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Oct 3

Charts – 30 September 2022

Posted on Monday, October 3, 2022 by Paul in Music

Four number 1s in as many weeks? It’s like the old days.

1. Sam Smith & Kim Petras – “Unholy”

Now this was close. They were behind in the midweeks and wound up taking it by about a 2% margin. Still, it’s another new number one, shoving David Guetta back down to number 2.

Sam Smith’s chart career started with guest vocals for the likes of Disclosure and Naughty Boy, but over time it was the ballads that tended to be the big hits. This is a big swerve back in a much more camp and theatrical direction, and it clearly works. To put that in context, it’s Sam Smith’s eighth number one hit, but the others came between 2013 and 2018. The 2020 album “Love Goes” was not especially successful by their standards, failing to get any singles into the top 10 and only going gold where its predecessor had gone double platinum. A good time for a rethink, then.

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Sep 24

Charts – 23 September 2022

Posted on Saturday, September 24, 2022 by Paul in Music

Goodness, a one-week number one. This is uncommonly fast turnaround for 2022.

1. David Guetta featuring Bebe Rexha – “I’m Good (Blue)”

Well, that video isn’t exactly a masterpiece of conceptual inspiration, is it? Then again, I’m not sure anyone at the label particularly expected this track to be a major hit – it seems to be a track that he worked up for use in DJ sets back in 2017, and it only got a proper release when TikTok got hold of it. It’s David Guetta’s sixth number one; the others are “When Love Takes Over” (2009), “Sexy Chick” (2009), “Gettin’ Over You” (2010), Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me” (2010), “Titanium” (2011) and “Lovers on the Sun” (2014). So that’s an eight year gap. Maybe that’s more bad luck than anything else, since he has had multiple top 5 hits in that time.

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Sep 17

Charts – 16 September 2022

Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2022 by Paul in Music

Behold, the first new number 1 of the reign of His Majesty King Charles III.

1. Lewis Capaldi – “Forget Me”

We haven’t heard from Lewis Capaldi since before the pandemic; he had two number 1 hits and a total of five top 10 hits in 2018-19, plus an album that spent ten weeks at number 1 and 168 weeks in the top 40 (it rebounds to 9 this week). So a strong debut for his comeback single is not a surprise. The record itself is unrelentingly middling. The blandly retro arrangement does it no favours. The video is meant to be a homage to Wham!’s “Club Tropicana”, which was nearly 40 years ago, so who knows how many people get the reference today. It was number 1 by a pretty tight margin, pushed over the edge by first-week physical sales pre-ordered by the fanbase. But you never know. It could grow – his previous hits all took a while to reach their peak.

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Sep 12

Charts – 9 September 2022

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2022 by Paul in Music

The regular Radio 1 chart show didn’t air on Friday for the obvious reason, but the charts were published as usual.

1. Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal – “B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All)”

Two weeks. The main challenger this week is David Guetta featuring Bebe Rexha’s “I’m Good (Blue)” at number 2, although the midweeks have a new Lewis Capaldi single entering at number one. We’ll see if that holds up – records that enter really high tend to be fanbase records, and fanbase records have front-loaded sales.

20. Tom Odell – “Another Love”

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Sep 3

Charts – 2 September 2022

Posted on Saturday, September 3, 2022 by Paul in Music

Well, this is the busiest singles chart we’ve had in months.

1. Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal – “B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All)”

LF System finally reach their limit after eight weeks at number 1, and drop 2. Replacing it is another debut dance hit, which means this might turn out to be two back-to-back one-hit wonders (though I expect they’ll both get off the list quickly enough). “B.O.T.A.” entered at number 10 three weeks ago and it’s spent the last two weeks at number 2, so it was obviously in line to be the next number one.

