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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”

Dec 8

Charts – 6 December 2019

Posted on Sunday, December 8, 2019 by Paul in Music

PREVIOUSLY ON THE UK SINGLES CHART: Annoyed by the way the chart is overrun with Christmas back catalogue material in December, the music industry changed the chart rules, so that anything which has been out for more than a couple of years is permanently subject to the “accelerated chart ratio” – the lower points given for streams of records that are meant to be on their way out of the charts. That will do it, they thought.

That will do it.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

That’s ten weeks, and at this point it’s time to dust off the record books. Ten weeks at number one puts “Dance Monkey” joint ninth in the all time record, alongside “Umbrella” by Rihanna (2007), “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston (1992), and “Cara Mia” by David Whitfield (1954).

The rest of the top 4 is also static. “Roxanne” by Arizona Zervas climbs 7-5, and “Memories” by Maroon 5 from 8-7. Number 8 is… ah. This is the chart covering sales and streams from 29 November to 5 December, so naturally, it’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, which entered at number 34 last week as a festive beachhead.

10. The Weeknd – “Heartless”
12. The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Nov 30

Charts – 29 November 2019

Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2019 by Paul in Music

Christmas beckons.

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Nine weeks. That means it’s passed Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” to be the longest running number 1 of 2019 – it can’t be beaten now, obviously – and it’s the longest running number 1 since “God’s Plan” by Drake also managed nine weeks at the start of last year. Number 2 is “Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi, climbing 17 places now that it has a full week on release.

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

Nov 25

Charts – 22 November 2019

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2019 by Paul in Music

We’re only a week or so away from the march of the Christmas hits. But for now…

1. Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Eight weeks. More to the point, its numbers went up this week – which means it’s not going to get downweighted any time soon, as that only happens when a record is three weeks past its peak. It could realistically sit there until the Christmas releases arrive.

3. Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”

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Nov 9

Charts – 8 November 2019

Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2019 by Paul in Music

The bombardment of album releases continues, and the BBC complains about the chart rules.

1 Tones & I – “Dance Monkey”

Six weeks, and despite a wobble a little while back, it’s still growing. Maybe it’ll be one of those number ones that hangs around for ages due to the next wave of big releases holding off for Christmas.

2. Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now”