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DaBaby tops the chart with Rockstar
DaBaby's Rockstar climbs to the top of the singles chart with Rockstar. Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia returns to the top of the albums chart once again.

Fierce battles in both charts this week are won by DaBaby in the singles and Dua Lipa in the albums chart.

There was another close race in the singles chart this week with the lead changing hands as the week progressed. The early leader was a new single combining the talents of Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. It might have been expected that a song by two of the biggest names in the music industry at the moment would top the chart easily but Monday’s update showed Stuck With U holding just a narrow lead.

Stick With U was aiming to be the third charity song to top the UK charts in the last four weeks. The cause this time was to support the children of frontline workers in the USA who have been affected by the current crisis. Unlike the Michael Ball / Tom Moore and Live Lounge All Stars releases, this one is an original song written by the two performers and a list of other people but, as with the other releases, lockdown restrictions again meant that the two singers had to record their parts separately. The charitable impact may have been lessened by the fact that it is aimed specifically at the USA but it is also likely that it didn’t establish a large lead simply because it isn’t very good. It is by no means terrible (that can be left to Drake) but both Grande and Bieber have released far better songs than this.

By Wednesday’s update Stuck With U had been pushed into second place and it finishes the week at number four.

You might think, then, that the song that was in second place finished the week at number one. No, it didn’t. That “song” was Drake’s Toosie Slide which slips to number two after a week at the top,

In fact, the number one slot has been taken by the song that was at number five in Sunday’s “first look” chart unveiled on Radio 1. DaBaby’s Rockstar soared twenty-one places to number six last week and was poised to continue its climb. Instead of climbing just one or two places, it has climbed all the way to the top to give DaBaby his first number one. In just fifteen years Rockstar has become one of the most successful song titles in chart history. In 2005 Bizarre became the first act to enjoy chart success with a song of that name when they reached the top twenty. Since then there have now been four further songs of that name and they have all made the top two. Several other titles have done better but that has generally been with different versions of the same song.

Doja Cat slips to number three with Say So. Powfu and Beabadoodee fall one place to number five with Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head).

The club of chocolate products (see what I did there?) to score a top forty hit gains an extra member this week as Topic enters at number 24 with Breaking Me. Unlike Bruno Mars, he has even achieved that feat by using his real surname. The German DJ is joined by A7S which means the list of charting roads just misses out on gaining a new member as well.

Marshmello enters at number 40 with Be Kind, a message that is always a good idea but perhaps even more pertinent now. The vocals come from Halsey who had number ones (also as a featured artist) in 2016 and 2018. Can she continue her run of success in even years? All five of Marshmello’s top forty hits have reached the top ten.

There is another new entry at number six but it is best ignored.

The weirdness of the chart rules is demonstrated once again this week. A couple years ago the Official Charts Company (OCC) introduced a new rule whereby any song over three years old would automatically be put permanently onto the Accelerated Chart Ratio (ACR). That instantly reduced that chances of an old song getting into the top forty as the value of its streams would forever be below that of most songs in the chart. The exception is Christmas when most of the songs being streamed are over three years old.

One effect of that rule is that Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again, being over 80 years old, is on ACR, despite never having charted before, and that has contributed to it missing out on a top forty place this week. However, the rule has not been applied to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect even though that first entered the chart over three years ago. The song went back on to the Standard Chart Ratio (SCR) earlier this year after a significant increase in streams and it has stayed there ever since having avoided three successive weeks of reduced streams. After hovering just outside the top forty for a while, it looked like returning to the top forty this week. It didn’t make it but it could still add to its 43 weeks in the top forty before it goes back on to ACR.

Perfect’s 43 weeks in the top forty is pretty impressive but falls a long way short of the run accumulated by Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved. That re-enters at number 37 this week bringing its total up to a whopping 67 weeks. Jonas Brothers re-enter at number 35 with What A Man’s Gotta Do while still basking in the glory of being an answer on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

By entering the top 100, We’ll Meet Again is (I think) the oldest recording to reach the chart. It was recorded in 1939 which makes it 81 years old at the time of its chart debut. There are, however, other charting songs that were recorded before that. Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead was recorded for the film Wizard Of Oz and had a brief chart run following the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. As the film was released in 1939, I would guess that the song was recorded before We’ll Meet Again. Both songs, though, are beaten by Laurel and Hardy’s Trail Of The Lonesome Pine which was recorded for a film released in 1936. That song reached number two in 1975.

