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Olivia Rodrigo makes it nine weeks at the top
Olivia Rodrigo just holds on at the top of the singles chart to make it nine weeks at number one. Kings Of Leon trounce all opposition to top the albums chart.

Olivia Rodrigo wins a close race at the top of the singles chart. Kings Of Leon get their sixth number one album.

The race at the top of the singles chart was very close this week with just 750 chart sales separating the top two. In the updates published on Sunday and Monday Nathan Evans’ Wellerman held a narrow lead over the song that has topped the charts for the last eight weeks, Olivia Rodrigo’s Drivers Licence. By Wednesday, though, Rodrigo was marginally ahead. Evans’ record company made valiant efforts to make up the difference (including a rather expensive release on cassette) but it wasn’t enough.

Lviv Rodrigo thus gets a ninth week at the top of the chart, leaving Nathan Evans in second place once again. If the cassette version had given Evans the edge, it would have been a fitting way to commemorate the life of Lou Ottens, the Dutch inventor of the cassette tape who died last weekend at the age of 94.

Making chart predictions can often be a risky business, but I will confidently state here that there will be a new number one single next week.

Tiesto’s The Business moves up one place to a new peak of number three in its tenth week in the top forty. Lil Tjay and 6lack’s Calling My Phone falls two places to number five.

Scientists have unravelled many mysteries over the years. They have worked out how the moon affects the tides, how earthquakes happen and the wonders of electricity and how to harness it from natural phenomena. However, some things remain beyond them such as quite why starlings form those spectacular murmurations (although they do have some theories) and why Drake is popular.

There are some signs that relief may be in sight and that Drake’s popularity is in decline. There was a time when the release of three new songs by the Canadian would have been expected to result in at least two of them being in the top five with one of them being very likely to top the chart. That hasn’t happened this time with just one of them in the top five, The “song” in question is What’s Next which enters at number four. What’s next is the arrival of Lemon Pepper Freestyle (featuring Rick Ross) at number six and Wants And Needs (featuring Lil Baby) at ten. They bring Drake’s tally of top forty singles up to 61. The number of top forty hits with the word freestyle in the title has gone from zero to four since last May.

Four of this week’s six new entries are by Canadian acts. As well as the latest drivel from Drake, there is also a new song from Justin bieber. While Drake’s output has been unrelentingly bad, Bieber’s has been rather less consistent. He has released his share of tripe but has also released some decent songs. His latest, Hold On, is somewhere in between. The bits that sound like Somebody That I Used To Know mean it is at the better end of the scale. It enters at number 21 to give him a 53rd top forty hit.

At number twenty we have another one of those chart acts who use both a collective name and their own, more familiar, monikers. Leave The Door Open is officially credited to Silk Sonic, Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak even though the only members of Silk Sonic are Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. As a result, it will now contribute to the chart histories of the individual members as well as a separate entry for Silk Sonic. Bruno Mars, therefore, now has nineteen top forty hits to his name (all of which have reached the top twenty) while Silk Sonic and Anderson .Paak have one each.

The arrival of a new song by AJ Tracey in the top forty would normally be a bad thing. Anxious, a new entry at number 34, does nothing to alter that broad generalisation.

While the singles chart saw a close battle at the top, there was never any doubt that Kings Of Leon would top the albums chart. The days when they could get massive hit singles are now long gone but they still have a big enough following to maintain a run of hit albums with When You See Yourself making it six number ones from their last six studio albums. The last three of those albums stayed in the top 100 for between nine months and a year. The previous two each accumulated over two years in the chart. It would be a surprise of this gets anywhere close to that sort of longevity.

Sales of albums below the number one (which itself has sold far fewer copies than Kings Of Leon are used to in their opening week) are truly dire. One consequence of that is that Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia climbs to number two. Digga D stays at number three with Made In The Pyrex.

Those low albums sales have also helped Gabrielle to reach number four with her new album, Do It Again. It is her first top five studio album since Rise topped the chart in 1999. That album followed a single of the same name which topped the singles chart almost six years after her only other chart-topping single, Dreams.

The Weeknd’s The Highli9ghts compilation is back up top number five. The Canadian singer has thrown a bit of a strop this week after he (rather unexpectedly) failed to gain any nominations for this year’s Grammy awards.

Architects slump to number 21 after their seven days of glory at the top with For Those That Wish To Exist.

Australian band DMA’s join the list of bands who have chosen to fill in the gap while they are unable to promote a new album by releasing a live album. Live At Brixton was recorded at one of London’s best venues, the Brixton Academy, just before the UK went into lockdown last March. DMA’s released their third studio album last summer but are still awaiting the opportunity to promote it with some live dates. In the meantime, this will have to do.

While I am still waiting for the chance to see DMA’s live, I have managed to see Jane Weaver, albeit as the support to Public Service Broadcasting rather than as the headline act. The3 Liverpudlian singer-songwriter makes her top forty debut at number 24 with Flock, her eleventh album.

Two Scottish bands - one new, the other, a good deal less new - have new entries this week. Arab Strap, formed in 1995, are at number fourteen with As Days Get Dark. East Kilbride rock band Mason Hill are at number nineteen with their debut album, Against The Wall.

Of all the bands counted as part of the New Wave movement of the early 1980s, one of those who can be said to epitomise what it was about were Japan, led by David Sylvian. However, for a lot of music fans, they probably epitomised it a tad too much. That meant they tended to be praised by the critics (apart from those who dismissed then as pretentious) but, apart from the sublime single Ghosts, had only limited commercial success. Their third album. Quiet Life, was their first to reach the chart but still got no further than number 53 despite including their terrific version of I Second That Emotion. The album has now been reissued in a deluxe edition and it is at number thirteen.

Zara Larsson is at number twelve with Poster Girl. Floridian band A Day To Remember enter at number 36 with You’re Welcome, a full 30 places lower than their previous release in 2016.
Published on: 2021-03-12 by Suedehead2 || 1555 Views
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12 Mar 2021 - 20:17
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In line with all the Canadian shenanigans going on in the charts, I have entered a song by a Canadian into BJSC. An 80-year-old Canadian who was writing hits decades before Drake and Bieber were born, and is still a better songwriter than the pair of 'em put together.

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Whereas my entry has a not-at-all subtle link to last month's biggrin.gif
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