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Charts – 23 July 2021

Posted on Friday, July 23, 2021 by Paul in Music

It’s one of those singles charts that would be dead if it wasn’t for the spillover from album releases.

1. Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits”

Four weeks. It’s still not growing on me.

14. Pop Smoke featuring Dua Lipa – “Demeanor”

This is the lead single from “Faith”, which enters the album chart at number 3. It’s his third album, two of which were posthumous. Posthumous albums are a dubious exercise at the best of times, at least when they go beyond completing a final product to pillaging the archives for material that the artist consciously chose not to release during life. This single is perfectly fine on its merits, but it’s hard to look past the fact that it’s essentially an unreleased Pop Smoke fragment plastered over a Dua Lipa track.

It does seem likely that Dua Lipa’s name is helping the chart position – the next highest track from the album is ‘Tell the Vision” at number 55, and that’s got Kanye West on it! – but this is a track which is being officially promoted as a single, not just a case of cherrypicking.

24. KSI featuring Lil Durk – “No Time”
33. Anne-Marie, KSI & Digital Farm Animals – “Don’t Play”
40. KSI featuring Jay1 & Deno – “Gang Gang”

KSI also has his new album out this week, “All Over The Place”, which gives him his first number 1. (Its predecessor, “Dissimulation”, got to 2.) KSI’s now five years into his music career and has incontrovertibly made the transition from being a social media star who releases records, to a pop star who got started on YouTube. The Anne-Marie collab “Don’t Play”, which reached number 2 back in January, appears on this album and re-enters from outside the top 100, but the chart compilers seem to be treating it as principally an Anne-Marie track, as it’s not counting towards KSI’s three-song limit – “Holiday”, his current single, is still in the top 10 at number 7. The other two tracks are just cherrypicked album tracks, though “Gang Gang” in particular would be a fairly obvious choice of single.

34. Central Cee – “Little Bit of This”

This is Central Cee’s fourth top 40 hit since making his chart debut last November. It’s his first new material since releasing his mixtape in March, which makes a number 34 debut slightly surprising… but then it has only been a few months. It’s got a strong enough hook to go further, though.

37. Sigala & Rita Ora – “You for Me”

This is Rita Ora’s first appearance in the top 40 since 2019, when she appeared on a Tiesto track that got to number 24. That’s not for want of trying – a stand-alone single called “How to be Lonely” bombed out at 57 last year, and “Big” reached number 53 earlier this year. She has not had a good pandemic, and that may not have helped her cause. Bluntly, she really needs a hit, and she needs this to go higher.

And that’s it for new entries. The climbers:

  • “Stay” by Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber climbs 5-2. That matches the peak of Kid Laroi’s big hit “Without You”.
  • “Heartbreak Anthem” by Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix climbs 6-3. That’s now Galantis’s biggest hit, beating the number 4 peak of two singles in 2015/6.
  • “Black Magic” by Jonasu enters the top 10, climbing 11-4.
  • “I Wanna Be Your Slave” by Måneskin climbs 7-5 (where it’s been before), and “Beggin'” by Måneskin climbs 8-6 (which is a new peak). “Slave” has a video now.
  • “Remember” by Becky Hill & David Guetta climbs 15-10. This is only Becky Hill’s third top ten hit – the others were appearances on a Sigala track, “Wish You Well”, in 2019, and on Oliver Helden’s number 1 “Gecko (Overdrive) in 2014.
  • “Fly Away” by Tones & I climbs 26-16, so it’s more than just a token second hit.
  • “Talk About” by Rain Radio & DJ Craig Gorman climbs 40-21, which is a huge jump in this day and age. It’s going to do well.
  • “Summer 91 (Looking Back)” by Noizu re-enters at 32 (technically, a 60-place rebound from 92), because it’s being used on Love Island. It peaked at 19 earlier in the year.

On the album chart, the KSI album is number 1. (Last week’s number one, by Inhaler, drops all the way to 19, so very much a core audience record.) Pop Smoke is 3.

4. John Mayer – “Sob Rock”

His joint highest placed album, equalling 2012’s “Born and Raised” and 2013’s “Paradise Valley”. He’ll be pleased about that, because the intervening album – 2017’s “The Search for Everything” – only got to 16. It’s… very eighties.

17. The Foo Fighters – “The Dee Gees: Hail Satin” 

Originally a Record Store Day release, but now available digitally. Basically it’s half an album of Dave Grohl doing Bee Gees covers, rounded out with some live versions of tracks from the last proper Foo Fighters album.

37. Stephen Fretwell – “Busy Guy”

His fourth album, only the second to make the top 40. The other was 2005’s “Magpie”, which reached number 27 – that one included “Run”, which was used as the theme tune to Gavin & Stacey.

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