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Apr 20

Charts – 19 April 2024

Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2024 by Paul in Music

So before you ask: the chart week runs from Friday to Thursday, so that means Taylor Swift doesn’t show up until next week’s chart. In the meantime, we’ve got quite a busy week – and mostly decent new entries on the singles chart, too.

1. Hozier – “Too Sweet”

Two weeks. I don’t fancy his chances for a third, but you never know.

6. Sabrina Carpenter – “Espresso”

Well, that’s interesting. Sabrina Carpenter has three previous hit singles to her name – “Skin”, the questionable answer record to “Driver’s Licence”, which got to number 28 in 2021; “Nonsense”, which managed a week at number 32 in 2023; and “Feather”, which made it to number 19 at the start of the year. And, to be fair, it stuck around for a few weeks. Still, it’s not exactly a track record to suggest that the first single from her sixth album would be a top ten hit. This is a big step up in her singles chart performance.

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Apr 14

Charts – 12 April 2024

Posted on Sunday, April 14, 2024 by Paul in Music

And here’s something I didn’t see coming.

1. Hozier – “Too Sweet”

My list of predictions for 2024 certainly did not include Hozier, of all people, having a number 1 hit a decade after “Take Me To Church” reached number 2. He did have a mid-table hit last year, when “Eat Your Young” reached number 22, but he seemed like someone who was destined to be remembered for his one hit. Like “Take Me To Church” (and none of his other singles since), it’s doing well internationally, at least in English language markets.

I know they say the younger generation have turned away from alcoholic debauchery, but there’s something quite adorable about a song in which Hozier explains that he cannot match his girl’s innocence due to his penchant for black coffee and undiluted whisky.

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Apr 6

Charts – 5 April 2024

Posted on Saturday, April 6, 2024 by Paul in Music

Well, Beyonce has an album out.

1. Beyoncé – “Texas Hold ’Em”
8. Beyoncé – “Jolene”
9. Beyoncé featuring Miley Cyrus – “II Most Wanted”

The maximum three tracks from the album “Cowboy Carter”, which predictably enters at number 1 – Beyoncé hasn’t missed number 1 with a studio album since 2013. After two weeks at number 3, “Texas Hold ’Em” returns to number 1 for a fifth week.

“Jolene” is the talking point cover version. Country hasn’t traditionally been huge in the UK, but “Jolene” was a hit for Dolly Parton back in 1976, reaching number 7 (so still one place above Beyoncé). Dolly Parton’s only other top 40 hit in the UK was “Islands in the Stream” with Kenny Rogers, which also got to number 7 in 1983. Everyone knows “9 to 5” but it didn’t actually make the top 40.

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Mar 31

Charts – 29 March 2024

Posted on Sunday, March 31, 2024 by Paul in Music

It’s one of those weeks when the singles chart gets invaded by a couple of major album releases. But not right at the top.

1. Benson Boone – “Beautiful Things”

Two weeks, and a comfortable lead over everything else. “Lose Control” by Teddy Swims is at 2, but it’s been there before a month ago. He’s been in the top 10 since mid January, though, so he’s unfortunate not to reach the very top. His new single “Slow It Down” enters at number 42 this week, but you have to figure it has a good chance of making the top 40 in due course.

6. Future & Metro Boomin featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Like That”
18. Future & Metro Boomin featuring Travis Scott & Playboi Carti – “Type Shit”
20. Future & Metro Boomin featuring Travis Scott – “Cinderella”

That’s the maximum three singles from the album “We Don’t Trust You”, which enters at number 2. Future’s last solo album, 2022’s “I Never Liked You”, also got to number 2; Metro Boomin’s “Heroes & Villains” reached number 3 in the same year. So it’s no surprise that their shared album does well. “Like That” does best, probably because it’s new Kendrick Lamar material. And honestly, aside from his verse, this is pretty dreary stuff.

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Mar 23

Charts – 22 March 2024

Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2024 by Paul in Music

It’s a very quiet week for new entries, but we do have a new number one.

1. Benson Boone – “Beautiful Things”

Beyoncé’s run ends after five weeks, as “Texas Hold ‘Em” drops straight to number 3. Ariana Grande’s “We Can’t Be Friends” climbs to 2, and Benson Boone climbs to the top. This record entered at number 18 at the end of January, climbed into the top 5 in week three, and has been hovering in the top three ever since. It makes number 1 in its ninth week on the top 40.

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Mar 17

Charts – 15 March 2024

Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2024 by Paul in Music

Ariana Grande has a new album out, and nobody’s going up against that with new releases.

1. Beyoncé – “Texas Hold ‘Em”

Four weeks. It was fairly close with Benson Boone at number two, though, so he’s got a shot next week. She’s also now relying on the downweighting rule for her number one position – without it, “Stick Season” would be back at the top.

