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Raye, SZA, and Chubby Checker rise

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 bid adieu to yuletide cheer by having a look at Nat King Cole’s traditional ‘The Christmas Music’ and The Chipmunks’ ‘The Chipmunk Music’. We additionally noticed some mild on the finish of the tunnel with Stormzy’s non-Christmas music, ‘Firebabe’.

Excellent news, people: we have formally made it via the vacation season. Time to take down your timber, wrap up these ornaments, put away the arrival calendars, and cease listening to Christmas music.

Sure, as we glance to stare down one more 12 months, let this function a public service announcement: please, for the love of every thing that was holy, cease placing on vacation songs. We’re completed. Been there, completed that. It is over. It is time to let go. You’ve got obtained ten extra months to plan for subsequent 12 months’s onslaught. Take the correct precautions now.

In case you want proof, simply take a look at this week’s charts. After we checked it final week, 9 of the highest ten songs within the UK had been holiday-themed. This week? None. Zip. Zilch. Nothing. Not a single one. Christmas season has formally been known as, and in the event you’re nonetheless pumping out these jungle bell jams, you at the moment are formally part of the issue. Be a traditional freak and begin sketching out your Halloween playlist.

This week, we be aware of what the primary week with out vacation music appears to be like like on the charts. British soul singer Raye is sitting on prime of the UK charts, whereas American R&B queen SZA is seeking to make strikes within the US. We’ll additionally check out how Chubby Checker turned the primary true one-hit marvel and the way his embrace of ‘The Twist’ endlessly modified pop music’s strategy to hit songs. All that and extra as we spherical up the perfect chart information of the modern-day and up to date previous.

Present UK Quantity One: ‘Escapism’ – Raye ft. 070 shake

I will be fully clear with you: I am outdated. Not technically, since I have never even reached my twenty fifth 12 months on this earth, however bodily and spiritually, I’m 80 years outdated. I let you know this as a result of I truthfully don’t know how issues go viral or grow to be tendencies on TikTok anymore.

The excellent news is that, based on my restricted sources, no one else is aware of both. It simply occurs for unknown causes, or largely, for no cause in any respect. Attempting to pry logic and cause out of TikTok is a idiot’s errand, and I’m coming to peace with the concept that it’s the unknowable bubble of tradition that controls us all by some means or one other.

However, hey, being at peace by embracing the void is definitely an amazing segway to the present primary music within the UK, ‘Escapism’. It goes like this: fuck the man who simply dumped you as a result of it is time to exit and get wasted. That is a tried and true method for any hit, and British soul/rap upstart Raye has grabbed that method by the balls and wrung out a killer music.

‘Escapism’ has every thing a music like this must succeed: loads of quotable strains, function from a fellow up-and-comer (this time, it is American rapper 070 Shake), and a strong hook on the heart of the monitor . Within the race to see who’s taking the highlight initially of 2023, Raye is out to an early lead.

UK Singles Prime Ten (Week of January eleventh, 2023):

  1. ‘Escapism’ – Raye ft. 070 shake
  2. ‘Anti Hero’ – Taylor Swift
  3. ‘Messy in Heaven’ – Venbee & Goddard
  4. ‘Kill Invoice’ – SZA
  5. ‘Made You Look’ – Meghan Trainor
  6. ‘Let Go’ – Central Cee
  7. ‘Miss You’ – Oliver Tree & Robin Schultz
  8. ‘Calm Down’ – Row
  9. ‘Out of Nowhere’ – Bugzy Malone & Teedee
  10. ‘One other Love’ – Tom Odell

Present US Quantity One: ‘Anti-Hero’ – Taylor Swift

At the beginning of 2023, the Billboard Sizzling 100 is wanting a hell of rather a lot just like the 2022 model of the chart. Eight of the highest ten songs this week had all beforehand been within the prime ten in some unspecified time in the future in 2022, displaying that audiences are returning to their acquainted listening habits whereas adjusting to the brand new calendar 12 months.

