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A month at number one for Joel Corry and MNEK
Joel Corry and MNEK complete a month at the top with Head & Heart. Taylor Swift's Folklore gets a third week as the number one album.

Joel Corry and MNEK top the singles chart for a fourth week. Taylor Swift gets a third week at number one in the albums chart.

Joel Corry and MNEK’s Head & Heart finishes well clear of the rest of the field once again to get a fourth week at number one in the singles chart. It is only the second song to get four consecutive weeks at the summit this year after Dababy and Roddy Ricch’s Rockstar in May. The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights spent a total of eight weeks at number one but that was broken into three separate runs.

Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo stay at number two where they have remained since Joel Corry and MNEK displaced them from the top of the chart. Nathan Dawe and KSI’s Lighter remains aflame at number three. Harry Styles’ Watermelon Sugar slips to number five.

Most of this week’s new entries all invite instant judgement based purely on who they are by although one of them makes it more difficult than the others. It would have been very easy for me to assume that a song credited to Cardi B featuring Meghan Thee Stallion is likely to be terrible given their track record. Making that assumption would have saved me from the horror of actually listening to WAP which is actually somewhat worse than terrible and yet enters at number four. The title of the song is an acronym which might suggest that it is about throwing a bucket of water over a donkey and a cat. It isn’t about that at all. Cardi B has now had twelve top forty hits and Meghan Thee Stallion three.

While Bugzy Malone’s previous efforts have not exactly been to my taste, I have at least found them vaguely tolerable. That extends to his latest top forty hit MEN III which follows last year’s success with MEN II. Malone has now had eleven songs in the top 100 but this is only the third to reach the top forty. The one that was definitely not about the Manchester Evening News was Kilos which scraped into the top twenty last year. MEN III - which is about a serious motorcycle accident Malone had earlier this year - outpeaks that by entering at number eighteen.

The new entry that was hardest to prejudge enters at number 23. Smile is a collaboration between Juice Wrld whose previous charting songs have achieved varying degrees of awfulness and The Weeknd who has released one of the best albums of the year. Sadly, Smile resembles a Juice Wrld song a lot more than it does a Weeknd one. It is the late Juice Wrld’s sixth top forty hit of 2020 and The Weeknd’s fourth (including Blinding Lights which first entered the top forty last year but which reached its peak this year).

In most weeks, a new entry from D-Block Europe would be the clear favourite to be named as my least-favoured new entry of the week. The existence of WAP changed that and the fact that it is perhaps the duo’s least dreadful song (not that that is saying much) confirmed We Won’s status as merely the second worst entry of the week. It makes its debut at number 31.

Jason Derulo’s comeback continues apace with a solo single, Take You Dancing, entering at number 34. Dua Lipa enters at number 39 with Hallucinate to end a four-week absence from the top forty for her.

A recently-introduced chart rule stated that Ava Max’s Kings & Queens had to be in the top twenty in the Sunday chart update but had to finish the week outside the top twenty. This week, either that rule has been reversed or somebody forgot to implement it as Kings & Queens is at number twenty.

After narrowly beating Fontaines DC to stay at number one last week, Taylor Swift’s Folklore faced less formidable opposition this week and so gets a third week at the top. None of her previous chart-topping albums managed even a second week at number one so she is now well into uncharted territory. Folklore is the first album this year to spend three successive weeks at number one although Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia has accumulated four weeks at the top in three separate runs. The last album to get three successive weeks at the summit was Rod Stewart’s You’re in My Heart at the turn of the year.

There are two high new entries this week but neither of them were serious contenders for the top spot. They come from bands at very different stages of their career. Oxford band Glass Animals may have been around for a decade but they have yet to taste major success. Although their second album, How To Be A Human Being, was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize, its chart career was not exactly stellar. We will have to wait almost a year to find out whether their third album, Dreamland, picks up a Mercury nomination but it can be said now that it represents their biggest chart success to date as it enters at number two.

The other high new entry comes from Deep Purple who were formed in 1968 and were once named by the Guinness Book Of Records as the loudest band in the world. Several other bands have held that title since then but, sadly, Disaster Area are not among them having been deemed not to qualify for trivial reasons such as not being from “the world” and being entirely fictional. Their twenty-first studio album, Whoosh!, enters at number four. That is their highest chart position since Deepest Purple went to number one forty years ago. I cannot resist the temptation to repeat my observation that a collaboration between Pink and boyband Blue could be called Notso Deep Purple.

Pop Smoke spends a fifth successive week at number three with Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon. Juice Wrld’s Legends Never Die falls one place to number five.

BTS enter at number 35 with Map Of The Soul 7 - The Journey. It should not be confused with Map Of The Soul:7 which topped the chart earlier this year. This set largely comprises Japanese versions of songs from their last three English-language albums.
Published on: 2020-08-14 by Suedehead2 || 1952 Views
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14 Aug 2020 - 17:08
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Nice Hitch-Hiker's reference snuck in there!
14 Aug 2020 - 17:10
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I couldn't resist that!
14 Aug 2020 - 19:31
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The restaurant at the end of the universe presumably also offering taxpayer-supported half-price deals, these days...

If not for the one ray of chart light for most of the year, Dua Lipa, entering we wouyld have been in the position of having to say, by quite a long gap, Jason Derulo is the best new entry this week. Phew!
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Yes, the Derulo song would have been the best new entry by some distance!

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