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Official Singles Chart on 9/2/2018

9 February 2018 - 15 February 2018

The Official UK Singles Chart reflects the UK’s biggest songs of the week, based on audio and video streams, downloads, CDs and vinyl, compiled by the Official Charts Company. The UK Top 40 is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, the Top 100 is published exclusively on OfficialCharts.com. View the biggest songs of 2023.

 

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etin

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where is tracey thorn's queen?

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Dan Love

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Just so you know 'Can't Stop' by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is the most popular rock song this week.

It was last week, the week before that and number 2 the week before, when 'Iris' by the Goo Goo Dolls was number 1

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Andy Holloway

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"I wish there were more songs of the genre I like in the chart. Everything else is irrelevant until that happens"

sigh

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Scott Harris

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I really don't want to see anymore hip-hop/trap songs ruling the charts, they keep getting the majority of the streams and never give any other genre of music a chance to dominate.

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Dan Love

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They probably will stay in the charts for a few more years but to be honest I feel that they will be declining in popularity. Rap quality seems to be getting worse and worse as years go on and it's only a matter of time until rap fans realise that and start listening to something else

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James England

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Anyone miss some pure pop songs in the chart?Songs with upbeat catchy hooks. A song like this:

https://youtu.be/QOUiaFdpth4

Pre streaming and pre downloads we had loads of pop music like that in the chart. Upbeat pop music. ☺ We all have different music tastes but it would be nice to have some pure pop songs back in the chart.

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Dan Love

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If that's what pure pop sounds like I don't really like it much

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James England

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No matter how bad the singles chart... we'll always have John and Olivia smiling at us! That makes it all worthwhile.

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mixindave

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mr brightside the only actual song in the charts,

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James England

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Mixindave, here's a cool recent song... Patawawa - Patagonia:

https://youtu.be/OBHzaoMSfFc

Funky pop!

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D .

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Glad to see KYLIE re - entering the chart !!!

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Piran

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My thoughts & observations on the UK charts as always…

- ‘God’s Plan’ by Drake is #1 on the singles chart for a third consecutive week. It was streamed 7.1 million times in the past seven days.

- That said, ‘These Days’ by Rudimental ft Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen was a very close contender, as it leaps 11-2 & finishes as the best-selling song of the week by a fairly big margin. If it does hit #1 eventually, Jess Glynne will pass Cheryl as the British female artist with the most #1 singles.

- ‘Finesse’ by Bruno Mars ft Cardi B remains at #1 on the airplay chart for a third consecutive week.

- The biggest debut of the week is ‘Pray For Me’ by The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar at #15, which is taken from the ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack, where all of the tracks on it were produced by Kendrick. The film itself will be released in the UK on Monday. So far, this is the song that has got the most buzz from it & I can see why! I think the dark, noisy beat gives an addictive bounce to the production, which is drenched in The Weeknd’s effervescent vocals & Kendrick’s verse comes in vicious as usual, then the swelling synth pads seep over into the chorus. ‘All The Stars’ took a few listens to grow on me, but I liked this one from first listen & I have a good feeling that the rest of the soundtrack is going to go down well with many people!

- ‘Jumanji’ gives B Young his first Top 40 snog, as it soars 43-27 on the new chart. Now considering I couldn’t find a Wikipedia page about him, nor anything about his discography, I had no idea of what to expect from him. What we got is mostly generic & forgettable grime that I stopped caring about after a minute in. The thing is, there was potential here, with the guitar plucking opening the song & the gentle tropical beat set a pleasant tone for the song, but the production doesn’t change hardly at all after that. Unfortunately, the bigger problem is B Young himself. I’m sorry but his whiny upper register sounds terrible & lyrically, he appears to be comparing his interest with this girl to his interest with cars, along with liking that this girl takes her clothes off for him & like ‘Hey Porsche’ by Nelly, some of the lines here make me cringe, but at least Nelly brought some energy to his flow. I’m not seeing the appeal at all here, yet there seems to be big traction behind this right now… ugh, not impressed.

- ‘Check’ by Kojo Funds ft RAYE make its Official Chart debut at #33, giving Kojo Funds his second Top 40 appearance & RAYE’s third. These are two relatively new artists to the charts who I think are going to have a successful 2018 ahead of them & if this song is anything to go by, I won’t mind that at all. The hook is okay, but there are way too many repeated & forced rhymes to really win me over there & even though it’s overused at the moment, I do enjoy the blend of club tropes & afrobeat here, but it’s not like Kojo Funds sounds interesting. I actually RAYE stands out more here, as her softly soulful vocals remind me of Anne-Marie’s voice if anyone here & that vocal style takes the pressure down a touch. If there’s one production feature I thought was cool, it was the cheeky sampling of ‘7 Days’ by Craig David. Overall, I wouldn’t say I love this, but it’s one of the more likeable hits in the chart from this genre right now. Check it out if you’re curious, it’s not bad.

- The last of the four new arrivals this week is ‘Let Me Go’ by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso ft Florida Georgia Line & Watt, climbing 42-39 on its 16th week on the chart. This is a song that I’ve been expecting to break into the Top 40 for a couple of months now, but it’s been stuck into the 40s recently, but this was the week where it finally got there… & this is without question the best thing about the chart today for me! What amazes me about this song about this song is that it features artists who work across a variety of genres: Hailee Steinfeld in pop, Alesso in dance, Florida Georgia Line in country & Watt in rock, however this is mostly a dance song & it comes together really well. Hailee sounds flawless across her entire range, she has good chemistry & harmony with Florida Georgia Line & the chorus is full of emotion & power. They could’ve made the drop a bit less basic & the end of the song does get repetitive, but another thing I absolutely adore about this song is the lyrics; Hailee makes it clear that this relationship she’s having with this guy isn’t working out & she sets it up to be your typical break-up song, only to say in the hook that she wishes that he’s loved more by another girl than Hailee herself, so she clearly still cares about this guy. So yeah, this is easily one of my favourite songs of the past few months, not just those in the charts! Greg James said on his show that he expects this to keep rising, so let’s all make that happen!

