New Hits Friday: 19th April 2019

Two new hits in the chart today.

BTS and Halsey – Boy With Luv

It’s a solid pop track, but there’s not enough of a hook for me.

The video is all colourful candy dreamscapes and lots of dancing. I do like it, but I’m a bit surprised that it’s had 167 million views (as of 19th April 2019) and broken all the YouTube records. I guess BTS must have a lot of fans.

Avicii and Aloe Blacc – SOS

Lovely and in some ways haunting to hear a ‘new’ posthumous track from Avicii. There’s a feel of the bluegrass for which his previous Aloe Blacc collaborations were known, and also a hint of Japanese music in there. Nice track.

There’s no official video, but there has been a ‘fan memories’ video made with quotations from fans on the screen.

More new hits next week.

New Hits Friday…uh, Saturday: 12th April 2019

I was too busy with Now! #102 to get this post up yesterday, so here it is today!

There were five new hits in the chart this week.

Jonas Brothers – Cool

Cheesy theme, and it’s a little too acoustic-y for me (except for a slightly halfhearted electric guitar solo in the middle).

The video is nice and colourful, I love the retro sportswear on the dancers, and OMG I BELIEVE THAT’S AN HOMAGE TO ELTON JOHN’S I’M STILL STANDING VIDEO WITH THE HUMAN DOMINOES ON THE BEACH. Awesome!

Alec Benjamin and Alessia Cara – Let Me Down Slowly

There’s something a bit epic and summery about it, which is nice. Quite like this one.

The video is a bit depressing and wistful due to the breakup theme, with lots of people sitting around looking sad in darkened rooms, but it’s quite pretty.

Blackpink – Kill This Love

Nice upbeat bit of K-Pop. Good stuff.

The video is a riot of bright colours, funky costumes, and dramatic settings, which is exactly what you want from a girl group.

Khalid – My Bad

It’s a little slow for me, but again it’s got a really nice chilled-out summery vibe.

There’s no video for this one yet.

Jax Jones, Martin Solveig and Madison Beer – All Day And Night

Solid dance tune, but there’s nothing to make it stand out.

The video is a street scene with hundreds of copies of Madison Beer singing to the camera, with a million messy, confusing animations in the background. The camera spins constantly, making the viewer feel sick. Not recommended.

Back next week with more new hits.

New Hits Friday: 5th April 2019

Five new hits in the chart today.

Ariana Grande and Victoria Monét – Monopoly

It’s fairly generic and there’s not much of a tune or hook to speak of. I like the Monopoly reference though.

The video is all Snapchat filters and old-school home video effects, with some bonus massive shoulders on Ariana’s outfit.

Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road

Rap meets country ‘n’ western? That’s a new one on me. I have to say I quite like it, if only for the novelty value. (I laughed out loud at the line ‘cowboy hat from Gucci’ – possibly the only ‘Gucci’ line in a song that has ever not made me roll my eyes!)

The video takes the form of a trailer for a cowboy videogame with graphics from circa 2006. Good stuff!

Westlife – Better Man

Starts off sounding like every other Westlife ballad ever released over the last twenty years, then the chorus reveals hints of its Ed-Sheeran-written nature. I was all about this kind of cheese back in 1999, but it’s not my thing nowadays really.

The video is the group singing in the studio, interspersed with a ’90s teenage love story. These two plot threads come together at the end when the teenage characters are revealed to be the studio’s sound engineer and her husband, promptly making everyone feel old.

Jay1 – Your Mrs

There’s a nice ominous feel on the backing track, but it’s not tuneful enough for me. I do like it when the robot-sounding voice joins in on the last verse though!

Best parts of the slightly NSFW video: the funky artwork on the walls of Jay1’s fancy house, and the comedy bit with the guy outside whose Mrs is apparently the subject of the track.

Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

Another nice creepy atmospheric track from Billie Eilish – there’s a bit of a classic lounge-y feel to this one as well. I’m really enjoying her stuff at the moment!

Lots of trippy imagery going on in the video, which is fairly standard for the artist.

More new hits next week.

New Hits Friday: 22nd-29th March 2019

Two weeks’ worth of New Hits today seeing as I didn’t manage it last week!

On the 22nd of March, there were three new hits in the chart.

Lizzo – Juice

Great classic retro-sounding tune! Really, really like this one.

The video does not disappoint – it is absolute gold, chock full of 20th century retro. I am going to be watching this over and over!

Ava Max – So Am I

Another solid pop tune from Ava Max. Good stuff!

The video is a sort of alt-tinged homage to Britney Spears’ classic 1999 video for …Baby One More Time. I really quite like it!

Marshmello and Chvrches – Here With Me

It’s a bit saccharine, and I’m missing the good synths you usually get with Chvrches, but it’s quite a nice tune, and I like the way it gets more epic on the chorus.

They’ve not released the official video yet, but they have done this placeholder one with lots of cool neon effects.

This week saw another four new hits enter the top 40.

George Ezra – Pretty Shining People

First time in the chart for this track due to George Ezra’s recent tour. Nothing to do with the similarly-titled REM song! It’s a standard nice upbeat George Ezra tune with a good singalong chorus.

The video is a fairly twee story about George being executive-meddled by some little kids. There are some excellent retro touches in the set dressing though!

Meduza – Piece Of Your Heart

Cheesy upbeat vocals over dark atmospheric instrumentals, which is a bit jarring. Good beat though.

There’s no video for this one yet.

