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Charts – 27 September 2019

Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2019 by Paul in Music

Practically a dead week… but let’s run through it. “Take Me Back To London” by Ed Sheeran featuring Stormzy spends a fifth week at number one, with unspectacular sales/streams but a comfortable lead over the pack. “Taste (Make it Shake)” by Aitch is up to 2, and “Ride It” by Regard climbs into the top 10 at number 5 – overtaking the original Jay Sean version in the process, which only managed number 11. “Dance Monkey” by Tones & I also enters the top 10, by climbing to 7.

I don’t normally mention the fallers, but “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)” by Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey drops from 2 to 12 in its second week out, which is really quite unusual for a major release – this sort of first-week fanbase behaviour was common in the days of sales charts, but we don’t see it so much any more. Then we have a string on modest climbers: “Post Malone” by Sam Feldt featuring Rani (17-15), “Be Honest” by Jorja Smith featuring Burna Boy (18-16), “Outnumbered” by Dermot Kennedy (20-17), “Professor X” by Dave (24-19) and “Panini” by Lil Nas X (23-21), none of which particularly merit talking about. More notably, “Wiley Flow” by Stormzy vaults 37-22.

23. Lizzo – “Good as Hell”

Lizzo’s career has had a real upswing this year, and finally that results in a single getting above number 29. It’s here because she performed it at the MTV awards, but weirdly, it isn’t a track from her current album – it’s three years old, originally recorded for the soundtrack of Barbershop: The Next Cut. Hence the video above, though it fits with the lyric well enough not to jar – euphoric defiance, hair and make-up edition. Still, it’s a song that’s new to most people. Her other single “Truth Hurts” falls one place to 31 this week.

“Motivation” by Normani climbs 32-30, and “Lalala” by Y2K & BBNOS (which debuted at 37 three weeks ago) rebound 40-32. And our only other new entry on the singles chart is…

37. Tiesto & Mabel – “God is a Dancer”

Tiesto is far from a reliable hit-maker these days, but still gets tracks into the bottom end of the chart semi-regularly. This is pretty terrible – if you want to sell the dancefloor to me as a pseudo-religious experience, you’re going to need something more impressive than this.

The album chart is a little more active. It has four new entries.

1. Liam Gallagher – “Why Me Why Not”

Liam’s second solo album, and second number one (though some might argue that Beady Eye was basically a Liam Gallagher solo vehicle too). The single “Shockwave” reached number 22 in June.

2. Keane – “Cause and Effect”

Keane’s sixth studio album becomes their first to miss number one, in a chart record stretching back to 2004. Partly, they had the misfortune to go up against Liam Gallagher, but it’s also been seven years since the last album. Not much has changed musically; it should go down well with Radio 2.

6. Blink-182 – “Nine”

Huh, apparently “Blink-182” has always had a hyphen and I never noticed before. It’s on the cover art of their debut, I went back and checked. As the title would suggest, the band are counting this as their ninth album – in fact, it’s only their eighth studio album, but they’re counting a 1994 demo called “Buddha” as their first, since it was actually put on sale. Judging by the track above, they’re experimenting a bit with their arrangements, less so with their songwriting. This is their fifth top 10 album; by a weird coincidence, it’s the third (out of the last four albums) to land precisely at number 6.

36. Brittany Howard – “Jaime”

Finally, way way down at the bottom end of the album top 40, we have the debut solo album of Brittany Howard, best known as the lead singer of Alabama Shakes, who had two top ten albums in 2012 and 2015. The video above is easily the best thing in this week’s post.

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