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Apr 17

Charts – 15 April 2022

Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2022 by Paul in Music

We’ve had some dull singles charts lately, but gosh, this is a really boring one.

1. Harry Styles – “As It Was”

Second week – which is more than he managed with his only other solo number one, “Sign of the Times”, back in 2017. It was closer than expected; at the start of the week his lead over the single below was equivalent to a few hundred sales, but it wound up being in the thousands.

2. Jack Harlow – “First Class”

This is… a surprise, to be honest. Jack Harlow has had two previous top 40 hits in the UK – “Whats Poppin”, which reached number 25 in 2020, and his guest shot on Lil Nas X’s “Industry Baby”, which got to number 3 last year. His previous single “Nail Tech” missed the top 40, so he’s certainly not here on the strength of fanbase. I wouldn’t have thought this was an obvious candidate for a breakthrough hit – the chorus is lifted from “Glamorous” by Fergie, which is one of her better singles, but hardly a lost classic. (It reached number 6 in 2007.) Harlow’s version is better, mind you.

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Apr 10

Charts – 8 April 2022

Posted on Sunday, April 10, 2022 by Paul in Music

It’s another week with very few new entries, but at least this time it’s because nobody wants to go up against…

1. Harry Styles – “As It Was”

I see you’re the Weeknd now, Harry. Fair enough. This is the lead single from his third album, and his second solo number one. The first was his solo debut “Sign of the Times”, which was number one in its first week of release in 2017 – it dropped to 4 the following week, but to be fair, it hung around the top 10 for seven weeks total.

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Mar 25

Charts – 25 March 2022

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2022 by Paul in Music

We won’t be long with this one.

1. Dave – “Starlight”

A third week for Dave in a very, very dull top ten – the top seven is completely static. By the way, his only other number 1, “Freaky Friday”, only had a week. So by that metric, this is comfortably his biggest hit.

Anyway, in search of new entries we have to trawl all the way down to…

31. Joel Corry, David Guetta & Bryson Tiller – “What Would You Do”

They’re not kidding about that strobe warning at the start of the video, by the way. Anyhow, this is very much what you expect from something credited to Joel Corry and David Guetta – it’s very polished, it’s very professional, you can hear their signature stuff in it. You don’t come to these guys for innovation.

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Mar 20

Charts – 18 March 2022

Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2022 by Paul in Music

Another quiet week for singles.

1. Dave – “Starlight”

That’s two weeks, and it’s on course for a third.

2. Aitch featuring Ashanti – “Baby”

Dave might be able to afford to buy out the sample credits, but Aitch is still doing it the traditional way. Ashanti’s “featuring” credit is thanks to this track sampling her 2003 hit “Rock Wit U (Aww Baby)”. That track got to number 7 in the UK and was part of a respectable run of top 10 hits, though her only number one was as a guest on a Ja Rule single, “Wonderful”. She hasn’t had a hit single since 2008.

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Mar 14

Charts – 11 March 2022

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2022 by Paul in Music

Behold the changing of the guard.

1. Dave – “Starlight”

Surprise release of (presumably) the lead single from his new album. It’s his second number one, the first being 2018’s “Funky Driday”, but he’s had another nine top ten hits in the interim. So hardly a surprise that he gets there in the end.

Somehow or other, Dave has managed to get himself a sole writer credit on this, despite the entire backing track being based on the Macaron Project’s cover of “Fly Me To The Moon”.

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Mar 4

Charts – 4 March 2022

Posted on Friday, March 4, 2022 by Paul in Music

Well, at least nothing’s happening on the chart.

