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Charts – 26 February 2021

Posted on Saturday, February 27, 2021 by Paul in Music

It’s not budging.

1. Olivia Rodrigo – “Drivers License”

That’s seven weeks. So it’s time to start paying attention to the records. Two records managed six weeks last year: Ariana Grande’s “Positions” and Joel Corry & MNEK’s “Head & Heart”. “Drivers License” now overtakes them both. The next step is a big challenge, though – “Dance Monkey” by Tones & I, which lasted 11 weeks at number 1 in 2019. I don’t see Rodrigo making it that long – she’s had one close call already. But we’ll see.

The rest of the top 3 is static, with “Calling My Phone” by Lil Tjay & 6LACK at 2, and Nathan Evans’ “Wellerman” at 3. And it’s a long, long way down to the first new entry. “The Business” by Tiesto climbs 6-4, becoming his highest placing single since 2014. “Friday” by Riton x Nightcrawler featuring Mufasa & Hypeman climbs 10-7. Remarkably, “Save Your Tears” by the Weeknd continues to climb despite having been available as an album track for months, and now moves 13-11. “Latest Trends” by A1 & J1, which entered at 19 and climbed to 17 last week, gathers momentum by climbing to 12. “Your Love (9pm)” by ATB, Topic & A7S climbs 21-5. Cardi B’s “Up” climbs 22-17. Central Cee’s “Commitment Issues” climbs 23-18. “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals climbs 26-23. “My Head & My Heart” by Ava Max climbs 29-25, which coincidentally leaves it one place above “Head & Heart”, still hanging in there months after it left number 1.

28. Ella Henderson & Tom Grennan – “Let’s Go Home Together”

One of those rather generic love songs that takes on a bit more weight in the Covid era by going with a “falling in love in the pub” video that would normally be very obvious, but stands for something currently available to the general public. Leaving that aside, it’s fine – it’s got a decent chorus – but nothing out of the ordinary. It’s strong enough to pick up some attention after she performed it on the Graham Norton show, though.

Ella Henderson crops up fairly regularly as a guest singer, but she hasn’t had a hit as the lead credited artist since 2014. A big part of that is that she hasn’t released anything as a lead artist since 2014, though a single called “Take Care of You” came out last summer and sank. This is apparently a remake of a song originally recorded for a projected second album in 2016, at which point James Arthur took the male role.

Tom Grennan makes his first appearance in the singles chart, though his 2018 debut album made the top 5. He has a new album due out in March.

“Arcade” by Duncan Laurence, the Eurovision track unearthed by Tiktok, continues to climb, now moving 33-29.

32. Tom Grennan – “Little Bit of Love”

Apparently there’s some spillover effect for Grennan’s own single, which has been out for over a month without previously charting. It’s a pretty decent song but the production is a bit too FM, and it winds up sounding like a bit too much like X Factor fodder.

33. Navos – “Believe Me”

We seem to be getting more old-school dance records in the chart at a time when there are no clubs open. Perhaps that’s no coincidence; maybe people are listening to them on chart-counting channels precisely because they can’t hear them in clubs. At any rate, Navos is a DJ from Liverpool via Soundcloud, and this is his first hit.

35. Masked Wolf – “Astronaut in the Ocean”

Australian rap. It’s quite good, though that video is really shoestring. The track is two years old, and it’s had some support from TikTok, but mainly it’s a reissue after signing to a bigger label.

36. Digga D – “Toxic”

Apparently, this can’t be embedded because the video is age-restricted. It’s… not subtle. His other current single, with AJ Tracey, is at 19 this week (having peaked at 5). I don’t see this getting the airplay to match it.

38. Ariana Grande – “Test Drive”

This is a bonus track from the deluxe edition of her “Positions” album, which came out this week and duly rebounds to number 5 on the album chart (from 33). It’s not officially a single.

Over on the album chart…

1. Mogwai – “As the Love Continues”

The Scottish post-rock band have been around since the 1990s, but didn’t have a top 10 album until 2014. Their 2017 album did slightly better, and now they get to number 1 with their tenth studio album, released on the 25th anniversary of their debut single.

2. Ghetts – “Conflict of Interest”

That’s a huge improvement from his previous albums, in 2014 and 2018, which got to 23 and 30 respectively.

And there is one other new entry on the album chart this week…

27. The Reytons – “May Seriously Harm You and Others Around You”

They’re an indie band from Sheffield, and this is a six-track EP that scrapes into qualifying for the album chart. I quite enjoyed the single.

Bring on the comments

  1. Mark Coale says:

    Mogwai may have also benefitted by being plugged at least once on the Guardians futbol podcast and tweeting by some of the pods regulars.

    Also, no chart appearances by current wwe 24/7 champ
    Bad Bunny?

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