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Olivia Rodrigo drives on at number one
Olivia Rodrigo spends an eighth week at number one with Drivers Licence. Architects spring a surprise with a number one album.

Olivia Rodrigo makes it eight weeks at number one. Architects get their first chart-topping album.

Olivia Rodrigo’s Drivers Licence is still at the top of the singles chart, extending its run to eight weeks. It is the fifth song in the last three years to spend exactly eight weeks at the summit. The first song in that run was God’s Plan by Drake which completed its run at the end of March 2018. Before that, the last song to spend exactly eight weeks at number one was Stay by Shakespear’s Sister back in 1992.

Nathan Evans’ Wellerman is back up to number two. It has spent six weeks in the top three without ever being able to displace Olivia Rodrigo from the summit. Lil Tjay and 6lack fall one place to number three with Calling My Phone. Tiesto’s The Business is still at number four. Riton and Nightcrawlers, accompanied by Mufasa and Hypeman, climb to number five with Friday.

For the second successive week, no songs move into the top ten meaning that the same songs have made up the upper tier for three weeks. With no songs moving on to the Accelerated Chart Ratio this week, the best hope of seeing some fresh blood in the top ten is that there is a high new entry next week.

Two of the new entries put some chart-related theories to the test, one of them rather more valid than the other. It was mentioned here a few weeks ago that DJs are pretty much the only people who can still get regular hit singles even if their 30th birthday is a distant memory. One such DJ is 53-year-old David Guetta who gets his 40th top forty hit this week, albeit after being relegated to the status of featured artist. The lead artist on Bed, a new entry at number twenty, is Joel Corry who has also passed his 30th birthday although in his case it was only a couple years ago. They are joined by RAYE who was only a couple weeks old when Guetta turned 30. Other hit songs with Bed in the title include the gloriously quirky S-s-s-single Bed By Fox as well as Soft Cell’s brilliant Bedsitter and the ridiculous Stutter Rap (No Sleep ‘Til Bedtime) by Morris Minor and the Majors, better known as comedian Tony Hawks.

The other theory is that you can tell the quality of a song by its title. The worse the title, the worse the song is likely to be. I present as evidence the fact that Bluuwuu, a new entry for Digga D at number 23, is even worse than Whoopty. It is also probably the first top forty single whose title has three consecutive double-Us.

The third new entry is altogether more welcome as it sees the return of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man who has been absent from the singles chart for far too long. All I Ever Wanted was released at the end of January and has been hanging around in the lower reaches of the chart since then. It has now received a boost from some television appearances and enters the top forty at number 33.

Saweetie and Doja Cat re-enter at number 39 with Best Friend, a song that proves that a normal title is not necessarily a sign of a good song.

There may be no newcomers in the top ten of the singles chart this week but there is plenty of new blood in the upper reaches of the albums chart. In the first update, the top seven albums were new entries. That isn’t how things finished but the top five are all newcomers.

The battle for supremacy was close all week although the changes as the week went on were at numbers two, three and four rather than at the very top. It is, therefore, something of a surprise that the lead changed on the final day with Brighton band Architects emerging triumphant. For Those That Wish To Exist is their first top ten album in nine releases.

One of the features of the albums chart is that it frequently allows bands to remind people that they are still going. The low sales at the moment (exacerbated by the continuing closure of record shops) means that a band with a loyal fanbase can get a high chart placing, even if it is for just a week.

One of the beneficiaries this week are Newcastle band Maxïmo Park. Their career got off to a promising start with the hit singles Apply Some Pressure and Going Missing in the mid-noughties although the parent album, A Certain Trigger, was only a modest success. Album number two, Our Earthly Pleasures got off to a good start, helped by a strong lead single in the form of Our Velocity. The rest of the album, though, was rather disappointing. Subsequent albums brought steadily diminishing returns.

Expectations, then for album number seven, nature Always Wins, were therefore not particularly high. That made it something as a surprise when it was at the top of the pile in Monday’s first chart update. It maintained that lead through the week but eventually lost out at the last minute and finishes at number two, just 550 chart sales behind Architects. It is also arguably their best album for some time so deserves its elevated placing.

Alice Cooper (aska Vincent Furnier) made his UK chart debut in 1973 with the chart-topping single School’s Out, the first of four top ten singles in a 12-month period. With the exception of a surprise number two hit with Poison in 1989, he has failed to scale those heights again. Nevertheless, he retains a certain popularity and has continued to release a new album every few years. His latest release, Detroit Stories enters at number four giving him a fifth top ten album.

Digga D enters at number three with Made In The Pyrex. Lucy Sparagga = yes, she’s still around - is at number five with Choices.

Singer-songwriter PJ Harvey has been releasing new vinyl versions of her albums over the last few months along with a separate album of demo versions of each track. Sadly, they have been missing out on a top forty placing - until this week. Her 2000 album Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea reached number 23 on its initial release. The reissue is at number 27.

Alice Cooper is not quite the oldest singer with a new entry in the albums chart this week. That honour goes to Neil Young who is at number eighteen with a live album Way Down In The Rust Bucket.

Some people might think that it is unwise to give your daughter a forename that is the name of a city if your surname is Beer. Mr and Mrs Beer of New York obviously disagree as they gave their daughter the name Madison. Her debut album, Life Support, is at number 28.

Abba Gold remains in the top forty, bringing its tally up to 348 weeks, a new chart record. It beats the 347 weeks accumulated by the Sound Of Music soundtrack. It is worth noting that the latter spent 70 weeks at number on while Abba Gold has managed a relatively paltry eight weeks. The Sound Of Music also accumulated its weeks in a smaller chart but Abba Gold’s achievement is still remarkable and it shows no sign of leaving the top forty any time soon. It will reach 1,000 weeks in the full albums chart in the summer. Thanks to Colin for pointing out its landmark achievement this week.
Published on: 2021-03-05 by BuzzJack.com Suedehead2 || 1842 Views
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fchd
5 Mar 2021 - 20:04
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How about Ashanti's Rock Wit U (Awww Baby) (no. 7 in mid-2003) having three consecutive double-u's?
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Suedehead2
5 Mar 2021 - 23:14
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I did only say probably! I'm always happy to be corrected!
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God's Plan managed 9 weeks at #1.
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Oops, I used the list of long-running number ones on Polyhex and didn't check - even though I also thought it was nine weeks. It was definitely far too long sad.gif
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And it would have been 10 weeks if it weren't for that meddling ACR biggrin.gif
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There are some advantages to ACR laugh.gif
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