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Charts – 1 May 2020

Posted on Saturday, May 2, 2020 by Paul in Music

It’s going to be like this for a while, isn’t it?

1. Live Lounge Allstars – “Times Like These (BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge)”

Climbing to number 1 in its first full week on release., so that’s two charity number ones in a row. The Michael Ball / Tom Moore record, by the way, plummets from 1 to 21 – but that’s hardly surprising, because it’s a record designed to be a symbolic moment rather than… well, something you listen to for enjoyment. “Times Like These” is a perfectly listenable record, and so it’s likely to have a bit more staying power.

The Foo Fighters themselves never had a number 1 – their peak was number 4 for “Best of You” in 2005. (One place higher than Nirvana ever managed, by the way.) “Times Like These” only got to 12. Their greatest hits album re-enters the album chart at 18, which can’t be a coincidence.

The rest of the top 4 is static. “Death Bed” by Powfu featuring Beabadoobee climbs 7-5.

6. KSI featuring Swarmz & Tion Wayne – “Houdini”

This is a bit more normal. Fairly mundane, in fact. It’s KSI’s second top ten hit, after last year’s “Down Like That”. Tion Wayne has shown up as a guest a few times before, but he’s never had a hit in his own right – this just beats his previous peak of 7. Swarmz had a couple of minor hits last year, both of which reached number 32, and one of which featured Tion Wayne.

11. The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi – “The Scotts”

The Scotts is simply a collective name for Travis Scott and Kid Cudi. Scott is also Kid Cudi’s real first name. It’s another of those cases where nobody seems to be quite confident that the shared name will be recognised, so they credit it both ways. This was a track promoted by an in-game event in Fortnite. Why not?

14. The 1975 – “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”

The 1975 are the one guitar band that still regularly make the singles chart. It seems to be in large part due to a fanbase who are unusually keen on first-week buying, since most of their singles don’t stick around long – only 2013’s “Chocolate” had a significant run. In terms of peak position, this is an all-time best for them, just beating out 2016’s “The Sound”, which reached number 15.

26. Juice WRLD – “Righteous”

This is Juice WRLD’s second posthumous appearance on the singles chart, after he guested on Eminem’s “Godzilla”. It’s the lead single from his as-yet-untitled posthumous album.

“Rockstar” by DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch climbs 29-27, “This City” by Sam Fischer climbs 33-31.

38. 220 Kid & Gracey – “Don’t Need Love”

Climbing from just outside the top 40, it’s a dance record and a debut for both of them. 220 Kid is the producer, and his Spotify bio says the name is something to do with him having once done a 200 mile charity run. The video looks at first glance like something that might have been produced to work around lockdown conditions, but it’s actually been up since early February.

39. Ava Max – “Kings & Queens”

Ava Max had a number 1 in 2018 with “Sweet But Psycho”, and she’s struggled to follow it up – “So Am I” reached 13 last spring, and we haven’t heard from her since (though there have been some releases). This is kind-of-sort-of the lead single from her album. Which is to say, it isn’t the lead single, because “Sweet But Psycho” is on the album… but it’s the first single being released as part of the proper promotional cycle.

Just three new entries on the album chart this week. “Future Nostalgia” by Dua Lipa returns to number 1 for a third week.

4. Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes – “What Kinda Music”

Misch reached number 8 with his debut album “Geography” two years ago. Yussuf Dayes isn’t the singer, as you might have guessed, but a jazz drummer, unusually getting equal billing on the album. It’s a decent listen – the track above takes a while to get going but it does pick up.

12. Trivium – “What the Dead Men Say”

Trivium albums usually make the top 20, and this is a quiet week for new releases, so number 12 isn’t particularly surprising. Their chart peak was in 2006 when they got an album to number 7 and one of the singles managed a week at number 40.

30. Lucinda Williams – “Good Souls Better Angels”

The first track on that video isn’t actually from this album, but the other three are, and it’s the only semi-official promotional video I could find, so it’ll have to do. Number 30 is the standard range for a Lucinda Williams album which usually place either just inside or just outside the top 40.

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