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REPUBLIC UPS GOLDSTEIN, ROPPO TO CO-PRESIDENTS
Team Lipman doubles up. (11/26a)
CHART FINAL:
THE BIGGEST BOW
OF THE YEAR
Big numbers for "30." (11/29a)
COUNTRY GRAMMYS' ROOTS ARE SHOWING
Deck the Grammys with boughs of Holly. (11/24a)
THE BRITISH
ARE COMING
Rolling out our U.K. Special print issue (11/24a)
PUTTING THE POP
IN POPCORN
Putting the audio into audio-visual. (11/29a)
TURKEY
Basting.
STUFFING
Stuffing.
YAMS
Candying.
PUMPKIN PIE
Stuffing (in face).
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS — H1 2021
7/7/21

Olivia Rodrigo has claimed the biggest song and album of 2021 in the U.K., sitting at the top of the H1 Official Albums Chart with SOUR (Polydor) while “drivers license” tops singles. Releases from UMG rule both Top 10 lists.

Six weeks after release, SOUR has racked up 170k chart sales in the U.K. with 79% of that figure coming from streams. “drivers license” has now topped the 1m sales mark (1.03m), including 123m streams.

The two releases help make up a majority tally for Universal Music Group on the charts—Universal claims four singles and six albums in the Top 10s. Warner has three in each and Sony has three albums and one single.

There are four singles from U.K. acts in the Top 10, three of which were released this year (“Wellerman,” “Friday” and “Body”). New albums from British acts don’t fare so well: Of the five (and a half, counting Fleetwood Mac) homegrown releases in the Top 10, none arrived this year.

Official Singles Chart 2021 H1

  1. “drivers license” - Olivia Rodrigo (Polydor)
  2. “Wellerman” - Nathan Evans, 220 Kid, Billen Ted (Polydor)
  3. “The Business” - Tiesto (Atlantic)
  4. “Montero (Call Me By Your Name” - Lil Nas X (RCA)
  5. “Save Your Tears” - The Weeknd (Island)
  6. “Levitating” - Dua Lipa (Warner Records)
  7. “Friday” - Riton, Nightcrawlers & Mufasa (Ministry of Sound)
  8. “Body” - Tion Wayne & Russ Millions (Atlantic)
  9. “Without You” – The Kid Laroi (RCA)
    10. “good 4 u” - Olivia Rodrigo (Polydor)

Official Albums Chart 2021 H1

  1. SOUR - Olivia Rodrigo (Polydor)
  2. Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa (Warner Records)
  3. Fine Line - Harry Styles (Columbia)
  4. Greatest Hits - Queen (EMI)
  5. Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon - Pop Smoke (Polydor)
  6. 50 Years—Don’t Stop - Fleetwood Mac (Rhino)
  7. The Highlights - The Weeknd (Island)
  8. Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent - Lewis Capaldi (EMI)
  9. Diamonds - Elton John (UMC)
    10. Divide - Ed Sheeran (Atlantic)