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Charts – 28 May 2021

Posted on Friday, May 28, 2021 by Paul in Music

Well, that didn’t take long.

1. Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”
4. Olivia Rodrigo – “Deja Vu”
7. Olivia Rodrigo – “Traitor”

Yes, it’s the release of Olivia Rodrigo’s album “Sour”, which enters at number 1 on the album chart, and promptly places the maximum three tracks in the single chart. Demonstrating her ability to write about her break-up in any musical genre, “Good 4 U” is the Paramore version, and climbs to number 1 on its second week out. It’s her second number 1 single and, if you care about such things, she’s the youngest artist to have had simultaneous number 1s on the single and album chart. To be honest, having simultaneous number 1s isn’t that unusual – it happened four times in 2020 – but while the list is lengthy, it’s also mainly made up of A-listers. And Olly Murs.

“Deja Vu”, the indie-pop track, climbs into the top 10 for the first time. And “Drivers Licence” has been out for so long that it gets crowded out by album track “Traitor”.

That’ll be the power ballad, then. It’s a strange approach, this – writing about literally the same scenario in a range of different styles – and it could easily have come off as some sort of composition exercise, but it works for her.

3. BTS – “Butter”

This week’s highest new entry gives BTS a third straight top 10 hit, and matches the peak of “Dynamite” last year. It’s a better track than “Dynamite”, and while BTS increasingly feel less K-pop and more international boy band, they do it very well. There’s a gap in the market for this.

9. Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix – “Heartbreak Anthem”

I’m not sure why the now three-piece Little Mix get third billing on this – they’re surely the biggest draw here. It’s… well, it’s what you expect from a record with David Guetta’s name on it, really. Catchy but very heavy handed. The video is apparently a reference to Angela Carter’s 1984 novel Nights at the Circus, and if any of you have read it, you can tell me if there’s any significance in that.

Swedish DJs Galantis were last in the chart in 2015-16, when they had a string of hits – the most memorable, though not the biggest, is  “Peanut Butter Jelly”.

17. Måneskin – “Zitti e Buoni”

This is the winner of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, which is surprising, because it’s Italian glam rock. And that’s not exactly core Eurovision – it’s not a ballad, it’s not dance pop, it’s not a gimmick. It’s an actual rock track that walked the Europe-wide public vote, doubtless helped by the fact that they’re very charismatic performers.

The UK, of course, came last with no points, and quite right too; if we insist on entering records that can only reach (checks lower reaches) number 47 in the UK, we can hardly expect anyone else to find them interesting. The Italians – who also get a bye to the finals because of their funding contribution, and have been known to phone it in a bit too – have taken the radical approach of entering an act that Italians actually like. They were contestants in the Italian version of X-Factor as teenagers. (Here’s their audition. Italian X Factor sounds a lot better than our version.) They’ve had two number albums and six top ten hits in Italy. They’re proper Italian pop stars.

It’s the only Eurovision song to make the top 40 this year. Iceland’s “10 Years” by Dadi Freyr is at 43, and “Embers” by James Newman is 47. Never mind him. Iceland has kaiju.

“Shum” by Go A, the Ukrainian entry, is at number 59, and the video is fabulous.

The French torch song, “Voila” by Barbara Pravi, is at 62. The other rock entry, Finland’s “Dark Side” by Blind Channel, is at 66. They’re big Linkin Park fans, evidently. Astonishingly, another Månekin track, “I Wanna Be Your Slave”, is number 83.  “El Diablo” by Elena Tsagrinou is number 86; it’s a Cypriot Lady Gaga. And “Tout l’Univers” by Gjon’s Tears, the Swiss entry, is number 93. I wasn’t going to embed the video, but then I watched it and it’s absolutely demented.

All remarkably decent. High standard this year.

Right, where were we?

22. Anne-Marie & Niall Horan – “Our Song”

The solo career of One Direction’s Niall Horan got off to a decent start with two top ten singles in 2016-7, and… well, the following three singles all made the top 40, at least, but they didn’t make much impact. At this point Anne-Marie’s likely the bigger draw on this song. It’s alright, actually. Nothing amazing, but perfectly okay.

38. Dream – “Mask”

This week’s social media crossover hit comes from… Minecraft YouTube? Really? Huh. Oh, that Dream. I’ve actually heard of him.

This is actually a proper song, too. It’s not bad at all.

39. Pink – “All I Know So Far”

Hey, another completely insane video! Two in one week! Happy days. I mean, the song is a pretty straightforward country ballad about being true to yourself, but the video is a career retrospective gone mad. More of this sort of thing.

The parent album, “All I Know So Far – Setlist”, enters the album chart at 4. It’s a live album with accompanying documentary. Only one Pink album has ever missed the top 10 – her 2000 debut, “Can’t Take Me Home”, which got to 13.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Deja Vu” by Olivia Rodrigo climbs 11-4, but we’ve covered that.
  • “Good Without” by Mimi Webb climbs 24-10.
  • “Astronaut in the Ocean” by Masked Wolf climbs 17-13, reaching a new peak in its 14th week on the singles chart.
  • “Rasputin” by Majestic & Boney M rebounds to a (slightly) new peak of 16.
  • “Black Hole” by Griff climbs 23-18, reaching the top 20 after ten weeks out.
  • “Didn’t Know” by Tom Zanetti rebounds to a new peak of 20 (having previously got to 22).
  • “Little More Love” by AJ Tracey climbs 29-21. It previously peaked at 26, and it’s spend the last five weeks hovering between there and 30.
  • “Starstruck” by Years & Years re-enters at 31, having previous reached 38 four weeks ago.
  • “Build a Bitch” by Bella Poarch climbs 37-32.

On the album chart, “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo is number 1.

2. Gary Numan – “Intruder”

So close. Gary Numan had two number one albums in 1979-80m and he’s had two number 2s since then – including his 2017 album. He might yet manage a third number one. You never know.

3. Twenty One Pilots – “Scaled and Icy”

One place below the previous album. It’s their third time in the top five.

Number 4 is Pink, and we move on to…

7. My Bloody Valentine – “Loveless”
22. My Bloody Valentine – “Isn’t Anything”

Reissue programme. This is the first time My Bloody Valentine have made the top 10; “Loveless” reached number 24 on release in 1991, and “Isn’t Anything” didn’t make the top 40. “Loveless” includes the above track which, astonishingly, actually became their only top 40 single, reaching number 29. (Strictly, I think that’s actually the version from the Tremolo EP, but heck, same song.)  I’ve never really cared for MBV, who always struck me as a rather gruelling experience.

10. Gruff Rhys – “Seeking New Gods”

That’s his highest position for a solo album, by quite some margin – his previous best was number 23 for “Babelsberg” in 2018. He also had four top ten albums as a member of Super Furry Animals.

24. Penfriend – “Exotic Monsters”

Penfriend is the current solo project of Laura Kidd, previously known as She Makes War. This is her first top 40 appearance under either name.

37. Waterparks – “Greatest Hits”

They’re from Houston, it’s their first appearance in the top 40, and no, of course it’s not a greatest hits album.

Bring on the comments

  1. Benji says:

    Wow… what does the end of P!nk’s video actually mean? Forget HoX and PoX… that’s weird! lol

  2. MWayne says:

    I always watch videos recommended by Paul for being weird, and that Pink video does not disappoint. That ending is as WTF?! as it gets.

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