Welcome again to The Week in Quantity Ones, the place all the largest chart movers from the US and UK charts get condensed into one article. Final week, we presided over the rising hits from Raye and SZA on reverse sides of the Atlantic earlier than diving into the primary true one-hit surprise within the historical past of in style music, Chubby Checker.
Does anybody have any early guesses as to what would be the greatest hit of 2023? Making an attempt to foretell the success of singles initially of the yr is actually one of many extra idiotic issues you are able to do: there’s no telling who’s even going to place out music, whether or not it’s going to be good, or what most people will wish to obsess over this yr.
Let’s have a look again ultimately yr. Will we get one other Encanto-like cartoon hit? I don’t know a lot in regards to the upcoming Disney animated movie Want, however which may have some killer soundtrack songs on it. Pixar has a brand new film, Elemental, that’s popping out quickly, but it surely’s not a musical. Perhaps Spider-Man: Throughout the Spider-Verse may have its personal model of Put up Malone’s ‘Sunflower’?
What else? Perhaps one other Drake single? Nearly assuredly one other Drake single. Might one other single from Sam Smith’s upcoming LP, Gloria, go to primary? I don’t know, and the remainder of the album slate for 2023 appears to be like a bit doubtful. It’s only the start of the yr, but it surely’s at present wanting a bit naked. Perhaps Miley Cyrus will get again to primary once more. That will be cool.
This week, we take a look at the large bounce that Lewis Capaldi has had this week with ‘Pointless’ and bounce into the all-star lineup that fills out Metro Boomin’s ‘Creepin’. Then, we check out when punk and new wave went mainstream within the UK with the Pretenders’ one and solely primary hit, ‘Brass in Pocket’. All that and extra as we spherical up the very best chart information of the modern-day and up to date previous.
Present UK Quantity One: ‘Pointless’ – Lewis Capaldi
Should you’re stunned to see Lewis Capaldi at primary this week, you’re not the one one. The English singer-songwriter wasn’t even within the prime ten final week, together with his latest single ‘Pointless’ sitting at a strong quantity 15. Certain, Capaldi is a massively in style artist with earlier quantity ones, but it surely takes a bit of labor to leap that many spots.
And but, that’s precisely what Capaldi did. Leaping 14 positions over the likes of Taylor Swift, SZA, Central Cee, and former primary holder Raye, Capaldi is now the king of the UK Singles Chart. Bugzy Malone might need had a music known as ‘Out of Nowhere’ on the charts, however Capaldi is the person who emerged from the shadows this week.
In order that’s Capaldi’s fourth primary single after ‘Somebody You Liked’, ‘Earlier than You Go’ and ‘Overlook Me’. It’s additionally three primary singles in a row, which begs the query: is Lewis Capaldi one of many greatest stars in all of Britain proper now? Significantly, who else has that form of mojo? Not Harry Types and even Taylor Swift. That’s the realm of Ed Sheeran and Adele proper there.
It’s actually a serious enhance for Capaldi’s upcoming sophomore LP, Damaged by Want to Be Heavenly Despatched. God rattling it, I’m beginning to get form of charmed by Capaldi. He’s not making the music that I hearken to on an off-the-cuff foundation, however the man appears form of humorous and means much less of a dickhead than a bunch of different pop stars. Show me fallacious, Lewis, however I’m quickly in your nook proper now.
UK Singles Prime Ten (Week of January 18th, 2023):
- ‘Pointless’ – Lewis Capaldi
- ‘Escapism’ – Raye ft. 070 Shake
- ‘Kill Invoice’ – SZA
- ‘Anti-Hero’ – Taylor Swift
- ‘Messy in Heaven’ – Venbee & Goddard
- ‘Let Go’ – Central Cee
- ‘Made You Look’ – Meghan Trainor
- ‘Calm Down’ – Rema
- ‘Miss You’ – Oliver Tree & Robin Schultz
- ‘Out of Nowhere’ – Bugzy Malone & Teedee
Present US Quantity One: ‘Anti-Hero’ – Taylor Swift
One other week of ‘Anti-Hero’ at primary. Yawn. No offence to Taylor Swift (really, I might say one thing offensive. She’s not going to learn this. However I don’t wish to mess with the Swifties: they scare me), however we lined just about every little thing round ‘Anti-Hero’ when it first landed at primary. When one other wrinkly arises, possibly we’ll return to the world of Midnights.
For now, let’s flip our consideration to the quantity 5 music within the US: ‘Creepin’. Headlined by Atlanta DJ Metro Boomin, ‘Creepin’ is extra notable for being an all-star dense assortment of a number of the hottest figures in music on the present second. The cameos, options and songwriting credit to ‘Creepin’ are wild.
The primary attracts to ‘Creepin’ are its primary options: The Weeknd and 21 Savage. Each artists actually have the following two spots on the Billboard Sizzling 100 taken – The Weeknd’s ‘Die For You’ is at quantity six and 21 Savage’s collaboration with Drake, ‘Wealthy Flex’, is at quantity seven. Discuss placing whereas the iron is scorching.
