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Charts – 26 May 2023

Posted on Friday, May 26, 2023 by Paul in Music

Apparently it’s late-career hit week on the singles chart. But first…

1. Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding – “Miracle”

That’s week seven. One more week for it to match “One Kiss” as Calvin Harris’s longest-running number one. “Daylight” by David Kushner returns to number 2 for a fourth week, after getting pushed down to 3 last time.

9. Lana Del Rey – “Say Yes to Heaven”

Lana Del Rey did have hit singles right at the start of her career – “Video Games” made number 9 in 2011, and “Born To Die” did the same the following year. In fact, that’s as high as she’s ever got with a regular single. Technically she has three higher placed singles to her credit – the 2013 remix of “Summertime Sadness”, which reached number 4; her inexplicable collaboration with Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus on “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)”, which got to number 2 in 2019; and her guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s “Snow on the Beach”, which reached number 4 last year. But she hasn’t had a top 40 hit with one her own records since “Lust For Life”, which scraped the bottom of the chart in 2017.

Instead, Lana Del Rey has been firmly established as an album artist – all of her studio albums have reached number 1 or 2, except for her spoken word album “Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass”. And even that got to number 25.

“Say Yes to Heaven” is an unreleased song which seems to have been floating around in various forms, never quite making the cut, since the sessions for her 2014 album “Ultraviolence”. Her fanbase apparently view it as her great unreleased song, and it appears to have been finally released now in response to a surge of interest over on TikTok. Hence, it also comes in an officially-released sped-up version. If you’re going to take the money, you may as well take all the money.

22. BeyoncĂ© – “America has a Problem”

This is a track from last year’s album “Renaissance”, but it’s being promoted as a single in a new mix with Kendrick Lamar. Normal chart rules apply, though, and his mix hasn’t been nominated as the lead version, so he doesn’t feature in the chart credit.

The title, which is otherwise rather mystifying, refers to the sample from Kilo Ali’s 1990 single “America Has A Problem (Cocaine)”.

The previous single, “Cuff It”, is still around, and rebound 24-19 this week.

26. Kylie Minogue – “Padam Padam”

Kylie Minogue last had a minor hit in 2018 when “Dancing” reached number 38 (not counting her perennial seasonal appearances with “Santa Baby”). She hasn’t been this high in the chart since 2014. With this record, she’s now had top 40 hits in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. It’s a good track, as well.

The title is a reference to an Edith Piaf song from 1951, but otherwise it’s a completely unrelated song.

28. Lewis Capaldi – “Haven’t You Ever Been In Love Before?”

Release week single since from his album “Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent”, which enters at number 1 and knocks Ed Sheeran off the top. It beats his first-week sales, too. In fact, it beats the rest of the album top 10 combined. His main single “Wish You The Best” rebounds 5-3 this week.

35. Post Malone – “Mourning”

Second single from his upcoming album. The last one, “Chemical”, entered at number 11 and is still hanging around at number 12 six weeks later, which suggests this is going to struggle to make headway.

37. Harry Styles – “Late Night Talking”

Seemingly random re-entry for a track that reached number 2 last June but departed the top 40 back in October. He’s got a UK tour coming up, I guess. “As It Was” rebounds slightly from 12 to 10, as well.

40. Becky Hill & Lewis Thompson – “Side Effects”

The first credited hit for producer Lewis Thompson, though he’s had a hand in other people’s hits before – most notably, he has a co-writer credit on Joel Corry and MNEK’s number 1 “Head & Heart”.

This week’s climbers:

  • “React” by Switch Disco & Ella Henderson climbs to 6 after spending four weeks hovering at 7 and 8.
  • “Giving Me” by Jazzy climbs 14-8 to enter the top 10 in its third week.
  • “Dancing is Healing” by Rudimental, Charlotte Plank & Vibe Chemistry climbs 23-14. It’s Rudimental’s biggest hit since “These Days” reached number 1 in 2018.
  • “All My Life” by Lil Durk featuring J Cole climbs 17-16 in its second week.
  • “Heatwaves” by Glass Animals rebounds from 39-29 for no apparent reason, in the sixth week of its equally inexplicable current run.
  • “Waffle House” by the Jonas Brothers climbs 37-26.

The seven tracks leaving the top 40 are:

  • “Rush” by Ayra Starr, which was excellent. It lasted 13 weeks on the top 40 but never got above number 24.
  • “Anti-Hero” by Taylor Swift, a six-week number 1 which has been on the chart since November.
  • “Kill Bill” by SZA, which peaked at 3 and spent seven weeks there – it’s been around since Christmas.
  • “Search & Rescue” by Drake, which entered at 5 in April and has been dropping ever since.
  • “Curtains” by Ed Sheeran, entering at 16 and leaving after two weeks.
  • “Tony Soprano 2” by Nines, which peaked at 10 but only lasted four weeks.
  • “Mountain” by Sam Ryder, which got a week at number 35 on the back of the Eurovision Song Contest, but drops straight out of the top 100. The other Eurovision records from last week generally do okay – “Tattoo” is at 4, “Cha Cha Cha” at 15, “I Wrote a Song” at 18, and “Queen of Kings” at 23.

On the album chart, number 1 is “Broken By Desire to be Heavenly Sent” by Lewis Capaldi, but we’ve done that.

3. Sleep Token – “Take Me Back to Eden”

Anonymous English rock band. It’s their third album, and a big commercial step up from the previous two – the first one didn’t chart, the second one got to number 39.

4. Def Leppard & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – “Drastic Symphonies”

Their 2022 studio album got to number 5, so I suppose this shouldn’t be a huge surprise, but… is this something people wanted? To be fair, if you’re going to do an orchestral ballad arrangement of “Animal”, this one is less obvious than it could have been.

8. Ghost – “Phantomime”

Ghost’s third consecutive top 10 album is not officially an album at all, but a five-track covers EP. The five songs are an odd choice: “See No Evil” by Television, “Jesus He Knows Me” by Genesis, “Hanging Around” by the Stranglers, “Phantom of the Opera” by Iron Maiden, and “We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner.

Not to be confused with the 2006 mini-album of the same name by Japan’s 9mm Parabellum Bullet.

28. Paul Simon – “Seven Psalms”

That’s low for a Paul Simon album – 2018’s “In The Blue Light” reached number 10 – but this is not an especially commercial release. It’s a single track running the entire length of the album. There are no singles as such; the video above is a short trailer documentary.

29. Steel Banglez – “The Playlist”

Debut album – which is surprisingly late, since this guy was having hit singles in 2017-2019.

30. Yes – “Mirror to the Sky”

Their 23rd studio album. The last one got to 20.

39. The Smiths – “The Sound Of The Smiths”

2008 compilation album, re-entering following the death of bassist Andy Rourke.

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