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Nov 23

Charts – 20 November 2020

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2020 by Paul in Music

Another quiet week on the singles chart, beyond a couple of major releases…

1 Ariana Grande – “Positions”

Four weeks, though apparently this one was very close – the equivalent of just a few hundred sales. “34+35” and “POV” are still on the chart, at 17 and 19 respectively.

2. Billie Eilish – “Therefore I Am”

Nov 14

Charts – 13 November 2020

Posted on Saturday, November 14, 2020 by Paul in Music

Ah, are we into the pre-Christmas lull already?

1. Ariana Grande – “Positions”
22. Ariana Grande – “POV”

For the second week running, Ariana Grande charts with the maximum three tracks from her new album. “Positions” spends its third week at number one – admittedly without much in the way of competition. “34+35” drops from 9 to 18. And we get one of those awkward quirks of the chart rules, as “POV” overtakes “Motive” as the third-placed track from the album, and elbows it off the chart entirely thanks to the quota rule. Since “POV” was disqualified under the same rule last week, technically it becomes this week’s highest new entry, but it’s all a little artificial.

Nov 6

Charts – 6 November 2020

Posted on Friday, November 6, 2020 by Paul in Music

Not many people want to take their chances against Ariana Grande on the singles chart.

1. Ariana Grande – “Positions”
9. Ariana Grande – “34+35”
16. Ariana Grande featuring Doja Cat – “Motive”

Ariana Grande’s new album “Positions” enters at number 1, which is entirely unsurprising – it’s her fourth straight number 1 album, in a run extending back to 2016’s “Dangerous Woman”. She duly gets the maximum three album tracks in the singles chart. The current single “Positions” gets a second week at the top, and the other cherrypicked tracks are “34+35” (which does have a lyric video, and is exactly what you’d expect if you do the maths) and “Motive” (which is, um, the track immediately following “34+35”.

Oct 30

Charts – 30 October 2020

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2020 by Paul in Music

Internet Money only managed a single week at number one, because… well, they’re not going to compete with this, are they?

1. Ariana Grande – “Positions”

Ah, the A list. This is the title track from the surprise album of the same name, which was released today. It’s her seventh number one, starting with her debut UK hit “Problem” in 2014. The reviews are middling to positive, and certainly this is a track which never quite gets past “above average”.

Oct 24

Charts – 23 October 2020

Posted on Saturday, October 24, 2020 by Paul in Music

It’s another of those awkward weeks when the chart rules that were designed to stop older records hanging around become a little too visible. “Mood” by 24KGoldn has now been out for 10 weeks, and it’s several weeks past its sales peak. That means it switches to getting fewer points for its streams, and so its four week run at number 1 is followed by a glaringly abrupt drop to number 9. The lucky beneficiary is…

1. Internet Money featuring Don Toliver, Gunna & Nav – “Lemonade”

Oct 16

Charts – 16 October 2020

Posted on Friday, October 16, 2020 by Paul in Music

The singles chart is mostly spillover from the album chart; the album chart is mostly back catalogue as the run-up to Christmas starts…

1. 24KGoldn featuring Iann Dior – “Mood”

Four weeks. It does have some sort of challenge this time, though…

2. Headie One featuring AJ Tracey & Stormzy – “Ain’t it Different”
11. Headie One featuring Young T & Bugsey – “Princess Cuts”
24. Headie One featuring Aitch – “Parlez-Vous Anglais”

Three tracks from Headie One’s album “Edna” (named after his late mother) enters the album chart at number 1 this week – that’s his fourth top 40 album (though the others were all officially mixtapes), and his first number one. Its predecessor “Music X Road” got to number 5 a year ago, so it’s not a surprise that his official debut album album would reach number one.

Oct 9

Charts – 9 October 2020

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2020 by Paul in Music

Everyone under the sun has released an album this week. And quite a few people have released singles too. Deep breath…

1. 24KGoldn featuring Iann Dior – “Mood”

Three weeks. “WAP” is still at number 2, but there are some possible challengers a little further down. Number 3 is “Lemonade” by Internet Money featuring Don Tolliver, Gunna & NAV, climbing from 5. “You Broke Me First” by Tate McRae climbs 9-7. “What You Know About Love” by Pop Smoke climbs 14-9, to become his third top ten hit (all of which have come since July).

11. D-Block Europe featuring Aitch – “Holy”

Well, you know what you’re getting with D-Block Europe – essentially the same thing every time. Still, they’re such a consistent presence in the singles chart that there’s clearly an audience out there that wants to hear a lot of variations on this theme. This has one of their better choruses, but god, it’s past time for them to stretch their wings a bit.

Oct 2

Charts – 2 October 2020

Posted on Friday, October 2, 2020 by Paul in Music

After a string of relatively quiet weeks, this one is crammed with new entries, particularly on the album chart. Let’s get going.

1. 24KGoldn featuring Iann Dior – “Mood”

That’s two weeks at number one, and no obvious challengers in sight. It has a lead of roughly 20% over “WAP” at number 2, and that song’s on its way down. The whole top 4 is static. By the way, if you want a sense of how little sales matter these days, the sales number 1 this week is “Spirit of the Blues” by Everton FC, which doesn’t even make the official top 40.

“Lemonade” by Internet Money featuring Don Toliver, Gunna & NAV climbs 8-5, and “Midnight Sky” by Miley Cyrus climbs 11-7. It’s (deservedly) her biggest hit as the lead artist since “Wrecking Ball” in 2013, though she’s had top ten hits as a collaborator since then. “You Broke Me First” by Tate McRae climbs 15-9 to enter the top 10, and “Tick Tock” by Clean Bandit & Mabel featuring 24KGoldn climbs 13-11. “What You Know About Love” by Pop Smoke climbs 27-14 – it’s still not officially a single, so I suppose it must be getting traction virally. “Giants” by Dermot Kennedy climbs 18-16.

20. Da Beatfreakz featuring Dutchavelli, DigDat & B Young – “808”
35. Dutchavelli – “Bando Diaries”

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.

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”