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Jason Derulo gets a first number one in 5 years
Jason Derulo (with help from Jawsh 685) tops the singles chart for the first time on five years. Haim get the number one album.

Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo climb to the top of the singles chart. Haim get their second number one album.

Anyone who suggested at the start of the year that Jason Derulo would get a number one single at some point in 2020 would probably have been greeted with howls of derision. Nevertheless, that is what has happened as Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat), officially credited to Jawsh685 and Jason Derulo, climbs three places to the top of the chart this week.

The original tune is almost a year old and the New Zealand teenager Joshua Nanai’s version of it became a big hit on TikTok, something many of us knew nothing about until fairly recently but a site which is becoming increasingly influential on popular music. Assumed has-been Derulo recorded his own version, with lyrics, before teaming up with Nanai (Jawsh 685) to make the version that now sits at number one, Derulo’s first chart-topper for five years.

After six weeks (in two spells) at number one, Dababy and Roddy Ricch’s Rockstar slips back to number two. At this week’s American BET Awards ceremony (to celebrate black artists and sportspersons), Dababy won best male hip-hop artist while Roddy Ricch triumphed in the best new artist and album of the year categories. At the same ceremony, Michelle Obama presented the humanitarian award to Beyonce. That award has previously been won by Muhammad Ali, Denzel Washington and Quincy Jones, producer of many hit albums including Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

With the year now half completed, the Official Charts Company today (Friday) published lists of the top songs and albums of 2020 so far. Not surprisingly, The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights tops all three song charts - based purely on sales, purely on streams and the combined chart. In a sign of how the songs at the top of the combined chart are invariably those that have been around the longest (thereby benefiting from several months of streaming), Rockstar is only at number 21 on the combined chart despite its six weeks at number one in the weekly chart. In the sales-only listing, it is down at number 36, one place ahead of the Vera Lynn and Katherine Jenkins recording of We’ll Meet Again.

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Rain On Me falls one place to number three and Topic’s Breaking Me is down one to number four. S1mba and DTG’s Rover remains at number five.

There may come a day when I can describe a new entry by a K-Pop act in glowing terms. Today isn’t that day. That isn’t to say that Blackpink's How You Like That, which enters at number twenty, is terrible. It’s just that I don’t like it. People who do like it have given Blackpink their fourth top forty hit (including collaborations with Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga). One of their members was raised in New Zealand so the antipodean country is represented at the top and bottom of the top twenty this week.

If you want to start a debate among music fans, one topic bound to generate a lively discussion is that of cover versions. There will be some areas of broad agreement such as the fact that a lot of the best versions of Bob Dylan songs are not sung by Dylan himself and that Johnny Cash’s version of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt is brilliant. Beyond that, things start to get more contentious. Some people will generally dislike cover versions that are wildly different from the original (with the exception of Hurt) while others will argue that a cover version that sounds just like the original is pointless.

This week we can have another take on the subject. While Toploader’s version of Dancing In The Moonlight may, to some people, represent the epitome of landfill lindie, the dance version by Jubel, a new entry at number 27, is diabolical. The Toploader version, a hit in 2000, was itself a cover. The original version of the song was recorded in 1970 by King Harvest, a French-American rock group. I’m sure Sherman Kelly, who wrote the song, will be grateful for the royalties but he may be best advised not to bother listening to it.

There is a rare piece of rock in the singles chart in the shape of Sheffield band Bring Me The Horizon at number 28 with Paradise Eve. It is only their second top forty single in sixteen years as a band, following Drown in 2014.

Becky Hill and Sigala enter at number 38 with Heaven On My Mind. They previously worked together on Hill’s second top ten hit (of two), Wish You Well last year.

Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved re-enters at number 40, its 69th week in the top forty. Many thanks to Jimwatts at Buzzjack for pointing out that the song has now been at 32 different positions within the top forty.

Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim plus drummer Dash Hutton, collectively known simply as Haim, get their second number one album with their third release Sisters In Music - Part 3. They topped the chart with their debut album in 2013 but the follow-up, four years later, became one of many to be beaten to the summit by Ed Sheeran’s ÷. Three years later, the latter album is still in the top twenty.

Bob Dylan’s Rough And Rowdy Ways slips to number two after a week at the top.

Jessie Ware enters at number three with What’s Your Pleasure. It is her fourth top ten album from four releases and is the first to reach the top three.

Lewis Capald’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, unsurprisingly the best-selling and most streamed album of the year so far, is still at number four. Harry Styles’ Fine Line, the fourth-biggest album of the year to date, stays at number five.

A quick look at the first chart update of the week may have elicited comments along the lines of “What is a Khruangbin and do they come in different colours?”. I can help here. Khruangbin are a three-piece fromTexas and Mordechai is their third album. It enters at number seven, 75 places higher than their best-performing single.

A clear sign of how woeful album sales are at the moment is the presence at number fourteen of an album that was restricted to a few thousand vinyl copies with no digital presence at all. This restriction means that I can say I have liked what I have heard of Wigan band Lathums, but I haven’t been able to listen to their new album The Memories We Make. I shall just have to assume it is good.

This week’s most exotic new entry is probably Nadine Shah, Tyne and Wear-born daughter of an English mother with Norwegian ancestry and a Pakistani father. Her first three albums all missed the top forty but it’s fourth time lucky as Kitchen Sink enters at number 29.

Masked Mancunian rapper Meekz enters at number 32 with Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.

Billie Eilish returns at number 37 with Don’t Smile At Me. Her When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go is the third-biggest album of 2020 so far while Don’t Smile At Me is sixteenth. George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s - number 31 in the Year To Date list - returns at number 40.
Published on: 2020-07-03 by Suedehead2 || 29018 Views
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King Rollo
3 Jul 2020 - 17:33
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Jawsh 685 is the 26th act with numbers in its name to reach number 1 (not including groups like The Four Tops which have the number spelt out as a word) but only the second with a three figure number. The other one is 911 who reached number 1 in 1999 with 'A Little Bit More'.
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Thanks Rollo!
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112 are another - Polyhex (amongst others) credits 'I'll Be Missing You' to Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112.

Thanks for the shout out Suedehead2!
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