Official Albums Chart Discussion: Week of 29 May 2020 - 04 June 2020

Official Charts has updated the Official Albums Chart Top 100 for the week of 29 May 2020 – 04 June 2020. Below are some of the highlights. The 1975 debuts at the top spot with “Notes on a Conditional Form.” This is their fourth album overall, and also their fourth album that has hit number one on the Official Albums Chart. Meanwhile, the solo debut from international boy band sensation BTS’ Agust D starts its run at number seven. Other new chart entries this week include Tim Burgess’ “I Love The New Sky” at number 31, Badly Drawn Boy’s “Banana Skin Shoes” at number 34, and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Dedicated – Side B” at number 42. On the same day as the release of her new album “Chromatica,” Lad

Official Singles Chart Discussion: Week of 29 May 2020 - 04 June 2020 RADIO Locale

The biggest story of the week is Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande teaming up to make “Rain on Me”, which debuts at number one.  This is Lady Gaga’s first number one song since “Shallow” in 2018, and her sixth overall.  This is also Ariana Grande’s sixth number one song overall, and her first since “Break Up with Your Girlfriend I’m Bored” in 2019. This is certainly good timing for the song, as its number one debut comes on the same day of Lady Gaga’s release of her new album, “Chromatica.” There are no other songs making their first entry to the top ten, but Topic and A7S’ “Breaking Me” rises four spots to number 11. This is a song mentioned on the previous discussion piece as one with high chart

The Ups and Downs of Harry Styles' Solo Career

Harry Styles has made himself relevant on the Official Singles Chart, with multiple songs off his latest album having prolonged chart success. Here is a look at the chart history of his full solo career. Styles’ first solo single release, “Sign of the Times,” debuted at number one on the Official Singles Chart. It proceeded to spend the next two months in the top ten before declining for almost the entirety of the rest of its 27-week run. This long run, combined with chart-topping success around the world, first put Harry Styles on the map as a solo artist. When his self-titled album was released in 2017, an astounding nine of the ten songs made their way onto the chart. Despite this, five o

Radio Listens Up As Listeners Stay Home

With more people at home more often, one would expect radio stations to be struggling. After all, many listeners of radio stations did so primarily during commutes. However, the opposite is happening. While less people are in their cars to listen to their radio, online listening has been on the rise. According to BBC News, the number of people who listen to radio stations on the stations' websites in late March was up between 15 and 20 percent from the previous week, while Spotify streams were down 8%. One major difference between listening to music on the radio and streaming music is the selection of songs. When listening on a radio station, listeners hear whatever song the station plays, w

Pirate Radio:

Pirate radio is a radio format where the stations do not have a legal license to air. Many pirate radio stations get shut down shortly after complaints are made to Ofcom (The Office of Communications). Whether or not a station is popular is irrelevant; pirate radio is considered illegal. Pirate radio stations became popular in the 1960s, with the first one being Radio Caroline. Founded in 1964, Radio Caroline was a successful attempt to broadcast pop music, a genre that was lacking on the government-funded BBC. Radio Caroline broadcast-ed from boats in the ocean, which allowed it to not be under the regulations of traditional radio stations. While legislation was passed in 1967 that eliminat

Official Singles Chart Discussion: Week of 22 May 2020 – 28 May 2020 RADIO Locale

The Week of 22 May 2020 – 28 May 2020 Official Singles Chart Top 100 has been released by Official Charts. Here are some of the highlights: DaBaby and Roddy Ricch remain at number one with their collaboration “Rockstar”. This is only its sixth week on the chart, and it has seen a strong trajectory so far. “If The World Was Ending” by JP Saxe and Julia Michaels has been mentioned a few times now, due to its potential to grow into a big hit. On its 14th week on the chart, it is steady at number 14, which is also its current peak. A close eye should be kept on this song to see if it enters the top ten in the upcoming weeks. Katy Perry, who has been reliant on the adult contemporary format as mu

Listening To RADIO Locale Using Alexa

Technology is constantly evolving. As a direct result, listeners are provided with more ways to listen to music. Listeners can still go to a store to find new records…or they could simply say “Alexa, play music” from the comfort of their couch. For those who are unaware, Alexa is a voice assistant created by Amazon that drives the use of their line of home speakers. They vary largely in size and price, allowing listeners to be able to choose from multiple options. Alexa is able to hear a human voice and process it to fulfill the command. By connecting a music streaming service to Alexa, listeners are able to listen to a wide library of songs. For example, connecting an Amazon Music account a

