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Charts – 17 April 2020

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2020 by Paul in Music

Now we’re starting to descend into the lockdown-era deep freeze.

1 The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Eight weeks at number one – after a total of 20 weeks on release. But it heads up a virtually static top 10. Of very minor note, “Death Bed” by Powfu featuring Beabadoobee climbs 8-7, and “Blueberry Faygo” by Lil Mosey climbs 11-9, but it’s marginal stuff. A little further down, we have some slightly bigger climbers – “Flowers” by Nathan Dawe featuring Jaykae climbs 23-16, and “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion goes 22-17. A properly notable climber is “Tequila” by … ahem… Jax Jones & Martin Solveig Present Europa featuring Raye, which climbs 32-21.

23. S1MBA featuring DTG – “Rover”

Debut hit for either of these guys – the video’s been out since last November, but it seems to have only just been released as an actual record. According to his Spotify bio, S1MBA has “put Swindon/Oxford on the map”, which is a bit weird, since those towns are nearly an hour’s drive apart. Quite catchy, though.

“Know Your Worth” by Khalid x Disclosure climbs to 27, three weeks after it seemed to have peaked at 28. “Boss Bitch” by Doja Cat edges up one more place to 28, having now taken four weeks to climb a total of six places. “If the World was Ending” by JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels climbs 35-31, and “This City” by Sam Fischer climbs 39-33. And we have one further new entry…

39. DripReport – “Skechers”

Er… yes. This is a TikTok meme. DripReport is a YouTube channel that – until now – basically consisted of hit singles being remixed in “Indian versions” with exaggerated Indian accents. I can’t track any clear reference to whether the guy is Indian or not, but the credited writers are Moeen Khurram and Julian Hecker (and Hecker is the real name of producer Ouhboy).

At any rate, this is an original track and doesn’t particularly depend on the accent for the joke, which is basically that the central “light up” conceit is just slightly too rubbish. Without the context of the rest of his channel, it could pass for something intended to be taken seriously.

On the album chart, things are a little busier. “Future Nostalgia” by Dua Lipa gets a second week at number 1.

3. The Strokes – “The New Abnormal”

Topical title. This is the Strokes’ first album since 2013, and continues a clean run of top 10 albums dating back to their debut in 2001. In fact, other than 2013’s “Comedown Machine”, they all made the top 30. The video for “Bad Decisions” is fantastic. (Stick with it to the second half.)

4. Tory Lanez – “The New Toronto 3”

His highest placed album to date, though four previous albums have placed in the top 20 since 2016. It’s a little surprising that it charts this high, since it seems to be a mixtape released as a contractual obligation album – it fulfils Lanez’ contract with Interscope, and he’s been pretty open about expecting to make better records now he’s rid of them.

13. Cadet – “The Rated Legend”

That’s the same guy who reached number 14 in late 2018 with “Advice”, which duly appears at the end of the album. It’s his first album, though he released a couple of half-hour EPs a few years back. Finally…

22. Laura Marling – “Song for our Daughter”

Ouch. Laura Marling hasn’t missed the top 10 with an album since 2008 – this breaks a six-album streak. Not sure that making videos like this one will help, to be honest, though you can see the thinking behind making something that serves as more of a teaser for the song than a viable way of listening to it.

Bring on the comments

  1. MikeyWayne says:

    I remember I first heard of and listened to Dua Lipa on this site, in one of these chart posts (didn’t like any of her chart hits til New Rules). If you like sparkly disco pop, her new album is quite good.

  2. MikeyWayne says:

    And I love the Strokes video, thanks for recommending it!

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