One of many two exceptions is SZA’s largest hit single, ‘Kill Invoice’. In all honesty, ‘Kill Invoice’ ought to in all probability be the primary music in America proper now: it is simply on the prime of streaming providers for hottest songs and at present sits on the prime of Billboard’s International 200 chart. Everyone is listening to SZA’s homicide fantasy monitor proper now.

Hopefully, SZA is now on that brief listing of top-tier artists who command respect with each new factor they put out. She checks all of the containers: viral hit (I am considering of ‘Shirt’, however you possibly can in all probability put a few totally different songs right here), massive shock album launch, and world recognition. All that is lacking proper now could be a primary hit.

Do I believe that SZA will hit primary with ‘Kill Invoice’? And it’s. Sure, I do. Particularly when taking the opposite older songs within the prime ten into consideration, it looks as if there is a clear path for ‘Kill Invoice’ to be the primary actual hit of 2023. It already is, but it surely simply must inch previous the Swifties subsequent week to safe its place.

Billboard Sizzling 100 Prime Ten (Week of January 14th):

  1. ‘Anti Hero’ – Taylor Swift
  2. ‘Unholy’ – Sam Smith & Kim Petras
  3. ‘Kill Invoice’ – SZA
  4. ‘I am Good (Blue)’ – David Guetta & Bebe Rexha
  5. ‘Wealthy Flex’ – Drake & 21 Savage
  6. ‘Creepin’ – Metro Boomin’, The Weeknd, & 21 Savage
  7. ‘As It Was’ – Harry Types
  8. ‘Die For You’ – The Weeknd
  9. ‘Unhealthy Behavior’ – Steve Lacy
  10. ‘Cuff It’ – Beyonce

This Week in Quantity Ones: ‘The Twist’ – Chubby Checker (#1 on the Billboard Sizzling 100January thirteenth, 1962)

One-hit wonders had been nonetheless unknown phenomena within the early Sixties. Whereas the idea of a one-and-done star might need been round, the reality is that the Billboard Sizzling 100 merely hadn’t been round for lengthy sufficient by 1962 to precisely name anyone a real “one-hit marvel”. That being mentioned, there was a hell of loads of one-hit wonders within the early days of the charts.

Simply inform me in the event you may acknowledge any of those artists by identify: Domenico Modugno, The Elegants, The Fleetwoods, Johnny Horton, Wilbert Harrison, The Browns, Santo & Johnny, Johnny Preston (aspect notice: a number of Johnnys within the early charts) , Hollywood Argyles, Larry Verne, Ernie-Okay-Doe, Joe Dowell, and Bruce Channell. All had number-one hits within the first 5 years of the Billboard Sizzling 100and never a single recognizable identify amongst them.

I am unable to inform if it was the way in which individuals took in music on the time or simply the way in which individuals have all the time taken in music, however novelty acts had been large within the early days of the Sizzling 100. Instrumentals, goofy throwaway jokes, weirdly racist caricatures – these had been all current in a variety of early-era quantity ones. The truth is, the primary quantity certainly one of 1962 went to a novelty one-hit marvel: The Tokens and their traditional slab of nonsense ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’.

However then got here Chubby Checker. The distinction between Checker and the one-hit wonders who got here earlier than him was two-fold: one was how massive his hit was in comparison with songs that got here earlier than him, and the opposite was how he reacted to the hit. Chubby Checker did not simply make ‘The Twist’ part of his inventive identification of him – he made it the very lynchpin of his total existence of him in popular culture.

It did not should be this fashion. Chubby Checker, born Ernest Evans, was only a child from Philadelphia with just a few musical impressions in his again pocket when he met american bandstand host Dick Clark within the late Fifties (Clark’s spouse gave him his full stage identify as a play off of Fat Domino). A Christmas recording made particularly for the Clark household was ultimately launched as Checker’s first single, ‘The Class’, which charted throughout the prime 40.

