I mentioned that Jack Harlow had the besting of Harry Styles in many other countries, and that was certainly the case on last week’s Hot 100. But just look at this, our local hero has reasserted himself and the two singles swap places on the brand new American singles chart. It means that over there, as here, Harry Styles has a solo No.1 hit that has lasted longer than a single frame as As It Was enjoys a second week at the summit.
For the second week running there is a new entry inside the American Top 10, this week the turn of the notorious Morgan Wallen. He’s the man who cannot be cancelled, the controversial character caught on tape making racial slurs resulting in his label suspending him, his music pulled from radio stations and his being uninvited to every award ceremony going. Yet the public, the people appreciating his music simply didn’t care, his album Dangerous going on to sell in huge numbers.
So to see him in the US Top 10 is quite a significant moment. The point at which it becomes futile even trying to keep him down. Don’t Think Jesus stands precisely zero chance of being a hit single anywhere else, but to see this nestling neatly alongside the likes of Kodak Black and Jack Harlow at the very least proves that the Billboard charts can gift us some startling variety.