All My Friends Snakehips feat Tinashe & Chance The Rapper (EMI)
We have a stand still in the Top 10 this week as Snakehips and Justin Bieber both hold onto their #1 and #2 spots. Snakehips are at the top with All My Friends featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper, followed by Bieber’s Love Yourself featuring Ed Sheeran at #2. DJ Snake is the first to make some movement as he moves into the #3 spot with Middle featuring Bipolar Sunshine, up one spot from last week's #4. Zara Larsson's Lush Life is moved to #4 down form last week's #3. Duke Dumont’s Ocean Drive moves to #5 up two spots from last week's #7, while Justin Bieber’s Sorry holds onto the #6 spot for another week. Shawn Mendes' Stitches moves down two spots to #7 from #5. Elle King’s Ex’s & Oh’s reaches a new peak coming in at #8 from last week's #14. Charlie Puth makes his way into the Top 10 with One Call Away at #9 up from #13, and at the #10 spot this week is Flume’s Never Be Like You featuring Kai up five spots from last week's #15.
Hymn For The Weekend Coldplay (PAR/WMA) Impact Date: February 4
The Beyoncé-assisted "Hymn For The Weeknd" almost equals that energy, but it lacks the drama of “Princess Of China” and the show-stopping moment you’d expect from the queen. And regardless, the guys sound like total goobers trying to do the club swagger thing, like a drunk dad doing the rap dance du jour at a wedding. If nothing else, the song is proof of life before the AC mush of "Everglow" though. Coldplay’s best material was never subtle, always treating sadness and elation with a sense of majesty that made the music and lyrics feel Significant. But on Ghost Stories, Chris Martin used specific imagery for once, to depict a relationship’s implosion. That was essential, because without the aid of “Fix You”-like crescendos and swooping guitar lines, those feelings had to carry that LP. AHFOD zooms out once again, to the point of soft-focus blur, but this time the instinctual grandeur of the music falls flat and can’t prop up platitudes like “Life is a drink and love’s a drug” and “So how come things move on, how come cars don’t slow.”