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Charts – 31 May 2024

Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024 by Paul in Music

It’s a quiet week on the singles chart.

1. Sabrina Carpenter – “Espresso”

That’s five weeks. The top three are all non-movers, with Billie Eilish’s “Lunch” at 2, and Shaboozey’s “A Bar Song (Tipsy)” at 3.

4. Central Cee featuring Lil Baby – “Band4Band”

The highest new entry by quite some margin, though it feels like autopilot stuff to me. Number 4 is way above average for Central Cee, though. It’s his highest position since Sprinter reached number 1 last year, and that gave equal billing to Dave; as sole lead artist, it’s his biggest hit since “Doja” reached number 2 in 2022. By most people’s standards that wouldn’t be so long ago, but Central Cee is quite prolific – this is his fourth top 40 hit of the year (none of the others got above 18).

Lil Baby hasn’t had a UK hit single since 2022, and it’s only his second appearance in the top 10 – the first was on Drake’s “Girls Want Girls”, which reached number 2 in 2021. His highest position as a lead artist is number 26.

All this week’s other new entries are outside the top 30.

31. Zach Bryan – “Pink Skies”

Zach Bryan gets a second UK hit to follow “I Remember Everything” (with Kacey Musgraves), which reached number 14 and hung around for ages.  It’s the lead single from him upcoming album “The Great American Bar Scene”. The presence of outright country singles in the top 40 is becoming routine.

35. Teddy Swims – “The Door”

The follow-up to “Lose Control”, which is still hanging around at number 19. With 18 weeks in the top 10, and two weeks at number 2, it was unlucky to miss being a number 1. “The Door” has struggled to make headway by comparison; it’s been climbing from the lower reaches over the previous five weeks and only now makes the top 40. It’s perfectly fine, but seems to have been overshadowed.

38. The Script – “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”

This was a big hit in 2008-9, when it peaked at number 2 and spent more than half a year in the top 40. Apparently it’s here because it was used in a viral video about football or something. The band have a new album due out later in the year, their first since the death last year of guitarist Mark Sheehan.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Birds of a Feather” by Billie Eilish climbs 9-5, which is unusual for an album track. (The other album track, “Chihiro”, drops 7-11.)
  • “Stargazing” by Myles Smith climbs 14-9 to enter the top 10.
  • “As It Was” by Harry Styles climbs 33-30.
  • “Valerie” by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse reaches a new peak for its current run, with a thrilling chart record of 38-39-39-38-36.

Yes, it’s that boring. The four records leaving the top 40:

  • “Texas Hold ‘Em” by Beyoncé finally leaves us after five weeks at number 1 and 15 weeks in the top 40.
  • “Euphoria” by Kendrick Lamar peaked at 11 and had three weeks in the top 40.
  • “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield ends an improbable 20-week revival run where it peaked at 12.
  • “The Code” by Nemo had two weeks in the top 40, peaking at number 18 – perfectly respectable for a Eurovision record.

The longest running single in the top 40 is still “Stick Season” by Noah Kahan at 34 weeks and counting; it’s at number 21 this week.

The album chart is busier.

1. Taylor Swift – “The Tortured Poets Department”

Returning to number one for a third run, and its fourth week in total.

2. Twenty One Pilots – “Clancy”

Matching the peak of their 2018 album “Trench”; the follow-up got to number 3. The single “Overcompensate” made the top 40 in March.

4. Paul Weller – “66” 

His seventeenth solo album. His last two studio albums reached number 1, so this is on the low side for him.

5. Bring Me The Horizon – “Post Human – Nex Gen”

This album includes singles going back as far as 2021, two of which made the top 40 last year (“Lost” and “Kool-Aid”). Their previous two albums made number 1, and this is actually their lowest position since 2010. Still top 5, though.

12. Meekz – “Tru”

Exactly the same position as its predecessor “Respect the Come Up” from last year.

33. Chappell Roan – “The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess”

A rare case of an album climbing into the top 40 long after release – this album came out in 2023 to widespread acclaim and a chart position somewhere outside the top 100. It’s obviously getting interest as a spillover from the single “Good Luck Babe”, which isn’t on the album.

37. RM – “Right Place Wrong Person”

Another BTS solo project. RM stands for Rap Monster (or at least used to), and he’s officially the group’s leader, so you might expect some sort of pop-rap affair. In fact, it’s a weird, uncommercial record which is well worth a listen. There are more radio-friendly tracks on the album than the one above, but “Domodachi” is more representative.

38. Wallows – “Model”

Indie band from LA. It’s their third album, and the first to chart in the UK.

Bring on the comments

  1. K says:

    When I was in school, it was cool to say that you listened to “anything but rap and country”.

    Soon there will be nothing else to listen to.

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