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Charts – 20 September 2019

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2019 by Paul in Music

Quite a few oddities this week. Plus, a busy week at the top end of the album chart!

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

Four weeks and counting. It’s still getting eight million plus streams a week, and it holds off a strong challenge from…

2. Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Rey – “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)”

The theme for the new Charlie’s Angels movie (hence the easily searchable bracketed bit in the title), from the all-star collaborative trios of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and — hold on, who?!?

It’s a more interesting record than you might be expecting, largely because of that unexpected casting decision, combined with the decision not to simply have Lana Del Rey do the same as the other two – instead, her verse takes a right angle turn into a different song entirely. It’s… odd. Successful? Kind of, I guess… but certainly odd.

This is Ariana Grande’s fifth top ten hit of the year. Miley Cyrus was at number two just last year on the Mark Ronson single “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart.” But it’s Lana Del Rey’s biggest hit single. Her previous peak was number 4 in 2013 for “Summertime Sadness”, but that was in a highly unrepresentative remix version. Her peak for a single in its original form was number 9, for her first two singles “Video Games” and “Born To Die” in 2011-12.

Nothing else of note is happening in the top 10. “Ride It” by Regard climbs 15-11, and “Dance Monkey” by Tones & I is up to 14….

16. D-Block Europe featuring Lil Baby – “Nookie”

That matches D-Block Europe’s previous peak, with “Kitchen Kings” in the spring. Lil Baby’s only previous hit was “Drip Too Hard”, which made number 28 last year. It’s the lead single from D-Block’s next mixtape, and it’s… alright, I guess? Bit ponderous. Let’s not pretend I’m anywhere remotely close to the target audience, though.

“Outnumbered” by Dermot Kennedy reaches 20.

22. Post Malone featuring Ozzy Osbourne & Travis Scott – “Take What You Want”

Another track from the Post Malone album – “Circles” and “Goodbyes” remain at 8 and 15 respectively, while the title track “Hollywood’s Bleeding” drops below this song and gets obliterated by the three-song quota rule. Seeing tracks count as “new entries” because they’ve actually gone from the fourth-most-popular album track to the third is a bit unsatisfying, but those are the rules.

And yes, Ozzy Osbourne. His last singles chart credit was in 2002 when “Dreamer / Gets Me Through” reached 18; he turned 70 last year.

23. Lil Nas X – “Panini”

The follow-up to “Old Town Road”, in which Lil Nas X whinges that some of his fans don’t like it when he gets big, came out in July, entered at number 25, and hung around for a couple of months before dropping out of the top 40. Now, months after you’d have expected it, they finally release a surprisingly high-budget video, and the track rebound from 53 to a new peak.

24. Dave – “Professor X”

From the soundtrack to the Netflix show Top Boy, and the first new material he’s released since his “Psychodrama” album. Disappointingly light on actual references to Professor X. Wasted opportunity there.

37. Stormzy – “Wiley Flow”

Not a Wiley collaboration but a tribute of sorts – though there is a sample of him at the start. The video carries an epilepsy warning, by the way.

On the album chart…

1. Sam Fender – “Hypersonic Missiles”

The debut album from the winner of the 2019 Brits Critics Choice award. Seven of the thirteen tracks have previously been released as singles, the earliest (above) dating back to 2017, though the video is from earlier this year.

It has now been four weeks since Ed Sheeran was number one – though he’s yet to dip below number 3, so don’t bet on him vanishing altogether.

6. Emeli Sande – “Real Life”

There’s a name I haven’t heard in a while. Sandé’s third album, three years after the last, preserves a clean sweep of top ten albums… but this one also fails to produce any hit singles, despite four attempts.

7. The Pixies – “Beneath The Eyrie”

Their third album since reforming, all of which have landed at either 6 or 7. I see they’re making more of an effort with their videos than they did in the glory days of “Here Comes Your Man” or, god help us, “Velouria”.

8. The Lumineers – “III”

Predictably enough, their third album. The last one got to number one, but hey, it’s still a third top ten. It’s a concept album about addiction.

9. Korn – “The Nothing”

Cheerful as ever, eh, lads? This is only their fourth top ten album in a chart career going back to 1996 – the others are “Follow the Leader” (1998), “Untouchables” (2002) and – really – “The Serenity of Suffering” (2016).

14. Charli XCX – “Charli”

Her third studio album, and she still hasn’t really achieved the pop breakthrough that her supporters always expected. This album did produce one hit single – “1999”, which reached number 13 last year – but that was it. It is, marginally, her highest-charting album, beating 2015’s “Sucker” by one place.

15. Metronomy – “Metronomy Forever”

Their fourth album to chart, with the wonderfully random places of 28, 7, 20 and 15. No logic to it at all, then.

21. The Hu – “The Gereg”

And finally for this week, Mongolian folk-rock music. It’s different. A gereg was apparently a 13th century Mongolian passport.

Bring on the comments

  1. Ryan M Tardiff says:

    The delay for Lil Nas X was almost entirely because they seemed to be waiting for Old Town Road to run it’s course as the #1 hit on the charts in the US and it just… hadn’t. It was #1 for a record amount of weeks and just kept holding on.

    I think they probably intended for this to take over as his big single when his EP was released. I wonder when the video was even shot. I wouldn’t be shocked if it was month or two previous, just waiting on the end of his chart dominance.

    Panini is still only 14 in the US, 3 spots below OTR, in it’s 28th week on the chart and first week outside of the Top 5 since March.

  2. Taibak says:

    For what it’s worth, geregs were actually a pretty big deal. They were bronze tablets that bearers were expected to hang around their neck. They certified that the wearer was entitled to full diplomatic protections and was able to travel freely throughout the entirety of the Mongol Ulus and was entitled to food, supplies, shelter, and horses from state-run supply depots. They were issued to officials and they were a key element in how the khagans maintained control over their ridiculously huge empire. They were issued to foreign merchants as part of a plan to increase trade. Of course, some bearers abused these privileges, but that was probably inevitable and different khagans tolerated different levels of malfeasance.

    And now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

  3. Taibak says:

    Also, that song is the first time I’ve heard hard rock throat singing.

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