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Feb 16

Charts – 14 February 2020

Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2020 by Paul in Music

Lots going on, but most of it is at the bottom end of the singles chart.

1. The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Two weeks. The top 5 is static. Further down, “Roses” by Saint Jhn climbs 21-8, and “Physical” by Dua Lipa climbs 12-11 (though previous single “Don’t Start Now” is spending its 14th week in the top 5). “You Should Be Sad” by Halsey climbs 17-12.

14. Justin Bieber featuring Quavo – “Intentions”

The second single from his upcoming album lands just below previous single “Yummy”, which has somehow managed to spend four straight weeks at number 13. This track is better, although also a touch blander. The video is from the “rich celebrity makes charitable donations” genre, which doesn’t have very much to do with the song.

Feb 9

Charts – 7 February 2020

Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2020 by Paul in Music

Right, let’s see what we have this week…

1 The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

This first charted before Christmas, when it entered at 12. It reaches number 1 by the remarkably circuitous route of 12-17-20-41-11-10-8-4-2-1. That’s partly because it started as a promotional single, and it’s now been promoted to a proper single with a video, and a discounted download, and so forth. For a Weeknd single, it’s a very upbeat retro 80s track. He had his first hit single back in 2012 and this is his first number one – his previous best was “Starboy”, which reached number 2 in 2016.

Feb 2

Charts – 31 January 2020

Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2020 by Paul in Music

Another week when the most notable thing on the singles chart is the release of an album…

1. Lewis Capaldi – “Before You Go”

Technically this has only just been promoted to single status – the video above came out a week ago – but the song has been on the chart as an album track for 11 weeks, and it’s spent a total of five weeks at number 2. It’s Capaldi’s second number one, following “Someone You Loved” last year – and the label was clearly very keen to get it to the top. Its total sales and streams are equivalent to 69,000 sales, but 13,000 of that comes from the release of a fan-targeted CD single, sold in advance on his website. It’s unusual for physical singles to play a part in getting a track to number 1 these days – Capaldi’s 13,000 copies of “Before You Go” was more than three times the sales of everything other physical single combined. Given that aspect, it probably won’t manage a second week.

Jan 26

Charts – 24 January 2020

Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2020 by Paul in Music

It’s our first major unannounced album release of the year, giving us an unexpected new number one.

1. Eminem featuring Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”
12. Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran – “Those Kinda Nights”
17. Eminem – “Darkness”

Jan 20

Charts – 17 January 2020

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2020 by Paul in Music

It’s mid January, so we’re starting to settle back into the routine.

1 Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy – “Own It”

Three weeks at number 1 (and a total of eight weeks in the top 5). But Stormzy also has another record out this week, which we might as well deal with right now…

21. Stormzy – “Still Disappointed”

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Jan 10

Charts – 10 January 2020

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

Last week’s chart was quite eventful, what with all the post Christmas stuff. This one, though… this is a proper dead week. This really isn’t going to take us long.

1. Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy – “Own It”

Two weeks, and his album “Heavy is the Head” climbs to number 1 as well (on its fourth week on release). There’s a bit of an asterisk next to these, mind. Stormzy is number one on the singles chart because “Dance Monkey” by Tones & I is far enough past its peak to have its streams downweighted under the chart rules – but it is the best selling and best streamed track of the week. The album’s a bit less contentious – it was at number 2 already, but it did have some one-week discounts to push it over the line.

The rest of the top 4 is static, and this week’s highest new entry is…

5. Justin Bieber – “Yummy”

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Jan 6

Charts – 3 January 2020

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2020 by Paul in Music

You might think there’d be nothing going on in the post-Christmas chart, but you’d be wrong – because nobody plays Christmas songs after 25 December, and so half the top 40 vanishes. That allows a bunch of displaced records to get back to where they were a month ago. Last week’s number one was itself a Christmas track (and it drops straight to 28), so…

1. Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy – “Own It”

This has already spent five weeks hovering in the top five (and it was at 2 in the Christmas number one chart), so it’s hardly a surprise to see it rise to the top as the chart returns to normal. It’s the second Stormzy & Ed Sheeran number one, following “Take Me Back To London” last year. How many Stormzy & Ed Sheeran songs do we need? This one is good enough, but it’s hardly essential.

Dec 28

Charts – 28 December 2019

Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2019 by Paul in Music

Well, it’s that chart again. A week too late for the Christmas number one (that’s the record which is already at number one on Christmas Day). But still a week where everyone was hammering the Christmas playlists. This week Christmas fell on a Wednesday, so those playlists were in full effect for six days of the chart week. And with nothing else going on… well, it’s a very Christmas chart. (I may as well mention now that there’s nothing on the album chart at all. Rod Stewart is still number one.)

The Ladbaby single, always a novelty, turns out to be a particularly extreme sort of novelty, dropping straight from number 1 to number 57 in its second week. That’s not a record, but it’s second place behind “Three Lions”, which made number 1 during the 2018 World Cup and fell to number 97 the following week after England were knocked out. Instead, the slightly surprising number one is…

1. Ellie Goulding – “River”

Dec 23

Charts – 19 December 2019

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2019 by Paul in Music

The Christmas number 1 is… less interesting than you might hope.

1. LadBaby – “I Love Sausage Rolls”

Apparently Britain enjoyed YouTuber Mark Hoyle’s sausage-roll-themed rewrite of “We Built This City” so much when it made it last year’s Christmas Number One that it’s decided to go with the same joke two years running. You’d think diminishing returns would be setting in here, but it’s had a pretty clear run to the top.

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Dec 15

Charts – 13 December 2019

Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2019 by Paul in Music

You know where this is heading.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Eleven weeks. Can it hold on for the Christmas number one? Almost certainly not, because it peaked several weeks ago, and so the downweighting rule ought to kick in next week. Barring a miracle, “Dance Monkey” will land at joint seventh on the all time record list, alongside “Despacito” and Slim Whitman’s 1955 hit “Rose Marie”.

“Own It” by Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy climbs to 2 after a fortnight at number 3. “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey advances 8-6. “Last Christmas” by Wham moves 13-7. “River” by Ellie Goulding climbs 14-8 – it may be a Christmas single but it’s also her highest position since “On My Mind” reached number 5 in 2015.

11. Harry Styles – “Adore You”