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Charts – 2 June 2023

Posted on Friday, June 2, 2023 by Paul in Music

Ah, so this is going to be around forever, then.

1. Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding – “Miracle”

That’s eight weeks, so it ties with “One Kiss” as Calvin Harris’s longest-reigning number one. Goulding broke her record a few weeks back. It’s been on the chart for a total of 12 weeks now. “Daylight” by David Kushner is a non-mover at 2 – it’s now spent a total of five weeks stuck behind “Miracle”. Perhaps more surprisingly, number 3 is “Calm Down” by Rema, which has been in the top 10 for 24 weeks now, and has been on the top 40 since September. I haven’t mentioned it in a while because it reached number 4 for the first time back in March – and thus hasn’t achieved a new peak since, until now – but it’s huge.

12. Taylor Swift – “Karma”
18. Taylor Swift – “Hits Different”
24. Taylor Swift featuring Lana Del Rey – “Snow on the Beach”

Taylor Swift is so big that she can get three tracks into the top 40 on the release of the deluxe edition of an album from six months ago. Who does that?

“Karma” is a proper single, being promoted in a new mix with Ice Spice. Not sure they’re a natural pairing, but it’s fine. “Hits Different” is the token completely new track. “Snow on the Beach” reached number 4 as an album track on release back in November, but the deluxe edition has a new mix, solemnly described as “featuring More Lana Del Rey”.

The parent album… er, rebounds from 10 to 2, because it’s a Taylor Swift album and it never went away.

15. J Hus – “It’s Crazy”

This is his first single in three years. This is fairly typical for his singles chart positions, so it looks like not much has changed during the gap.

20. Dua Lipa – “Dance the Night”

From the Barbie soundtrack. It’s actually a straight disco track which sounds much like any other Dua Lipa single – which is to say, it’s perfectly good, but the video feels a bit unsure about how far it wants to commit to the Barbie schtick and how far it wants to just be a Dua Lipa video.

25. Tina Turner – “The Best”
35. Tina Turner – “What’s Love Got To Do With It”

Tina Turner died last week at the age of 83, and so here’s two of her biggest UK hits. “The Best” – no, it’s not called “Simply The Best” – reached number 5 in 1989. “What’s Love Got to Do With It” reached number 3 in 1984 and is her joint highest placing UK hit. Her other number 3s were “River Deep, Mountain High” (1966), and “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” in 1985. However, her third charting track, just outside the top 40, is actually “Proud Mary” – which has never been a hit for her in this country, though the Creedence Clearwater Revival original reached number 8 in 1969.

Two of her compilation albums appear on the album chart – “Simply the Best” at number 17, and “The Platinum Collection” at number 32.

36. Harry Styles – “Satellite”

This has been put out as a single to tie in with his current UK tour, but it’s been making rather slow headway – the video above has been out for four weeks. Never mind, though – “As It Was” is having a resurgence and currently sits at number 4. “Late Night Talking” is also outperforming it, currently at number 31. Maybe this wasn’t a great choice of single?

This week’s climbers:

  • “Calm Down” by Rema reaches number 3, as previously mentioned.
  • “React” by Switch Disco & Ella Henderson climbs 6-5.
  • “Giving Me” by Jazzy climbs 8-6.
  • “Dancing is Healing” by Rudimental with Charlotte Plank & Vibe Chemistry climbs 14-11.
  • “All My Life” by Lil Durk featuring J Cole is slowly climbing the teens, moving 17-16-14.
  • “Padam Padam” by Kylie Minogue climbs 26-23, so it wasn’t just a fanbase thing.
  • “Waffle House” by the Jonas Brothers climbs 36-33.

There are eight new and re-entries this week. Making room for them:

  • “Boy’s a Liar” by PinkPantheress, which peaked at 2 and lasted an impressive 17 weeks in the top 40.
  • “Cha Cha Cha” by Kaarija drops out after two weeks now that Eurovision is fading from memory.
  • “I Wrote a Song” by Mae Muller, ditto.
  • “Queen of Kings” by Alessandra, ditto. (“Tattoo” by Loreen, however, is still hanging in at number 10, confirming its status as a Proper Hit.)
  • “Life Goes On” by Ed Sheeran peaked at 29.
  • “Haven’t You Ever Been in Love Before” by Lewis Capaldi had a single week at number 28 on the release of the album.
  • “Mathematical Disrespect” by Lil Mabu got two weeks, peaking at 27.

On the album chart, “Broken by Desire to be Heavenly Sent” by Lewis Capaldi gets a second week at number 1. The top end of the album chart is clogged with records that will not die – “Midnights” by Taylor Swift rebounds to number 2, but it’s never dropped out of the top 10 in 32 weeks on release. “Harry’s House” by Harry Styles is at number 3, and it’s been out for over a year. The recent Ed Sheeran album is number 4, and number 5 is a Weeknd album that has been on the top 40 without interruption since February 2021. And number 6 is Beyoncé’s Renaissance, which has been out for 44 weeks – though it only spent 20 of those weeks on the chart, and it’s back now on the strength of its deluxe version.

7. Sparks – “The Girl is Crying in Her Latte”

May we all be like Sparks when we are in our late seventies. This is Sparks’ 25th studio album, and it matches the position of the last two.

8. Simply Red – “Time”

That single’s better than I was expecting. It’s their thirteenth album, and the third in a row to make the top 10.

9. Arlo Parks – “My Soft Machine”

Follow up to 2021’s “Collapsed in Sunbeams”. That reached number 3, but this is still very respectable.

12. Lil Durk – “Almost Healed”

The single “All My Life” is at number 14. His previous album made the top 10, so this is a step down.

18. Mike Oldfield – “Tubular Bells”

50th anniversary reissue. It includes the above track, which is a demo for the abandoned “Tubular Bells 4”, described in promotion as Oldfield’s last ever recording. He’s still alive and he’s only 70 but apparently he hasn’t recorded anything in about five years.

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