It would be an understatement to suggest that Drake dominated the charts this week. Scorpion went straight in at number 1 unsurprisingly and has been doing mind boggling numbers on the streaming platforms. The album surpassed 300 million streams worldwide in the first 24 hours of its release and is currently sitting at well over a billion streams in total. Aside from the astronomical Drake numbers let’s take a look at what else has been happening on the charts this week.
Jorja Smith’s debut album Lost and Found is still going strong, remaining inside the top 40 at number 33. The young songstress is certainly destined for superstardom in the not too distant future.
With the mainstream media stirring up moral panic surrounding Drill music over the last few months, and with the removal of hundreds of music videos from Youtube; you’d perhaps be forgiven for thinking that it might have derailed the Drill music hype train.
Quite the opposite has happened, and Drill music continues to find success in unchartered territories, most notably the charts. K-Trap is the latest Drill artist to find top 40 success with his latest release The Re-up debuting at number 37. It further gives credence to the theory that if you attempt to ban something or make it illegal, you’re only likely to attract rather than repel people from it.
It’s the Drake show on the singles charts as well with nearly the entire double album charting in the top 40. “Don’t Matter to me” which features an unreleased hook from the late great King of Pop Michael Jackson going straight in at number two. Frequent Drizzy Collaborator and friend Skepta comes in at number 21 with his collaborative effort with A$AP Rocky “Praise the Lord”.
The waviest summer banger of the year so far, “Butterfiles” from AJ Tracey and Not3s takes the number 22 spot, just one lower than the previous week. Both artists have a habit of making hits, so it will most definitely be exciting to see what they have in store for us next. EO’s “German” has dropped to number 23 after spending weeks just outside the top 10, but the fact that it took Drake’s album to move it; shows just how popular the track has been. If you missed our exclusive sit down with the 16 year old, be sure to check it out right here.
Even if you’ve been living under a rock, you will have definitely heard that England finally won a penalty shootout in the World Cup, and broke a curse that the team has carried for as long as many can remember. The country has been well and truly captivated by World Cup fever, so it’s little surprise that the 2006 track “Three Lions (Football’s coming home)” has re-entered the top 40, grabbing the number 24 spot.
Dappy and Ay Em continue to make ground on the charts with their latest banger “Oh My”. Climbing five places on last week, the pair now currently occupy the number 26 spot. Dappy sat down with the guys over at Gasworks this week, so be sure to catch out his interview right here. As always, drop in next week to get the definitive chart breakdown.