Olivia Rodrigo’s 2nd album
With the release of her eagerly awaited second album, Guts, pop singer Olivia Rodrigo’s has topped the UK album chart.
With the top-charting songs Vampire and Bad Idea, Right? It sold more copies than the rest of the top 10 put together and received the most streams over the previous seven days.
It follows the star’s debut single, “Sour,” from 2021 as the UK’s number-one song.
In an interview with BBC News, the 20-year-old said she had “struggled” with the follow-up, adding: “I’d write lyrics and think about people on Twitter dissecting them.”
That was tough, she added. That goes against creativity.
started to become a lot more enjoyable, and it felt creative once more.
“As a result, I had to change my approach midway through recording the album and focus solely on writing songs that I wanted to hear on the radio. As soon as I done that, it immediately become lot more enjoyable and felt creative once more.
It appears that pressing the reset button was successful. Guts not only topped the charts but also received high marks from critics, earning a score of 90/100 on the review aggregate platform Metacritic.
Her most ambitious, personal, and chaotic compositions to date, according to Rolling Stone magazine, while Pitchfork called the album’s 12 songs a “uproarious” collection of “bratty rocker-chick anthems and soul-searching ballads.”
The CD’s secret 13th song was a pleasant surprise for listeners who purchased vinyl copies of the album. One of four “hidden” songs from the album, which aren’t accessible through music streaming sites, was included in each color version.
On Rodrigo’s website, all four varieties could be purchased as a package, with each copy registering as a distinct sale on the charts.
Guts amassed 60,300 chart “units” over the course of the previous week, according to the Official Charts Company, which is a tally that includes both physical sales and streaming numbers. That is about 10,000 chart units greater than Sour, which debuted to 51,000 chart units.
Rodrigo has three songs in the top 10 of the singles list, which is another indicator of the album’s success.
Vampire, a former number-one artist, is at number two with Bad Idea, Right? three and the song of retribution Return Him! a fresh entry at position seven.
Rodrigo, however, couldn’t quite match fellow American superstar Doja Cat, whose aggressive rap song Paint The Town Red spends a second week at number one.
Murphy reaches the top five
Travis Scott, a hip-hop alchemist, maintains his position at number two on the album chart with his expansive fourth album, Utopia.
Indie band from Liverpool The Highlights, a greatest hits collection by The Weeknd, came in second and spent 81 weeks in the top 10 of the charts. The Coral got the highest new entry at number three with Sea Of Mirrors.
Róisn Murphy, a former member of Moloko, completes the top five with Hit Parade, her most recent solo album and fourth to reach the top 40.
Music critics have praised it as “deeply sophisticated” and “a contender for album of the year” despite being an experimental, outlandish pop record. However, the release of the LP has been overshadowed by remarks Murphy made regarding gender politics.
In a private Facebook post from last month, the singer voiced her opposition to puberty inhibitors, calling them “big pharma laughing all the way to the bank” and emphasizing that “little mixed-up kids are vulnerable and need to be protected.”
By suppressing hormone release, blockers can “pause puberty” and postpone the start of physical changes that don’t correspond to a child’s gender identification.
Many LGBTQ+ members of Murphy’s fandom were shocked by her remarks and thought they were anti-trans.
The 50-year-old responded by issuing a lengthy statement in which she apologized for being the cause of the destructive and potentially hazardous social media firestorm.
It is terrible to see the consequences of my actions and the splits they have brought about.
She only stated that she would “bow out of this conversation” rather than retracting her initial remarks.
Two of her album launch concerts were postponed following a flurry of social media posts, while substitute appearances were later planned.
Her music was allegedly blacklisted by the BBC after several late-night repetitions on BBC 6 Music were replaced with shows starring the rapper Little Simz.
The company refuted the allegations, claiming that Little Simz represented a 6 Music season that “celebrates poetry, rap, and spoken word” and aired the following week to coincide with National Poetry Day.
There was no other explanation for the adjustment, according to a statement. Recently, Róisn Murphy’s music was played on 6 Music, and her artist collection is still frequently heard.
According to an analysis of airplay data from the last seven days, no songs from Murphy’s new album were played on BBC radio stations.
However, her song Freak Me Now, a collaboration with Jessie Ware, as well as the iconic Moloko song Sing It Back, were played quite a few times.
Despite the controversy, the singer’s album Hit Parade has surpassed her previous peak of 14 for 2021’s Róisn Machine to become her highest charting release.