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Sep 26

Charts – 25 September 2020

Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2020 by Paul in Music

Time for a new number one!

1 24KGoldn featuring Iann Dior – “Mood”

This has climbed 11-5-2-2-1 to get to the top, and it’s the first number one for either artist. 24KGolden has other hits to his name, including a guest appearance on the current Clean Bandit single, but Iann Dior goes on the one-hit wonder list (for now). It’s basically a pop crossover take on 2020 rap, but it pulls it off. “Mood” is an international hit – top 10 in the US, number 1 in several other UK countries, including Germany and Sweden. It has a comfortable lead over the number 2 record, “WAP”, which is in decline now anyway.

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Sep 19

Charts – 18 September 2020

Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2020 by Paul in Music

Very, very quiet…

1. Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

Three weeks, though it was fairly close this time around. The top four is static, and there’s not much going on at the top end of the chart aside from a bunch of minor climbers. “Looking for Me” by Paul Woolford & Diplo featuring Kareen Lomax climbs 8-5. “Take You Dancing” by Jason Derulo climbs 11-9, giving him consecutive top ten hits for the first time since 2016. “Tick Tock” by Clean Bandit & Mabel featuring 24KGolden climbs 14-12.

14. S1mba featuring KSI – “Loose”

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Sep 12

Charts – 11 September 2020

Posted on Saturday, September 12, 2020 by Paul in Music

It’s quiet week on both charts, but let’s see what we’ve got.

1. Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

Two weeks at number one, with a very comfortable lead. It’s going to be here a while. Below, a long list of mostly-small climbers…

Number 2 is “Mood” by 24KGoldn featuring Iann Dior, climbing from 4 – 24KGoldn’s other current single, guesting on “Tick Tock” by Clean Bandit & Mabel, climbs 20-14, thus beating the peak of Clean Bandit’s last single (by one place). “Ain’t It Different” by Headie One featuring AJ Tracey & Stormzy climbs 5-3. “Mood Swings” by Pop Smoke featuring Lil Tjay, which has been hovering in the top 10 for several weeks now, reaches a new peak of 5. “Looking for Me” by Paul Woolford & Diplo featuring Kareen Lomax climbs 12-8.

“Midnight Sky” by Miley Cyrus, which entered at 15 three weeks ago and has been hovering since then, suddenly bounces up to 10. She’s appeared on several top ten collaborations since then, but this is her first top ten solo hit since “Wrecking Ball” back in 2013 (and deservedly so). “Take You Dancing” by Jason Derulo climbs 15-11. “You Broke Me First” by Tate McRae continues to march up the chart, jumping 22-13. “Holiday” by Little Mix, which entered at 17 six week ago, finally makes it to… 15. “Heather” by Conan Gray climbs 23-17. “Fake Friends” by PS1 featuring Alex Hosking climbs to 19 and finally reaches the top 20 in its ninth week on chart.

20. DJ Khaled featuring Drake – “Popstar”

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Sep 5

Charts – 6 September 2020

Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2020 by Paul in Music

The singles chart is quiet; the album chart, not so much.

1 Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

Climbing to number 1 in its fourth week out, and the first time either Cardi B or Megan Thee Stallion has reached number one. These things are subjective, but it surely has to be the most explicit record ever to reach number one. The chart compilers, who would naturally prefer to talk about the statistics than the lyrics, are pushing it as “the first ever female rap collaboration to go to Number 1 in the UK”. I did wonder whether the word “collaboration” was doing some heavy lifting there, but no, Salt-N-Pepa never made it higher than number 2 – twice, with “Push It” in 1988 and “Let’s Talk About Sex” in 1991.

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Aug 29

Charts – 28 August 2020

Posted on Saturday, August 29, 2020 by Paul in Music

Well, this is certainly eclectic.

1 Joel Corry featuring MNEK – “Head & Heart”

Not this one, obviously. “Head & Heart” spends a sixth week at number one, with “WAP” at number 2. The gap is fairly close, equivalent to 1,700 sales.

3. BTS – “Dynamite”

Interesting. The K-Pop boy band BTS got their first hit single in 2018 with “Idol”, and reached number 13 last year with “Boy With Luv”. But thus far they’ve been something of a fanbase act who perform well in their first week, without crossing over to a wider audience. This, however, has more obvious crossover appeal, since (a) it’s in English, and (b) it’s a disco track that sounds not a million miles from something that Bruno Mars might make, albeit sped up a bit. It feels a bit too obviously market-tailored to me, but it’s number 3, so what do I know?

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Aug 23

Charts – 21 August 2020

Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2020 by Paul in Music

It’s quite an eclectic week.

1. Joel Corry featuring MNEK – “Head & Heart”

Five weeks – which is the longest uninterrupted run of the year. (“Blinding Lights” had eight weeks total, though.) It’s been ages since we had a dance record spend this long at number one, and it seems all the stranger that it’s happening at a time when all the clubs are closed. But there we are.

“WAP” by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion climbs 4-2. So it’s now clearly the biggest hit for either of them, and a strong contender to be the next number one.

4. Drake featuring Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”

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Aug 15

Charts – 14 August 2020

Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2020 by Paul in Music

Ah, controversy.

1. Joel Corry featuring MNEK – “Head & Heart”

Three weeks, and it heads up a static top three. It’s still growing, so it could be here for a while.

4. Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

Not a song about the early days of wireless internet, but a bold new contender for the coveted title of Most Futile Radio Edit. Mind you, apparently YouTube rejected the “explicit” version and accepted this one, so it must have ticked some sort of box, despite its frankly token effort at disguising the repeated sample from Frank Ski’s “Whores in This House”. And that was the least of the radio editor’s problems.

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Aug 7

Charts – 7 August 2020

Posted on Friday, August 7, 2020 by Paul in Music

Well, this is painfully quiet.

1. Joel Corry featuring MNEK – “Head & Heart”

Three weeks at number one, and with a very comfortable lead. Further down the top 10, some modest climbers. “Lighter” by Nathan Dawe featuring KSI climbs 4-3 (and Dawe’s previous single “Flowers” rebounds from 27 to 19, too). “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles climbs 7-4 in a remarkably slow burn, finally reaching the top 5 in its 20th week on the top 40. “West Ten” by AJ Tracey & Mabel climbs 9-5. And “Secrets” by Regard & Raye – which made it to 7 a month ago – finally reaches the dizzy heights of 6.

7. Billie Eilish – “My Future”

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Aug 1

Charts – 31 July 2020

Posted on Saturday, August 1, 2020 by Paul in Music

Once again, if it wasn’t for a big name releasing an album, everything would be a bit quiet…

1. Joel Corry featuring MNEK – “Head & Heart”

Two weeks. It’s growing, too, with weekly streams now at 9.1 million. The top three is static, and our highest new entry is…

4. Nathan Dawe featuring KSI – “Lighter”

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Jul 27

Charts – 24 July 2020

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2020 by Paul in Music

This would be a quiet week if it wasn’t for Drake.

1. Joel Corry featuring MNEK – “Head & Heart”

Climbing from number 3, in its third week on chart. Three top five singles in a year, and the third gets to number one. Not bad for someone whose previous claim to fame was being a fringe participant in Geordie Shore. MNEK gets his first number one too. It’s also a dance record at number one, and we haven’t had one of those in ages – maybe “Promises” by Calvin Harris, and that was 2018.

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