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Four weeks at number one for Olivia Rodrigo
Olivia Rodrigo's Drivers License spends a fourth week at the top of the singles chart. Celeste makes her albums chart debut at number one.

Olivia Rodrigo completes a month at the top of the singles chart. Celeste starts her albums chart career with a number one.

Olivia Rodrigo remains parked at the top of the singles chart for a fourth week with Drivers License. In the absence of anything more interesting to say, I will merely point out that Olivia Rodrigo is the first act whose name begins and ends with the same letter to top the singles chart since Taylor Swift in 2017.

The race for the top of the singles chart wasn’t really a race at all with Olivia Rodrigo finishing well clear once again. The battle for second place, on the other hand, was rather more competitive with Nathan Evans’ Wellerman vying with one of three new entries from Fredo. In the end, Nathan Evans prevailed and he moves up to number two. His version of Wellerman also features 220 Kid and Billen Ted. It is all an excellent adventure for the latter.

Fredo, then, has to settle for a new entry at number three with Money Talks. It is his biggest hit as a lead artist, beaten only by Funky Friday, the number one single for Dave on which he was the featured artist. The roles are reversed on Money Talks with Dave getting second billing.

Kid Laroi’s Without You falls two places to number four. Don’t Play by Anne-Marie, KSI and Digital Farm Animals is down one place to number five.

Those three new entries from Fredo (thanks to the release of his album) are the only newcomers in the top forty this week. As well as the high-flying Money Talks, Burner On Deck (featuring Pop Smoke and Young Adz) is at number seventeen while Ready (with Summer Walker on guest vocals) is at 21. As those new entries bring Fredo up to the permitted limit of three songs, Back To Basics drops out of the chart altogether after entering last week at number twenty.

There are two re-entries this week. Internet Money and Gunna’s Lemonade (featuring Don Toliver and Nav) is at number 38 while Jax Jones and Au/Ra are back at number 39 with I Miss U.

While Celeste topped the BBC’s Sound Of 2020 poll and the Brits’ equivalent and her soulful voice has continued to wow the critics, her chart career has, so far, been less than stellar. Three singles have reached the top 100 but none of them troubled to top forty. Now, the singer-songwriter - born in California but now based just a few miles along the south coast of England from my home - has finally got round to releasing her debut album and Not Your Muse has gone straight to the top of the chart. She is the first British female solo artist to top the chart with her debut album since Jess Glynne in 2015.

Celeste heads a top four made up entirely of new entries. Celeste established a comfortable lead at the start of the week which was always likely to be enough to see her top the chart but the rest of the top four was very close.

As mentioned in the singles round-up, Fredo released a new album last week. His debut album, Third Avenue (which may have been named after the Brighton street of that name as he lives in the area), reached number five in 2019. Money Can’t Buy Happiness (although it does appear to talk according to the number three single and the opening words of Neil Diamond’s Forever In Blue Jeans) enters at number two.

Third place goes to Collapsed In Sunbeams, the debut album from Arlo Parks. She was born Anaïs Marinho in Hammersmith to a Nigerian father and French-Chadian mother. Like Celeste and Fredo(-ish), she has a link to Brighton as she played her first gig at the city’s Great Escape festival in 2019. She is only the second Arlo to be credited on a charting album or single in the UK and the first to reach the top forty. The only other charting Arlo is the son of the legendary Woody Guthrie who had a number 44 album in 1970, two-and-a-half years after his father (perhaps best known for writing This Land Is Your Land) died.

While the top three new entries are all from young artists - itself a rarity in the albums chart these days - the fourth comes from someone with a much longer career behind him. Steven Wilson formed Porcupine Tree in 1987 and recorded ten albums with them. Only the last two of them reached the top forty. His fifth solo album, To The Bone, reached number three in 2017. The sixth, The Future bites, is at number four. I can’t find any direct link to Brighton but it is very likely that he and/or his band have played at one of the city’s many venues.

The only album in the top five which is not a new entry is Harry Styles’ Fine Line at number five.

An all-new top four frequently means that the top forty has ten or more new entries. This week, though, there are just two more in the rest of the chart. At number seven we have the less-than-welcome return of Chip with his fifth album Snakes & Ladders. Half of his name has disappeared since he made his debut as Chipmunk. If only he would disappear as well.

All six new entries this week are by British artists but only one of them is by a band. That band is Goat Girl whose singer, born Lottie Pendlebury, goes by the name of Clottie Cream. Ho ho. When I listened to the album, On All Fours, several tracks reminded me of 1990s Anglo-French band Stereolab, an observation later shared by the Observer’s critic. Goat Girl’s debut album reached number 24 in 2018. On All Fours is at number thirty.

Last week’s number one album, Bring Me The Horizon’s Post Human - Survival Horror has crashed out of the top forty, finishing the week at number 52. At the beginning of the year, Michael Buble’s Christmas album made chart history by dropping out of the top 100 from number one. Last week, You Me At Six’s Suckapunch did the same. The difference is that Buble’s album had a fairly long chart history behind it whereas You Me At Six entered at the summit the week before and, therefore, became the first album to spend its only chart week at number one. The previous week’s number four album, Sleaford Mods’ Spare Ribs, also fell all the way out of the top 100 after just one week in the chart.

Still with last week’s albums chart, just two of last week’s top forty albums had not spent some time in the top ten at some point in their chart run. Four of them have spent at least a year in the top ten with a fifth not far from reaching that milestone. Twenty-two of them have reached number one. It’s a similar story this week with Goat Girl’s new entry and a re-entry from Lil Durk the only albums in the top forty not to have spent any time in the top ten.

This time last year, The Weeknd climbed to the top of the singles chart with Blinding Lights, replacing Lewis Capaldi’s Before You Go. Both of those songs are still in the top 100 with Blinding Lights still in the top forty, dropping out only for a few weeks when the chart comprised mostly Christmas songs. Capaldi’s second song in the top ten that week, Someone You Loved, is also still in the top 100 as is Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now although the latter dropped out of the chart altogether in November and December last year.
Published on: 2021-02-05 by Suedehead2 || 964 Views
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