Olivia Rodrigo – star of Disney+ show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – speeds in at Number 1 on the Official Irish Singles Chart with Drivers License.
The 17-year-old Californian has enjoyed an unprecedented week of success across the globe with her debut single, which also makes the history books in Ireland.
The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) can confirm that Drivers License has scored the biggest week of streams in Official Irish Charts history, racking up 2.006 million in the past seven days, based on Official Charts Company data. Ariana Grande’s 7 Rings previously claimed the record, having notched up 1.6 million plays in its first week of release in January 2019.
Drivers License is the first debut single to enter the Official Irish Singles Chart at Number 1 since Zayn’s Pillowtalk in February 2016, and the first by a female artist since Ella Henderson’s Ghost in June 2014.
While another 17-year-old in Jawsh 685 recently scooped a Number 1 single in July 2020 with Savage Love, Olivia – aged 17 years, 10 months, 26 days – is the youngest female to top the Official Irish Singles Chart since Lorde stormed to Number 1 with Royals in October 2013 aged 16 years, 10 months, 27 days.
Taken from the soundtrack to the High School Musical mockumentary in which she stars, Olivia also takes out a second Top 50 entry this week as All I Want starts out at 40.
US R&B singer Sza earns her first Top 10 single as a lead artist as Good Days ascends eight places to Number 8. There’s also a new personal best for Spanish producer HVME with Goosebumps, which also rises eight spots to Number 13.
The Weeknd claims his 27th Top 50 hit in Ireland with Save Your Tears following the release of its music video (24), US rappers Saweetie and Doja Cat claim a new entry with Best Friend (38), and American performer Jason Derulo and New Caledonian producer Nuka enter the Top 50 with Love Not War (The Tampa Beat) (43).
Finally, Lana Del Rey makes her first Top 50 appearance as a lead artist in three years (since 2017’s Lust For The Life ft. The Weeknd) as Chemtrails Over The Country Club debuts at Number 44.
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Official Irish Albums Chart
It’s an 18th week at Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart for Dermot Kennedy with Without Fear.
Ireland’s biggest album of 2020 scores its latest non-consecutive week leading the Top 50, once more holding off Taylor Swift at Number 2 with Evermore. Without Fear was the most popular album of the week with the Irish public on physical and streaming formats.
David Bowie’s Legacy greatest hits rises 13 places to Number 21 following the fifth anniversary of his death on January 10.
Sza’s 2017 debut album CTRL reaches a new peak of Number 27 thanks to the success of her Top 10 single Good Days, while The Weeknd’s Number 1 album After Hours returns to the Top 50 at Number 30 after the release of the music video for new single Save Your Tears.