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Official Singles Chart on 11/5/2018

11 May 2018 - 17 May 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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Sunnyskies73

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I'd like to point out on iTunes that "No Tears Left to Cry" has a 5/5 rating based on 581 reviews whereas "One Kiss" only has a 3.5/5 rating based on 135 reviews. Makes me wonder why people are still buying the latter when the former is more well received.

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Dan Love

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A few reasons. Maybe most iTunes reviewers are Ariana Grande fans but hate Calvin Harris. Possibly it's because iTunes reviewers are an older audience and considering Grande's single is doing well on sales (i.e older audiences are listening to it) that would explain why so many iTunes reviewers like it

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Samuel Baker

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The top 40 in notes and lists-
The official #1 for this week is once again Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris with "One Kiss" it's a 4th week @ the top for that song and it's definitely growing on me!
The only change in the top 5 is Drake and Ariana swapping at #2 & #3. I'm fine with this change personally.

New Entries-
#14 Childish Gambino- This is America (Interesting song concept, it'll do better in the US than over here)
#16 Jess Glynne- I'll be There (Good song from Jess it'll climb and go top 10 in a few weeks)
#35 Charlie Puth- Youth (Sounds ok)
#36 M-22- First Time (Really good dance song, listen to it if you haven't already)
#40 Shakka- Man Down (Sounds OK)

High Climbers (Over 5 places)
#11 David Guetta- Flames (UP 8, HIGHEST CLIMBER) (It was #9 in the midweek update so I'm just slightly disappointed it didn't go top 10 although "Titanium" is much better)
#25 (UP 6) Liam Payne- Familiar (Hate it, but it's here to stay)
#37 (RE-ENTRY) B Young- Jumanji ( it! I thought we'd seen the last of this!)

The Top 5 in Scotland (S), Ireland (I) & USA (U)
#1 Calvin Harris- One Kiss (S- #1 I-
#1)
#2 Drake- Nice For What (S- #17 I- #3
U- #1)
#3 Ariana Grande- No Tears Left to
Cry (S- #2 I- #2 U- #10)
#4 Lil Dicky- Freaky Friday (S- #13 I-
#7 U- #13)
#5 Anne-Marie- 2002 (S- #3 I- #4)

My Prediction for Next Week (Based on early Spotify and iTunes figures)
#1 Calvin Harris- One Kiss
#2 Drake- Nice For What
#3 Anne-Marie- 2002
#4 Ariana Grande- No Tears Left to Cry
#5 Lil Dicky- Freaky Friday
#6 Arctic Monkeys- Star Treatment
#7 Banx & Ranx- Answerphone
#8 David Guetta- Flames
#9 Post Malone- Better Now
#10 Jess Glynne- I'll be There
Do you agree?

Thanks 4 reading!

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Scott Harris

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Christina Aguilera's "Accelerate" wasn't the big comeback I was expecting. The song just had no appeal to me and was so forgettable, not to mention the rappers made the song worse and overall just doesn't represent Christina as a singer.

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George Smith

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wait wait WAIT and hold up.... Christina Aguilera's new song (which is absolutely awesome) doesn't even chart in the top 100????? It was at no.99 in the mid-week chart and it got NO traction? WTF?!?!?!

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Piran

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My thoughts & observations on the UK charts as always…

- ‘One Kiss’ by Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa dominates the singles chart for a fourth consecutive week.

- ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ rises 2-1 on the airplay chart to become the most played song on the radio across the country this past week. It dethrones ‘One Kiss’ after just one week atop this chart.

- The highest debut of the week is a song that wasn’t even released this time last week, as ‘This Is America’ by Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover) starts at #14 in the new chart. There’s definitely a big risk when writing about political content in your music because of the controversy; it either gains you tons of respect, or makes you hated among critics & some cultures. However, I think the former is mostly going to happen for Childish Gambino & the fact that a song written about America has resonated to people across the world this much in a space of a few days shows how much this resonates with people. The song discusses themes that are affecting American politics right now, including gun violence & the struggles that black people still experience. It’s sharply contrasted with the jolly, syncretic melodies & menacing trap cadences, also the cherubic hums to ecstatic streams, from the confident chanting to the manic ad-libs from other rappers. He sounds so confident & cutting in this, which is definitely a big positive! I don’t see this sticking around for very long, but given that nobody had any idea about this song seven days ago, I’m just pleased that we have it in the charts at all.

- ‘I’ll Be There’ by Jess Glynne, who now has six #1 singles to her name, enters the Official Chart at #16 today. Some of you might not know this, but I would probably put Jess in my Top 3 (or definitely Top 5 at least) favourite female artists of this decade! ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ is an album that I still regularly come back to & all of the songs that have gone to #1 for her have deserved to go there in my opinion. So with all of that in mind, I had really high expectations for her return & this is definitely good, but it’s not the kind of comeback single I was expecting from her. Now I’m certainly a fan of the cute content; giving hope to the listener & Jess reassuring someone that she’ll be there for them during hard times. Of course, Jess’ voice is as strong as ever & I enjoyed most vocal techniques she uses here, other than that monotonous vocal effect that always stays the same & what annoys me about that is that it sticks with you as it’s the first thing you hear. That said, even when you get past that, the production as a whole does feel safe & the fact that she experimented with her sound is what made her debut album such a good one! Don’t get me wrong, I’m so pleased that Jess Glynne is back with new music & I’m still happy with this as a whole, but I know she can do even better.

