Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Billie Eilish set new UK chart record

© Courtesy Photo Billie Eilish, “when the party’s over”

LONDON: Billie Eilish is now the youngest-ever female solo act to top the UK album charts. The 17-year-old US singer’s debut, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Went straight to number one, with a combined 48,000 sales. She breaks Joss Stone’s 2004 record by about two months.

It’s also the second-fastest selling record of the year, but still some way behind Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next, which shifted 65,214 units in week one. “We worked really hard on this album,” Eilish told the Official Charts Company.

For context, she can’t legally celebrate this chart news with an alcoholic drink in the UK until her birthday in December – or for another three and half years back home.

The self-professed new go pop queen – who will perform at Glastonbury Festival this summer – has enchanted fans and critics alike over the past 12 months with a succession of provocative videos and singles like Should See Me in a Crown, Bury a Friend and Wish You Were Gay.

You can watch her performing the last one for Radio 1 at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios recently below. Three singles from Eilish’s record-breaking album have landed in the Top 20 too, with her latest release, Bad Guy, going straight in at number two.

Only Scots singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi prevented her from doing the single and album double, as his hit track, Someone You Loved, celebrated a sixth week at the top of the singles charts.

Another Scottish singer-songwriter, Gerry Cinnamon, saw his debut album Erratic Cinematic zoom a whopping 52 places up the album chart to a career-best number 20, following his sold-out UK tour.

Meanwhile, the indefatigable soundtrack to the Greatest Showman bounced back up the album charts from three to two.

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