The battle for supremacy in the albums chart was also close and, as with the single, it was not won by either of the two albums in first and second place at the start of the week. Instead it was won, once again, by Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia which keeps its current status as the default number one album when nothing new is strong enough to outsell it. Unfortunately, unless there has been an unexpected last-minute surge in sales it will have recorded the lowest sales figure for a number one album since reliable records began. The record was previously held by Blossoms’ debut album which sold just under 8,000 copies in its second week at the top in 2016. The reality is even worse as a large proportion of Lipa’s “sales” will have been from streams rather than real sales.

At number two is the previous default number one, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. That has now spent twelve of this year’s twenty chart weeks at number two as well as three weeks at the top. Drake’s dirge-filled Dark Lane Demo Tapes drops to number three from last week’s number one.

What, then, of the two albums that were battling to take the top spot at the start of the week? The leader in the early updates was Hayley Williams’ Petals For Armor. The Paramore singer had her first chart success in her own name as the vocalist on B.o.B’s Airplanes back in 2010 and returned to the chart four years later on Zedd’s Stay The Night but has waited until now to release a solo album. She starts her solo career with a new entry at number four.

The other early contender was a case study in release strategy. The D-Day Darlings made their name on Britain’s Got Talent by dressing up in uniform and singing songs that were popular in World War II. They released their debut album, I Remember You, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and it reached number fifteen. With the 75th anniversary of VE Day last week, they have released a new edition of the album and got an additional boost when a junior version of their act just happened to appear on Britain’s Got Talent last weekend. This new version lands at number five.

In Wednesday’s update Hayley Williams’ lead had been cut to just four copies which raises the question of what would happen if there was a tie. When the chart was compiled purely on sales, the rules were somewhat complicated. In reality, a tie is highly unlikely as the inclusion of streaming data means that “sales” figures can be calculated to several decimal places. In the lower reaches of the chart it is not unusual to have two albums whose sales when rounded to the nearer whole number are identical.

A number of tracks on the D-Day Darlings’ album were made famous by Vera Lynn. While she has missed out on a place in the top forty singles chart, she does re-enter the albums chart with 100, the compilation released three years ago to mark her 100th birthday. That re-enters at number thirty meaning that Lynn breaks her own record as the oldest living act to appear in the albums chart.

The next new entry also owes its existence to Simon Cowell’s “Got Talent” franchise. Kehlani Parrish was a member of a band called Poplyfe who appeared on the US version of the show in 2011 but left soon afterwards. It would be fair to say that Poplyfe have not exactly taken the world by storm and Kehlani can hardly be described as a megastar.Her debut album reached the top thirty in the UK and she now returns with album number two, it Was Good Until It Wasn’t, at number ten.

After reaching the top thirty with albums called Reckless and Bad Habits, could Canadian rapper Nav be signalling that he is turning over a new leaf by calling his new album Good Intentions? Maybe, Whether that is the case or not, he achieves a new peak chart position by entering at number eighteen.

One of the many featured artists in Nav’s album is American rapper Lil Durk, born Durk Banks. According to his Wikipedia entry, he must have been an extraordinarily precocious child as he started to take on his father’s responsibilities at the age of just seven months. He made his UK chart debut with his fourth album, Love Songs 4 The Streets 2. He returns this week with Just Cause Y’All Waited at number 32.

The albums chart remains dominated by greatest hits sets with the odd ancient classic album thrown in. This week Stevie Wonder’s Definitive Collection re-enters at number 40. The man born Stevland Judkins celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this week. Abba Gold returned to the top twenty last week for the first time since October 2018 although it has remained in the top 75 in the whole of the intervening period. It is still in the top twenty this week.

