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Apr 24

Charts – 24 April 2020

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2020 by Paul in Music

We are now well and truly into the lockdown chart. I mean… look.

1. Michael Ball, Captain Tom Moore & The NHS Voices of Care Choir – “You’ll Never Walk Alone”

Well, it’s zeitgeisty, you’ve got to give it that.

Apr 17

Charts – 17 April 2020

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2020 by Paul in Music

Now we’re starting to descend into the lockdown-era deep freeze.

1 The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Eight weeks at number one – after a total of 20 weeks on release. But it heads up a virtually static top 10. Of very minor note, “Death Bed” by Powfu featuring Beabadoobee climbs 8-7, and “Blueberry Faygo” by Lil Mosey climbs 11-9, but it’s marginal stuff. A little further down, we have some slightly bigger climbers – “Flowers” by Nathan Dawe featuring Jaykae climbs 23-16, and “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion goes 22-17. A properly notable climber is “Tequila” by … ahem… Jax Jones & Martin Solveig Present Europa featuring Raye, which climbs 32-21.

23. S1MBA featuring DTG – “Rover”

Apr 10

Charts – 10 April 2020

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

If last week’s chart was relatively normal, this time the lockdown has set in. The mainstream releases are drying up. So what is happening…?

1. The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Seven weeks in total. It’s not completely devoid of challengers, though.

2. Drake – “Toosie Slide”

Apr 3

Charts – 3 April 2020

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2020 by Paul in Music

We’ll get to reviews in the coming days, but let’s cover the topical stuff first. The charts haven’t succumbed to weirdness just yet, but the number of cancelled releases is starting to mount up. It’s on the horizon…

1 The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Swaps places with Saint JHN to return to number 1 for a sixth week. It’s now been displaced from number 1 twice, and it’s been out for a total of 18 weeks. It surely can’t keep this up much longer – can it?

6. Dua Lipa – “Break My Heart”

Mar 28

Charts – 27 March 2020

Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2020 by Paul in Music

Welcome to the first of the lockdown charts, featuring people at home streaming records that nobody was able to properly promote. For the moment, it doesn’t look that different from normal… but this could go on for a while. Interestingly, the preliminary data shows more of an increase in radio audiences. In America, streaming actually seems to be down significantly.

1. Saint JHN – “Roses”

Two weeks at number 1. The rest of the top 10 is becalmed. “Lonely” by Joel Corry climbs one place to 4; “Physical” by Dua Lipa climbs 7-5; “Say So” by Doja Cat climbs 8-7. A little further down, “Boyfriend” by Mabel climbs 17-11.

17. The Weeknd – “In Your Eyes”
23. The Weeknd – “After Hours”

Mar 21

Charts – 20 March 2020

Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2020 by Paul in Music

Welcome, then, to what looks set to be a bizarre (and perhaps simply bestilled) era for the charts. As the UK edges closer to lockdown, streaming of music can continue, and the data to compile the charts will still be available. There’s no particular reason not to compile them, in the circumstances. But what they’ll actually contain is another matter – will people keep releasing new material? How do they promote it? Does the chart keep looking broadly normal, or does it fill up with weird viral inspirational tracks?

1. Saint JHN – “Roses”

Mar 14

Charts – 13 March 2020

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

1 The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

This is a business as usual chart, at a time when everyone expects that business is about to be very much not as usual, and for a prolonged period. It feels like the calm before the storm. Meanwhile, the Weeknd gets a fifth week at number one.

3. Aitch & AJ Tracey featuring Tay Keith – “Rain”

Mar 8

Charts – 6 March 2020

Posted on Sunday, March 8, 2020 by Paul in Music

1. The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

That’s four weeks (non-consecutive). He might be settling in for a while. Number 2 is “Roses” by Saint Jhn, which climbs 4-2, and now has a lyric video for the Imanbek remix that’s doing most of the business.

5. Lady Gaga – “Stupid Love”

Mar 1

Charts – 28 February 2020

Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2020 by Paul in Music

Billie Eilish got a week at number one with her Bond theme, but slips straight to number 2. So we’re back with…

1. The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Three weeks total. Bear in mind that this has been out since before Christmas, and it’s been in the top ten for a total of 8 weeks now. Its staying power is impressive.

There’s not much else going on in the upper reaches. “Roses” by Saint Jhn is now up to 4. “Lonely” by Joel Corry climbs 14-8 to give him a second top 10 hit (he needs to reach 6 to match his previous peak). “Intentions” by Justin Bieber featuring Quavo climbs 10-9. And after that, there’s a bit of milling around in the teens before we reach…

20. The Weeknd – “After Hours”

…which doesn’t have a video because it’s a promotional single. It’s the title track of the upcoming album and, at six minutes long with an extended intro, considerably less radio friendly than the number one – though it’ll edit down nicely enough.

Feb 27

Charts – 21 February 2020

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2020 by Paul in Music

You’d have thought that by 2020 we’d have had a number one single by someone born this century. But as it turns out, this is the first one…

1. Billie Eilish – “No Time To Die”

This is the new Bond theme, which certainly helps to get mainstream attention. But that’s never been enough to get a number one hit in itself. In fact, this is only the second Bond theme to reach number one. (The other was Sam Smith’s “Writing on the Wall”.) Besides, in the streaming era, it’s not enough to get your record noticed; you need people to keep listening to it.