Dave, Ed Sheeran Rule U.K. Charts

Dave is all alone at the summit of the U.K. albums chart, while Ed Sheeran locks on for a fifth week atop the national singles survey.

Dave’s We’re All Alone In This Together (Dave Neighbouring) blasts to No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart with the biggest opening week of 2021, the OCC reports.

The London rapper’s sophomore set bows with 74,000 chart sales, easily beating the previous holder, Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, which snagged 51,000 chart sales on week one in June.

We’re All Alone is the biggest opening week since November 2019, when Coldplay’s Everyday Life started with 81,000 combined sales, and it’s the biggest opening week for a British hip-hop/rap album since October 2010 and since Tinie Tempah’s debut Disc-Overy.

According to the OCC, some 56% of We’re All Alone sales are physical (vinyl, CD, cassette) and downloads, while streams account for the remainder, chalking up 38.5 million plays across the album’s dozen songs. Dave debut LP Psychodrama logged one week at No. 1 in 2019.

Coming in at No. 2 is Anne-Marie’s second album Therapy (Atlantic), eclipsing her previous best of No. 3 for her debut, Speak Your Mind.

Further down the list, The Kid Laroi’s evolving mixtape F**k Love (RCA) flies 52-6, for a new peak. The set fires up following the release of its final chapter Over You.

Meanwhile, the late Amy Winehouse’s classic Back To Black (Island) blasts 36-7, following the 10-year anniversary of her death and the release of a new documentary, Reclaiming Amy.

Veteran singer and songwriter Jackson Browne earns his eight Top 40 with Downhill From Everywhere (Inside Recordings). It’s new at No. 35.

Over on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, Ed Sheeran extends his reign into a fifth week with “Bad Habits” (Asylum), which notches 85,500 chart sales, including 9.95 million streams, the OCC reports.

With We’re All Alone In This Together powering to No. 1 on the albums survey, Dave floods the Top 10 with no less than three songs, led by “Clash,” his collaboration with Stormzy, which bolts 8-2, while “Verdansk” is the week’s highest new entry at No. 4.

Ariana Grande, ‘Vaxxed n Masked,’ Urges Others to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Ariana Grande has a message for any of her fans who are unvaccinated.

“vaxxed n masked,” Grande captioned a selfie she shared on social media on Sunday (Aug. 1).

“this is your gentle reminder to please get your vaccines if you are eligible,” the pop star wrote. “this thing is not yet over !”

Any person age 12 or older is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.

Grande explained that she was “sharing some info because i care and if i can, i’d like to help anybody who is hesitant or curious with making their decision.”

“this delta variant is very new and since data is changing all the time, i’ll source some links for you to stay up to speed yourself but so far,” she wrote. “we do know that it spreads much more easily compared to previous variants. most of the spread is among unvaccinated people and in areas with low vaccination rates ! and yes although you can still get it while vaccinated, the vaccine helps to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death ! all great things to be protected against in my book. oh and if you have already gotten sick with COVID-19, you should STILL get vaccinated !”

Grande recommended following several Instagram accounts for information about COVID-19 and the vaccine, and visiting the John Hopkins Medicine website to get educated about “some of the Covid myths that are circulating the internet.”

The singer hopes that the sources she shared will help “reassure yourself why getting vaxxed is the move. save a life or two. who knows.”

To date, there have been more than 610,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. recorded by the CDC.

In the U.S. 164 million people (49.6% of the total population) have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 191 million (57.7% of the total population) have received at least one dose so far, according to the CDC.

See Grande’s post below.

iTunes R&B Sale Sends Otis Redding, Mariah Carey & Aretha Franklin Back Onto Charts

In the wake of Apple’s iTunes service offering a 69-cent sale price for many R&B songs, several tracks that span from 1960s classics to 2010s hits flood Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart dated July 31.

The digital retailer has developed this sales campaign in recent months, rotating between musical genres or other designated song categories each week and discounting some of the best-known tunes to a 69-cent cost, down from the typical $1.29 price. Such marketing has already led to previously documented impacts on Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart in April, when rock tunes were the beneficiary, and in May, after the April 25 Academy Awards led to bargains for soundtrack songs.

Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” leads the R&B resurgence as it returns to the list at No. 3, having sold 7,700 downloads in the week ending July 22, according to MRC Data. Among notable feats for the recording, “Dock” posted four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968 and became the first posthumous leader in the chart’s history, as Redding died in December 1967 in a plane crash.

Including “Dock,” 13 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart’s 25 positions can be traced at least in part to the iTunes discount. Here’s a full rundown of the markdown’s impact:

Position, Song Title, Artist
No. 3, “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay,” Otis Redding
No. 4, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
No. 6, “Suga Suga,” Baby Bash featuring Frankie J
No. 9, “Easy,” Commodores
No. 10, “I’ll Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112
No. 13, “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” The Gap Band
No. 15, “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
No. 16, “Respect,” Aretha Franklin
No. 18, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey
No. 20, “Starboy,” The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
No. 22, “The Way I Are,” Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson
No. 24, “I Got You (I Feel Good),” James Brown and the Famous Flames
No. 25, “I Want You Back,” Jackson 5

iTunes R&B Sale Sends Otis Redding, Mariah Carey & Aretha Franklin Back Onto Charts

In the wake of Apple’s iTunes service offering a 69-cent sale price for many R&B songs, several tracks that span from 1960s classics to 2010s hits flood Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart dated July 31.

The digital retailer has developed this sales campaign in recent months, rotating between musical genres or other designated song categories each week and discounting some of the best-known tunes to a 69-cent cost, down from the typical $1.29 price. Such marketing has already led to previously documented impacts on Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart in April, when rock tunes were the beneficiary, and in May, after the April 25 Academy Awards led to bargains for soundtrack songs.

Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” leads the R&B resurgence as it returns to the list at No. 3, having sold 7,700 downloads in the week ending July 22, according to MRC Data. Among notable feats for the recording, “Dock” posted four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968 and became the first posthumous leader in the chart’s history, as Redding died in December 1967 in a plane crash.

Including “Dock,” 13 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart’s 25 positions can be traced at least in part to the iTunes discount. Here’s a full rundown of the markdown’s impact:

Position, Song Title, Artist
No. 3, “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay,” Otis Redding
No. 4, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
No. 6, “Suga Suga,” Baby Bash featuring Frankie J
No. 9, “Easy,” Commodores
No. 10, “I’ll Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112
No. 13, “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” The Gap Band
No. 15, “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
No. 16, “Respect,” Aretha Franklin
No. 18, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey
No. 20, “Starboy,” The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
No. 22, “The Way I Are,” Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson
No. 24, “I Got You (I Feel Good),” James Brown and the Famous Flames
No. 25, “I Want You Back,” Jackson 5

Charles Connor, Drummer for Little Richard, Dies at 86

Charles Connor, known for being Little Richard’s drummer who performed with other music greats including James Brown and Sam Cooke, has died. He was 86.

Connor’s daughter, Queenie Connor Sonnefeld, said her father died peacefully in his sleep early Saturday (July 31) while under hospice care at his home in Glendale, California. She said her father had been diagnosed with normal pressure hydrocephalus, a brain disorder that causes fluid buildup.

Connor Sonnefeld called the drummer a “great father” who was always positive and a person who never gave up on his dreams.

“He was one of those drummers that was a bricklayer of creating that rock ‘n’ roll genre,” she said. “He played behind so many legendary musicians in the 1950s. He was a loving grandfather and was very proud of his family and took a lot of pride in his contributions to rock ‘n’ roll.”

Connor began playing drums at age 12. Three years later, he started his professional career when Professor Longhair, a singer and pianist, hired him as a last-minute replacement for the 1950 Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

After Connor turned 18, he joined Richard’s original road band, The Upsetters. The band appeared in several popular feature films including The Girl Can’t Help It with Jayne Mansfield along with Don’t Knock the Rock and Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll.

