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Charts – 9 August 2019

Posted on Saturday, August 10, 2019 by Paul in Music

We’ve… seen busier charts, I’ll be honest.  Still, there are a couple of big new releases.

1.  Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Senorita”

Fourth (non-consecutive) week at number one.  It still has a week to go to match “Havana” as Cabello’s longest-running number one.

4.  Ariana Grande & Social House – “Boyfriend”

That’s surprisingly low for a new Ariana Grade single, isn’t it?  Possibly because it isn’t really an Ariana Grande single – although she gets equal billing on the single release, it’s actually a guest spot on a track from Social House’s EP “Everything Changed…”  Social House are a duo from Pittsburgh who’ve worked with her before – they produced both “7 Rings” and “Thank U, Next”.  Clearly this is an attempt to help launch them under their own name.  They’ve released singles before, but with virtually zero impact – the discography section of their Wikipedia entry lists their greatest chart achievement as getting “Magic in the Hamptons” to number 91 in Canada.  So they’re getting quite the rub here from an A-list artist.

This was number one in the midweeks before tailing off, but the song is decent enough, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it climb once the more casual Ariana Grande audience have a chance to hear it.

“3 Nights” by Dominic Fike climbs 8-6…

8.  Aitch – “Taste (Make it Shake)”

Aitch is a rapper from Manchester; he’s appeared as a guest on two other singles this year, including “Strike A Pose” by Young T & Bugsey, which climbs 20-18.  (It previously peaked at 19 three weeks ago, and it’s been hovering in the top 30 for nine weeks now.)  This is his first hit as the lead artist, and his first appearance of any sort in the top 10.  It’s good, this.  Worth a play.

“Higher Love” by Kygo & Whitney Houston climbs another place to 9.  “Sorry” by Joel Corry climbs 21-19.  And then we’re all the way down to…

36.  Jax Jones & Bebe Rexha – “Harder”

This has been hovering just outside the top 40 for a few weeks now.  It’s a polished but generic 2019 pop song, but it probably deserves a bit better than this.

39.  Dermot Kennedy – “Outnumbered”

Dermot Kennedy is an Irish singer who’s best known internationally for his single “Power Over Me”, which did alright in the US last year.  Not in the UK, though, where it sank without trace.  This is his first appearance of any sort on the UK chart, bolstered by signing to a major label.  It’s all very emotive.

On the album chart, “No 6 Collaborations Project” by Ed Sheeran spends its fourth week at number 1.  The higher new entry is “High Expectations” by Mabel at number 3, a big improvement on last year’s mixtape “Ivy to Roses”, which only got to 28.   The singles “Mad Love” and “Don’t Call Me Up” both made the top ten.

4.  Drake – “Care Package”

It’s a rarities compilation of mostly-promotional tracks from 2010-2016.  Since some of these tracks have had videos on YouTube for years, like the one above, I use the term “rarities” very loosely.

7.  Volbeat – “Rewind Replay Rebound”

The Danish trad rock band, not the Pokemon.  Their second album to chart, the first to make the top 10.

34.  Karine Polwart – “Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook”

Karine Polwart is a folk singer who’s been active for over a decade, and placed a few albums in the lower reaches, but this is her first appearance on the albums top 40.  As the name suggests, it’s a covers album of songs by Scottish acts.  The track above is a rather good version of the Waterboys’ “Whole of the Moon”.

39.  Lil Durk – “Love Songs 4 The Streets 2”

And finally, Chicago rapper Lil Durk gets his first UK chart appearance – just.

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