Slightly below the floor, everybody from Travis Scott to Enya is concerned indirectly with the observe. Mario Winans’ 2004 single ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’ gives the idea for The Weeknd’s refrain hook, so meaning P. Diddy will get a writing credit score as nicely. Should you’re bored and wish one thing to do, attempt to make a household tree out of all of the credit on ‘Creepin’. It’ll maintain you occupied for some time.
Billboard Sizzling 100 Prime Ten (Week of January twenty first, 2023):
- ‘Anti-Hero’ – Taylor Swift
- ‘Kill Invoice’ – SZA
- ‘Unholy’ – Sam Smith & Kim Petras
- ‘I’m Good (Blue)’ – David Guetta & Bebe Rexha
- ‘Creepin’ – Metro Boomin, The Weeknd, & 21 Savage
- ‘Die For You’ – The Weeknd
- ‘Wealthy Flex’ – Drake & 21 Savage
- ‘As It Was’ – Harry Types
- ‘Dangerous Behavior’ – Steve Lacy
- ‘One thing within the Orange’ – Zach Bryan
This Week in Quantity Ones: ‘Brass in Pocket’ -The Pretenders (#1 on the UK Singles Chart, January nineteenth, 1980)
What was the primary punk music to prime the UK Singles Chart? It’s a query that has a surprisingly tough reply and a complete lot of attention-grabbing tales behind it. What constitutes as punk? Can a band that was punk rating a primary with a punk music? Do different associated subgenres that flirted with the punk scene, together with two-tone ska or new wave, depend?
Should you consider the conspiracy theories (which, because it seems, even have fairly a foundation in actual fact), the Intercourse Pistols’ ‘God Save the Queen’ ought to have hit primary, however the powers that managed the UK Singles Chart made positive that Rod Stewart’s ‘I Don’t Need to Speak About It’ was on the highest of the chart as a substitute. From that second on, it appeared like a doomed proposition to get any punk music at primary.
The Boomtown Rats scored a primary hit with ‘Rat Lure’, though the jaunty piano and saxophone strains weren’t precisely punk staples. Ian Dury and The Blockheads received to the highest of the charts with their disco pastiche ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, displaying that if a punk wished a primary music, they wanted to wrap themselves up in one thing extra typical.
That’s what Chrissie Hynde in all probability took from the charts. As one of many unique punks that hung across the nascent scene of the mid-Seventies, Hynde had been England’s best-kept secret all all through the punk explosion. After palling round with The Conflict and the Intercourse Pistols and forming her personal bands like Masters of the Bottom and The Moors Murderers, Hynde nonetheless hadn’t made any actual affect on music. The punk scene was dying, and Hynde had already spent half a decade attempting to make it in music.
With one last kick, Hynde fashioned The Pretenders in 1978. Recruiting musicians from across the punk scene, together with Pete Farndon, James Honeyman-Scott, and Martin Chambers. The group didn’t play punk rock – as a substitute, a extra melodic model of music got here out of Hynde. It was the beginning of what would change into new wave, and Hynde had lastly discovered her place among the many crowded London scene.
Whereas the band’s debut did function frantic rhythms and distorted guitars, Pretenders additionally featured a jangle-pop model of The Kinks’ ‘Cease Your Sobbing’, the bass-heavy funk jam ‘Thriller Achievement’, and the uptempo energy pop thump of ‘Tattooed Love Boys’. Towards the top of the tracklisting, the album additionally had an honest-to-god pop smash in ‘Brass in Pocket’.
Crammed with inside jokes, private references, rhyming slang, and American phrases like “Detroit leaning”, ‘Brass in Pocket’ was an enigma from its very first strains. However what by no means received misplaced in translation was the monster hook that sat on the centre of the music. With a lightweight shuffling beat and Hynde’s commanding vocal efficiency, ‘Brass in Pocket’ was an apparent single, even when it lived outdoors the punk consolation zone that the band nonetheless lived in on the time.
With ‘Brass in Pocket’, The Pretenders turned one of many first home made punk bands to scare a primary hit. Only a few weeks later, The Jam scored the primary (and possibly the final) primary from the unique wave of punk with ‘Going Underground’. By that time, most punks have been trying to develop their musical palates. Hynde was amongst them, and with the Pretenders, she continued to attain new wave pop hits that her a pioneering voice in music. ‘Brass in Pocket’ wasn’t punk, but it surely was about as shut as punk ever received to the highest of the charts.
UK Singles Prime Ten (Week of January nineteenth, 1980):
- ‘Brass in Pocket’ – The Pretenders
- ‘With You I’m Born Once more’ – Billy Preston and Syreeta
- ‘Please Don’t Go’ – KC and the Sunshine Band
- ‘My Woman’ – Insanity
- ‘One other Brick within the Wall (Half II)’ – Pink Floyd
- ‘I’m within the Temper For Dancing’ – The Nolans
- ‘I Have a Dream’ – ABBA
- ‘Tears of a Clown’ / ‘Rating Full Cease’ – The Beat
- ‘Day Journey to Bangor’ – Fiddler’s Dream
- ‘I Solely Need to Be With You’ – Vacationers