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A deathly quiet week this week. The Official Charts Company have not published a list of new releases this week – most likely due to New Year office hours – and frankly we've got statistics coursework due in over the next couple of weeks, so this will be a very short issue indeed.

We regret to chronicle the death of Debbie Reynolds aged 84 on 28 December 2016 from complications of a stroke. She had charted at #2 with Tammy from the film of the same name. Her daughter, Carrie Fisher, had passed away the previous day; this coupled with the death of Zsa Zsa Gabor's son Oliver Prinz von Anhalt a week after her death and my father's very poor health owing to bile duct cancer means I am currently fearing for my life.


Last week, we said we were tunnelling down the charts; we're now reviewing the top four, and at #4 is Touch by Little Mix, a particularly enervating track sufficiently sickly sweet enough to make Shout Out to My Ex sound like Nas' Ether.

Interestingly, both Greg Lake and George Michael have had tracks of their re-enter the charts: Michael's Careless Whisper, Faith and Mum's favourite record Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me ft. Elton John are at #44, #64 and #91 respectively, while Wham!'s Last Christmas rises to #7. It's the third highest peaking track this year, following When Christmas Comes Around by Matt Terry (#3) and All I Want For Christmas Is You (#5). What will it take to get Carey to the top spot she has been waiting for since 1994? Her death? Nope – according to some commentators, that happened New Year's Eve after a truly shambolic performance at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

    1. Rockabye
      (Clean Bandit ft. Anne-Marie & Sean Paul)
    1. I Would Like
      (Zara Larsson)
    1. Human
      (Rag'n'Bone Man)
    1. Touch
      (Little Mix)
    1. Shout Out to My Ex
      (Little Mix)
    1. Starboy
      (Weeknd ft. Daft Punk)
    1. Say You Won't Let Go
      (James Arthur)
    1. 24K Magic
      (Bruno Mars)
    1. Closer
      (Chainsmokers ft. Halsey)
    1. Don't Wanna Know
      (Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar)
    1. So Good
      (Louisa Johnson)
    1. I Feel It Coming
      (Weeknd ft. Daft Punk)
    1. Starving
      (Hailee Steinfeld ft. Grey & Zedd)
    1. Mercy
      (Shawn Mendes)
    1. By Your Side
      (Jonas Blue ft. Raye)
    1. The Mack
      (Nevada ft. Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap)
    1. All Night
      (Vamps ft. Matoma)
    1. The Greatest
      (Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar)
    1. I Don't Wanna Live Forever
      (Zayn & Taylor Swift)
    1. Love Me Now
      (John Legend)
    1. Can't Stop the Feeling
      (Justin Timberlake)
    1. Let Me Love You
      (DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber)
    1. After the Afterparty
      (Charli XCX ft. Lil Yachty)
    1. Cold Water
      (Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ)
    1. My Way
      (Calvin Harris)
    1. Love My Life
      (Robbie Williams)
    1. In the Name of Love
      (Martin Garrix)
    1. Don't Let Me Down
      (Chainsmokers ft. Daya)
    1. Love On Me
      (Galantis & Hook N Sling)
    1. No Lie
      (Sean Paul ft. Dua Lipa)
    1. You Don't Know Me
      (Jax Jones & Raye)
    1. Ain't My Fault
      (Zara Larsson)
    1. Find Me
      (Sigma ft. Birdy)
    1. Now and Later
      (Sage the Gemini)
    1. Party Monster (Weeknd) • Million Reasons (Lady Gaga) • Party (Chris Brown ft. Gucci Mane & Usher) • All We Know (Chainsmokers ft. Phoebe Ryan) • The Living Years (London Hospices Choir ft. Paul Carrack) • Redbone (Childish Gambino) • Only One (Sigala & Digital Farm Animals) • Bad Things (Machine Gun Kelly ft. Camila Cabello)

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