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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.

21. BTS – “On”

The Korean boy band have this week’s number 1 album, with “Map of the Soul – 7”. It’s the companion to last year’s “Map of the Soul – Persona”, which also got to number 1. BTS are currently an old-style fanbase band – their album number 1 comes largely through sales at the start of the week, and while they can get singles into the top 40, they never stick around. They’ve had two previous hit singles – “Idol”, which reaches number 21 in 2018, and “Boy With Luv”, which got to 13 last year (but gave equal billing to English-language guest star Halsey).

There’s a version of this track which features Sia, but officially it’s the Korean-language original that’s being treated as the lead. I’m not sure I see it crossing over to a wider audience in that version; the non-specifically inspirational anthem genre feels to me like one where you need at least a vague grasp of the lyrics. (In translation, it’s basically the usual stuff about overcoming challenges.)

“Better Off Without You” by Becky Hill featuring Shift K3y climbs 25-23.

29. Harry Styles – “Falling”

This reached number 39 as an album track in the week of release, but it’s now being re-promoted as a single. It’s his pitch for the Lewis Capaldi audience, basically. An appearance at the Brit Awards pushes it into the top 40, and the video’s only just come out, so it could go further. On the other hand, it’s competing with previous single “Adore You”, which is still hanging around on the fringes of the top 10. By a weird coincidence, numbers 28 and 29 are both called “Falling” (the other one is the Trevor Daniel single), and have no connection.

33. Pop Smoke – “Dior”

Pop Smoke got an album to number 22 a couple of weeks back, but this is his first appearance on the singles chart. Sadly, it’s here because he was murdered on 19 February in his home. He was 20. “Dior” featured in different versions on both of his mixtapes, so it’s a natural choice for the circumstances.

34. Aitch – “Mice”

This is a showcase track for the serious rap fans, without any pretence at a chorus; I’d be surprised if it went much further.

39. 24KGoldn – “City of Angels”

Debut hit. He’s from San Francisco and he’s a rapper, but this is more of an indie-pop thing, to be honest. Bit different, at least for the 2020 charts. I can see it going somewhere.

40. Ashe – “Moral of the Story”

This has been out for a year, but it’s charting after being used in Netflix’s To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You. It also has the pedigree of being co-written and co-produced by Finneas, Billie Eilish’s brother and regular partner. It’s the first hit for Ashe, a Californian singer-songwriter.

On the album chart, BTS are number 1, but we’ve covered them.

3. Ozzy Osbourne – “Ordinary Man”

His first album in six years, and the highest position he’s ever reached with a solo album – his previous best was number 7 for his 1980 solo debut “Blizzard of Oz”.

10. Grimes – “Miss Anthropocene”

Grimes has been around for years, tipped as a future star and never actually making much commercial impact. Her previous album got to number 31 five years, but this does vastly better. Strangely, it doesn’t feature “We Appreciate Power”, which was billed as the lead single from this album when it came out a year ago, but winds up only qualifying for the Japanese edition.

12. King Krule – “Man Alive”

Archy Marshall’s fourth album, and the second to chart. Not what you’d call commercial, but it still easily beats the number 23 place of its predecessor.

34. Agnes Obel – “Myopia”

Finally, the fourth album from Agnes Obel, and the second to chart in this country. (Its predecessor got to 30.) Obel’s albums have made the top 10 in several European countries, including her native Denmark, but she’s yet to have the same impact here.

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