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Charts – 13 November 2020

Posted on Saturday, November 14, 2020 by Paul in Music

Ah, are we into the pre-Christmas lull already?

1. Ariana Grande – “Positions”
22. Ariana Grande – “POV”

For the second week running, Ariana Grande charts with the maximum three tracks from her new album. “Positions” spends its third week at number one – admittedly without much in the way of competition. “34+35” drops from 9 to 18. And we get one of those awkward quirks of the chart rules, as “POV” overtakes “Motive” as the third-placed track from the album, and elbows it off the chart entirely thanks to the quota rule. Since “POV” was disqualified under the same rule last week, technically it becomes this week’s highest new entry, but it’s all a little artificial.

“Sweet Melody” by Little Mix deservedly rebounds from 12-3, which makes it their highest-placed single since 2018’s “Woman Like Me” (and by quite some margin). “Levitating” by Dua Lipa climbs 13-10, to become her tenth top ten hit. And “Lonely” by Justin Bieber & Benny Blanco, which has spent three weeks hovering at 19 or 20, climbs to… 17. “Wonder” by Shawn Mendes climbs 25-20. Not a busy week.

23. Little Mix – “Confetti”

This is the title track from their sixth album, which enters at number 2. Little Mix have only had one number 1 album (2016’s “Glory Days”), but they’ve placed all six albums inside the top 40. Not bad for an act assembled for X Factor. (They don’t get a third track into the top 40, though “Happiness’ is sitting at 43.)

Number 24 is “Paradise” by Meduza featuring Dermot Kennedy, climbing from 35. “I Miss U” by Jax Jones featuring Au/ra climbs 34-28, which overtakes “Panic Room” as Au/ra’s highest placed single.

35. Giggs featuring Dave – “Straight Murder (Giggs & David)”

And another album track. This is from Giggs’ album “Now or Never”, which enters at 14 on the album chart this week. It’s a surprise-release mixtape, so we shouldn’t read too much into the fact that his previous three albums all did better, making the top 10. He’s never had that much success on the singles chart – his only previous appearance in the top 40 was in 2017, when “Linguo” got to 28.

Number 36 is “Golden” by Harry Styles, climbing from 40. And look, here’s an actual single, with a video and everything!

39. CJ – “Whoopty”

He’s a New York rapper, this is his first hit, and I’m told it’s big on TikTok. The beat’s from “Exposing Me” by Memo 600 & King Von, though the hook ultimately comes from a Bollywood ballad.

On the album chart…

1. Kylie Minogue – “Disco”

This is the first time a Kylie Minogue album hasn’t produced a top 40 single, but it doesn’t really matter at this stage. Her fifteenth studio album becomes her eighth number 1, and it adds her to the very short list of artists who’ve had a number 1 album in five straight decades – in her case, “Kylie” and “Enjoy Yourself” in the 80s, “Greatest Hits” in the 90s (shhh, it counts), “Fever” in the 2000s, and “Aphrodite”, “Golden” and “Step Back In Time – The Definitive Kylie Minogue” in the 2010s. She’s the first woman to make the list. Madonna could realistically still do it – she had number 1 albums in the 80s, 90s, 2000s and 2010s, and her last album got to number 2.

Number 2 is Little Mix, and…

5. Shirley Bassey – “I Owe It All To You”

Shirley Bassey is now 83, and this has been announced as her final album. She’s had a top 40 album in seven straight decades, though she’s never reached number 1. Number 3 is her highest position since she released her 25th anniversary album, “25th Anniversary Album”. And that was in 1978.

7. Dutchavelli – “Dutch from the 5th”

Includes the single “Cool With Me”, which made it to number 29 in October. It’s his debut album (well, mixtape, officially, but it’s 16 songs and 41 minutes…)

14. Aled Jones – “Blessings”

Aled Jones has a solid run of mid-ranking top 20 albums over the last five years, and this maintains the run. It’s, er, not exactly my cup of tea, but I’m sure it’ll make a lovely Christmas present for the intended demographic. The video above features Judi Dench on Guest Monologue.

Number 15 is the Giggs album we already mentioned.

10. The Kanneh-Masons, Michael Morpurgo & Olivia Colman – “Carnival”

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the best known of the family these days, though they did perform as a group on Britain’s Got Talent a few years back. This album is largely based on Saint-SaĆ«ns’ “Carnival of the Animals”, with linking poems that result in an unlikely album chart credit for writer Michael Morpurgo and actress Olivia Colman.

28. Vera Lynn – “Keep Smiling Through”

Basically an album of remastered Vera Lynn vocals with newly orchestrated backing tracks. Lynn died this summer at the age of 100. It’s interesting that even records aimed at this demographic get some promotion on YouTube these days.

29. The Poor Clares of Arundel – “Light for the World”

No, it’s not an ironically named indie band, it’s 23 nuns from Sussex releasing an album of meditative plainchant, laid over vaguely ambient backing tracks. That doubtless broadens the appeal for those who find the full-on plainchant experience a bit, well, full-on. It sounds a bit dubious on paper, but this is actually rather enjoyable. It’s the nuns’ first hit.

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