It’s official: Olivia Rodrigo has the No. 1 single and album in the U.K. right now. And she smashes several records along the way.
At 18 years and three months, the Californian singer and actor becomes the youngest solo artist ever to score the U.K. double, as “Good 4 U” (Geffen) lifts 2-1 on the national singles chart and Sour debuts at No. 1 on the albums survey.
Sour blasts to the top of the Official U.K. Albums Chart with 51,000 combined sales, the Official Charts Company reports, for the biggest opening week of the year.
That’s also the biggest opening week for a debut album in two years, since Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent dropped in May 2019.
Sour racks up 45.7 million track streams over the seven-day cycle — or 30,945 streaming-equivalent sales — for the most first-week streams for a debut album, eclipsing Capaldi’s record, according to the OCC.
The last artist to score the double with their debut was Sam Smith, who achieved the feat six years ago with2015’s In The Lonely Hour and “Lay Me Down”.
The big numbers keep coming, as “Good 4 U” gives Rodrigo her second leader following “Drivers License” back in January. “Good 4 U” generates 117,000 chart sales in seven days — including 13.5 million streams — for the biggest No. 1 single of 2021.
Sour leads an all-new Top 4, as Gary Numan’s 22nd solo studio LP Intruder (BMG) starts at No. 2; U.S. alternative pop outfit Twenty One Pilots see their latest, Scaled and Icy (Atlantic/Fueled By Ramen), take off at No. 3; while P!nk’s All I Know So Far: Setlist (RCA), the companion album to her concert film, starts at No. 4.
Shoegaze icons My Bloody Valentine return to the chart at No. 7 with their ’90s classic Loveless, following a reissue campaign by Domino Records; and Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys has a highest-ever solo chart position with his seventh album Seeking New Gods. It’s new at No. 10.
Over on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, BTS bags the U.K.’s highest new entry of the week with “Butter” (Big Hit Entertainment). It’s new No. 3 for the K-pop phenom’s second U.K. Top 5 single. “Butter” is the most downloaded single of the week, by a margin of more than 10,000 sales.
Article written by: Lars Brandle
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