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Charts – 29 October 2021

Posted on Monday, November 1, 2021 by Paul in Music

I’m starting to wonder if people have given up on releasing new singles.

1. Adele – “Easy On Me”

Two weeks. Adele’s longest-running number one was “Someone Like You” (five non-consecutive weeks in 2011). So that’s a way off. But it heads up a static top four, with two former number 1s making up the rest of the top 3 – and the rest of the top 10 is just records that have passed their peak shuffling places around. It’s not like the challengers are queuing up.

15. The Swedish House Mafia & The Weeknd – “Moth to a Flame”

Swedish House Mafia haven’t released anything until that name since 2012, when “Don’t You Worry Child” was a number 1. That’s a bit misleading, since the individual members have all had hits since then, and Axwell & Ingrosso had a string of hits as a duo. Still, it’s been four years since we had any of the SMF members on the chart under their own names. The Weeknd is a good fit for them, though I wouldn’t rate this alongside his solo work.

17. Digga D – “Red Light Green Light”

“Red Light Green Light” is the title of the first episode of Squid Game, and if nothing else, you can’t fault this for sheer speed in hurling itself at a passing bandwagon.

It has nothing to do with the Wildhearts song of the same name (number 30 of 1996), which has one of the most aggressively boring videos ever made – the sort of thing that seemed transgressive when the joke was that if you charted, TV would have to play it, and now gets made simply as a “visualiser” to accompany releases on YouTube.

39. Craig David & MNEK – “Who You Are”

Their appearance on the Strictly Come Dancing results show last weekend has probably tipped the balance in terms of the making the top 40. We last saw MNEK teaming with Joel Corry on “Head and Heart” (number 1 last year), and he has a great voice, but for some reason he seems to have struggled to build momentum as a solo artist – his chart record is full of collaborations and guest appearances making the top 10, yet his highest place for one of his own singles is number 38.

Craig David, meanwhile, ticks off another calendar year on his chart record. His first hit, “Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)”, was a number 2 hit in 1999, and after years in the wilderness, he’s been having hits again regularly from 2015.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Meet Me At Our Spot” by The Anxiety (Willow & Tyler Cole) climbs 17-12, in its 7th week on the top 40. It’s a proper, organic hit – and it seems to be crowding out Willow’s current single.
  • “Tell Me Something Good” by Ewan McVicar climbs 30-21.
  • “Drive” by Clean Bandit & Topic featuring Wes Nelson climbs to 27. Its painfully slow chart record runs 71-53-40-33-33-36-34-36-35-37-38-28-27… but it’s not going away.
  • “Alone With You” by Arz climbs to 28 after a fortnight at 31.
  • “Live Goes On” by Oliver Tree climbs 40-33, beating its debut peak of 34 from a month ago.

As so often, we turn to the album chart for things actually happening.

1. Elton John – “Lockdown Sessions”

Exactly what it sounds like. It’s his 32nd studio album, and it includes the single “Cold Heart” with Dua Lipa (which is actually a remix by Pnau, but the rest of the album is original). It’s his eighth number 1 album, four of which came in 1973-4; the others span a period from 1989 to 2012.

2. Lana Del Rey – “Blue Banisters”

All of Lana Del Rey’s albums have made either number 1 or number 2 – well, except for “Violet Bent Backward Over the Grass”, which got to number 25, but that was a spoken word poetry album. Bold choice for a single.

3. Duran Duran – “Future Past”

That’s their highest position since 2004, but not by much – their previous album got to number 5. The bit at the start of the video about it being created by an AI is apparently true (though they did film some lipsynch footage to give it something to work with).

4. Biffy Clyro – “The Myth of the Happily Ever After”

Last year’s album “A Celebration of Endings” got to number 1, but that was a quieter week.

7. The Rolling Stones – “Tattoo You”

This is a 40th anniversary reissue; the album reached number 2 in 1981. “Start Me Up” was the only hit single from the album (it reached number 7). The follow-up “Waiting on a Friend” missed the top 40, and the album’s third single “Hang Fire” didn’t even get a UK release.

9. Mimi Webb – “Seven Shades of Heartbreak”

Debut album. It includes all three of her hit singles from this year – “Good Without”, “Dumb Love” and “24/5”.

11. Self Esteem – “Prioritise Pleasure”

Self Esteem is Rebecca Lucy Taylor, previously a member of Slow Club (who’ve never made the album top 40, but they’ve had several albums place lower down). This is her second album under the name. I really like the single above. I’ll have to listen to this one properly.

24. Dream Theater – “A View From The Top Of The World”

Prog metal band, who regularly show up in the mid-table of the album chart (rarely for more than a week). This is at the lower end of their range – normally they’re in the low teens – but it’s a busy week for new releases.

27. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “B-Sides & Rarities – Part II”

For the Cave completists. The first “B-Sides & Rarities” album was released in 2005, and it only got to number 74.

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