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Charts – 18 June 2021

Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2021 by Paul in Music

It’s static at the top.

1. Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”

Four weeks at number 1, and she still has three songs in the top 10 (with “Deja Vu” at 5, and “Traitor” at 8). The top 3 is static, with the Weeknd at 2 and Doja Cat at 3.

12. Mimi Webb – “Dumb Love”

This is the follow-up to her debut single “Good Without”, which has been on the chart for 12 weeks now and is currently a non-mover at its peak of number 9. I thought “Good Without” was a bit obvious; I like this more, though it’s very much a record for Heart FM. That said, we don’t get too much of this in the top 40 at the moment, which makes it a welcome part of the mix.

I’m not sure I would have made a video of the sort of wedding that people aren’t legally allowed to have at the moment, but that’s just me.

17. Lorde – “Solar Power”

Lots of people thought “Drivers Licence” showed Lorde’s influence, so it’s not a huge surprise to see her resurfacing. Lorde had a number 1 hit in 2013 with “Royals” but has always struggled to follow it up in this country. She’s had only two top 40 hits since: “Team”, which reached number 29 the following year, and “Green Light”, which got to 20 in 2017. This is the lead single from her upcoming third album, given a surprise release to coincide with, um, a solar eclipse.

18. David Baddiel, Frank Sinner & The Lightning Seeds – “3 Lions”

It’s the Euro 2020 tournament at the moment, and so time for the regular re-entry from the official England song from 1996. In different versions, this has been number one three times now, and it is a good record on its own terms – it’s not just a terrace chant, it’s a proper song about the experience of being a fan of a team that never wins. (Though I’ve always had a soft spot for Scotland’s 1998 World Cup effort, “Don’t Come Home Too Soon” by Del Amitri, for its, um, bracingly realistic assessment of the team’s chances. The video is a pastiche of that year’s Nike advert with the Brazil team.)

33. Willow featuring Travis Barker – “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l”

I know, I know, but that’s the title. This is the lead single from her fourth studio album, and yes, that’s the drummer from Blink-182 given a featured artist credit (his first solo listing in the UK top 40, for what that’s worth). Looks like we’re seeing something of a resurgence of rock influences in mainstream pop. This is not Willow’s first hit – she got to number 2 in 2010 as a child artist with “Whip My Hair”. You can do that when you’re Will Smith’s daughter. She’s released records since then but to no real interest; but she’s still only twenty, and this is effectively a fresh start.

37. Doja Cat – “Need to Know”

That’s her fourth top 40 appearance of the year, and we’re still only in June. She’s treading on her own previous single, “Kiss Me More”, which is still at number 3.

This week’s climbers:

  • “Heartbreak Anthem” by Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix climbs 6-4.
  • “I Wanna Be Your Slave” by Måneskin climbs 12-7 – it’s a genuine crossover hit.
  • “By Your Side” by Calvin Harris featuring Tom Grennan climbs 15-13.
  • “Didn’t Know” by Tom Zanetti climbs 18-14. This has been a really slow-burner – it’s been out since March, and first made the top 40 in mid April.
  • “Our Song” by Anne-Marie & Niall Horan climbs 22-18. It’s the first time Horan has made the top 20 since 2017.
  • “Summer 91 (Looking Back)” by Noizu climbs 28-27.

On the album chart:

1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “Back The Way We Came – Vol 1”

Greatest hits compilation, though the track above is one of the two new songs. It’s their fourth number one album.

3. Polo G – “Hall of Fame”

His third album, only the second to chart in this country. But the previous one got to number 6. The lead single “Rapstar” reached number 3.

5. Garbage – “No Gods No Masters”

This week’s entry for the “are they still going” file. And indeed they are, though the output has slowed drastically – their previous studio album “Strange Little Birds” came out in 2016 and reached number 17.  Number 5 makes this their highest position since 2005.

6. Bo Burnham – “Inside (The Songs)”

This is the soundtrack to Burnham’s Netflix special. He’s principally a comedian but this is (apparently) some kind of mix of songs, sketches and reflections on mental health during lockdown. It’s an odd thing.

7. Jessie Ware – “What’s Your Pleasure”

This is the special edition reissue of an album that reached number 3 last July. Celebrating 11 fabulous months of “What’s Your Pleasure”, apparently.

9. Migos – “Culture III”

It’s their third album. You’ll never guess what the first two were called! “Culture” got to 16, “Culture II” got to 4.

17. Marina – “Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land”

The artist formerly known as Marina & The Diamonds, but she changed the name last album. (The Diamonds never existed as an actual band.)I It’s the lowest-charting of her five albums, but still quite respectable.

19. Maroon 5 – “Jordi”

Hmm, that’s low. Their previous studio album, 2017’s “Red Pill Blues”, was their first to miss the top 10, but it still got to 12. ” The lead single, “Memories”, got to number 5 way back in 2019 – I wondered if this was a Covid delay album, but no, they didn’t finish recording it until March.

30. Linkin Park – “Meteora”

And finally, a re-entry for their 2003 number one, thanks to a Record Store Day limited edition.

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