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Mercury Distinguished 50

November 17, 2017 | 50 songs

* A very momentous #1 has emerged this week as Austra's "Spellwork" claims the top of the charts for the first time in its 46 week history! This feat makes "Spellwork" Austra's fifth #1 both on the charts and for this year alone.

* Coming up short at second place this week is Alice in Videoland's "Little Bird," which has already logged two weeks at #1. Meanwhile, Feathers's "Land of the Innocent" creeps back into the Top 3 for the first time in nearly two months at #3.

* A new artist and new song jump right into the Top 5: Nightlife claims #4 with the encapsulating track "Sugar." Rounding out this week's Top 5 is veteran chart single "Aeronaut" from Parralox, hitting #5 in its best showing since January.

* Blue Hawaii's "Lilac" is showing some weakness with a five position drop from #1 to #6, but it nevertheless has just marked an unprecedented twentieth consecutive week in the Top 10! On the other side of the lower half of the Top 10 is the week's biggest gainer, "Elegy" from Ships in the Night, up sixteen to #10.

* Lastly, #7 through #9 is dominated by Poppy - with "Interweb" settling at #7 from #2 last week, "My Style" slumping back slgihtly to #8, and "Software Upgrade" entering the Top 10 at #9.

* Three new entries and re-entries apiece this week. Nightlife's Top 5 debut "Sugar" leads the new entries while Marsheaux's "Secret Place" once again takes the initiative in re-entries with its unparalleled fifth re-entry into the charts.

* This week features a fairly different Top 20 lower half compared to last week. TR/ST's "Sulk" got evicted from the Top 10 after an impressive thirteen-week residence within it. Poppy's "My Microphone" took a thirteen place hit down to #18.

* There were a few solid advancers, however. Nine Year Sister and Marsheaux both gained fifteen places with "Starlight Season" and "August Day" climbing to #16 and #12, respectively. The former song reached a new high while the latter notched its highest position since late July.

* Many songs this week remained relatively flat amidst the continuous low volume. Nordic Resistance Movement's "Håll Fanan Högt," Kokoko!'s "Tokoliana," OMD's "Enola Gay," and Postiljonen's "Supreme" all rose two places. Welle: Erdball's "W.O.L.F." and Essaie Pas's "Dépassée par le Fantasme" climbed one place, both to new highs. Feels's "Weightless" remained unchanged at #17.

* Finally, on the declining side, Ten After Dawn's "Melody" and North Korea's "No Motherland Without You" both dropped one place. Thermostatic's "Unreal Dimensions" and Austra's "Home" fell two places. With next week being a holiday week, volume may be even more unusually low than it already is. Chart movement may be volatile!

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1215Up this week
Marsheaux - "August Day" single cover artwork
159Down this week
TR/ST - "Sulk" single cover artwork
17Same position as last week
Feels - "Weightless" single cover artwork
1910Up this week
Coska - "Sleepless Nights" single cover artwork
212Up this week
Kokoko! - "Tokoliana" single cover artwork
2522Down this week
vivienxo - "TTYN" single cover artwork
342Down this week
Austra - "Home" single cover artwork
3726Down this week
Visage - "Visage" single cover artwork
38-38New this week
Marsheaux - "Secret Place" single cover artwork
396Down this week
41-41New this week
Chromatics - Kill for Love album cover artwork
472Up this week
Postiljonen - "Supreme" single cover artwork
4915Down this week
503Down this week
Phantogram - Nightlife album cover artwork
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Biggest Gainers:

1) Ships in the Night: "Elegy" (+16)

2) Marsheaux: "August Day" (+15)

--) Nine Year Sister: "Starlight Season" (+15)


Biggest Decliners:

1) Visage: "Visage" (-26)

2) vivienxo: "TTYN" (-22)

3) Austra: "We Were Alive" (-19)


New Entries:

1) Nightlife: "Sugar" (#4)

2) The Indelicates: "Unity Mitford" (#28)

3) Neuropa: "Das Beat Industrialle" (#44)



1) Marsheaux: "Secret Place" (#38; previously peaked at #3)

2) Chromatics: "Lady" (#41; previously peaked at #37)

3) Electrogenic: "Another Day" (#48; previously peaked at #33)



1) REIN: "Born to Die" (previously peaked at #38)

2) Austra: "Painful Like" (previously peaked at #1 for three non-consecutive weeks)

3) Ministry: "(Every Day Is) Halloween" (previously peaked at #2)

4) The Knife: "Like a Pen" (previously peaked at #33)

5) Ashbury Heights: "Phantasmagoria" (previously peaked at #6)

6) Aneka: "Japanese Boy" (previously peaked at #1 for three consecutive weeks)


New Highs:

1) Austra: "Spellwork" (#1)

2) Poppy: "Software Upgrade" (#9)

3) Nine Year Sister: "Starlight Season" (#16)

4) Coska: "Sleepless Nights" (#19)

5) Welle: Erdball: "W.O.L.F." (#24)

6) Essaie Pas: "Dépassée par le Fantasme" (#42)


New Lows:

1) Poppy: "Interweb" (#7)

2) Thermostatic: "Unreal Dimensions" (#11)

3) Poppy: "My Microphone" (#18)

4) Alice in Videoland: "Something New" (#22)

5) vivienxo: "TTYN" (#25)

6) Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, Kim Jong Il: "No Motherland Without You" (#36)

7) Austra: "We Were Alive" (#40)

8) Yasunori Mitsuda: "Let's Go Lightly" (#43)

9) Gary Numan: "When the World Comes Apart" (#46)

10) Electrogenic: "Another Day" (#48)

11) Marsheaux: "To the End" (#49)

12) Phantogram: "16 Years" (#50; also previously held the #50 position for one week)