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Charts – 22 January 2021

Posted on Friday, January 22, 2021 by Paul in Music

As the charts settle back down to normal, the first new number one of the year is settling in for a residency.

1. Olivia Rodrigo – “Drivers License”
32. Olivia Rodrigo – “All I Want”

Two weeks. “Drivers Licence” is – deservedly – an enormous hit, coming from nowhere to set new streaming records worldwide. Its streaming total this week was 13.7 million, not a record, but still the highest weekly figure in a couple of years. A couple of weeks ago Olivia Rodrigo was essentially unknown outside the Disney Channel demographic, which makes it all the more impressive. As a spillover, we have a surprise entry into the top 40 for “All I Want”, a track she wrote for Disney’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. It wasn’t technically released as a single but it does have a video and it made the top 100 on streaming when it was released a year ago.

“All I Want” was intended as a song for a Disney Channel musical, and it has something of a split personality. The chorus arrangement is rather heavy handed, and it’s got a truck driver’s key change, but other parts are decidedly more interesting, and you can see why it stood out in its original context. It’s an unusual record.

2. Anne-Marie x KSI x Digital Farm Animals – “Don’t Play”

Back in more routine territory, this is a perfectly acceptable pop dance record, though putting that much processing on Anne-Marie’s voice seems a waste. It’s Anne-Marie’s highest position since she sang on Clean Bandit’s number 1 “Rockabye” in 2016. It’s an all-time peak for KSI, though not by much – he had two number 3 hits last year, one of which was also Digital Farm Animals’ highest position to date.

Number 3 is “34+35” by Ariana Grande, which rebounds from 11 following the release of a remix with Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion. Its previous peak was 8. “Without You” by Kid Laroi and “Paradise” by Meduza featuring Dermot Kennedy each climb a place, to 5 and 6 respectively. “Goosebumps” by HVME climbs 25-15, and “The Business” by Tiesto climbs 21-16. “No Time for Tears” by Nathan Dawe & Little Mix climbs 22-19.

20. Doja Cat – “Streets”

This was a track from Doja Cat’s 2019 album “Hot Pink”, but for some reason she released two different live versions of it on YouTube just before Christmas (one of which is above), which has led it very belatedly chart. No bad thing for her – it’s a reminder that she’s got range.

“Love Not War (The Tampa Beat)” by Jason Derulo & Nuka climbs 29-26, and…

31. Juice WRLD featuring Young Thug – “Bad Boy”

Another posthumous Juice WRLD single, but the case for releasing this one is better than most, since he did actually film a video for it while he was alive. The title turns out to be referencing the 1995 film Bad Boys, making this a rare modern occurrence of Will Smith being cited as an example of rebellion.

37. The Longest Johns – “Wellerman”

Right, we’re really doing this, are we?

The Longest Johns are an acapella group from Bristol and this is one of the viral recordings of the 19th century New Zealand sea shanty “Wellerman”. This isn’t an opportunistic release, to be fair – the studio version of this track, the one people are actually streaming, was released on an album in 2018. It surely goes without saying, but this is their first hit single.

The other version, by Nathan Evans, is getting an official release this week. It also has a dance remix, of which the less said, the better.

On the album chart…

1. You Me At Six – “Suckapunch”

This is the second number 1 album for You Me At Six (the other was “Cavalier Youth” in 2014), and they haven’t missed the top 10 in over a decade now. That said… “Cavalier Youth” was also their last album to spend more than a week in the album top 40. They’re very much a fanbase act – this album picked up most of its points from physical sales.

4. Sleaford Mods – “Spare Ribs”

Their highest position to date – their albums since 2015 have all placed circa number 10 or so, but this is their first time in the top 5.

5. Why Don’t We – “The Good Times and the Bad Ones”

Somewhat unusually, a boy band who mainly sell albums. Their previous album, 2018’s “8 Letters”, got to number 25. This does better, but they’ve still come nowhere close to troubling the singles chart.

8. Shame – “Drunk Tank Pink”

Follow-up to their 2018 album “Songs of Praise”, which only made number 32. So a big step up there.

17. Zayn – “Nobody is Listening”

Well… you said it. After his solo career got off to a strong start in 2016, Zayn Malik has struggled. His 2018 album “Icarus Falls” managed to get one track to number 20 on the singles chart, but the album itself missed the top 75. This time, no hit singles (the track above was the closest, at number 50), but at least the album made the top 20.

And finally for this week, number 19 is “Demidevil” by Ashnikko; the single “Daisy” got to 24.

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