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Charts – 9 April 2021

Posted on Friday, April 9, 2021 by Paul in Music

Because of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, the BBC is in national mourning mode today, and so it didn’t air the regular chart show. But the chart itself was still published online as usual, and to be honest, it’s such an uneventful week that listeners to Radio 1 didn’t miss a great deal.

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

Two weeks. Which matches “Old Town Road”, for what that’s worth. Number 2 is “Peaches” by Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon, climbing one place; “Bed” by Joel Corry x RAYE x David Guetta climbs 7-6. That is the sum total of excitement in the top 10 this week. Slightly more interestingly, “Body” by Russ Millions & Tion Wayne climbs 21-12. “Astronaut in the Ocean” by Masked Wolf climbs 20-18. “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals climbs 24-21, five weeks after reaching its previous peak of 22. “Ferrari Horses” by D-Block Europe featuring RAYE climbs 28-22 – that is more notable, because it’s been climbing ever since it entered the chart three weeks ago, and D-Block Europe tracks don’t normally do that. And we finally reach the first new entry all the way down at…

27. Olivia Rodrigo – “Deja Vu”

Following up “Drivers Licence” is… a challenge. Technically Olivia Rodrigo is already off the one-hit wonder list, because her Disney song “All I Want” got to number 32 as a spillover when “Drivers Licence” took off. Still, this is the single that has the impossible task of being the actual follow-up.

It sounds at first like it might be “Driver’s Licence II: The Lana Del Rey Edition”, but some of that is misdirection – the opening is intentionally saccharine. Once it gets going after the first chorus, it turns into a decent upbeat indie pop song; thematically we’re still in break-up territory, but this is certainly a very different record from “Driver’s Licence”. It doesn’t have the instant emotional hook of the first song, but it deserves to gather some momentum and climb from here.

Billy Joel, though? Really?

“Rasputin” by Majestic & Boney M climbs 38-29, and “Black Hole” by Griff is up 37-33 – that’s three weeks on the chart and, very slightly, gathering pace. “Heartbreak Anniversary” by Giveon climbs 39-36. And there’s just one other new entry:

40. Tom Zanetti – “Didn’t Know”

This has been climbing from the lower reaches from several weeks. Zanetti is a DJ and rapper whose only previous hit single was back in 2016 – “You Want Me”, which got to number 22, and was along similar lines.

The album chart is a little busier.

1. The Snuts – “W.L.”

Scottish indie pop. They have the unusual distinction of having the last ever number one single on the Scottish singles chart, which was discontinued at the end of last year – since it remained a sales chart to the end, though, it had become largely meaningless.

2. Demi Lovato – “Dancing with the Devil – The Art of Starting Over”

Her seventh album, accompanied by a documentary series for YouTube originals. It’s her highest placed album, though the previous three all made the top 10. Two of the singles made the top  40 – “I Love Me” got to 35, and “I’m Ready” got to 20.

4. Dry Cleaning – “New Long Leg”

London guitar band, debut album. Basically, they’re a deadpan post-punk outfit who write songs with titles like “Scratchcard Lanyard”. The sort of thing you’ll either find endearing, or intolerably number-6-on-the-Chart-Show-indie-chart.

7. Lil Tjay – “Destined 2 Win”

His second studio album; the first was “True 2 Myself”, which reached number 22 in 2019. He’s released a couple of mixtapes since then that failed to chart, so this is a step up. It includes the single “Calling My Phone’, which reached number 2.

12. The Fratellis – “Half Drunk Under a Full Moon”

That’s mid-range for a Fratellis album – its predecessor got to 5, the one before that got to 16.

18. Bryan Ferry – “Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2020”

That’s 30 March 2020, so just under the wire. The proceeds from the album release are apparently going to the band and crew rather than to Ferry himself. The title has to specify the year because Ferry already released “Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974” last year – and it got to number 18 too.

20. David Bowie – “At the Kit Kat Klub – Live New York 99”

Yet another Bowie live recording from the archives. In this case, the recording has previously been released as a promotional CD, so I assume it’s been widely bootlegged, in which case they might as well stick it out officially.

29. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – “G_d’s Pee at State’s End!”

The censoring is in the official title. It’s their seventh album, and their highest placed – the previous two also made the top 40. And yes, the title of the track above is “Military Alphabet (five eyes all blind) (4521.0kHz 6730.0kHz 4109.09kHz)”.

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