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Charts – 4 July 2021

Posted on Saturday, July 3, 2021 by Paul in Music

Ah, he’s back.

1. Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits”

The lead single from Ed Sheeran’s fifth album, and… well, it’s one of his electropop efforts, and it’s fine, but nothing outstanding. It feels like it’s jumped straight to a slightly uninspired European remix from three years ago. Still, it’s his tenth number one, which is elite company – there are only six acts who have had more than ten number ones. Admittedly, one of them is Westlife.

In a couple of places, this is being talked up as his first solo single in four years. That’s technically true if you choose to ignore everything from his 2019 collaborations album, even though all the singles were credited as “Ed Sheeran featuring.” But come on.

9. Doja Cat & The Weeknd – “You Right”
14. Doja Cat featuring SZA – “Kiss Me More”
29. Doja Cat – “Ain’t Shit”

The maximum three tracks from her album “Planet Her”, which enters at number 3. That’s a huge improvement from her 2019 album “Hot Pink”, which only got to number 96 on release. Mind you, it managed a week at number 38 last year on the back of “Say So” becoming a number 2 hit – and it hung around just outside the top 40 for quite a while.

“You Right” is an official release-week single, and also gives the Weeknd two concurrent top 10 hits – “Save Your Tears” is a non-mover at 3. “Kiss Me More” was the previous single, and it’s on its way down. “Ain’t Shit” is technically an album track, but there’s a video for a live version (of indifferent sound quality). The title, even in that form, might be described as a polite concession to airplay.

25. Tyler, The Creator featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again & Ty Dolla $ign – “Wusyaname”

From the album “Call Me If You Get Lost”, which enters the album chart at number 4. That’s the same position as his previous album, 2019’s “Igor”. The featured artist credit for Ty Dolla $ign is seriously generous – he seems to be chipping in a few “ooh yeahs”. I’m not sure “You can tell me everything that’s on your chest, baby, get it off” is the best chat-up line when you’re still at the stage of asking what her name is, but maybe that’s just me.

Tyler doesn’t have many hit singles in this country; his highest chart position is number 17, for 2019’s “Earfquake”.

27. Aitch – “Learning Curve”

Well, that’s… certainly jagged. They’ve chucked a lot of money at that video, too, considering it’s hardly his most commercial track. That said, number 27 is his highest position as lead artist since “Rain” reached number 3 last year. (And that was a co-lead with AJ Tracey. If you want a straightforward “Aitch featuring” credit, you’re going back to “Buss Down” in 2019.)

30. Jonasu – “Black Magic”

Jonasu is a Dutch/German producer, and this is his debut hit. This has been out for months – the video was posted before Christmas. It seems to be charting now because it’s been used in the soundtrack for ITV’s psychological torture festival, Love Island.

33. Tones & I – “Fly Away”

Tones & I finally manages a follow-up to her 2019 number 1 “Dance Monkey”, and strikes her name off the list of pure one-hit wonders. This is another track that’s been out for months and can thank TikTok for finally getting some traction. This will be a great relief to artist and label, since the album it’s meant to be promoting is out next month.

34. Fredo – “Talk of the Town”

“Shall we make a completely generic UK rap video?” “No. Let’s hire a different vehicle.”

Decent track, though.

35. Marshmello & The Jonas Brothers – “Leave Before You Love Me”

Oh, I’m sure that won’t be a problem.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Heartbreak Anthem” by Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix climbs 5-4. That matches Galantis’ all-time best, with “Runaway (U&I”) in 2015, and “No Money” in 2016. Guetta really is seeing a resurgence – he has three tracks on the top 40 at the moment, the others being “Remember” with Becky Hill – which climbs 22-16 – and “Bed” by Joel Corry & Raye.
  • Måneskin climb 6-5 with “I Wanna Be Your Slave” and 10-7 with “Beggin'”. It’s clearly more than a novelty surge on the back of the Eurovision win.
  • “By Your Side” by Calvin Harris featuring Tom Grennan climbs 11-10. That’s Calvin Harris’s first top 10 hit since “Giant” at the start of 2019, though he only released one single in 2020 (a collaboration with the Weeknd that somehow managed to stall at number 33). Grennan has now had three top ten hits in a matter of months. “Let’s Go Home Together” with Ella Henderson is hanging in there at 38, while “Little Bit of Love” finally drops out of the top 40 this week.
  • “Three Lions” by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds rebounds 34-22, after falling 22-34 last week. Symmetry! With England doing well, this has a decent chance of charting next week. There’s been some news coverage grumbling that it could be denied a number 1 position by the chart rules that downweight older songs, but that didn’t stop it getting to number 1 in 2018.

On the album chart:

1. Jack Savoretti – “Europiana”

I always get this guy confused with – what’s his name? The guy who paints pictures of people with umbrellas on a beach? Ah, that’s Jack Vettriano, apparently. Anyway, this is Jack Savoretti’s fourth top ten album and his second number one, so you’d think I’d be able to remember who he is by now. But somehow he goes right through me.

Number 3 is Doja Cat, and number 4 is Tyler the Creator, both of which we’ve already covered.

8. John Grant – “Boy From Michigan”

He is indeed, though he’s lived in Reykjavik for years now. This is his fifth studio album, and his second to make the top ten. The video’s worth a play – the still they’ve chosen doesn’t really sell it.

26. Gorgon City – “Olympia”

Their third album, the second to chart. Unusually, it was their 2014 debut that gave them their other hit album, reaching number 10 – the follow-up missed the top 40. None of the singles from this album did anything – they didn’t even make the top 100 – so they’ve clearly become an albums act.

30. Buckcherry – “Hellbound”

Someone likes AC/DC. Buckcherry are a Californian rock band who’ve been around on and off since last century. This is their ninth album, and the first to make the UK top 40.

39. Beartooth – “Below”

And we finish off with more US rock. Beartooth are on their fourth album; only one charted in this country, with “Aggressive” reaching number 35 in 2016.

Bring on the comments

  1. MikeyW says:

    Hahahahaha… “slightly uninspired European mix from three years ago”… that describes the Sheeran song exactly… I much enjoy your knack to nail a subpar song (or comic) with such accurate, biting words

  2. Mark Coale says:

    Waiting for three lions and world in motion and vindaloo to all chart this week.

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