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Charts – 10 June 2022

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2022 by Paul in Music

Ten weeks, then, but with a big asterisk.

1. Harry Styles – “As It Was”

The big asterisk is that number 2 is “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush, which turns out not to be a one-week fluke based on Stranger Things, but is actually sticking around and climbing. Number 2 is its all time chart peak – it reached number 3 on release in 1985. But… “Running Up That Hill” is back catalogue, which means it’s on permanent downweighting, even though it’s functionally a new entry and hasn’t been on the top 40 since 2012 (when it was reissued to tie in with the London Olympics). And if its streams were being counted on the same basis as a new release, it would be Kate Bush’s second number one right now. The first was “Wuthering Heights”, her debut hit from 1978. Her final top 40 hit was “King of the Mountain” in 2005. If she had managed a second number one – and there’s a good chance she still could – then that would have been quite something.

13. LF System – “Afraid to Feel”

LF System are two DJs from Edinburgh, and this is their debut hit, brought you thanks to TikTok. It’s an unusual record – it breaks the normal rules of dance music by changing speed throughout, and it makes it work.

The original source record is surprisingly hard to pin down – nobody seem particularly keen to acknowledge it in news stories – but it’s “I Can’t Stop (Turning You On)” by Silk, a Philly soul record from 1979. The absence of any artist credit could mean that Silk have terrible lawyers, but in 2022 it’s more likely to mean that, although the record started life as a bootleg remix, they wound up getting session musicians to re-create it for the commercial release, so that it’s actually a cover version. There’s a cottage industry in this sort of thing.

19. Post Malone featuring Doja Cat – “I Like You (A Happier Song)”
40. Post Malone – “Lemon Tree”

Two tracks from his album “Twelve Carat Toothache”, which enters the album chart at 3. A third track, the single “Cooped Up”, climbs to 18. I see he’s still using that bloody annoying vocal processing effect that seems to be mercifully going out of fashion. I can take it on mid-paced rap, but on plaintive ballads it’s just intolerable. His previous two albums were number 1s, so it’s at least somewhat noteworthy that this one lands at number 3 behind Harry Styles and an Ed Sheeran album that’s been out for 32 weeks.

29. Burna Boy – “Last Last”

Nigeria’s Burna Boy has shown up several times before as a guest – he was on Stormzy’s number 1 “Own It” in 2019 – but this is his first appearance flying solo.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush at 2, as already mentioned.
  • “Space Man” by Sam Ryder rebounds 11-5 to re-enter the top 10, after more exposure at the Jubilee concert. It peaked at number 2 in the week after Eurovision.
  • “IFTK” by Tion Wayne & La Roux climbs 7-6.
  • “Green Green Grass” by George Ezra clilmbs 19-7. It’s his 7th top ten hit.
  • “21 Reasons” by Nathan Dawe featuring Ella Henderson edges 18-17.
  • “Cooped Up” by Post Malone featuring Roddy Ricch climbs 26-18.
  • “Remind Me” by Tom Grennan climbs 30-27.
  • “Don’t Forget my Love” by Diplo & Miguel climbs 40-35.

There are four new entries this week, plus a re-entry for Leah Kate’s “10 Things I Hate About You” at 37 (rebounding from 41). The five records making room for them are:

  • “True Love” by Kanye West & XXXTentacion, which managed a week at number 31.
  • Former number one “Starlight” by Dave.
  • “N95” by Kendrick Lamar, which entered at number 6 three weeks ago.
  • “What Would You Do” by Joel Corry, David Guetta and Bryston Tiller, which peaked at 21 and hovered in the 20s for 9 weeks before being hit by downweighting.
  • “Prince Andrew is a Sweaty Nonce” by the Kunts, last week’s number 20, which unsurprisingly drops straight out of the top 100.

On the album chart, “Harry’s House” by Harry Styles returns to number 1 for a third week. (It was displaced last week by Liam Gallagher, who drops to 4.) Number 3 is Post Malone.

6. Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band – “Dear Scott”

Michael Head is something of a cult figure, but he’s never had a top 40 album before, let alone a top 10 – unless you count the time his old band Shack got an album to number 25 in 1999. I’m not quite sure what’s going on here, but the single’s very good.

19. Kate Bush – “The Whole Story”

Her first greatest hits album, resurfacing thanks to the interest in “Running Up That Hill”. It spent two weeks at number 1 in 1986.

21. Prince & The Revolution – “Prince and the Revolution: Live”

Live album recorded in Syracuse in 1985 as part of the Purple Rain tour.

24. Angel Olsen – “Big Time”

Alt-country. Her highest placed album, though not by a large margin – 2019’s “All Mirrors” got to 28.

31. You Me At Six – “Sinners Never Sleep”

Tenth anniversary reissue. Despite the minor technicality that it came out 11 years ago.

33. Bo Burnham – “Inside (The Songs)”

Deluxe reissue. It reached number 5 last year.

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