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U.K. CHARTS: OLIVIA ZOOMS TO #1

Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” (Polydor) set an Official Charts record this week, racking up 2.407m streams in a 24-hour period on its way to #1. On the album chart, Barry Gibb claims his first U.K. #1 as a solo artist with Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook, Vol. 1 (EMI).

“drivers license” recorded 95k in chart sales, including 10.9m streams, to outpace midweek leader Little Mix’s “Sweet Melody” (RCA), which drops to #2, and Ed Sheeran’s “Afterglow” (Atlantic), finishing at #3. Rodrigo posted the biggest opening week for a #1 debut single since ZAYN’s “Pillowtalk” in February 2016.

The record “drivers license” set was for the greatest number of streams in a single day for a non-Christmas song. The previous record holder was Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”

Meanwhile, back at the album chart, Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook, Vol. 1 finished the week with twice the chart sales of its closest competition, with 83% of the album’s final made up of physical copies. Gibb’s previous chart peak as a solo artist was with 2016’s In the Now at #2. 

Passenger is new at #2 with his 13th studio album, Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted (Cooking Vinyl). Further down, David Bowie’s greatest hits Legacy (Parlophone) flies 13 places to #18.

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