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Charts – 7 June 2019

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2019 by Paul in Music

You want a dull top ten?  Boy, have we got a dull top ten for you.

1.  Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”

Celebrating their fourth week at number one, Ed and Justin head up an entire top twelve of non-movers.  This has never happened before.  The previous record was a static top 8, in 2016.  If you trawl through the chart archives then you’ll find some entire charts of non-movers, but those are actually weeks when no chart was published (usually between Christmas and New Year in decades past) – the chart compiler treats those as static charts for historical purposes of counting “weeks on chart”.

13.  Katy Perry – “Never Really Over”

Katy Perry’s first hit “I Kissed A Girl” was over a decade ago, and her singles chart career has been decidedly erratic in recent years; she stopped being a consistent top ten act after 2013 (“Dark Horse” was the end of that run), but she still places in the midtable and gets a proper hit from time to time.  This seems to be one of those times.  There are nine credited songwriters on this upbeat electropop number, and only three of them are due to the sample: the backing track is recycled from “Love You Like That” by Dagny.  That would be a risky move if the song was better known, but its commercial pinnacle was number 39 in Norway two years ago.

14.  Skepta featuring J Hus – “What Do You Mean”
32.  Skepta – “Bullet From A Gun”

The album “Ignorance Is Bliss” enters at number 2, and together with “Greaze Mode” featuring Nafe Smallz, which peaked at 22 a few weeks back and rebounds to a new peak of 18, these are the three tracks permitted for the singles chart.  Number 2 matches the position of his previous album “Konnichiwa”, which must be frustrating.  The video for “Bullet from a Gun” (which is an entirely misleading title) is excellent.  “What Do You Mean”, despite being the most popular of the three, doesn’t have a video and isn’t officially a single.

15.  MoStack featuring Stormzy – “Shine Girl”

Easily MoStack’s biggest hit as the lead artist, though he was in the top 10 earlier this year on Steel Banglez’ single “Fashion Week” (still on the chart at 33).  Stormzy’s still got “Vossi Bop” in the top 5, as well, and he’s bound to be drawing some attention.  The track itself is fine, but nothing out of the ordinary.

16.  Lewis Capaldi – “Bruises”

The album “Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent” remains at number 1 for a third week.  “Bruises” is a two-year-old  Lewis Capaldi single which appears on the album, but had previously been screened out by the three-song rule.  It overtakes “Grace” this week – just – to replace it on the chart as Capaldi’s third hit.  “Someone You Loved” and “Hold Me While You Wait” are still in the top 10, at 3 and 7 respectively.

“Wish You Well” by Sigala & Becky Hill climbs 39-24.  It still doesn’t have a proper video, but here’s a live performance.  And “Falling Like the Stars” by James Arthur climbs 35-25.  That does have a video now.

31.  Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter”

Text.  This is from the album (sorry, “EP”) “She is Coming”, which enters the album chart at 18 this week.  The plan is apparently to release three six-song EPs, the others being “She is Here” and “She is Everything”, and then collect them as an album called “She is Miley Cyrus”, despite the fact that the EPs qualify as albums in their own right anyway.  I don’t really get it.  Number 18 is low for a Miley Cyrus album but, well, it’s officially not a Miley Cyrus album, is it?  “Mother’s Daughter” is one of her stronger singles, and probably deserved better than this.  Who knows, it could climb.

Over on the album chart, we’ve already mentioned Capaldi at 1 and Skepta at 2.

5.  Susan Boyle – “Ten”

Celebrating ten years since her debut album, Boyle is at least one of the happier stories to emerge from the era of reality TV.

12.  Chase & Status – “Rtrn II Jungle”

First time Chase & Status have missed the top 10 with an album this decade, and this one didn’t produce any hit singles either.  Time to start shifting into the next career phase, then.

17.  Rory Gallagher – “Blues”

Gallagher was an Irish blues guitarist; he died in 1995 after complications from a liver transplant, at the age of 47.  This is a rarities compilation of unreleased tracks and radio sessions.  His commercial peak was back in 1972, when he had his sole top ten album, but he charted fairly often throughout the seventies

We’ve had Miley Cyrus at 18, and from there, it’s all the way down to…

38.  Yonaka – “Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow”

And we round off with the debut album from this Brighton indie band.  The band name is Japanese and translates as “midnight” or “dead of night”.

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