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Internet Money tops the singles chart
Internet Money's Lemonade wins a close battle at the top of the singles chart, narrowly beating Headie One. The Vamps get their second number one album.

Internet Money win a close race to the top of the singles chart. The Vamps have another number one album.

There was a close race at the top of the singles chart this week with two songs battling it out to get the number one spot. Before a single sale or stream was recorded, we could be sure of one thing - there would be a new number one. The song that has spent the last four weeks at the summit, 4KGoldn and Iann Dior’s Mood, had seen its streams decline for the last three weeks. That and the fact that it has been in the chart for ten weeks meant that it was moved to the Accelerated Chart Ratio (ACR). The value of its streams were halved so, with real sales very low, it would have had to pick up nearly twice as many streams as the two contenders for number one to finish ahead of them. That was never going to happen. If the value of its streams had remained the same, Mood would still have been number one. As it is, it falls to number nine.

The ACR rule was devised to avoid having songs spend months at or near the top of the chart an, measured by that criterion, it has largely succeeded. Whether or not it is a good thing will continue to be debated by chart enthusiasts for a long time to come.The consequence of the rule this week is that one of Internet Money’s Lemonade or Headie One’s Ain’t It Different would climb to number one. Whichever one succeeded would be the first number one for the lead artist.

The lead swapped between the two songs as the week progressed with Internet Money ending the week as the winner by a narrow margin. Not only is it his first chart-topping single, the same applies to all the other named artists - Gunna, Don Tolliver and NAV. Before Lemonade, the four artists had managed just three top forty hits between them with none of them climbing any higher than number 28.

With streams of Lemonade increasing while numbers for Ain’t It Different are in decline (albeit marginally in both cases) it is likely that Headie One has missed out on his chance to top the chart along with his co-conspirators AJ Tracey and Stormzy. Both Headie One and AJ Tracey will probably get to number one eventually but that sad day has at least been delayed.

Tate McRae’s You Broke Me First continues to climb the chart, rising another two places to number three in its tenth week in the top forty. Pop Smoke’s What You Know Bout Love climbs three places to number four. Miley Cyrus’s Midnight Sky climbs one place to number five. All of her five previous top five singles have reached the top two. Clean Bandit get their tenth top ten single with Tick Tock (aided by Mabel and 24KGoldn) at number eight. Sigala and james Arthur are at number ten with Lasting Lover. The sample of Time To Pretend gives MGMT their first (albeit uncredited) appearance in the top ten singles chart.

The highest new entry of the week comes from Digga D whose name suggests he should be teaming up with Bob The Builder. “Have the foundations been finished yet, Bob?”; “Yes, Digga D has just finished them”. That, though, would depend on whether the timing coincided with one of the periods Digga D is not in prison. Chingy (It’s Whatever) enters at number eighteen, beating his previous peak of number twenty achieved by No Diet.

Regular listeners to the Popmaster quiz on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show will know that one of the most common bonus rounds is Same Title, Different Song. In a few years’ time, perhaps that will be changed occasionally to Same Title, Different Song 2020 with questions limited to titles that appeared on two different hits, both of them in 2020. This week we get yet another one as Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco arrive at number nineteen with their idea of what a song called Lonely should sound like. The song, co-written with Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas, clearly addresses the internal conflict in Bieber’s life when he was growing up in the public eye and the impact on his mental health. It is Bieber’s fiftieth top forty hit and Blanco’s third.

Chunkz and Yung Filly enter at number 29 with Hold. Apparently they appeared in Soccer Aid along with more famous names such as Olly Murs and Marvin Humes.

Jax Jones and Au/Ra enter at number 39 with I Miss U so perhaps it should be by Jax Jones and A/Ra. German singer-songwriter had her first hit in 2018 with Panic Room when she was just fifteen. This is her first hit since then.

If I am ever accused of sexism for describing a woman as “X’s wife” my standard defence is that I am just as prepared to describe a man as “Y’s husband” if the wife is the more famous of the two. So, Keith Urban. Nicole Kidman’s husband, has a new entry at number 40 with One Too Many, a duet with Pink. The country singer is still overshadowed - even in chart terms - by Kidman who has had two top forty hits, including a number one alongside Robbie Williams.

While there was a tight race at the top of the singles chart, the first update on Monday made it clear that there was only one contender for the number one album with The Vamps’ Cherry Blossom holding a very healthy lead. It is the boyband’s fourth album and their second number one. Their last album Night & Day also topped the chart and promptly set a new, unwanted, record by crashing to number 35 the following week. Tune in next week to see if they can break that record.

This commentary has often offered advice on how to achieve a low score on Pointless. Here is some more. If there is a question about chart acts who have had more than fifteen top ten albums, try answering Daniel O’Donnell. This week he brings his tally up to eighteen (and 40 top forty albums) with Daniel at number three. He has had at least one top forty album every year since 1991.

Pop Smoke’s Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon climbs back up to number two. Headie One’s Edna falls to number four after a week at the top. D-Block Europe drop three places to number five with The Blue Print - Us vs Them.

It is not hard to imagine a singer, their management or record company using a holding title for an album before deciding what to call it nearer the release date. So, if a singer has already released seven studio albums, they might refer to it as Album No 8 initially. Whether that is what happened in the case of Katie Melua and they just forgot to think of an alternative, I know not. What I do know is that the album was released under that rather dull title. It enters at number seven to make it eight top ten albums from eight studio collections.

While on the subject of nomenclature, Beatrice Laus recently suggested that she now regrets releasing her first music under the name Beadaboobee. I’m sure being able to include Taylor Swift and Harry Styles among her admirers provides some compensation as well as the cash she will have earned from the success of Powfu’s Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head) which featured her song Coffee prominently enough for her to get a co-credit. Her pleasant debut album, Fake It Flowers, is at number eight.

There are more flowers at number nineteen in the form of Tom Petty’s Wildflowers and All The Rest. It is a reissue of the late singer’s second solo album released in 1994 along with four extra CDs (All The Rest) of songs dropped from the original release (to keep it as a single rather than double album), demos and live recordings. The reissue easily eclipses the original album’s peak of number 36.

After their first two albums missed the top forty, Derby rock band The Struts might have allowed themselves to get excited when album number three, Strange Days, was riding high in the top ten in Monday’s update. It fell steadily throughout the week but a number eleven debut still represents a massive improvement for them.

Former frontman of The National Matt Berninger enters at number 21 with his first solo album Serpentine Prison.

As with many rock bands who have endured in one form or another for the best part of half-a-century, The Eagles have had many ups and downs including hiatuses (hiati?) and, in 2016, the death of one of their founder members. Every so often, somebody dangles a sufficiently large cheque in their faces for them to get together again for another tour. They can then supplement their income even further by releasing another live album. At number 26, then, is Live From The Forum - MMXVIII recorded in California in September 2018. As well as the old Eagles classics such as Hotel California, Take It Easy and Take It To The Limit it also includes songs from the members’ solo careers such as Joe Walsh’s Rock Mountain Way and Life’s Been Good and Don Henley’s Boys Of Summer.

Michael Kiwanuka appeared on Graham Norton’s chat show last Friday (16 October) which helps his Mercury Prize-winning Kiwanuka album re-enter at number fifteen. Michael Jackson’s Number Ones collection is back at number 39. Arctic Monkeys’ AM returns at number 38 and Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding re-enters at number 40.
Published on: 2020-10-23 by Suedehead2 || 2690 Views
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