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Charts – 4 October 2019

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2019 by Paul in Music

Movement! Or rather, artificial movement! Because, in another of those weeks when the downweighting rule for older singles makes its presence a bit too glaringly obvious, Ed Sheeran’s “Take Me Back to London” reaches its tenth week on chart, and (having peaked a few weeks ago) promptly drops straight from 1 to 13. This rule needs some refining. Meanwhile…

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Much less of a gimmick than it first looks, “Dance Monkey” is the reigning number one in Australia, nine weeks into its run at the time of writing. In the UK, it’s grown slowly from the lower reaches, with a chart record of 82-60-48-40-31-19-14-7-1. That’s good old organic growth for you.

2. Regard – “Ride It”

Climbing 5-2, and belatedly getting a video in its seventh week on release. Quite a strange one at that.

“Ladbroke Grove” by AJ Tracey climbs 4-3 – it’s been out since February, and it’s been hovering between 4 and 5 for the previous six weeks, so it’s showing real staying power.

11. Lewis Capaldi – “Bruises”

This reached number 16 as an album track in June, but it re-enters now that the single mixes are available.

“Outnumbered” by Dermot Kennedy is up from 17-14, nine weeks into a painfully slow climb up the top 40. (And it came out in June.) “Be Honest” by Jorja Smith featuring Burna Boy edges 16-15.

21. D-Block Europe featuring Dave – “Playing For Keeps”

Oh god, they’ve made a short film. For a track that clocks in at three minute twenty. The song itself isn’t so bad, but the package is just bloated. It’s the final single from their album “PTSD”, which enters the album chart at 4 – an incredibly quick follow-up to February’s “Home Alone”, which itself reached 6.

“Motivation” by Normani is up 30-27, finally beating the peak of its entry point back in August. “God is a Dancer” by Tiesto & Mabel is up 37-33.

37. Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula – “Turn Me On”

Oliver Heldens, you may remember from his 2014 number 1 “Gecko (Overdrive)”. The follow-up made the top 5, and after that his only other top 40 appearance was a track that reached number 39 in 2016. Riton also has one previous hit single to his name – “Rinse and Repeat”, which reached number 13 in 2016. Can’t say I remember it, but it existed. “Vula” is Vula Malinga, a singer best known for appearing on some Basement Jaxx tracks, but she’s never had a chart credit before now. The hook is lifted from Yazoo’s “Don’t Go”, a number 3 since in 1982.

40. Ed Sheeran featuring Camilla Cabello & Cardi B – “South of the Border”

Time to press the “Latin” button again.

On the album chart

1. The Beatles – “Abbey Road”

Number 1 for seventeen weeks in 1969-70, and this is the fiftieth anniversary reissue. And yes, that’s an official video.

D-Block Europe are number 4, but we’ve had that.

13. Opeth – “In Cauda Venenum”

Swedish prog rock. The name may not ring a bell, but this is their third straight album to place in the top 15. The title loosely translates as “the sting is in the tail”.

19. Beth Hart – “War in my Mind”

This is Beth Hart’s highest-placing album; her previous best was number 22, for her 2011 collaboration with Joe Bonamassa, “Don’t Explain”. The single’s pretty good.

24. DaBaby – “Kirk”

He’s a rapper from North Carolina, and the video is, er, something of a throwback.

25. Scouting for Girls – “The Trouble With Boys”

Scouting for Girls return after a four year gap (plugged with a best-of) with, er, their lowest placing album by a margin of twelve places.

Number 38 is “Get To Know” by Becky Hill, mostly a collection of singles dating back to 2013. It includes her guest vocal on the number 1 “Gecko (Overdrive)”.

35. Thunder – “The Greatest Hits”

This seems to be the third Thunder greatest hits album, for those concerned that the 2009 version might not have included all the classics that Thunder have released since. Even if you rate their subsequent three albums highly, they didn’t produce any hits. Thunder’s biggest hit single was “A Better Man”, which reached number 18 in 1993, but the video for that isn’t on YouTube (not officially, at any rate), so here’s their debut – it got to number 32 in 1990. Enjoy the acting at the start.

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