New Hits Friday: 14th June 2019

Eight new hits in the chart today!

Mostack and Fredo – I’m The One

Nice chilled out backing track, but the rap style is a bit harsh for my liking.

There’s no video for this one yet.

Young T, Bugsey and Aitch – Strike A Pose

I like the beat, and it is growing on me after a couple of listens.

The video is very much a ‘does what it says on the tin’ affair, with lots of underwear-clad models all posing away. It gets a point for the use of good old-fashioned film photography, plus another one for the bit at the end where the models turn the cameras on the rappers (hence providing at least a brief nod to equal-opportunity perving…I suppose?).

AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove

Nice upbeat backing track, and the rhythm is great.

The street sign for Ladbroke Grove does make an appearance at the start of the video, but this was definitely not filmed in London! Somewhere in north Africa, I’m guessing.

Liam Gallagher – Shockwave

This one is in the charts due to being the biggest seller on vinyl and download this week, two formats that are both in interesting states of increasing/decreasing popularity at the moment. The track is classic rock – it’s a bit generic, but I don’t care because the charts are absolutely starved for rock at the moment.

The video is very filmic and ’90s-does-’70s – in other words, it’s just like an Oasis video from the ’90s. There are flares and crappy ’70s cars everywhere, and I am all about it. Also, Liam burns down a building in a big, dramatic way, although it looks like the building is actually just a beach hut.

Avicii – Heaven

Another posthumous release from Avicii – a bit more chilled than usual. Is that Chris Martin on vocals? It’s got that Glastonbury singalong feel. (Answer: yes, as confirmed by Scott Mills after it was played. Chris Martin is uncredited for some reason.)

There’s no video for this one.

Mostack, Dave and J Hus – Stinking Rich

I like the piano on the backing track.

Again, this one doesn’t have a video at the moment.

Mabel – Mad Love

Great atmosphere on this one – I expect it’ll become a frequent earworm.

The video is a fairly standard pop video with lots of dance routines and pretty costumes. Good stuff.

Chris Brown and Drake – No Guidance

The tune’s a bit generic, but at least there is a tune.

Another one that doesn’t have a video yet.

More new hits next Friday! (Or possibly a day or so later, as Geth is back from his work trip next Friday and so we will be doing belated birthday celebrations.)

New Hits Friday: 24th May – 7th June 2019

I’ve got three weeks’ worth of Friday chart hits to catch up with today, as I’ve been a bit late with the chart recently due to travelling.

There were six new hits on the 24th of May.

Dominic Fike – 3 Nights

Love that reggae beat – it’s something a bit different!

The video is about a guy driving around a lot and cheating on his girlfriend (I think?). There’s also a shoebox. And a tortoise.

DJ Khaled, Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne and Big Sean – Jealous

It sounds pretty much like every other DJ Khaled song, though I can forgive it a lot for the ‘listening to Sade’ lyric.

The video begins with an overblown cinematic bit featuring Jennifer Lopez for some reason, then when the music starts, it’s all about standing around in front of those Lamborghinis. At least it’s colourful.

Martin Garrix, Macklemore and Patrick Stump – Summer Days

Really appreciate the funk guitar on this one.

The video is a wonderfully daft story about an attractive elderly lady who dresses like she’s still twenty and hence causes everyone she meets to sweat profusely and flood cars and stuff.

Tyler The Creator – I Think

I love the atmospheric synth on the backing track – very retro-sounding.

There’s no video for this one yet.

Halsey – Nightmare

Interesting and slightly creepy recital of ‘Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep’ at the start. Following this, there’s a promising rock-sounding chorus, which is great – I just wish the verse matched it. It’s been so long since we had anything vaguely rock-sounding in the charts.

Is that ‘save me a prayer’ lyric a Duran Duran reference? I’m going to jump the gun and say YES, because everything should be a Duran Duran reference.

There’s a lot going on in the video, which is very filmic and retro and veers between rock stylings that match the song, ’90s-influenced bondage costumes, and Lady Gaga-esque ‘shocker’ imagery. Watch out for cameos from the likes of Cara Delevigne and Debbie Harry.

Tyler The Creator – Earfquake

I find the lyrics to this one a bit irritating, but the backing track is nice and retro.

The video is utterly surreal, with Tyler setting himself on fire while performing, and then he turns out to be a fireman as well, and then… However, it’s set in the world of a 1970s chat show, so I’m all about it.

