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Charts – 17 September 2021

Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2021 by Paul in Music

A lot of good stuff this week!

1. Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”

Well, the 11-week reign of Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” is over, and it’s replaced by another Ed Sheeran song. (A better one, if you ask me, though the video is trying way too hard.) “Bad Habits” is still hanging on at a very respectable number 3, and while we’ve all probably forgotten about it, he has a third track on the chart too – “Visiting Hours”, which entered at number 5 at the start of the month and is currently at 19.

It’s his 11th number 1 single and it seems to have some element of week-one fanbase support to it – around 15% of its chart points come from CD single sales, which is, er, unusual in this day and age.

Sheeran has replaced himself at number 1 before, in 2018, although in that case it was his own “Perfect” being replaced by “River”, the Eminem track where he guested. The list of other acts who have replaced themselves at number 1 is remarkably short: the Beatles, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.

This means Ed Sheeran has now been at number 1 for 12 weeks straight, albeit with different songs. That’s the longest run at the top for a single artist since 2017 when… um, Ed Sheeran managed 13 weeks. That was “Shape of You”.

5. Central Cee – “Obsessed With You”

This is Central Cee’s second top ten hit, following “Commitment Issues”, which reached number 9 in March. It’s very short, clocking in at under two minutes. In a remarkably short turnaround time, he’s basically rapping over “Just for Me” by Pinkpantheress, which reached number 27… er, three weeks ago. The original is currently at number 43. Heaven only knows how he got away without crediting her.

11. Drake featuring Young Thug & Future – “Way 2 Sexy”

This was the official single from Drake’s album “Certified Lover Boy”, which failed to make the chart last week. That’ll be due to the chart rules that limit each artist to three tracks as lead artist – Drake already had “Girls Want Girls” at 2, “Fair Trade” at 3 and “Champagne Poetry” at 5, so it’s a pretty safe bet that he had a load of other tracks that would otherwise have placed within the top 40. “Girls Want Girls” is a non-mover at 2 this week; “Fair Trade” drops to 6, and “Champagne Poetry” evidently dropped somewhere below this.

Why didn’t it chart last week, despite being the promoted single? Well, it’s based on “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred, and it seems to have divided the audience a bit. There’s a lot of people who don’t listen to Drake for this.

23. CKay – “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)”

Nigerian pop. This was a hit in Africa and the Middle East last year, and it’s now getting traction in Europe, helped by some support on TikTok. It’s good, too! It’s the debut hit for CKay himself.

25. Mimi Webb – “24/5”

This is Mimi Webb’s third hit of the year, following “Good Without” (number 8) and “Dumb Love” (number 12). “Good Without” also entered around this level and grew, so we’ll see how this does. It certainly qualifies as a successful artist launch, especially for an artist whose material might be seen as a bit MOR by the standards of the modern top 40. She’s perfectly suited to appearing on the Strictly Come Dancing results show – which is fine, but more normally the province of the album chart.

26. Digga D – “2K17”

Digga D is one of those odd acts whose chart positions are absolutely all over the place. If nothing else, that shows that the tracks that really take off are doing it by reaching beyond his core audience. His previous single, “Wasted”, got to number 6 and managed two weeks in the top 10. Still, he rarely climbs significantly from his entry point, and I doubt this is going to break the pattern.

35. The Anxiety / WILLOW / Tyler Cole – “Meet Me At Our Place”

This has been out since March, but it’s only charting now, thanks to support from TikTok. The Anxiety are Willow Smith and Tyler Cole – it’s one of those weird cases where the individual members have been listed as well as the collaboration name, presumably for ease of searching and out of fear that nobody will know who the Anxiety are. So Willow gets a third hit to her name, joining “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” from earlier this year, and “Whip My Hair” from 2010.  It’s not bad at all, either.

40. Dermot Kennedy – “Better Days”

Climbing from last week’s number 41, this has been hovering in the 40s and 50s for six weeks. It’s clearly struggled to get traction, but at least it’s a technical hit.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Cold Heart” by Elton John & Dua Lipa climbs 11-4. That’s now Dua Lipa’s highest position since “Physical” in 2020. I quite like this, but it’s done a lot better than I expected.
  • “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals climbs 10-8, as its second wave continues.
  • “Woman” by Doja Cat climbs to 14 after spending three weeks stuck at 20.
  • “My Heart Goes (La Di Da)” by Becky Hil & Topic climbs 31-24.
  • “Verdansk” by Dave re-enters at 28, having entered at 4 as an album track back at the start of August; it’s now being promoted as a single, and has a video. It had only just dropped out of the top 40 last week.
  • “If You Really Love Me (How Will I Know)” by David Guetta, Mistajam & John Newman climbs 39-36 in its third week on the chart. Slow, but it’s sticking around.

