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DaBaby returns to number one
DaBaby's Rockstar returns to the top of the singles chart. Lady Gaga gets her fourth number one album.

Dababy returns to the top of the singles chart. Lady Gaga finishes well clear of the field at the top of the albums chart.

After seven days at number one, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Rain On Me falls to number two. It is the fourth of the last five number one singles to spend just a week at the top. The one exception in that period is the song Rain On Me replaced, Dababy’s Rockstar. That song returns to the top of the pile this week to bring its total weeks at the summit up to three. It is the second song to return to number one this year, following The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights which did it twice. Blinding Lights drops out of the top ten this week, ending a 21-week run in the upper tier.

Following the release of her new album last week, two more Lady Gaga songs join Rain On Me in the top forty. Sour Candy (featuring Blackpink) is at number seventeen and Alice (featuring nobody) is at 29. Sour Candy marks a new singles chart high for South Korean girl group Blackpink who had two minor top forty hits in 2018 and 2019. Alice has previously been the subject of a number of top forty hits, notably Smokie’s Living Next Door To Alice which was subsequently turned into a less radio-friendly song.

Lewis Carroll’s most famous fictional character, Alice, was the subject of the brilliant song White Rabbit by Jefferson Starship which somehow failed to make the charts. It definitely wasn’t about drugs at all. Not even a bit. Go to youtube to find a version of the song featuring only Grace Slick’s fabulous vocals with no instrumentation or added effects.

Lewis Carroll was the pseudonym of Oxford University mathematician Charles Dodgson so, perhaps, it is fitting that another track on the album is called Sine From Above.

S1mba and DTG’s Rover remains parked at number three. Drake’s Toosie Slide waddles back up to number four. Topic’s Breaking Me, which features A7S, climbs six places to number five.

Despite having one top ten hit as lead artist and featuring on two others, Tion Wayne is not yet deemed to be famous enough to merit a Wikipedia page of his own. That leaves me to seek out his brief biography on his Official Charts Company page which mentions his prison sentence for assault and the promotional puff on Spotify which doesn’t. Maybe the fact that he appears to have written his own Spotify biography (and hasn’t bothered to update it for well over a year) has something to do with that omission. I Dunno, but he returns to the chart at number seven with I Dunno. It features Stormzy who has notched up a long list of hits of his own and Dutchavelli. Dutchavelli has also spent time in prison while his sister, Stefflon Don, has been pursuing a musical career of her own.

Since Aitch’s Rain entered the chart in March, there has been very little rain in the UK. Perhaps he could be persuaded to record a song called Coronavirus. The song itself would probably still be terrible, but it’s got to be worth a try. It’s certainly not as bad an idea as injecting yourself with bleach and is slightly more practical than trying to turn 2020 off and switch it back on again. In the meantime, we can but speculate on the potential consequences of the arrival, at number 36, of an Aitch song called 30.

In last week’s lister of new album releases, one stood out as being about as close to a certain number one as it is possible to get. With no serious competition either from other new releases or older albums already in the chart, it was pretty obvious that Lady Gaga’s Chromatica would be sitting pretty at number one today. Monday’s news that it had already accumulated 40,000 chart sales meant that it would still have been number one today even if it had not sold a single copy or been streamed by anybody for the rest of the week.

Lady Gaga’s debut album, The Fame, had an unusual journey to the top of the chart. It entered at number three in January 2009, a week after Just Dance had gone to number one in the singles chart. It hung around in the top ten (apart from one week when it dropped to number 13) for three months before finally topping the chart for four weeks in April and May. It spent a further three (non-consecutive) weeks at the top a year later. The following two studio albums, Born This Way (2011) and Artpop (2013) both went straight in at number one.

While Born This Way was a second big success, Artpop’s success was rather more short-lived with a lack of big hit singles to maintain interest. When Joanne failed to top the chart, it looked as if Gaga’s career was on the decline. That all changed with her starring role in a new film version of A Star Is Born which saw her return to the top of the charts. She continues that revival this week with Chromatica giving her a fourth number one album. A Star Is Born counts as a soundtrack album and is, therefore, not included in her tally.

KSI remains at number two with Dissimulation. Numbers three and four are also non-movers - Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent and Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia. Harry Styles climbs one place with Fine Line.

After reaching the top five with his debut album, Norwegian producer Kygo suffered a severe case of second album syndrome when the follow-up only just scraped into the top forty for a week. A remix of a 1990 recording of Steve Winwood’s Higher Love by Whitney Houston revived his fortunes by getting to number two last year. That song is one of eighteen on his new album Golden Hour which enters at number six.

As reported above, Aitch has landed another entry in the top forty singles this week. It comes from his new album, Polaris, which enters at number seven. Who knew so many people would want to listen to a full album of such dreariness?

The 1975’s Notes On A Conditional Form falls to number eight after a week at number one.

This continues to be a particularly difficult time for indie bands to release a new album. Their target audience is more likely to want to buy a physical copy of the album rather than stream it but remain unable to do so in a record shop. Such acts are far less likely to be able to line up interviews on radio and television programmes with large audiences and, of course, they are unable to use their biggest promotional tool - live gigs. Nevertheless, some indie bands are still releasing new material. One of the bands to do so last week was Edinburgh three-piece Vistas who put out their debut album Everything Changes In The End. The album won’t go down in history as a ground-breaker but it is, nonetheless, a decent collection of songs and it is at number 21 this week.

Christine & The Queens’ release strategy for her new EP La Vita Nuova was a somewhat curious one. It was made available to download in midweek back in February but a combination of a lack of a physical product and less than a full week of sales meant that it missed the top forty. She then arranged appearances on Graham Norton and Later… which did not coincide with the physical release which finally happened last week. Whether a better co-ordination of release dates and promotion would have made any difference will never be known but it just about makes the top forty this time around at number 37.

The splendidly named Dutty Moonshine Big Band make their UK chart debut at number 40 with City Of Sin. Their Spotify notes promise explosive bass music inspired by the big bands of days gone by and goes on to liken their music to Duke Ellington performed as a garage banger. I shall simply describe it as a little different.

Forty years ago, Canadian rock band Rush were enjoying their most successful period in the UK. The excellent Spirit Of Radio was doing well in the singles chart and the host album, Permanent Waves, reached the top three. Yes, you’ve guessed it, that means it’s time for a fortieth anniversary release of the album and it enters at number 22.

Queen’s Platinum Collection re-enters the top forty again, at number 36, Fleetwood Mac’s 50 Years - Don’t Stop climbs back into the top ten at number ten. The album has been in the top forty since its release in November 2018 apart from a five-week absence over Christmas / New Year 2019-20.
Published on: 2020-06-05 by Suedehead2 || 1846 Views
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1 Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo
Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)
2 Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
Rain On Me
3 Jubel
Dancing in the Moonlight (feat. NEIMY)
4 Topic & A7S
Breaking Me
5 Joel Corry
Head & Heart (feat. MNEK)
6 The Weeknd
Blinding Lights
7 Harry Styles
Watermelon Sugar
8 Will Ferrell & My Marianne
9 AJ Tracey & Mabel
West Ten
10 DaBaby
ROCKSTAR (feat. Roddy Ricch)

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