over seven minutes long and about three minutes in you will start thinking “Ah, this must be the intro that is building to something.”  It isn’t.  The whole thing is like that.

“Pretty Shining People” by George Ezra climbs 34-25.

27.  Digga D – “No Diet”

This week’s UK rap debut comes from Rhys Herbert, who you might recall from those stories a year or so back about the police calling for violent drill videos to be removed from YouTube.  The title relates to the excellent quality of his Coke.

39.  Kygo & Rita Ora – “Carry On”

From the soundtrack to Detective Pikachu, though it’s strong enough to have been released anyway.  Kygo hasn’t been in the top 40 since “First Time” reached number 34 around 2 years ago (despite releasing several singles since).

Over on the album chart, “When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go” by Billie Eilish returns to number 1 for a third week.

3.  Loyle Carner – “Not Waving But Drowning”

The follow-up to 2017’s album “Yesterday’s Gone”, which reached number 14 and got nominated for the Mercury Prize.  The single above is worth a play.  It also features a guy called Rebel Kleff, which is clearly a fabulous name.

8.  The Rolling Stones – “Honk”

A 36-track compilation covering 1971 to date.  It’s their 21st top ten album.  Let’s go with the opening track “Start Me Up”, which got to number 7 in 1981 and wound up being licensed to Microsoft.

10.  Jade Bird – “Jade Bird”

Singer-songwriter debut album.  Radio 1 were pushing the single above quite hard for a while, but nothing came of it, at least on the singles chart.  It’s a good song, though.

15.  Showaddywaddy – “Gold”

Showaddywaddy were 50s revivalists from the 1970s, with their last hit single coming in 1982.  Apparently they’re still privately releasing new material, but they haven’t placed an album in the top 40 since another compilation back in 1981.  Other compilations have been released since then, so why they’re suddenly getting a top 40 album is a difficult to fathom; are there really that many people who were holding back for the band’s 45th anniversary?

“Under the Moon of Love” was their sole number one, managing three weeks in the run-up to Christmas 1976.

17.  Fat White Family – “Serfs Up”

They’re from London and this is their third album, but the first to chart.  The video above is directed by Roisin Murphy, and it’s quite something.

25.  Beyonce – “Homecoming – The Live Album”

Self-explanatory live album, which unusually debuted at 88 last week and now climbs into the chart proper.  Meanwhile, her 2016 album “Lemonade” returns from a stint in Tidal-exclusive purgatory to appear on other streaming services, and duly re-enters at 11.

29.  Bananarama – “In Stereo”

Finally, Bananarama have a new album out for the first time in ten years.  Or at least, two of the original three do – specifically, Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward.  The other founder, Siobhan Fahey, isn’t on the album, but she did do the reunion tour in 2017.  They had a decent run in the 80s, but never actually got above number three on the singles charts – three times, with the quite good “Robert De Niro’s Waiting” in 1984, the uber-80s “Love in the First Degree” in 1987 (boy, time has not been kind to that arrangement), and the Comic Relief version of “Help!” in 1989 (the one with Lananeeneenoonoo).

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