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Charts – 31 July 2020

Posted on Saturday, August 1, 2020 by Paul in Music

Once again, if it wasn’t for a big name releasing an album, everything would be a bit quiet…

1. Joel Corry featuring MNEK – “Head & Heart”

Two weeks. It’s growing, too, with weekly streams now at 9.1 million. The top three is static, and our highest new entry is…

4. Nathan Dawe featuring KSI – “Lighter”

The follow-up to Dawe’s debut hit “Flowers”, which has been on the chart since April and peaked at number 12; it’s currently at 27. This is also the highest chart position to date for KSI, who I guess has now made the jump from “YouTuber and sometime rapper” to “rapper”.

The uncredited singer, who’s on more of the track than KSI, is Ella Henderson. She had a number 1 hit in 2014, she was in the top 10 last year on a Jax Jones track, and she has a co-writing credit on this – why she doesn’t have an artist credit is beyond me.

6. Taylor Swift – “Cardigan”
8. Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver – “Exile”
10. Taylor Swift – “The 1”

The maximum three permitted tracks from her surprise album “Folklore”, which predictably becomes her fifth consecutive number one album. After she seemed to be drifting into more and more records that existed primarily as branding exercises, this is a pleasant return to something more song-driven, and it’s been well reviewed.

An unexpected side effect is a top ten hit for indie folk outfit Bon Iver, though they do have one previous top 40 credit – “Blood Bank” managed a week at number 37 in 2009.

The only record climbing to a new peak this week is “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Jubel featuring Neimy, which climbs 21-16.

17. Little Mix – “Holiday”

…topical…? This’ll be the second single from their upcoming album – the last one came out in April, so I’m guessing they were holding off to see if they could wait for the pandemic to pass. It’s not an immediately gripping son, and Little Mix’s bigger hits tend to enter high. But we’ll see.

And that’s literally it for the singles chart. On the album chart, we’ve got “Folklore” at number one, and…

2. Ronan Keating – “Twenty Twenty”

Ronan Keating’s eleventh album, titled to celebrate twenty years of his solo album. (Confusingly, he released an album titled “10 Years of Hits” in 2004, by counting his time with Boyzone…)

4. Neck Deep – “All Distortions are Intentional”

Not a band whose name I ever hear except when I’m writing these posts, but Neck Deep are on their third top ten album in five years. Number 4 matches their previous peak.

11. Logic – “No Pressure”

Logic’s final album, apparently, since he’s announced his retirement from music. We’ll see if that sticks. It’s his highest placed album, though only by a margin of one place over 2019’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”.

12. The Kid Laroi – “F–k Love”

Australian rapper who was endorsed by Juice WRLD (and the common influences are very obvious, which isn’t such a bad thing). It’s his first appearance on the UK charts.

39. Seasick Steve – “Love & Peace”

Finally, this seems remarkably low for a new Seasick Steve album – it’s only two albums ago that he was placing in the top 10.

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