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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”

Now there’s something I wasn’t expecting to see again. Lady Gaga had four number ones in 2009-2010 (“Telephone” came out in December 2009 but didn’t reach number 1 until March), but none of the singles from her 2016 album could make the top 10. That suggested that her imperial phase was distinctly over. In 2018 she changed tack with the A Star Is Born soundtrack, which gave her a fifth number 1 (“Shallow”), and now she reverts to the classic formula. It’s very much a formula Lady Gaga song, but the formula seems to be working again. We’ll see next week how far that spreads beyond the fanbase.

Number 7 is “Lonely” by Joel Corry, climbing 1. His previous hit “Sorry” peaked at 6. “Say So” by Doja Cat climbs 19-10 to give her her first top 10 hit. “You Should Be Sad” by Halsey climbs 13-12, which is her highest position since 2018 (when “Without Me” reached number 3). “Better Off Without You” by Becky Hill featuring Shift K3y climbs 23-16, and “Falling” by Harry Styles climbs 29-22.

28. Mabel – “Boyfriend”

This is the bonus track from the special edition of her album. She’s got a decent track record for entering at low and sticking around for ages. The sample is from a live version of”Woman of the Ghetto” by Marlena Shaw, probably best known (to my generation, at least) as the source material for “Remember Me” by Blue Boy, which reached number 8 in 1997.

“Moral of the Story” by Ashe climbs 40-31. In less notable climbers, “Know Your Worth” by Khalid & Disclosure climbs 37-33. And “City of Angels” by 24KGoldn climbs 39-34.

35. Powfu featuring Beabadoobee – “Death Bed”

Soundcloud rap. Powfu is from Vancouver; Beabadoobee is a singer from London. It’s the first hit for either of them. This isn’t a collaboration; Beabadoobee’s credit is because of the very prominent sample from her song “Coffee” which runs throughout the track. I can see this sticking around, it’s quite charming.

“Ballin'” by Mustard featuring Roddy Ricch re-enters at 37 (one place above its previous peak of 38), and we wrap up the singles chart with…

40. Lil Mosey – “Blueberry Faygo”

Another track that’s here in large part through viral exposure on TikTok. Lil Mosey is a teenage rapper from Seattle, and this is his first hit. It’s… fine, I guess?

Over on the album chart, “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” by Lewis Capaldi returns to number 1 for a 9th week, seven weeks after the last one. It’s been on the chart for 42 weeks and has still to drop below 8. By the way, the BTS album that was number 1 last week – “Map of the Soul – 7” – is at number 3, so their albums do seem to be getting better at appealing beyond first-week fanbase sales. It still isn’t converting to singles – “On”, which got to 21 last week, drops straight out of the singles top 40.

5. Lil Baby – “My Turn”

Not to be confused with DaBaby, who’s on the current Camila Cabello single. His previous album “Drip Harder” reached number 12 in 2018 – but that’s discounting a “mixtape” that only got to 50. “Drip Harder” was preceded by a hit single, “Drip Too Hard”, but the lead single from this one only got to 66.

6. Five Finger Death Punch – “F8”

Their third top 10 album (matching their all-time peak, too). Are there death punches which use different numbers of fingers?

11. James Taylor – “American Standard”

Exactly what it sounds like, a standards covers album. Rather unhelpfully, the Official Chart Company’s website database conflates the chart record of this James Taylor – the American singer-songwriter whose biggest UK hit was “You’ve Got a Friend” back in 1971 – with the James Taylor Quartet, an 80s jazz-funk group fronted by a different James Taylor entirely.

13. Caribou – “Suddenly”

The only other new entry on a very quiet album chart. Technically this is the fifth album by Caribou – the last one, “Our Love”, reached number 8 in 2014 – but it’s actually the ninth by Dan Snaith, the other being released as “Manitoba” (a name he dropped for legal reasons) and “Daphni”. Only Caribou seems to have hits, though. This is a pretty straight dance track.

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