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The Weeknd returns to number one
The Weeknd's Blinding Lights returns to number one in the singles chart. BTS become the first Korean band to have a second number one album.

The Weeknd returns to the top of the singles chart. K-Pop band BTS get their second number one album.

One week after being deposed from the summit, The Weeknd returns to number one in the singles chart with Blinding Lights. While it remains relatively rare for a song to return to the top it has now happened at least once in every year since 2009. The Weeknd also scores hsi third top forty hit from his forthcoming album as the title track, After Hours, enters at number twenty. The album is due for release on 20 March.

Billie Eilish’s No Time To Die falls to number two after a week at number one, matching the single week at the summit achieved by the only other Bond theme to top the chart. Last week’s commentary failed to mention that Eilish is the first person born in the 21st century to have a number one single in the UK. It also omitted a reference to the fact that Johnny Marr features on the guitar. Many people will be delighted that Marr has featured on a number one single before his former bandmate Morrissey.

Roddy Ricch stays at number three with The Box. Saint Jhn climbs to number four with Roses. Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now is still at number five.

Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved remains in the top ten at number six. It has spent a hefty 58 weeks in the top forty with forty of them in the top twenty and a full 29 weeks in the top ten.; This time last year, it was at number one.

At a time when both song titles and artist credits can be rather long, it makes a welcome change to be able to report that BTS have a new entry at number 21 with a song called On. It’s a pity the song itself isn’t much good, but you can’t have everything. It is the K-Pop band’s tenth top 100 single but only the third to break into the top forty. Following the release of their new album last week, top 100 single number eleven is also in this week’s chart, albeit a long way outside the top forty.

In a normal week, the arrival of Mice, the new single from Aitch, at number 34 might have been expected to inspire a comment about the relative brevity of the combined title and artist credit. However, it is a full 80% longer than the combined score achieved by BTS. It is only the third hit single ever to contain the word mice in the title and the first not to enter the chart in the summer. Jazz musician Johnny Dankworth reached number seven in 1956 with Experiments With Mice. Marillion had a number 22 hit in 1987 with Sugar Mice, a product associated in my childhood with the Christmas stocking. Do sugar mice (they were literally mice made of pure sugar with a bit of colouring) still exist?

The number of young rap stars to have died in the 21st century is depressingly high. One more name was added to that list earlier this month with the murder of Pop Smoke at the age of just twenty. It came only a few days after he had made his albums chart debut with his second album, Meet The Woo 2. That album climbs to a new peak of number sixteen this week. He also enters the top forty singles chart for the first time as Dior lands at number 33.

After making sarcastic comments about someone called Artist last week, this week I get the opportunity to be equally sarcastic about the couple in San Francisco who decided to call their son Golden. Now 19, Golden von Jones calls himself 24KGoldn and is carving out a career as a rapper. He makes his UK top forty debut this week with City Of Angels at number 39.

Also last week, I was able to report on the latest developments in the chart performance of the band Ash. This week Ashlyn Willson, known simply as Ashe, has her first top forty single in the UK with Moral Of The Story at number 40. Her Wikipedia entry claims that she added the E to her name in homage to the great songwriter Carole King. Whatever her reasoning, it does at least avoid a clash with the band. The song was produced by Billie Eilish’s brother (and co-writer of No TIme To DIe) Finneas O’Connell.

Harry Styles’ Falling spent a week at number 39 when the album was released at the end of last year. Following a performance of the song on the Brit Awards show last week, it climbed back up to number 41. That momentum has carried on into this chart week and it re-enters the chart at number 29. It is one place behind Trevor Daniel’s completely different song of the same name.

Harry Styles’ other current top forty single, Adore You, returns to the top ten at number ten. With the album also continuing to do well, he can be said to have established himself as a solo artist.

In September 2018, BTS became the first K-Pop group to have a top forty single in the UK when Idol reached number 21. The following year, they added to that achievement when they had the first number one album by a Korean act. This week they match that by going to number one with their seventh studio album, Map Of The Soul - 7. Its sales are impressively high, particularly as the CD version is only available as an expensive import.

In an age when a talent for self-promotion can see people with little discernible talent for anything else become television stars, “influencers” and even Prime Minister, it is worth remembering that some people have been using this route to success for a long time. While Ozzy Osbourne had made his name as a member of Black Sabbath, it is fair to say that his career was not exactly on a high when he signed up to appear in a so-called reality show with his family. That show raised his profile significantly and led to a revival of his music career, Some forty years after his first solo album, he achieves his best albums chart position as a solo performer as Ordinary Man enters at number three.

Lewis Capaldi’ Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent stays put at number two. Billie Eilish’s equally lengthily-titled When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go is still at number four. Stormzy’s Heavy Is The Head is back up to number five. Justin Bieber’s Changes falls to number seven after a week at number one.

Canadian singer-songwriter Claire Boucher, recording under the name Grimes, has attracted much praise from critics but has, so far, not been rewarded with commercial success. Her last album, Art Angels, saw her reach the UK top forty for the first time and also gave her a first hit album in her home country. Her fifth studio album, Miss Anthropocene, gives her a new UK chart peak by entering at number ten.

King Krule, known to his family as Archy Marshall, also reaches a new high this week. His third studio album, The Ooz, reached number 23 when it was released in 2017. Album number four from the Southwark-born rapper, Man Alive, enters at number twelve.

Anyone aspiring to be the best-known Dane in the UK has a pretty tough challenge on their hands. Sandi Toksvig probably has that title sewn up for some time to come. However, there are still others who are at least attempting to be recognised as famous Danes. One such is singer Agnes Obel whose fourth album, Myopia, can be seen at number 34 this week.

Published on: 2020-02-28 by Suedehead2 || 3876 Views
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1 The Weeknd
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8 Lady Gaga
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