Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Top of the Pops, 23rd March 2017

The post-Sheermageddon era, week 1. As demand for Divide eases somewhat, the more popular non-Ed tracks regroup and make modest rises, so this week's show is a bit of a showcase for most of the main current hits. That means Rag 'n' Bone Man, Coldplay and the 'Smokers, Jax Jones and the newish one from Zedd and Alessia Cara.

It also means Kygo and Selena Gomez, but Selena is elsewhere so who better to fill in than Captain Ed himself? He also closes the show with another album sampler - eight tracks from Divide have now been featured.

However, the biggest news for long-time fans is the return of the mighty Steps. They have this week's highest new entry, which is good for one more TOTP appearance.

Debuts: None.

Zedd ft. Alessia Cara - Stay

High Climber - Up 15 to number 23

Jax Jones ft. RAYE - You Don't Know Me

Up 5 to number 17

Steps - Scared of the Dark

Highest New Entry - In at number 37

Calvin Harris ft. Migos - Slide

Up 4 to number 19

Rag 'N' Bone Man - Human

Up 2 to number 14

Chainsmokers vs Coldplay - Something Just Like This

Up 3 to number 4

Kygo ft. Ed Sheeran - It Ain't Me

Up 3 to number 18

Ed Sheeran - Supermarket Flowers / What Do I Know / Shape Of You

Up 1 to number 8 / Up 1 to number 9 / Tenth week at number 1

PRESENTER: James Masterton

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Top of the Pops, 16th March 2017

It's the moment we'd all awaited with bated breath: Captain Ed Sheeran releases his album and dominates the top 20, leaving little room for anything else and in particular making it very hard for other songs to climb the chart. But it's certainly historic. We're pretty restrained here on TOTP and stick to just four Ed songs, viz, his still-dominant number 1 and his three highest entries. These form a fun triptych where he meets a girl in the world's most authentic Irish bar, falls head over heels in love, then gets dumped and loveably slags off her new fella.

Aside from that, we've actually managed to cobble together a fairly watchable show. There are biggish new entries from Lorde (hugely anticipated) and Little Mix (friends of the show), plus lower-down climbers from Julia Michaels, J Hus, Bruno Mars and Martin Jensen's unkillable dance track. Fresh, diverse, what more could you ask for?

Debuts: None.

Little Mix - No More Sad Songs

In at number 39

Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl / Perfect / New Man

Highest New Entry - In at number 2 / In at number 4 / In at number 5

Julia Michaels - Issues

Up 10 to number 44

J Hus - Did You See

In at number 63

Martin Jensen - Solo Dance

Up 14 to number 25

Bruno Mars - That's What I Like

Up 5 to number 42

Lorde - Green Light

In at number 28

Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You

Ninth week at number 1

PRESENTER: Ellie Goulding

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Top of the Pops, 9th March 2017

So far this year it's mostly been the Ed Sheeran show, but while this week's TOTP contains a certain amount of Ed, the week really belongs to Stormzy. His entire album has invaded the chart so he treats us to three tracks here, and also pops up at the end of the show for his feature on the Sheeran remix.

It's a little surprising that a new Calvin Harris track is the week's second or third biggest story, but he's here, undaunted, with all his collaborators (including a low-key TOTP debut for the feted Frank Ocean). We also have friends of the show Little Mix and Dua Lipa, another appearance from Rag 'N' Bone Man, and some solid numbers-making-up from Maroon 5.

Debuts: Frank Ocean, Ghetts, J Hus

Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean and Migos - Slide

In at number 10

Stormzy ft. Ghetts and J Hus - Big For Your Boots / Cold / Bad Boys

Up 11 to number 6 / Highest New Entry - In at number 21 / In at number 22

Rag 'N' Bone Man - Skin

Up 2 to number 18

Zedd ft. Alessia Cara - Stay

In at number 33

Little Mix - Shout Out To My Ex

Up 4 to number 32

Maroon 5 - Cold

Up 8 to number 24

Martin Garrix ft. Dua Lipa - Scared To Be Lonely

Up 1 to number 15

Ed Sheeran ft. Stormzy - Shape Of You

Eighth week at number 1

PRESENTERS: Dappy and Fazer

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Top of the Pops, 2nd March 2017

There's a bit of a Brits effect this week, with Coldplay and the Chainsmokers being the most obvious winners, but Take That also reminding us that they still mostly exist. Aside from that, Kygo and Selena Gomez have the biggest new track, and a slight lack of chart climbers allows rare TOTP appearances from actual bands The 1975 and Imagine Dragons.

