A former Scots postie who kicked off a viral sea shanty TikTok trend is poised to enter the top 10 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart.
Nathan Evans, from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, has become an internet star after his Wellerman hit caught the attention of stars including Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The 26-year-old, who has now given up his day job with the Royal Mail, has gone on to sign a record deal with Polydor Records.
The song is set to be the highest new entry on the charty, according to the official first look, based on preliminary sales and early streaming reports.
Evans previously told how he first started singing the genre in a bid to bring everyone together during tough times.
He said: “Back in the day when the shanties were sung, it was to bring everybody together, to keep them all in time, to keep the morale high.
“Especially in this time when everybody’s stuck at home, they’re doing their remote working – they can join in, and it kind of brings everybody together.
“So I think it’s just kind of brought it into this day and age. It makes it feel like you’re all united. Especially seeing how creative everybody can be with it.”
Wellerman is a cover of Bristol group The Longest Johns’ 2018 song, which also entered the Official Top 40 just last week, debuting at Number 37.
Evans has released his own take on the shanty, plus a dance remix produced by 220 Kid and Billen Ted, which is tipped to enter the charts at number four.
Wellerman is the most downloaded song of the week so far, two days into the tracking week, the Official Charts Company said.
The Official Chart: First Look, which airs on BBC Radio 1 today between 6pm and 7pm, offers a first glance of the top 20 ahead of Friday’s Official Singles Chart Top 100.
Olivia Rodrigo, 17, is poised to spend a third week in the top spot with her smash hit Drivers License.