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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.

It’s Stormzy’s third number one (the other was “Vossi Bop”, also last year) and Ed Sheeran’s ninth, now spanning the period 2014 to 2020. Burna Boy has guested on three top ten singles now, but gets his first number one without actually having any hits of his own.

Further down, we have a bunch of tracks rebounding to previous levels. Focussing on those which are actually at new peaks: “Roxanne” by Arizona Zervas reaches number 4. “Adore You” by Harry Styles, which debuted outside the top 10 three weeks ago, now climbs to 7 – this album is doing much better than its predecessor at creating hit singles. “Pump it Up” by Endor, which seemed to have peaked at number 20 four weeks ago, suddenly leaps to 8. “This is Real” by Jax Jones featuring Ella Henderson does much the same – it peaked at 18 five weeks ago, but now jumps to 9. That’s Jones’s sixth top 10 hit, and gets Henderson back into the top 10 for the first time since 2015. “Blinding Lights” by the Weeknd, which had dropped out of the top 40 entirely, re-enters at a new peak of 11.

13. Camila Cabello featuring DaBaby – “My Oh My”

The first of several new entries that have spent the last few weeks languishing outside the top 40, roadblocked by Christmas singles. “My Oh My” is silly, but it’s fun enough, and ought to hang around for a while. Rapper DaBaby has had a top ten hit in the US, but this is his first time in the UK top 40.

“Falling” by Trevor Daniel, which peaked at 26 a fortnight ago, re-enters at 14. The other Harry Styles single, “Watermelon Sugar”, re-enters at 17, beating its previous peak by one place. (His third track, “Lights Up”, is at 18.) “Into the Unknown” by Idina Menzel & Aurora, from the soundtrack of Frozen 2, reached number 36 a month ago and now re-enters at 19. “Don’t Rush” by Young T & Bugsey featuring Headie One re-enters at 20 (previous peak 27, six weeks ago), and “Gangsta” by Darkoo & One Acen re-enters at 22 (previous peak 33, five weeks ago).

29. D-Block Europe – “No Cellular Site”

From the album “Street Trauma”, which enters the album chart at 9 this week – their third top 10 album in less than a year. I find D-Block Europe incredibly samey, but they’re undeniably prolific and it works for them. The video is, er, not subtle. If you’re wondering about the title, well, you try finding a better rhyme for “cellulite”.

“Better Half of Me” by Tom Walker, which peaked at 38 five weeks back, re-enters at 30.

33. J Hus – “No Denying”

The follow-up to “Must Be”, which managed a week in the top 10 before being shouldered aside by the Christmas tracks. J Hus tracks at least look to different sources for his samples.

39. Don Toliver – “No Idea”

American rapper whose Wikipedia article looks suspiciously like his PR people have been at it. (“He is regularly referred to as the ‘king of rap’… Some have called him the Akon of the new generation…”) This is quite good, though.

40. Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

And finally, this guy, who finally gets a follow-up to “How It Is” (number 18 last March) – the album reached number 39 just before Christmas.

On the album chart, not much to report – “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” by Lewis Capaldi is back at number 1 for a 7th week total (week 6 was back in July, but the album has never dropped out of the top 10), and the already-mentioned D-Block Europe album enters at 9.

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