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Rockstar is number one for a sixth week
Dababy's Rockstar stays at the top of the singles chart for a sixth week. Bob Dylan gets a ninth number one album.

DaBaby and Roddy Ricch’s Rockstar gets another week at the top of the singles chart. Bob Dylan returns with his first new original material for eight years and gets a ninth chart-topping album.

The top two singles remain unchanged for yet another week as DaBaby gets a fourth successive week (and sixth in total) at number one with the roddy Ricch-assisted Rockstar. The song that interrupted its run at the top for a single week, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Rain On Me, spends a fourth week at number two.

Topic and A7S climb one place to number three with Breaking Me. However, the main contender to be the next number one is the return of Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours, now cunningly rebranded as Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat) by Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo. It is Derulo’s highest chart placing since Want To Want Me spent four weeks at number one in June 2015 and is his seventh top ten single. Savage Love leaps eighteen places to number four.

After four weeks stalled at number three, S1mba and DTG’s Rover reverses to number five. While Savage Love has taken just two weeks to reach the top ten, the upper tier’s other newcomer has taken rather longer. Harry Styles’ Watermelon Sugar first entered the chart before Christmas and finally enters the top ten, at number seven, in its fourteenth week in the top forty. It is his fourth solo top ten hit, putting him ahead of all of his erstwhile bandmates.

One of the two songs to drop out of the top ten is Tion Wayne’s I Dunno which features Stormzy and Dutchavelli. Somehow Dutchavelli has grabbed himself a second top forty hit as featured artist with a song that sounds almost exactly the same. The lead act on Burning, a new entry at number thirteen, is GRM Daily which is described as an entertainment platform previously known as Grime Daily. How long before TikTok insists on getting a credit for songs whose success owes so much to that platform? The song also features M Huncho, last seen in the top forty with the delightfully-named Pee Pee.

After three months in the top 100, Midnight (The Hanging Tree) by Hosh & 1979 featuring Jalja breaks into the top forty at number 34. The song samples The Hanging Tree, then performed by Jennifer Lawrence, and written by two members of Lumineers for one of the Hunger Games films. Given recent events it would be remiss of me if I did not mention Billie Holiday’s 1939 song Strange Fruit, one of the most powerful political songs of the twentieth century (or any other century for that matter).

A song about bodies hanging from trees might not be an obvious candidate for a dance revamp but that is what Hosh, a DJ from Berlin, has done. He is joined by the Amsterdam-based Italian 1979 and London-based singer Jalja.

The top two albums both come from North American men in their seventies. The first hint that Bob Dylan might be about to release a new album came in March with the release of a seventeen-minute single Murder Most Foul, a song about the assassination of President Kennedy. That event had previously been described in songs such as Peter Gabriel’s brilliant Family Snapshot.

The release of Murder Most Foul caused a good deal of excitement among Dylan fans. After all, although he has released albums of archive material and versions of other people’s songs, this was his first self-penned new material for eight years. After a couple more songs, we now have the full album, Rough And Rowdy Ways, Dylan’s 39th studio album. Dylan has never exactly been known for his wide vocal range but the years (he is now 79) seem to have reduced that range even further, Rough And Ready Ways is, nevertheless, a solid album and it gives him a ninth number one. It gives him a 26th week at the top of the albums chart, a figure matched by Simply Red and beaten by just sixteen other artists. Dylan is the oldest person to top the albums chart with new material.

By the time Canadian Neil Young released his first solo studio album in 1968, Bob Dylan had already released eight albums. Nevertheless, Young (who is relatively young compared with Dylan) is now ahead of him having just released what counts as his fortieth studio album although Homegrown was actually recorded in 1974 and ‘75. Its release was initially delayed to allow for the release of another album, Tonight’s The Night, which had by then been sitting on the shelves for two years but the delay proved to be somewhat longer than would have been anticipated. Now that it has seen the light of day it enters at number two.

Lady Gaga’s Chromatica slips one palace to number three. Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent also falls one place, to number four. Harry Styles stays at number five with Fine Line.

Liam Gallagher’s MTV Unplugged album falls to number eight after a week at number one.

At just 25, Phoebe Bridgers is young enough to be Bob Dylan or Neil Young’s grand-daughter. Unless someone has been keeping a secret, she is neither. The singer-songwriter has previously worked with Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst but she makes her chart debut with her second solo album Punisher at number six.

When John Campbell and his mates decided to form a rock band, they decided that Burn The Priest would be a good name and released an EP which they shared with Agents Of Satan. Perhaps feeling that their name might offend Christians, they later became Lamb Of God instead. Not controversial at all. After starting their career with an eponymous album, before the switch to Lamb Of God, they seem to have run out of ideas for titles and return to the unimaginative for their tenth album which enters at number sixteen.

When the albums chart was compiled using sales information only, it was almost guaranteed that several of the albums shown as new entries in the first update of the week would have dropped out of the chart by the end of the week and that no albums would do the opposite. Since streaming has accounted for such a large proportion of “sales”, that assumption is no longer so safe with new rap albums regularly climbing the chart steadily with each update. The latest example is NSG’s Roots which sneaks in at number 37 having been outside the top forty in each update.

Three compilations re-enter the chart. After the death of Vera Lynn last week, it is not surprising that her 100 collection is the highest of those. It re-entered the chart earlier this year as a result of the VE Day commemorations and it is now back again at number nineteen. Queen’s Platinum Collection returns at number 36 and The Bee Gees are at number 39 with Timeless - The All-Time Greatest Hits. Fourteen of this week’s top forty are single-artist compilations.
Published on: 2020-06-26 by Suedehead2 || 1509 Views
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1 Joel Corry
Head & Heart (feat. MNEK)
2 Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo
Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)
3 Max Tyler
You Only Want Me
4 Jubel
Dancing in the Moonlight (feat. NEIMY)
5 Topic & A7S
Breaking Me
6 Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
Rain On Me
7 The Weeknd
Blinding Lights
8 Will Ferrell & My Marianne
9 Harry Styles
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