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Charts – 15 January 2021

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2021 by Paul in Music

It’s still a quiet week for new entries, but we do have the first big hit of 2021 to deal with.

1. Olivia Rodrigo – “Drivers Licence”

Stop me if any of this sounds familiar. Olivia Rodrigo is a 17-year-old singer and actress who has spent several years as a teen star on the Disney Channel, now breaking with the Disney brand by releasing her first mainstream single. It’s even got swearing! It’s also very good indeed. This is her own song – the only other credited writer is producer Daniel Nigro – and it’s a really strong debut. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that she cites Lorde as an influence.

Disney’s strike rate of casting teen stars who successfully transition to adult stardom has been remarkably high over a long period. In Rodrigo’s case, she was – until now – best known for two Disney Channel shows, the YouTube-themed sitcom Bizaardvark and the meta mockumentary High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. (Yes, that’s really the title.) Here she is about four years ago.

To be fair, she was making obviously transitional material towards the end of her Disney stint – “All I Want” is also a much better track than you’d expect from a Disney Channel single. All of this, of course, has flown completely under the radar of anyone over the age of 13. But “Driver’s Licence” is a really strong first “proper’ single, and it’s a pretty safe bet that she won’t be on the one hit wonders list for long.

Rodrigo has, admittedly, chosen to release in a quiet week, so there’s not much else in the upper end of the chart. “Without You” by Kid Laroi climbs 7-6, and “Paradise” by Meduza featuring Dermot Kennedy climbs 10-7. “Good Days” by SZA, which didn’t strike me as a commercial track, proves me wrong by climbing 28-14. “Loading” by Central Cee climbs 20-19, and “The Business” by Tiesto climbs 31-21. “No Time For Tears” by Nathan Dawe & Little Mix climbs 24-22, and “Goosebumps” by HVME climbs 37-25. And Jason Derulo & Nuka’s “Love Not War (The Tampa Beat)” climbs 30-29.

30. Bugzy Malone featuring Chip – “Notorious”

Bugzy Malone was last in the top 40 two years ago, and that was with Aitch as a guest star. The sample is from “Notorious” by Turbulence, an international hit in reggae and dancehall circles in 2004 – though it didn’t make the mainstream singles chart in this country.

34. The Weeknd – “Save Your Tears”

A belated single from last spring’s album; in fact, even “Save Your Tears” was technically released as a single months ago. But for some reason it now gets a video, which is enough to put it into the top 40.

35. Saweetie featuring Doja Cat – “Best Friend”

A second hit for Saweetie, after “Tap In” got to number 38 in the autumn. Of course, this has Doja Cat on it, who’s a bigger star now.

The album chart is starting to stir for 2021 as well, though it’s still relatively quiet there too.

1. Barry Gibb – “Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Volume 1”

The last surviving Gibb brother reworks some of the family’s back catalogue as country duets, basically. It’s Gibb’s third solo album, and his first solo number 1 – 2016’s “In the Now” reached number 2, though.

2. Passenger – “Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted”

If you’re being really strict about your definition of a one-hit wonder, Passenger doesn’t quite count – his 2013 single “Let Her Go” was his only hit, and it spent 30 weeks on the top 40, but it only got to number 2. (It was held off by Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, and fair enough, really.) He’s had more sustained success on the albums chart; this is his sixth top ten album, and he did get a number 1 in 2016.

33. Ian Hunter & Mott the Hoople – “Gold”

Another of the “Gold” mid-budget best-of box sets, covering both Mott the Hoople and their frontman’s solo work. Obviously, their biggest hit was their debut hit “All The Young Dudes” (number 3 in 1972), but that’s boringly obvious, so here’s the number 12 followup from the following year, which actually has a video.

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