Russ and Tion Wayne – Keisha And Becky

They really like these two women, but they don’t like the idea of putting any semblance of a tune in the track. The backing track to the rap is really dull and repetitive. I do like the reciting of the women’s names in the chorus, though.

I’ve got a horrible feeling that I already know what this video’s going to be like before I watch it.

I was right. It’s all cars and twerking girls. Highly NSFW, and not my thing.

Steel Banglez, AJ Tracey and Mostack – Fashion Week

There are some nice chilled steel drums going on in the background here, but the track in general is a bit repetitive.

There’s an awful lot of ‘sitting around on a kitchen island’ in this video! Towards the end they go outside and start standing around by a car instead, which is more familiar territory for videos in 2019.

More new hits next week!

New Hits Friday: 15th March 2019

Six new hits in the chart today.

Juice Wrld – Robbery

I liked the last Juice Wrld track (Lucid Dreams) from the off, but this one’s more of a grower – I needed a couple of listens.

The video is a bizarre story about a drunk Juice Wrld setting fire to a goth wedding and nobody seeming to notice.

Wiley, Stefflon Don, Sean Paul and Idris Elba – Boasty

Apparently this first came out last year, but didn’t chart. It’s got a good rhythm, and Sean Paul’s reggae vocals are always good value.

I really like the video, which has lots of fab things like arcade games, retro mobile phones and Stefflon Don’s blue hair.

Billie Eilish – Wish You Were Gay

Acoustic-y opening, leading into a really interesting instrumental, and Billie Eilish’s vocals are always great.

There’s no video yet.

Dave and Burna Boy – Location

I like the atmosphere on the backing track, but it gets a bit repetitive after a while.

Again, we’re still waiting on a video for this one.

Dave – Streatham

Another good atmospheric backing track, and I like the lyrical content – it’s an ode to Dave’s home suburb. Also, is that a callback to Ramz’ Barking, one of my favourite songs of 2017? I do hope so.

There are a lot of cars in the (obviously) London-set video, but at least they’re mostly being driven around rather than randomly stood next to!

Dave and J Hus – Disaster

Yet another epic backing track, which is a bit of a theme with this new Dave album!

Another one with no video yet.

New Hits Friday: 8th March 2019

Four new hits in the chart today.

Sigrid – Don’t Feel Like Crying

It’s a nice tune, and the synthy backing track is good, but the lyrics are a bit cheesy.

There’s no official video for this one yet.

Swarmz and Tion Wayne – Bally

It’s an okay tune, but I find it a bit generic.

The video is mostly monochrome with lots of people in balaclavas. Early on there appears to be a kidnapping of some sort, but this subplot doesn’t really go anywhere.

The Plug, Roddy Ricch, Chip and Yxng Bane – How It Is

I like the atmospheric backing track. Could do with a bit more melody though.

Again, there’s no video for this one.

Jonas Brothers – Sucker

Hmm. Not a group I’d expected to get back together so soon (what happened to Joe Jonas singing with DNCE? I really liked their stuff). I quite like this track, though – it’s sort of standard tuneful pop.

The video is set in a mansion with tons of fancy costumes and excess, which seems to be a video trend at the moment.

More new hits next Friday.

New Hits Friday: 1st March 2019

Three new hits in the chart today.

Dave – Black

I like the piano backing track on this one! Nice and atmospheric. The lyrical content is great too, a thoughtful and evocative rap about black culture.

The video is very moving, which is befitting of the subject matter – lots of celebrity cameos to spot too.

YNW Melly – Murder On My Mind

They couldn’t play this one on the radio. It’s fairly doomy and depressing.

The video is very dark and NSFW, opening with some bloodstained kids and a gunshot victim. Not for the fainthearted.

Pink – Walk Me Home

A bit too acoustic-y for my liking during the verses, but it’s got a great stompy epic chorus.

There’s no video yet.

New Hits Friday…uh, Saturday: 22nd February 2019

Three new hits in the chart this week.

Zedd and Katy Perry – 365

I like the tune and the backing track. It could do with a bit more of a hook though.

The video is a sad robot unrequited love story, but it’s very pretty.

D Block Europe – Kitchen Kings

It’s got an endearingly daft theme, but there’s not enough melody for me.

The video is all standing beside cars, smoking weed, and Gucci trainers, just like every other hip-hop video in 2019. I can’t tell these videos apart anymore!

Cardi B and Bruno Mars – Please Me

It sounds exactly like their previous collaboration, Finesse. While I do like the identical retro stylings on both tunes, I’m not impressed by the unoriginality!

There’s no video for this one yet.

New Hits Friday: 15th February 2019

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.

New Hits Friday: 8th February 2019

Four new hits in the chart today!

Lauv and Troye Sivan – I’m So Tired

Well, at least there’s a tune to it, and I quite like the electro-tinged backing track. It’s not hugely exciting though.

There’s no video for this yet.

21 Savage and J Cole – A Lot

The lyrical content of the rap is a lot cleverer than most stuff out nowadays, and I quite like the soul singing in the background.

The video, which compares the fronts people put on in public to the realities of their lives, features a lot of 20th century trappings like vinyl records, flashbulb photography, and classic dishes, so I’m all about it.

Fredo and Dave – All I Ever Wanted

Great epic electro atmosphere on the backing track, and the rhythm of the rap is quite nice. I’ve not been keen on Fredo’s previous stuff, but I quite like this one.

The video’s a fairly standard London rap video – urban setting, lots of weed – but at least there’s a semi-story going on.

Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend

Great beat, interesting and unusual vocals. Nice to have something different in the chart.

The video is suitably haunting and full of horror imagery, which I really, really like!