Ed Sheeran is really something else, though. He's just dominating the chart at will at the moment, releasing another (de facto) single that shoots to join its older sister Shape Of You at the top of the chart. Sheeran appears again with a medley that gives us most of both tracks.

Debuts: Martin Jensen

Chainsmokers vs Coldplay - Something Just Like This

In at number 30

Kygo ft. Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me

In at number 9

James Arthur - Safe Inside

Up 5 to number 31

The 1975 - The Sound

Back in at number 68

Martin Jensen - Solo Dance

Up 2 to number 40

Imagine Dragons - Believer

Up 6 to number 47

Take That - Giants

In at number 13

Ed Sheeran - Shape of You / How Would You Feel (Paean)

Seventh week at number 1 / Highest New Entry - In at number 2

PRESENTER: Craig David

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Top of the Pops, 23rd February 2017

Lots of female solo singers this week: friend of the show Zara Larsson, lady of the moment Dua Lipa, hot prospect Anne-Marie and, from lower down the chart, newcomer Julia Michaels. Oh, and Katy Perry, who not only performs her comeback single but does a cheeky turn taking Taylor Swift's lines on the ZAYN track. Only on TOTP, folks.

The show is bookended by hoarier fare, though, with Rag 'N' Bone Man kicking things off and the immovable Ed Sheeran closing the show. Tracks from X are climbing the chart again, so he's even able to mix a bit of Thinking Out Loud into the new one for all you eager fans.

Debuts: Julia Michaels, Skip Marley

Rag 'N' Bone Man - Skin

High Climber - Up 26 to number 25

Zara Larsson - I Would Like

Up 2 to number 16

Julia Michaels - Issues

Up 2 to number 51

Anne-Marie - Ciao Adios

In at number 40

Dua Lipa - Be The One

Up 1 to number 9

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley - Chained To The Rhythm

Highest New Entry - In at number 7

ZAYN with Katy Perry and Skip Marley - I Don't Wanna Live Forever

Up 4 to number 5

Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You / Thinking Out Loud

Sixth week at number 1 / Up 11 to number 52

PRESENTER: Duffy

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Top of the Pops, 16th February 2017

Stormzy is the highest new entry this week, so he brings an intense performance to the TOTP stage, in a double-header with previous generation MC Tinie Tempah. There are also new hits from Snakehips and Train, and an unusual brass-led version of Human from Rag 'N' Bone Man.

Ed Sheeran is still at the top (and almost-top) of the chart, and this week he combines both hits into an exclusive medley for us despite their clashing styles.

Debuts: Train

Tinie Tempah ft. Tinashe - Text From Your Ex

Up 10 to number 24

Stormzy - Big For Your Boots

Highest New Entry - In at number 8

Train - Play That Song

High Climber - Up 22 to number 25

Snakehips ft. MØ - Don't Leave

Up 10 to number 29

Rag 'N' Bone Man - Human

Up 2 to number 5

Sage The Gemini - Now And Later

Up 4 to number 17

Dua Lipa - Be The One

Up 1 to number 10

Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You / Castle On The Hill

Fifth weeks at numbers 1 and 2

PRESENTER: Jessie J

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Top of the Pops, 9th February 2017

We've a bit of a departure this week, as for the first time in history Top Of The Pops DOESN'T PLAY THE NUMBER ONE SONG! Sales of smelling salts rocket across the UK. There is a good reason, though - Ed Sheeran has had the number 1 and 2 slots tied up for a month so it's about time Castle On The Hill, which could sort of be considered a co-number 1 in a way, got its moment in the spotlight.

What else? Well, Dua Lipa is all over the chart at the moment. She follows up last week's two-song medley with a guest spot on the Martin Garrix record, and also fills in for Taylor Swift alongside ZAYN on an exclusive version of the 50 Shades problemato-pop behemoth.

We've also got a reprise from Clean Bandit, who are climbling the chart once more, a big new Major Lazer track, and plenty more lively stuff that you may or may not have heard of.

Debuts: PARTYNEXTDOOR

Major Lazer ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj - Run Up

Highest New Entry - In at number 20

Migos - Bad And Boujee

Up 3 to number 31

Chainsmokers - Paris

Up 2 to number 5

Tom Zanetti ft. Sadie Ama - You Want Me

Up 2 to number 24

Clean Bandit ft. Anne-Marie - Rockabye

Up 1 to number 8

Martin Garrix ft. Dua Lipa - Scared To Be Lonely

In at number 23

ZAYN with Dua Lipa - I Don't Wanna Live Forever

Up 5 to number 13

Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill

Fourth week at number 2

PRESENTER: JB Gill