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Charts – 2 October 2020

Posted on Friday, October 2, 2020 by Paul in Music

After a string of relatively quiet weeks, this one is crammed with new entries, particularly on the album chart. Let’s get going.

1. 24KGoldn featuring Iann Dior – “Mood”

That’s two weeks at number one, and no obvious challengers in sight. It has a lead of roughly 20% over “WAP” at number 2, and that song’s on its way down. The whole top 4 is static. By the way, if you want a sense of how little sales matter these days, the sales number 1 this week is “Spirit of the Blues” by Everton FC, which doesn’t even make the official top 40.

“Lemonade” by Internet Money featuring Don Toliver, Gunna & NAV climbs 8-5, and “Midnight Sky” by Miley Cyrus climbs 11-7. It’s (deservedly) her biggest hit as the lead artist since “Wrecking Ball” in 2013, though she’s had top ten hits as a collaborator since then. “You Broke Me First” by Tate McRae climbs 15-9 to enter the top 10, and “Tick Tock” by Clean Bandit & Mabel featuring 24KGoldn climbs 13-11. “What You Know About Love” by Pop Smoke climbs 27-14 – it’s still not officially a single, so I suppose it must be getting traction virally. “Giants” by Dermot Kennedy climbs 18-16.

20. Da Beatfreakz featuring Dutchavelli, DigDat & B Young – “808”
35. Dutchavelli – “Bando Diaries”

Yes, I know it’s taken us a while to get to the highest new entry, but honestly, it’s going to get busier from here. This is the second hit for Da Beatfreakz – the UK producer duo, not the guys who had some novelty hits in 2006. DigDat has had several hits since 2018, and reached the top 10 earlier this year (albeit with Aitch as a guest star). B Young’s had some mid-level hits as well, the biggest being 2018’s “Jumanji”.

Dutchavelli gets his third and fourth hits of the year, and since it’s a busy week, I’ll just chuck the other one in here. “Bando Diaries” has been out for a month, but finally climbs into the top 40 this week. They’re both decent enough GRM Daily tracks, but don’t really stand out from the pack for me.

26. Travis Scott featuring Young Thug & M.I.A. – “Franchise”

This is more interesting. Travis Scott’s singles track record in the UK is very patchy – this is only his second appearance on singles top 40 this year, after “The Scotts” back in May, despite a steady stream of releases. Young Thug is a regular guest star who’s still only had one top 40 single as the lead: 2019’s “The London”, which featured… Travis Scott.

But M.I.A.? She hasn’t released an album in four years, and she hasn’t appeared in the singles top 40 since 2012. Her biggest hit, “Paper Planes”, was in 2008. Naturally, she has an upcoming album, and showing up on a moderately successful single can’t hurt.

“Come Over” by Rudimental & Anne-Marie featuring Tion Wayne climbs 32-29.

30. Machine Gun Kelly featuring Blackbear – “My Ex’s Best Friend”
40. Machine Gun Kelly – “Forget Me Too”

Two tracks from the album “Tickets to my Downfall”, which enters at number 3 – rather surprisingly, because his previous peak on the album chart was number 37 with his 2017 album “Bloom”. He’s shifted from rap to pop-punk, and clearly it’s worked out well for him. For some reason “Forget Me Too” is credited on the chart to Kelly alone, but it’s meant to have a featured-artist credit for Halsey, which might explain why it’s been cherrypicked. Blackbear, guesting on the other track, finally gets a second hit to join 2019’s “Hot Girl Bummer”.

34. Ashnikko – “Daisy”

Well, that was different. Ashnikko had a bit of success last year with a track called “Stupid” that went gold in America, but did nothing in the UK. This is her first UK hit, and it’s a striking video if nothing else.

39. Mostack featuring AJ Tracey – “Miss Me”

The fourth time these two have appeared together on a hit single. The last one was “Dinner Guest”, which reached number 5 in the spring.

On the album chart… there’s quite a lot.

1. Idles – “Ultra Mono”

A little unexpectedly, the winners in a busy week are Idles. Their last album reached number 5 in 2018, and apparently this is the fastest selling vinyl album of the year, which tells you something about the demographic. That said, the video above is excellent.

Machine Gun Kelly is number 3, and number 4 is a re-entry from ‘Kiwanuka” by Michael Kiwanuka after it won the Mercury Prize. It originally reached number 2 last year.

5. The Deftones – “Ohms”

Exactly the same position as their previous album “Gore”, from 2016 – and thus their joint highest album. Apparently the lead guitarist has switched to a nine-string guitar for this one, if that piques your interest.

6. Joji – “Nectar”

Former YouTuber turned producer. The track above isn’t especially representative, as far as I can tell – he’s usually more trip hop – but it came close to making the singles top 40 in February. His previous album “Ballads 1” got to 26 in 2018, so this is a notable step up.

7. Prince – “Sign O’ The Times”

Originally a number 4 album in 1987 – this is from just before his run of number 1 albums kicked off. It’s been reissued in multiple editions; the Super Deluxe version features a modest 45 previously unreleased tracks. You read that right.

8. Slade – “Cum On Feel The Hitz – The Best Of Slade”

Slade aren’t just for Christmas – they had Slade had six number one hits in the 70s. The best remembered are probably “Merry Xmas Everybody” and “Cum On Feel The Noize”, but they had more range than that. Take “Far Far Away”, which was a number 2 hit in 1974. (And also happens to be the only track of theirs I can find on YouTube from an authorised source – this is a Dutch TV performance.)

16. The Weeknd – “After Hours”

Re-entering at number 16 after getting a vinyl release. It spent a week at number 1 on release in April, but dropped out of the top 40 back in July.

17. Guns N’ Roses – “Greatest Hits”

Technically a re-entry, this spent three weeks at number 1 in 2004, and hovers incessantly around the lower reaches of the top 100, making occasional higher forays when it gets discounted. It was last in the top 40 for a week in 2017. This is its highest position since 2008, and it’s prompted by a vinyl reissue – because, yes, Guns N’ Roses’ greatest hits hasn’t been out on vinyl before, and apparently a collector’s edition of a compilation album is a marketable thing. They’ve added the track above, which was recorded for “Appetite for Destruction” in 1986, but wasn’t actually released until that album got a deluxe reissue until 2018.

23. Steve Hackett – “Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith”

There’s nothing like a catchy title, is there? This is a live album from the former Genesis guitarist, playing songs from the Genesis album “Selling England by the Pound” and his own album “Spectral Mornings.” In Hammersmith.

37. Lil Peep – “Hellboy”

A reissue of the final mixtape by Lil Peep, who died in 2017; it didn’t chart on first release. They’ve also put out a drastically different edit for this track, removing a lot of clutter that was trying a bit too hard.

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