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Charts – 23 April 2021

Posted on Saturday, April 24, 2021 by Paul in Music

Another week with only three new entries on the singles chart.

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

Four weeks, and miles ahead of the number 2 single (which is Justin Bieber’s “Peaches”, for the third week). I’ll come back to the climbers – let’s tie up the new entries first.

29. AJ Tracey – “Little More Love”

One for the “filmed that during a pandemic, did you?” file. I know there are protocols for this sort of thing, but for the sake of a three minute video… I don’t know. It’s offputting. Anyway, this is the release-week single from his album “Flu Game”, which enters at number 2. His previous self-titled studio album reached number 3 in 2019; he’s also released a couple of mixtapes which placed significantly lower. “Flu Game” has already produced four top 40 singles – “Dinner Guest”, which got to number 5; “West Ten”, which got to number 5; “Bringing It Back”, which got to number 5; and “Anxious”, which got to … er, number 34. Not sure what happened to that one.

34. Aurora – “Runaway”

Another back catalogue song exhumed by TikTok. TikTok is displaying some decent taste with this one. It’s a 2015 single by Norwegian singer Aurora, which didn’t have much impact at the time. While she’s had previous top 40 hits in this country, it’s the first time she’s charted with something that’s truly representative. Her other two hits were the 2015 John Lewis Christmas advert soundtrack, a cover of Oasis’s “Half the World Away”; and 2019’s “Into the Unknown”, a song from the soundtrack of Frozen 2 where she does the wordless spirit-voice bit.

36. Young Thug & Gunna featuring Drake – “Solid”

That’s the artist credit being used by the chart, anyway. Spotify and YouTube include “Young Stoner Life” in the artist list, but that’s just the name of Young Thug’s label, so I’ll go with the chart company on this. It’s a track from the Young Stoner Life compilation album “Slime Language 2”, which I assume isn’t eligible for the album chart due to its panoply of artists. (The album chart doesn’t do Various Artists any more.) It’s charting, of course, because it’s the track with Drake on it. It’s… a track with Drake on it. You know what they sound like by now.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Bed” by Joel Corry, Raye & David Guetta climbs 4-3.
  • “Little Bit of Love” by Tom Grennan climbs 8-7.
  • “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat featuring SZA climbs 10-9.
  • “Let’s Go Home Together” by Ella Henderson & Tom Grennan climbs 12-10, giving Grennan two simultaneous top ten hits. It’s Ella Henderson’s fifth top 10 hit.
  • “Deja Vu” by Olivia Rodrigo climbs 26-12 after a slow start in its first two weeks. They’ll be pleased about that.
  • “Good Without” by Mimi Webb climbs 18-15.
  • “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals climbs 24-20. This record came out last year, finally made the top 40 in February, and has spent the previous ten weeks hovering between 21 and 26.
  • “Rasputin” by Majestic & Boney M climbs 31-27. It has a proper video now. Though I’m not convinced you can outcamp the loop of the actual Boney M that they used in the lyric video.
  • “Didn’t Know” by Tom Zanetti climbs 37-31.

On the album chart:

1. London Grammar – “Californian Soil”

Their third album, their second number one.

Number 2 is AJ Tracey’s “Flu Game”.

3. The Offspring – “Let the Bad Times Roll”

Initial reaction: god, are they still going? In my defence, the Offspring haven’t released a studio album since 2012 (and that one didn’t make the top 40). They haven’t split, they just seem to have moved into semi-retirement doing their greatest hits on the live circuit. But they’ve made periodic comments about working on an album, and they claimed to have finished the thing as long ago as February 2019. Label negotiations seem to account for some of the delay. At any rate, number 3 is actually the highest an Offspring album has ever got – their previous best was number 10 for “Americana” in 1998. Of course, the fading of the album chart has tended to favour older acts.

6. Imelda May – “11 Past the Hour”

Her fourth straight top ten album. The first track I tried was very MOR, but the one above’s quite good.

8. Greta Van Fleet – “The Battle at Garden’s Gate”

And, um, that’s it for this week – no new entries on the album chart outside the top 10. This is Greta Van Fleet’s second album of very seventies rock; the first one, “Anthem of the Peaceful Army”, reached number 12 in 2018.

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