- Shawn Mendes & Khalid team up for ‘Youth’, which debuts at #35 this week to become Shawn’s seventh chart appearance & Khalid’s fifth. Despite the former being 19 & the latter being 21, both of these artists have already collaborated with some huge artists & they’ve already shown that they’re two of the fastest rising male talents in the music industry right now. ‘Youth’ is all the more proof of that; the message behind the song is about attaining youth in a time of adversity & with references to the current political climate (it was actually inspired by the recent series of terrorist attacks in London). The fact that the lyrics are so meaningful here & inspiration to young people across the world shows how much maturity both artists have, but the way they convey that message is what resonates with me even more, as Khalid’s gravelly voice & Mendes’ patented rasp perfectly complement each other. I also like the production, which is simple, but effective & is a bit more dramatic than usual for both artists. The midtempo pop & R&B duet opens with a slow beat, but then the bassline kicks in from out of nowhere into that singalong chorus & throwing in those Latin-tinged acoustic guitar riffs was a good idea too! I really hope this becomes bigger, so please keep buying & streaming it everyone, because this song deserves way better than just making the Top 40.

- M-22 & Medina make their Official Chart debut as ‘First Time’ rises 53-36 on the new chart. I don’t really know much about M-22 other than the fact that they’re an English-German production duo who have been getting a lot of recognition on club channels on the radio, but Medina is a much bigger name back in her native Denmark, including already releasing six albums & won national awards there a few years back! With ‘First Time’, it’s that addictive that I just always come back to stream it about three or four times per day… yeah, I like it that much! I think Medina’s vocals are the main reason behind that, where she sounds very smooth in the verses, but can clearly carry some power building up to the drop. The lyrics might be rather blunt, but when the song is this catchy, I don’t really care about that, especially with the tropical chimes scattered in the right places, as well as the warbling vocal sample in the drop. I could see the latter being annoying to some people, but the rhythm behind it & the fact that it blends in fine with the underlying beat. If you’re following my personal chart, look out for this to climb considerably throughout the month, because it’s awesome!

- The last new entry this week is ‘Man Down’ by Shakka ft AlunaGeorge, which climbs 45-40 in its eighth week on the chart. I’m definitely familiar with both of these artists; even though they’ve not had any really massive hits, I’ve certainly seen their names on the chart many times. The thing is, I would consider them generally more enjoyable than most British artists trying to make this type of music & ‘Man Down’ is a good example of this! Shakka himself has fairly decent vocals even if they do get a little boring at times, but his brief rap flow that we get is even better to me! AlunaGeorge was definitely a suitable feature here too, as the singer’s voice is pleasant (AlunaGeorge are actually a duo) & she harmonises with Shakka really well here. What I’m actually more interested in the production, where the production courtesy of JAE5 bringing a more upbeat, soulful tone for this. The content discusses a girl whose interested in Shakka only really for $ex & she doesn’t care for him much outside of that, but it would be cool to see this become a big hit over the summer, although I don’t have much expectation that it will. Still, happy it’s here, nice job!

- On the albums chart, ‘The Greatest Showman’ returns to #1 for a 15th non-consecutive week. This is also its fourth separate stint at the top.

- The rest of the Top 5 is: ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ by Post Malone (1-2), ‘Be More Kind’ by Frank Turner (debuts at #3), ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ by George Ezra (5-4) & ‘Heaven Before All Breaks Loose’ by Plan B (debuts at #5).

- Looking ahead to next week, we could see these songs make a Top 40 appearance for the first time: ‘Girls’ by Rita Ora ft Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX, ‘Back To You’ by Selena Gomez, ‘No Roots’ by Alice Merton, ‘Quarter Past Midnight’ by Bastille, ‘If You’re Over Me’ by Years & Years, 'Family Tree' by Ramz, one or two ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ tracks from Post Malone & maybe even more.

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

- My latest Crown Note chart: http://crownnote.com/charts/piran-delves/pirans-top-40-75

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Ted

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Hey Prian! I absolutely love seeing This Is America in the Top 20, I've been a fan of Gambino for quite a while and it's great to see him finally have a hit here, especially with such a political track. I couldn't of imagined this doing well in the charts when it was released, but it got surprisingly good download sales for a rap song after a couple days, and was added to several Spotify playlists which helped massively. He deserves this every bit, and I hope to see more songs of his doing well over here in the future!

I'm a little disappointed with I'll Be There, as it doesn't have quite the same house music production that Jess Glynne's previous songs had, and I find her vocals a little grating at some points in the song. It's still a catchy and upbeat enough song, and I do hope this will go Top 10, but she could definitely do better overall.

Other than that, the rest of the new entries and risers aren't very notable in my opinion. Youth doesn't really work well for me, and I'm probably not going to give First Time + Man Down another listen, though it is nice seeing AlunaGeorge back in the charts for the latter! The highest charting song they have ever got is White Noise with Disclosure (peaked at #2) but other than that they haven't made much of an impact, which is a shame.

