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Blinding Lights gets a seventh week at number one
The Weeknd continues to shine his Blinding Lights at the top of the singles chart. Dua Lipa gets her first number one album.

The Weeknd gets a seventh week at number one in the singles chart. Dua Lipa climbs to the top of the albums chart.

After climbing back to the top of the singles chart last week, The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights stays at number one for a seventh week in its three runs at number one. It is easy to get a little tired of a song after it has spent so long at the top but this still sounds as fantastic as ever.

The real battle in the upper echelons of the singles chart was for the number two spot. Saint Jhn’s Roses, which has spent the last five weeks in the top two, faced opposition from a new track from Drake. Toosie Slide, the Drake release in question is predictably terrible. On the other hand, by being merely terrible, it counts as one of his better efforts. No, I don’t know what a Toosie Slide is. Whatever it may be, it gives Drake a nineteenth top ten hit at number two with Saint Jhn at number three.

Dua Lipa completes the top five with Physical at number four and Don’t Stop Now at number five, both down one place. It is the fourth consecutive week in which the two songs have held adjacent positions in the chart. She nearly manages three in a row with Break My Heart also falling one place, to number seven. Joel Corry is at number six but shouldn’t feel too Lonely with so much Dua Lipa around him.

In having three songs in the top ten last week, Dua Lipa became only the second English female solo singer to do so. The first was Vera Lynn (still with us at 103) in the very first chart in 1952. Lynn may even make a return to the singles chart for the first time in over sixty years as a result of a new duet of We’ll Meet Again with Katherine Jenkins. The only other women to match the feat are Ruby Murray (from Northern Ireland), Rihanna and Ariana Grande.

Just a month ago, in what now seems like a totally different age, Matt Lucas landed himself with a new job as co-presenter of The Great British Bake-Off. He should have been starting that job around about now but recording has, of course, been put on hold. In the meantime, his chart career has been revived. In 2007 he and Peter Kay joined The Proclaimers to record a new version of the latter duo’s hit I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) for Comic Relief and took it to number one. He has now re-recorded Thank You Baked Potato, a song he originally recorded for the television show Shooting Stars. The song, which is a mere 55 seconds long, enters at number 34. All proceeds will go to the FeedNHS charity.

Australian singer-songwriter Sam Fischer makes his UK chart debut at number 39 with This City. The song was originally released at the beginning of 2018 but only entered the top 100 in this part of the world earlier this year.

Outside the top forty, George Ezra’s Shotgun is still in the top 100. The former number one has now spent a total of 100 weeks in the published chart.

As anticipated last week, Dua Lipa climbs to number one with Future Nostalgia after being narrowly beaten to the top spot last week. She makes up for that near miss by finishing some 7,000 copies ahead of her closest rival. The album was released a week early after it had been leaked. In normal times the record company would probably have stuck with the original release date. However, with all promotion cancelled, bringing it forward by a week was a logical move even if it did result in it failing to go straight to the top of the chart. Lipa’s eponymous debut album has been in the top forty for over two years. It spends its 112th top forty week at number sixteen. It is, therefore, ahead of the album that pipped Future Nostalgia to the top spot last week. That album, 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Calm, falls to number seventeen.

Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent climbs back up to number two. It is the ninth time in fifteen weeks of charts in 2020 that the album has been in the runner-up spot. It has spent three of the remaining six weeks at number one.

In the absence of any big new entries, the rest of the top five also climb from last week’s positions. The Weeknd’s After Hours is back up to number three and Billie Eilish is up three places to number five with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Harry Styles returns to the top five at number four with Fine Lines. Styles’ album has now spent seventeen weeks in the top ten without ever breaking into the top two. His former bandmate Niall Horan topped the chart with his solo album Heartbreak Weather last month but that album drops out of the top forty this week after just three weeks.

At the end of last month, one of the all-time great soul singers Bill Withers died at the age of 81. His career was surprisingly brief, lasting just fourteen years (with a seven-year gap after one album failed to sell) before he gave it up and went back to his previous career as an engineer.

Bill Withers earned himself a place in musical history with the song Lovely Day in which he held a single note for eighteen seconds, one of the longest sustained notes in any pop record. That remains one of his best-known songs alongside two more sublime songs Lean On Me and Ain’t No Sunshine.

Sadly, the very best of American soul has often under-performed in the UK market with people apparently preferring to buy inferior slush by the likes of Lionel Richie instead. That has left Bill Withers’ UK chart history looking rather modest. Lean On Me was a modest hit for him early in his career, reaching the top twenty in 1972. The song later gave Mud their final top ten hit in 1976. Lovely Day reached the top ten twice, in 1978 and again ten years later as a result of a remix. Ain’t No Sunshine, originally released in 1971, failed to chart at all until 1988 when it visited the very low reaches of the top 100 before scraping into the top forty after a long-forgotten contestant performed it on a talent show,

News of his death inevitably led to an increase in interest in his work and The Ultimate Collection enters the chart at number ten. The album was originally released in 2017 but, in another example of his under-performance here, it fell just short of a top forty appearance.

Stephen Bruner, using the moniker Thundercat, has had a rather varied musical career having produced for the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller while also being a member of a thrash metal band, Suicidal Tendencies. He has also found the time to record four solo albums although the first three seem to have passed most people by. The fourth, on the other hand, has proved to be rather more successful and It Is What It Is enters the chart at number 23.

After their first three albums fell short of even the top 100, their fourth release, Dirty Work, went all the way to number twenty in 2011. The American rock band followed that with three successive top ten albums including a number one with 2015’s Future Hearts. Their eighth studio; album - Wake Up, Sunshine - fails to match the success of the last three and is a new entry at number 28. It may yet climb higher when the album is made available on CD and any other physical formats they choose to release.

The continuing lack of new entries in the albums chart, coupled with several new albums lasting less than a month in the top forty, means that Greatest Hits sets and other compilations increase their presence. Queen’s Greatest Hits climbs to number seven, returning to the top ten for the first time since early 1992 in the aftermath of Freddie Mercury’s death the previous year. It is now one of eleven compilations in the top forty. They are joined by Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Oasis’s (What’s The Story) Morning Glory. Both of those bands also have compilations in the top forty. Ten of the top forty albums are by acts who made their chart debut in the 1970s or even earlier.

The Spanish chart compilers announced this week that they were suspending their albums chart. With their chart being compiled purely on actual sales (with no streaming included), figures had become so low that the chart had become meaningless. We have to hope that Spanish record shops are soon able to re-open and that sales will see a revival.
Published on: 2020-04-10 by Suedehead2 || 7031 Views
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