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A first number one single for The Weeknd
The Weeknd gets his first number one single with Blinding Lights. Blossoms take their third album to the top of the chart.

The Weeknd tops the singles chart for the first time. Blossoms get their second number one album.

After two weeks of unpredictable contests at the top of the singles chart, there was never any real doubt about the number one this week. The Weeknd had a healthy lead in the early updates and Blinding Lights duly becomes his first number one single in the UK. There is a general tendency for an artist’s first number one to happen fairly early in their chart career. Abel Tesfaye proves to be an exception to the rule having waited seven-and-a-half years from hsi chart debut as the featured artist on Crew Love by his fellow Candian Drake.

Roddy Ricch climbs back up one place to number two with The Box. Lewis Capaldi’s Before You Go slips to number three after a week at the top. It is the second successive number one to last just seven days at the summit. There was a time when this was the norm but now, apart from novelty songs or Christmas songs, one-week number ones have become something of a rarity. The last time two successive “normal” number ones spent one, and only one, week at the top was in June 2018 when Jess Glynne’s I’ll Be There and Clean Bandit’s Solo (not solo at all as it featured Demi Lovato) each spent just seven days at the summit. Those songs were part of a run of five out of six chart-toppers lasting just a week, with Jess Glynne featuring on another of them. It is, though, worth noting that the song that interrupted that run - Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s One Kiss - spent eight weeks at number one.

Talking of Dua Lipa, she climbs to number four with Don’t Start Now. Eminem and Juice Wrld are at number five with Godzilla. Don’t Start Now reaches 13 weeks (three months) in the top ten this week. It remains a long way behind Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved which is at number six in its 26th top ten week. Its run would have been even longer if it had not spent a few weeks on the Accelerated Chart Ratio.

Returning to the subject of Dua Lipa (not that we strayed from her for very long), she has a new entry at number twelve with Physical. It is her thirteenth top forty single; seven of the previous twelve have reached the top ten with two of them topping the chart. The song is not a cover of the Olivia Newton-John hit from 1981.

If song titles were chosen to fit a band name, the first band to have a hit with a song called Wake Up Call should perhaps have been The Alarm. However, they passed up that opportunity and it fell to Maroon 5 to bring the title into the chart for the first time. Now it is back, this time as the title of a song by KSI featuring Trippie Redd. Still, at least it fits in with KSI’s first hit No Sleep (fronted by Sway) which fell just short of the top forty in 2013. This particular song of that name is at number eleven. It marks the first appearance in the UK top forty singles chart for Trippie Redd who was born with the more pedestrian name Michael White.

Following his top ten success with Sorry last year, Joel Corry has granted himself an extra letter for the title of his next single, Lonely. It enters the chart this week at number 30.

Doja Cat, born Amala Dlamini in a place called Tarzana, Los Angeles, makes her debut appearance in the UK charts with Say So at number 35. Had she been a lot older, she might have joined Automatic Dlamini, a band that featured PJ Harvey among their number along with Rob Ellis (who became part of Polly Harvey’s backing band) and John Parish who she also collaborated with in her solo career.

Since her appearance on the first series of The Voice in the UK, Becky Hill has had a steady run of hits including as featured artist on Oliver Helden’s chart-topping Gecko (Overdrive). She remains the only real success to have come out of any series of that programme. It is, therefore, perhaps a little surprising that she has, until now, not had a hit single as the lead artist. This week she finally brings that wait to an end as she enters at number 36 with Better Off Without You. It sees the return to the top forty of Shift K3y whose last chart appearance was back in 2014. Becky Hill is also at number 25 as a featured artist on Meduza’s Lose Control.

At the beginning of 2016, three bands from the north west of England embarked on a tour of the UK. As none of them had yet ret released any albums the venues were fairly small but two of the bands were being talked up as ones to watch. The third band, The Vryll Society, eventually released their debut album in 2018 but their singer left the following year due to those pesky “creative differences”. Despite only having second place on the bill, Viola Beach were perhaps the band generating the most excitement at the time. Sadly, we never got to find out what they might have achieved as the whole band were killed in a road accident shortly after the tour started. The rest of the tour went ahead with a recording of Viola Beach’s set from an early date being played in the slot they should have occupied.

