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Saint Jhn climbs to number one
Saint Jhn claims his first UK number one single as Roses climbs to the top of the chart. Niall Horan gets his first solo number one album.

There was a close race at the top of the chart with The Weeknd facing a strong challenge from Saint Jhn. Niall Horan gets his first number one album as a solo artist.

After spending the last three weeks at number one, The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights faced a strong challenge at the top of the chart from Saint Jhn’s Roses. In the end, the latter prevailed by just over 200 combined sales giving the New York-born Carlos St John a number one with his first top forty single in the UK.

The Weeknd, therefore, slips to number two after a total of five weeks at the summit. AItch and AJ Tracey are still at number three with Rain with Roddy Ricch’s diabolical The Boxx also unmoved at number four. Joel Corry’s Lonely climbs two places to number five.

There are five new entries this week but they are all in the lower reaches of the chart. Unlike last week, most of them have climbed into the top forty from lower down the full chart.

The highest newcomer comes from Niall Horan, joining his erstwhile bandmate Harry Styles who still has two songs in the top forty. No Judgment, a new entry at number 32, is the former One Directioner’s fifth top forty hit, Two of its predecessors reached the top ten but the last of them was back in 2017.

Two places lower, Doja Cat gets her second top forty hit of the year (and of her career) with Boss Bitch at number 34. The list of cats charting with a song about a dog is very short which is probably a good thing.

Chris Brown continues to rack up hit singles despite many people feeling his music should be shunned. Once again, he does so as a result of someone else being perfectly willing to work with the convicted domestic abuser. This time it is Tory Lanez who has decided to enlist his alleged talents on her new single The Take which is at number 35. Brown has now accumulated 38 top forty hits; Tory Lanez has a more modest three to his name.

Every week seems to bring a new entry from somebody with an extensive supporting cast and this week is no exception. It is slightly different from normal in that the word “featuring” doesn’t appear in the credit and there are two lead artists. At number 38 is Tequila by Jax Jones and Martin Solveig presents Europa with RAYE. *Pauses for breath*. Jax Jones started his career with a number one single, I Got U, in 2014 and previously worked with RAYE on You Don’t Know Me. Martin Solveig’s biggest hit to date also has an alcohol-related title. Intoxicated peaked at number five in 2015.

This week’s customary incomprehensible title comes courtesy of Octavian and Skepta who enter at number 37 with Papi Chulo. It is Octavian’s first top forty hit while Skepta has now had sixteen of them since his debut in 2010.

Ahead of all the new entries, Lil Mosey re-enters at number nineteen with Blueberry Faygo. It was a new entry at number 40 two weeks ago but slipped back one place last week. Another re-entry, Dermot Kennedy’s Power Over Me, is at number 39 while the late Pop Smoke is back at number 40 with Dior.

Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved was one of many songs to be restored to the Standard Chart Ratio (SCR) after Christmas when people started streaming it again after streaming little but festive songs in December. Since then the song had managed to avoid a fall in streams for three successive weeks - something which would have seen it back on the Accelerated Chart Ratio (ACR) whereby its streams are only worth half as much as those for songs on SCR. THis week iits luck has run out and it is back on ACR. As a result it slumps eighteen places to number 28. This will almost certainly bring a permanent halt to its 31 weeks in the top ten.

The battle at the top of the albums chart was also a close-run thing this week with Niall Horan’s second solo album in competition with the new release from country duo The Shires. Of course, Lewis Capaldi can never be ruled out these days.

The race was won by Niall Horan who gets his first solo chart-topping album with Heartbreak Weather after his debut, Flicker, stalled at number three. Older readers will remember a time when the weather was a major news story. The Shires released their new album a week after a Greatest Hits collection. That album missed out on a top forty place but their new studio album, Good Years, is at number three. Lewis Capaldi is sat there between them at number two with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent,

Circa Waves albums chart performance before now has been highly consistent. The Liverpool band’s debut album, Young Chasers, reached number ten in 2015 and the follow-up, Different Creatures, fell one place short of the top ten two years later. After another two years, album three, What’s It Like Over There, saw them return to the top ten but, once again, it was at the lowest rung of that part of the chart. This week they finally break into the all-important top nine for the first time as Sad Happy enters at number four.

Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake falls two places to number five. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s Manchester Calling is down to number nine after a week at number one.

This week’s leading compilation from a veteran artist is not yet another Gold collection. As the title suggests, Stranger In Paradise - The Lost New York Sessions is a collection of previously unreleased material recorded in New York. The songs were recorded in 1966 by Matt Monro, a crooner who died in 1985. It enters at number eight, a peak beaten only by a 1980 collection which reached number five and a 2005 compilation which got to number seven.

Liverpool;s Circa Waves have won the battle of north-west England in this week;s new entries but Manchester is still represented at number 23 with the eponymous debut album from The Lottery Winners. The band formed in 2008 so they have’t exactly rushed things.

Moving north, Scottish band The Snuts enter at number fourteen with Mixtape. That album is this week’s best-seller on vinyl. Northern Ireland is represented by alternative metal band Therapy? whose Greatest Hits (2020 Versions) is at number 40. Welsh interests are restricted to an appearance by Manic Street Preacher James Dean Bradfield on one of the tracks on the Therapy? Album.

The list if new entries is completed by Four Tet at number 34 with Sixteen Oceans and Texan rapper Don Toliver at 17 with Heaven Or Hell.

Published on: 2020-03-20 by Suedehead2 || 2163 Views
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Toilet Rollo
20 Mar 2020 - 18:57
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A second one to add to that short list: the debut single by Cat Stevens was called 'I Love My Dog'. It got to number 28 in 1966.
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20 Mar 2020 - 19:16
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Let's not forget Khazak producer Imanbek who remixed the version of Roses which has become so popular.
20 Mar 2020 - 19:53
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Oh yes, I forgot about Cat Stevens. Is this Kazakhstan's first number one?
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