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Charts – 27 August 2021

Posted on Friday, August 27, 2021 by Paul in Music

Ed Sheeran continues to sit atop a becalmed singles chart.

1. Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits”
5. Ed Sheeran – “Visiting Hours”

“Bad Habits” has now been number 1 for nine weeks, and it’s still not growing on me. Still, that matches “Drivers Licence” as the longest running number 1 of the year. Ten weeks and he overtakes her; eleven weeks would match Tones & I’s “Dance Monkey” from the tail end of 2019.

Entering at number 5 is “Visiting Hours”, which is officially just a “promotional single”. It was put out to accompanying the announcement of a release date for the parent album, =, at the end of October. He still hasn’t done an album called minus. The song itself is one of his sentimental ballads; it sounds like it’s meant to be about a parent, but apparently it’s actually about mentor Michael Gudinski, who died earlier this year.

If it wasn’t for Sheeran’s own new entry, the top 5 would have been completely static.

19. Tion Wayne & ArrDee – “Wid It”

Didn’t we only just have an ArrDee single? Yes, we did – he was on Digga D’s “Wasted”, which entered at 6 last week and drops to 8 this week. The track’s surprisingly decent, actually.

22. Clinton Kane – “I Guess I’m In Love”

He’s a YouTuber, though his output has always been mainly musical. He started releasing singles last year, and made the lower reaches of the top 100 in the spring, but this is his first appearance in the top 40.

And… oh, that’s all the new entries in the top 40. Climbers:

  • “Out Out” by Joel Corry x Jax Jones featuring Charli XCX & Saweetie climbs 18-10. It has a proper video now (which has an epilepsy warning). Jones returns to the top 10 for the first time in since 2019, XCX was last here in 2015, and this is the first time Saweetie has seen the inside of the top 30. Joel Corry, in contrast, has had five straight top 10 hits now…
  • “Need to Know” by Doja Cat climbs 12-11, while “Woman” climbs 26-20.
  • “Essence” by Wizkid featuring Tems climbs 17-16.
  • “Just For Me” by Pinkpantheress climbs 36-27, her first top 30 hit.
  • “Drive” by Clean Bandit & Topic featuring Wes Nelson climbs 40-33, so it’s alive.

On the album chart, “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo returns to number one for a fifth week, only two of which were consecutive. It’s been out for 14 weeks now, and has yet to drop below 4. It is, apparently, “the fastest-selling female debut album on vinyl since 2000”, which is… specific.

2. Lorde – “Solar Power”

Not exactly prolific, Lorde has released only three albums since 2013, but all three made the top five. In fact, this is the highest to date. The title track reached number 17 as a single in June.

5. Jake Bugg – “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning”

His fifth straight top 10 album, placing slightly higher than 2017’s “Hearts That Strain”. The single is a curious mishmash, and I kind of like it.

8. Kurupt FM – “The Greatest Hits (Part 1)”

Kurupt FM don’t exactly exist. They’re a pirate radio crew from the BBC mockumentary sitcom People Just Do Nothing, which has a tie-in film out at the moment. But the cast have also performed live as Kurupt FM, and this is kind-of-sort-of a proper album instead of just a comedy record.

10. Orla Gartland – “Woman on the Internet”

Irish singer-songwriter. It’s her debut album, though she’s been releasing EPs and singles for years.

15. Trippie Redd – “Trip at Knight”

His previous album missed the top 40, but this is marginally his highest placed album (beating two number 19s).

Rappers have the most strangely out of date wrestling references. Jumping off the top rope like Matt Hardy? Your wrestling reference point for flying moves is Matt Hardy? In 2021?

19. The Villagers – “Fever Dreams”

Indie folk from Dublin. I really don’t know what to make of that video – or why a track over seven minutes long was chosen as a single in the first place.

21. Jane McDonald – “Let the Light In”

Daytime TV presenter and easy listening veteran who successfully launched a career on the back of being the cruise singer in the BBC’s The Cruise series from 1998.

34. Jim Bob – “Who Do We Hate Today”

Yes, the one from Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. It’s his second solo album to make the top 40 – “Pop Up” reached number 26 last year – though he’s been releasing solo material consistently since 2001.

39. Vistas – “What Were You Hoping To Find?”

Scottish indie. It’s the follow-up to the 2020 debut “Everything Changes in the End”, which reached 21.

Bring on the comments

  1. Matthew says:

    Considering the number of people credited for “Out Out” I’m almost surprised not to see Stromae credited as its based around a sample from Alors on Danse.

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