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Official Singles Chart on 26/10/2018

26 October 2018 - 1 November 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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Pradumnya Shirsath

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Is 36 not too low for Kiss and make up song? And what would be peak for the song?

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I.B.

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When will Calvin Harris get hit with ACR? Is it going to remain in the top 10 until Xmas?

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Dan Love

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https://chart-watch.uk/index.php/graphs-and-stats

If it carries on declining for the next two weeks it will be out the top 10 by 22 Nov

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redflag1

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MORE POP MORE DANCE PLEASE !!! THE REAL UK CHART COME BACK....
TOO MUCH RAP !! WHY ??? THE WORLD NEED MORE FROM UK.. BRITISH PLEASE, LIKE PET SHOP BOYS, ERASURE, BANANARAMA YEARS & YEARS, D REAM, HURTS, NEW ORDER, PLEASE PLEASE

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James England

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Take That's new song - Out Of Our Heads - failed to make the top 100. Take That were one of the biggest boy bands back in the 1990s. You remember the 1990s? When life was still in black and white and the internet was more mysterious than a crop circle!

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/12DB6/production/_84483277_84394108.jpg

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Kasper Elbjørn

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But it is also a strange choice? Its not a classic Take That song and it doesn't have the vibe and energy of their latest hits, These Days, Hey Boy and Giants.

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Jamie

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this is true :)

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Carl Mefkintallica Foxall

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A pile of at number one AGAIN

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James England

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Dreary ballad, ain't it! How about this instead?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgKUNEmjW7M

All Arise! :)

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Jamie

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It surprised me when it went to number #2 on Monday but the chart at the moment is pretty unpredictable and I like it
if you want to discuss more check out the official charts reddit page
https://www.reddit.com/r/TheOfficialChartsUK/

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cathy_shaffer

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disqus_P4vh3c3f44 3+

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I.B.

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I was counting on Lady Gaga to get that top spot and it looks as though she could be there for many weeks to come.

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theboy

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what happens with Imagine Dragons and Panic at the disco???? they deserve a top 10....

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PS

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You do realise we're in the UK and stuff like that has traditionally never had a look in?

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theboy

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Imagine Dragons had several top5 and Panic at the disco reached top12 with the new song. Definitely they deserve more. #natural #highhopes

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Jamie

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imagine dragons have never had top 10 hit in UK
highest they've been is at number #11 with sucker for pain in 2016
radioactive went to number #12
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Demons went to #13

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Piran

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My thoughts & observations on the UK charts as always…

- ‘Shallow’ by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper hits #1 on the singles chart, leading by just 1,200 combined sales. It becomes Lady Gaga’s fifth #1 & Bradley Cooper’s first!

- Lady Gaga leads both the singles & albums chart simultaneously for a third time in her career! The other two occasions were in 2009 (with ‘Poker Face’ & ‘The Fame’) & 2010 (with ‘Telephone’ & ‘The Fame Monster’).

- As for Bradley Cooper, he becomes the first Hollywood actor to have a #1 single since Nicole Kidman’s collaboration with Robbie Williams on ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ (the 2001 Christmas #1).

- ‘Let You Love Me’ by Rita Ora becomes the new #1 on the airplay chart.

- ‘Girls Like You’ by Maroon 5 ft Cardi B is back atop the YouTube chart once again, mostly thanks to a Volume 2 version of the official video being release. Both versions combined had 2.67 million views this past week, which was an 8.9 percent increase over the previous week.

- POST MALONE & SWAE LEE – SUNFLOWER (#7)
I’m not sure how others will feel about this opinion, but Post Malone has grown on me lots over the past couple of years, especially over the summer! ‘Sunflower’ could even be my favourite song from his yet. See, autotuned vocals have been a problem in hip-hop for a while now, but Post Malone can actually use it to his advantage here, same for Swae Lee. The acoustic guitars add to the chilled vibe that this song already has & it’s a strange but interesting pairing with the electronic beat. Add a catchy hook to that & you get a song that I was more impressed with that I ever could’ve imagined! Yeah, I like this a lot, strong 8/10 for me!

