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UK Top 40 Biggest Singles & Albums Of 2020 So Far: The Weeknd's Blinding Lights Takes Early Singles Lead!

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) The Weeknd is off to a blinding start this year as Blinding Lights takes an early lead as the UK's biggest song of 2020 so far. The '80s-inspired track became the Canadian superstar's first No 1 on the UK Singles Chart in February and has notched up five weeks at the summit.

Blinding Lights has so far logged 698,000 chart sales including 75 million streams, according to charts data, which combines physical, downloads and streaming equivalent sales. The single heads up his latest album After Hours, which last week debuted at Number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.

The Weeknd finishes ahead of global behemoth Dance Monkey by Tones & I (672,000 chart sales), which is still holding up strong in the Top 40 some six months after its first chart appearance.

Lewis Capaldi's chart-topper Before You Go is the third biggest song of 2020 so far (581k), while viral smash The Box by Roddy Ricch places fourth (552k). The track became a global hit in February - including the UK, where it peaked at Number 2 - thanks to TikTok, where its squeaky intro was used in millions of comedy clips.

Stormzy's Own It ft. Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy - the UK's first Number 1 single of the year - rounds out the Top 5 (550k).

Other songs that have enjoyed viral success on TikTok that feature in the UK's year-to-date chart include Say So by American singer/rapper Doja Cat (23), Falling by US singer Trevor Daniel (25), and Number 2 hit Ride It by Regard (27).

Elsewhere, Billie Eilish's success continues to flourish in 2020, with three entries in the Top 40 of the year so far: Everything I Wanted in tenth, Bad Guy at 16, and Bond theme No Time To Die at 19. No Time To Die earned Billie her first UK chart-topper in February and had the biggest opening week for a Bond theme ever.

Other songs newly released in 2020 that are shaping up to be among the biggest of the year include dance hit Lonely by British DJ Joel Corry (22), Dua Lipa's Physical (26), and Becky Hill's Better Off Without You ft. Shift K3y (36).

Albums

The runaway success of Lewis Capaldi's debut album doesn't appear to be slowing down yet - the Scottish singer/songwriter leads the way as the UK's biggest album of 2020 so far.

Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent debuted at Number 1 upon its release last May and went on to be 2019's biggest album in the UK. The record has so far logged nine weeks at Number 1, including three this year - and has yet to leave the Top 10 some 45 weeks after its release. It's total chart sales stand at 846,000, including 205,000 from this year alone.

Stormzy's second album Heavy Is The Head, which hit Number 1 in January, is the second biggest album of 2020 so far, on 129k this year (218k in total).

The biggest album released in 2020 is Eminem's Music To Be Murdered By, currently in third place (110k). The US rapper's eleventh studio album debuted at Number 1 in January, scoring the UK Chart double as Godzilla also landed at the top of the singles chart.

Other big albums released this year include J Hus's February chart-topper Conspiracy Theory, ranking seventh on the year-to-date chart, and Map Of The Soul - 7 by BTS, a Number 1 in March, in eighth place.

Elsewhere in the Top 40, Mabel's 2019 debut album High Expectations holds in the Top 20 at 20 following her BRIT Award win for British Female Artist in February. Trap wave rapper M Huncho places at 21 with his latest release Huncholini The 1st, and D-Block Europe's latest collection Street Trauma - a Top 10 in January - is at 26.






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