The Newfound Success of Lewis Capaldi RADIO Locale

Lewis Capaldi, singer of number one hits “Someone You Loved” and “Before You Go”, was not an overnight success. In fact, his label pushed many singles: “Lost On You”, “Fade”, “Mercy”, the Jessie Reyez-assisted “Rush”, and “Tough”. They all did mediocre in Scotland and made zero impact in the United Kingdom and around the world, with the slight exception of the number 39 peak “Tough” received in Ireland. One can imagine his label getting impatient with his lack of being a breakout success. Then came “Grace”. “Grace” first appeared on the Official Singles Chart Top 100 on 10.04.2018, at number 98. It very slowly fluctuated on the chart before hitting its peak of number nine on 30.05.2019, more

The Longevity of Ed Sheeran Albums RADIO Locale

Ed Sheeran has put out four albums so far. This began with a trilogy of albums with arithmetic symbols on the cover: “Plus” in 2011, “Multiply” in 2014, and “Divide” in 2017. Most recently, he released “No.6 Collaborations Project”, a 2019 effort which, as implied by the title, is an album featuring zero solo songs. On the 15 May 2020-21 May 2020 Official Albums Chart, all four albums make the top 100. Let’s take a look on how that may be. “Plus” appears to continue to be thriving off its six hits, including the number three-peaking international hit “The A Team”, Sheeran’s debut, as well as the number four-peaking “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” and the number five-peaking “Lego House”. The

Two Hits from 2010: A Look Into The Artists Behind Them RADIO Locale

Below is a look at two hit songs from 2010, as well as how the artists fared with follow-up singles. The first is the top song of the year, “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna. The second is the number two song of the year, “When We Collide” by Matt Cardle. “Love The Way You Lie” never actually hit number one on the Weekly Singles chart, peaking instead at number two. Its longevity is what got it the top spot of the year, spending 59 weeks on the chart. The pair would go on to create another hit, “The Monster,” in 2013, which hit number one but spent 25 weeks on the Weekly Singles chart, considerably less than “Love The Way You Lie.” As for future success, Eminem has lent vocals to

The Chart History of Little Richard RADIO Locale

Little Richard is widely regarded as one of the earliest rock ‘n’ roll musicians, having the majority of his chart success in the 1950's. Let’s take a look at how some of his songs have fared on the Official Singles Chart through the years. Little Richard first emerged on 20 December, 1956, when his song “Rip It Up” entered at number 30. While the song only spent one week on the chart, it would not be long until he would find lasting success. In February of 1957, his song “Long Tall Sally” entered, and over the course of a 16-week run, peaked at number three. While follow-up single “Tutti Frutti” only spent one week on the chart, Little Richard saw a string of success throughout the rest of

Official Singles Chart Discussion--Week of 08 May

The Official Singles Chart has been updated for the week of 08 May 2020. Let’s take a look at some notable chart movements. Drake’s “Tootsie Slide” takes the top spot on this week’s chart, rising three spots from the previous week. There are six new songs in the top ten this week, including huge gains posted by Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage”, up 19 spots to numbers three, and DaBaby and Roddy Ricch’s collaboration “Rockstar,” up 21 spots to number six. Two songs not previously on the chart debuted in the top ten; “Dinner Guest” by AJ Tracey and Mostack debuts at number eight, while Drake and Giveon’s “Chicago Freestyle” debuts at number ten. Last week’s number one song, “Times Like These”, f

The Continued Chart Dominance of Pink RADIO Locale

Pop solo artist Pink has seen 20 Top 10 hits on the Official Singles Chart Top 100 over the course of the past 20 years. Her big break came in June 2000, with “There You Go” debuting and peaking at #6 on the chart. Only a year thereafter, she had her first #1 with the remake of “Lady Marmalade” with Cristina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, and Mya. Fast forward 19 years later, and she has a top 10 hit Walk Me Home, which peaked at #8 and served as the lead single off her eighth album. This is not even a “comeback story” of sorts; she has consistently provided hits off every album. Pink continues to sell out world tours, often being listed as one of the highest-grossing tours of the year. So, wh

Free copy of Sophia's track she wrote for key workers

Folkestone singer song writer and owner of Seaview Studio - Sophia Stutchbury has written a track for key workers that she is giving away for free to show her appreciation. To grab your free copy you can head over to her website' Sophia's tracks can regularly been heard on RADIO Locale

Record of the Week: "45" by Thomas Dybdahl

This week’s Record of the Week is “45” by Thomas Dybdahl. Simply put, it is a catchy piece of pop music with true meaning. The lyric video is posted below. Dybdahl begins the song by describing in the first verse that he is not content with the place where he is currently living. He realizes that so long as he is there, he will “never be free”. By the chorus, the listener hears Dybdahl thinking about what he will be like as his life progresses if he stays in his current situation. He notes by the time he is 45 years old, he’ll have “nothing to show for”, “nowhere to go”, and “with a broken soul”. Make no mistake from the up-tempo beat and catchy melody; Dybdahl sings about a real problem and

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