Charli XCX Could not Dethrone Taylor Swift To Land A UK #1 With ‘Brat’

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The pleasure surrounding Charli XCX’s wonderful new LP Brat is actual, nevertheless it’s apparently not sufficient to provide Charli a #1 album, both within the US or the UK. Within the US, the place Charli has all the time been extra of a cult determine than a correct mainstream pop star, Brat is at the moment projected to debut at #4. If that occurs, it’ll be Charli’s greatest displaying over right here. (Beforehand, her highest-charting album was her final one, 2022’s Crash, which debuted at #7.) The UK chart race was a lot nearer, and it didn’t break Charli’s manner.

Charli XCX is way more of a correct pop star in her homeland, and Crash turned her first #1 album within the UK two years in the past. As Official Charts experiences, Brat really offered extra first-week copies within the UK than Crash did, however that wasn’t sufficient to defeat former Charli tourmate Taylor Swift, whose The Tortured Poets Division could have its sixth week at #1. It’s now Swift’s longest-running chart-topping LP within the UK. Swift achieved this feat partly by releasing a UK-exclusive model of Tortured Poets, that includes unique dwell tracks and first-draft cellphone memos.

Taylor Swift is broadly believed to be the topic of Charli XCX’s Brat track “Sympathy is a knife” — “This one woman faucets my insecurities” — and a few observers see the bonus-track launch as Taylor deliberately stopping Charli from reaching the highest spot. I believe that’s a attain. Swift cares about chart statistics, and she is going to proceed to rack up statistical achievements for so long as attainable. I actually don’t suppose it’s private.

In any case, the lengthy US #1 reign of The Tortured Poets Division will most likely come to an finish quickly, because the new Luke Combs album simply dropped this morning.


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