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Charts – 3 July 2020

Posted on Saturday, July 4, 2020 by Paul in Music

We’ve had busier weeks, but at least this week’s four new entries are somewhat eclectic.

1. Jawsh 685 & Jason Derulo – “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)”

Climbing to number 1 in its third week on chart. Producer Jawsh 685 joins the list of pure one-hit-wonders (one number 1 single and nothing else). Most people who achieve that do manage to get off the list – other than Jawsh 685, the most recent name on the list is Bradley Cooper, thanks to his duet with Lady Gaga in 2018 – and since he’s not principally a singer, he probably is going to stay on the list.

It’s Jason Derulo’s fifth number one, following “In My Head” (2010), “Don’t Wanna Go Home” (2011), “Talk Dirty” (2013) and “Want to Want Me” (2015) – so a five year gap.

There’s a bunch of minor climbers in the top 20: “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles climbs 7-6; “Secrets” by Regard & Raye climbs 10-7; “Party Girl” by Staysolidrocky climbs 16-13; “This City” by Sam Fischer climbs 18-16; and “Kings & Queens” by Ava Max climbs 21-19.

20. Blackpink – “How You Like That”

K-pop continues to edge into the mainstream, though I’m not sure this is one of Blackpink’s best. This isn’t technically their biggest UK hit – that would be their guest appearance on Lady Gaga’s “Sour Candy”, which only just got to number 17 – but it’s their biggest hit as lead artist by a mile. Their previous best was number 33 for “Kill This Love” last year.

One advantage for Blackpink at the moment is that when they appear on talk shows to promote their record, they still have to appear by video link, but they can do it from an actual studio and perform normally.

27. Jubel featuring Neimy – “Dancing in the Moonlight”

Swedish acts, all making their first appearance in the UK chart. And yes, it’s that song, best known in the UK from Toploader’s version (number 7 in 2000). The original was by King Harvest, and it was their sole North American hit back in 1973; the band never had any chart success in Britain.

28. Bring Me The Horizon – “Parasite Eve”

This is a little unexpected, even in a quiet period for new releases. Bring Me The Horizon consistently do well in the album charts, but their only previous singles hit was “Drown”, which reached number 17 in 2014. Most of their singles since then have landed in the 50s.

38. Becky Hill & Sigala – “Heaven on my Mind”

Last time these two released a record together, it was credited to “Sigala & Becky Hill”, so clearly the negotiations have been intense. That was “Wish You Well”, which reached number 8 last year; Sigala haven’t been heard from since, but Hill has had a couple of top 20 hits with Meduza and Shiftk3y since then. She’s become a consistent mid-table artist.

On the album chart…

1 Haim – “Women in Music – Part 3”

Yes, it’s their third album, and no, the others weren’t called that. It’s their second number 1 (the other one got to number 2). Here’s the rather good lockdown video for “I Know Alone”.

3. Jessie Ware – “What’s Your Pleasure”

All of Jessie Ware’s albums have made the top 10, but this is her highest position to date. Again, we have a pretty blatant lockdown-era video above.

7. Khruangbin – “Mordechai”

They’re a trio from Texas and this is their third album, but the first to chart in the UK. Khruangbin is Thai for “aeroplane”. The single is much more mellow than I’d have guessed, and really very pleasant. Lovely video, too.

8. The Lathums – “The Memories we Make”

Indie band from Wigan, making their first album chart appearance. Technically this album isn’t on Spotify, presumably because it’s a compilation of the tracks from two earlier EPs which are – but I wonder if that’s had any impact on its streaming points.

29. Nadine Shah – “Kitchen Sink”

Harder to classify, this. Nadine Shah has been releasing albums for years, but this is the first time she’s reached the top 40. Worth a play.

32. Meekz – “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”

And finally, this week’s rapper who somehow wound up on the album chart instead of the singles chart – it’s the only genre that seems to consistently produce artists in both camps. Meekz is from Manchester, and this is his first hit. He’s spent his video budget on hiring some tanks to drive around some waste ground, and why not?

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