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Charts – 17 May 2024

Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2024 by Paul in Music

This is the Eurovision chart, in an unusually controversial year for the show. But we’ll get to that.

1. Sabrina Carpenter – “Espresso”

That’s three weeks, and by a very small margin. It may not be entirely coincidental that her CD single was released on Thursday, just in time for its fan sales to boost her total.

2. Post Malone featuring Morgan Wallen – “I Had Some Help”

This is the lead single from Post Malone’s next album. He’s tacking to country – isn’t everyone? – but fans will be pleased to hear that there are still traces of annoying vocal processing. Mostly, though, it’s a perfectly fine  track for country radio. It’s better than I was expecting. Morgan Wallen is a big name in country, but his only previous appearance on the UK singles chart was with “Last Night”, an American number 1 that got to 28 here.

12. Myles Smith – “Stargazing”

Debut hit. He’s a singer-songwriter from London. It’s pop-folk, basically – a bit derivative but well done. Feels like it could have staying power.

18. Nemo – “The Code”

The Eurovision Song Contest has had an unusual year. The inclusion of Israel was hugely controversial for fairly obvious reasons. The TV audience was down heavily this year in the UK, which sounds like boycotts made an impact; at the same time, Israel won the UK phone vote and would have come second if the whole thing had been based solely on phone voting.

As it is, half of the voting is based on the national juries, and thanks to them, this is the 2024 winner. The fact that it’s nearly 20 places above the other two Eurovision tracks on the chart tends to vindicate the juries – and besides, “The Code” is genuinely good. (It had a very good live staging, too, which will have got it some extra points.)

Nemo doesn’t seem to be a particularly big name in Switzerland – they had some success in 2017/18 but don’t seem to have done much since then, unless you count coming fifth in the Swiss version of The Masked Singer. This is really good, though.

33. Harry Styles – “As It Was”

A 10-week number 1 from 2022. Apparently it’s in the soundtrack of an Anne Hathaway film on Amazon Prime; there’s no other apparent reason for it to be here.

36. Baby Lasagna – “Rim Tim Tagi Dim”

This is the Croatian entry for Eurovision, which was the winner of the phone vote and came second overall. Baby Lasagna is a guy called Marko Purišić – I can only assume the stage name sounds less awful to Croatians. “Rim Tim Tagi Dim” is gibberish in Croatian too. Despite what you might expect, it’s not a novelty record, though it is somewhat ironic – it’s supposed to be moving to the city and feeling like a country bumpkin. The video doesn’t do it any favours in that regard – the staging at Eurovision puts much more emphasis on its stadium rock elements, which was probably the smart choice. It reached number 1 at home.

37. Joost – “Europapa”

Ah. This is the Dutch entry, which was disqualified on the eve of the final after a backstage incident which led to the police being called – both sides have very different accounts of what happened. The Dutch national broadcaster was furious and refused to participate in announcing the scores. The live crowd hated the decision – the track was tipped as a favourite – and booed all the contest officials who appeared on screen.

I… don’t like it, really? It’s the sort of irony overdose that goes down well with a certain kind of Eurovision fan, but I’m not convinced it would have worked with the wider audience – particularly since it’s in Dutch and loses a lot from not being able to understand the lyrics.

If you’re wondering what happened to the UK entry, it’s at number 48.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Million Dollar Baby” by Tommy Richman climbs 7-3.
  • “Not Like Us” by Kendrick Lamar climbs 10-6 – the one track from last week that has more conventional single potential.
  • “Belong Together” by Mark Ambor climbs 13-11.
  • “Slow It Down” by Benson Boone climbs 23-16, finally making the top 20 in its seventh week on chart.

The six tracks leaving the top 40:

  • “Forget About Us” by Perrie, which entered at 10 and dropped straight out of the top 30, but hung around for three weeks in the 30s to avoid total disaster.
  • “We Can’t Be Friends (Wait For Your Love)” by Ariana Grande, which peaked at 2 and gets hit by the downweighting rule in its tenth week.
  • “Meet the Grahams” by Kendrick Lamar, after a week at number 28
  • “Push Ups” by Drake, which peaked at 14 and lasted three weeks.
  • “These Walls” by Dua Lipa, after a single week at 40 (but it’s an album track).
  • “Back on 74” by Jungle, after a 7-week run that peaked at 19.

On the album chart:

1. Taylor Swift – “The Tortured Poets Department”

Returning to number 1 for a third week.

2. Kings of Leon – “Can We Please Have Fun”

This is their ninth studio album. The first two Kings of Leon albums reached number 3 in 2003 and 2004, but every subsequent studio album has reached number 1 until now.

4. Gunna – “One of Wun”

Gunna’s fifth album comes out on top; this is his joint highest placing album, matching “DS4Ever” from 2022. Gunna did have a recent top 40 appearance as a guest on Tyla’s “Jump”, but none of the singles from this album made the top 100. Curiously, three album tracks which were not released as singles – “On One Tonight”, “Hakuna Matata” and the title track “One of Wun” – show up in the lower reaches of the top 100 this week.

7. Keane – “Hopes and Fears”

Anniversary reissue of Keane’s debut album, which spent four weeks at number 1 in 2004 plus a fifth in 2005 – it hung around in the top 40 for nearly a year. The band are still active – they haven’t released a new album since 2019, but they’re touring. All of their studio albums placed at number 1 except for the most recent, which was a 2.

13. Bugzy Malone – “The Great British Dream”

Officially his third studio album, though he’s also released three EPs that were long enough to qualify for the album chart. All of the others made the top 10; this is the first one to miss, though it’s close.

28. M Huncho & Potter Payper – “36 Hours”

Officially a mixtape rather than an album. This is surprisingly low – both guys made the top 10 last year with solo albums.

30. Gabrielle – “A Place in Your Heart”

Something’s gone very wrong here – Gabrielle’s last album, in 2021, reached the top 5. She’s never previously released a studio album that placed below 11.

31. Queen – “Rock Montreal”

This is a live album recorded in 1981. It was originally released in 2007, and got to number 20; it’s back now because the accompanying concert film has been added to Disney+.

36. Jordan Rakei – “The Loop”

He’s from New Zealand, but he’s based in London. This is his fifth studio album, but the first to make the top 40.

37. Big Special – “Postindustrial Hometown Blues”

Debut album by a duo from Birmingham. Interesting track; I should give this a listen.

Bring on the comments

  1. Evilgus says:

    This is why I enjoy the chart rundown, it points the reader in interesting directions. Big Special are great!

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