The first full week on the 2021 digital charts sees Blaq Diamond's 'SummerYoMuthi' retain its #1 status as the most popular track in South Africa. This past week saw the track strengthen its lead by an index score of 0.005, roughly half a chart position. The #2 is 'The Business' by Tiësto (ff-index = 0.008, about a full position off the top spot). 'The Business' heads a strong showing from international tracks this week, with the resurgent 'Blinding Lights' at #3, 24kGoldn and iann dior's 'Mood' maintaining its strong run at #4, and new gains by Joel Corry and MNEK with 'Head & Heart' at #5. The Kid LAROI's 'WITHOUT YOU' has had another strong week, gaining 11 places to hit #9. The top 10 is rounded out by a new entry, Justin Bieber's 'Anyone', with an ff-index of 0.124.
'Mali Eningi' (Big Zulu ft. Intaba Yase Dubai, Riky Rick) fell five places from third last week to #8, but with a drop in popularity of 0.076 (ff-index was 0.009 last week). This is pretty much equivalent to a seven- to eight-position drop in the charts. Similarly, the hit single 'Uthando' dropped only one place to #6, but lost 0.074 on ff-index, the equivalent of seven chart positions.
There were losses for a few South African tracks this past week. 'Dinaledi' (Major League Djz, Abidoza ft. Mpho Sebina) dropped eight places to #20. 'Jazzidisciples (Zlele)' (Reece Madlisa, Zuma, Mr JazziQ, Busta929) languishes at #38 after a 14-spot drop. 'uLazi' (Mr JazziQ ft. Zuma, Mpura, 9umba) dropped six places to #39, and with an ff-index of 0.481, should be nearer #50. Other local releases fell from the Top 40 altogether: 'Bella Ciao' fell a staggering 26 places to #44; 'John Vuli Gate' lost thirteen places to only hit #43; 'Amanikiniki' fell 23 places to #49; and 'Xola Moya Wam'' fell nineteen spots to #51. But by far the biggest casualty this week was Focalistic's 'Ke Star' (ft. Vigro Deep), which takes only the #64 position after a massive 34-spot drop from #30 last week. It remains to be seen whether these tracks will be able to mount a recovery.
The strongest new entry (NE) on the chart is Justin Bieber's recent release, 'Anyone', at #10. This track is sure to climb, but it remains to be seen whether it will be able to oust local tracks like 'Mali Eningi', 'SummerYoMuthi', and 'Uthando'. One of the most remarkable features of the South African music industry is how local music, especially house and amapiano, is able to outperform major-label, radio-playlisted international artists with all their marketing power.
Speaking of international artists, it was a quiet NE for 'drivers license' by Olivia Rodrigo at #40. But don't underestimate this new release. It was propelled into the Top 40 by strong performances on Apple Music and Deezer, but it is only a matter of time before popularity on Spotify catches up. In fact, it sat at #1 on the daily Spotify chart for the 10th and 11th of January. The Firefinch team predicts that this track will hit the Top 5 during the second full week of 2021.
Another international NE this week was Ed Sheeran's 'Afterglow', currently sitting at #33. Re-entries include 'Monster' (Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber; #28), 'willow' (Taylor Swift; #30), '34+35' (Ariana Grande; fittingly at #34), and 'Go Crazy' (Chris Brown, Young Thug; #35).