Rising diva? Abso-fuckin’-lutely!
It’s no secret that solo female artists have had it really, really bad lately – particularly on the Billboard Hot 100. Including streaming has effectively destroyed any actual credibility of the charts (Despacito much?). Thankfully the UK Top 40 Charts are much more inclusive of a variety of artists and genres, while ageism & sexism are comparatively non-existent. In short – they’re far superior than their stunningly mediocre American counterparts.
In a welcome change – 22-year-old English singer-songwriter Dua Lipa ends a long spell for solo female singers atop the UK Top 40 Singles Chart, as her fierce replay-friendly gem of a single ‘New Rules‘ bumps off Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Big Sean’s ‘Feels‘ from the # 1 spot in the UK this week. Dua Lipa thus becomes the first solo female to crown the charts since Adele utterly decimated the charts with the arrival of ‘Hello‘ back in October, 2015. ‘New Rules‘ becomes the songstress’s third top 10 hit, she’s hit the coveted region twice before with ‘Be The One‘ (#9) & ‘No Lie‘ (with Sean Paul – #10). Dua’s self titled début album (easily one of my fave albums this year) is at #7 this week on the charts.
Pop Icon (yes, deal with it) Pink roars up to # 5 with her fierce new single ‘What About Us‘ – earning the rebellious megastar her 19th top 10 single, 17 years after the arrival of her first, ‘There You Go‘. You go girl! Also – ‘Despacito‘ is on its way out! Hallelujah!! Enough already with this mediocrity. It’s so amazing to see genre-bending artists gracing the top 20 of the charts – Alma, Rita Ora, Sigala, Ella Eyre, Jax Jones, Bebe Rexha, Rudimental, James Arthur, Little Mix, Demi Lovato, Script, Camila Cabello etc. America wishes.
Over at the albums chart, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide‘ is #1 for a 16th non-consecutive week, while Kesha’s comeback album ‘Rainbow‘ launches at # 4.
Check out all the action on the top 10 of both the Official UK Top 40 Singles and Albums Chart right here –
The Top 10 Singles in the UK this week are :
1. New Rules – Dua Lipa
2. Feels – Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Big Sean
3. Unforgettable – French Montana feat. Swae Lee
4. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
5. What About Us – Pink
6. Despacito (Remix) – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
7. Sun Comes Up – Rudimental feat. James Arthur
8. Back To You – Louis Tomlinson, Bebe Rexha, Digital Farm
9. Came Here For Love – Sigala and Ella Eyre
10. Your Song – Rita Ora
The Top 10 Albums in the UK this week are :
1. Divide – Ed Sheeran
2. The 50 Greatest Hits – Elvis Presley
3. Adios – Glen Campbell
4. Rainbow – Kesha
5. Human – Rag’n’Bone Man
6. You – Dodie
7. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
8. 24-7 Rock Star Shit – Cribs
9. The Ultimate Collection – John Denver
10. Everything Now – Arcade Fire