The postman Nathan Evans is poised to hit the top 10 of the official singles chart with his viral Sea Shanty Wellerman.
The song, which was a huge hit on TikTok, is set to be the top entry in the table according to official first look based on preliminary sales and early streaming reports.
Evans, 26, from Airdrie, Scotland, quit his job as a postman after sparking another viral frenzy on TikTok (called ShantyTok) and signing a recording deal with Polydor Records.
Evans previously told PA News Agency, “Back when the shanties were being sung, it was important to get everyone together, keep them all on time, and keep morale high.
“Especially at this time when everyone is stuck at home, they do their remote work – they can join in, and that brings everyone together.
“So I think it sort of brought it into the present day. It feels like you are all united. Especially seeing how creative everyone can be with it.”
Wellerman is a cover of the 2018 Bristol song The Longest Johns, which entered the official Top 40 just last week and debuted at number 37.
Evans has released his own version of the shanty as well as a dance remix produced by 220 Kid and Billen Ted, which is number four on the charts.
Wellerman is the most downloaded song of the week to date, two days into Tracking Week, according to the Official Charts Company.
The official table: First Look, which will air between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on BBC Radio 1 today, offers a first look at the top 20 ahead of the official singles table in the top 100 on Friday.
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