The headline act on that tour were Blossoms who hailed from Stockport. They released their debut album, also called Blossoms, in August 2016 and saw it spend two weeks at number one, replacing a posthumous release from Viola Beach. The album was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize (having missed the cut-off point for 2016) and they were nominated for British Breakthrough Act at the 2017 Brit Awards. Opening sales of their second album, Cool Like You, were only slightly down on the debut but strong competition that week meant they could only get to number four.

Despite still not having had a hit single (their singles chart peak is number 77 with I Can’t Stand It) their popularity continues to grow. In a time when album sales are falling off a cliff, sales of their third set, Foolish Loving Spaces, are close to those of their first two releases and it sees them return to the top of the albums chart.

Lewis Capaldi returns to the runner-up position with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By slips one place to number three.

A full four years after One Direction split up (or went on hiatus if you prefer), Louis Tomlinson finally got round to releasing his debut solo album last week, making him the last member of the band to do so. His recent singles have performed poorly with his last top forty hit coming in 2017 when Miss You reached the dizzy heights of number 39. The album has done rather better though and Walls, much of which focuses on grief following the loss of two close family members in the last few years, enters at number four.

J Hus’s Big Conspiracy falls to number five after a week at number one. The album is released on CD today (Friday).

Just four months after the release of his second solo album Why Me, Why Not, Liam Gallagher has released an acoustic album featuring songs from across his career including some Oasis songs. I have to assume that somebody thought it would be hilarious to include two versions of the song Once. Acoustic Sessions, an album that lasts only a little over 30 minutes, enters at number 24. It is not yet available on CD (or any other physical format) so it may get a higher peak in due course. Why Me, Why Not is a re-entry at number 31.

When Soft Cell released their debut single A Man Can Get Lost in 1980, not many people took any notice although I can count myself among those who bought a copy. A follow-up single was equally unsuccessful but then they released a cover version of a previously obscure Northern soul song, Tainted Love. That went to number one, sold a million copies and paved the way to further success. They famously missed out on substantial royalties for the record by putting another cover version (Where Did Our Love Go) on the b-side and releasing a mash-up of the two songs on a 12” single. Had they put one of their own songs on the b-side, they would have received a substantial sum in writing royalties.

As is all too frequently the case, a combination of arguments and excessive drug use led to the break-up of Soft Cell after three albums. Singer Marc Almond pursued a solo career performing both his own songs and some old classics. It included a second massive number one with a version of Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart with Gene Pitney (who was in the albums chart recently with a Gold collection).

Soft Cell were reunited for what was billed as one final concert in 2018 but that didn’t lead to the release of any new material. We do, however, have a new Marc Almond solo album, Chaos And A Dancing Star, which enters at number 35.

American band Drive-By Truckers enter at number 36 with The Unraveling. It is their twelfth studio album but only the third to reach the top forty in the UK. They have chosen not to add the extra L to the UK version of the album title to comply with British English spelling.

Three Greatest Hits sets re-enter the top forty. Abba Gold makes yet another re-appearance at number 37, one place ahead of The Beatles’ 1. Queen’s Platinum Collection is at number 40. D-Block Europe also re-enter the top forty at number 39 with PTSD.
Published on: 2020-02-07 by Suedehead2 || 21888 Views
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7 Feb 2020 - 18:11
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yay, a number one single I can totally get behind. It's been a loooooong time since my fave was also the nation's fave - the last time was Hello, Adele's 2015 comeback....!
7 Feb 2020 - 20:15
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Blinding Lights is comfortably the best number one single of the year so far.
7 Feb 2020 - 20:59
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Blinding Lights is a very good number one I agree.

Blinding Lights is comfortably the best number one single of the year so far.

Not much of an endorsement considering we have only had three others this year, but I get the point! I did kind of know the production in 'Blinding Lights' would be yours and Mr. Freak's kind of thing anyway! smile.gif It is certainly mine.
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