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Charts – 10 April 2020

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2020 by Paul in Music

If last week’s chart was relatively normal, this time the lockdown has set in. The mainstream releases are drying up. So what is happening…?

1. The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Seven weeks in total. It’s not completely devoid of challengers, though.

2. Drake – “Toosie Slide”

A cute enough production and a staggeringly slight song, this is basically Drake’s pitch to have a viral dance hit. It’s his highest position since “In My Feelings” got to number 1 in 2018 (and counting guest appearances, he’s had nine other top 40 hits since then). The video is meant to be quarantine themed – supposedly that’s his actual house.

There’s not much else happening in the top 10 aside from “Death Bed” by Powfu featuring Beabadoobee climbing 14-8. It’s maybe worth mentioning, though, that Dua Lipa places three tracks in the top 10 for the second week running, with “Physical” at 4, “Don’t Start Now” at 5 and “Break My Heart” at 7. She’s still doing the talk show circuit via Skype, which is resulting in some unusual performances using footage of her, her band and her dancers filmed in their flats. Whoever did the video editing for this Tonight Show performance really earned their money.

Further down, “Falling” by Harry Styles reaches a new peak of 16 after spending three weeks stuck at 20. “Supalonely” by Benee featuring Gus Dapperton climbs 23-18. “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion climbs 28-22, and “Flowers” by Nathan Dawe featuring Jaykae climbs 34-23. “Boss Bitch” by Doja Cat climbs 31-29 to give her her second (and concurrent) top 30 hit.

34. Matt Lucas – “Thank You Baked Potato”

And here comes the first novelty lockdown song. This was in the top 10 during the midweeks, but clearly it didn’t sustain that past a few days. Clocking in at 1 minute 4 seconds, this is one of the shortest tracks ever to make the top 40, though nowhere close to the record. (That’s “The Ladies’ Bras” by Jonny Trunk & Wisbey, which reached number 27 in 2007, and lasts 36 seconds.)

For the benefit of overseas readers, Matt Lucas is a comedian still probably best known for Little Britain, a sketch show which was huge at the time and, with hindsight, hasn’t aged all that well. He was also the scorekeeper on the dadaist panel show Shooting Stars, which is where this song actually comes from.

Lucas had a number 1 hit in 2007 when he appeared alongside Peter Kay and the Proclaimers on the Comic Relief version of “500 Miles”, though he and Kay are credited on that record as their characters Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin. So with this record, Lucas technically strikes his name off the one-hit wonders list.

“If the World was Ending” by JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels climbs 38-35.

39. Sam Fischer – “This City”

Climbing from just outside the top 40. He’s an Australian singer, and this is his first appearance on the UK charts. It’s not bad.

On the album chart, “Future Nostalgia” by Dua Lipa climbs to number 1 in its second week of release. (Last week’s number 1, the 5 Seconds of Summer album, was clearly a fans-only deal, as it drops straight to 17.) Her previous album climbs back to 16.

10. Bill Withers – “The Ultimate Collection”

Bill Withers died at the end of March at the age of 81. Unsurprisingly, “Lovely Day” was his biggest UK hit. The original reached number 7 in 1978. Unfortunately, it reached its highest ever position – number 4 – in Ben Liebrand’s 1988 remix which is, erm… well… look, it’s definitely an eighties remix.

23. Thundercat – “It Is What It Is”

Funk! His previous album made number 37 in 2017. The video is magnificently inexpensive.

28. All Time Low – “Wake Up Sunshine”

Finally… yikes. All Time Low haven’t missed the top 10 with a studio album since 2011. Something’s gone badly wrong here.

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