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Charts – 29 April 2022

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 by Paul in Music

The singles chart has slowed to a crawl in the last few weeks, but at least we’ve got some mid-table entries this time.

1. Harry Styles – “As It Was”

Five weeks, with Jack Harlow’s first class also stuck at number 2. There’s not much else going on at the top end of the chart, frankly. There’s one track climbing into the top 10 – “BMW” by Bad Boy Chiller Crew, which is a bit of a surprise – but everything else in the top 10 has been there for over five weeks now. “Peru” by Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran has been in the top 10 since January.

13. Ed Sheeran – “2Step”

Another single from his last album. There’s a remix with a verse by Lil Baby, but the chart is listing the album version as the principle version. The most notable thing about it is the video, which was filmed in Kyiv just before the invasion; it’s also a genuinely¬†good video.

21. The Kid Laroi – “Thousand Miles”

The lead single from his new album. It’s got a truly weird video, in terms of its dogged refusal to have anything to do with the tone of the song. The Kid Laroi’s UK chart record to date is an odd one. He has two very big hits to his name – “Without You” and “Stay”, both of which got to number 2 – and nothing else has got above number 38. Even if it winds up as a mid-table hit, this will at least break that pattern. The song’s not bad but the heavy autotune feels a bit last year, doesn’t it?

30. Leah Kate – “10 Things I Hate About You”

Debut hit. This is a self-released record, hence one of the lowest budget videos we’ve had in a while. It’s been climbing from the lower reaches, though, which is always a good sign for a proper organic hit.

33. Latto X Mariah Carey featuring DJ Khaled – “Big Energy”

She’s a rapper from Atlanta who started in a reality show in 2016. This is a slightly odd one, because the record company has now elected to bill the remix as the lead version. Perfectly reasonable, since it’s the version that’s getting most attention and explains why a track from seven months ago is now charting. But… the only proper video is for the original.

Here’s the remix:

Khaled isn’t normally credited for remixes, since he’s not a performer, or even a conventional producer, so much as an impresario. The big idea here is to do a mash-up with Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy”, which reached number 4 in 1995. It should hardly come as a revelation that this works, since both tracks were based on the same sample to start with – specifically, it’s “Genius of Love” by Tom Tom Club, which reached number 65 in the UK in 1981.

Tom Tom Club were a side project of Talking Heads; they did have an actual top 10 hit in the UK around the same time, with “Wordy Rappinghood”.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Go” by Cat Burns climbs 5-3 in its tenth week on the top 40.
  • “BMW” by Bad Boy Chiller Crew climbs 11-7 to give them their first top 10 hit.
  • “Gangsteritus” by Potter Payper & Tiggs Da Author climbs 40-12, four weeks after it peaked at 23 (which in turn was long after its original release). There’s a new remix out.
  • “Flowers” by Lauren Spencer-Smith climbs 18-17 in its second week.
  • “Balling” by Vibe Chemistry, which enters at 37 three weeks ago and has been hovering between 37 and 38 ever since, finally makes the big jump to 35.
  • “Freaky Deaky” by Tyga & Doja Cat climbs 38-37 in its second week in the top 40 (after taking eight weeks to get there).

The four records dropping out of the top 40 are:

  • “Used to This” by Wilkinson & Issey Cross, which managed eight weeks in the top 40 without ever getting above number 33.
  • “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, finally throwing in the towel after 16 weeks in the top 40.
  • “In My Head” by Lil Tjay, with three weeks and a peak of 18.
  • “Hold it Down” by Digga D, which lasted two weeks and peaked at 35.

The album chart is a bit busier…

1. Fonatines DC – “Skinty Fia”

Apparently, the title means “the damnation of the deer”. It’s their first number one album, but 2020’s “A Hero’s Death” got to number 2 – it was held off by Taylor Swift’s “Folklore”.

5. Spiritualized – “Everything was Beautiful”

Their highest position since “Let It Come Down” reached number 3 in 2001.¬†Spiritualized’s previous album, 2018’s “And Nothing Hurt”, got to number 11. “Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt” is a quote from¬†Slaughterhouse-Five, and it’s previously been the title of an album by Moby (number 30 in 2018).

7. Pusha T – “It’s Almost Dry”

His first top ten album, though 2018’s “Daytona” only just missed. The track above wasn’t the single, but it’s the one that made the lower reaches of the top 100, presumably because Kanye West is on it.

14. Bryan May – “Another World”

Remastered version of his 1998 album, which only got to number 23 on release.

18. Bob Vylan – “Presents the Price of Life”

Oh, this is good. It’s their first appearance in the album chart. “Bob Vylan” is the name of the duo, which is initially disappointing, but I’m pleased to report that the members are called Bobby Vylan and Bobb13 Vylan.

27. Stone Broken – “Revelation”

Their second top 40 album, comfortably beating the number 37 place for 2018’s “Ain’t Always Easy.”

36. The Streets – “Original Pirate Material”

This is a 20th anniversary vinyl reissue, released for Record Shop Day last week. It reached number 12 on release in 2002, though for some reason it actually peaked at number 10 in 2004.

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