During his career, Connor toured with various musicians such as James Brown, Jackie Wilson and the original Coasters. He also received a certificate of special recognition from Rep. Maxine Waters in 1994.

Connor released his motivational book Don’t Give Up Your Dreams: You Can Be a Winner Too! in 2008. He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame two years later.

In 2013, Connor released his EP album Still Knockin’. At the time of his death, he was working on his autobiographical documentary.

Charles Connor, Drummer for Little Richard, Dies at 86

Charles Connor, known for being Little Richard’s drummer who performed with other music greats including James Brown and Sam Cooke, has died. He was 86.

Connor’s daughter, Queenie Connor Sonnefeld, said her father died peacefully in his sleep early Saturday (July 31) while under hospice care at his home in Glendale, California. She said her father had been diagnosed with normal pressure hydrocephalus, a brain disorder that causes fluid buildup.

Connor Sonnefeld called the drummer a “great father” who was always positive and a person who never gave up on his dreams.

“He was one of those drummers that was a bricklayer of creating that rock ‘n’ roll genre,” she said. “He played behind so many legendary musicians in the 1950s. He was a loving grandfather and was very proud of his family and took a lot of pride in his contributions to rock ‘n’ roll.”

Connor began playing drums at age 12. Three years later, he started his professional career when Professor Longhair, a singer and pianist, hired him as a last-minute replacement for the 1950 Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

After Connor turned 18, he joined Richard’s original road band, The Upsetters. The band appeared in several popular feature films including The Girl Can’t Help It with Jayne Mansfield along with Don’t Knock the Rock and Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll.

During his career, Connor toured with various musicians such as James Brown, Jackie Wilson and the original Coasters. He also received a certificate of special recognition from Rep. Maxine Waters in 1994.

Connor released his motivational book Don’t Give Up Your Dreams: You Can Be a Winner Too! in 2008. He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame two years later.

In 2013, Connor released his EP album Still Knockin’. At the time of his death, he was working on his autobiographical documentary.

Roddy Ricch’s ‘Night’ Rises to No. 1 on Rhythmic Airplay Chart

Roddy Ricch banks a fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Airplay chart as “Late at Night” surges from No. 5 to lead the list dated July 31. The single advances with a 17% burst in plays in the week ending July 25 to become the most-played song of the week on monitored U.S. rhythmic stations, according to MRC Data.

With the new champ, here’s a rundown of the rapper’s five leaders:

Song Title, Artist (if other than Roddy Ricch), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Ballin,” with Mustard, two, Dec. 21, 2019
“The Box,” six, Feb. 22, 2020
“High Fashion,” featuring Mustard, one, July 13, 2020
“Rockstar,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch, nine, July 4, 2020
“Late at Night,” one (to date), July 31, 2021

As it reaches No. 1, “Night” adds to Roddy Ricch’s winning streak on rhythmic radio. The single is the rapper’s first solo release since he wrapped the album cycle for Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, which was released in December 2019. Anchored by singles such as “The Box” and “High Fashion,” the project catapulted the rapper to major favor with rhythmic radio listeners and programmers, and he ended 2020 as the Rhythmic Airplay chart’s No. 1 artist of the year.

Beyond its Rhythmic coronation, “Night” cracks the top 10 of R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay through a 11-6 move. There, the song climbs to 14.1 million in audience in the week ending July 22, an 18% improvement from the prior week, and the largest weekly percentage gain among the chart’s 50 titles. Thanks to the five-spot jump, Roddy Ricch collects his sixth R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay top 10, following “Ballin,” “The Box,” “High Fashion,” “Rockstar” and a featured turn on Pop Smoke’s “The Woo,” (also featuring 50 Cent), which peaked at No. 4 last October.

The song also repeats at its No. 2 rank (its best yet) on Rap Airplay, though it adds 19% in audience in the latest tracking week. With growing support from its R&B/hip-hop airplay base, the track pushes 35-32 in its fourth week on the all-genre Radio Songs chart, as it picks up 19% in audience to 24.6 million.