As Spring in Australia starts and this year crawls along, the seventh No.1 song of the year in the female duet "WAP" for Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion remains the top selling track locally, holding for a third week at the ARIA Singles summit.
"WAP" is also holding for a third week at the top in New Zealand, while it scores a second week in Ireland and it also returns for a second week in Canada, plus it starts its run at the top in England this week, but loses the top in The U.S.A. to the new BTS No.1 debut in "Dynamite" ("WAP" should return to the top there next week). I had a look back at the last time two female singers who were at the top in Australia and apart from three Veronicas No.1's (who are female twins) we have to go back to November of 2003 to find Britney Spears and Madonna teaming up for "Me Against the Music" (2 weeks).
It's the first time in over seven weeks where there hasn't been a Top 3 debut (or even a Top 10 entry), which gives songs a chance to climb the charts this week, as last week "Mood" for 24KGOLDN and Ian Dorr zoomed up to No.4, and now this week it climbs two places to a new peak of No.2. After which the former No.1 song "Savage Love (Laxed-Siren Beat)" for Jawsh 685 & Jason DeRulo is stable at No.3, and then there are the two other new peaking tracks within the Top 10, "Head & Heart" for Joel Corry and MNEK, up three spots to No.4 (and losing it's UK #1 spot this week), and Pop Smoke with "Mood Swings", rising one spot to No.5, meaning there is two 'Mood' songs within the Top 5 this week. That also means we've now had four songs with the word 'Mood' hit the Top 10 in Australia, with the first being the No.1 song "Swing the Mood" in 1989, and then in 1995 Herbie hit No.10 with "Right Type of Mood".
After winning and performing at the MTV VMA's this past week, "Rockstar" for DaBaby and Roddie Ricch is back up two places to No.6 (18th wk in T10), while down two to No.7 is the latest Drake track "Laugh Now Cry Later". After leaving the Top 10 last week, two songs return to the ten this week, with Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar" back up three to No.8 (11th T10 week) and "Blinding Lights" for The Weeknd, up two to No.10 and increasing it's overall weeks within the ten to now 35 weeks (2nd highest of all time in Oz). In between those two returnees is the stable No.9 track in "Breaking Me" for Topic (14th week in T10).
UP: Lady Gaga won a swag of MTV VMA's this past week for her 2020 album and work, and she also sang "Rain on Me" with Ariana Grande on the show, which helps the track to climb back up four spots to No.15, which is the only climbing track within the Top 20 this week, apart from the two debuts. Jubel's rendition of "Dancing in the Moonlight" sees its third Top 100 week and second Top 50 week becoming it's highest peaking, as the song swings up sixteen places to a new peak of No.26, followed right behind it by another three week old entry in the latest Jason DeRulo song "Take You Dancing", which glides up twenty-two places to a new chart height of No.27. With her new remix album out last week Dua Lipa sees her ten week running No.2 single "Don't Start Now" rise back up three spots to No.32, after which the latest Sia track "Together" breaks out of its three weeks at No.48 hold and flies up the chart fourteen spots to a new peak of No.34. After that the only rising songs are at the lower end of the Top 50 in "Adore You" for Harry Styles (51 to No.47) and "Ride it" for Regard (56 to No.50).
