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Charts – 30 April 2021

Posted on Friday, April 30, 2021 by Paul in Music

Uneventful, really.

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

Five weeks, and still performing strongly. Not that it’s facing much in the way of new challengers – it heads up a static top three, with “Peaches” spending its fourth week at number 2. There are no significant new entries this week at all – for the highest, we have to go all the way down to…

38. Years & Years – “Starstruck”

Years & Years used to be a band, but is now simply the solo project of frontman Olly Alexander. It’s been three years since their last hit, but they didn’t release anything during that period. By 2018 their singles were performing erratically, but they still got two records into the top ten. This comeback single is… certainly bouncy, I’ll give it that.

39. Becky Hill – “Last Time”

This has spent a month hovering outside the top 40 before charting. It’s… serviceable, I guess. Nothing to write home about.

So. Climbers, then?

  • “Body” by Tion Wayne & Russ Millions climbs 14-4. That’s prompted by the release of a remix which features a ridiculous seven guests. It’s not the lead version, though, so none of them get a chart credit. Number 4 is Russ’s highest position under any of his various names, the previous best being 7 for “Keisha and Becky”. Tion Wayne’s previous best was 6 as a guest on KSI’s “Houdini”.
  • “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat featuring SZA climbs 9-6.
  • “Ferrari Horses” by D-Block Europe & Raye climbs 17-14. It’s now their second-highest placing single – their highest, “UFO”, got to number 11, and that was with the benefit of Aitch as a guest star. It does finally have a lyric video.
  • “Rasputin” by Majestic & Boney M climbs 27-21.
  • “Believe Me” by Navos climbs 26-23.
  • “Didn’t Know” by Tom Zanetti climbs 31-24. It’s still two places short of his only previous hit, “You Want Me”, from 2016.
  • “Runaway” by Aurora climbs 34-29.
  • “Heartbreak Anniversary” by Giveon, which has been in the top 40 for five weeks now, makes the thrilling leap from 37-35.
  • “Nice to Meet Ya” by Wes Nelson featuring Yxng Bane climbs to 36 after spending two weeks at 39.

The album chart is… a bit more active.

1. Tom Jones – “Surrounded By Time”

Tom Jones has had 31 top 40 albums, but this is only his fourth number 1. The others were “Delilah” in 1968, a greatest hits album from 1975, and his 1999 collaborations album “Reload”. He turns 81 in June, and this sets a new record for the oldest man to have a number 1 album. Technically, the oldest artist to have a number 1 album is Vera Lynn, who was 92 when her greatest hits album reached number 1 in 2009 – but I think Tom Jones has the record for the oldest artist to reach number 1 with an album of newly recorded material.

11. John Lennon – “Plastic Ono Band”

A 50th anniversary reissue of his debut solo album, which reached number 8 on first release.

15. The Who – “The Who Sell Out”

Another collector’s edition reissue. The original album is under 40 minutes long. This Super Deluxe Edition covers 5 CDs and contains 112 tracks, of which 48 are previously unreleased. On its original release, the album peaked at number 3 in January 1968 (and again a month later). The twelve albums that outsold it in its first peak week include “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “Their Satanic Majesties Request”, “Pisces Aquarius Capricorn and Jones” and, um, the Sound of Music soundtrack and “Val Doonican Rocks But Gently.”

24. The Selecter – “Too Much Pressure”

And another reissue. This ska album was The Selecter’s only top 40 hit, though that’s largely because the original line-up split soon after. It reached number 5 in 1980.

29. Dinosaur Jr – “Sweep it into Space”

It’s been five years since the last Dinosaur Jr album, which reached number 23 (and was in turn their first album to reach the top 40 since 1994). So number 29 isn’t bad at all.

34. Kaleo – “Surface Sounds”

Their third album, and the second to chart in the UK (the other one got to 27). Don’t worry, they’re from Iceland. They didn’t go all the way there in the middle of a pandemic just to stand in front of a volcanic eruption.

36. Field Music – “Flat White Moon”

And finally, Field Music get back to the top 40 after their previous album surprisingly stalled at 84. (It may have been misconstrued as a side project, given its roots in a collaboration with the Imperial War Museum.) This is back to their normal levels.

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