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Gayle wrestles UK number one Adele with explicit TikTok breakup song abcdefu

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Angry pop punk anthem occupies the UK number one slot, with Radio 1 playing a censored version

In what could signal a generational shift, the 17-year-old from Nashville nudged Adele’s “Easy On Mefrom the top of the official UK Top 40.

Parents of young children may not thank her. But teenage Gayle has finally wrestled Adele for Britain’s number one “abcdefu,” her uncompromisingly explicit TikTok breakup song.

While Adele is known for turning heartbreak into weepie ballads, Gayle turned her anger at a useless ex into a furious pop-punk anthem.

“Fuck you and your mother and your sister and your job. Everybody but your dog, you all freak out,” raged Gayle in the catchy chorus, which has been streamed 4.7 million times this week.

A toned down version titled abc (beautiful) is played on Radio 1’s A-list.

But the original version is just a click away on streaming platforms, alongside “Angrier,” “Chill,” and Remix versions that retain the offensive language and added together have boosted their chart performance.

‘Abcdefu’ is being propelled onto the charts by another teen’s viral breakup song on TikTok. Fingers crossed by Lauren Spencer-Smith, an 18-year-old American Idol contestant who rose to number four.

Released last summer, abcdefu has gradually gained momentum after going viral on TikTok, where it has inspired more than two million videos featuring the song.

Billboard officially dubbed it “the greatest song alive” after it topped the music industry magazine’s Global 200 this week and racked up more than 350 million plays.

Gayle, who was performing in bars when she was 10, said her song is about “asking, ‘Why am I being so nice to this person who has completely taken advantage of me?’ and allowing me to express my anger to express about it.”

With songs like the early single Dumbass, she “tries to give people a safe space to be angry and process their own emotions.”

Gayle has now signed to Atlantic Records, the company behind Ed Sheeran’s huge success.

“The thought of my song becoming number 1 in the UK is so hard to comprehend, but I’m just so excited and grateful. Thanks for being mad at me and hopefully we can feel all the emotions together again ❤” Gayle told Official

Gayle and Spencer-Smith follow in the footsteps of last year’s breakthrough star Olivia Rodrigo, whose heartbreak ballad “Drivers License” broke streaming records.

Gayle and Rodrigo cite Taylor Swift as a major musical and lyrical influence.

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