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DaBaby stays at number one
DaBaby spends a second week at the top of the singles chart with Rockstar. Lewis Capaldi celebrates the first anniversary of Divinely Uninspired... by returning to number pne.

DaBaby gets a second week at number one in the singles chart. Lewis Capaldi is back on top of the albums chart.

After seeing a new number one for each of the last four weeks, there is stability at the top of the singles chart this week as DaBaby’s Rockstar stays at the summit for a second week. Unlike last week, it would still have topped the chart even if The Weeknd’s streams for Blinding Lights were not subject to the Accelerated Chart Ratio.

Doja Cat’s Say So moves back up to number two, swapping places with Drake’s Toosie Slide. Rover by S1mba featuring DTG climbs four places to number four in its sixth week in the top forty. Powfu and Beadadoobee’s Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head) stays at number five.

This week sees a closed top ten; the top ten comprises the same songs as last week but in a different order. When that happens, it is fairly common for most of the top places to remain unchanged. This time, only three of the top ten are non-movers. As well as the two songs mentioned above, The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights stays at number seven. It would have been at number two if its sales were calculated using the same streams to sales ratio as the rest of the top ten.

There are three new entries and one re-entry in this week’s top forty but they are all very much in the lower reaches of the chart. The highest placed of the new entries, at number 30 comes from Regard & Raye. Secrets is Regard’s second hit following huge success with Ride It last year. Raye, aka Rachel Keen, made her chart debut in 2016 as the featured artist on Jonas Blue’s By Your Side. She followed that with her only top ten hit to date when she featured on Jax Jones’ You Don’t Know Me. She teamed up with Jax Jones again on Tequila which just missed out on a top twenty place earlier this year.

Even in the early days of the charts there were song titles and artist names to incur the wrath of pedants and English teachers across the land. The use of Americanisms such as wanna and gonna will have led many to despair even before they were confronted with Slade’s yooneek approach to spelling with titles such as Mama Weer All Crazee Now and Cum On Feel The Noize. In more recent years, the main issue has been a rather cavalier approach to the use of upper and lower case and the habit of running words together. That brings us to the chart debut of StaySolidRocky or Darak Figeuroa as he was known before he learnt to read and write. He enters at number 34 with Party Girl.

The coronavirus crisis continues to be a reason for a limited number of releases by big-name artists who are unable to do their usual promotional work. One exception this week is Katy Perry who has released a new single, Daisies, taken from her new album due in August. It is the third new entry of the week, slipping in at number 37. Daisies joins Roses and the more wide-ranging Flowers in this week’s chart.

Harry Styles initially released Watermelon Smile as a promotional track shortly before the release of the album Fine Line. It reached the top twenty when the album was released just before Christmas last year and returned to the top forty after all the festive songs left the chart. Now it is being repromoted as an official single and it is back at number 35.

Once again, none of the new album releases proved strong enough to top the chart although one of them was ahead of the pack in the week’s first update. Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia has been the “default number one” in recent weeks but the crown is regained this week by Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent which tops the chart for a tenth week. It was also at number one a year ago just after its release. Last week he released a live EP under the typically self-deprecating title To Tell The Truth, I Can’t Believe We Got This Far. It includes his performance of Someone You Loved from this year’s Brit Awards ceremony and a version of the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper song from A Star Is Born, Shallow.

Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia falls back to number two. Harry Styles’ Fine Line climbs back up to number three, matching the peak position it reached when it was released last December. Its continuing success could yet see it finally top the chart in the next quiet week for new releases.

Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes falls one place to number four. One of Drake’s recent hits as a featured artist was Life Is Good alongside Future. The noise described by some people as a song is one of 21 (yes, some people want to listen to 21 Future songs) on his eighth studio album, High Off Life, which enters at number five.

There is some more rap at number six in the form of Goat, the debut album from Polo G. The album title is a reference to his given name, Taurus Bartlett. Whether he has siblings with names such as Pisces and Cancer, I know not. If he does, expect their albums Fish and Crab in due course.

The album that topped the chart in the week’s first update finishes the week down at number ten. A week that saw the Nottingham band hoping to get their first number one ends with them only just getting their second top ten album following Eton Alive last year.

Following comments on artists who choose to ignore correct spelling or the use of upper and lower case, we turn to another problem for English teachers, particularly those who teach it to speakers of other languages. Some languages are phonetic but English most definitely isn’t. Most English speakers would instinctively know that Jason Isbell’s first name is not pronounced Jazz-on but what about his surname? Is it Eyes-bell, Eyes-bull or Is-bell? No, apparently it is pronounced Is-bull. So now you know. He was a member of Drive-By Truckers before taking up a solo career, joined later by his band The 400 Unit. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit enter at number eighteen with Reunions.

A teacher of English Literature rather than Language might at some point want to discuss Milton’s epic Poem Paradise Lost. Cue some smart-alec student to insist “But Sir/Miss, Paradise Lost are a band”. This is a moment for the teacher to show their knowledge of popular(-ish) culture by referring to their new album Obsidian which enters this week at number 32. It is their sixteenth studio album but only the third to reach the top forty in the UK.

Charli XCX made her breakthrough featuring on Icona Pop’s number one single I Love It but has never managed to match that success. Mind you, she has at least done rather better than Icona Pop. She enters at number 33 with How I’m Feeling Now.

Whitney Houston’s Ultimate Collection re-enters at number 40. This week’s top forty includes thirteen Greatest Hits-type albums, one collection of covers of old songs (by the D-Day Darlings), one studio album released in the 1990s - (What’s The Story) Morning Glory by Oasis - and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, released in the 1970s.

Today (Friday) is the third anniversary of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in which 22 people were killed as they left an Ariana Grande concert. Please spare a thought for the families and friends of the victims as well as everyone else affected by the attack, particularly those who are missing the comfort of those close to them because of the current lockdown restrictions.
Published on: 2020-05-22 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 285 Views
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Popchartfreak
22 May 2020 - 16:48
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I had to do Paradise Lost for English Lit. Any band that would name themselves after that inflated, word-creating, sentence-structure-defying pompous load of old tosh is starting with a severe disadvantage in my book.

I had to pretend I admired it for exams too, outrageous! laugh.gif
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22 May 2020 - 16:52
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Glad Paradise Lost made the Top 40. They first charted in 1995 and have had more success in Europe than they have hear. Obsidian is Number 2 in Germany where they have had four Top 10 albums in a row. They have also had major chart success in the Netherlands, Finland , Austria, France , Sweden and Switzerland in a 28 year chart career
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I can't say I have even tried reading Paradise Lost laugh.gif
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Glenn 69
22 May 2020 - 18:38
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I followed their career because I went to school with 3 of them. Guess it is some kind of claim to fame of sorts lol
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That's as good a reason as any to follow a band's fortunes.
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Glenn 69
22 May 2020 - 19:14
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They are doom/goth metal which I guess explains the lack of streaming (they are No 3 on the Sales chart)

On singkes Dadi Freyr is No 8 on the Sales chart which I don't suppose is too bad for a Eurovision song
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Particularly a Eurovision song from a contest that didn't happen!
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Indeed
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