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Charts – 8 January 2021

Posted on Saturday, January 9, 2021 by Paul in Music

This is the strange chart, the one where all the Christmas records vanish simultaneously, and a flood of records rush up the chart to fill the gap. The chart this week contains no fallers at all, and 19 re-entries – relatively few of them are reaching new peaks, and I won’t be mentioning those again, but suffice to say that it’s the sort of week when “You Broke Me First” by Tate McRae, which peaked at number 3 in October, rebounds from number 74 to number 9.

There are, however, quite a few genuine new entries on this chart – mostly the tracks that got swamped out of the top 40 by the Christmas releases, finally making it into the chart.

1. Little Mix – “Sweet Melody”

This has been on the top 40 for 11 weeks now, and it peaked with a three-week run at number 3 in November. Two weeks ago it was at number 20, and it’s not even the current Little Mix single – more of that in a bit – but this is a weird week on the chart, so here it is.

It’s Little Mix’s 5th number 1 – the others are “Cannonball” (2011), “Wings” (2012), “Black Magic” (2015) and “Shout Out To My Ex” (2016). That’s a big gap between number 1s, particularly for a band who’ve been active the whole time.

Sticking solely with the true climbers that are reaching new peaks, “Aftermath” by Ed Sheeran climbs 13-2, and “Whoopty” by CJ climbs 14-3.

4. Justin Bieber – “Anyone”

This is a genuine new entry, released at new year. It’s a passable soft-rock ballad. Not wild about videos made during the pandemic that feature crowd scenes, either.

“Get Out My Head” by Shane Codd jumps 22-6 to enter the top 10; similarly, “Without You” by Kid Laroi climbs 26-7. “Paradise” by Meduza featuring Dermot Kennedy climbs 29-10, giving both of them their second top 10 hits. “Loading” by Central Cee re-enters at 20, easily beating its peak of 34 from the start of December.

23. Lil Nas X – “Holiday”

At first glance it’s a little unexpected to find that this track has behaved as a non-Christmas record, but it turns out not to be very festive at all. The video probably won’t help it going into January, though.

24. Nathan Dawe & Little Mix – “No Time For Tears”

The Little Mix track they’re meant to be promoting at the moment. This has been out for six weeks, but it’s failed to make headway against the Christmas back catalogue. It’s a decent dance record, and I guess Little Mix do enough harmonising to justify bringing them in instead of just getting a session singer.

28. SZA – “Good Days”

SZA has had previous hits as a guest singer – on Maroon 5’s “What Lovers Do” and Kendrick Lamar’s “All the Stars” – but this post-Christmas release is her first hit in her own right. Not the track I’d have expected her to break through with – it’s a rather pretty, drifty affair that doesn’t feel like an obvious choice of single.

30. Jason Derulo & Nuka – “Love Not War (The Tampa Beat)”

This has been out since the start of December, and making very little headway indeed until now – it’s been hovering on the fringes of the top 100. Like the rather similar “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)”, it’s based around a pre-existing track, hence the double title. Nuka is a producer from New Caledonia – it’s a French territory in the Pacific. The original instrumental was catchily titled “4 Brylean (WayzRmx2018)”, which makes it sound like an Aphex Twin track. Which it very much isn’t.

31. Tiesto – “The Business”

Tiesto didn’t have any hits in 2020, but he did have a couple in 2019, and he’s still clinging on in there as an occasional presence in the chart. The male dancer in the video is Casey Frey, who I gather used to be big on Vine.

35. Becky Hill – “Forever Young”

This cover was recorded for the McDonald’s Christmas advert, and it was released at the start of December. However, it only makes the chart now that regular business is resuming. Though Becky Hill has a number one to her credit (“Gecko (Overdrive)” from 2014), she’s something of a perennial midcarder. That said, she’s still here, with her ninth top 40 hit, seven years after her debut. More than most people can claim.

The original version of “Forever Young”, by Alphaville, failed to chart in the UK on its release in 1984; it’s become better known since. Alphaville only had one hit in the UK, “Big in Japan”, which got to number 8. As for “Forever Young”, the first version to chart in the UK was Interactive’s hack club version, which reached number 28 in 1996.

37. HVME – “Goosebumps”

HVME is a Spanish producer, despite the huge “Lithuania” logo in that video. This started off as a remix of a track by Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar (which reached number 65 last May), but since they don’t get any credit on it, I’m assuming it’s turned into a cover version for official release.

40. Kid Laroi – “So Done”

A bit surprising – this has been out since November and came close to making the top 40 at the time before tailing off before the Christmas rush hit. It seems to be riding the coattails of “Without You”, which (as already mentioned) climbs to 7 this week.

Over on the album chart… not much. “Evermore” by Taylor Swift returns to number 1 for a second week. Last week’s number 1, “Christmas” by Michael BublĂ©, drops straight out of the top 100. That’s the calendar for you. And that’s basically it – no new entries at all.

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