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Charts – 6 September 2019

Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2019 by Paul in Music

How long till they start tinkering with the rules again to speed up the chart, I wonder?

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

Second week, and I imagine it’s settling in for the long haul. “Taste (Make it Shake)” by Aitch climbs 6-3 – this is easily his biggest credited hit, though he’s also on the remix version of “Take Me Back to London”, and his guest verse on Young T & Bugsey’s “Strike A Pose” climbs 12-10 this week. “Sorry” by Joel Corry climbs 7-6, and “Ransom” by Lil Tecca climbs 9-7 – the parent debut album “We Love You Tecca” enters at 15.

11. Post Malone – “Circles”

One more trailer single before the album release this week. His other single “Goodbyes” is at 14, while “Post Malone” by Sam Feldt featuring Rani – which he has nothing to do with – climbs 26-16. The vocal processing on this is just unlistenably irritating.

“Both” by Headie One climbs 18-13, and “Harder” by Jax Jones & Bebe Rexha continues to crawl 36-30-25-24-23.

25.  Regard – “Ride It”

This is a strange one, at least where the artist credit is concerned. Regard is a DJ from Kosovo – he actually seems to prefer “DJ Regard”, but evidently the record company have thought better of that. This is an entirely pleasant house track, but quite why he gets sole artist credit is a bit of a mystery, since it’s a remix of the Jay Sean song which reached number 11 in 2008 (and has aged quite well – it’s better than the remix). It’s not that Jay Sean objects to the treatment of his voice – he’s given interviews in which he’s quite complimentary about the track. So… why doesn’t he get a credit?

Further down, some examples of just how long a track can hang around the bottom of the charts: “Outnumbered” by Dermot Kennedy has now climbed 39-34-31-30-26, while “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo reaches the top 30 in its 19th week on release, with a top 40 record of 37-39-39-34-38-36-37-31-30. A little more surprisingly, her album “Cuz I Love You” – released back in May – finally climbs into the album chart at number 40.

“Dance Monkey” by Tones & I climbs 40-31, and “F**k I’m Lonely” by Lauv & Anne-Marine climbs 33-32.

37. Y2K & bbno$ – “Lalala”

Chart debut. Bbno$ is a Canadian rapper – you’re meant to say it “baby no money”, and Y2K is a US producer. This is… pretty much a novelty viral hit, but it’s had modest success around the world.

Over on the album chart:

1. Lana Del Rey – “Norman Fucking Rockwell”

You might not have marked Lana Del Rey out for longevity, but this is her fifth album in seven years, and her fourth number one. (The other one, “Honeymoon”, was a number two.) She can often come across as trying a bit too hard in her retro schtick – I mean, look at that album title – but the single above is rather good. It’s a cover; the original was by Sublime, and came out in 1997.

4.  Tool – “Fear Inoculum”

Their fifth album, after a thirteen year gap, matches the chart position of its predecessor. Most of the tracks on this are over ten minutes long. If you can be bothered listening to the track above, do let me know if it was any good.

5.  Oasis – “Definitely Maybe”

25th anniversary reissue, though this one is such a hardy perennial that it’s technically not a re-entry, but a climber from number 56 – it’s been hanging around the lower reaches of the top 100 on and off since the streaming era began.

7.  The S.L.P. – “The S.L.P.”

The S.L.P. is Serge Lorenzo Pizzorno of Kasabian – though he’s already their lead guitarist and main songwriter. This is different in style from his Kasabian material, though, particularly once Little Simz comes in – worth a play.

8.  Kano – “Hoodies All Summer”

UK rap veteran getting his second straight top ten album.

10. Sheryl Crow – “Threads”

This is the first time she’s been in the top 10 since her greatest hits album in 2003, and her 2017 album missed the top 40 entirely, so it’s a little surprising to see this chart so high. It’s a duets album, and she has trailed it as a possible farewell project, which might have helped.

And further down, there’s the Lil Tecca album at number 15, and Lizzo at 40, all as mentioned above.

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