1. Carolina Gaitan, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero & Stephanie Beatriz – “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”

That’s seven weeks at number one. All three Encanto songs are still in the top 10, with “Surface Pressure” at 5 and “The Family Madrigal” at 10 – the other two do seem to have peaked, though. And our highest new entry is…

25. Central Cee – “Straight Back To It”

Ah, filming your video at Chelsea’s stadium. Good week for that. Anyway, this is the last in a veritable barrage of singles that Central Cee has released in support of his album “23”, which enters at number 1 – his debut last year, “Wild West”, was a number 2 album. Central Cee has really churned out the supporting singles for this album, which is an interesting technique – “Straight Back To It” is his fifth top 40 hit of the year. One was the “Daily Duppy” freestyle (number 35), but the four proper singles all landed between 21 and 25. No guest stars on any of them, either – Central Cee has appeared as a guest on the D-Block Europe song “Overseas” (currently at 9), but he’s unusually un-keen on having other people on his own records.

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Feb 26

Charts – 25 February 2022

Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2022 by Paul in Music

We talk about him incessantly, I think you’ll find.

1. Carolina Gaitan, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero & Stephanie Beatriz – “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”

That’s six weeks. As for the other Encanto songs, “Surface Pressure” returns to 3 this week – it’s spent six weeks now hovering between 3 and 5 – while “The Family Madrigal” is still at 8.

6. Mimi Webb – “House On Fire”

Presumably the first single from her next album. This becomes her highest placing single, beating last year’s “Good Without” (which got to number 8). The singles from the last album were mostly mid paced ballads, so this is a bit of a shift, positioning her more as an 80s pop act. It’s not subtle, but I like the hook.

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Feb 20

Charts – 18 February 2022

Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2022 by Paul in Music

This really does seem to be unshiftable.

1. Carolina Gaitan, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero & Stephanie Beatriz – “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”

Five weeks. It has peaked, but it’s still comfortably in the lead. As for the other two Encanto songs, “Surface Pressure” drops to 4, and “The Family Madrigal” rebounds 9-8 (which is still below its peak of 7).

2. Ed Sheeran – “The Joker and the Queen”

Not an obvious choice of single, this is the track from last year’s “=” album that Ed Sheeran performed at the Brit Awards, and then followed up with a new version featuring Taylor Swift. Even though that’s the version with the video, and it accounts for the vast majority of streams, for some reason the label hasn’t nominated it as the lead version – and so the song appears on the chart credited simply to Ed Sheeran as per the original album version.

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Feb 12

Charts – 11 February 2021

Posted on Saturday, February 12, 2022 by Paul in Music

Well, this just isn’t going anywhere, is it?”

1. Carolina Gaitan, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero & Stephanie Beatriz – “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”

There are still three Encanto songs in the top 10, with “Surface Pressure” climbing to 3, and “The Family Madrigal” hanging in there at 9.

5. ArrDee & Aitch – “War”

That matches the peak of ArrDee’s last single “Flowers”, and two of his other 2021 singles peaked at 6. He’s certainly consistent. Aitch gets his first hit of the year, and returns to the top 10 for the first time since spring 2020. It’s not bad at all, but I’ve heard better Aitch singles.

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Feb 5

Charts – 4 February 2022

Posted on Saturday, February 5, 2022 by Paul in Music

The Disney era continues.

1. Carolina Gaitan, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero & Stephanie Beatriz – “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”

Three weeks. The top 4 is static, which means “Surface Pressure” by Jessica Darrow gets a second week at number 4. And “The Family Madrigal” by Stephanie Beatriz, Olga Merediz & The Cast of Encanto climbs 11-7, giving Disney three top ten hits. It’s not the first time that the top 10 has contained three songs from the same soundtrack, but you have to go back to the late 70s (Grease and Saturday Night Fever).

As for new entries… yeah, it’s quiet.

25. Central Cee – “Cold Shoulder”

Already on to his third hit single of 2022, and it’s only the start of February. In fact, if you count his appearance on “Overseas” by D-Block Europe it’s four – that song entered at 8 just before Christmas, returned to the top 10 after the festive glut, and finally reaches a new peak of number 6 this week. Central Cee’s own 2022 hits have all peaked outside the top 20, but boy there’s a lot of them.

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