"WAP" for Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion remains the No.1 selling song in Australia for a second week. The track also holds the top spot in America and New Zealand (2nd week) and a first week in Ireland.
As "WAP" is the seventh No.1 for 2020, the year is on track to either equal or under perform in the amount of No.1 songs for the year, as this time last year (last week of August, 2019) we had notched up nine of the ten chart topping songs for the year, as "Dance Monkey" was spending its fourth of 24 weeks at the top (the 10th would be the Xmas #1 for Mariah), and at this time in 1999 we were sitting on our seventh No.1 song of nine in total, so unless the rest of this year produces a heap more No.1 songs we could be sitting on our seventh pinnacle-percher for a while yet. But unlike 1999, we've had one song spend a single week at the top (in 2019 it was three single-week stays).
It's a fifth week in a row for a Top 3 debut, as the first fully English sung track by Korean act BTS called "Dynamite" debuts at No.2 this week, becoming the boys' second Top 10 single locally and their highest charted, as in April 2019 they hit No.10 with Halsey on the song "Boy With Luv". The song also debuted at No.1 in Scotland, No.3 in England, No.4 in New Zealand and No.6 in both Ireland and South Korea.
Down one place to No.3 and landing its tenth week inside the Top 10 is the Jawsh 685 x Jason DeRulo track "Savage Love (Laxed-Siren Beat)", which is followed by a massive thirty-two place leap to a new peak of No.4 for last weeks new entry "Mood" for 24KGOLDN, which instantly becomes his first Top 10 entry and his highest placed entry, surpassing the No.25 peak of his first single here "City of Angels" (peaked April 2020).
Last week's highest new entry for Drake and Lil' Durk called "Laugh Now Cry Later" is the new No.1 song in Canada this week, while here it is down two places to No.5. The second 'mood' track within the Top 10 this week is the Pop Smoke track "Mood Swings", and along with the Joel Corry & MNEK track "Head & Heart" (UK #1 for a sixth week), they are both up two places each to new peak of No.6 and No.7 respectively.
The first two of nine new certifications within the Top 50 this week occurs for two of the three tracks which drops down four places apiece, "Rockstar" for DaBaby and Roddy Ricch (2x▲Platinum, was previously Gold in sales) followed by "Breaking Me" for Topic (newly ▲Platinum) and then "Roses" for SAINt JHN (at 24 weeks within the Top 10 it's now the equal eighth longest of all time) move down each to No.8, No.9 and No.10 respectively.
UP: Another of last week's new entries to fly up the charts this week is the second Conan Grey entry called "Heather" which leaps up twenty-nine places to land at a new peak of No.18 surpassing the No.24 peak his first entry "Maniac" achieved, and this track is the only upward moving track within the Top 20 this week. There are only two new climbers and peaker's within the Top 30 this week, with newcomer Tate McRae rising eight places to a new chart height of No.21 with "You Broke Me First", after which Pop Smoke is up two spots to a new peak of No.22 with "For the Night" featuring Lil' Baby and DaBaby. Brando's sample-laden "Look into My Eyes" (HP-24) continues to climb back up the charts, this week up two to No.31, as too a two place climb to No.32 for "Be Kind" by Marshmello and Halsey, while rising one spot to No.34 is "Stuck With U" for Ariana & Bieber (newly ▲Platinum in sales). Thanks to a physical release last week the latest track for Delta Goodrem called "Paralyzed" makes its Top 50 debut and it's Top 100 return (it peaked at No.73 in late July spending one week within the T100) at No.36 this week. It's her first Top 50 entry since February 2018's "Think About You" (HP-19). Ava Max is up four places to a new peak of No.40 with her song "Kings & Queens", while her debut album "Heaven & Hell" is scheduled for September 18th. Two songs which debuted in the lower fifty last week jump into the Top 50 this week, first up is a song first recorded in the late 1960's and a hit for King Harvest in 1972 called "Dancing in the Moonlight", which was a hit again in 2001 for UK act Toploader (HP-12, peaked July 2001), and now Swedish dup Jubel take their version of the song up seventeen places to a new peak of No.42, while Jason DeRulo sees a twelve place rise to No.49 with his latest single "Take You Dancing". "Circles" for Post Malone is stable at No.43 this week and it's spending it's one-year chart anniversary (52 weeks) by being certified 6x▲Platinum in sales, and another song on hold this week is at it's peak of No.48 for a third week, the latest Sia single "Together".
