Olivia Rodrigo makes more UK chart history as she becomes the first female artist to occupy three places in the Official Singles Chart Top 5 in the same week.
Good 4 U scores a third huge week at Number 1, with 96,000 chart sales including 11.2 million streams, while Deja Vu is at 4 and Traitor climbs to a new peak at 5.
Only a handful of other acts have managed this feat, including John Lennon, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and Drake. The latter was the last to achieve it, claiming three places in the Top 5 in 2018 following the release of his Scorpion album.
It follows Olivia’s recent record-breaking triumph after she became the youngest solo artist ever to achieve the Official Chart Double last month.
Meanwhile, The Weeknd’s Save Your Tears reaches a new peak, climbing two places to Number 2, and Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix climb two places to a new high of Number 6 with Heartbreak Anthem.
This week’s highest new entry comes from Brighton rapper ArrDee, who flies straight in at Number 7 with Oliver Twist – the 18-year-old’s first credited UK chart hit. The track follows his viral verse on the remix of Tion Wayne & Russ Millions’ Number 1 hit Body, which is at Number 8 this week.
If you’ve ever been envious of Olivia Rodrigo’s effortless style or sassy music video fashion, you’re actually kinda in luck because she’s now offering up many of her most iconic looks to date, so let’s get into it.
Whether you’re a lover or a hater of Olivia Rodrigo’s unadulterated pop sounds, one thing is undebatable: she’s officially the biggest musician in the world right now, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The 18-year-old singer, songwriter and actress has racked up 544 million Spotify streams and 295,000 album sales.
Of course, ‘Drivers License’ is her most well-known song, a ballad that set a one-day record on Spotify with more than 15 million streams when it was released on January 11th of this year. The same song went on to receive 17 million streams the following day and it became the fastest song to surpass 100 million streams ever.
If you're a younger millennial, you probably remember going to school sometime in the 2000s and seeing your classmate in a fingerless arm sock, just like Avril Lavigne in the “Complicated” video. Maybe that person was you. Maybe you also wore a black tie with a white vest and carried a skateboard. Maybe a few years later you dyed your hair orange and straightened it to resemble every emo's teen crush, Hayley Williams.
The angsty, poppy punk of the 2000s is viewed as a relic now – belonging in the same nostalgic memory box as the MTV2 channel and Limewire. That said, the sound and style of these bands aren't totally dead. Last month, when Olivia Rodrigo – Disney star turned pop star – released her debut album SOUR, listeners in their teens and late 20s united in their joint appreciation of some pummelling drums and post-break up revenge lyrics (for context: Avril Lavigne’s debut single was released a year before Olivia was born).
Still, just because “good 4 u” sounds like Paramore meets Avril Lavigne meets The Pretty Reckless or whatever else we were blasting out ten to 20 years ago, doesn't mean that Olivia's teen fans are going to be just as into those old tracks as they are each track on SOUR. Or maybe they are? To find out, we asked a bunch of them to review some old favourites.
Avril Lavigne – “My Happy Ending”
“I do love Avril Lavigne so I recognise this song too. The band Pale Waves' songs on their recent album are very influenced by Avril and this song magnified that. I think it would definitely be a viral break up TikTok sound if it was released today. The vibe of the song ‘good 4 u’ is reminiscent of this song.” – Eve, 16
“There’s something about this song that just feels underwhelming but I can’t quite put my finger on it. The tune starts off strong but I don’t feel like the melody does justice to the feelings of heartbreak and betrayal that Lavigne is singing about. The more I listened to this song, the more it began to grow on me but I definitely prefer tunes that are more upbeat like ‘Girlfriend.’ The song is catchy and you can’t fault Lavigne’s vocals but it reminds me more of the kind of soft rock I used to listen to when I would watch Hannah Montana as opposed to the song being a proper headbanger.” – Rochelle.
“Avril Lavigne’s music is iconic and makes you want to thrash around your room pretending your heart is broken. When I first heard ‘Good 4 U’ by Olivia Rodrigo, my mind instantly thought of Avril Lavigne and I tried to imagine how Lavigne would have made this song back in the 2000s.” – Daniella
livia Rodrigo continues her reign over the Official Singles Chart as Good 4 U claims a fourth consecutive week at the top, becoming the longest-reigning Number 1 rock single in 18 years.
With more than double the chart sales of its closest competition, Good 4 U boasts 9.8 million UK streams this week, the pop-punk hit is now the longest-reigning rock-influenced chart-topper since 2003, when Evanescence spent four weeks at Number 1 with Bring Me To Life.
Two more entries in this week’s Top 40 are waving the flag for the genre: Italian rockers and Eurovision winners Måneskin climb five places into the Top 10 at Number 7 with I Wanna Be Your Slave, and Willow (formerly Willow Smith) is new at Number 33 with pop-punk track Transparent Soul ft. Travis Barker. Originally released in April, the song has rocketed up the Top 100 over the past three weeks and is set to become Willow’s first Top 40 single in 10 years since Whip My Hair. Read more about the return of rock to the Official Singles Chart here.
Meanwhile, Galantis, David Guetta and Little Mix climb two to Number 4 with Heartbreak Anthem, a new peak for the track, and ArrDee’s Oliver Twist climbs one to Number 6.
Mimi Webb lands straight in at Number 12 with this week’s highest new entry Dumb Love – her second Top 20 single following Good Without, which holds at Number 9 this week.
Elsewhere in the Top 20, Calvin Harris’ By Your Side ft. Tom Grennan rises 2 to Number 13, while Tom Zanetti scoops a new chart peak with Didn’t Know, up four to Number 14. Lorde returns with eagerly-awaited new single Solar Power at Number 17, her third Top 20 hit in the UK.
Anne-Marie and Niall Horan’s Our Song climbs four to Number 18 – Anne-Marie’s eighth Top 20 and Niall’s third as a solo artist.
Following England’s strong start to Euro 2020, football anthem 3 Lions by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds re-enters at Number 22. The track was also issued on red vinyl this month to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
This week’s scorching hot weather continues to send Harry Styles’ Watermelon Sugar (25) and Navos’ Believe Me (26) rebounding back up the Top 40, and finally, Doja Cat’s latest release Need To Know debuts at Number 37, Doja’s seventh UK Top 40.