Sadly, the number of influential musicians this year continues to increase at a seemingly relentless pace, Last weekend Little Richard, born Richard Penniman, died at the age of 87. If a musician’s greatness can be measured by the quality of people he clearly influenced then it would be hard to beat a list that includes Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix. As he said himself, he had a little moustache and was wearing purple even before Prince was born.

Many of the Beatles’ early performances included covers of Little Richard songs including Long Tall Sally and Lucille. Richard later returned the compliments paid by McCartyney and Jagger by recording versions of Beatles and Stones songs I Saw Her Standing There and Brown Sugar.

Little Richard had sixteen top forty hits in the UK, five of which reached the top ten. Surprisingly, he hasn’t spent a single week in the albums chart with even Greatest Hits sets failing to make any imapct.
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Popchartfreak
15 May 2020 - 18:40
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Little Richard never had a hit album? Wow!

The oldest (chronologically) recording to chart I think is Winifred Shaw's Lullaby Of Broadway from the film Gold Diggers of 1935, which in 1976 seemed positively prehistoric in sound quality and style. I quite liked it actually, and all the other retro-styled revamps that were all the vogue then, Tuxedo Junction (Manhattan Transfer, My Resistance Is Low (Robin Sarstedt) and Maureen McGovern's The Continental, not to mention the big band sounds of Glenn Miller that went top 20 again with his 1939 recordings of Moonlight Serenade, In The Mood and Little Brown Jug.

Just to note the current equivalent of ancient recordings hitting the charts 41 years later would be err Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime. Back in 1976 the equivalent of Vera Lynn would be, hmmm, there wasn't one as the first music recording was only 8 years earlier and commercial recordings were still 30 years away!! Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra (charted in 1968 and 1973 in cover versions)was released 1896 so that's the nearest. Some of the popular songs of the time are not only unbroadcastable these days, but even the titles are so breath-takingly racist you couldn't even list them ohmy.gif
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when I say "released" in 1896 of course I mean "published" "performed" or "recorded for posterity"...biggrin.gif
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Thanks for that! I remember Lullaby of Broadway very well and it was indeed a decent song.

If we include straight recordings of classical pieces, there is Mozart's 40th symphony which was written in 1788. However, I did specify recording and recording technology hadn't even developed enough to be called primitive by then laugh.gif OK, so I didn't actually say sound recording dry.gif
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Oh I was a huge fan of Mozart 40 (Waldo de Los Rios 1971). Still am heart.gif

And if we're going for old musical pieces there's also Greensleeves which topped the charts for most of the 16th Century laugh.gif

Oldest song to chart? I came up with Gaudete (Steeleye Span 1973) which dates from at least 1581, maybe even older. Oldest tune? In Dulce Jubilo (Mike Oldfield 1975) is at least c 1400 in Germany but is thought to be a traditional tune even by then.

And my tastes must be positively medieval cos I really like both of them biggrin.gif
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All those charting songs were good!

I've been looking back at some old Haven threads on the subject. I'm sure someone did a full top 100 (or something) countdown of the oldest songs (including samples) but I can't find it. There was a reference, however, to the lyrics of Rivers Of Babylon which were adapted from Psalms which were over 2,000 years old biggrin.gif
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I've found the thread! The thread, by the brilliant shireblogger, was a list of the 100 oldest songs (or bits of songs) to reach number one. Rivers Of Babylon was second but the winner, by a margin of roughly 500 years, was Enigma's Sadeness (Part 1) which had a verse (in Latin) taken from Psalm 24 which is roughly 3,000 years old.
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QUOTE
There is another new entry at number six but it is best ignored.


This has got to be one of the best new chart song descriptions you have ever written in a chart commentary. Short but sweet.
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Thanks dandruff*!
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Thanks for the Shireblogger info Simon, well-researched on his part! though it's a bit tenuous taking old text and bunging a new tune on it and calling it an old song laugh.gif might as well say Level 42's Out Of Sight Out Of Mind is the oldest (it's a translated quote from Homer's Odyssey, © 8th century BC - oooohhhh get HER!) laugh.gif

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