Pop Smoke may not have hit No. 1 on either the singles or albums charts, but he is still having perhaps the best week or any one artist in the U.K. The late rapper’s fans showed up in a major way to prove their love for the talent, who was taken far too early. He hits new highs and accomplishes incredible things this time around, and behind him, another hip-hop powerhouse who died very young lands another hit single as well.
Here’s a look at five of the most important moves on this week’s U.K. singles chart.
No. 9 – Pop Smoke – “The Woo”
Less than half a year after his murder, Pop Smoke misses out on scoring a No. 1 on the applicable ranking with what his team has called his debut album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, which launches at No. 2 in the U.K. The set has now produced four charting cuts, with three from the project finding their way into the top 40 this time around.
The trio is led by “The Woo,” which starts at No. 9, becoming his first top 10 hit in the country. Behind that cut, “For The Night” and “Mood Swings” enter the race at Nos. 14 and 23, respectively. Unfortunately, the songs don’t credit featured artists 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby, DaBaby and Lil Tjay, who are properly named on the album.
No. 34 – Ty Dolla Sign – “Ego Death (ft. Kanye West and FKA Twigs)”
The powerful team of Ty Dolla Sign, Kanye West and FKA Twigs blast onto the singles ranking with “Ego Death,” which instantly becomes a top 40 hit in the U.K. The tune, which is assumed to be the first taste of Sign’s forthcoming project, is the sixth top 40 for Sign, the forty-fourth for West and the first for Twigs, according to their official counts.
Skrillex is also credited on the song, but the U.K. ranking doesn’t feature his name, and “Ego Death” doesn’t appear on his own webpage managed by the Official Charts Company, so while the organization’s article about this week’s chart does mention the electronic producer’s moniker as attached to the cut, it looks like it might not actually count toward his career total.
No. 44 – Blackpink – “How You Like That”
Last week, Blackpink’s comeback single “How You Like That” debuted at No. 20, and this frame it’s still present on the ranking. It might not sound like a major accomplishment for a track to spend just two turns on the list, but that remains a rare feat among South Korean artists, especially girl groups. “How You Like That” is already the fourth-longest-charting tune by an all-female act…