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post Feb 10 2019, 02:43 PM
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Hello people, welcome to my personal top 20 for this week - sorry it wasn't up Friday but I pulled my lower back and didn't really fancy being bent over a laptop typing this all up, nor indeed did I on Saturday. I'm alright now after a day's rest, thankfully. Anyway - Busted crashed in at the top last week with their second number one, but has it hung on for another week or have new entries from LSD and Dido amongst others usurped them? Here's your answer...

Week ending 8th February 2019

1. (1) BUSTED - Radio
2. (HNE) LSD - Mountains
3. (2) FOUR OF DIAMONDS - Blind
5. (NE) DIDO - Give You Up
6. (3) NOW UNITED - All Day
7. (4) WESTLIFE - Hello My Love
8. (7) UNPERFECT - Gots To Give The Girl
9. (NE) MATE - Myself
10. (5) JENNIFER LOPEZ - Limitless

11. (8) CLAIRE RICHARDS - Shame On You
13. (10) BACKSTREET BOYS - Breathe
14. (11) LAUV - Superhero
15. (12) FLEUR EAST - Favourite Thing
16. (13) OLLY MURS - Excuses
17. (RE) LITTLE MIX - Think About Us
18. (15) GEORGE EZRA - Hold My Girl
19. (16) BANANARAMA - Dance Music
20. (18) WARD THOMAS - No Filter

Compiled from my own personal listening in the last seven days across streaming, digital and physical formats.


(1) - last week's position
(HNE) - highest new entry
(NE) - new entry
(RE) - re-entry


With just three new entries, only one of whom posed any competition for the top and in the event has failed for now - plus a rather becalmed state of affairs generally chart wise - it's enough to ensure that the list of one week wonder chart toppers is halted by Busted, who following their intense round of promotional efforts this last week for their new album 'Half Way There', spend a comfortable second week at number one on my personal chart with 'Radio'.

LSD - the supergroup formed of Labrinth, Sia & Diplo - proved so successful with their debut number one 'Thunderclouds' last September, that the release of its follow-up, 'Mountains' was continually pushed back for some time from its originally scheduled late November release. With the former single finally exiting my top 40 last week after a near 20 week run, it finally appears and makes a very respectable #2 debut. I don't see this being quite the phenomenon 'Thunderclouds' was but it is another great single from them nonetheless, and proves this supergroup has some steam left in it before they venture back to their solo projects.

Diplo, incidentally, appears to be working with Niall Horan on new material if you saw the 'Slow Hands' hitmaker's Instagram Stories last week. Julia Michaels' current single 'What A Time' with Niall climbs up two to #4, making good on our prediction from its debut last week, and with no immediate big new singles on the horizon next week, it's not out the question that it could yet climb a bit more.

Just below them is this week's second highest new entry from Dido. 'Hurricanes' debuted at #8 in November as the first single from her forthcoming new album 'Still On My Mind' - slated for a 8th March release date - but second single 'Give You Up' improves on that substantially to debut at #5, her biggest such hit since her classic 'White Flag' topped my chart in September 2003.

Next to play at #9, a brand new artist of sorts. Mate (or 'mate', as the font on his artwork stylises it) may not immediately seem a familiar name, until you see said single artwork. For he is in fact Eddie Brett, the Chingford born singer-songwriter and urban poet, best known of course, as formerly one third of Loveable Rogues, who scored number one hits on my chart with 'What A Night' (April 2013) and 'Honest' (May 2014) after their success on Britain's Got Talent in 2012.

His debut solo album as Eddie Brett titled 'Parlay' and it's first single 'The City Don't Like Us' both charted in the low end of my top 40 back in May 2016, but under this new stage name he claims his first top 10 hit with 'Myself'. It's a really engaging and clever record, one that calls to mind Mike Skinner and The Streets when you hear it. A pleasure to see this one so high up, and well worth investigation.

Rounding off this week at the far end of the top 20, Little Mix return after a week's absence with their #2 hit from December, 'Think About Us'. The reason for this rise back to #17 from last week's #22 is correlative with the long awaited release of both the single's video, and a brand new remix featuring US rapper Ty Dolla $ign. Their performance at next week's BRIT Awards aside, Jade and Leigh-Ann are shortly to do what Cheryl and Kimberley from Girls Aloud did ten years ago, hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief, so don't expect a hefty amount of further activity for this single after this week.

Your chance to see how my personal top 10 was looking on this week in the last 20 years. This week in 2004: Outkast's classic 'Hey Ya!' climbs to the top of the chart on its thirteenth week, plus classic hits from Snow Patrol, Katie Melua and Emma Bunton

1. (3) OUTKAST - Hey Ya!

2. (1) SNOW PATROL - Run
3. (5) KATIE MELUA - The Closest Thing To Crazy
4. (2) EMMA BUNTON - I'll Be There
5. (4) KELIS - Milkshake
6. (6) 2PLAY FEAT. RAGHAV & JUXCI - So Confused
7. (7) BOOGIE PIMPS - Somebody To Love
8. (10) SEAN PAUL FEAT. SASHA - I'm Still In Love With You
9. (8) SCISSOR SISTERS - Comfortably Numb
10. (9) FRANZ FERDINAND - Take Me Out

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