DOWN: The two songs leaving the Top 10 this week also both grab new certifications too, "Watermelon Sugar" for Harry Styles (HP-5x3, WI10-10a) falls four spots to No.11 and is now 3x▲Platinum, while doubling that amount at now 6x▲Platinum in sales is "Blinding Lights" for The Weeknd (HP-1x11, WI10-34a) which is down two spots to No.12 and still the second longest running Top 10 single of all time in Australia. Juice WRLD drops down with all three of his entries this week in "Come & Go" (11 to No.13), "Smile" (12 to No.17) and "Wishing Well" (20 to No.24). After two weeks at No.13 the Nea song "Some Say" is down one spot to No.14. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's "Rain on Me'' drops down two places to No.19 and scores it's first sales certification this week by achieving ▲Platinum in sales. Last week's new entry for Miley Cyrus and "Midnight Sky" is back down four places to No.20, while one of the three entries for Pop Smoke is down this week in "The Woo" (19 to No.25). Lewis Capaldi is back down with his two entries, both of which are newly certified this week, with his first entry "Someone You Loved" (23 to No.26, 8x▲Platinum) and his second Top 10 hit "Before You Go" (25 to No.29, 3x▲Platinum). Dua Lipa just released a remix album of her latest 'Future Nostalgia' set, so her current singles entries might rise next week, but for now she is down with "Break My Heart" (22 to No.28) and "Don't Start Now" (31 to No.35). The only single week No.1 song of the year was the Taylor Swift track "Cardigan", which this weeks slips down fifteen places to No.33, while Taylor only has one other Top 50 entry this week in the Bon Iver duet "Exile", which tumbles twenty-two places to land at No.50. Amy Shark peaked at No.32 last week with "Everybody Rise", which this week is back down five spots to No.37. The other big tumble of the week is the latest Billie Eilish entry "My Future", which drops fifteen places to No.45.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES: * #2 - Dynamite by BTS (Big Hit Entertainment/The Orchard)
* #44 - Ain't it Different by Headie One feat. AJ Tracey & Stormzy (Relentless/Sony Music) is the first Top 50 and now second Top 100 entry in Australia for the British rapper and songwriter, born Irving Adjei in 1994. Back in early August he debuted and peaked at No.51 with his Drake duet "Only You Freestyle", which became his second Top 10 single in his homeland, while this new entry features fellow British artists AJ Tracey and Stormzy, and the song samples the Red Hot Chili Peppers track "Pretty Little Ditty" (1989) which was also sampled in the Crazy Town 2001 single "Butterfly" (which you can hear more of in the background of the song).
The Killers see their sixth studio album called "Imploding the Mirage" become their third No.1 album in Australia this week, while the set also becomes their sixth consecutive #1 in England (a first for a non England based band).
"Imploding the Mirage" by The Killers becomes the 889th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2020), the 739th for ARIA (1983 to 2020), the 526th to debut at the top of the LP charts (since the first in 1976), the 27th No.1 album for 2020 and the 30th chart-topper for the record label Island since their first in December of 1971 (Cat Stevens).
The Killers first hit the top with their debut set "Hot Fuss" for one week in late February of 2005 (it first charted in August 2004 here), while their last set "Wonderful Wonderful" from Oct. of 2017 debuted and peaked at No.1 for one week, thus this third No.1 here becomes their third single week stay at the top too (so far). All of the band's studio albums have reached No.4 or higher, plus they've also had two Top 10 compilations, which makes this new entry their eighth Top 10 album in Australia (6 studios and two comps).
This is the first time that both the words 'Imploding' or 'Mirage' have appeared in a No.1 album title, with Fleetwood Mac's 1982 album "Mirage" peaking at No.2 being the closest previous highest placed 'Mirage' on the charts here. This new No.1 is also the third in a row for an American act (after Taylor Swift and Juice WRLD), while overall this new No.1 set is the 314th chart-topper for an American Act (solo, duo, group, male or female), while the album is also the 393rd for a Group (local or overseas) and the twelfth No.1 album for a group in 2020, with the only other U.S. group hitting the top this year being Green Day on February 17th with "Father of All Motherf**kers".
After four weeks at No.1 the latest Taylor Swift set "folklore" is down one spot to No.2 (it remains at No.1 in The U.S.A. for a fourth week), and with five Top 10 entries this week the other dropping sets from last week to score another week inside the Ten this week are "Legends Never Die" for Juice WRLD and "Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon" by Pop Smoke (NZ & Canadian #1 LP this week) both down two places each to No.4 and No.5, while Harry Styles logs a 37th week within the Top 10 with "Fine Line" (4 to No.7) and Billie Eilish is down two spots to No.8 with "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" and spending a 72nd week within the Top 10.
Troye Sivan issued his fifth EP last week called "In a Dream", and this week the six track set debuts at No.3, becoming his fourth Top 10 album in Australia and his second No.3 set, as his last album "Bloom" (2018) also made it to No.3. The set features three previously released singles in "Take Yourself Home" (HP-91, April 2020), "Easy" and "Rager Teenager!". Another local act who is entering within the Top 10 with a new EP are Sydney's hip-hop/drill group Hooligan Hefs, who enter at No.9 with "Living in Sin", the groups first entry and thus also their first Top 10 placing locally.
