- 04 Mar 22
Last week, Belters Only became the first Irish dance act to top the chart in over two decades.
The remarkable success of Belters Only continues for a second week on the Official Irish Singles Chart – with the Dublin collective once again scoring the No.1 spot with their single 'Make Me Feel Good' featuring Jazzy.
Last week, Belters Only became the first Irish dance act to top the Official Irish Singles Chart in almost 22 years, following Mark McCabe's 'Maniac 2000', which spent ten weeks at No.1 between March and May 2000.
The debut single from the hotly tipped group – which includes Dublin DJs Bissett and RobbieG – was originally released in 2021, and has clocked up over 14.3 million streams on Spotify alone. Their friend Jazzy, of Crumlin hip-hop group Powerful Creative Minds, contributes vocals to 'Make Me Feel Good', which also recently broke into the UK Top 5.
“When we first made it, three years ago, we knew it was a big track,” Bissett told Hot Press, as part of an upcoming interview. “But we held off on putting it out, and we got sidetracked on other projects. We knew, eventually, that we’d come back around and release it at some point. I think we released it at the perfect time, because we were coming out of lockdown, and people were starting to get back out onto the dancefloor.”
Although part of the success was certainly owing to reopening of nightclubs, TikTok also had a major part to play. On New Year’s Eve, ‘Make Me Feel Good’ suddenly became the chosen soundtrack for girls posting ‘glow-up’ videos on the platform.
Belters Only initially began as a recurring club night in The Grand Social, Dublin. Over lockdown, however, the collective behind the night signed with Polydor to release their debut single.
“Me and Bissett have been in the scene for over 10 years,” Robbie told Hot Press. “Since the moment we started making house music, we believed there was something there. Back then, there weren't many producers in Dublin or in Ireland making house music. So to see it now, and to see people getting recognised overseas, is so good.”
Belters Only are set to return with their follow-up single in the coming weeks – having emerged as a powerful new force on the Irish and UK dance scene.
Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Belters Only, set to appear in the next issue of Hot Press...
Elsewhere on the chart, there's no movement in the Top 5 – with Lost Frequencies & Calum Scott's 'Where Are You Now' remaining at No.2, 'We Don't Talk About Bruno' from Disney's Encanto at No.3, Sam Fender's 'Seventeen Going Under' at No.4, and Mimi Webb's 'House On Fire' at No.5.
Florence + The Machine's 'King' is this week's highest new entry, at No.37.
On the Official Irish Albums Chart, meanwhile, Olivia Rodrigo's SOUR holds onto its No.1 spot, while Central Cee scores this week's highest new entry with his new album, 23.