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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.

Number 2 is “The Box” by Roddy Ricch (which has been there before), and last week’s number one, “Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi, drops to 3. There’s not much else of note in the top 10, so let’s move on to the highest new entry.

11. KSI featuring Trippie Redd – “Wake Up Call”

It’s not just YouTube and amateur boxing! He makes records too! And they’re fine. His last single placed at 10 in November; this is more or less on par. The song’s not bad at all; the video’s quite good, even if the “why am I making this stupid video” gimmick is nothing new.

12. Dua Lipa – “Physical”

Bit of a slow start – the last Dua Lipa single entered at 2. But this is a great pop anthem and it’s bound to climb. Surely. If you’re wondering why the video is full of dancers with random words on them, there’s a very pretentious explanation which involves a Swiss conceptual art piece from 1981. But it doesn’t really matter, because it’s still a great visual.

“You Should Be Sad” by Halsey climbs 24-17, and “Roses” by Saint Jhn climbs a more impressive 40-21.

30. Joel Corry – “Lonely”

The follow-up to “Sorry”, which spent seven weeks in the top 10 last year. The singer is called Harlee, and since she co-wrote it, you’d think she’d be credited, but evidently not.

“What A Man Gotta Do” by the Jonas Brothers climbs 34-31.

35. Doja Cat – “Say So”

Doja Cat is on her second album, but this is her first appearance in the UK charts. The parent album’s been out since November, and a string of other singles from it have done nothing, but this is a quite mainstream track (considering that this is the woman who recorded “Mooo!”). The track samples “Good Times” by Chic (number 5 in 1979).

36. Becky Hill featuring Shift K3y – “Better Off Without You”

At long, long last, Becky Hill – the Voice UK contestant who has previously taken second billing to Rudimental, Oliver Heldens, MK, Matoma, Jonas Blue, Sigala and Meduza – gets a hit of her own. And it’s even featuring someone else! We haven’t heard from producer Shift K3y since 2014, when “Touch” reached number 3 (and the follow-up got to 25).

On the album chart:

1. Blossoms – “Foolish Loving Spaces”

Their second number one album, following their self-titled debut in 2016. (Their other album, 2018’s “Cool Like You”, got to 4.) It’s kind of 70s pop, I guess.

4. Louis Tomlinson – “Walls”

Another One Direction solo album. And this is his first solo album, even though he started releasing singles in 2016. Those dance tracks don’t appear on this album; conversely, none of the singles from this album have made it into the charts. Judging from the video above, he’s now an MOR Oasis. Speaking of which…

24. Liam Gallagher – “Acoustic Sessions”

How have we lasted this long without a Liam Gallagher acoustic album? I’m… not sure it plays to the strengths of his voice.

35. Marc Almond – “Chaos and a Dancing Star”

I’m surprised to find that this is only the seventh Marc Almond album to make the top 40 (and two of those are greatest hits albums where he shared top billing with Soft Cell). It’s not like there’s a shortage of Marc Almond solo albums; he’s been releasing them continually since the mid 80s.

36. The Drive-By Truckers – “The Unraveling”

It’s their twelfth studio album and the third to (just) make the top 40.

Bring on the comments

  1. Adrian says:

    I am not a fan of pop in its’ current form, but that Dua Lipa song is great. It’s a shame she cannot dance and doesn’t have more presence, that song was screaming out for some more energy and movement from her. They were clever to go with those visuals though. It almost completely distracts from her lackluster body language.

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