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Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande go to number one
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande join forces to top the singles chart together for the first time. The 1975 get their fourth number one album.

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande combine to get their sixth number one single each, albeit the first together. The 1975 make it four number ones from four releases.

Among the few artists with a decent chance of taking a new single straight to the top of the charts in these stream-dominated days are Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande so a collaboration between the two might have been considered a racing certainty to top the chart. That said, many people would have said the same about Grande’s recent duet with Justin Bieber and that got no higher than number four. This time, though, the combined talents of two of the most successful female singers of the last decade or so have taken their song Rain On Me straight to number one. The fact that it is a rather better song than Stuck With U will have helped.

With this new chart-topper, both singers take their tally of UK number one singles to six. Having first topped the chart back in January 2009, Lady Gaga has now stretched her chart-topping career to an impressive eleven years, a feat not matched by many. (This comment may be seen as a cue for someone to provide a list with a longer span of number one singles). Grande’s number ones have been accumulated over a somewhat shorter span of a little under six years. Gaga has now spent thirteen weeks at the top of the chart, one week fewer than Grande.

Dababy (and Roddy Ricch) fall to number two with Rockstar after a fortnight at the top. Rover by S1mba featuring DTG climbs one place to a new peak of number three. Doja Cat’s Say So falls two places to number four while Powfu and Beabadoodee stay at number five with Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head).

With traditional live performances unlikely to resume for some time yet, there is a distinct advantage for acts who have built up their following in other ways such as gaining a substantial YouTube audience. Among those to have taken that route is Watford’s Olajide Olatungi under the moniker KSI. He entered the charts a few weeks ago with Houdini and has now released a whole album. As a result, Houdini has climbed back up to number fifteen and two new tracks have joined it in the top forty. Cap (which features Offset) is at number 24 and Killa Killa, featuring Aiyana-Lee, is three places lower. Offset had two top ten hits in 2018; Aiyana-Lee appears in the chart for the first time.

Just under two weeks ago (16 May), the 65th Eurovision Song Contest should have taken place in Rotterdam. Sadly, it became yet another victim of the current global health crisis. Among the favourites to win the contest had it taken place was Iceland’s entry, Think About Things by Dađi Freyr. After the song fell just short of the top forty last week, it seemed likely that it would soon fall away. Even for it to get as far as it did was an achievement given how little promotion it had had and the fact that the programme shown instead of the contest only had a 30-second clip of each song and got a much smaller audience than the contest itself usually attracts. This week it actually climbs into the top forty at number 34. Freyr therefore joins the likes of Bjork (and her band Sugarcubes) and Sigur Ros is representing Iceland in the top forty and also, at 208cm (6ft 9in) is one of the tallest singers to have a top forty hit.

American producer Surf Mesa sails into the top forty at number 36 with ILY (I Love You Baby) to score his first UK hit single. The vocals by Emilee Flood rely heavily on Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, recorded by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in 1967. THat version somehow failed to be a hit in the UK but Andy Williams, and other, have taken it into the chart. With Pet Shop Boys having had a top five hit with a mash-up of Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and U2’s Where The Streets Have No Name, the Four Seasons song has now been a hit in three very different versions but none of them by The Four Seasons themselves.

While there is nothing wrong with the name Tom Austin, Tom from Milton Keynes doesn’t exactly sound like a rapper. It is, therefore, hardly surprising that he went for a pseudonym, settling on Niko B to record his single Who’s That What’s That. Having failed to reach the charts with a song about former Bake-Off judge Mary Berry, he makes his chart debut this week at number 39.

Harry Styles’ Watermelon Sugar climbs fourteen places to number 21, one place ahead of his Adore You. It is well placed to climb higher than its earlier peak of number seventeen at the start of the year.

When The 1975 released their third album A Brief History of Online Relationships in 2018, it was billed as the first of a two-parter under the collective title Music For Cars. The expectation was that the second part would soon follow. Now, over eighteen months on, it is finally here in the shape of Notes On A Conditional Form. As with their previous albums, it can be described as being a little all over the palace with a wide range of influences. The opening track, The 1975, features a speech by environmental activist Greta Thunberg, a Swede whose name is probably more familiar to today’s teenagers than any member of Abba (including the Norwegian one). Each of their previous albums has also included a track called The 1975 but the other three were all variations of the same song.

