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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.

“Blinding Lights” by the Weeknd climbs 4-2.

11. J Hus featuring Burna Boy – “Play Play”
19. J Hus featuring icèe tgm – “Big Conspiracy”
21. J Hus featuring Koffee – “Repeat”

Guess who’s got an album out. None of these album tracks match the number 5 position of the single “Must Be”, which was J Hus’s all-time peak. But it’s a decent trio of tracks in the top 20. The album, “Big Conspiracy”, enters at number 1, handily beating the number 6 position of 2017’s “Common Sense”.

Burna Boy has had hits before, at least as a guest – he has three top ten appearances, including a number 1 with Ed Sheeran. Koffee is a Jamaican singer, making her first appearance on the singles top 40. Icèe tgm appears to be a mystery artist with no track record, at least under that name, but the rumour seems to be that it’s J Hus’s sister.

“You Should be Sad” by Halsey climbs 26-24.

30. Andre Rieu & The Johann Strauss Orchestra – “Ode to Joy”

Download campaign. This is a version of the anthem of the European Union, bought by disgruntled remainers in the week when Britain formally left the European Union. If you’re being technical, “Ode to Joy” isn’t strictly the anthem of the European Union so much as the “Anthem of Europe” adopted by the Council of Europe, which is not the same thing… but the EU does use it.

This is, unsurprisingly, the first singles chart appearance for pop-classical conductor Andre Rieu, and most likely the last. He’s a recurring presence on the album chart, though.

“Ode to Joy” has been a hit before, in 1996, when the version below got to number 36.

The anthem of Europe lands two places above…

32. M. Huncho – “Pee Pee”

Pretty much what you’d expect. It’s the third time this masked rapper has charted; he’s yet to get above 30. His album “Huncholini the 1st” enters at 5, which is a new peak for him – his previous best was number 13 for last year’s “Utopia”.

40. Saint Jhn – “Roses”

Finally, a US rapper getting his first top 40 single – just.

On the album chart, we’ve already covered J Hus at 1 and M Huncho at 5.

3. Pet Shop Boys – “Hotspot”

Pet Shop Boys (officially, there’s no The) haven’t made the singles top 40 in over a decade. But they’re a legacy act whose album sales remain solid; this is their third consecutive number 3 album.

10. The Dave Clark Five – “All The Hits”

It’s a remastered greatest hits collection, as you’d expect.

11. Twin Atlantic – “Power”

The last two Twin Atlantic albums made the top 10. But it’s a busy week – number 11 isn’t bad.

27. Peat & Diesel – “Light My Byre”

Cult Stornoway band. There doesn’t seem to be a video for anything that’s actually on the album, so here’s their single “Western Isles” from last year. Includes actual footage of Stornoway for curious Moira MacTaggert fans who want to know how little it resembles the comics.

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