TikTok Sea Shanty star Nathan Evans on course for Official Singles Chart Top 10 with debut single Wellerman

Australian rapper The Kid Laroi is also challenging for Number 1 this week.

TikTok star Nathan Evans is heading for the highest new entry on this week’s Official Singles Chart with his Sea Shanty debut single Wellerman.

The 26-year-old from Airdrie, Scotland has quit his job as a postman after his kick-starting of a new viral craze of sea shantying on TikTok (dubbed ShantyTok) saw him sign a record deal with Polydor Records.

Wellerman is a cover of Bristol group The Longest Johns’ 2018 song, itself reaching the Official Top 40 just last week, debuting at Number 37. Now Nathan has released his own take on the shanty with help from producers 220 Kid and Billen Ted, which sits at Number 4 on the Official Chart: First Look. 

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Wellerman is the most downloaded song of the week so far, two days into the tracking week.

The Official Chart: First Look, which airs on BBC Radio 1 today between 6pm – 7pm, offers a first glance of the Top 20 ahead of Friday’s Official Singles Chart Top 100. The chart is based on preliminary sales and early streaming reports.

Leading today’s First Look is Olivia Rodrigo, in pole position for a third week at Number 1 with Drivers License.

17-year-old Australian rapper The Kid Laroi is set for his highest chart position to date as Without You scales three places to Number 2.

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Irish DJ Shane Codd is on track to rebound three slots with Get Out My Head (7), while there are new peaks on the cards Tiesto’s The Business (14) and Doja Cat’s Streets (19).

Just outside the Top 20 after 48 hours at Number 21 is London rapper Fredo with Back To Basics, a track taken from his upcoming album Money Can’t Buy Happiness.

The Official Singles Chart is revealed here on OfficialCharts.com every Friday at 5.45pm. Listen to the Top 40 countdown live on BBC Radio 1's Official Chart show with Scott Mills every Friday from 4pm.

This week's Official Chart: First Look Top 20 (January 24, 2021)

LW CURRENT TITLE ARTIST
1 1 DRIVERS LICENSE OLIVIA RODRIGO
5 2 WITHOUT YOU THE KID LAROI
4 3 SWEET MELODY LITTLE MIX
NEW 4 WELLERMAN NATHAN EVANS/220 KID/BILLEN TED
2 5 DON'T PLAY ANNE-MARIE/KSI/DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS
7 6 AFTERGLOW ED SHEERAN
10 7 GET OUT MY HEAD SHANE CODD
6 8 PARADISE MEDUZA FT. DERMOT KENNEDY
8 9 ANYONE JUSTIN BIEBER
9 10 WHOOPTY CJ
3 11 34+35 ARIANA GRANDE
11 12 LEVITATING DUA LIPA
13 13 PRISONER MILEY CYRUS FT. DUA LIPA
16 14 THE BUSINESS TIESTO
12 15 YOU BROKE ME FIRST TATE MCRAE
14 16 GOOD DAYS SZA
15 17 GOOSEBUMPS HVME
17 18 WILLOW TAYLOR SWIFT
20 19 STREETS DOJA CAT
18 20 REALLY LOVE KSI/CRAIG DAVID/DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS

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