Busted Set To Knock Olivia Rodrigo Off No 1 Spot
Busted are currently ahead of Olivia Rodrigo in the race for the UK No 1 album. The British pop punk act leads the midweek U.K. chart with Greatest Hits 2.0, a 20th anniversary collection of the trio’s best-loved songs which includes a Guest Features Edition, with tracks reworked by acts including Jonas Brothers, All Time Low, Simple Plan, Dashboard Confessional, Hanson and You Me At Six.
With Greatest Hits 2.0, Busted – Charlie Simpson, Matt Willis and James Bourne – look set for their fourth UK Top 10 appearance after reaching No 2 three times (Busted from 2002, A Present for Everyone from 2003 and Half Way There from 2019). Though the band has landed four UK No. 1 singles, they haven’t yet had a No 1 album.
In a recent interview with Kerrang, Busted reflected on the position they currently find themselves in. “The thing that’s weird, actually, is it’s more than the last 20 years – the way that it’s positioned right now and the way that it feels at the shows, it feels like we’re on the precipice of something really big,” said Bourne.
“It feels amazing,” agreed Simpson. “The stars have aligned, and everything’s just really cool. When Busted came out, we were lucky enough to find our way in people’s lives at a point in their lives that’s really stayed with them. Twenty years have gone by, and some bands are really scared of doing things that are nostalgia-driven, but I think it’s awesome; nostalgia is a very powerful emotion, and I love listening to all that throwback stuff.”
Simpson went on to discuss Greatest Hits 2.0, “We were aware that the anniversary was coming up and that we’d never done a greatest hits, so those two things were always floating in the background. But I think Matt was the first person to suggest doing the greatest hits with other artists, which I thought was really interesting. With the playlist generation you can make your own greatest hits, so it’s a bit pointless, so we definitely wanted to re-record the songs, and then it just snowballed into this crazy thing where we also ended up working with 15 artists.”