- ZARA LARSSON – RUIN MY LIFE (#31)
If you’ve been reading my chart reviews regularly each week, you should know that I was very excited for Zara Larsson to return to the charts. As for this, it might be a good song, although I don’t see having the same hit status that songs like ‘Lush Life’ or ‘Ain’t My Fault’ got. What caught me off guard was the content of how Zara’s deliberately trying to look for an unhealthy relationship, which in her perspective is toxic, yet adventurous. While lyrics in this lane can be tough to appreciate, the passionate delivery is enough to give this enough of a boost to make it enjoyable. That said, the real reason I’m going to come back to this is Zara herself showing off an impressive range & also the adrenaline rush you get in the pre-chorus riff. Maybe this’ll grow on me even more in the coming weeks, but for now, I’m thinking a strong 7/10.

- D-BLOCK EUROPE – NASSTY (#35)
So there have been a couple of fellow chart-watchers I’ve been chatting to both here & on the Billboard forum who didn’t exactly have positive things to say about this song & some of them are even hip-hop fans for the most part, something I’ll admit I’m usually not. Really though, I don’t know whether or not to call this bad or just boring & immediately forgettable. On one hand, the lyrics are either bragging about brands or cars or trying to hook up with girls, but on the other hand, the auto-tune is so obviously over a dull & miserable trap beat. I would be more mad at this if it actually stuck around or gained considerably, but given the relatively low buzz about this compared to other grime songs, I don’t think it will. As it is, this is barely scraping a 3/10.

- DUA LIPA & BLACKPINK – KISS & MAKE UP (#36)
This song actually made Official Chart history today as it's the first ever song by a K-Pop female group to make the Top 40. Scott Mills said on Radio 1 today that he could see this being a huge hit & I can agree with him after checking this out! This collaboration is one I’d never have expected, but the more I listen to it, the more it makes sense to me. It’s really good to see two cultures coming together, especially when the lyrics is about putting relationship problems behind you & just moving on. That said, Dua Lipa’s powerful vocals show exactly why so many critics have been tipping her to be a huge popstar for a while now & it fits exceptionally well alongside BLACKPINK’s Korean singing. The production has an addictive dance groove to it which is all I can say I enjoyed in terms of instrumentation, but if any of the five new Top 40 arrivals get big in the coming weeks, it’ll be this one! In the meantime, this is a solid 7/10.

- RAK-SU – I WANT YOU TO FREAK (#39)
I’ve been mostly impressed with the winners of the X Factor in recent years, although given that they moved the day of the charts & sales are becoming increasingly irrelevant, they’ve not been doing as well here since those changes were made. Fortunately, this is a good sign for Rak-Su’s debut album! This samples the classic ‘Freak Like Me’ by Adina Howard, but the Rak-Su boys have put their own dancehall twist to it make the song their own. Their infectious energy hasn’t changed in the slightest, even if their lyrics have become a fair bit more basic. The flows are decent, although none of the parts here really blew me away. For me, it’s a strong 6/10.

- The rest of the Top 5 on the albums chart is: ‘The Greatest Showman’ [Soundtrack] (3-2), ‘Always In Between’ by Jess Glynne (1-3), ‘Natural Rebel’ by Richard Ashcroft (debuts at #4, mid-week #1) & ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ [Soundtrack] by Queen (debuts at #5).

- Looking ahead to next week, these songs could enter the Top 40 for the first time: ‘Waste It All On Me’ by Steve Aoki ft BTS, ‘A Million Dreams’ by P!NK, ‘Moves’ by Olly Murs ft Snoop Dogg, ‘Half As Good As You Are’ by Tom Odell ft Alice Merton, ‘Money’ by Cardi B, ‘Close To Me’ by Ellie Goulding x Diplo ft Swae Lee, ‘First World Problems’ by Ian Brown, ‘Polaroid’ by Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella, ‘Arms Around You’ by XXXTENTACION & Lil Pump ft Maluma & Swae Lee, ‘Suncity’ by Khalid ft Empress Of & 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-40-99

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Kasper Elbjørn

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Any possibility Culture Club could make an entry on top 100 with new single “Life”? What does it take nowadays?

