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A third week at the top for Head & Heart
Joel Corry and MNEK's Head & Heart easily gets a third week as the number one single. Taylor Swift's early release of the CD version gives Folklore a second week at the top of the albums chart.

Joel Corry and MNEK remain at the top of the singles chart. Dublin band Fontaines DC battle it out with Taylor Swift for supremacy in the albums chart.

Sales and streams of Joel Corry and MNEK’s Head & Heart continue to increase significantly, leaving the song with a commanding lead at the top of the singles chart. It spends a third week at number one with no obvious contender to replace it in the immediate future. However, with most new releases announced at short notice, it is harder to predict new number ones than it was in the days when releases were trailed (and often played on radio) up to two months in advance.

Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)) spends another week clear in the runner-up spot, both a long way behind the number one and way ahead of number three.

Nathan Dawe and KSI climb one place to number three with Lighter. Harry Styles’ Watermelon Sugar is back up three places to number four, a new peak in its twentieth week in the top forty. AJ Tracey and Mabel climb four places live and direct to number five with West Ten. Regard and RAYE’s Secrets rebounds fie places to a new peak of number six.

After a few weeks with several new entries (albeit often boosted by three songs from a newly-released album), we have just two this week. The first is My Future, a new single from teenage American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish at number seven. It is her seventh top forty hit and the fifth to reach the top ten. It enters the chart two weeks after Bad Guy finally left the top 100 after 68 weeks.

It has been noted before that DJs seem to be exempt from the general rules that a failure to have a hit single by the age of about 23 means it is almost certain that you won’t get one and that anyone over about 35 stands little chance of having a hit single at all. After all, David Guetta is in his fifties and was nearly 36 when he made his top forty debut. Paul Woolford seems to want to keep his exact age under wraps but it is possible to find references to the English DJ dating back to the mid-noughties and he had a very minor hit single back in 2003. As there is no mention of him being a schoolboy at that time, it is reasonable to assume that he is in his mid- to late thirties at least. His top forty debut comes at number 35 with the song Looking For Me which features the 41-year-old Diplo (aged 33 at the time of his first hit) and Kareen Lomax, age also unknown.

Pop Smoke and the Babies Lil and Da re-enter at number 36 with For The Night. Kygo’s remix of Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got To Do With It returns at number 38. Tones & I clings on to her top forty place with Dance Monkey at number 40, making it to 50 consecutive weeks. Can she hold on for another fortnight to clock up a full year?

At the start of the week it looked as if the contest at the top of the chart would be about as exciting as this year’s Premier League title race with Irish band Fontaines DC opening up a large lead with their second album A Hero’s Death. That changed when Taylor Swift’s record label chose to put the CD version of her new album on sale a few days earlier than expected. That meant that Folklore’s sales would be boosted by pre-orders as they were despatched and any sales in record shops.

Fontaines DC have come a long way in the fifteen months since the release of their debut album Dogrel. The promotional tour for that album was still confined to small venues. However, helped by a Mercury Prize nomination for Dogrel, their profile has risen significantly over the last year meaning that they were due to showcase their new album in much larger venues including the 10,000-capacity Alexandra Palace. That tour has, of course, been postponed but they have gone ahead with the release of the album.

In the end, Taylor Swift’s CD sales proved to be enough to prevent Fontaines DC topping the chart although they do have the consolation of having the best-selling album of the week on vinyl. Fontaines DC also missed out on the top spot in Ireland as fellow Dubliners The Coronas (more on them next week) beat them to it by just over 100 sales. Folklore is the first album to get a second week at number one in the UK since Lady Gaga’s Chromatica in June.

Some people have suggested that Swift’s record label, or even Swift herself, were being unkind by making a decision which could deprive an up-and-coming band of the publicity generated by getting a number one album. First, it should be accepted that Swift herself almost certainly played no part in the decision. It also seems unlikely that an American record label would have taken much notice of the impact of their decision on the British charts in a particular week. As someone who has been listening to the music of Fontaines DC for a year or more, I was delighted to see them so far ahead of the pack on Monday. Even a number two album is a fine achievement, particularly given who kept them off the top.

The second highest new entry of the week also comes from a rock band from the British Isles, Southampton-based Creeper. Their debut album Eternity, In Your Arms reached the top twenty in 2017. Three years on, their second set Sex Death and the Infinite Void enters at number five.

In between, Pop Smoke’s Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon is still at number three and Juice Wrld’s Legends Never Die is back up one place to number four.

Alanis Morissette is destined forever to be known as the singer who didn’t know the meaning of the word irony. Her best-known song remains Ironic in which she lists a string of events, none of which are ironic. That song came from her hugely successful debut album Jagged Little Pill which spent eleven weeks at number one in 1996. The album had initially only been moderately successful on its release the previous year but ultimately spent most of 1996 in the top ten. SHe has failed to come anywhere near matching that success with her subsequent albums, a run that continues with Such Pretty Forks In The Road entering at number eight. If it spends more than another week in the top forty, it will be a surprise.

It is fairly commonplace these days to see re-issued versions of classic albums re-enter the chart even if the use of the term “classic” might be considered questionable in some cases. My first assumption on seeing a Psychedelic Furs album in the top forty update that this was another one. However, it isn’t. Made Of Rain is in fact the first new studio album from the band best known for the wonderful Pretty In Pink since World Outside in 1991. You have to go back even further, to Midnight To Midnight in 1987, for their last appearance in the top forty. That 33-year absence ends this week with a new entry at number thirteen.

There is, however, a re-issue at number fourteen in the form of Paul McCartney’s Flaming Pie. Although it is not one of McCartney’s best-known solo albums, it did give him his highest chart peak for eight years when it was released in 1997. Despite having no major hit singles, it reached number two.

German-British composer Max Richter creates a minor chart earthquake by making his top forty debut at number 26 with Voices, an album inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Published on: 2020-08-07 by Suedehead2 || 1917 Views
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