Dynamic Duos: Tion Wayne & Russ Millions A1 & J1 provide UK Rap with their biggest songs of 2021
It’s that time a year again where people begin to start reflecting on the last 12 months, analysising, evaluating and providing performance data and the Official Chart Company have done exactly that publishing the biggest songs of 2021.
It should be no surprise to see Tion Wayne & Russ Millions monster of a hit – ‘Body’ featured, taking 6th and 10th spot on the Official Top 40 most-streamed songs of 2021 and Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2021 respectively.
The Gotcha -produced track is not only the biggest UK Rap song of 2021, it’s also made history as the first drill song to go to the top of the singles chart in UK, while also topping the charts in Australia. Recent data released by social media platform TikTok also revealed that –‘Body’ was the most used sound by a UK artist in the UK, being used over 200 million times on the platform.
Posted on YouTube on March 25, 2021 on GRM Daily the video for ‘Body’ has accumulated 61,019,284 views to date, with – ‘Body 2 Ft.ft Arrdee, 3x3E1 & ZT, Bugzy Malone, Fivio Foreign, Darkoo, Buni’ being released almost a month later on April 22, 2021 surpassing the original with 82,378,896 to date. The single was released on March 29, 2021 and was officially BPI certified platinum on July 2, 2021, taking just over 4 months to surpass the 600,000 units sales equivalent mark.
The only other UK rap act to be featured in the biggest songs in UK in 2021 list, are teenaged duo A1 x J1 who’s track ‘Latest Trends’ released during lock down bagged them the 19th spot & 26th spot on Official Top 40 most-streamed songs of 2021 and the Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2021 respectively.
Posted on YouTube on February 19, 2021 the – ‘Latest Trends’ video has racked up 25 Million views and the time of writing this article. Officially released as a single on February 4, 2021 – ‘Latest Trends’ took just 8 months to achieve BPI certified platinum status on October, 1, 2021.
Although the last 2 years have been difficult due to the global pandemic, there has been consistent growth for UK rap, which we expect to continue throughout 2022.