There were also six new hits on the 31st of May.

Sigala and Becky Hill – Wish You Well

It’s very ’90s influenced, like most dance music is at the moment. Nice tune.

Again, there’s no video yet.

Jess Glynne and Jax Jones – One Touch

I like the bleepy backing track – again the ’90s dance influence is strong here – but the vocal melody is a bit dull.

No video for this one either.

5 Seconds Of Summer – Easier

5SOS seem to be completely divorced from their rock roots now. This is squeaky, annoying, and generic.

They’re still apparently playing their instruments in the video though. Why can I not hear those instruments in the song? Anyway, it’s set in a cave system, apart from when there’s a ‘walking through hallways while pictures on the wall catch fire’ sequence.

Young Thug, J Cole and Travis Scott – The London

I like some of the instrumentals on the backing track, but otherwise it’s a little repetitive for me.

There’s no video yet.

NSG – OT Bop

Great beat, but I’d prefer a bit more melody.

There is a lot of car-standing in this video, but I’m quite fond of the daft dance routines that are going on.

Ed Sheeran and Chance The Rapper – Cross Me

Love that synth line in the background.

Another one that doesn’t have a video as of yet.

Yet another six hits on the 7th of June. There’s a bit of a pattern to the chart at the moment!

Skepta – Bullet From A Gun

Not enough going on in this track melody-wise for me, but the lyrics are great.

I really like the video, which is just Skepta sitting on a bench in Camden Town tube station while the world goes by. Don’t think I’ve ever seen Camden Town so un-busy, mind!

Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter

Good atmosphere, but the tune’s a bit forgettable. I have the feeling it’ll grow on me though.

The video’s not out yet.

Lewis Capaldi – Bruises

Another pretty piano ballad from Lewis Capaldi. Lovely atmosphere.

No official video for this one right now.

Mostack and Stormzy – Shine Girl

Nice summery rhythm to this one.

The video is a nice straightforward ‘does what it says on the tin’ affair, with Mostack and Stormzy just chilling with their girlfriends round the house.

Skepta and J Hus – What Do You Mean

I like the eerie instrumentals in the background.

We’re still waiting for the video.

Katy Perry – Never Really Over

I find the tune to this fairly dull.

The video is colourful, cartoony, and a bit daft – a textbook Katy Perry video, in other words.

More new hits next week (I will definitely be on time with them because I’ve got a nice quiet week ahead of me!).

New Hits Friday: 17th May 2019

Five new hits in the chart this week.

Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings

I’ve loved this one for weeks and am really glad it’s got into the top 40 today! Lovely retro sound, great piece of pop.

The video is super ’70s retro and features Lykke Li dressing up and dancing around her house while taking lots of drugs and gazing at pictures of Mark Ronson. The decor and costumes are fab!

DaBeatFreakz, Swarmz, Dappy and Deno – Motorola

I like the slightly Latino atmosphere on this one.

The video is all mansions and high-stakes poker until they get raided by the police. There’s then a very long car chase in a Lamborghini that appears to be haemorrhaging money, before they all get together for a good stand around in front of some cars.

James Arthur – Falling Like The Stars

Saccharine and mumbly and acoustic-y as ever from James Arthur. Not really my thing.

There’s no official video for this one yet.

Skepta – Greaze Mode

Too repetitive for me, with not enough melody going on, although the backing track does get more atmospheric as it goes on (there’s a slight videogame edge to it).

Again, there’s no video for this.

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care

This unholy mash-up of Sheeran and Bieber sounds exactly as you would expect. It’s an okay tune but it’s a bit cheesy. I thoroughly expect it to make far too many appearances on my earworm playlist over the next few months.

The video is utterly bizarre and has some serious ’80s/’90s retro vibes, with the two singers being badly greenscreened into a succession of random scenarios while wearing comedy costumes.

More new hits next week.

New Hits Friday: 10th May 2019

Five new hits in the chart this week.

Bugzy Malone – MEN2

I like the atmosphere on the backing track, and the lyrics are interesting. Nice ukulele reference too! There’s also some lovely piano in the background in the second half of the track.

The video is a bit bling ‘n’ cars focused, but it’s nice to see an artist actually driving a car rather than just standing around next to one.

Hardy Caprio and DigDat – Guten Tag

I find this one a bit dull, but there are some interesting things going on with the backing track.