On the album chart, it’s a really busy – and really strong – week.

1. The Manic Street Preachers – “The Ultra Vivid Lament”

Amazingly, this is only the Manic Street Preachers’ second number one album. The other one was 1998’s “This is My Truth Tell Me Yours”. “Everything Must Go” only got to number 2 – it was held off by a George Michael album. The other albums from their commercial peak did less well than you might think. “Gold Against the Soul” was a number 8; “The Holy Bible” was number 6.

2. Steps – “What the Future Holds – Part 2”

Believe it or not, Steps have now released three consecutive number 2 studio albums since re-forming. The rather odd title of this album is apparently because it started off as the material that was supposed to appear on the deluxe edition of last year’s “What the Future Holds”. The track above features guest vocals from Michelle Visage, which tells you where they see their target audience.

Michelle Visage has actually had a UK hit single – she was the vocalist on S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.’s version of “It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day”, which reached number 17 in 1993. In America, she had a number 2 hit in 1989 as a member of a girl group called Seduction.

Oddly enough, the only previous Manics number 1 album also held off a Steps album at number 2.

4. The Stranglers – “Dark Matters”

The Stranglers haven’t released a studio album since 2012; this one includes performances by keyboardist Dave Greenfield, who died from Covid last year. Jet Black has also now retired, leaving JJ Burnel as the only remaining member from their 1970s heyday – the rest of the current line-up joined in the 2000s. Burnel is now 69, so there must be a decent chance that this is the last album to appear under the Stranglers’ name.

The Stranglers haven’t even made the top 40 with a studio album since 1995, and they haven’t been this high up the chart since their 1990 greatest hits album. For a Stranglers studio album to get this high, you’re going back to “Feline” in 1983. But if the single above is any indication, it deserves it. It’s way better than I was expecting.

5. The Vaccines – “Back in Love City”

The Vaccines have been releasing albums since 2011, and they haven’t missed the top five yet.

8. Metallica – “Metallica”

30th anniversary reissue. It reached number 1 on release in 1991, though only for a week – in fact, it’s only spent a total of 11 weeks on the album top 40 in its history. But it’s been a perennial seller ever since, showing up on and off in the lower reaches of the top 100.

10. Kacey Musgraves – “Star-Crossed”

Her fifth album, the fourth to chart in the UK, and a fairly clear departure from straight country. It’s her second top ten album, but doesn’t match the number 6 place of its predecessor “Golden Hour”.

14. Saint Etienne – “I’ve Been Trying to Tell You”

That’s Saint Etienne’s highest position since “Tiger Bay”, their final top ten album from 1994. Its predecessor, 2017’s “Home Counties”, only made number 31. It’s kind of a concept album about dreamy nostalgia for the 90s (you know, when there was hope), and there’s a short film to accompany it.

21. Amyl & The Sniffers – “Comfort to Me”

From Australia, and making their top 40 debut. Their self-titled debut from 2019 only got to number 91, so this is a huge step up. Look, what do you think a band called Amyl & The Sniffers sound like?

23. Low – “Hey What”

The highest place yet for indie veterans Low, who finally got their first top 40 album in 2015 with “Ones and Sixes”, and got to the dizzy heights of 26 with its follow-up “Double Negative” in 2018. Their epic electronics and distortion direction is perhaps not what people familiar with their early work might expect, but it’s an interesting listen for all that.

24. Death of Guitar Pop – “Pukka Sounds”

They’re a ska band from Essex. It’s their third album, but the first top make the top 100, let alone the top 40.

25. Marillion – “Fugazi”

Deluxe reissue of their second album, which reached number 5 in 1984. The track above was the more successful of its two singles, reached number 22.

31. Steve Hackett – “Surrender of Silence”

Hackett was the guitarist in Genesis during the 70s, and his solo albums usually chart around about this level. As you might imagine, the track above is very, very, very prog. But if nothing else, the album certainly has range – other videos for it include this Lion King style number, and a bold stab at Prokofiev. All of which, of course, is also very, very prog.

33. K-Trap – “Trapo”

Mixtape. K-Trap is one of those odd UK rappers who places consistently on the album chart (since 2018, his album chart record is 37, 33, 26 and 33) but seems to struggle to get anywhere with singles. His only singles top 40  appearance to date was in 2019 when he guested on Krept & Konan’s “I Spy”.

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