This week, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” returns to the music charts as the No. 1 album, while BTS song “Butter” follows her record for the longest-running top single of the year.
“Sour,” released in May, climbs two places this week and ranks third, # 1, with 88,000 sales in the United States, according to MRC Data, Billboard’s tracking arm. It is only the second LP of 2021, which landed at least three times in first place after a 10-week run of Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album”. (Taylor Swift’s “Evermore,” which came out in December, had three weeks on top through early January.)
For Rodrigo, chart success comes after news broke last week that the songwriting credits for one of their singles, “Deja Vu”, have been quietly changed. In addition to Rodrigo and her co-writer Dan Nigro, the credits for this song now include Swift and two authors of their 2019 song “Cruel Summer”, Jack Antonoff and St. Vincent. Nobody commented on the change, but Rodrigo mentioned “Cruel Summer” as an influence in interviews.
K-pop juggernaut BTS topped Billboard’s Hot 100 singles charts for the seventh time this week with “Butter”. This year Rodrigo has the longest drive on the summit this year with the “driver’s license”, which was No. 1 for eight weeks.
Also in this week’s album charts, Doja Cats “Planet Her” is at number 2, Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “The Voice of the Heroes” is at number 3 and Wallen’s “Dangerous” is at number 4. Chicago rapper G Herbo’s new “25” starts at number four 5 with the equivalent of 46,000 sales, including 61 million streams.