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Charts – 12 June 2020

Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020 by Paul in Music

The release schedule hasn’t completely ground to a halt during lockdown, but it’s certainly become more scattered. Which means that every now and again we get a week as ludicrously uneventful as this.

1. DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”

Four weeks in total. And below it… not much, really. “Breaking Me” by Topic featuring A7S climbs one more place to number 4. “Dinner Guest” by AJ Tracey featuring Mostack, which has been hovering between 8 and 10 for five weeks, reaches the dizzy heights of number 6. “Secrets” by Regard & Raye climbs 18-12, and “Don’t Need Love” by 220 Kid & Gracey moves one place to 13. “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles is another one-place climber, now at 15. “This City” by Sam Fischer, which spent three weeks at number 19, climbs to 17. “Party Girl” by Staysolidrocky climbs 24-18. “ILY (I Love You Baby)” by Surf Mesa featuring Emilee climbs, you guessed it, one place to number 25. “Who’s That What’s That” by Niko B climbs 33-26, which is practically eventful by the standards of this week. And behold this week’s highest – and indeed lowest – new entry…

40. Chris Brown & Young Thug – “Go Crazy”

And this is just a climber from number 44. Truly, it’s the dullest non-holiday chart I can remember.

The album chart is a little more memorable. “Chromatica” by Lady Gaga spents a second week at number 1.

2. Sports Team – “Deep Down Happy”

Indie debut. Very, very indie, and very Oxbridge to boot. I liked the single, though.

Number 3 is “Wake Up Sunshine” by All Time Low, which reached number 28 on its digital release in April, but now re-enters following its release on … er, compact disc. Isn’t the album market healthy?

12. The Human League – “The Essential”

It’s a Human League greatest hits album, obviously. They’ve had at least two before. The Human League’s biggest hit single in the UK was “Don’t You Want Me”, the Christmas number one of 1981, but that’s very obvious. So let’s go with “Love Action”, which got to number 3, and was the one that the Utah Saints sampled in “Believe in Me”. Its early-90s virtual reality video is, well, of its time, but the record is great.

18. Run the Jewels – “RTJ4”

At first glance, I was surprised this didn’t do better, particularly in such a quiet week. But on checking, the previous album from 2017 only got to number 38, and they’ve never placed a track in the UK singles chart… so I guess the memory plays tricks.

22. Kidz Bop Kids – “Kidz Bop Party Playlist”

Another of these albums of children covering pop songs in sanitised form. This is the UK version of the franchise, and its chart record is weirdly erratic – three albums that placed at 7 or 8, three that placed between 22 and 26, and they alternate. How does that happen?

This seems to be one of the albums where they’ve edited for language rather than sense, and so their YouTube page also includes a faithful cover version of Maroon 5’s “Memories” (which is about remembering a dead friend while drunk). Only a slightly less strange inclusion is the above cover of Little Mix’s “Wings”, a track which is now nearly eight years old.

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