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Charts – 13 March 2020

Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2020 by Paul in Music

1 The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

This is a business as usual chart, at a time when everyone expects that business is about to be very much not as usual, and for a prolonged period. It feels like the calm before the storm. Meanwhile, the Weeknd gets a fifth week at number one.

3. Aitch & AJ Tracey featuring Tay Keith – “Rain”

Collaboration of two big name UK rappers, so a predictable top ten new entry, despite it being a minimalist affair. Tay Keith, getting his first chart credit, is the producer.

“Physical” by Dua Lipa climbs 13-8 to become her eighth top 10 hit; “Don’t Start Now”, the previous single, is still hanging around at 5. “Say So” by Doja Cat climbs 10-9. “To Die For” by Sam Smith climbs 23-19, and Mabel’s “Boyfriend” climbs 28-25. Further down, we have a few new entries…

26. Da Beatfreakz featuring Krept & Konan, D-Block Europe & Deno – “Self-Obsessed”

Another multi-way rap track (confusingly, the video credits the individual members of D-Block Europe rather than the collective name used in the official credit). It’s, er, not for me. Da Beatfreakz had a number 32 track last year with “Motorola”, on which Deno also appeared – he’s the same guy who had a top 20 hit with “Advice” in 2018 under the name “Deno Driz”.

Number 32 is “City of Angels” by 24KGoldn (up two pages), and below it, “Birthday” by Anne-Marie and “Death Bed” by Powfu featuring Beabadoobee edge up a place to 33 and 34 respectively.

35. Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”

The lead single from her seventh album, which makes number 32 look like a rather low entry point. It’s a grower, though the lyrics are kind of obvious.

36. Lil Uzi Vert – “Baby Pluto”
37. Lil Uzi Vert – “P2”

Two tracks from his album “Eternal Atake”, which enters at 3. That’s far above his 2017 album “Luv is Rage 2”, which got to 14. But no singles here to match 2017’s “XO Tour Llif3” – it only reached 25, but it spent four months in the top 40.

39. Benee featuring Gus Dapperton – “Supalonely”

First UK hit for Benee – she’s from Auckland, and her single “Glitter” was a big hit in Australia and New Zealand last year. This track really suffers from annoying treatment of her vocals. New Yorker Gus Dapperton hasn’t charted before in this country either.

On the album chart…

1. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott – “Manchester Calling”

The fourth album that they’ve released as a duo since 2014. All have made the top 4, but this is their first number one. They’re also on three number one albums by the Beautiful South (well, one of those is the first greatest hits collection, but Abbott’s on some of that).

Number 3 is the Lil Uzi Vert album, previously mentioned.

4. Deacon Blue – “City of Love”

Another case of a veteran act getting their highest position in years, since their audience still consumes albums. Deacon Blue haven’t been this high up since their greatest hits album reached number 1 in 1994.

9. Lauv – “How I’m Feeling”

The debut album. The singles “I’m So Tired” and “F*** I’m Lonely” both charted.

13. Jhené Aiko – “Chilombo”

Jhené Aiko had a number 23 album in 2014, but the 2017 follow-up didn’t chart, and she’s never got a single into the top 40. So her sudden appearance at number 13 is a bit of a surprise.

26. Rory Gallagher – “Check Shirt Wizard – Live in ’77”

Rory Gallagher is a blues guitarist who died in 1995; he’s charted with several posthumous releases since, one of which made the albums top 20 last year.

28. David Soul – “Gold”

It’s a compilation. Soul had two number ones in the UK – “Don’t Give Up On Us” in 1976 and “Silver Lady” in 1977.

29. The Fizz – “Smoke & Mirrors”

The second album to chart under this name by, well, a version of Bucks Fizz.

Bring on the comments

  1. Evilgus says:

    I wonder what impact everyone being trapped at home for a prolonged period will have on the streaming charts. I’m expecting some distortion.

  2. Joe S. Walker says:

    I think recording is one activity that could carry on relatively undisturbed. On the other hand elaborate video shoots might be difficult to set up, and it may not be worth releasing albums if the artists can’t tour as scheduled. On the audience side, maybe a lot of oldies will get streamed into the charts again?

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