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Charts – 25 October 2019

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2019 by Paul in Music

Ah well, another tumbleweed week.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Four weeks and counting, and with a massive lead over the competition (though it does seem to have peaked). It’s going to be here for a while. Wikipedia now lists 19 countries where this has been number 1. And below that… a singularly uneventful top 30.

“Circles” by Post Malone is up 4-3. “South of the Border” by Ed Sheeran featuring Camila Cabello & Cardi B climbs 7-4 – that’s the highest Cardi B has ever been. “Bruises” by Lewis Capaldi climbs 9-6. Aitch gets a third top 10 hit as “Buss Down” climbs 11-8. “Memories” by Maroon 5 climbs 19-10, which is their eleventh top 10 hit. The Harry Styles single that entered at number 3 last week drops to 11, which is not a good sign for his breadth of appeal. “Turn Me On” by Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula climbs 16-12.

15. Meduza, Becky Hill & Goodboys – “Lose Control”

This entered at number 33 last week, but it’s a really quiet chart and it’s got a video now. The extraordinary town in the video is not CGI – it’s Burja Al Babas in Turkey, a set of 587 identical castles which has been lying empty and unfinished since the developers went bust.

“1000 Hours” by Dan & Shay featuring Justin Bieber climbs 20-17, and “Good as Hell” by Lizzo climbs 22-18. That’s her first top 20 hit. “Playing Games” by Summer Walker climbs 30-24, and “Graveyard” by Halsey climbs 36-29.

30. Blackbear – “Hot Girl Bummer”

Finally, our highest new entry of the week. This isn’t as horrendously gimmicky as it might sound – specifically, it’s not a parody of “Hot Girl Summer” by Megan Thee Stallion, which only managed a week at number 40 in this country. Supposedly it’s meant to reference the hashtag which in turn was referencing the song. Got that? Of course, just because it’s better than you’d expect, doesn’t mean it’s all that good.

Blackbear’s career runs to five solo albums and two collaborative albums, none of which have had any impact in the UK (he did get a single to number 94 in 2017, but Gucci Mane was on that one). But he’s done okay in the US, where that 2017 album did gold. He’s also released an album along with Mike Posner, who has had some degree of UK success.

33. Jax Jones featuring Ella Henderson – “This Is Real”

Now there’s a video concept that needed better choreography to pull it off. Ella Henderson was a mid-placing X-Factor contestant in 2014 who seemed to be off to a good start with her number 1 debut “Ghost” and two further top ten hits – but this is the first we’ve seen of her since she guested on a Kygo single four years ago. She’s being relaunched with an EP, “Glorious”, but neither of the singles from that have charted.

In an interesting move, they’ve been placing the entire video as an advert on YouTube before other people’s videos, which I would normally say was deeply annoying, but at least it’s not Grammarly again.

40. The Script – “The Last Time”

Instantly forgettable lead single from their upcoming sixth album “Sunsets & Full Moons.”

On the album chart…

1. Foals – “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2”

The companion to, well, “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1”, which reached number 2 in March. All six Foals albums have placed in the top 10, but this is their first number 1 after 11 years of trying. To be fair, Part 1 only just missed number one by a couple of hundred copies, because it had the misfortune to come out against the Dave album.

2. James Arthur – “You”

His third album (the first was in 2013, so he’s not hugely prolific). All three have placed in the top 2. Two of the singles charted – “Empty Space”, which reached 22 last year, and “Falling Like the Stars”, which got to 25 in the spring.

4. Alter Bridge – “Walk The Sky”

Still a band I associate mainly with doing Edge’s theme song from years ago. But their studio albums have reliably placed in the top 10 since 2010.

6. Yungblud – “The Underrated Youth”

Officially an EP, but take it up with the album chart. He’s from Doncaster, and this is the first time he’s appeared on either top 40. It’s the sort of emo thing that used to make the singles chart ten years ago.

8. Daniel O’Donnell – “Halfway to Paradise”

The veteran ultra-gentle light entertainer with his… blimey, his 45th top 75 album. It’s the highest placing since “The Hank Williams Songbook” in 2015, which might not sound like much, but there’s been six other Daniel O’Donnell albums since then, including two best ofs. This is apparently a collection of “60 timeless Rock N Roll classics that Daniel loves to sing”. It seems to be another compilation – I can’t find anything on YouTube specifically promoting it, but as near as I can figure, the titular Billy Fury cover is the same version that he previously released on “Daniel In Blue Jeans” (2003).

21. Jimmy Eat World – “Surviving”

Exactly the same position as the previous album from 2016. They know their place.

29. Wretch 32 – “Upon Reflection”

Now there’s a name from the past. Or not, in fact, since it’s only been two years since the last Wretch 32 album. But it’s been four years since the last hit single, and his four albums have placed at 4, 5, 12 and now 29, so the omens aren’t great.

37. Floating Points – “Crush”

Finally, the third album (and first to chart) from electronica artist Sam Shepherd. Unusually for the genre, it’s got a performance video (it may not look like it at first, but it is, honest).

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