DOWN: The two songs leaving the Top 10 this week are last week's highest new entry for BTS and "Dynamite" (HP-2, WI10-1) which drops nine places to No.11 this week, and the song has debuted at No.1 in the U.S.A. this week too. "Roses" for SAINt JHN (HP-1x6, WI1024) is down two spots to No.12, leaving the Top 10 for the first time since it entered there back in mid-March, and its 24 weeks within the Top 10 makes it the equal eighth longest running Top 10 single of all time, amassing the same of amount of weeks within the ten as "Fernando", "November Rain", "Breathe" by The Prodigy, "Shape of You" and the last 24 week runner "Eastside" for Benny Blanco in 2018-19. Juice WRLD with Marshmello are stable at No.13 with "Come & Go", but Juice falls down with "Smile" (17 to No.23) and "Wishing Well" (24 to No.31). Jack Harlow's "What's Poppin'" and Chris Brown with "Go Crazy" both fall down three places each to No.18 and No.19 respectively, while last weeks zoom for the Conan Grey track "Heather" is back down two spots this week to No.20. Pop Smoke might be climbing with his 'Mood' track, but his two other entries are down this week in "For the Night" (22 to No.24) and "The Woo" (25 to No.33). The second Regard track "Secrets" falls this week three places to No.30. Lewis Capaldi rose with both of his entries last week, this week he is down with "Someone You Loved" (26 to No.28) and "Before You Go" (29 to No.35). Brando's rebound last week for "Look into My Eyes" is over as the track this week drops five spots to No.36, followed by a five place drop to No.37 for the Marshmello and Halsey song "Be Kind". S1MBA tumbles eight spots to No.38 with "Rover", and the only new Top 50 certification this week occurs at No.39 for Amy Shark's "Everybody Rise", down two spots and newly Gold (●) in sales. The Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber duet "Stuck With U" falls six places to No.40 and Sam Fisher is down three to No.41 with "This City". Powfu's "Death Bed" slides down five places to No.44, as too is "Party Girl" for StaySolidRocky to No.46. Three major female singers slip out of the Top 50 this week too, Taylor Swift with two tracks ("Cardigan" from #33 and "Exile" from #50) last week's entry for Delta Goodrem ("Paralyzed from #36) and the Billie Eilish latest track "My Future" (from #45).
NEW ENTRIES: * #16 - Ice Cream by BLACKpink featuring Selena Gomez is taken from the South Korean girl groups forthcoming debut set called "The Album" due on October 2nd, and the second to chart from the new set, as "How You Like That" made it to No.12 in early July of this year. Overall this is their fifth Top 50 entry in Australia and their third for 2020, as they also scored a Top 10 entry of No.8 as a duet with Lady Gaga on June 2020's "Sour Candy" track. For Selena Gomez this is now her 22nd Top 50 entry and her ninth Top 20 entry.
* #17 - Over Now by Calvin Harris and The Weeknd is the first charted teaming for the Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris and the Canadian rapper and artist The Weeknd, becoming the 33rd Top 100 entry for Calvin (31 solo, 2 collabs) and the 34th for The Weeknd (29 lead, 5 as guest), with Calvin first charting here in 2007, while The Weeknd started his chart life here in 2013.
Metallica scores their seventh No.1 album in Australia this week as their tenth live set "S&M2" with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra debuts at the top this week.
"S&M2" becomes the 890th No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2020), the 740th for ARIA (1983 to 2020), the 527th to debut in the top spot, and the 24th that has debuted at the top this year, while for 2020 this is the 28th No.1 album, and for their record label 'Blackened' this is its second No.1, as the bands 2016 set "Hardwired... to Self Destruct" (28th of Nov., 2016) was the other one for one week.
Last week The Killers became the first band to score a No.1 Album in Australia within the past three decades, 2000's, 2010's and now 2020's, well this week Metallica becomes the first band to log a No.1 album within the past FOUR decades, as the bands self titled "black album" from 1991 debuted at the top 29 years and one week ago (25th of August, 1991), and below is a list of their previous No.1 sets...
25-Aug-1991 - Metallica (1 week) 16-Jun-1996 - Load (2 weeks) 29-Nov-1999 - S&M (1 week) 16-Jun-2003 - St. Anger (2 weeks) 22-Sep-2008 - Death Magnetic (1 week) 28-Nov-2016 - Hardwired... to Self Destruct (1 week) 07-Sep-2020 - S&M2 (1 week so far)
With this new set becoming the seventh No.1 album for Metallica, the band becomes equal sixth on the list for 'Accumulated No.1 Albums; 1965 to 2020' alongside Rod Stewart, Elton John, The Twelfth Man, The Rolling Stones and The Foo Fighters. And on the list for 'Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums' they rise from 83rd to 76th, just behind Pearl Jam (9 weeks from 8 #1's). Of course there has been a previous "S&M" at No.1 as an album title, the bands first from almost 21 years ago, 29th of November, 1999, for a one week stay. The new No.1 album is also the 315th for an American Act (solo, duo, group, male or female) and the eleventh for 2020, while for groups (local or overseas), this becomes the 394th, and also the 13th for this year. The album has also landed at No.1 this week in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Scotland (so far).
