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Official Singles Chart on 23/3/2018

23 March 2018 - 29 March 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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🧡 oliviasnoodles 🍜

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Freaky Friday enters at #16, and back then it was jokes and giggles. I loved it so much, my 3rd favourite song of 2018 after When The Party’s Over and Lucid Dreams! :D

Also, I think Moonlight was the final new entry for X when he was alive.

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Mr. Threepwood

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Everyone who still records with abuser Chris Brown should burn in .

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Vikingman

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The singles chart is messed up. SCR, ACR ... how can the OCC have one rule for one and one for others however long something has been in the charts. Isn't that unfair? Surely if a song is being streamed/sold more than others however long it has been around surely it should be higher. We could end up with a No.1 having less sales/streams than a No.2, how stupid. I'm all for seeing God's Plan fall from the top but for that to happen due to 'OCC's Plan' is ridiculous.
That would also mean the end for any competition to break Bryan Adams' record for 16 consecutive weeks at No.1 as most singles have declining sales well before that point.

Would be nice to see These Days get to No.1 briefly however being No.2 for 7 weeks is a joint record in itself and won't be forgotten.

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James England

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Bored of the chart? Fed up of dreary tracks? Don't despair! Try this new song from Charlie Puth. It will banish away those chart blues.

https://youtu.be/1SnWTW6YXbE

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I.B.

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Boring... NEXT!

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James England

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The chart is like a tortoise trying to beat Usain Bolt at the 100 meters. Taking forever to move.:P

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Dan Love

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Don't worry. Drake and possibly even These Days should be on ACR next week so say goodbye to them

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Josh F

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Predictions for next week, See 2 entries from Shawn Mendes, Hopeful for a Top 40 Panic at the Disco Appearance and Possible Climbers from Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line and Sigala/Paloma Faith

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Scott Harris

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Just another stale week on the UK charts. Nothing new.

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MrMcCloud

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Least it's more interesting than the Hot 100

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Hans Kegge

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I don't like the charts anymore.
Drake at no 1?
That should be 101........................

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TAYLOR

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501.

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Dan Love

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That's your opinion

My opinion is that it's fine for it to be number 1 considering next week it will be falling due to ACR

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Pain Mixking

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Nevr even made No.1 in the sales chart, so shows what a farce the charts are!

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Piran

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Sorry for not posting a full review last week, but here are my thoughts & observations on the new chart…

- ‘God’s Plan’ by Drake is #1 on the singles chart for a ninth consecutive week, becoming only the 21st song ever to reach at least nine or more weeks at the chart summit.

- ‘These Days’ by Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen finishes at #2 for a seventh week in a row, just 3,200 combined sales behind ‘God’s Plan’. It equals an Official Charts record for the most weeks spend in this position, tying ‘I Swear’ by All-4-One in 1994 & ‘Moves Like Jagger’ by Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera in 2011.

- ‘Feel It Still’ rebounds 2-1 on the airplay chart, where it’s #1 on the radio for a second non-consecutive week.

- There wasn’t a lot of excitement in the singles chart this week, as we only have two new arrivals into the Top 40. The highest of them comes from comedian & rapper Lil Dicky, as ‘Freaky Friday’, which features Chris Brown, debuts at #16. It’s always interesting to see comedy or joke hits debut big on the charts, especially when it comes from an artist who has only got minor success in the US & Canada so far, but this is looking set to be a world hit! What I consider just as much as if it’ll make me laugh is that whether most people can understand the sense of humour. In this case, while I personally really like this because of some of the punchlines & just how ridiculous the story of the song is, I can see a few fanbases or racial groups being disappointed or even offended by this & being intentionally offensive is never a good look. Regardless, seeing someone poke fun at themselves for three minutes straight was definitely entertaining! He also commiserates on his own un-coolness & talks about how his idol in the song, that being Chris Brown, can be “so good at dancing” & has the “sickest tattoos”, but I think what upset many people was that Lil Dicky chose to collaborate with somebody who has assaulted women a few times before. Although, the funniest part of the song for me came at the end, where: Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled & Kendall Jenner all make appearances & make fun of themselves, even though Kendall’s part was far too autotuned at the end. Overall, I had a bit of a giggle to this & that was the song’s intention, so I don’t mind if this gets a little bigger, which I think it will do!

- The other new arrival is ‘Moonlight’ by XXXTENTACION debuts at #31, becoming his third appearance inside the Top 40. Despite the emo rapper gaining traction outside of the US now, I feel like some people know him more for his controversial past more than his discography. He’s not only had feuds with Drake & Rob $tone, but his dark energy peaked when domestic abuse accusations emerged & he seemed to enjoy being the villain. Here’s the thing though, while I wasn’t very impressed by ‘17’, his past couple of charting songs weren’t bad, as they at least saw his flow get better & I could hear more emotion in them. However, while ‘?’ is definitely a step up from his album, I’m not calling ‘Moonlight’ one of the strong points from it. XXXTENTACION is trying to take on a much faster flow than usual which he’s clearly struggling with & I’m really not liking that glitchy production alongside the standard trap beat. I think a consistent issue of the album in general is that a few of the tracks feel unfinished & this is definitely one of them, which follows a verse-chorus-bridge-chorus structure & lasts just over 90 seconds long. Nothing really stands out about the content either, where he has an admiration for this girl & gets jealous over her, as well as outlining his success. It’s very common for rappers, particularly at the moment, to either repeat themselves or go off-topic in their lyrics & I can support XXXTENTACION for opening up about his dark past & mental issues, but he’s capable of a lot better than this.

