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Charts – 17 July 2020

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2020 by Paul in Music

I suppose we’re coming out of lockdown season now – but this is another lockdown singles chart, in which not much would be happening if it weren’t for a single major album release.

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

Three weeks. It needs one more week in order to match 2015’s “Want to Want Me” as Derulo’s longest-running number one.

“Head & Heart” by Joel Corry featuring MNEK climbs 15-3. That makes it the highest placed single for both artists. Both had previously peaked at number 4 – Corry with his previous single “Lonely”, and MNEK with his debut hit “Ready for your Love” back in 2014.

9. Juice WRLD & Marshmello – “Come & Go”
11. Juice WRLD & Halsey – “Life’s A Mess”
15. Juice WRLD – “Wishing Well”

Three tracks from the posthumous album “Legends Never Die”, which enters the album chart at number 1. (For those unfamiliar with the chart rules, three tracks is the maximum, to prevent major album releases from swamping the singles chart.) Juice WRLD’s highest placed album during his lifetime was last year’s “Death Race for Love”, which reached 12.

They’re all tracks that have more-or-less proper videos to promote them, and lean heavily towards the pop mainstream. “Come and Go” has the high-profile guest, who tries his best to go big on the chorus. “Life’s a Mess” also feels a bit like something that’s been put together from recorded fragments, but the end result is rather good. And “Wishing Well” is a Dr Luke production. Considering their genesis, they’re all much better tracks than you might have expected.

“Dancing in the Moonlight” by Jubel featuring Neimy climbs 26-22; “Go Crazy” by Chris Brown & Young Thug climbs 27-25; and “Whats Poppin” by Jack Harlow climbs 29-27.

30. D-Block Europe – “Plain Jane”

Nothing if not prolific, and still not doing anything for me.

Number 31 is “Heaven on my Mind” by Becky Hill & Sigala, climbing from 40.

39. M1llionz – “B1llionz”

It’s his first hit, and he’s a rapper from Birmingham. This is… not commercial. It’s pretty irritating, to be honest. But there’s something about it that makes me want to hear it again…

40. PS1 featuring Alex Hosking – “Fake Friends”

Another debut. PS1 is a DJ from New York, and Alex Hosking is an Australian singer. The video is yet another “hey, did you know social media influencers aren’t 100% honest” number.

On the album chart… well, Juice WRLD is number 1.

2. The Streets – “None of Us is Getting Out of This Life Alive”

The first Streets album in 9 years. He had two number 1s in his 2004-6 commercial heyday, and he’s never missed the top 10, but it’s always reassuring to get a decent placing after such a long gap. And he’s still good.

4. The DMA’s – “The Glow”

Australian guitar band. It’s their third album, their first to make the top 10.

Laura Marling’s “Song for our Daughter” re-enters at number 6. It managed a week at number 22 in April on the basis of its digital release, but this is the result of the physical release. Whether there was any advantage in going for separate release dates seems doubtful.

23. Big Country – “Essential”

Not quite sure why we’re getting another Big Country compilation, or why this one has got them into the album charts for the first time since 1996. Their highest-placed single was “Look Away”, which reached number 7 in 1986, but I always preferred the eponymous one.

27. Rufus Wainwright – “Unfollow the Rules”

His first album of original material since 2012 – in the interim, he’s done an opera and an album of Shakespearean sonnets.

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