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Charts – 2 September 2022

Posted on Saturday, September 3, 2022 by Paul in Music

Well, this is the busiest singles chart we’ve had in months.

1. Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal – “B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All)”

LF System finally reach their limit after eight weeks at number 1, and drop 2. Replacing it is another debut dance hit, which means this might turn out to be two back-to-back one-hit wonders (though I expect they’ll both get off the list quickly enough). “B.O.T.A.” entered at number 10 three weeks ago and it’s spent the last two weeks at number 2, so it was obviously in line to be the next number one.

The hook is sampled from the Clivilles & Cole mix of “Let the Beat Hit ‘Em” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, a number 17 hit in 1991 in a completely different version. Clivilles & Cole also a number of hits in their own right in the early 90s, two under that name but most as C+C Music Factory. Their biggest UK hit was “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”, which got to number 3 in 1990.

3. Elton John & Britney Spears – “Hold Me Closer”

Much like the Dua Lipa single last year, this is a song assembled from multiple tracks in the Elton John back catalogue – specifically, “Tiny Dancer”, “The One” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”. Unlike that track, it’s not put together by Pnau and it’s not all that good. Still it’s a bizarre combination of artist credits, and that’s interesting enough in itself. This is Britney Spears’ first release since escaping her conservatorship; she hasn’t had a hit since 2015, but then she hasn’t released anything since 2016. This sold very well as a download, which makes me suspect it could turn out to be a fanbase purchase that crashes next week. But we’ll see.

7. David Guetta featuring Bebe Rexha – “I’m Good (Blue)”

Bebe Rexha hasn’t been in the top 10 since 2017, so she’ll be happy. This is exactly what you’re fearing – it’s a cover of Eiffel 65’s 1999 number 1 “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” but with less idiosyncratic lyrics.

33. Ghost – “Mary on the Cross”

TikTok at its most improbable, here. This is charting because it’s being used in Stranger Things reaction songs. It’s a three-year-old track by the eccentric Swedish rock band Ghost, basically a project of one Tobias Forge, who used to bill himself anonymously as “Papa Emeritus Nihil”. Unsurprisingly, this is Ghost’s first hit single, though they have had hit albums – “Impera” reached number 2 in this spring.

It’s from a two-track EP released in 2019 called “Seven Inches of Satanic Panic”, and it’s not even the track that had a video. Which is another way of saying that TikTok has got a three-year-old Swedish B-side into the top 40. It’s actually surprisingly pleasant listening, and entirely unlike what you might be expecting from an occult-themed rock band singing about religion on an EP.

36. Oxlade – “Ku Lo Sa – A Colors Show”

Continuing an unusually eclectic week, this is a Nigerian Afrobeat track which has been hanging around the lower reaches of the top 100 for the last six weeks. It’s his debut UK hit.

38. Arctic Monkeys – “There’d Better Be A Mirrorball”

It’s been four years since the last Arctic Monkeys album and they can still – just – get a single into the top 40. Considering that “There’d Better Be A Mirrorball” is not what you’d call a radio-friendly unit shifter, that’s quite an achievement. It’s great, but it’s more like a Divine Comedy album track than a single. It’s now been 17 years since they kicked off their careers with two number one singles. Most bands have long since departed for the album chart by this point.

40. D-Block Europe – “Man in the Mirror”

Actually just a Young Adz track, but it’s being listed as D-Block Europe, which I guess helps make it more searchable. D-Block Europe aren’t exactly notable for their experimental range, but this is one of their better tracks.

This week’s climbers:

  • “I Ain’t Worried” by OneRepublic climbs 5-4.
  • “Ferrari” by James Hype & Miggy Dela Rosa climbs 9-8
  • “Big City Life” by Luude & Mattafix climbs 11-10, giving Luude his second top 10 hit.
  • “Under the Influence” by Chris Brown climbs 24-21.
  • “For My Hand” by Burna Boy featuring Ed Sheeran climbs to 24 after two weeks at 25.
  • “All For You” by Cian Ducrot climbs 30-29.
  • “Turn On The Lights Again” by Fred again.. & The Swedish House Mafia climbs 40-34.

The six tracks leaving the top 40 are:

  • “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals, still hovering in and out of the top 40.
  • “About Damn Time” by Lizzo, which peaked at 3. It spent 17 weeks on the top 40.
  • “Go” by Cat Burns, which got to number 2, but was an absolutely huge hit – it lasted 17 weeks just in the top ten, and spent 27 weeks in the top 40.
  • “Cuff It” by Beyonce, which peaked at 14 and managed four weeks on the top 40 despite being an album track.
  • “Can’t Be Us” by Headie One, Abra Cadabra & Bandokay, which peaked at 27 but hung in the top 40 for three weeks.
  • “I Like You (A Happier Song)” by Post Malone featuring Doja Cat, which scraped the bottom of the top 20, but still lasted 12 weeks on chart.

(“Pink Venom” by Blackpink does cling on for a second week, but only just – it’s at 37.)

On the album chart…

1. Muse – “Will of the People”

Hardly a surprise – Muse haven’t missed number 1 with a studio album since 2008 (when “Haarp” was held to number 2 by Duffy).

4. DJ Khaled – “God Did”

The single, “Staying Alive”, peaked at number 21 three weeks ago and it’s still just inside the top 40. As usual with DJ Khaled albums, it’s more of a parade of guest stars than a… well, a DJ Khaled album… but it’s his fifth top 10 album and the highest placing to date.

9. Embrace – “How To Be A Person Like Other People”

Their last two albums both made number 5, but this maintains a clean sweep of top 10 studio albums for the indie veterans.

25. Blondie – “Against The Odds – 1974-1982”

Archival box set with their first six albums and assorted rarities.

27. Machine Head – “Of Kingdom and Crown”

That’s low for a Machine Head album – three of their last four albums made the top 20. Admittedly, the other one missed the top 40 entirely.

28. Altered Images – “Mascara Streakz”

Altered Images released three albums between 1981 and 1983 which placed between 12 and 26, so this compares quite respectably. The single above is surprisingly decent. This isn’t exactly an Altered Images reunion, if we’re being honest – it’s just singer Claire Grogan and her husband Steve Lironi, who was a member of the band on their final album.  Bernard Butler also had a hand in this record.

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