The album also includes a song, Don’t Worry, by singer Matt Healy’s father, actor Tim Healy around the time of Matt’s birth. Teachers of English to foreign students may be disappointed that there is not a song outlining the difference between the first, second and third conditional. The 1975’s three previous albums all topped the chart and now Notes On A Conditional Form makes it four out of four. The single, If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) re-enters the top forty at number 33.

As mentioned above, KSI released a new album last Friday (22 May). Judging by some of the frantic efforts to get people to buy or stream the album, you might think that he and his record company genuinely felt he had a chance of beating The 1975 to number one. That never seemed likely and the album, his first solo album following one with Randolph last year, enters at number two. One might ask why he didn’t release the album earlier this month when there was little competition if he was so desperate to score a number one.

The two recent “default number one” albums that can be relied on to top the chart in the absence of any major new releases both fall two places. Lewis Capaldi is at number three with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extend and Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia is at number four.

As he hails from the US state of Georgia, it is unlikely that rapper Gunna’s moniker is linked either to Arsenal FC or to a Hebridean island. He enters at number five with his second album Wunna which includes appearances by Roddy Ricch, Young Thug and Travis Scott. His previous album, Drip Or Drown 2, reached number twelve last year. He had previously reached number 24 with a mixtape.

A chart entry reading D-2 Agust D might be considered to be either a random selection of letters or the name of one of Elon Musk’s children. It is neither. D-2 is the name of the second mixtape released by Korean rapper Agust D. As a member of BTS he goes by the name Suga so I suppose any children he produces will be Sugababes. D-2 enters at number seven.

As the singer with Manchester band Charlatans, Tim Burgess has featured on three number one albums. As a solo artist, he has done less well. The number 38 peak of his first solo set, I Believe (2003) was as good as it had got until now. He has raised his profile recently by hosting a series of listening parties on Twitter, encouraging his followers to listen to and comment on an album chosen by him. Whether that led to any additional sales for his new album is a matter for speculation but what is beyond dispute is that I Love The New Sky is a new entry at number 31.

Until this week, the title of best-known wearer of a beanie hat might still have been held by Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy. He may yet regain that honour but he has had to relinquish it for now. Stil, he can console himself with the fact that his new album, Banana Skin Shoes, is at number 34 giving him a first top forty album since Born In The UK in 2006.

Two Greatest Hits-type albums re-enter the top forty. Stevie Wonder’s Definitive Collection is back at number 37 and The Killers’ Direct Hits is at number 40. Thirteen of this week’s top forty albums are greatest hits sets of some form.
Published on: 2020-05-29 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 2478 Views
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King Rollo
29 May 2020 - 17:20
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I was hoping you were going to tell us how many number 1 singles include the word 'rain' in their titles. There are many rain songs but the only number 1 I can think of is Singin' In The Rain by Mint Royale. Are there any others?
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29 May 2020 - 17:58
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I must admit I'd guessed that there were several so I didn't look it up sad.gif

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Popchartfreak
29 May 2020 - 18:12
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Pet Shop Boys version of Can't Take My Eyes.. was a cover of The Boystown Gang's very gay disco hit cover, so 4 versions all very different. PSB's were largely taking a potshot at U2's very rock muso stance, by mashing Where The Streets with an even gayer version of Can't take My Eyes. U2 responded by going experimental and dropping the pomp. laugh.gif

Acts with longer spans of number ones challenge taken. Off top of me head:

Cher (if you count Sonny & Cher)
Hollies (if you count reissues)
Elton John (if you count duets and reissues and uncredited appearances)
Elvis Presley
Madonna
Kylie Minogue
Robbie Williams
Take That
U2
Cliff Richard

I'm sure there are more....!
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King Rollo
29 May 2020 - 18:16
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After I posted that,I remembered I could just press ctrl F on the list of number 1 singles. There is only one more,'Just Walkin' In The Rain' by Johnnie Ray. You could also include 'The Day The Rains Came' by Jane Morgan and 'It's Raining Men' by Geri Haliwell.
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That list of spans of number ones highlights another reason for not going into detail. Several of them are due to rereleases, death etc.
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As for the rainy number ones, I didn't really slag off anything this week. I couldn't possibly have mentioned It's Raining Men without being pretty scathing!
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