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Charts – 11 September 2020

Posted on Saturday, September 12, 2020 by Paul in Music

It’s quiet week on both charts, but let’s see what we’ve got.

1. Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

Two weeks at number one, with a very comfortable lead. It’s going to be here a while. Below, a long list of mostly-small climbers…

Number 2 is “Mood” by 24KGoldn featuring Iann Dior, climbing from 4 – 24KGoldn’s other current single, guesting on “Tick Tock” by Clean Bandit & Mabel, climbs 20-14, thus beating the peak of Clean Bandit’s last single (by one place). “Ain’t It Different” by Headie One featuring AJ Tracey & Stormzy climbs 5-3. “Mood Swings” by Pop Smoke featuring Lil Tjay, which has been hovering in the top 10 for several weeks now, reaches a new peak of 5. “Looking for Me” by Paul Woolford & Diplo featuring Kareen Lomax climbs 12-8.

“Midnight Sky” by Miley Cyrus, which entered at 15 three weeks ago and has been hovering since then, suddenly bounces up to 10. She’s appeared on several top ten collaborations since then, but this is her first top ten solo hit since “Wrecking Ball” back in 2013 (and deservedly so). “Take You Dancing” by Jason Derulo climbs 15-11. “You Broke Me First” by Tate McRae continues to march up the chart, jumping 22-13. “Holiday” by Little Mix, which entered at 17 six week ago, finally makes it to… 15. “Heather” by Conan Gray climbs 23-17. “Fake Friends” by PS1 featuring Alex Hosking climbs to 19 and finally reaches the top 20 in its ninth week on chart.

20. DJ Khaled featuring Drake – “Popstar”

I normally skip over re-entries, unless they’re reaching a new peak – but this has rebounded from 71 so it seems worth a mention. It’s due to the release of the video, which is an unusual example of the pandemic era. The conceit is that Drake can’t get into the US to film the video, so he’s got Justin Bieber – who is not on the record – to do it for him. I mean, it doesn’t make any sense – there’s nothing in the video that Drake couldn’t have filmed in Canada – but it’s a cute gimmick.

22. Dermot Kennedy – “Giants”

Probably best known for last year’s top ten hit “Outnumbered”. Pleasant enough folk/anthem MOR, and at least a change of pace on the singles chart, which could use a bit more range of genres on it.

27. Sigala featuring James Arthur – “Lasting Lover”

I’m not sure the slightly slurred vocals of James Arthur are the best fit for Sigala’s hyper-clean dance music. That aside, it’s a forgettable dance/pop track. It doesn’t help that it commits the cardinal sin of sampling the hook of a vastly better record, MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” (number 35 in 2008). It credits a remarkable eight songwriters, including both members of MGMT and Lewis Capaldi.

“Hallucinate” by Dua Lipa climbs 37-33, as it seems to be gaining momentum after all, despite being seemingly cut off by the release of “Levitating”. In the end, that track never got past 39.

36. Internet Money featuring Don Toliver, Gunna & Nav – “Lemonade”

Internet Money isn’t an artist so much as a record label and producer collective, centred around a guy called Taz Taylor. This track is from the ever-popular “melodic rap with heavy autotune” genre. Don Toliver gets a second hit, having previously managed a week at number 39 last year with “No Idea”. Gunna’s had several bigger hits than this, and NAV gets his debut hit single.

37. Bring Me The Horizon featuring Yungblud – “Obey”

Well we don’t get much of this in the singles cart, do we? Debut hit for Yungblud, but Bring Me The Horizon did have “Parasite Eve” spend a week at 28 earlier in the year, so clearly they have some fanbase support.

Over on the album chart…

1. The Rolling Stones – “Goats Head Soup”

It says something about the health of the albums market that a reissue of a Rolling Stones album from 1973 can reach number one – albeit by a slim margin of 800 copies. Still, this means the Rolling Stones are the first band to have a number one album in six different decades. Technically they also now have thirteen number one albums, which puts them level with Elvis Presley and Robbie Williams, but there’s a big asterisk next to that since it involves counting both “Exile On Main Street” and “Goats Head Soup” twice. That’s in line with normal chart practice, which regards a re-issue with a different catalogue number as a separate record… but it’s an asterisk nonetheless.

2. Declan McKenna – “Zeros”

Declan McKenna’s first album came out three years ago when he was still a teenager, and reached number 11. He’s taken his time over the follow up but it’s done pretty well for him.

14. Billy Ocean – “One World”

Billy Ocean is 70 and this is his first new album in seven years. The title track above is exactly what you’re expecting lyrically – it’s called “One World”, of course it’s a generic plea for unity – but musically it’s a pleasant surprise.

21. Hurts – “Faith”

Exactly the same position as their previous album from three years ago.

24. Big Sean – “Detroit 2”

One of those names best known in the UK for a string of guest appearances on mid-table hits. Not that the single above is exactly a radio anthem – it’s much more interesting than I was expecting, to be honest.

And finally, number 27 is “Tattletales” by 6ix9ine, which produced a couple of hit singles earlier in the year – “Gooba” and “Trollz”. This is actually three places higher than his debut album “Dummy Boy” from 2018 – he’s a singles artist, which is, shall we say, probably the most flattering length at which to experience his work.

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