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WHAT’S HEATING UP AS SUMMER NEARS?
The future's so hot, they gotta wear shades. (5/30a)
A STELLAR TOP 20
Better get used to this 1-2 punch. (5/30a)
THE COUNT: U.K. FEST SEASON IS HOTTER THAN AFTERNOON TEA
With sugar, please. (5/30a)
REPORT: SONY CIRCLING QUEEN CATALOG IN $1B DEAL
Will another one bite the dust? (5/30a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
HOWDY, PARTNER
Redrawing the Mason-Dixon Line (5/24a)
THE NEW UMG
Gosh, we hope there are more press releases.
TIKTOK BANNED!
Unless the Senate manages to make this whole thing go away, that is.
THE NEW HUGE COUNTRY ACT
No, not that one.
TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN PLAYLIST
Now 100% unlicensed!
Blighty Beat
THE BEST SELLERS OF 2021
1/4/22

Adele’s 30 (Columbia) topped the U.K.'s Official Charts best-selling albums in 2021 list while Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR (Polydor/Geffen) was the U.K.’s most streamed album last year. Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” (Atlantic) ruled singles.

30 shifted more than 600k sales to emerge the year’s best-seller with more than 500k pure sales (448k physical and 53k downloads). Sheeran’s = took second place on the Top 10 with 432k sales, followed by ABBA’s Voyage (UMG) with 400k.

Streams of Rodrigo’s SOUR accounted for 83% of its 395k sales figure. There are eight British releases in the albums Top 10: UMG claims five, Warner four and Sony one. Five of the albums were released in 2021.

On the Official Charts singles Top 10 for 2021, “Bad Habits” is #1 on 1.7m sales, including 204m streams and 142k sales. Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U” takes second place on 1.39m, including 167m streams, and she also claims the third best-selling single with “Drivers License,” which has been streamed nearly 156m times in the U.K.

British artists claim four entries in the singles Top 10 and five of the 10 releases arrived in 2021. UMG has five entries, Warner three and Sony two.

Official Artist Albums Chart 2021

  1. Adele 30 (Columbia)
  2. Ed Sheeran = (Atlantic)
  3. ABBA Voyage (UMG)
  4. Olivia Rodrigo SOUR (Polydor/Geffen)
  5. Queen Greatest Hits (UMG)
  6. Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia (Warner Records)
  7. Ed Sheeran Divide (Atlantic)
  8. Elton John Diamonds (Virgin EMI)
  9. Fleetwood Mac 50 Years: Don’t Stop (Warner Records)
  10. Dave We’re All Alone In This Together (NBR/UMG)

Official Singles Chart 2021

  1. Ed Sheeran “Bad Habits”
  2. Olivia Rodrigo “Good 4 U”
  3. Olivia Rodrigo “Drivers License”
  4. The Weeknd “Save Your Tears” (Island/Republic)
  5. Lil Nas X “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (Columbia)
  6. Dua Lipa “Levitating”
  7. The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber “Stay” (Columbia)
  8. Glass Animals “Heat Waves” (Polydor)
  9. The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”
  10. Tion Wayne & Russ Millions “Body” (Warner Music U.K.)