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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”

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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”

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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”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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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