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Charts – 11 November 2016

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Paul in Music

Yes, I really will get to Deadpool v Gambit.  But you see, I explained last week that I was leaving it until I was in a better mood and…

So!  We’ve got a new number one!  And the next chart is out tomorrow so I’d better get this post up.

1.  Clean Bandit – “Rockabye”

Reaching number 1 in its third week, this is Clean Bandit’s second number one.  The other was their breakout hit “Rather Be” from 2014 – yes, I know “Mozart’s House” made number 17 the previous year, but that’s only number 17, and besides, “Mozart’s House” was a re-release of a gimmick record made back in 2010 long when they were playing the “strings and synths” angle mainly for novelty value.  “Rockabye” is at number 1 principally on sales, but it makes a respectable number 3 on the streaming chart as well.

5.  Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”

Edging its way up another place.

7.  Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Don’t Wanna Know”

Up four, to enter the top ten in its fourth week out.

13.  Louisa Johnson – “So Good”

That’s last year’s X Factor winner, who entered at number 20 last week.  Fortunately, her sales pattern turns out to be typical of the age (not always the case for talent show singles), so she’s gaining momentum.  It enters the streaming chart this week at number 25.

16.  Galantis & Hook N Sling – “Love On Me”

Climbing just another two places this week, so the momentum might be running out.

19.  Jonas Blue featuring Raye – “By Your Side”

Up 2 from last week’s entry position.  Interestingly, on the sales chart, it’s on the way down; on the streaming chart, it’s only just appeared, entering the top 40 at number 22.

24.  The Vamps featuring Matoma – “All Night”

The shift from sales to streaming has been (in chart place terms) a disaster for bands like the Vamps – a boy band who had strong first week sales from a core fan base but struggled to get traction with a wider audience.  The Vamps had four consecutive top five hits in 2013-2014, and yes, granted, their careers might have tailed off by now anyway.  Still, the chart record of this single is very telling about where they now sit.  The track was released four weeks ago and just missed the top 40, having reached number 17 in sales and, um, 85 in streaming.  It’s in the top 40 now because the remaining fan base have all bought the collector’s edition CD single – placing them at 9 in sales and 74 in streams.

26.  Fifth Harmony – “That’s My Girl”

This entered at number 31 three weeks ago and looked to be on its way out.  Not quite sure why it’s rebounding now.

31.  Kideo & George Kwali featuring Nadia Rose & Sweetie Irie – “Crank It (Woah!)”

Climbing one place.

36.  Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”

This doesn’t sound at first like an obvious song to make the top 40, but it’s number 1 in America.  It’s a viral thing.  Soundtrack to a meme, you know.  People pretend to be mannequins.  Who wouldn’t want to be a mannequin right now?  It’s big.  Anyway, “Rae Sremmurd” are a duo, and their name is meant to be “Ear Drummers” written backwards.  Although that really ought to be Sremmurd Rae, and that’s the sort of thing that vaguely niggles at me.

40.  Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall – “Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”

Another viral one!  People, um, film themselves dancing to it, apparently, I guess.  That’s a meme these days.  Bar is low.  The chart listing actually says “Zay Hilfiger”, but I’m figuring he knows how his own invented last name is spelt.  The credit is a little odd, because the backing track is taken in its entirety from Crime Mob’s 2004 single “Knuck If You Buck” – you’d think that’d merit a “featuring”.

On the album chart:

  • “The Heavy Entertainment Show” by Robbie Williams at number 1.  That’s his twelfth number one album.  Admittedly there’s a couple of greatest hits albums in there.  But looked at another way, only two Robbie Williams albums have ever missed number one, and they both got to number 2.  (Since you ask, it’s the 2003 “Live at Knebworth” album, which came out in the same week as Dido’s “Life For Rent”, and 2009’s “Reality Killed the Video Star”, which was beaten by JLS’s debut.)  Robbie Williams stopped having hit singles in 2013; the lead single from his album, “Party Like A Russian”, got to number 68.
  • “Together” by Michael Ball & Alfie Boe at 2.  It’s an album of Broadway classics covers.  The chart position is surprisingly high – Ball hasn’t been this high since his debut made number 1 in 1992, and Boe’s previous peak was number 6 for his two 2011-2 albums.  Overlapping audiences, I guess.  Here’s a promotional medley.
  • “This House Is Not For Sale” by Bon Jovi at 5.  It’s their thirteenth studio album and, amazingly, if it doesn’t progress further, it’ll be their lowest chart placing since “Slippery When Wet” in 1986 (unless you count the 2004 rarities box set “100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong”).  Title track.
  • “Here” by Alicia Keys at 21.  Wow, after a four year gap I’d have expected that to do better.  This is set to be her lowest place for a studio album.  Single: “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)”
  • “On Air” by Queen at 25.  It’s a compilation of their BBC radio session.  Sample track: “My Fairy King”.
  • “True Stories” by Russell Watson at 30.  Popular operatic crossover stuff.  He’s been going since 2000 and this is his fourteenth album (and the lowest placing by some margin).  Nothing on YouTube to promote it, so here’s the album on Spotify.

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