No, there is no cute Twitter graphic I can legitimately share of this week’s Top 10 singles to illustrate this, last week’s embeddable table was clearly a special occasion one-off. And Revue’s integration with Instagram (where Official Charts post the graphics every week) is broken. But enough about my problems.
What we are now officially calling RUTH fever extended into a second week as Kate Bush remained firmly atop the British singles chart with Running Up That Hill. In one of those gloriously complicated calculations her streaming numbers actually fell week on week, but the mainstream press attention for the track prompted a surge in paid sales, meaning her total calculated chart sale of 78,568 was actually up on her first week at the top.
Surging up the singles chart to reach No.3 is Afraid To Feel by LF System, about which much more later.
The big arrival of the week was Drake’s Honestly, Nevermind album which entered at No.2 in its own right but inevitably spawned a huge number of well-streamed cuts. His domination of the Spotify numbers didn’t quite reach Styles or Sheeran levels but under old chart rules every one of the album’s 14 tracks would have landed somewhere on the published chart, even if the smallest of these (Liability) would only have reached No.64.
The three hits the Canadian droner was permitted all made it into the Top 10, restricting Harry Styles to just two Top 10 hits for the first time since his own album came out. The label are pushing Falling as the lead single it seems, although Britain seems more enamoured with Massive which was the album’s second-biggest cut last week and which seems set for a chart climb of its own this Friday.
But the week’s other big arrival was naturally Beyonce’s mainstream comeback with Break My Soul, the single not only eschewing the whole “drop an entire album at once” trend but arriving midweek to ensure nothing else was going to steal her focus. That inevitably depressed the initial chart position of the track which crept in at No.21 with a little over three days of sales to its credit. Although that’s still a magnificent number. Taking the unscientific method of dividing her posted 21,077 sales by three and multiplying up by seven it is possible to conclude that if the single had emerged on Friday with everything else it would have reached around 49,000 chart sales and entered at No.4.
Meanwhile, the debate rages, Is Beyonce’s track actually sampling Show Me Love as has generously been credited, or is it just using the same Korg M1 “organ” preset that the Robin S track from 1993 pioneered. Musician friends of mine aren’t sure either way.