A new feature today! As I’m finally done with the Now! compilations, I thought I’d continue with my chart geekery by discussing my initial reaction to the new entries in the UK Top 40 every Friday. I warn you in advance: I’ve not been hugely impressed by chart music recently. Still, let’s give it a go.
Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid – Eastside
It’s a pretty tune, but it’s a bit generic.
The video tells an interesting story, but it’s not much to look at.
B Young – 079ME
I do like the rhythm, but for me it’s too similar to Jumanji, his previous hit.
The video is typically HD and summery, and as such very forgettable.
Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
I really like the orchestral-sounding instrumentals on this one, and it’s got a nice epic feel. Great to hear this kind of pop in the charts, too – it’s refreshingly different.
They’re being tardy with releasing the video though. Sort it out!
6ix9ine, Nicki Minaj and Murda Beats – Fefe
So awful and offensive they didn’t play this one on the radio…
…and the video’s equally appalling. (NSFW, just to warn you.)
The 1975 – Love It If We Made It
I really, really like the 1975 and their retro-sounding pop-rock. This track has great synthy instrumentals and thoughtful lyrics. My favourite of this week’s new hits.
No video though! I was looking forward to something that would mitigate the visual offensiveness of the last one.
Loud Luxury and Brando – Body
Great atmosphere on the chorus, but again it’s a very uninspired tune.
The video is a boring ‘in da club’ video with lots of strippers and drinking. Yawn.