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


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


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.


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


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Top of the Pops, 2nd February 2017

No change at the top of the chart, so King Ed keeps court once more with Shape Of You. Not a lot of love for Castle On The Hill just now, but who really cares.

The rest of the line-up is pretty vibrant, with girlbands M.O. and Little Mix, dance banger-makers Starley and Jax Jones, and a nice change of pace from James Arthur's Sheeran homage as well. Tinie Tempah and Tinashe make a splash with a fun, sexy performance and the show is arguably stolen by a rollercoaster of a medley from Dua Lipa.

Debuts: None.

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

Up 1 to number 3

Tinie Tempah ft. Tinashe - Text From Your Ex

Highest New Entry - In at number 35

James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go

Up 2 to number 12

Little Mix - Touch

Up 2 to number 4

Starley - Call On Me

Up 1 to number 6

M.O. - Not In Love

Up 19 to number 42

Dua Lipa - No Lie / Be The One

Up 10 to number 11 / High Climber - Up 33 to number 21

Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You

Third week at number 1

PRESENTER: Kimberley Walsh