Oh boy, this is where it gets really interesting.
All eyes this week will be on British Eurovision moral victor Sam Ryder. His epic ballad Space Man was oddly slow to catch on with the British public, despite having been available since February. It reached the dizzy heights of No.78 on this week’s chart but inevitably there has been a surge of interest in the song since his leaderboard-topping exploits in Turin on Saturday.
The first sales flash on Sunday (the usual “first look”) showed that Space Man had indeed charged into the Top 10, although everyone took that with a slight pinch of salt given - as surely everyone realises by now - the Sunday update is compiled most of the time without the benefit of full streaming data. Surely that was a false position.
But as well as flying to the top of the iTunes table Space Man also barged its way to the summit of Spotify over the weekend, landing 495,000 plays on Saturday - essentially doubling at a stroke its entire lifetime play count. So it was hardly a surprise that Official Charts broke their own embargo on Monday lunchtime to trumpet that on the first midweek update “proper” Sam Ryder was still on course for a Top 5 finish.
The present numbers don’t take into account Sunday’s streaming data either (at the time of writing Spotify themselves haven’t updated the numbers) meaning for all we know the song is even more popular than before.
So this is turning into a quite absorbing week. The last British Eurovision entry to make the Top 40 was Children Of The Universe by Molly in 2014, the last to even go Top 10 was Flying The Flag by Scooch in 2007. And of course no Eurovision song has reached No.1 since Gina G’s Ooh Ahh Just A Little Bit in 1996.
Alas there’s no sign of any of the other Eurovision songs inside the Top 40, but you can surely bet there will be a handful lower down.
In the stuff that hasn’t been as widely reported, the Styles/Ryder hegemony is about to end with Cat Burns’ Go the nearest contender to take over at No.1. Kenrick Lamar is on set for a trio of new entries in the Top 10 from his new album but Mr Morale And The Big Steppers is for the moment only the No.2 record on the midweek charts. Florence & The Machine lead the way with Dance Fever more than 13,000 sales ahead.
See you on Friday for Chart Watch itself. Where we might actually have plenty to talk about.