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Charts – 27 May 2022

Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2022 by Paul in Music

Well, if there was any doubt that Harry Styles was an A-lister, this should answer it.

1. Harry Styles – “As It Was”
2. Harry Styles – “Late Night Talking”
3. Harry Styles – “Music for a Sushi Restaurant”

That, of course, is the maximum number of singles from the same lead artist permitted under chart rules, introduced a few years back to put a stop to the phenomenon where major album releases swamped the top 20. The parent album “Harry’s House” is of course number 1 on the album chart; that’s his second number 1. His 2017 self-titled debut did spent a week at number 1, and hung around the top 10 for three weeks, but it was out of the top 40 after 15 weeks – a decent size hit but not Ed Sheeran territory. Its follow up “Fine Line”, from 2019, is another matter – although it entered at 3 and never got above number 2, it spent 62 weeks in the top 10, and 126 in the top 40.

Even in this day and age, it’s unusual for a new album to sweep the top three. Only Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber have done it before, and that was in 2016/7. So that’s the territory we’re in here. Oh, and “As It Was” spends an eighth week at number 1. That overtakes “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, so it’s now the longest running number one since “Bad Habits” by Ed Sheeran, which managed 11 weeks last year.

20. Nathan Dawe featuring Ella Henderson – “21 Reasons”

Didn’t I only just do another song sampling “Destination Calabria”…? Ah yes – “Je m’Appelle” by Benzz, which entered at number 34 two weeks ago. It climbs to number 24 this week, so apparently this is the hot sample of the moment. Weird.

Ella Henderson now has two concurrent hits; “Crazy What Love Can Do”, with David Guetta and Becky Hill, climbs to 14 this week.

23. Aitch – “1989”

Yes, that’s “Fool’s Gold” by the Stone Roses being sampled. 1989 is the year of release of that song – Aitch wasn’t born for another ten years. His previous single “Baby” is still hanging around at 30.

32. N-Dubz – “Charmer”

Apparently there really is interest in an N-Dubz reunion. This comeback single is their first appearance in the top 40 since they guested on a Loick Essien single in 2011; the final proper N-Dubz hit isngle was “Girls”, which reached number 18 in 2010. Their greatest hits album, which re-entered the album chart at number 38 last week, actually climbs to 10 – and nothing climbs in the album chart. There’s a generation out there who have real affection for these guys. The single’s… not bad, actually. It’s certainly not just going for the nostalgia market.

This week’s climbers:

  • “IFTK” by Tion Wayne & La Roux climbs 16-8, giving Tion Wayne his sixth top 10 hit
  • “2Step” by Ed Sheeran reaches a new peak of 11; it entered at 13 four weeks ago and it’s been hovering between 12 and 15 since then.
  • “Crazy What Love Can Do” by David Guetta, Becky Hill & Ella Henderson reaches 14, two weeks after it got to 15. It’s another record hovering in a very narrow space, having spent the previous six weeks between 15 and 20.
  • “Green Green Grass” by George Ezra climbs 22-16.
  • “Je M’Appelle” by Benzz climbs 26-24.
  • “Remind Me” by Tom Grennan climbs 40-33.

There are five new entries this week, plus a couple of re-entries hovering around the 40 mark. The seven records dropping out of the top 40 this week are:

  • “Churchill Downs” by Jack Harlow featuring Drake, which reached 19 two weeks ago on the release of the parent album.
  • “BMW” by the Bad Boy Chiller Crew, which peaked at 7 and spent three weeks in the top 10.
  • “Black Beatles” by D-Block Europe, which only managed a week at number 35. I can never figure out why some of their records hang around for ever and some vanish after a week, when they’re all much of a muchness.
  • “Gangsteritus” by Potter Payper & Tiggs Da Author, which had eight weeks in the top 40, peaking at 12.
  • “Stefania” by Kalush, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, which had a week at 38.
  • “United in Grief” by Kendrick Lamar, which reached number 14 as an album spillover.
  • “The Foundations of Decay” by My Chemical Romance, which got a week at number 37 and plunges straight out of the top 100.

On the album chart, “Harry’s House” by Harry Styles is number 1.

4. Everything Everything – “Raw Data Feel”

Their highest placing album, very marginally – three previous albums have got to number 5. There was a high concept here of feeding a bunch of material into an AI bot and asking it to produce lyrics. Only about 5% of the album actually came from that route, though.

5. M Huncho – “Chasing Euphoria”

Officially his debut album, though he’s had two previous mixtapes chart at 13 and 5 respectively.

11. xPropaganda – “The Heart is Strange”

xPropaganda are the two singers from the 80s German synthpop band Propaganda. Their 1985 album “A Secret Wish” reached number 15 and spawned a few hit singles. They only released one further album before splitting, which didn’t chart in the UK. I quite like this single.

16. The Clash – “Combat Rock”

Anniversary reissue of their 1982 album, which reached number 2 in the UK.

“If I go there will be trouble and if I stay it will be double.” Always seemed a fairly easy dilemma to me.

28. Rick Astley – “Whenever You Need Somebody”

Yes, believe it or not, there’s a market for a 35th anniversary remastered reissue of the album with “Never Gonna Give You Up” on it. So you can hear that Stock Aitken Waterman production clearer than ever. It was a number 1 album on release in 1987, and in the top 10 albums of that year.

39. Porridge Radio – “Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky”

Indie band now on their sixth album. The last one got nominated for the Mercury, which will have helped push this one into the top 40.

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