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Charts – 30 August 2019

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2019 by Paul in Music

This is getting repetitive.

1.  Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy – “Take Me Back To London”

So, since May, the number 1 position has gone like this: Stormzy’s “Vossi Bop” (2 weeks), Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” (8 weeks), Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Senorita” (1 week), Ed Sheeran’s “Beautiful People” (1 week), “Senorita” again (5 weeks) and now Ed Sheeran & Stormzy (1 week and counting). Woo. In fact, we’ve had only ten different acts at number one all year – and that’s counting Mendes and Cabello separately, plus including Khalid for his featured appearance on “Beautiful People”. It’s a slow year, dominated in the second half by Ed Sheeran (and in the first by Ariana Grande).

“Senorita” was bound to drop off the top this week, because it reached ten weeks on sale and got hit with the downweighting rule for older records that have passed their peak. The awkward result is that it plunges to 11. But “Take Me Back to London” isn’t just a number 1 by default; having already reached number 3 in the week of album release, it’s now been promoted to a single status with a remix – a tactic more often seen with the likes of Little Mix than Ed Sheeran. The result is that it climbs from 11-1 (which means the number 1 and 11 singles have swapped placed, and that’s surely a first).

I thought it was fairly middling in its original form – not awful, but not the best work of either Sheeran or guest Stormzy. This version adds rappers Jayake and Aitch (who also has other hits on the chart at the moment), but it’s not officially designated as the lead version, and so they don’t get a chart listing. Neither of them are actually from London, by the way. Aitch’s verse is the best bit of the single.

“Higher Love” by Kygo & Whitney Houston climbs 4-2, to match the peak of “My Love is Your Love” in 1999. It’s now Houston’s joint biggest hit since 1992, when “I Will Always Love You” became her final number one. “Sorry” by Joel Corry climbs 10-7, and “Strike a Pose” by Young T & Bugsey featuring Aitch moves 14-12.

14. Taylor Swift – “Lover”
18. Taylor Swift – “The Man”
24. Taylor Swift – “Cruel Summer”

Taylor Swift’s new album “The Lover” predictably enters at number 1, becoming her fourth straight number one album in a run stretching back to 2012. None of those albums managed more than a week at number one, but they did all get there. Also predictably, she gets her maximum of three tracks on the singles chart, though perhaps a little lower than I might have guessed. The title track, which was already a single, climbs 23-14. “The Man” is a pretty good electropop song of the “if I was a man then I wouldn’t be held back and judged and etc etc” variety, although you do wonder if it’s a song better suited to somebody a bit further down the celebrity pecking order. “Cruel Summer” is less notable, and no, it’s not a cover of the Bananarama song.

Headie One’s “Both” climbs 22-18 on the release of his album “Music X Road”, which enters the album chart at 5; two previous mixtapes made the lower end of the top 40 but evidently this “debut album” is seen as something different. “Harder” by Jax Jones & Bebe Rexha climbs 25-24, and “Post Malone” by Sam Feldt featuring Rani climbs 34-26. “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo finally makes it up to number 31 in its 8th week on the top 40 (and its 18th week on release).

33. Lauv & Anne-Marie – “F**k I’m Lonely”

The follow-up to Lauv’s debut hit “I’m So Tired”, which reached number 8 in the spring. It’s not quite as grating as the title might suggest.

40. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

“Tones & I” is Toni Watson, and she’s Australian. This is the current number one down there. At first listen this sounds like it’s going to be a novelty record, but it’s not, and it’s growing on me. Though her voice is an acquired taste.

On the album chart… well, I’ve already covered Taylor Swift at number 1 and Headie 1 at number 5.

11. Brockhampton – “Ginger”

The follow-up to last year’s “Iridescence”, which reached 20. Brockhampton are a weird outfit – a thirteen member rap group who insist that they’re a boy band. They’re not, at least by any conventional definition of that term.

13.  New Model Army – “From Here”

Really? Because New Model Army have never got an album above number 20 before – and that was 1989’s “Thunder and Consolation”. And finally for this week…

35. Massive Attack – “Mezzanine”

Twenty-first anniversary re-issue of the number 1 album from 1998.

Bring on the comments

  1. K says:

    If you’re wondering why anyone would release a 21st anniversary reissue: it was supposed to be a 20th anniversary reissue but it was delayed to this year.

    Comic book scheduling problems in action in other industries?

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