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Charts – 12 February 2021

Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2021 by Paul in Music

It’s 90s Eurodance chorus recycling week.

1. Olivia Rodrigo – “Drivers Licence”

Five weeks, without much difficulty.

5. Digga D & AJ Tracey – “Bringing It Back”

Easily the biggest hit to date for Digga D, who’s never previously got above 18. Of course, he’s working with AJ Tracey here, who had four straight top ten hits last year alone.

“The Business” by Tiesto climbs 11-7, which is only his fourth top 10 hit in a chart career that stretches back to 2001. “Goosebumps” by HVME climbs 16-10, and “Save Your Tears” by the Weeknd climbs 31-15 as the single promotion starts to feed through, even though it’s been out for ages. “Friday” by Riton x Nightcrawlers featuring Mufasa & Hypeman climbs 24-16.

19. A1 & J1 – “Latest Trends”

Another from the “It came from TikTook” file, though strictly this actually started as a snippet on Houseparty, of all things. Come to think of it, Houseparty might be very well suited for music promotion… Anyway, they’re teenagers, and it’s a debut for both – sadly, this has nothing to do with turn-of-the-century boy band A1.

21. Cardi B – “Up”

The follow-up to “WAP” puts Cardi B back in her more typical chart positions – her biggest hits have tended to come as a guest rapper, and “WAP” was something of an outlier.

23. ATB x Topic x A7S – “Your Love (9pm)”

Topic and A7S had a hit last year with “Breaking Me”, which got to number 3. Topic’s a German producer, A7S is a singer from Sweden. This follow-up, which has one of the most irritating vocal processing treatments I’ve heard in a while, samples the hook from ATB’s “9pm (Till I Come)”, a number 1 for two weeks in 1999, and something of an Ibiza classic. ATB wasn’t a one-hit wonder – he had two other top five hits on the back of “9pm” – but this is the song he’s remembered for.

“Heat Waves” by the Glass Animals climbs 34-24, another track finally getting traction months after it was released.

35. Ava Max – “My Head & My Heart”

Ava Max is still struggling to really follow up her number 1 debut “Sweet But Psycho” from 2018; she’s had two other hits since then, one in 2019, one in 2020, and both getting stuck in the teens. Let’s see if this one meets a similar fate. The familiar chorus melody, which is duly credited, comes from the song best known to Anglophone audiences as “Around The World (La La La La)” by ATC – number 15 in 1999. The Russian original is “Pesenka” (“Song”) by Ruki Vverh! (Hands Up!).

39. Duncan Laurence – “Arcade”

Hello again, TikTok. Not content with dusting off a James Arthur album track and reviving the sea shanty as a mainstream musical genre, TikTok now brings us a surprise top 40 entry for the winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Technically still the reigning champion, since 2020 was pandemicked off. We’re assured that the 2021 contest will take place, even if it has to be done entirely by video link.

On the album chart…

1. The Foo Fighters – “Medicine at Midnight”

That’s their fifth number 1 album. The others are “One By One” (2002), “Echoes Silence Patience & Grace” (2007), “Wasting Light” (2011) and “Concrete and Gold” (2017).

2. The Weeknd – “The Highlights”

A greatest hits album; we’ve mentioned the current single already.

4. Black Country, New Road – “For The First Time”

Despite the video, they’re a band from London, and this is their debut release. It’s been a while since I’ve seen an indie video that had quite such ITV Chart Show indie-chart tendencies. Weirdly compelling, though.

5. Fleet Foxes – “Shore”

Another band whose fans apparently hold out for the physical version – this has been available digitally since October, but it only reached number 68. Nonetheless, thanks to physical sales, it’s their fourth top ten album.

“What’s Your Pleasure” by Jessie Ware re-enters at number 9 after a TV performance; it previously had a week at number 3 on release last July, and then dropped straight out of the top 40.

13. The Staves – “Good Woman”

Their highest-placed album, by one place. The Staves were last in the chart in 2015. They did release an album in 2017, but it didn’t chart – most likely because it started as a Tidal exclusive, which would have limited its first-week audiences.

23. Deacon Blue – “Riding on the Tide of Love”

This is Deacon Blue’s pandemic mini-album. Their last regular album, “City of Love”, got to number 5, but this is positioned as a side project.

Bring on the comments

  1. MWayne says:

    Congratulations to AJ, A1, ATB, A7S and Ava on their chart success. I will likely never know the difference amongst any of you.

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