LONDON (AFP) – A Nineteenth-century sea shanty has landed a spot within the UK prime 40 as the normal sailor songs are having fun with a brand new wave of recognition due to the favored quick video app TikTok.
The music Wellerman carried out by The Longest Johns, a band from Bristol in western England, is now at No. 37, within the Official Chart, which takes under consideration streaming of music.
The music can also be at No. 1 in Spotify’s viral 50, which incorporates social media shares, in the US and the UK and at No. 2 globally.
Wellerman is believed to have been written in New Zealand within the mid-Nineteenth century and tells the story of sailors waging an epic battle with a whale they’re searching.
The normal style has captured consideration through the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, notably attributable to a Scottish postman, Nathan Evans, who posted his efficiency of Wellerman on TikTok final 12 months.
The video has now been considered greater than eight million occasions and it sparked a worldwide pattern referred to as “ShantyTok”.
Music stars seized on the pattern and carried out their very own variations.
Pop singers Gary Barlow and Ronan Keating sang it collectively, whereas the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber made a TikTok video of himself taking part in a keyboard accompaniment.
Evans places the music’s recognition right down to the coronavirus lockdown, saying that shanties had been initially sung to “convey all people collectively” and this strikes a chord when persons are remoted.
“Particularly on this time when all people’s caught at house, they’re doing their distant working – they’ll take part, and it sort of brings all people collectively,” he stated this week.
Evans has now signed a file cope with Polydor and launched his personal model of Wellerman as a single this week.