A repackaged 2020 edition of the Kev Carmody tribute album "Cannot Buy My Soul: The Songs of Kev Carmody" debuts at No.6, surpassing the No.31 peak from the March of 2007 for the original album. The album has songs covered by acts such as John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Archie Roach, Troy Cassar-Daley, Tex Perkins, Paul Kelly, Steve Kilbey and Clare Bowditch among them, while this new expanded edition has Jimmy Barnes & Kasey Chambers, Electric Fields, Courtney Barnett and Kate Miller-Heidke among them. The fifth and final Top 10 entry this week is the fifteenth studio album for U.S. country singer Tim McGraw called "Here on Earth", which comes in at No.10 and helps it become his third Top 10 placement here and overall his 20th Albums chart entry (13 studios, 1 collab and six compilations), with his two previous Top 10's here being his previous album "The Rest of Our Life" (Collab#1, HP-9, 2017, with his wife Faith Hill) and "Two Lanes of Freedom" (LP#12, HP-10, 2013).
UP: The first rise on the albums chart this week doesn't occur until No.24, as 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack is back up one spot to No.24, while the only other Top 50 soundtrack this week is for the Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which is stable at No.38. The second Post Malone album in "Beerbong's & Bentley's" is back up four spots to No.26, and The Weeknd is back up one spot to No.27 with his latest set "After Hours", followed by a four place rise to No.28 for the Travis Scott set "Astroworld". Climbing collections and best of sets this week are by Maroon 5 (39 to No.33), Eminem (39 to No.33) and Cold Chisel (47 to No.44). Rising back up four spots to No.40 is the Billie Eilish EP "Don't Smile at Me" and with a new song within the Top 5 the last Drake studio album "Scorpion" is back up three spots to No.42. The top two singles artists for this week are also back to back on the albums chart, just the opposite of what they are on the other chart. BTS debut at No.2 with their new single, while the album "Map of the Soul: 7" flies back up twenty-eight places to No.46, just one place ahead of the debut Cardi B album "Invasion of Privacy", which rises three places to No.47.
DOWN: The five albums leaving the Top 10 this week are "F*ck Love" for The Kid Laroi (HP-3, WI10-4, 5 to No.11), the "Hamilton" Cast Recording (HP-6, WI10-5a, 7 to No.12), Dua Lipa's "Future Nostalgia" (HP-1x1, WI10-15a, 8 to No.14) which could rebound next week thanks to a remix version out on Friday. Falling hard this week are Ronan Keating with "Twenty Twenty" (HP-9, WI10-2a, 10 to No.37) and falling into the lower fifty is last week's highest new entry for Emma Swift called "Blonde on the Tracks" (HP-9, WI10-1). Luke Combs retains his two Top 20 albums this week, just that his latest set "What You See..." drops down six to No.17 and his debut set "This One's for You" is only down two spots to No.15. Elton John's "Diamonds" set is down four to No.20, with other falling collections being for INXS (24 to No.35) and Jason DeRulo (49 to No.50). Taylor Swift's two older entries also slip down this week, with the No.1 album from this week in 2019 "Lover" falling eight spots to No.23 and "1989" is down one spot to No.34. Luke Bryan's "Born Here, Live Here, Die Here" tumbles ten places this week to land down at No.30. The self-titled Harry Styles set drops back down seven places to No.39. Lady Gaga has a nine place slide to No.45 with her latest set "Chromatica" and the "Hot Pink" set for Doja Cat falls back down seven spots to No.48.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES: * #1 (LP#6) - Imploding the Mirage by The Killers (Island)
* #3 (EP#5) - In a Dream (EP) by Troye Sivan (EMI Australia)
* #6 (V/A) - Cannot Buy My Soul: The Songs of Kev Carmony (2020 Expanded edition) by Various Artists (EMI Australia)
* #9 (EP#1) - Living in Sin (EP) by Hooligan Hefs (Hooligan Hefs)
* #10 (LP#15) - Here on Earth by Tim McGraw (Big Machine)
* #22 (LP#1) - The Theory of Absolutely Nothing by Alex the Astronaut (AWAL/Warner) is the debut album for local Aussie artist Alexandra Lynn from Sydney, who has previously issued two EP's in 2017 and a live album in 2019, while this is her first Albums chart entry.
New Certifications: Singles; ROCKSTAR DaBaby Feat. Roddy Ricch ▲2 BREAKING ME Topic Feat. A7S ▲ WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles ▲3 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd ▲ 6 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande ▲ SOMEONE YOU LOVED Lewis Capaldi ▲ 8 BEFORE YOU GO Lewis Capaldi ▲3 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber ▲ CIRCLES Post Malone ▲6 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee ▲ 11 NEVER SEEN THE RAIN Tones and I ▲ 5 SICKO MODE Travis Scott & Drake ▲8
EXTRAS FOR THIS WEEK: Singles; BAD GUY Billie Eilish ▲ 10 MEMORIES Maroon 5 ▲ 5 SHALLOW Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper ▲ 9 SUNDAY BEST Surfaces ▲2
Albums; TEENAGE DREAM: THE COMPLETE CONFECTION Katy Perry ▲ 6 BON JOVI GREATEST HITS - ULTIMATE COLLECTION Bon Jovi ▲ 8 BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADNESS The Weeknd ▲ 2
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