It was a race to the top this week between metal and a new mama, as Katy Perry not only gave birth to her first chart (Daisy Dove Bloom) last week, but also her sixth studio album called "Smile", which comes in at No.2 this week to become her fifth Top 10 album in Australia, as all but her first album have peaked at No.1 or No.2, her debut set "One of the Boys" made it to No.11. This new entry peaks at the same position her 2017 set "Witness" also came in at, which came in behind Ed Sheeran's third album "÷ (Divide)" (TW-16).
The longest running No.1 album for the year in the four week reigning Taylor Swift "folklore" album is down one spot this week to No.3, followed by two stable and two swapping albums. The two Top 10 posthumous albums in the Juice WRLD set "Legends Never Die" and the current NZ and Canadian No.1 album for Pop Smoke with "Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon" remain on hold at No.4 and No.5 respectively. The two long running Top 10 albums for the year swap places at No.6 and No.7, with Harry Styles' "Fine Line" (T10 38 wks) back up one spot to No.6 and swapping with the Billie Eilish set "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" (T10 73 weeks) down one spot to No.7.
The remainder of the Top 10 are all debuts, as coming in at No.8 is the sixth studio album for local singer/songwriter Josh Pyke called "Rome". It becomes his first new entry since his 2017 "The Best of + B-Sides and Rarities" set from July 2017 hit No.80 and overall it's his ninth albums chart entry (6 studios, one live, one best of, one EP) within the Top 100 and all of his studio albums have now peaked within the Top 10.
Another local act debuts at No.9 in Melbourne punk band Private Function who sees their second studio album "Whose Line it it Anyway?" coming in at No.9 this week, the bands first chart entry, as their first set "St. Anger" from 2019 didn't chart. Then a third successive local enters at No.10; Diesel with "Sunset Suburbia", which is the blues guitarists 14th solo album, and by coming in at No.10 it's now his fifth overall Top 10 album (1 with The Injectors and four solo), and his first since his third solo album "Solid State Rhyme" which debuted and spent two weeks at No.10 in late November of 1994.
UP: The two Luke Combs Top 20 entries again swap heights this week, as his latest second set "What You See is What You Get" is back up three places to No.14, leapfrogging over his first set "This One's for You" which is stable at No.15. Elton John's "Diamonds" collection is back up two spots to No.18, with other rising collections being for INXS (35 to No.32), The Foo Fighters (59 to No.46) and Queen (70 to No.48). The next rising album occurs at No.31, as the latest Lady Gaga set "Chromatica" jumps back up fourteen places to No.31, helped by her wins this past week at the MTV VMA's for 2020, and doing a heap of costume changes and performances, each with a matching mask. Also jumping back into the Top 50 this week is the 1988 Guns N' Roses breakout album "Appetite for Destruction" (78 to No.44) and the 1978 Fleetwood Mac set "Rumours" (54 to No.47).