I'm honestly now thinking there's a good chance No Roots will ever reach the Top 40! It looked set to reach it this week, but it's declined on downloads, which was the only real area it was doing well in, and even then it's never reached the Top 10 in that. Spotify are still showing no signs of adding it to any playlists, and it still hasn't done anything in regards to streaming because of it. Not sure what's happening with radio airplay at the moment though, if any other stations add it we may see it rise.

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George Smith

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you didn't mention Aguilera's new song bombing in the charts... that's quite a thing, considering there was a lot of noise about her comeback after 6 years!

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Rob Parkinson

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Yeah I had big Hope's but as much as I've tried to listen to it, im struggling for the appeal of the track. She has released another today which I will give a listen to but am not expecting big things now.

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Piran

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I only really review the new songs inside the Top 40 each week (the entire Top 100 would take too long), but yeah, I knew Christina would be disadvantaged by streaming, just not that much. :/

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Piran

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Hey Ted! Sorry I didn't respond sooner, completely missed this.
I agree that I prefer Jess Glynne's previous sound, but it's good to see her go into more emotional content, as she can capture that reasonably well too.
I also agree that 'This Is America' is awesome, especially that video & I hope that this allows Childish Gambino to get more hits in the UK too. I'm pleasantly surprised that it's now a Top 10 hit thanks to it's massive virality.
It's a shame that you didn't like 'First Time', as I've been streaming it a lot this week & I love the production & vocals in it!
'No Roots' did get pushed back a fair bit in sales even with the discount & nothing much else seems to be happening for it on streaming, so I might not even include it in my Top 40 predictions for next week.
See you soon! :)

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Ted

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Hey Piran! It's fine you didn't see my reply, I miss replies too from time to time. It's so great to see This Is America in the Top 10, not gonna lie this is probably going to be one of the highlights of the charts this year for me! Donald deserves this every bit, and I'm honestly really surprised none of his songs (particularly 3005) hadn't done well here until this one.

I didn't like First Time on the first listen, but I did give it another chance, and it has now grown on me quite a bit! It's now in a couple of my playlists, I love the production particularly. I hope it goes Top 20 at least soon, as it's been given a push on radio!

As for the new entries in this week's Top 40, I'm disappointed in both the Arctic Monkeys' new music and Girls, while they're listenable they could've been so much better. However, I do like seeing If You're Over Me and Back To You, both aren't particularly amazing songs but I can see these growing on me more.

No Roots was actually surprisingly added to the Summer Hits UK playlist on Spotify this week, and although they have been promoting it quite a bit recently (putting it on the front page + in suggestions) it wasn't enough to get it in the Top 40- and I was expecting it to be a non-mover this week with the decrease in downloads and the potential rise in streams, which didn't happen. Unless it's pushed more on Spotify soon, this won't be a hit here!

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Piran

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I'm also really happy to see Childish Gambino earn his first Top 10 as a lead artist! I'm also very surprised that '3005' didn't even chart, when I remember it getting so much TV Airplay, particularly on MTV.
I'm so pleased to hear that 'First Time' is growing on you! I'll be honest though, I think the good weather is the main reason that it's becoming big, haha.
I agree with you on 'If You're Over Me' & 'Back To You', but I'm not sure that they're going to get too much higher in the chart.
Yeah, I think 'No Roots' is done sadly, it's been dropped on a lot of radio stations already.

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Ted

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The only thing that's currently stopping First Time from going Top 20 (or even Top 10!) is the fact that it's not on Spotify's Hot Hits UK playlist- it actually was on there a few weeks back, but it was removed after several weeks of it being outside the top 40. Songs aren't usually re-added to the playlist, so it might never reach a Top 20 peak, though it does look like it will be Top 30 this week.

Yeah No Roots is finished, if it was added to more Spotify playlists then it would've done well, however it was only added to Summer Hits UK it seems. First Time is also in the Summer Hits playlist, but the thing is it doesn't have as many followers as Hot Hits, so it doesn't affect the chart as much as HHUK does. I hope Alice's second single, Lash Out, will do better, I've given it a listen and unlike No Roots I do like this one a lot more!

I'm not gonna be here for Friday, as while the charts are announced I will be on a plane to Greece! We'll see if I have any internet connection when I get there, but it's not looking likely, so I may miss out on this week's charts. Here's my prediction for the Top 10:

#1: Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa- One Kiss
#2: Drake- Nice For What
#3: Ariana Grande- No Tears Left To Cry
#4: Anne-Marie- 2002
#5: Banx & Ranx, Ella Eyre, Yxng Bane- Answerphone
#6: Jess Glynne- I'll Be There
#7: David Guetta ft Sia- Flames
#8: Childish Gambino- This Is America
#9: George Ezra- Paradise
#10: Clean Bandit ft Demi Lovato- Solo

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Piran

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I hope you have a good time in Greece! :)
Your prediction was actually fairly correct, although 'Solo' unfortunately missed debuting inside the Top 10. I wouldn't be surprised if it does reach the region eventually though.