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Another week at the top for Dababy's Rockstar
Dababy (and Roddy Ricch) stay at the top of the singles chart with Rockstar. Lady Gaga narrowly holds off a strong challenge from Sports Team to get a second week at number one in the albums chart.

Dababy’s Rockstar spends a fourth week at number one. Lady Gaga wins an unexpectedly tight race to get a second week at the top of the albums chart.

After returning to the number one spot last week, Dababy easily stays at number one with Rockstar. It has now spent a total of four weeks at the top in two short runs. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Rain On Me at number two and S1mba’s Rover (featuring DTG) complete an unchanged top three.

Topic and A7S’s Breaking Me continues its steady climb up the chart, reaching number four in its fifth week in the top forty. Powfu and Beabadoobee’s magnificent Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head) climbs back up to number five, a position it has held for five of the last seven weeks.

Having dropped out of the top ten last week, normality is restored for The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights as it climbs back up to number ten.

Back in the days when the Guardian was developing its website it ran a promotional campaign which posed the question “Have you ever wondered why there is just enough news to fill the pages of a newspaper?”. The intention of the campaign was to highlight the fact that the website carried stories that didn’t make it into the print version due to lack of space.

There have been times in the eleven-and-a-half years of writing this commentary when I have faced the opposite problem - there isn’t enough news. That generally happens around the turn of the year when there is a distinct lack of new releases. The ongoing health crisis has led to a steady decline in the release of new material and this week we see the inevitable consequence. In Thursday’s update there were just two new entries in the whole of the top 100 - at numbers 98 and 99. The top forty had no new entries at all.

That made the appearance of a solitary new entry in the final version of the chart today (Friday) seem positively exciting. OK, so that one new entry is at number forty and it’s by a convicted domestic abuser but at least it exists. That one new entry comes from Chris Brown and, in what might be seen as a reference to his earlier self, Young Thug. Go Crazy is Brown’s 39th top forty hit and means that he has had at least one top forty hit every year since he first entered the UK charts in 2006. He also appears in another form at number 26 - he is name-checked in Niko B’s Who’s That What’s That.

As well as that one new entry there are also two re-entries and one of them illustrates, once again, the complexities of the current chart rules. Lady Gaga’s Stupid Love entered the chart in March as the first single from her album Chromatica. After ten weeks in the top forty it was subjected to the Accelerated Chart ratio (ACR) because its streaming figures had been in decline for at least three weeks. The sudden halving of the value of its streams saw it tumble to the lower reaches of the top 100. The release of the album two weeks ago sent it out of the chart altogether as it fell victim to the limit of three songs per artist. However, the release of the album also led to an increase in streams of Stupid Love (many of them, no doubt, coming from people streaming the whole album). The increase in streams was sufficient to see the song restored to the Standard Chart Ratio for this week. That has made it the second most popular Gaga song of the week and it returns to the top forty at number 27.

Thankfully, the second re-entry is a lot more straightforward and does not merit a convoluted explanation. Ll I need to say is that Chicago Freestyle by Drake featuring Giveon is at number 36.

A look at the list of new albums released last week would have led most people to conclude that Lady Gaga would probably get a second week at number one with relative ease. Even when the first update showed a narrow lead for indie rock band Sports Team (with Gaga at number three), it seemed inevitable that the front-loading of sales for the two newcomers would see Gaga triumph in the end.

That conclusion, though, ignored the willingness of artists and their record labels to exploit the low sales climate to bag themselves a number one album. As has happened a number of times with other acts in recent weeks, Sports Team pulled out all the stops to try to maximise their sales. The band, who met while studying at Cambridge University, took to social media to encourage their fans to buy the album. It nearly worked but the album - a perfectly decent collection of indie rock songs with an element of punk - enters at number two, just a few hundred copies behind Lady Gaga’s Chromatica. They narrowly fail to be the first band to top the chart with their debut album for four years.

Chromatica’s second week at the top takes Lady Gaga on to 13 weeks at the top of the albums chart, making her the 51st act to reach that total.

Many in the music industry may have mixed feelings about the efforts being made to get an album to number one. It could be said that it damages the integrity of the charts but other people will simply be relieved to see a week when two albums have posted sales (including streams) above 10,000.

The album at number two in the week’s first update was a re-entry for All TIme Low’s Wake Up Sunshine. The album reached number 28 when it was made available to stream or download in April. The release of the physical version sees it jump back in at number three.

Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent slips to number four and KSI’s Dissimulation is down to number five.

The South Yorkshire city of Sheffield has given us many successful acts over the years. For a period in the 1980s, The Human League and ABC were at the forefront of the synth-pop scene. Pulp were already around at the time but still had a long wait before they finally achieved the success they deserved.

The Human League’s greatest success came with the album Dare and its singles, including the number one Don’t You Want Me. The band have continued to exist in some form since then although singer Phil Oakey (now without his trademark haircut - or, for that matter, any haircut at all) is the only ever-present member. They enter at number thirteen this week with a new Essential collection.

The Human League collection is not the highest compilation of the week. That honour goes to Elton John’s Diamonds which climbs back into the top ten at number eight. They are among twelve compilations in this week’s top forty.

The term super-group is generally used to refer to a group comprising several members, all (or at least most) of whom have achieved significant success in the past. One obvious example would be The Travelling Wilburys formed by Bob Dylan. George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty.

One of the problems with a site such as Wikipedia is that the writers of entries may not be quite so careful with their descriptions. Therefore, Run The Jewels are described as a hip hop super-group despite being a duo whose members - Killer Mike and El-P - are barely even household names in their own household. Their first two albums, Run The Jewels and Run The Jewels 2, failed to make the UK charts at all but their third release, Run The Jewels 3, made it all the way to number 38. After what was, presumably, a lengthy debate, they have gone for a slight change for their fourth album and called it RTJ4. It lands this week at number eighteen.

The final new entry of the week comes from the Kidz Bop Kidz. Don’t blame me, I’m only the messenger. Their latest release, Kidz Bop Party Playlist, is a collection of family-friendly versions of songs such as Dance Monkey, Uptown Funk and Shake It Off. Perhaps it has been released in the hope that children will play it often enough to persuade parents to send them back to school. It enters at number 22 to give the horrors a sixth top forty album.
Published on: 2020-06-12 by Suedehead2 || 2144 Views
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