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Charts – 25 May 2018

Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2018 by Paul in Music

A quiet week for the singles chart, less so for the albums.

1.  Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”

That’s six weeks, which matches Calvin Harris’s previous best – “We Found Love” with Rihanna, back in 2011.  And that did it in two goes.  Casting about for something new to say about it, the Official Charts Company have come up with the information that this is now the longest running number one by a Scottish act since 1994 (when Wet Wet Wet’s “Love is All Around” was number one for 15 weeks).  In fact, within the last decade, the only Scottish acts to have a UK number one single were Calvin Harris himself, and Emeli Sande.

12.  Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – “Solo”

This week’s highest new entry. It’s a break-up song, it’s called “Solo” and it’s got a hand in the graphic.  Subtle!

Clean Bandit singles reliably make the top 5, but it sometimes takes them a few weeks to get there – after all, entering this high at all is relatively unusual these days.  Supposedly they’re still working on a second album, but since the first one came out in 2014 and they’ve released six new singles since then, you could be forgiven for wondering if they’ve moved to the Calvin Harris model of just releasing singles and treating the album as a collected edition.

It’s the first time we’ve heard from Demi Lovato this year; her last hit was “Sorry Not Sorry”, which scraped the top 10 last summer.

35.  Tom Walker – “Leave a Light On”

This came out in January, and peaked at number 41.  But it was a number one in France, and a hit across mainland Europe, so you can see why they’re giving it another shot.  Also, it’s being used in a car advert.

It’s heartfelt songwriter-y verses with some 2018 annoying-noise-playing-a-hook choruses.  I can understand it being a hit, but it’s rather irritating.

40.  Ramz – “Family Tree”

A belated second hit, after “Barking” reached number 2 last Christmas.  He’s had a couple of other singles out this year, but this is the first one to get any traction on the chart.  It’s better than “Barking”, to be honest, which struck me as a bit gimmicky; this is a convincingly straight tribute to his community.

And that’s the new entries.  The climbers have a few more notable points…

  • “2002” by Anne-Marie moves 5-4, which matches the peak of her previous single “Friends”.
  • “Answerphone” by Banx & Ranx + Ella Eyre featuring Yxng Bane moves 7-5.  That makes it Eyre’s biggest hit since “Gravity” in 2015.
  • “I’ll Be There” by Jess Glynne moves 13-6, for her tenth top ten hit.
  • “Flames” by David Guetta featuring Sia moves 9-7.
  • “German” by EO moves 15-13.
  • “If You’re Over Me” by Years & Years climbs 38-24, which is higher than the previous single “Sanctify” (just).
  • “Man Down” by Shakka featuring AlunaGeorge climbs 40-28.  That’s AlunaGeorge’s biggest hit since “Catching Flies” back in 2013.
  • “Back to You” by Selena Gomez climbs 39-29.

Over on the album chart, The Greatest Showman Soundtrack returns to number 1 yet again for a fifth time, and a sixteenth week in total.  Number 2 is “Electric Light” by James Bay; we had the single “Wild Love” back in February when it reached 39.  This is the guy who did “Hold Back the River” in 2014, which led to a number one album the following year; clearly he’s transitioned directly to the album market for this one.

7.  Five Finger Death Punch – “And Justice For None”

This lot have been around since 2007 releasing albums with names like “War is the Answer” and “American Capitalist”.  The single above is, to be honest, rather subdued for a band called Five Finger Death Punch.  Their previous studio album made number 6, which was a big step up for them; looks like they’ve kept up the momentum.

8.  BTS – “Love Yourself – Tear”

Blimey, a K-pop boy band.  That’s not something we normally see on the album chart.

BTS stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan.  The literal translation is “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”, which is clearly a fantastic name for a boy band.  They have had hits in Japan, and a track called “Mic Drop” made the regular Billboard 100 last year (admittedly as a Steve Aoki remix).  Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook are huge stars in South Korea, where the local edition of Forbes rated them as last year’s most influential celebrities.  But… the album chart?  Not the singles chart?  Huh.

The single above came desperately close to making the singles top 40; it’s at 42 this week.  The video is a very pretty epic that feels like a throwback to an era of music video budgetary excess.

9.  Courtney Barnett – “Tell Me How You Really Feel”

Australian singer, beating the number 16 peak of her 2015 debut album “Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit”.  I really like the indie-throwback single above, but hey, I’m old.

11.  Sheku Kanneh-Mason – “Inspiration”

This reached number 18 in February, but re-enters on the back of his performance at the Royal Wedding.  You can’t buy that sort of publicity.

If you thought the thing about Scottish number ones was barrel-scraping trivia, you’ll love this: this is now the highest-charting cello album ever, beating the number 15 peak of Julian Lloyd-Webber’s 1990 album “Lloyd-Webber Plays Lloyd-Webber”.

18.  Ash – “Islands”

Huh.  Ash’s 2015 comeback album “Kablammo” missed the top 40 (just), so number 18 is a surprising return to form.  Returning to their previous label may have helped.

21.  Joe Bonamassa – “British Blues Explosion – Live”

It’s a live album, obviously.  It was recorded in 2016 and the set consists of covers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, hence the name.

24.  Nav – “Reckless”

Canadian rapper, chart debut, debut album (if you ignore four mixtapes), and only a trailer on YouTube.    The reviews seem to be middling.

27.  Parquet Courts – “Wide Awake”

Texan indie band on their sixth album, but charting for the first time – possibly because Danger Mouse has a hand in this album too.  The single above starts well and then doesn’t go anywhere.

28.  Ray Lamontagne – “Part of the Light”

His seventh album, and since the last one missed the top 40, he should be pleased enough with this.

38.  Half Man Half Biscuit – “No-One Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut”

Finally, an unexpected (if borderline) album top 40 appearance for Half Man Half Biscuit, who’ve been around since 1985 and have never previously made it above number 59.  Despite what it says on the album’s Wikipedia page, I’m fairly confident that this was not in fact Steve Wright’s album of the week on Radio 2.

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