Checker’s story goes hand in hand with the rising fad of dance crazes. At sock hops and neighborhood dance halls all throughout America, youngsters had been choosing up particular strikes that started to realize traction. Singers and songwriters started to tailor particular songs for particular dances. The Diamonds had one of many first dance-focused hits with ‘The Stroll’ in 1957, however it could be Checker who embraced the whole dedication to singing about goofy dances.

It is vital to notice that whereas Checker’s give attention to dance craze songs was a gimmick, it was nonetheless a various gimmick. The truth is, Checker scored a primary hit in 1961 with ‘Pony Time’. However it could be his first primary from him that endlessly modified Checker’s inventive imaginative and prescient… regardless that it could take two years to type absolutely.

For one week in 1960, Checker rose to primary with ‘The Twist’. Children had been doing the twist for years, however Checker’s music was the primary time that the dance obtained nationwide publicity. Even nonetheless, the twist wasn’t fairly at its tipping level but. Checker went again to the drafting board and hit primary with ‘Pony Time’ the next 12 months. Then one thing unusual occurred: individuals saved listening to ‘The Twist’. It turned extra standard than it had on its unique launch. After having dropped off the Sizzling 100, ‘The Twist’ was making a return journey up the charts.

When ‘The Twist’ hit primary once more in January of 1962, it turned the primary music to have two separate runs at primary. That could be a typical prevalence now, but it surely was unprecedented on the time and continued to be for practically 60 years. The truth is, it was solely when Mariah Carey went to primary for the second time together with her annual ‘All I Need For Christmas Is You’ run in 2020 that the feat was repeated for the primary time. For many of contemporary pop music’s comparatively temporary historical past, Chubby Checker was unparalleled.

Checker’s response to the success was easy: every thing turned centered across the twist. His follow-up of his, ‘Let’s Twist Once more’, was a primary hit within the UK (on the NME chart, although not on the Report Retailer chart that ultimately morphed into the official UK Singles Chart). By my depend, Checker has at the very least seven totally different Twist-themed singles and 6 albums with “Twist” within the title. He even appeared in Twist-themed films like Twist Across the Clock and Do not Knock the Twist.

Checker’s embrace of ‘The Twist’, on the expense of the rest anybody may ever affiliate with him, is the form of shameless hucksterism that turned de rigueur for tons of one-hit wonders who adopted him. Every part from shameless music sequels to modern-day sped-up remixes may be traced again to Checker’s determination to make his profession all Twist, on a regular basis.

In that regard, Checker stays massively influential in the way in which pop music has progressed over time. However he did it in a means that got here on the expense of his inventive credibility of him. In an ironic twist (thanks, thanks), Checker protested outdoors one other artistically bankrupt establishment, The Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, in 2002 for his lack of recognition of him. Possibly he deserves to be in, or possibly not, however the two undoubtedly deserve one another.

The precise trendy footprint of ‘The Twist’ is now endlessly up to now, however the ripple results it had makes it arguably one of the crucial vital primary songs of all time. Regardless that he had different hits, Chubby Checker was actually the primary one-hit marvel, and his embrace of ‘The Twist’ doubtless led to a extra cynical however much more worthwhile report business.

Billboard Sizzling 100 Prime Ten (Week of January thirteenth, 1962):

  1. ‘The Twist’ – Chubby Checker
  2. ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ – The Tokens
  3. ‘The Peppermint Twist’ – Joey Dee and the Starliters
  4. ‘I Cannot Assist Falling In Love’ – Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires
  5. ‘I Know (You Do not Love Me No Extra)’ – Barbara George
  6. ‘Comfortable Birthday, Candy Sixteen’ – Neil Sedaka
  7. ‘Stroll On By’ – Leroy Van Dyke
  8. ‘Run to Him’ – Bobby Vee
  9. ‘Unchain My Coronary heart’ – Ray Charles and his Orchestra
  10. ‘When the Boy in Your Arms (Is the Boy in Your Coronary heart)’ – Connie Francis

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