DOWN: Five albums leave the Top 10 this week, but only two live for a second week within the Top 50. The Killers No.1 entry from last week "Imploding the Mirage" drops down ten spots this week to land at No.11, after a single week within the Top 10, while local act Hooligan Hefs sees their EP "Living in Sin" (HP-9) tumble down twenty-four spots to No.33. Falling into the lower fifty this week are three more of last week's Top 10 new entries, Troye Sivan's EP "In a Dream" (HP-3), the compilation album "Cannot Buy My Soul: The Songs of Kev Carmody (expanded edition)" (HP-6) and Tim McGraw with "Here on Earth" (HP-10). Soundtracks slipping down are for 'Hamilton' (12 to No.17), 'The Greatest Showman' (24 to No.27) and the Queen biopic for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (stable at No.38). The third Post Malone album "Hollywood's Bleeding" is celebrating its one year on the charts by dropping down six places to No.19, while he also falls with "Beerbong's & Bentley's" (26 to No.30) and "Stoney" (43 to No.50). Dua Lipa's "Future Nostalgia" drops down six to No.20, while her self-titled first set is down three to No.39. Lime Cordiale drop down six to No.24 with "14 Steps to a Better You", while the two older Taylor Swift sets both drop down three spots for "Lover" (23 to No.26) and "1989" (34 to No.37). "?" for XXXTentation slips down five to No.34, "Astroworld" for Travis Scott drops seven to No.35, Polo G's "G O A T" set dives nine spots to No.40, while Juice WRLD's "Goodbye & Good Riddance" has an eight place drop to No.49. Both the Eminem (33 to No.41) and Maroon 5 (32 to No.42) best of sets drop down the charts, while it's a one place drop to No.45 for the Cold Chisel collection.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES: * #12 (LP#3) - Energy by Disclosure (Island) is the third studio album for the English duo, and their first NOT to land within the Top 10, while their fourth overall chart entry, as they've previously charted with "Settle" (HP-5, 2013) and "Caracal" (HP-2, 2015), but they did manage to keep up the single named album titles for their studio sets. They also hit No.80 in 2016 with the EP "Moog for Love".
* #21 (LP#8) - Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum by Seether (Fantasy/Concord) translates as "If You Want Peace, Prepare for War" and of the six studio albums to chart locally for the South African rock band, this is now their highest charted set, beating the No.29 peak of their seventh set and last entry "Poison the Parish" (HP-29, May 2017). They first charted here with their second set "Disclaimer II" (HP-38) in 2004, and all six of their entries here have landed or peaked within the Top 50.
* #23 (LP#3) - Batflowers by Washington (Island Aust.) is the first new album for local singer and songwriter Megan Washington in almost six years (mid-Sept 2014 was her last release), and her fourth Top 50 placement (3 studios and 1 EP), having previously charted with the albums "I Believe You Liar" (LP#1, HP-3, 2010) and "There There" (LP#2, HP-5, 2014).
* #28 (LP#1) - Nyaaringu by Miiesha (EMI Aust.) is the debut album for the local indigenous artist from the Queensland area of Woorabinda, who recently won 'New Talent of the Year' at the National Indigenous Music Awards for 2020.
* #36 (LP#3) - Use Me by PVRIS (Warner) becomes the second entry here of three issued albums for the American rock band, who last charted on this week in September of 2017 with their second set "All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell" (LP#2, HP-12).
* #43 (LP#1) - B4 the Storm by Internet Money (Internet Money/TenThousand Projects) is an album of tracks from the record label Internet Money, which is run by Danny Snodgrass Jr. and Taz Taylor, and it's not only a label, but also a YouTube channel, production house, and place for beats and producers to come together and make music. This album contains vocals and tracks from Future, Gunna, Trippie Redd, Juice WRLD, 24K GOLDN and The Kid Laroi among them.
New Certifications: Singles; EVERYBODY RISE Amy Shark ●
EXTRAS: Singles; LIVE IN LIFE The Rubens ▲2 EASTSIDE Benny Blanco Feat. Halsey & Khalid ▲ 10 GODZILLA Eminem Feat. Juice WRLD ▲2 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish ▲ 3 SHOTGUN George Ezra ▲ 10 LOSE CONTROL Meduza ▲3 SEÑORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello ▲ 6 LOVELY Billie Eilish Feat. Khalid ▲ 6 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd ▲ FALLING Trevor Daniel ▲2 ARE YOU BORED YET? Wallows feat. Clario ● RAIN Aitch Feat. AJ Tracey ● GOD LOVES WHEN YOU'RE DANCING (EP) Vance Joy ▲ 11
Albums; WORLD WAR JOY The Chainsmokers ● A STAR IS BORN Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper ▲ 3 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John ▲3
most of these were taken from this weeks report listing the August 2020 certs. Last edited: