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May 30

Charts – 29 May 2020

Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2020 by Paul in Music

A quiet but relatively normal week…

1. Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

That’s a… somewhat unpleasant video. Not keen on the knives, personally. Anyway, this is the second single from the next Lady Gaga album, so we’re back to more of a normal promotional cycle. Good song, though – fitting enough for the times. Lady Gaga gets her sixth number one, following 2018’s “Shallow”, and four tracks from her imperial period in 2009-10 (“Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, “Bad Romance” and “Telephone”). Since “Shallow” was very much outside her normal style, this is a definite comeback. It’s Ariana Grande’s sixth number one too, though all of hers have come in 2014 or later.

May 22

Charts – 22 May 2020

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2020 by Paul in Music

New comics are apparently imminent once again. In the meantime, we have… well, an extremely uneventful chart, but a format’s a format.

1. DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”

Two weeks at number one, and with a comfortable lead. Below that… it’s a long list of climbers before we reach the highest new entry. Deep breath, then. “Say So” by Doja Cat returns to number 2 (after dropping to 3 last week). “Rover” by S1mba featuring DTG climbs 8-4. “Flowers” by Nathan Dawe featuring Jaykae climbs 17-13. A more notable one, moving 24-15, is “Breaking Me” by Topic featuring A7S. “This City” by Sam Fischer edges up one place to 19. “Don’t Need Love” by 220 Kid & Gracey is still climbing (22-20), which is a good performance for a throwback dance record. Doja Cat‘s other single “Boss Bitch” rebounds to 24, beating its previous peak of 28 from a month ago. “Kings & Queens” by Ava Max climbs 29-25. And finally we reach…

30. Regard & Raye – “Secrets”

May 16

Charts – 15 May 2020

Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2020 by Paul in Music

A quiet, but otherwise relatively normal, week…

1 DaBaby featuring Roddy Rich – “Rockstar”

May 9

Charts – 8 May 2020

Posted on Saturday, May 9, 2020 by Paul in Music

We’re back to relative normalcy after a couple of weeks of charity releases. If you’re wondering, the “Times Like These” cover drops straight from 1 to 9. The Michael Ball / Tom Moore track, which was number 1 two weeks ago, dropped to 21 last week, and is now out of the top 100 altogether – as I said at the time, it’s a “join in the moment” record, not a “listen to this for pleasure” record. Instead, this week we have the refreshing normalcy of…

1 Drake – “Toosie Slide”
10. Drake featuring Giveon – “Chicago Freestyle”
17. Drake featuring Playboi Carti – “Pain 1993”

May 2

Charts – 1 May 2020

Posted on Saturday, May 2, 2020 by Paul in Music

It’s going to be like this for a while, isn’t it?

1. Live Lounge Allstars – “Times Like These (BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge)”

Climbing to number 1 in its first full week on release., so that’s two charity number ones in a row. The Michael Ball / Tom Moore record, by the way, plummets from 1 to 21 – but that’s hardly surprising, because it’s a record designed to be a symbolic moment rather than… well, something you listen to for enjoyment. “Times Like These” is a perfectly listenable record, and so it’s likely to have a bit more staying power.

Apr 24

Charts – 24 April 2020

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2020 by Paul in Music

We are now well and truly into the lockdown chart. I mean… look.

1. Michael Ball, Captain Tom Moore & The NHS Voices of Care Choir – “You’ll Never Walk Alone”

Well, it’s zeitgeisty, you’ve got to give it that.

Apr 17

Charts – 17 April 2020

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2020 by Paul in Music

Now we’re starting to descend into the lockdown-era deep freeze.

1 The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Eight weeks at number one – after a total of 20 weeks on release. But it heads up a virtually static top 10. Of very minor note, “Death Bed” by Powfu featuring Beabadoobee climbs 8-7, and “Blueberry Faygo” by Lil Mosey climbs 11-9, but it’s marginal stuff. A little further down, we have some slightly bigger climbers – “Flowers” by Nathan Dawe featuring Jaykae climbs 23-16, and “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion goes 22-17. A properly notable climber is “Tequila” by … ahem… Jax Jones & Martin Solveig Present Europa featuring Raye, which climbs 32-21.

23. S1MBA featuring DTG – “Rover”

Apr 10

Charts – 10 April 2020

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2020 by Paul in Music

If last week’s chart was relatively normal, this time the lockdown has set in. The mainstream releases are drying up. So what is happening…?

1. The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Seven weeks in total. It’s not completely devoid of challengers, though.

2. Drake – “Toosie Slide”

Apr 3

Charts – 3 April 2020

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2020 by Paul in Music

We’ll get to reviews in the coming days, but let’s cover the topical stuff first. The charts haven’t succumbed to weirdness just yet, but the number of cancelled releases is starting to mount up. It’s on the horizon…

1 The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Swaps places with Saint JHN to return to number 1 for a sixth week. It’s now been displaced from number 1 twice, and it’s been out for a total of 18 weeks. It surely can’t keep this up much longer – can it?

6. Dua Lipa – “Break My Heart”

Mar 28

Charts – 27 March 2020

Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2020 by Paul in Music

Welcome to the first of the lockdown charts, featuring people at home streaming records that nobody was able to properly promote. For the moment, it doesn’t look that different from normal… but this could go on for a while. Interestingly, the preliminary data shows more of an increase in radio audiences. In America, streaming actually seems to be down significantly.

1. Saint JHN – “Roses”

Two weeks at number 1. The rest of the top 10 is becalmed. “Lonely” by Joel Corry climbs one place to 4; “Physical” by Dua Lipa climbs 7-5; “Say So” by Doja Cat climbs 8-7. A little further down, “Boyfriend” by Mabel climbs 17-11.

17. The Weeknd – “In Your Eyes”
23. The Weeknd – “After Hours”