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Charts – 13 September 2019

Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2019 by Paul in Music

Once again, it’s a more interesting week for albums. But let’s get the singles out of the way first.

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

Three weeks and counting, so it’s now Stormzy’s longest-running number one. Stormzy also has another single out, but we’ll come to that later.

11. Post Malone – “Hollywood’s Bleeding”

This heavily echoed dirge – file under “at least it’s short” – is the title track of “Hollywood’s Bleeding”, his second number one album. Let’s see if he gets past a week this time – “Beerbongs and Bentleys” didn’t, though in fairness it did last 15 weeks in the album top 10. Predictably, he gets the obligatory three singles in the chart: as well as this, the current single “Circles” climbs 11-5, and “Goodbyes” rebounds to 10. The other Post Malone-themed track, “Post Malone” by Sam Feldt featuring Rani – which he has nothing to do with – holds steady at 16.

“Ride It” by Regard climbs 25-15, and “Dance Monkey” by Tones & I finally lifts off, climbing 31-19.

20. Stormzy – “Sounds of the Skeng”

The third single from his upcoming album, off to a slower start than usual. It’s maybe less instant, and more of a showcase to the hardcore, but I’d still expect it to get higher.

21. Aitch featuring Ziezie – “Buss Down”

It’s a good week to be Aitch. His debut album “Aitch2O” enters the album chart at 3, his own “Taste (Make it Shake)” by Aitch climbs to 2, while “Strike a Pose” by Young T & Bugsey featuring Aitch climbs 10-9. And rounding out the maximum of three, we’ve got this track, which was the instant-gratification track for pre-orders – so not exactly a promotional single, but pretty close.

“Outnumbered” by Dermot Kennedy is up to 23, and “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo reaches 29.

38. Camila Cabello – “Liar”

Slow start for the follow-up to “Senorita” – which is still at 14. It’s not such a good use of her voice, but the video is quite something. Even if it is based on the title rather than the actual song.

40. Miley Cyrus – “Slide Away”

A non-album single which came out a few weeks ago and looked to be in danger of missing the top 40 entirely, despite decent reviews. It’s one of her occasional semi-ballad releases where she reminds us that she can carry a song.

On the album chart, Post Malone is number 1, and Aitch is the higher new entry at number 3. (The Lana Del Rey album falls 1-7.)

6. Status Quo – “Backbone”

Over 50 years after their first hit single (1968’s “Pictures of Matchstick Men”), Status Quo get their 25th top 10 album. It sounds exactly as you’d expect – competent but basically identical to everything they’ve made since 1990.

8. Melanie Martinez – “K-12”

Melanie Martinez was on The Voice in America in 2012, but she’s relatively obscure in the UK. “K-12” is the soundtrack to a full length film which is available for free on YouTube, so heaven knows how anything is paying for that. Apparently the album makes more sense if you watch the entire film first. It’s all rather endearingly perverse.

11. Belinda Carlisle – “Gold”

Massive four-hour retrospective compilation. Her biggest UK hit was “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”, which was number 1 in 1987. It’s great, but I’ve always thought “Circle in the Sand” was underrated, so…

13. Bat for Lashes – “Lost Girls”

That’s the first time Natasha Khan has missed the top 10 since her debut album in 2007. She’s still in full 80s-ethereal mode.

14. Black Star Riders – “Another State of Grace”

This is the band that started as the then-current touring line-up of Thin Lizzy, but understandably chose to use a different name for their own material. It’s their fourth album; the last one made the top 10, but it still gives them three straight top 20s. The title track is better than all this might lead you to expect. (The other single from the album isn’t.)

26. Iggy Pop – “Free”

The eighteenth studio album by Iggy Pop, now in his 70s – his first solo album was in 1977. He’s still compelling. Not many people would get away with the song above.

28. Mahalia – “Love and Compromise”

Mahalia Burkmar is an English R&B singer and actress, and this is her second album, but the first to chart. It’s rather good – you’d have thought the single above ought to have charted with the right promotion.

32. Chrissie Hynde with The Valve Bone Woe Ensemble – “Valve Bone Woe”

A jazz-style covers album, though of a rather eccentric and inventive sort. Worth a play, actually.

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