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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”.

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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”.

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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”

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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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