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Charts – 24 September 2021

Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2021 by Paul in Music

It will never end…

1. Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”

That’s a second week for “Shivers”, but combined with the 11-week run of “Bad Habits” immediately before it, it means that he’s now been at number one for 13 weeks. That matches his own record from 2017, when he spent 13 weeks at number 1 with “Shape of You”. The next target for him is 15 weeks, which would match the run of Drake’s “One Dance” from 2015.

10. Lil Nas X – “Thats What I Want”

That’s not a typo. There’s no apostrophe in the title. It’s the release week single from his album “Montero”, which enters at number 2. Officially “Montero” is meant to be his debut studio album, but his EP “7” reached number 23 in 2019, and that had “Old Town Road” and “Panini” on it, so it’s kind of hard to say it doesn’t count.

This is a pretty straightforward three minute pop song (well, two minutes forty) with the now familiar conservative-baiting video. This one changes gear halfway through, though, which is probably a smart move to avoid the risk of being seen as one-note.

On the back of the album release, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” re-enters at number 16, while the current single “Industry Baby” climbs 9-3.

25. Taylor Swift – “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)”

Another in the series of Taylor Swift’s re-recordings of her own older albums, so as to spike the value of the back catalogue that she doesn’t control. The original version of “Wildest Dreams” was from her 2015 album “1989”. As a single, the original did well in many countries but flopped in the UK, where it only managed a week at number 40.

This was a surprise release in every sense of the word, because although Taylor Swift does have a re-recorded album scheduled for release in November, it’s not “1989” – it’s “Red”, her album from 2012. This track appears to have been rush released after the original started being used on TikTok, though whether that’s to capitalise from it or to prevent the hated label from doing so is open to debate.

38. Justus Bennetts – “Bad Day”

Gosh, that was a quiet week on the singles chart. This guy is from Seattle, and it’s his first UK hit.

This week’s climbers (aside from the ones I already mentioned):

  • “Cold Heart” by Elton John & Dua Lipa climbs 4-2. That’s her highest position since “Don’t Start Now” in 2019, and his highest since he got a credit for being sampled on 2Pac’s “Ghetto Gospel”, a number 1 hit in 2005.
  • “Obsessed With You” by Central Cee climbs 5-4.
  • “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals climbs 8-7. This track has been out for nearly a year now, and it’s been in the top 75 without interruption since January.
  • “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” by CKay climbs 23-9. I think that may be the highest position for a Nigerian single in the UK chart…? Wizkid and Burna Boy have both had number 1 singles, but only as guests on singles by British or North American artists.
  • “My Heart Goes (La Di Da)” by Becky Hill & Topic climbs 24-20.
  • “Meet Me At Our Spot” by the Anxiety climbs 35-29. Or “the Anxiety and Willow and Tyler Cole”, as the official listing has it, but they are the Anxiety, so.
  • “If You Really Love Me (How Will I Know)” by David Guetta x Mistajam x John Newman climbs 36-31 – it’s now spent four weeks in the 31-40 range, and it’s been out since July, but it seems to be (very slowly) gathering momentum.
  • “Better Days” by Dermot Kennedy climbs 40-35, which will come as a pleasant surprise to him after it seems to just scrape to 40 last week.

On the album chart…

1. Drake – “Certified Lover Boy”

Returning to number 1 for a second week after being interrupted last week by the Manic Street Preachers. They’re very much a week-one act at this point, and their album “The Ultra Vivid Lament” drops to 15.

2. Lil Nas X – “Montero”

We’ve covered that.

5. Tion Wayne – “Green With Envy”

Officially his first album. He’s released mixtapes before, but none of them made the album top 40. This includes the number 1 single “Body” from earlier in the year.

6. Bob Dylan – “The Bootleg Series vol. 16: Springtime in New York 1980-1985”

Yet more completist-fodder from the Dylan archives, this time with material recorded between 1980 and 1985. It’s a box set collection of rehearsals and outtakes. Number 6 is precisely where the previous volume landed in 2019.

9. Genesis – “The Last Domino”

It’s a straightforward greatest hits album, released to promote their reunion (and presumably farewell) tour. “Mama” was their highest placed UK single, reaching number 4 in 1983.

10. M1llionz – “Provisional Licence”

Drill from Birmingham. It’s his debut album; none of the singles made the chart, but he does have a couple of minor hits to his name – he guested on a Dutchavelli single that got to 29 last year, and one of his own earlier singles managed a week at 39.

19. Spiritbox – “Eternal Blue”

Canadian rock. It’s their only album, even though they’ve been around since 2016.

25. Lindsey Buckingham – “Lindsey Buckingham”

Lindsey Buckingham was the lead guitarist of Fleetwood Mac. He’s released numerous solo albums before, which didn’t chart in the UK. He did, however, have a number 5 album last year co-credited to Christine McVie – that was effectively a Fleetwood Mac album under another name, featuring all of the band except for Stevie Nicks. He did previous have a number 31 single in 1982, with “Trouble”.

40. NCT 127 – “Sticker – The 3rd Album”

You don’t get much more K-pop than this – a band described in the opening line of their Wikipedia page as “the first fixed and second overall sub-unit of the South Korean boy band NCT”.

NCT is one of those rotating-cast boy bands with enough members to organise a functional five-a-side football tournament. Currently there are 23 of them. The name stands for “Neo Culture Technology”. In practice, NCT is not so much a functioning band as a franchise umbrella within which various smaller bands are promoted, though a couple of albums have been released by NCT itself. NCT U simply consists of whichever roster members they feel like using on that particular record. NCT 127 is an actual group – “127” is the longitude of Seoul. There’s also an NCT Dream (who used to be teenagers, but aren’t any more), NCT Hollywood (who are going to be based in the US and formed by a reality TV show), and WayV (who are basically NCT China, but are a bit cautious with the branding, presumably for political reasons). It’s kind of like a K-pop Avengers, really.

Bring on the comments

  1. miyamoris says:

    I haven’t been too keen on nct 127 for a while but this album has a few neat tracks.

    The single, though. I find the flute sample fitting of the chorus but it’s so weird to hear it through most of the song.

  2. David Goldfarb says:

    Is it just me or is that Lil Nas X song an utterly anodyne pop song about love that wouldn’t be out of place on the charts for 1960? The only thing that makes it at all interesting is the video having explicit gay sex.

  3. Ryan T says:

    Wildest Dreams (TV) also had clearly already been done, because it was in a film trailer a few months ago (which is one of the main triggers for her recording stuff out of order- if someone wants to license it, she’s going and special recording it, seemingly)

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