- On the albums chart, ‘The Greatest Showman’ earns an 11th consecutive week at the top, matching ‘21’ by Adele for the longest uninterrupted run at #1 on the albums chart in the past 30 years! It has sold 465,000 copies in the UK so far (304,000 from sales).

- The rest of the Top 5 is: ‘÷’ by Ed Sheeran (stationary at #2), ‘?’ by XXXTENTACION (debuts at #3), Dua Lipa’s self-titled album (7-4) & ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’ by The Fratellis (debuts at #5).

- Looking ahead to next week, these songs could be entering the Top 40 for the first time: ‘In My Blood’ & ‘Lost In Japan’ by Shawn Mendes, ‘Say Amen [Saturday Night]’ by Panic! At The Disco, ‘Done’ by Charlie Puth ft Kehlani & maybe even more.

- Elsewhere, I love seeing ‘Paradise’ jumping up into the Top 10, as well as ‘Meant To Be’ getting close to the region! It’s a shame that ‘Fine Line’ probably won’t make it now.

- 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-40-68

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mildredfarts

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we all want lil dicky to get a little bigger : 0

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Foxes

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If 'God's Plan' manages to hold on for just 1 more week, which it likely will if it doesn't get hit with the 300:1 ratio next week, Drake will be the only artist to have 2 songs reach double-digit weeks at #1 ever. That's kind of crazy to think about. However, I think he has been falling in sales for the past few weeks, so he probably will get hit with the 300:1 ratio next week. Without that rule though he probably would have set that insane chart record.

Next week I can definitely see 'These Days' getting to #1, but 'Paradise' and 'FRIENDS' are strong contenders as well, as is 'In My Blood', which shot to #1 on iTunes upon its release and has stayed there since. We will need to see streaming figures for today before we can really tell, though. It debuted at #26 on Spotify on Thursday, but today is when it will see the biggest boost of streams with it being New Music Friday, and with it getting radio traction and people talking about the song. I'm pretty confident that it will make a Top 10 debut, though, and I think that 'Lost In Japan' has a chance of reaching the region as well, and should at least make Top 20.

I hope that George Ezra's new album can dethrone 'The Greatest Showman'. While I don't really like George's music, I also don't like any of the tracks from 'The Greatest Showman', and it's actually the worst album that I've listened to in full in 2018, so I'm always hopeful that it gets knocked off the top.

That said, if 'Staying At Tamara's' doesn't do it, I can't see anything doing it until 'Speak Your Mind', which would give 'The Greatest Showman' 16 weeks at #1. And if 'Speak Your Mind' doesn't do it, we might even be waiting until Shawn Mendes' next album comes out, and while we know it will be this year, we have no idea when. I would predict sometime in May / June considering he just released 2 new singles, but we don't know for sure.

I'm a bit sad that 'Fine Line' came so close to Top 10 but didn't quite manage to do it. I really love the song, and #11 has to be one of the worst places to peak on the chart, especially if you're there for multiple weeks like 'Fine Line' was. #2 has also got to feel really bad to peak at, especially for 'These Days' if it doesn't manage to get to #1. Spending 7+ weeks at #2 without ever getting to #1 would really .

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Dan Love

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Drake will almost certainly be on ACR next week. Despite a discount on sales which brought it back up the sales chart to 6 this week on sales chart it overall fell in sales. This also shows its streams are declining fairly quickly. It's possible as well that these days may be put on ACR next week

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Ted

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George Ezra is a possible contender for #1, he's #1 on iTunes right now (even after Shawn Mendes' song was released) and his album, Staying At Tamara's, will help massively, as well as all the Spotify playlists. That said These Days could sneak in 1 week at the top, who knows.

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Piran

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Hey Gameskiller! :)
That's crazy Drake could get that record! I'd thought they would've been at least one artist or group that achieved that, but apparently not.
I think 'In My Blood' will debut just outside the Top 10 at the moment; it got a bit of streaming traction over the weekend, but it lost a lot of sales & it's not looking like it'll recover there.
'These Days' is gaining a little in streaming, although 'Paradise' is well past it on sales now! I think the former is the more likely of the two to go to #1 next week, but if the former doesn't, it'll still make chart history. Another unlucky chart position to get is #41, because you'll just miss out on TV airplay, or at least a mention or play on the radio.
While I also want George Ezra to dethrone 'The Greatest Showman' next week, the latter is actually my second favourite album of 2018 so far, behind 'Camila' of course!
I'll talk to you soon.

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Foxes

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Yeah, that's what I was thinking as well. Unless it can somehow increase its sales next week, we will be seeing a new #1. My bets currently would either be on 'Paradise' or 'These Days'.

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Foxes

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Yeah, it would be pretty insane. Sadly, since his sales have been falling for the past 3 weeks, he will almost definitely be on the 300:1 ratio next week, meaning that either 'Paradise', 'These Days' or 'FRIENDS' will reach the top. He is still the only artist to have 2 songs reach 9 weeks at #1, though, so he set that record.
Another record was set this week as well, as '÷' spends its 52nd week inside the Top 5, making Ed the only artist the ever have 2 albums reach a full year in the Top 5, following the 65 weeks spent in the region by 'x'.
This week is also the first time that there's been 2 straight months with no change at #1 on either the singles or albums chart since 1978.
Yeah, sadly it doesn't look like 'In My Blood' will debut in the Top 10 like I had thought. I'm a bit surprised since Shawn is a pretty big artist, but it does make sense since the song isn't the type to do very well on streaming. I am a bit surprised to see it falling so fast on sales, though.