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Charts – 29 November 2019

Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2019 by Paul in Music

Christmas beckons.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Nine weeks. That means it’s passed Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” to be the longest running number 1 of 2019 – it can’t be beaten now, obviously – and it’s the longest running number 1 since “God’s Plan” by Drake also managed nine weeks at the start of last year. Number 2 is “Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi, climbing 17 places now that it has a full week on release.

3. Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy – “Own It”

The fourth single from his upcoming album “Heavy is the Head”, which will be out just in time for Christmas. Naturally, with guest stars like that, it’s one of his commercial ones. Polished but, well, it wouldn’t be out of place on the Ed Sheeran album either. This the third time this year that Burna Boy’s guested on a top 10 hit – the others are Dave’s “Location” and Jorja Smith’s “Be Honest” – but he’s yet to have any hits of his own.

“Roxanne” by Arizona Zervas climbs 10-7, and “Down Like That” by KSI featuring Rick Ross, Lil Baby and S-X climbs 22-10. That’s the first top ten hit for all involved apart from Ross, who previously guested on a Chris Brown single, “New Flame”, which reached number 10 in 2014.

16. DigDat featuring D-Block Europe – “New Dior”

That’s a new high for DigDat, who’s previous best was number 18 for “Guten Tag” in May. For D-Block Europe, it matches two previous number 16 singles from this year (“Kitchen Kings” and “Nookie”) to be their joint best. They’re not my thing, but this is one of their better tracks. UK rap videos are really getting seriously repetitive, though. The glut of “standing next to a hired car” videos seems to have ended, to be replaced with the visual look of late 2019: “standing in a kitchen from an episode of Grand Designs.”

Number 18 is “This Is Real” by Jax Jones featuring Ella Henderson, up from 20. “Pump It Up” by Endor climbs 29-21.

27. Coldplay – “Orphans”

(The video does turn into a proper video, at about 1:30.)

Coldplay are unusual, being a band who still show up on the singles chart twenty years into their careers. This is the single from their new album “Everyday Life”, which enters the album chart at number 1 – their eighth studio album, their eighth number one. You know what you’re getting with Coldplay, and there are no real surprises here, but they can still write a chorus.

“Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles climbs 35-28 (while the previous single “Lights Up” rebounds slightly from 16-15).

31. Partynextdoor featuring Drake – “Loyal”

This doesn’t have a video. Canadian rapper Partynextdoor has guested on hit singles before (with Major Lazer and, er, Zayn Malik), but this is his first hit as lead artist. You have to figure Drake’s appearance is a big part of that. The track is… fairly dull. Runs out of ideas after the first thirty seconds.

And oh look, it’s that time again.

34. Mariah Carey – “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Yes, the best Mariah Carey single is back yet again for the Christmas season, despite the chart rules saying that streams of such old records are permanently downweighted. Christmas doesn’t care. Christmas will flood the chart anyway. Mariah’s not even waiting for December. She’s back, for the thirteenth year running.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” spent three weeks at number 2 at Christmas 1994, and reached the same peak in both 2017 and 2018. If you really want to wind up the record industry, making this Christmas number one in 2019 would be a far more effective way of doing it than buying a novelty record.

35. ZieZie featuring Aitch – “French Kisses”

Aitch returns the favour after ZieZie guested on his last single “Buss Down”. This is… bordering on novelty territory, but at least it’s different.

36. Idina Menzel & Aurora – “Into the Unknown”

From the soundtrack of Frozen II, and another one without a video. This is the fourth hit single for Idina Menzel. The obvious one is “Let It Go”, which reached number 13 in 2014 and hung around forever; the others are another Frozen song, “For the First Time In Forever” which reached number 38, and a version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” featuring Michael Bublé which got to number 39 last Christmas season. (“For the First Time in Forever” is also one of Kristen Bell’s two UK top 40 hits, which is the sort of information that might come in useful in a pub quiz some time. The other one is “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?”)

Aurora is a Norwegian singer, whose only previous UK hit single was her cover of “Half the World Away” from the 2015 John Lewis Christmas advert – it reached number 11.

39. Bastille – “Can’t Fight This Feeling”

Bastille haven’t had a hit single under their own power since 2016, though they’ve appeared since then as guests of Craig David and Marshmello. This is indeed a cover of the REO Speedwagon track, which reached number 16 in 1985.

On the album chart… well, we’ve had Coldplay already.

2. Robbie Williams – “The Christmas Present”

Yes, it’s come to this – a Robbie Williams Christmas album. The “look at my brilliant house” video, however tongue in cheek, seems a bit out of key with the times, but… well, it’s Robbie Williams. This is the third Robbie Williams album to reach number 2 (the others are 2003’s “Live at Knebworth” and 2009’s “Reality Killed the Video Star”) – all the others, even the compilations, reached number 1. But heck, it’s a Christmas album released opposite Coldplay. Number 2 is good.

3. Rod Stewart – “You’re In My Heart”

It’s another of those albums that puts old vocal tracks over new orchestral arrangements. For Christmas!

6. Andre Rieu & The Johann Strauss Orchestra – “Happy Days”

No videos for this, but enjoy the advert if you like. It’s another hyper-mainstream classical album from the highly prolific Dutch violinist – his Wikipedia page lists 61 albums in a section headed “Selected discography”, and they don’t include this one.

7. Leonard Cohen – “Thanks for the Dance”

This is the first posthumous album to be released since Cohen died in 2016. It’s basically unused songs from the sessions that produced his last album “You Want It Darker”, but that hasn’t stopped it getting good reviews. The songs were completed by his son Adam, who was the producer on the 2016 album too. And to be sure, the single above seems eminently worthy of release.

9. Bing Crosby and the London Symphony Orchestra – “Bing at Christmas”

Another recycled vocals plus new orchestral backing album, but this time with extra Christmas! So if you’ve ever wondered what Bing Crosby songs would sound like with… well, with a backing track not wildly dissimilar from the originals… then this is the album of your mild curiosity.

11. Luke Evans – “At Last”

More from the world of musicals, with the debut chart album for actor Luke Evans. He was in things like The Hobbit and Fast and Furious 6 but he does have a West End background.

12. Martin & Shirlie – “In The Swing Of It”

From the “sure, why not” file – a swing album from the husband and wife duo of Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp and Pepsi & Shirlie’s Shirlie. You may remember their two top ten hits from 1986-7. Shirlie’s real name was indeed Shirlie. Pepsi’s was Helen.

Number 16 is a reissue of Kylie Minogue’s “Step Back In Time – The Definitive Collection” in an expanded form. I’m not quite sure what her label means by “Definitive” but clearly it isn’t the same as I do.

31. Trippie Redd – “A Love Letter To You 4”

Officially a “commercial mixtape”, not a proper album – and registering at about the level we’ve seen for his previous mixtape releases.

33. Beck – “Hyperspace”

Yikes! The last three Beck albums all made the top 10, and the most recent of those was in 2017. Something’s gone badly awry with the promotion of this. (By the way, the actual song in the video above starts about 90 seconds in.)

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