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Olivia Rodrigo is number one for a third week
Olivia Rodrigo gets a third week at number one. The physical release of Post Human - Survival Horror propels it to the top of the albums chart.

Olivia Rodrigo tops the singles chart for a third week. Bring Me The Horizon top the albums chart after the physical release of their 2020 album.

Olivia Rodrigo spends a third week at number one in the singles chart with Drivers License finishing the week well clear at the top once again. The last artist to spend at least three weeks at the top with their debut top forty single was Jawsh 685 with Savage Love last year. If that is excluded because it featured chart veteran Jason Derulo, the last to achieve it was Tones & I who spent a hefty eleven weeks at number one with Dance Monkey in 2019.

Kid Laroi’s Without You continues its steady climb, rising three places to number two.

A few years ago, a number of “fake” versions of songs began to appear in the chart. These versions were made by exploiting the facts that songs were played on the radio for weeks before they were released and that it was relatively cheap for someone to make their own version and make it available to download. This was a major factor in the decision to return to the pre-1990s practice of releasing a song at around the time it starts being played on radio.

Now we have an example of something like the reverse happening. As reported last week, the Longest Johns entered the chart with Wellerman because it was available whereas the version popularised on TikTok by Scottish postman Nathan Evans was not. Which counts as the real version? The one that has been available for two years or the one that made people take notice? That is before you add in the fact that the song itself was written in the 1860s.

As also reported here last week, the Nathan Evans version has now been made available to buy and to stream. As a result, it has now superseded the Longest Johns’ version to become the most popular rendition of the song and it enters the chart at number three. The good news for the Longest Johns is that they have now signed a record deal with a major label and will be playing some live dates at the end of the year, subject to you-know-what.

As one final piece of Wellerman-related education, sea shanties were initially known simply as sea songs. Shortly before Wellerman was written, the singer of the verses became known as the chanty-man, derived from the French verb chanter (to sing). In time, the first sound was softened and the songs became shanties.

Anne-Marie, KSI and Digital Farm Animals fall two places to number four. Meduza and Dermot Kennedy’s Paradise climbs one place to a new peak of number five in its thirteenth week in the top forty.

Over the decades, there have been some great political slogans and some not-so-great ones. Some of them were terrible puns such as Thomas Dewey’s US presidential election slogan “Dewey or don’t we?” (thanks QI). Some fell apart because of subsequent events such as Theresa May’s “Strong and stable” in the 2017 general election and John Major’s Back To Basics when he was Prime Minister in 1993. Regardless of what he actually meant by it, it soon became ridiculed when a succession of his ministers were forced to resign because of various improprieties, some of them relatively minor. The fact that Fredo wasn’t born until around eighteen months after Major’s ill-fated speech just makes me feel old. It means that the slogan is unlikely to have played a part in his decision to record a song called Back To Basics which enters this week at number twenty.

Fredo’s first big hit in the UK was as the featured artist on Dave’s number one single Funky Friday. That, quality-wise, is at the lower end of the list of songs about Friday to reach the chart - a list which sees The Cure’s Friday I’m In Love at the top. That list, one of the longest day of the week-themed lists, gains another entrant this week with Riton’s Friday at number 37. Riton’s two previous hits have been about washing his hair, Rinse And Repeat, and a tap, Turn Me On. He has also recorded a version of The Cure’s Killing An Arab. Friday features Nightcrawlers who had two top ten hits in the mid-1990s and last reached the top forty in 1996. It also features Mufasa & Hypeman who appear in the UK chart for the first time.

Other songs over the years have been less specific about which day they are about, Rudimental have given us These Days as well as the time-specific Sun Comes Up and Waiting All Night. They are the featured artists on Raye’s Regardless which enters at number 40. The song is indeed Regardless as it does not feature Regard; Raye’s last hit was Secrets with Regard.

Two long-running themes of these commentaries turn up in just a single title this week. When Rag ‘n’ Bone Man had a hit with a song called Skin in 2017, it joined the list of names that had been in the top forty as both an artist name (the former Skunk Anansie singer Skin had a few modest hits as a solo artist in the mid-1990s) and as the title of a song. Now it is the latest song title to provide hits for two different artists as American actor Sabrina Carpenter enters at number 28 with her song called Skin. She has released four albums since 2015 but this is her first appearance in the UK charts.

We nearly get another addition to the artist / song list this week but Heat Waves narrowly fails as the band Heatwave was only one word and one wave. The band Glass Animals have had two top forty albums but Heatwaves is their first hit single at number 38.

Billie Eilish gets her ninth top forty hit at number 35 with Lo Vas A Olvidar, a duet with Spanish singer Rosalia who just missed out on a first top forty hit last year when she reached number 41 with TKN alongside Travis Scott. The title is Spanish for You’ll Forget It which I probably will have done by this time tomorrow.

The albums chart has a distinct January look to it this week with just one new entry. However, there are two re-entries in the upper reaches of the chart. One of them could have been predicted but the other is more of a surprise. The more predictable of the two isw Bring me The Horizon’s Post Human- Survival Horror. The album reached number five when it was released digitally last November and now, with the addition of physical formats, it returns at number one. It belatedly becomes the Sheffield band’s fourth consecutive top three album.

The other high re-entry is partly due to the release of a deluxe version. Nevertheless, that release has had more of an impact than might have been anticipated. Poor Clares Of Arundel, a group of nuns from the pretty Sussex town of that name, created a bit of a surprise by reaching the top thirty last October. The album has proved to be popular with some people in the last few weeks of lockdown which led to some of the nuns appearing on daytime television this week. The additional publicity gave the deluxe edition a big boost and the album re-enters at number five.

The new entry is, at least, a high one. Belfast production duo Bicep had a number twenty hit with their eponymous debut album in 2017 but go eighteen places better with the follow-up Isles. While it clearly benefits from a fortuitous release date, it is still good to see something different near the top of the albums chart.

Barry Gibb’s Greenfields collection is at number three and Pop Smoke is at number four.

Last weekend, singer-songwriter Neil Diamond celebrated his 80th birthday and BBC4 marked the event on Friday (22 January) with an evening of programmes dedicated to him. The result is that his All Time Greatest Hits collection is a re-entry at number eighteen, beating its original peak, and his recent Classic Diamonds set with the London Symphony Orchestra is back at number twenty.

Queen’s Greatest Hits spends its 250th week in the top forty. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours reached the 250-week mark last week while Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend Collection got there the week before.
Published on: 2021-01-29 by Suedehead2 || 1645 Views
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29 Jan 2021 - 19:37
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I'd opt for Friday On My Mind as the Easybeats easybest Friday record m'self with an option on Last Friday Night (TGIF) from Katy Perry biggrin.gif

For helpful reference:

Monday Monday (Mamas & The Papas)
Ruby Tuesday (Melanie)
Wednesday Week (Undertones)
Thursday (Pet Shop Boys/Example)
Drive In Saturday (Bowie)
Sunday Girl (Blondie)

for a full week's ratings... laugh.gif

(PS no substituting Suede for Bowie permitted, I'm sure Brett would agree laugh.gif)
29 Jan 2021 - 20:18
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Sorry, Suede have to take the Saturday crown biggrin.gif
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