Seven new hits in the chart today.
Blueface and YG – Thotiana
It’s too repetitive and there’s not enough melody for me. There is a really nice instrumental towards the end though.
The video starts off nicely with the promise of a story about a high school American football team, but quickly descends into twerking girls and standing-around-next-to-cars, two of my least favourite tropes in rap videos.
CamelPhat, Cristoph and Jem Cooke – Breathe
Interestingly, this track has made me realise that there’s not been much EDM in the chart over the last year, whereas three or four years ago it was pretty much all you heard. It’s a fairly generic melody (and the vocal is sometimes reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams to the point of being derivative), but it’s got a good, danceable beat.
The video is standard-for-EDM trippy, with lots of dancing, flashing lights, smoke, and taking baths while clothed. All very pretty, but I don’t think it’s aimed at people who are in an unaltered mental state.
The Chainsmokers and 5 Seconds Of Summer – Who Do You Love
There’s too much going on with this track, and I’m not keen on the melody.
No video for this one yet.
Tom Walker – Just You And I
I like the rhythm, but the song’s a bit saccharine for me.
The video, however, is great – an awkward but endearing story about two people who wake up hungover and handcuffed to each other. Nowhere near as NSFW as it sounds!
Khalid – Talk
It’s a nice melody, and there’s something a bit retro about it, which is always appreciated.
There’s no video at the moment.
Ariana Grande – Needy
It’s quite a nice classic vocal, but I find the backing track a bit jarring.
Again, there’s no video for this one.
Ariana Grande – Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored
I just find this song a bit dull – I’m not sure what the hype’s about or why it went straight in at number one. However, Ariana’s chart battle with herself (she got the top two places this week plus another song in the top ten) did mean that we got a couple of nice chart history factoids from Scott Mills on the Official Chart show this week – the last solo female artist to be at both number one and number two at the same time was Madonna in 1985, and the last solo female artist to have three tracks in the top ten at the same time was Ruby Murray in 1955. I love chart history!
The video starts off with a generic ‘in da club’ scene, then becomes an uncomfortable and problematic story in which Ariana is trying to steal another girl’s boyfriend by copying her exact look, and then there’s a nonsensical twist in the last second implying that it was actually the girl Ariana was after, not the guy, despite the evidence of every other scene in the video. Still, making sense is not the point of music videos, so I’m just going to admire the pretty costumes and ostentatious party settings.
More new hits next Friday.