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Jul 11

Charts – 9 July 2021

Posted on Sunday, July 11, 2021 by Paul in Music

This is what you call a dead week.

1. Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits”

Two weeks. And for our highest new entry we find ourselves going all the way down to…

32. Brent Faiyaz featuring Drake – “Wasting Time”


Jul 3

Charts – 4 July 2021

Posted on Saturday, July 3, 2021 by Paul in Music

Ah, he’s back.

1. Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits”

The lead single from Ed Sheeran’s fifth album, and… well, it’s one of his electropop efforts, and it’s fine, but nothing outstanding. It feels like it’s jumped straight to a slightly uninspired European remix from three years ago. Still, it’s his tenth number one, which is elite company – there are only six acts who have had more than ten number ones. Admittedly, one of them is Westlife.


Jun 26

Charts – 25 June 2021

Posted on Saturday, June 26, 2021 by Paul in Music

It’s still Olivia Rodrigo’s chart.

1. Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”
9. Olivia Rodrigo – “Traitor”
17. Olivia Rodrigo – “Favorite Crime”

That’s 5 weeks at number 1 for “Good 4 U”. The chart compilers are claiming that as the longest run at the top for a – and I quote – “rock-influenced” track since “Spaceman” by Babylon Zoo in 1996. Which… okay? There does seem to be something of a resurgence in guitars right now. We’ll see if that lasts.


Jun 19

Charts – 18 June 2021

Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2021 by Paul in Music

It’s static at the top.

1. Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”

Four weeks at number 1, and she still has three songs in the top 10 (with “Deja Vu” at 5, and “Traitor” at 8). The top 3 is static, with the Weeknd at 2 and Doja Cat at 3.

12. Mimi Webb – “Dumb Love”

This is the follow-up to her debut single “Good Without”, which has been on the chart for 12 weeks now and is currently a non-mover at its peak of number 9. I thought “Good Without” was a bit obvious; I like this more, though it’s very much a record for Heart FM. That said, we don’t get too much of this in the top 40 at the moment, which makes it a welcome part of the mix.


Jun 15

Charts – 11 June 2021

Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by Paul in Music

We missed last week’s chart, so a bit of catching up to do here…

1. Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”

Three weeks, and doing nicely – it had 11.2 million streams last week. While it was only to be expected that her album “Sour” would get the maximum three tracks into the singles chart in its first week, they’re still there – “Deja Vu” is at 4, and “Traitor” is at a peak position of 5. And that means she has three singles in the top 5 – not unheard of, but very much A-lister territory.

The number two single is former number 1 “Body”, so it’s not facing an immediate challenge either. Once again, she has three singles in the top 10 – “Deja Vu” is at 5, and “Drivers Licence” re-enters at 6. “Re-enters” because of the three-song rule; evidently it was her fourth placed song last week, and the positions are reversed this time. When we last saw it, two weeks ago, it was at number 35, so the release of the parent album has really catapulted it back up the charts – this is its highest position since March, when its nine-week run at number 1 ended. “Sour” also spends a second week at number 1 on the album chart.

7. Arrdee – “Oliver Twist”

He’s a teenage rapper from Brighton, and he featured prominently on the multi-guest remix of “Body” – but he didn’t get a chart credit for that. So this is technically his first hit. The midweeks have it sticking around in the top 10.


May 28

Charts – 28 May 2021

Posted on Friday, May 28, 2021 by Paul in Music

Well, that didn’t take long.

1. Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”
4. Olivia Rodrigo – “Deja Vu”
7. Olivia Rodrigo – “Traitor”

Yes, it’s the release of Olivia Rodrigo’s album “Sour”, which enters at number 1 on the album chart, and promptly places the maximum three tracks in the single chart. Demonstrating her ability to write about her break-up in any musical genre, “Good 4 U” is the Paramore version, and climbs to number 1 on its second week out. It’s her second number 1 single and, if you care about such things, she’s the youngest artist to have had simultaneous number 1s on the single and album chart. To be honest, having simultaneous number 1s isn’t that unusual – it happened four times in 2020 – but while the list is lengthy, it’s also mainly made up of A-listers. And Olly Murs.


May 21

Charts – 21 May 2021

Posted on Friday, May 21, 2021 by Paul in Music

J Cole has an album out, then.

1. Tion Wayne & Russ Millions – “Body”

Three weeks, and still with a comfortable lead – it’s about 25% ahead of the number 2 single.

2. Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”

A final single from her album before its release today. She’s now released three singles complaining about her ex’s new girlfriend, but there’s certainly a range of genre – this time, she’s Paramore. “Deja Vu” climbs to a new peak of number 11 this week as well, and “Drivers Licence” is at number 35.


May 15

Charts – 14 May 2021

Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2021 by Paul in Music

This was the week of the Brit Awards, and since performing your song on primetime TV to an audience who don’t necessarily care all that much about music tends to bring in new listeners, there are a couple of unlikely rebounds further down the chart. But it makes no difference to…

1. Tion Wayne & Russ Millions – “Body”

…which gets a second week at number 1, and continues to grow. It has twice the streams of the number 2 single (which is “Montero”, a record on its way down). So it looks set to be here for a while.

12. Coldplay – “Higher Power”

Produced by Max Martin, and it sounds it. This is the lead single for their ninth album, somewhat bizarrely promoted with a video livestream from the International Space Station. Coldplay’s last hit single was “Orphans” in 2019, but they haven’t been this high up the chart since 2017 (when they got to number 2 in a collaboration with the Chainsmokers).


May 11

Charts – 7 May 2021

Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 by Paul in Music

Well, here’s a track I didn’t expect to get to number 1. “Montero” drops to 2 after five weeks, and…

1. Tion Wayne & Russ Millions – “Body”

That’s the remix video above, which isn’t officially the lead version – but it’s the version that’s largely responsible for pushing it up to number 1. This has climbed 21-12-11-14-4-1, with the remix coming out over the last couple of weeks. It’s being billed as the first drill number one, and fair enough, I guess – though it’s at the radio friendly end of the genre, as you might imagine. Tion Wayne has had three previous top ten hits, but this is his first time in the top 5. Russ’s previous best was number 7.


Apr 30

Charts – 30 April 2021

Posted on Friday, April 30, 2021 by Paul in Music

Uneventful, really.

1. Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”

Five weeks, and still performing strongly. Not that it’s facing much in the way of new challengers – it heads up a static top three, with “Peaches” spending its fourth week at number 2. There are no significant new entries this week at all – for the highest, we have to go all the way down to…

38. Years & Years – “Starstruck”