Archives: 2019

We've only just begun.

Overnight the singles chart returns to normal, the streaming market resets and pop music is allowed to re-assert its dominance once more. That means some spectacular moves and peculiar re-entries, but it means Post Malone gets to be the hero of the hour with two songs of his own in the Top 5.

What's more problematic, a Number One single complaining about "psychos" or the much-loved Chris Brown biting off huge chunks of a much-loved pop hit from the early 1990s? The new year lull continues, but that is good news if you are a British rap star. Mainstream success is yours for the taking.

...and as if the Good Fairy of pop waved her magic wand, we suddenly have a flood of exciting new hits to bite upon. Former collaborators Calvin and Sam go their separate ways with new partners but in the process hand us the most exciting new singles we've heard in months. Ava still clings on at the top, just long enough to finally get her hands on her award.

Ariana Grande's new single is big. We're talking full-on family-sized pizza with extra toppings, stuffed crust with hot dogs and mustard levels of big. A record streaming total and the first record to move over 100,000 copies in a week for almost 18 months. 7 Rings has arrived, and not even a row over its origins could stand in its way.

There's more to life than Ariana Grande, despite what the Spotify charts would have you believe. Mabel makes the Top 10 for the second time, but J Cole and Lewis Capaldi do so for the first time ever. One of them is pretty damn thrilled about it too.

An intriguing three-way battle at the top end of the albums chart was the perfect distraction from nothing of note happening at the top end of the singles market. 39 years to the week that they topped the singles chart for the first time, The Specials have a first-ever Number One long player to go with it.

This shall henceforth be known as Ariana week because there is surely nothing the American singer will ever do to surpass this. Her new album tops the charts, bringing in its wake yet another brand new single. And making her the first (dangerous) woman to do something very special indeed.

As if to prove there are always new records to break and new benchmarks to set, the reigning Queen of pop does something at the top of the charts that nobody ever has before. Not even Elvis, even though he tried.

A brand new Number One single but genuinely, truly, not the one any of us were expecting. But that's what makes all of this so much fun. The second Capaldi to make the charts is the one with the biggest hit of all.

All hail artists from north of the border as they dominate singles and albums charts simultaneously for the first time in 25 years. Plus the Jonas Brothers return after a decade away and land their biggest hit single ever. Who would have thought it?

Plenty going on in a week when not much appears to, but it is Dave who gets the top billing this week. The first British rapper since Stormzy to top the charts, and the man with the three biggest new chart singles of the week. But read on, because both Billie Eilish and Wiley have amazing singles out too.

We have Englishmen born to Italian parentage at the top of both singles and albums charts this week, all thanks to Senors Capaldi and Savoretti. Meanwhile, a lack of any big new entries does at least mean room for other hits to breathe. And if you've been longing for the Lizzo single to reach the Top 40, this is where your patience is finally rewarded.

A week when most things are on the up, except for the singles at the very top which remain where they have been for weeks. First, though we have to contemplate a man and his dogs, and the unerring way he finds his way to the top of the album charts. Be it in the 1990s or the 2010s.

The most unexpected breakout star of the year more than lives up expectations. Which is the kind of thing she'd write a song about. Billie Eilish is the artist of the week, a massive Number One album that shatters all kinds of age records, and she nearly fights her way to the top of the singles chart as well. Don't be scared, I'll walk you through this.

You may have never heard anything like it before, but perhaps that is part of its appeal. Lil Nas X might easily have had a hit single under his own steam, but the addition of Billy Ray Cyrus to the mix has given Old Town Road an exciting new dimension. It is just one of a terrific series of breaking hits this week. Even if nothing can shift the Number One.

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