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Aug 26

Charts – 26 August 2022

Posted on Friday, August 26, 2022 by Paul in Music

Well, it’s another week where we’re relying on the album chart for activity. But first…

1. LF System – “Afraid to Feel”

That’s eight weeks. Still not the longest run of the year – Harry Styles’ “As It Was” stayed at number 1 for ten weeks. It’s holding off “B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All)” by Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal, which spends a second week at number 2, and “Green Green Grass” by George Ezra, which has been hovering in the top five for ten weeks now, and gets its fourth (non-consecutive) week at number 3.

6. Aitch & Ed Sheeran – “My G”

And the prospect of a top 40 with no Ed Sheeran songs in it recedes just a little further. This is the release-week single from Aitch’s debut album “Close To Home”, which enters at number 2. That’s the sort of very technical “debut album” that follows two mixtapes that both made the top 10 in 2019 and 2020… but okay.

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Aug 20

Charts – 20 August 2022

Posted on Saturday, August 20, 2022 by Paul in Music

After a lengthy summer logjam, we’re starting to see some turnover in the top half of the singles chart. But only starting.

1. LF System – “Afraid to Feel”

That’s seven weeks. It does have a serious challenge this time, with “B.O.T.A. (Baddest of them All)” by Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal climbing from 10 to 2, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this turns out to be it.

15. Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl”

This is the lead single from her 15th album, and counting guest appearances, it’s her 40th top 40 hit. And yes, it’s come to this, someone else has decided that enough time has passed to get away with sampling “Super Freak” by Rick James, the track that formed the basis for “U Can’t Touch This”. It’s… Nicki Minaj doing the cartoon version of Nicki Minaj, I guess? And that’s maybe what people want from Nicki Minaj at this point in her career, since she hasn’t placed a solo single this high since “Anaconda” back in 2014.

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Aug 13

Charts – 12 August 2022

Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2022 by Paul in Music

Activity!

1. LF System – “Afraid To Feel”

Six weeks and counting. That’s bad for an act who are currently on the list of pure one-hit wonders – one number one hit and nothing else, ever. Wikipedia understandably doesn’t add names to their list until a year has passed, on the logic that you’re not really a one-hit wonder until you’ve had a reasonable opportunity to achieve a follow-up. Right now, the latest name on their list is Nathan Evans. Remember sea-shanties? Strange times.

4. KSI featuring Tom Grennan – “Not Over Yet”

Even though he reminds us at the start of the video that he’s a YouTube guy, KSI is emphatically a proper pop star in the UK – this is his tenth top ten hit, and it’s certainly not a novelty record. Presumably it’s the first single from his next album. As for Tom Grennan, this is his highest chart position; he’s had three previous top ten hits, but his previous best was number 7 for “Little Bit of Love”.

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Aug 9

Charts – 5 August 2022

Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 by Paul in Music

In which Beyoncé has an album out. But first…

1. LF System – “Afraid to Feel”

That’s five weeks, but it only holds on by the equivalent of about 3,000 sales. Still, even past its peak, it’s able to keep Beyoncé at bay.

2. Beyoncé – “Break My Soul”
14. Beyoncé – “Cuff It”
16. Beyoncé – “Alien Superstar” 

That’s the maximum three tracks from her album “Renaissance”, which enters the album chart as her fourth UK solo number one. ( “Cuff It” and “Alien Superstar” are just album tracks; “Break My Soul” is the trailer single, which has been on the singles chart for seven weeks now, mostly hovering between 4 and 6.

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Jul 30

Charts – 29 July 2022

Posted on Saturday, July 30, 2022 by Paul in Music

Hey, activity!

1. LF System – “Afraid to Feel”

Not here, admittedly. That’s four weeks. It’s way past its peak so in theory it’s vulnerable to challengers. Speaking of which…

2. Central Cee – “Doja”

Mmm. Well, that’s… not for me. More of a fragment than an actual song (it’s 1:37), it’s still Central Cee’s highest placed single to date. His previous peak was number 4, with last year’s “Obsessed With You”. The sample is from “Let Me Blow Your Mind” by Eve featuring Gwen Stefani, which is now over 20 years old (it got to number 4 in 2001). It’s (presumably) the first single from his next album, even though the previous one only came out in February.

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