The video is your typical ‘extravagant mansion’ job, complete with the obligatory standing around in front of cars that the previous video largely managed to avoid.

Logic and Eminem – Homicide

They couldn’t play this track on the radio, which gives you an idea of what the lyrical content is like (although to be honest the rapping is so fast that I can’t make it out a lot of the time). It’s not my thing either way – too repetitive and not enough melody.

There’s no video yet.

Shawn Mendes – If I Can’t Have You

Nice summery instrumentals, and the tune’s nice, but it’s a little cheesy for me.

The video is shot in black and white, which I always appreciate. Points of interest include the fancy piano, the bit in the middle with a retro film effect over the top (I approve), and the recurring backdrop that has the CN Tower printed on it (presumably a reference to the fact that Toronto is mentioned in the first verse).

Lewis Capaldi – Hold Me While You Wait

Lovely tune, great atmosphere.

There’s no official video yet, but I’ll be looking out for it when it arrives!

More new hits next Friday.

New Hits Friday: 26th April – 3rd May 2019

Double New Hits today ’cause I was too busy doing marathon prep last Friday.

Four new hits on the 26th of April.

Kygo and Rita Ora – Carry On

It’s got some pretty tinkly piano instrumentals, but it’s fairly generic.

The song ties in with that daft-looking Pokémon: Detective Pikachu movie, so the video involves numerous shots of Rita Ora doing detective work in a shiny yellow mac. There are also a lot of neon-lit nighttime rain-slicked clips from the film, which actually make me interested in seeing it. I will resist.

Digga D – No Diet

Not enough melody for me, and it’s a bit repetitive.

The video starts off with a shot of a mid-’00s mobile phone, which I guess is retro now. There are also a lot of cans of regular Coke (fitting with the song title), to the extent that Coca-Cola should probably be paying them for the advertising. Oh yeah, and there’s some people wandering around with golf clubs…but they never seem to get round to playing golf.

Lil’ Dicky – Earth

This is a charity collaboration single with too many artists to name, which is lovely and retro – I approve. It’s a nice tune and I like the tropical-sounding instrumentals.

The video is equally good – a kid finds a magical book in a bin and a fast-paced animated adventure ensues, with all the guest artists depicted as random animals.

Jonas Blue and Theresa Rex – What I Like About You

It’s a bit cheesy for me, but at least it’s got some semblance of a tune.

The video is fairly typical for a dance track, featuring a young couple and their friends enjoying days out at the beach and nighttime parties. There’s a bit of interest in that the girlfriend is hiding the relationship from her parents, but this plot thread doesn’t really seem to go anywhere.

On today’s chart, there were five new hits.

Ellie Goulding – Sixteen

Boring and saccharine song!

The video is interesting but a little confusing. It’s scenes of Ellie and her friend/girlfriend in a car, interspersed with the story of a couple of teenage girls who I presumed were their younger selves…but then they run past the car at the end, so I don’t know.

Zara Larsson – Don’t Worry About Me

I like the synthy backing track at the start, but I find the tune pretty uninspired.

In the video, Zara appears to be keeping a semi-naked man prisoner in a glass case. She also has lightning superpowers…I think? I’m only really here for her cute feathered outfit.

RSPB – Let Nature Sing

Charity single entirely composed of birdsong. This is the kind of novelty I like to see in the charts! Hope it raises lots of funds.

The video is very nicely done shadow puppetry of birds. Sad ending though 🙁

Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie – Me

It’s interesting, this one – I get slight hints of ’90s Britpop in the chorus. I do quite like the trumpet bit.

The video is colourful and luxe with lots of pretty costumes (including a retro ’60s bit!) so I’m all about it. Good stuff.

Stormzy – Vossi Bop

Nice eerie backing track, which I always like. Otherwise I find this one a little repetitive.

The video: (a) features a lot of nausea-inducing camera spinning, which I’m starting to worry is a new trend; (b) is basically a big advert for London tourism at the start, with a sequence shot on Westminster Bridge (including the currently-scaffolding-clad Big Ben clock tower that I noted in my London Marathon race review); and (c) really shows how expressive Stormzy is as a performer compared to his contemporaries.

Interestingly, we have a full complement of timely music videos for both weeks’ worth of new chart entries. I hope this trend is one that continues!

More new hits next Friday.

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.