3. Ariana Grande – “We Can’t Be Friends (Wait For Your Love)”
13. Ariana Grande – “Bye”

“We Can’t Be Friends” is the release week single from “Eternal Sunshine”, which enters at number 1 – if you hadn’t figured it out, the video is basically a four-minute remake of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a film released when Ariana Grande was 11. It’s a very Robyn-esque track.  “Bye”, on the other hand, is just an album track. She maxes out her three song limit with “Yes And”, which rebounds to number 6 – though it only dropped out of the top 10 last week. She hasn’t had a number 1 from this album yet, but “Yes And” peaked at number 2 and it’s had eight weeks in the top 10, which I’m sure will do her fine.

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Mar 9

Charts – 8 March 2024

Posted on Saturday, March 9, 2024 by Paul in Music

Evidently the Brit Awards do still move the needle. But first…

1. Beyoncé – “Texas Hold ‘Em”

That’s three weeks at number one. She’s never actually had a longer run at number one, whether as a solo artist or with Destiny’s Child – currently, this is tied with “Crazy in Love” and “Beautiful Liar”.

13. Raye featuring 070 Shake – “Escapism”
38. Raye – “Worth It”

Raye won six awards at the Brit Awards last week, which is getting into “why did anyone else bother showing up” territory. And it does result in a surge for her music. “Escapism”, her number one from 2022, re-enters at 13. “Prada”, which was still hanging around in the low 20s, rebounds to number 18 – it’s not exactly a Raye song, but she did include it in a medley at the Brit awards show.

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Mar 3

Charts – 1 March 2024

Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2024 by Paul in Music

Quite a lot of climbers this week, partly because of records getting hit by the downweighting rule and making room for them. However…

1. Beyoncé – “Texas Hold ‘Em”

…they’re not shifting this. Two weeks – and yes, it would be number one even without the downweighting rule. (By the way, I know the official term is “accelerated chart ratio”, but that would take even more explanation…) Oddly, sister track “16 Carriages” continues to struggle and has yet to make the top 40. I can understand why it’s not as big, but I’d have thought it would at least chart.

15. SZA – “Saturn”

This is the lead single from…well, it’s weird. It’s the lead single from something called “Lana”, which isn’t actually being released as a standalone album, but as a new second disc on a reissue of her previous album “SOS”. It makes no difference if you’re streaming, of course, but… why? Anyway, it’s a characteristically meandering but charming track, at least until the Mastercard advert at the end. Don’t look at me, this is the only official video I could find. It’s her highest position as a lead artist since “Kill Bill” reached number 3 in 2022.

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Feb 25

Charts – 23 February 2024

Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2024 by Paul in Music

After seven weeks at number 1 – and it would have been more without the Christmas flood – “Stick Season” is finally far enough past its peak to get hit by the downweighting rule, and drops to number 5. Our new number one is…

1. Beyoncé – “Texas Hold ‘Em”

Climbing from last week’s number 9, but that was based on a midweek release. Nonetheless, this was absolutely not a foregone conclusion. “Texas Hold ‘Em” is Beyoncé’s eighth UK number one, if you count Destiny’s Child records. The other seven are “Independent Women” (2000), “Survivor” (2001), “Crazy in Love” (2003), “Deja Vu” (with Jay-Z, 2006), “Beautiful Liar” (with Shakira, 2007), “If I Were a Boy” (2008) and “Telephone” (with Lady Gaga, 2009). You may note that the last of those was 15 years ago.

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Feb 17

Charts – 16 February 2024

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2024 by Paul in Music

I had completely forgotten that Noah Kahan was even in the album top ten but…

1. Noah Kahan – “Stick Season”
31. Noah Kahan – “Forever”

That’s seven weeks. You’d think it’d be tailing off by now – it’s been on the top 40 for a total of 19 weeks by now. But Noah Kahan is touring the UK right now, and he’s also released the deluxe edition of his third album, also titled “Stick Season”. That album was released in October 2022, and first showed up in the album chart in June 2023 when his got his first minor hit single (“Dial Drunk”). It re-entered the album top 40 back in October and it’s been climbing ever since. It’s been in the top five all year and it now climbs to number 1. Very, very few albums climb to number 1, let alone on this sort of timescale.

As for “Forever”, that’s the token original track from the new edition of the album – the rest of the new tracks are the duet versions of existing album tracks that he’s previously released as singles. “Forever” is not officially a single, which is unsurprising given that it has a very slow two and a half minute introduction. Kahan also has a third track in the top 40, “Homesick”, at number 11.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is still stuck at number 2, where “Murder on the Dancefloor” has spent five of the last six weeks.

9. Beyoncé – “Texas Hold ‘Em”

Beyoncé goes country. There was a time when I’d have said this might be a tough sell for the international audience, but country’s having a relatively good year in the singles chart. That said, it’s the more folky side of country that’s been doing okay in the UK, so I’ll be interested to see how this plays. It’s certainly a bold move.

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