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Charts – 14 January 2022

Posted on Saturday, January 15, 2022 by Paul in Music

Well, here we go. Now we’re getting back to regular business.

1. Gayle – “ABCDEFU”

This is one of the handful of non-Christmas songs that hung in there during the Christmas period when everything was swamped with Christmas records. As a result, it reaches number one on its ninth week, with the improbable track record of 40-14-2-5-5-6-14-2-1. Rather depressingly, this is the first number one not to feature any of Ed Sheeran, Elton John or Adele since last July (when Olivia Rodrigo was number 1).

Taylor Gayle Rutherford is a teenager from Dallas, and this is her first hit, but she did release several singles in 2020 – this is her debut.

None of her previous singles did anything, but this one is a big hit around Europe and it’s doing okay in the US. Although it’s her major label debut, it came out last summer and did nothing for the first few months – it’s basically another record that TikTok has salvaged from the commercial scrapheap.

That puts her on the one-hit wonders list for now. Clearly there’s a novelty factor to this single, but it’s not a bad song – I like the “everybody but your dog” lyric, dammit – and I think she’ll place at least respectably with a follow-up.

4. Lauren Spencer-Smith – “Fingers Crossed”

Another debut hit. Lauren Spencer-Smith is a British-Canadian singer – she was a contestant from season 18 of American Idol, but she was eliminated in the first week of the live shows, so she could hardly be said to be best known for that. (Season 18 was the lockdown season, so there weren’t “live shows” exactly – the contestants were filmed singing in their homes – but you know what I mean.) This is a social-media promoted self-release which came out midweek, so it might well climb – or it might be a fanbase thing.

10. The Weeknd – “Sacrifice”
14. The Weeknd – “Take My Breath”
22. The Weeknd – “How Do I Make You Love Me”

(Note: the video above has an epilepsy warning.)

As you may have guessed, the Weeknd has a new album out, “Dawn FM”, which enters the album chart at number 1. It’s his third number one album, following 2015’s “Beauty Behind the Madness” and 2020’s “After Hours” – all his albums from 2015 onwards have at least made the top 5. He remains the most 80s man in music.

“Sacrifice” is the official single. Completing his maximum three tracks on the album chart, “Take My Breath” was released as a single last summer and peaked at number 13 (but hung around on the top 40 for 16 weeks); it’s a re-entry here. And “How do I Make You Love Me” feels like a pretty obvious choice of single going forward. That said, “Gasoline” is the track that’s actually being pushed as the next single – the video has just come out – so we’ll see if that makes any headway next week.

21. Central Cee – “Retail Therapy”

Improbably, this is already Central Cee’s second hit of 2022 since his “Daily Duppy” freestyle charted last week. (It drops to 52 this week.) The hook is from a heavily sampled 1970s  jazz track, “Wildflower” by Hank Crawford.

Central Cee is also still guesting on a D-Block Europe track in the top 10, so it’s looking good for him right now.

35. Belters Only featuring Jazzy – “Make Me Feel Good”

This is another track that TikTok has salvaged from obscurity – it’s a dance record that came out last summer and seems to have gone mostly unnoticed until this month. They’re from Dublin and this is their chart debut. Their best known member is a guy called Bissett who is apparently the camp DJ for Conor McGregor. It says here.

39. David Kushner – “Miserable Man”

This is another self-release promoted through social media. It’s an indie-folk track that you wouldn’t expect to make the top 40 and I’ll be surprised if it sticks around, to be honest. This David Kushner is a songwriter with 1.8 million followers on TikTok – he’s not the David Kushner who was a member of Velvet Revolver.

40. Gunna & Future featuring Young Thug – “Pushin P”

(Video NSFW.)

Well, that’s… forgettable. It’s the single from Gunna’s album “DS4Ever”, which charts at number 4 this week – his highest placed album to date, though it only beats 2020’s “Wunna” by one place. Gunna isn’t a big deal in terms of the UK singles chart – his only significant hit is “Lemonade”, the 2020 number 1 which was primarily credited to “Internet Money”. He’s only had three other top 40 hits, counting this one, and none of them got above 28.

This week’s climbers:

  • All three tracks by the cast of Encanto climb, with “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” going 4-3, “Surface Pressure” 14-8, and “The Family Madrigal” 30-29.
  • “Overseas” by D-Block Europe featuring Central Cee climbs to a new peak of 7 (it entered at 8 at the end of November).
  • “Where Are You Now” by Lost Frequencies featuring Calum Scott climbs 23-17.
  • “Down Under” by Luude featuring Colin Hay climbs 32-25

The eight tracks that drop out of the top 40 this week:

  • “The Motto” by Tiesto & Ava Max, which only managed a single week at 37.
  • “Drive” by Clean Bandit, Topic & Wes Nelson
  • “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” by Ckay
  • “My Heart Goes (La Di Da)” by Becky Hill & Topic
  • “Good 4 U” by Olivia Rodrigo
  • “I Hate U” by SZA
  • “Daily Duppy” by Central Cee, after a single week.
  • “Blinding Lights” by the Weeknd, which was last week’s number 39, and would have been disqualified under the three-song rule even if its streams had held up.

On the album chart, “Dawn FM” by the Weeknd is number 1, and “DS4Ever'” by Gunna is at 4.

5. David Bowie – “Toy (Toy Box)”

“Toy” is an unreleased album that Bowie recorded in 2000, featuring alternate versions of his own songs. It was officially released last year as part of a box set, and now gets an expanded box set version of its own just a couple of months later. Seems a bit fan-gouging, but if they’re happy…

27. Twin Atlantic – “Transparency”

That’s the first time one of their albums has missed the top 10 since their breakthrough in 2014. Hmm.

40. Spector – “Now or Whenever”

Not what you’d call a productive band, Spector’s 2012 debut got to number 12, and their 2015 follow-up got to 27. Six and a half years later, here they are at number 40.

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