Olivia Rodrigo Dominates the UK Year-to-date Charts
Olivia Rodrigo cements her status as the year’s biggest breakthrough star as she claims the UK’s biggest song and album of 2021 so far.
As we pass the halfway mark of the year, the pop phenom dominates the year-to-date charts after a record-breaking run of success with Drivers License (song) and Sour (album).
Six weeks after its release - three of which were at No. 1 - Rodrigo’s debut album Sour has racked up 170,000 chart sales, according to Official Charts Company data. The record is performing best on streaming, with 79% of its total figure comprising streaming equivalent sales, while the remaining 21% is made up of CD and cassette sales (18%) and downloads (3%). Sour is set to be released on vinyl next month on August 20. The album has already celebrated several huge achievements, including the biggest opening week of 2021 so far (51,000 chart sales), and Rodrigo being the youngest solo artist to achieve the Official Chart Double, with her song Good 4 U also topping the singles chart that week.
Meanwhile, the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s debut single “Divers License” is the biggest song of 2021 in the UK so far, having now tipped the 1 million chart sales mark (1.03m), including 123m streams. The track’s nine-week stint at the summit was the longest for a debut single in 15 years, since Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” in 2006.
Solidifying her place as the year’s biggest new artist, Rodrigo’s two other singles released this year also feature in the Top 40: five-week No. 1 “good 4 u” places at 10, while Top 5 hit “deja vu” is at 32.
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