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Dan Love

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I doubt it, the single hasn't even charted on the iTunes chart, the album should do quite well though

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Foxes

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Hey Piran! As I'm sure you'll already have guessed, I'm definitely not a fan of 'Shallow' going to #1, though I'm more confused than anything else. It didn't really seem to be getting enough streams to compete with 'Funky Friday', 'Happier' or 'Promises', but I guess the streams that it did get combined with its immense sales (for today's standards, at least) were enough to push it to the top. The streams and sales of pretty much everything near the top of the charts seem very stable at the moment, so I can see 'Shallow' holding the top spot until the competition heats up again. Its chart sales of just under 48,000 are the lowest since 'Solo' managed to get #1 with 41,500, so stronger competition could've easily stolen the top spot.

Do both versions of 'Girls Like You' combined not have 3.38m views with a 23.4% increase? The main music video itself seems to have 2.67m views with a 8.9% increase, while factoring in the other official videos they combine to get 3.38m views. Either way, I'm beginning to think that 'Girls Like You' will be #1 on YouTube for the rest of eternity at this rate! Do you know what's caused its ridiculous longevity on YouTube when it's long since died down on all other platforms?

Our views on all of the debuts are practically identical this week! I absolutely love that Post gets his 5th UK Top 10, all of which other than his feature on 'Jackie Chan' have debuted in the region, and I'd give 'Sunflower' itself a solid 9/10, 'Ruin My Life' would probably be a solid 7/10 for me as well and, as you already know, 'nASSty' is a very weak 4/10 for me. 'Kiss and Make Up' is also a solid 7/10 and 'I Want You To Freak' is a strong 6/10 for me. Overall I thought it was a pretty good week for debuts, with the exception of 'nASSty', and there were more debuts than I thought there'd be. I do wish that 'Suncity' could've debuted just 1 place higher to reach the Top 40, though.

Looking ahead to next week, the highest debut looks very likely to be 'Arms Around You', which is currently at #13 on Spotify, while 'Close To Me', 'Money', 'Walk Alone' and 'Waste It On Me' all have a shot, currently at #36, #54, #55 and #57, respectively. The only ones to get any kind of significant sales at the moment are 'Waste It On Me', which got to #2 on iTunes but is now at #13 and falling fast, and 'Arms Around You', which is stable in the #25 - #35 range. 'A Million Dreams' is #6 on iTunes, but not even in the Top 200 on Spotify so I can't see that debuting.

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James England

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Bad Blood from their new album is a funky pop track. These 80s old-timers still have some life in them!

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Kasper Elbjørn

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Brilliant. My fav is Resting B**** Face. So good. It really is a shame they won’t chart on the singles chart but with Cliff Richard having a number 1 on the physical sales chart but nowhere near the top 100, it seems impossible. I don’t get it

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Piran

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Hey Gameskiller! :)
You've probably already gathered that our views on 'Shallow' differ a lot at this point, but I will say that it surprised me that it got to #1 too. Like you said, it's a relatively weak #1 though. I guess the lack of competition on streaming services couldn't compete with its massive sales, however a #1 debut is probably more likely than not to happen in the next month given how open the competition is.
It's good that we agree on all the debuts this week!
I'm wondering if any of the tracks from 'The Greatest Showman: Remastered' are even eligible to debut on the chart next week. Only three tracks from 'The Greatest Showman' have been allowed to chart at any one time since the new rules were implemented, so if the tracks from the movie's soundtrack itself are charting higher than the covers, 'Million Dreams' by P!NK might not even make it anyway.

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Piran

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Since it doesn't have any significant sales nor streaming yet, I don't think so unfortunately.

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Piran

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Also, it appears that the Top 6 songs on Spotify are all incredibly close together today; 'Funky Friday' is at #1 with 378,663 while 'Shallow' is at #6 with 336,043.

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Piran

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Regarding the official video to 'Girls Like You', I think it's YouTube dominance might be because of all the huge female celebrities that feature in it.

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Jamie

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would appreciate it if you checked out the new official charts reddit page :)
https://www.reddit.com/r/TheOfficialChartsUK/