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Charts – 21 May 2021

Posted on Friday, May 21, 2021 by Paul in Music

J Cole has an album out, then.

1. Tion Wayne & Russ Millions – “Body”

Three weeks, and still with a comfortable lead – it’s about 25% ahead of the number 2 single.

2. Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”

A final single from her album before its release today. She’s now released three singles complaining about her ex’s new girlfriend, but there’s certainly a range of genre – this time, she’s Paramore. “Deja Vu” climbs to a new peak of number 11 this week as well, and “Drivers Licence” is at number 35.

13. J Cole featuring 21 Savage & Morray – “m y . l i f e”
15. J Cole featuring Lil Baby – “p r i d e . i s . t h e . d e v i l”
16. J Cole – “a m a r i”

The maximum permitted three tracks from his album “The Off-Season”, which enters at number 2 this week. That matches his previous best, set by its predecessor “KOD” in 2018. He’s never been that significant a presence in the singles chart; his all-time best is number 9 for “Middle Child” in 2019. The lead single from this album, “i n t e r l u d e”, got to 25 – and gets shouldered aside this week by the three-song rule.

This isn’t the “Fall Off” album that Cole has been working on since 2018. For whatever reason, that album never gets cancelled, just continually pushed back in favour of other studio albums.

37. Bella Poarch – “Build a Bitch”

Well, that’s not subtle. But catchy! Decent debut hit.

Bella Poarch is another crossover from social media; she currently holds the record for the most-liked video on TikTok. Currently at 49.2 million likes. It’s pointless, but it’s precise.

That’s her lipsynching to “Soph Aspin Send” by Millie B, a notoriously inept diss track from the BG Media stable of Blackpool-based YouTube rappers, released back in 2016. If you want to know more about how “Soph Aspin Send” was received, when it came out, this is fairly illustrative. Poarch’s snippet kind of loses how bad the original track is, if you don’t know it already, since she’s chosen the competent bit. (Even Millie B describes it as “my least favourite track that I’ve made”.) As for this track, this… certainly isn’t subtle, but it’s undeniably catchy, and she can sing.

I’ll be honest, though, I disappeared down a rabbit hole of reading up on M to the B. Escaped my notice until now. Quite something.

This week’s climbers… are few in number.

  • “Black Hole” by Griff climbs 35-23. It re-entered last week after the Brit Awards and now easily beats its previous peak of 33.
  • And… yeah, that’s it. Quiet week.

On the album chart…

1. Paul Weller – “Fat Pop”

His sixth solo number 1. It’s here overwhelmingly on the basis of physical sales. The single grows on you, and the video has a couple of nice moments in it (though it feels like an idea that hasn’t quite been developed enough to fill the running time). If you count his records with the Jam, Weller has now had number 1 albums in the 80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s.

Number 2 is J Cole, as already mentioned.

4. St Vincent – “Daddy’s Home”

That’s her highest position to date – her previous album, 2017’s “Masseducation”, reached number 6, and none of other albums made the top 20.

5. The Black Keys – “Delta Kream”

Their tenth album, and their fourth top consecutive top 10 hit.

9. Jorja Smith – “Be Right Back”

Her second top 10 album; the first one reached number 3, but top 10 in a busy week isn’t bad. Officially this isn’t an album, it’s an EP – which is to say, it’s only 25 minutes long. Good laid back single, worth a play.

19. Nicki Minaj – “Beam Me Up Scotty

This is a re-issue of her 2009 mixtape (her third). As you can tell from that video, the budget was lower in those days. She didn’t start having hits until the following year.

20. Myles Kennedy – “The Ides of March”

Well, I guess that’s … technically a video, yes. I’m sure that’s been done before back in the day when there was something vaguely transgressive about getting something so dull on MTV, but I can’t place it right now. Myles Kennedy is the lead singer of Alter Bridge; this is his second solo album. He’s also charted with two of his collaborative albums with Slash.

31. Deno – “Boy Meets World”

And finally, this UK rap debut album. The single “Circles” managed a week at number 36 last summer.

Bring on the comments

  1. Ryan F says:

    The Replacements did something similar to the Myles Kennedy video in 1985 for “Bastards of Young”

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