Charts analysis: Haim debut at No.1 as Dylan scores big second week

The latest in a string of album releases to endure a delayed release thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, Haim's third album Women In Music Pt. III makes good on the built-up demand and debuts with a splash at the very ...

Charts analysis: Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685 leap to singles summit

Just two weeks after it debuted, Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat) by Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo completes a meteoric rise as it makes a flying leap to the top of the charts. Opening up a narrow lead on early sales flashes that it was never to relinquish, the collaborative single clocked up a sale of 57,105 of which 49,519 are from sales-equivalent streams.  Jawsh 685, real name Joshua Nanai, duly becomes the first New Zealander to top the British charts since Lorde with Royals back in 2013. Aged just 17, he becomes the youngest man to solo-produce a No.1 single since Martin Garrix reached the summit with Animals in 2013, also at age 17. Savage Love extends Jason Derulo's chart-topping career into a second decade. His fifth No.1, it comes 10 years and four months after his first and five years and a month since her was last at the top of the British charts. His previous chart toppers – In My Head (2010), Don't Wanna Go Home (2011), Talk Dirty (2013) and Want To Want Me (2015) all debuted at the top in their first week on sale.  That means the No.1 run of Rockstar comes to a halt for the second time, although the DaBaby and Roddy Ricch single is still the most streamed track of the moment suggesting that this story isn't quite over yet. It is on 55,393 chart sales for the week. The two market leaders head up a largely becalmed Top 10. Rain On Me dips to No.3 (43,350 sales), Breaking Me is down at No.4 (40,712 sales) and Rover holds firm at No.5 (34,907 sales). The only other move of any note is the 10-7 jump which takes Secrets by Regard & Raye to a brand new peak (28,8860 sales).  It has taken 14 weeks but Ava Max finally has a third Top 20 hit to join Sweet But Psycho and So Am I. Kings And Queens lifts two places to No.19 (17,293 sales) to further extend an epic slow-burning chart run. Enjoying the highest new entry of the week at No.20 (16,211 sales) K-pop girl band Blackpink take another large step towards the mainstream. How You Like That is their second chart entry of the year, hard on the heels of their appearance on the Lady Gaga cut Sour Candy, which hit No.17 last month. The new single is only their second ever chart hit under their own steam, effectively the follow-up to Kill This Love which burst into life at No.33 in April 2019. Apparently British rock bands can indeed have hit singles if they try hard enough. Hence the arrival at No.28 of Parasite Eve, which at a stroke becomes only the second ever Top 40 hit for Sheffield's Bring Me The Horizon, their first track to venture this high since they debuted at No.17 with Drown in December 2014. It is their eighth chart single in all and posts 12,619 chart sales. Currently on the best run of hits of her six-year chart career, Becky Hill returns to the charts for the second time this year with Heaven On My Mind. The track resumes her musical partnership with Bruce 'Sigala' Fielder, this single the effective follow-up to last summer's Top 10 smash hit Wish You Well. The credits are reversed this time around, the producer the guest rather than lead artist. The single is No.38 with 9,798 sales. There are debut hits this week for rappers Meekz (Like Me at No.50, 7,985 sales) and Tana (Ride & Clutch at No.53 with 7,423 sales) and an unexpected comeback for Jack Harlow's What's Poppin' which rebounds to an ACR-impacted No.57 (7,032 sales) following the release of a new remix. The track first peaked at No.44 two months ago. Nestling between them is Catch Me Outside, the fifth chart hit for B Young (No.56, 7,037 sales). A new single, not taken from his Without Fear album, Giants becomes the third chart hit for Dermot Kennedy at No.59 (6,980 sales). As this year's cancelled Eurovision Song Contest has spawned the longest-running chart hit the competition has produced in years (Dadi Freyr's Think About Things), why shouldn't an entirely fictional version of an Icelandic entry become a hit single too? Taken from the soundtrack of the Netflix movie The Story Of Fire Saga, Husavik is performed in character by Will Ferrell and "My Marianne", a blend of the singing voices of actress Rachel McAdams and Swedish singer Molly Sanden. The single is No.60 with 6,844 sales. No.63 upon first release back in May after a digital-only release Living In A Ghost Town by the Rolling Stones makes a chart return following its belated availability in physical form. It beats its first time peak by a whisker, landing at No.61 with 6,820 sales. Travis Scott manages the odd feat of being the featured guest on both of the final two new arrivals this week, Rosalia's TKN (re-entering at No.65, 6,135 sales) and Kanye West's midweek release Wash Us In The Blood (No.69, 5,287 sales). Singles sales are down 4.14% to 20,370,954. Paid-for sales meanwhile are up a massive 13.6% to 568,471 to reach their highest level for five weeks. Click here for this week’s charts.

Rising Star: Meet Columbia A&R Muna Ruumi

Columbia A&R manager Muna Ruumi talks about her journey through the industry so far and her mission to elevate black artists and executives... How did you get into music? “I got into music at 16 through a radio show I hosted on a community station in Birmingham where I would play local and regional talent. I played music from outside London and tipped artists that I felt would blow up. I became someone that people would reach out to, whether managers or A&Rs, to ask what was going on in Birmingham. I also was the person who would connect the dots between artists and managers with labels and radio. I then got to do work experience with DJ Target at BBC Radio 1Xtra, who took me on as a scout for his label imprint Pitched Up – which goes through Columbia Records – and went on to work on Lotto Boyzz’s No Don and signed Mastermind. I would always keep my ear to the ground, and I was early in tipping OFB and M1llionz.” What’s the best thing about A&R? “Since being at Columbia, I’ve stuck to my foundations of championing talent from outside London and have been able to sign some really exciting artists from around the UK. I get to push music I enjoy and help artists develop into household names. You get to give young rappers opportunities and help them achieve things. It’s a great feeling when you set up a session with an artist and a producer who you think will make a banger and then they end up making one. That’s always a fun thing to see.” A lot of young people think and understand music differently Muna Ruumi What impact do you want to make? “I want to be able to open doors for people coming up in the industry, specifically black people. To be able to break black music, predominately rap.” How different will the industry look in five years? “There’s a lot of young people who think and understand music differently, and I believe they will impact the way things work, as many teams are finding new ways of creating space in the industry. Their methods may differ from traditional approaches, but they work all the same. A lot of artists, managers and teams are a lot more knowledgeable, they know what they want and will strive to make it happen by forging new avenues, so we’ll see a lot more success from younger execs. Black music will keep getting bigger and bigger and we’ll have a lot more homegrown artists considered as pop stars in the coming years.” What’s your top tip for getting through lockdown? “Eating. All I’ve been doing is eating and watching Insecure.”  MUNA'S RECOMMENDED TRACK:

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