- On the albums chart, the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ is #1 for a fifth week in a row. The soundtrack finishes just over double the sales of its nearest competitor & in total, it has earned $295 million at the box office so far.

- The rest of the Top 5 is: ‘Man Of The Woods’ by Justin Timberlake (debuts at #2), ‘÷’ by Ed Sheeran (stationary at #3), ‘Walk Between Worlds’ by Simple Minds & ‘Technology’ by Don Broco. I think ‘÷’ has a chance of returning to #1 in the week after the BRIT Awards later this month.

- Elsewhere, I love seeing 'Feel It Still' enter the Top 10 & 'Never Be The Same' re-enter the region.

- Looking ahead to next week, these songs could enter the Top 40 for the first time: ‘Wild Love’ by James Bay, ‘Friends’ by Marshmello & Anne-Marie, ‘You Are The Reason’ by Calum Scott, 'Leave A Light On' by Tom Walker, 'The Middle' by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, 'Mine' by Bazzi & possibly even more.

- Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you all have a good weekend. :)

- My latest Crown Note chart: https://crownnote.com/charts/piran-delves/pirans-top-40-62

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Foxes

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I quite like seeing 'God's Plan' on top of the chart again this week. The song is continuing to grow on me and just keeps climbing on my chart. While I do hope it doesn't stay for too long, I wouldn't mind it staying there for another few weeks. I also wouldn't mind seeing 'These Days' reach #1. While I don't like the song as much as 'God's Plan' at the moment, I still do like the song.

I really like that the biggest debut of the week is 'Pray For Me'. It's definitely my favourite track from the Black Panther soundtrack out of the 4 or 5 I've heard so far, and it's one of my favourite songs in general at the moment! I wasn't a fan of 'Jumanji', but I like both 'Check' and 'Let Me Go' so overall this was a pretty good week for debuts.

'The Greatest Showman' is having incredible success at the moment. Before '÷' spent 9 consecutive weeks at #1, the last album to spend 5 or more consecutive weeks at #1 was when Adele's '25' spent 7 consecutive weeks at #1 in 2015-2016. The fact that 'The Greatest Showman' is competing with 2 of the biggest albums in UK history in terms of longevity at #1 is extremely impressive.

EDIT: Looking at Spotify figures I think that the 'Black Panther' soundtrack may be the only album in with a shot of knocking 'The Greatest Showman' off the top until the BRITs. Obviously it depends heavily on how well its streaming and downloads can hold up throughout the week, and if enough people actually buy the album physically, but it could be in with a shot. Right now I think that 'Black Panther' will end up as the most streamed album of the week but 'The Greatest Showman' will be the biggest on downloads and physical, as well as holding #1 on the main chart. If 'Black Panther' does reach #1 though, would it be the first case of a movie soundtrack knocking another movie soundtrack off the top?

I also agree with you in that '÷' has a chance of returning to #1 for a couple of weeks after the BRITs later this month. With Ed performing and probably winning big, that will undoubtedly cause a boost for him. It'll probably also be where he debuts 'Happier' as an official single, and I'm really interested to see how that'll do since it's been doing so well on Spotify ever since '÷' was released.

Speaking of the BRITs, I've just found out that they're on my birthday this year! Coincidentally, this means that for the past 2 years Ed Sheeran will have performed live at a broadcasted event on my birthday, as he performed a 30 minute set in Radio 1's Live Lounge last year on the 21st! :D

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Piran

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I still think it's going to be another close chart on Friday; 'God's Plan' is currently selling about 37% of what 'These Days' is & the former is dropping fast on downloads, while 'These Days' now has about half the number of Spotify streams compared to 'God's Plan', however the gap is closing on streaming.
Regarding your question about soundtracks, I found that there were a few cases of soundtracks replacing themselves at #1 in 1958, like with 'The King & I' & 'Pal Joey' for example.
That's cool about the BRITs being on your birthday. It'd be cool if there was a live televised music event on 26th March, as that's the date of my birthday! :D

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Foxes

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If 'These Days' gets 15k - 17.5k pure sales next week, which is pretty typical for songs that are #1 on the sales chart, and 3.5 - 4.5 million streams it will end up with 40k - 50k combined sales next week. If 'God's Plan' manages 5k - 7.5k pure sales and another 7 million streams it will end up with around 50k combined sales, so it'll definitely be close next week!
I think that 'The Greatest Showman' and 'Black Panther' should be #1 and #2 next week, which would be pretty cool to see given that they're both soundtracks. I don't think that we've had movie soundtracks doing this well on the chart for quite a while now if they were replacing each other way back in 1958! :D

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Piran

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The first two months of the year are usually the best for soundtracks & I think the last time one hit the top spot was 'La La Land' about this time last year.
Yeah, soundtracks were huge in the charts' early days! There were even two soundtracks that tied for #1 one week & 'South Pacific' is the longest ever #1 album, with 70 weeks at the top (including every week in 1959!).