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Charts – 16 October 2020

Posted on Friday, October 16, 2020 by Paul in Music

The singles chart is mostly spillover from the album chart; the album chart is mostly back catalogue as the run-up to Christmas starts…

1. 24KGoldn featuring Iann Dior – “Mood”

Four weeks. It does have some sort of challenge this time, though…

2. Headie One featuring AJ Tracey & Stormzy – “Ain’t it Different”
11. Headie One featuring Young T & Bugsey – “Princess Cuts”
24. Headie One featuring Aitch – “Parlez-Vous Anglais”

Three tracks from Headie One’s album “Edna” (named after his late mother) enters the album chart at number 1 this week – that’s his fourth top 40 album (though the others were all officially mixtapes), and his first number one. Its predecessor “Music X Road” got to number 5 a year ago, so it’s not a surprise that his official debut album album would reach number one.

“Ain’t it Different” was the existing single, and it climbs 4-2. In doing so, by the say, it overtakes “Ladbroke Grove” to become the highest-placing AJ Tracey track – though “Ladbroke Grove” was his own track. The other two are new entries, both with newly released videos. “Parlez-Vous” is the best of them, to be honest.

“Looking for Me” by Paul Woolford & Diplo featuring Kareen Lomax climbs 5-4 – that’s Diplo’s highest chart position since 2015. “You Broke Me First” by Tate McRae climbs 7-5. “Midnight Sky” by Miley Cyrus climbs 8-6 in its fifth week in the top 10. “What You Know Bout Love” by Pop Smoke climbs 9-7 (passing previous single “Mood Swings” on the way down). “Lasting Lover” by Sigala & James Arthur climbs 17-13. “See Nobody” by Wes Nelson & Hardy Caprio climbs 22-15 – that makes it Hardy Caprio’s biggest hit. “Levitating” by Dua Lipa climbs 30-22 now that it’s being fully pushed as a single. “Come Over” by Rudimental featuring Anne-Marie & Tion Wayne makes it to 28 after a fortnight at 29…

29. Dutchavelli featuring M1llionz – “Cool With Me”

One of those rappers who turns up more often as a guest than as the lead artist – though his previous single “Bando Diaries” got to number 35, and is still hanging in there at 40, so evidently that’s changing. Not hugely commercial, this.

“Daisy” by Ashnikko climbs 32-30, and “Put Your Records On” by Ritt Momney climbs 33-31.

34. D-Block Europe – “Destiny”

A last minute extra single for their album “The Blue Print – Us Vs Them”, which enters the album chart at number 2. Officially it’s their first album, but through the joy of mixtapes, it’s their fourth top 10 album in two years – and the most recent of those only came out in September. What’s more, it’s a 29 track album running to an hour and a half. But while D-Block Europe are undoubtedly prolific, they’re also painfully repetitive. This is… a D-Block Europe single, in the now familiar vein. Still, their audience is clearly not tiring of them, so what do I know?

And now for something entirely different.

37. Fleetwood Mac – “Dreams”

This track from “Rumours” was originally a number 24 hit in 1977, this is here thanks to TikTok using it as a viral soundtrack. TikTok can put strange things into the chart. Fleetwood Mac were last in the top 40 in 2013 when “Everywhere” was used in an advert. Incidentally, the parent album is at number 18 on the album chart this week, because it’s “Rumours” and it never ever goes away. In total, it’s spent 238 weeks in the top 40.

On the album chart, “Edna” by Headie One is number 1, and D-Block Europe’s “The Blue Print – Us vs Them” is number 2 – but we’re covered both of those.

3. John Lennon – “Gimme Some Truth”

A box set of John Lennon solo material, all apparently remixed from the original masters.

5. Travis – “10 Songs”

It’s been four years since the last Travis album, which seems to be turning into the standard period between albums for acts of their vintage. It matches the position of their 2016 album “Everything at Once”. Travis have only missed the top 10 once since their debut in 1997 (the exception being 2008’s “Ode to J Smith” which, somehow, only got to 20).

9. Dire Straits – “The Studio Albums 1978-1991”

Precisely what it sounds like. “Money for Nothing” wasn’t actually their biggest hit single in the UK – “Private Investigations” and “Walk of Life” both got to number 2 – but the CGI video from 1985 has a certain charm to it, particularly if you remember how heavily it was pushed at the time as groundbreaking new technology.

13. Tears for Fears – “The Seeds of Love”

Four-CD reissue of the 1989 number 1 album. You’ll note that the album chart is increasing becoming dominated with re-issues intended to appeal as physical collector’s objects, presumably because you have to offer something unique to compete with streaming.

16. Suede – “Beautiful Ones – The Best of Suede”

Or you could just stick out a greatest hits album, I guess. Here’s “Animal Nitrate”, which is pretty typical of the first album. Today, of course, Suede are best known as the band whose bass player was Richard Osman’s brother.

20. Iron Maiden – “Iron Maiden”

Their debut album reached number 4 in 1980, and this is a vinyl-only reissue. The bigger hit from this album was “Sanctuary”, which reached number 29, but that one doesn’t seem to be on YouTube in an official form/ “Running Free” was their first hit single, reaching number 34.

22. Future Islands – “As Long as You Are”

American synthpop. It’s their third album to chart in this country; the previous one got to 18, so this is fairly consistent. The video is like some sort of post-apocalyptic 80s car advert, and it’s great.

25. Linkin Park – “Hybrid Theory / Reanimation”

Back to the reissues with this combined reissue of “Hybrid Theory” (number 4 in 2001) and its remix companion “Reanimation” (number 3 in 2002) two albums (4 and 3 respectively, in 2001/2). This was the single from the remix album – the Official Charts database lists it as a double A-side of “High Voltage / Points of Authority”, but it was a remix single in 2002, so officially the title is meant to be “H! Vltg3 / Pts.Of.Athrty”.

26. The Stone Roses – “The Stone Roses”

Before he had unusual opinions about masks, Ian Brown was the lead singer for the Stone Roses. This is a reissue of their debut album, which reached number 32 on its release in May 1989, but eventually peaked at number 19 the next February.

29. Ward Thomas – “Invitation”

Ah, another new release! They’re a country duo who had a number 1 in 2016, and their previous album also made the top 10 – so this is a serious drop off.

30. UB40 – “Essential”

And finally (and rather anticlimactically) this budget-priced greatest hits set from UB40. UB40 had 39 top 40 hits during their time as a singles act, so if you’re in the market for a UB40 compilation, I guess 3 CDs is pretty reasonable.

Bring on the comments

  1. K says:

    When you talk about reissues nowadays, it should be understood that there are starting to be cases where the demand for reissues of certain albums is outstripping the artists’ and labels’ will to release them.

    The saga of the Tears for Fears reissue, in particular, is fascinating because this only came about because of unrelenting pressure on the band and the label to reissue this specific album. Suffice it to say this would not exist if not for that, and it would be fair to say people were actually impatient in this anticipation.

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