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Olivia Rodrigo stays well clear at number one
Olivia Rodrigo trounces all opposition to get a second week at the top of the singles chart. You Me At Six top the albums chart for a second time.

Olivia Rodrigo gets a second week at the top of the singles chart. You Me At Six have their second number one album.

As expected, Olivia Rodrigo spends a second week at number one in the singles chart, finishing well ahead of the rest of the field once again. Drivers License is the first non-charity song to accumulate over 100,000 chart sales (including stream equivalent sales) since Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s I Don’t Care in May 2019.

Olivia Rodrigo’s earlier single, All I Want, spent nine weeks in the top 100 at the start of last year, reaching a peak of number 72. The steady decline in streams at the end of that run led to the song being put onto the Accelerated Chart Ratio, thereby cutting the value of its streams by 50%. A renewed interest in the song has prompted the record company to get the song reset to the standard ratio and, as a result, it enters the top forty for the first time at number 32.

The highest new entry of the week, at number two, provides an opportunity to create a narrative linking song titles and artists. Regular readers will know that I try not to miss such an opportunity so here goes. Anne-Marie made her top forty debut with Alarm in 2016 before featuring on Clean Bandit’s Rockabye which topped the chart later that year. Rockabye was Clean Bandit’s biggest hit since Real Love in 2014. Fast forward to 2020 and we find KSI having a hit with Really Love, featuring Craig David and Digital Farm Animals. That brings us neatly to 2021 and the arrival of Don’t Play by Anne-Marie, KSI and Digital Farm Animals.

Ariana Grande’s 34+35 jumps 3+5 places to number 2+1. Little Mix’s Sweet Melody is down to number four and Kid Laroi climbs one place to number five with Without You. In the week that a bloke with weird hair and an orange glow left the White House, Ed Sheeran’s Afterglow falls four places to number seven.

Just a week after Doja Cat entered the chart as the featured artist on Saweetie’s Best Friend, she enters in her own right with an even worse song, Streets, at number twenty. It is the second of the three new entries mentioned so far whose title is part of the title of a U2 hit single. Blinding Lights (down to number 23) isn’t a new entry but falls into the same category. Isn’t that the sweetest thing?

The chances of a collaboration between Juice Wrld and Young Thug being anything other than awful were not good. While Young Thug has been involved in a couple so0ngs that reached the dizzy heights of being OK, Juice Wrld’s output is best summarised by the title of a song of his that reached number 75 last year. Predictably enough Bad Boys, a new entry at number 31, is indeed atrocious.

We haven’t got to the end of January yet but we already have a contender for the most unlikely chart entry of the year. It almost goes without saying that TikTok has played a part. Scottish postman Nathan Evans started posting his renditions of songs on the site with no expectation that they would be viewed by more than a handful of people. However, a version of the New Zealand sea shanty Wellerman (nothing to do with Paul Weller) grew in popularity and he now has over 400,000 followers as a result.

Anyone wishing to stream or download a full version of Nathan Evans’ recording faced disappointment as none was available. There was, however, a version dating from summer 2018 by the previously obscure Bristol-based band Longest Johns so people downloaded or listened to that instead. That version, which is rather wonderful, enters at number 37 this week.

Meanwhile, Nathan Evans has now recorded his own version and it was released today (Friday). For a short time at least, a significant number of people will now be able to name twice as many sea shanties as they could have done a few weeks ago with (What Shall We Do With The) Drunken Sailor no longer having the field to itself.

Following on from a song that is not about Paul Weller, we have an album from You Me At Six, a rock band formed in Weybridge, a town not far from Weller’s home town of Woking. Their last album, released in 2018, had a touch of the devil about it as VI saw You Me At Six at number six. Album number seven, Suckapunch, goes straight to the top of the chart to give them a second number one after Cavalier Youth in 2014.

Sales of Barry Gibb’s Greenfields collection have held up well enough for it to slip just one place to number two.

Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By returned to the albums chart on Christmas Day after the release of a deluxe edition. That has now been followed by a physical version which sees the album rebound to number three.

The least accurately named band in this week’s list of new entries is Sleaford Mods. They are from Nottingham rather than Sleaford (which is in Hampshire) and they are not mods. At least they are showing more imagination than the likes of Scissor Sisters, Thompson Twins and the Walker Brothers, none of whose members were siblings or called Scissor, Thompson or Walker. They reach their highest ever chart position with their eleventh studio album Spare Ribs at number four. If they can stay in the chart next week, they will match their longest ever chart run.

American pop band Why Don’t We enter at number five with their second album The Good Times And The Bad Ones. Their debut set reached number 25 in 2018.

The music world’s best-known reference to a drunk tank must be the one in the opening line of Fairytale Of New York while the best-known Pink is surely a contest between the Floyd one and the singer born Alicia Moore. South London band Shame have combined the two to come up with the name of their second album, Drunk Tank Pink. It enters at number eight to give them their first appearance in the top ten.

When a boyband or girlband splits up, solo careers (or attempts thereof) inevitably follow. As a general rule, there tends to be no room for more than one hugely successful solo career from each band. Sometimes it is the first to jump ship who has the most success. Robbie Williams is the obvious example of that phenomenon. With other bands it is one of the members who stayed behind until the eventual demise of the band who outperforms the rest.

Judged by performances so far, One Direction fall firmly into the latter category. Zayn Malik - the one who jumped ship - has enjoyed modest success as solo artist while Harry Styles has been more successful than the rest of his former bandmates put together. That trend continues this week. Styles’ Fine Line spends its 45th week in the top ten (and 58th in the top forty) this week while Zayn’s new release Nobody Is Listening limps in at number seventeen.

American singer Ashton Casey, known as Ashnikko, was born in the USA but now lives in London after spending part of her childhood in Estonia and Latvia. She enters at number nineteen with Demidevil which is officially described as a mixtape rather than a fully-fledged album.
Published on: 2021-01-22 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 1777 Views
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fchd
22 Jan 2021 - 19:10
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I thought Sleaford was in Lincolnshire?
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Suedehead2
22 Jan 2021 - 19:14
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Maybe there’s one in Lincolnshire too! I just went into Google Maps and looked for Sleaford.
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22 Jan 2021 - 19:47
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googlemaps is taking the piss! Sleaford is from my old neck of the woods - near Newark/North Hykeham/Lincoln/Boston. My "normal" accent is really Lincoln. Ey up!

I haven't heard What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor in ages. Invariably the question pops up when said drunken sailor goes into a gay bar and starts slurring at the nearest one that looks up for it "I'm not gay or owt, I'd just like to try a shag". Last time it happened to me I helpfully pointed them towards the nearest sauna laugh.gif Always happy to help!
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Suedehead2
22 Jan 2021 - 20:23
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I'm not sure whether shags are edible. Maybe just try frying one of their eggs.
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Oh maybe I completely misunderstood and he just wanted the name of an exotic restaurant! laugh.gif There has been illegal trade in seabird eggs for commercial consumption taken from Poole Harbour in recent years...... ohmy.gif:
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Wellertown is also the fab theme tune to Follyfoot, The Lightning Tree - Of course you're far too young to remember that one, but if it wasn't rewritten for The Settlers (who had a hit with it in 1971)I'm a monkeys uncle.... laugh.gif

That song has a single composer listed (on the grounds that the original writer is long-dead and unknown), so great news for everyone: no songwriting royalties to pay out!
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What is this Follyfoot of which you speak? mellow.gif
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