For the second time in 2020 a song has debuted in the No.1 spot, and once again it's a solo female artist in Ariana Grande with the title track from her just released sixth studio album "Positions".
"Positions" becomes the 1097th No.1 Single in Australia (1940 to 2020), the 532nd for ARIA (1983 to 2020), the ninth No.1 song of 2020, and by debuting at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart this week the song also becomes the 124th song entering the chart at No.1. It's also the second song to debut at No.1 for the year, and the other was also by a female act on the Republic record label, Taylor Swift with "Cardigan" back on August 3rd, 2020, while this is now the third chart topping song for Republic in 2020 (The Weeknd was the other one) and the 14th all up for them since their first in 2016 (Drake, "One Dance").
This is the first time that the word 'Positions' has featured in a No.1 single title (or even a charted song), and for Ariana Grande this is her fourth No.1 song in Australia, matching her with 21 other acts who've gained four chart topping songs here, the last was Jason DeRulo back in July of this year. Ariana first hit No.1 here with "No Tears Left to Cry" (1 week on April 30th, 2018), then with "thank u, next" (6 weeks from 19th of November, 2018) and her last was "7 Rings" (5 weeks from 28th of January, 2019), and she has now racked up thirteen weeks at the top from her four No.1's here in Australia, moving her up from equal 71st to now 67th on the list for 'Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles (1940 to 2020) just ahead of Lionel Richie (13 weeks from three #1's). Also this track is the 707th No.1 song performed by an American Artist (solo, duo, group, male or female) to hit the top in Australia, while the song also debuted in the top spot in England, Ireland and New Zealand (so far).
With Ariana's same-titled album just issued on Friday can she hold the top of both charts next week, or will the recent No.1 song "Mood" by 24KGOLDN and Iann Dior regain the top spot, as this week it is down one place to No.2 here, while it holds for a second week in America, and Ariana's leaping in also pushes down last weeks No.2 song "Head & Heart" for Joel Corry and MNEK to it's former five week running No.3 peak.
Remaining at No.4 for a fourth non-consecutive week is the Justin Bieber song "Holy", followed by former No.1 "WAP" for Cardi B. & Megan Thee Stallion with a two place slide to No.5. The second of three stable songs this week is "Lemonade" for Internet Money which lost the UK crown after one week and here it's sitting at No.6 for a fifth straight week. Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" are slowly fading back down the charts as this week it drops two places to No.7 followed by a one place dip to No.8 for Pop Smoke and "What You Know About Love". The third and final stable-track is "You Broke Me First" for Tate McRae at No.9 and the longest running current Top 10 entry is the former No.1 "Savage Love (Laxed-Siren Beat)" for Jawsh 685 x Jason DeRulo which is spending its 19th week within the Top 10 by slipping two spots to No.10.
UP: Dua Lipa sees a fourth Top 20 hit from her second album "Future Nostalgia" this week as her remixes of "Levitating" jump up nine spots to score a new peak of No.13, the only song rising into the Top 20 apart from the two new entries. The next song to move up the charts this week occurs waaayyy down at No.43 for Sam Smith and "Diamonds" which is up four spots to a new chart height of No.43 thanks to his recent promotional work including The Project and Graham Norton Show this past week, while his new album "Love Goes" came out on Friday, so this track should get a boost from that on next weeks chart. The third and final climbing track for the week is a lower fifty entry from last week for James Arthur called "Train Wreck", which is from his 2016 debut album, and is rising now thanks to its usage on TikTok. It's up seventeen spots from last week to land at a new peak of No.45.
DOWN: One song leaves the Top 10 this week and it's last week's only climber into the ten in "Put Your Records on" for Ritt Momney (HP-10, WI10-1) which is down one spot this week to No.11. Harry Styles left the ten last week with "Watermelon Sugar", which this week is down four to No.16, followed by other four place drops down Pop Smoke with "For the Night" and Shawn Mendes' "Wonder" to No.17 and No.19 respectively. Topic is down five places to No.21 with "Breaking Me", "Roses" for SAINt JHN drops down four spots to No.22 and is leaving the Top 20 for the first time since it's entered there back in mid-March, followed by further four place drops for "One Too Many" for Keith Urban & Pink, "Rockstar" by DaBaby and Roddy Ricch, "Midnight Sky" for Miley Cyrus and "Ain't it Different" by Headie One to No.23, No.24, No.25 and No.28 respectively. Sam Fischer and "This City" is only down one spot this week to No.38 and is the only new certification for the week (within the Top 50), the song newly 2x▲Platinum in sales. Dua Lipa's "Don't Start Now" drops five places this week to No.40 and logs its 52nd week within the Top 50 too. "Heather" for Conan Grey, "Together" by Sia and "Secrets" for Regard are all down five spots each to No.44, No.46 and No.50 respectively, while there are six place drops for both "Kings & Queens" by Ava Max (42 to No.48) and last weeks NRL Grand Final performer Amy Shark with "Everybody Rise" (43 to No.49).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES: * #1 - Positions by Ariana Grande (Republic)
* #14 - Forever After All by Luke Combs (Columbia) is now the third Top 100 and second Top 50 entry for the American country artist, plus by debuting within the Top 20 it becomes his highest charted entry here, having previously peaked at No.44 in June 2019 with "Beer Never Broke My Heart", and back in May of this year he made it to No.77 with "Six Feet Apart". This new track is taken from his second album "What You See is What You Get", which was re-issued last week with an extra six tracks (of which this new entry is one) and re-titled "What You See Ain't Always What You Get".
* #20 - So Done by The Kid Laroi (Columbia) is taken from his November 6th due second EP called "Savage", and this new entry becomes his eleventh Top 100 entry (four as guest, seven as a solo act), and by debuting at No.20 it becomes his highest charting single in Australia, beating the No.23 peak of his late June 2020 entry "Go!" with Juice WRLD.
The twentieth studio album for Bruce Springsteen called "Letter to You" debuts at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week, becoming his fifth No.1 album in Australia.
"Letter to You" (Columbia) becomes the 897th No.1 Album in Australia (1965-2020), the 747th for ARIA (1983 to 2020), the 35th No.1 Album for 2020, the 534rd to debut at No.1 (since 1976) and the 48th for his record label Columbia (thru Sony), and their second for this year after Harry Styles back in January. The new album for Bruce also lands first week at the top in England (his 12th there) and New Zealand.
36 years and two weeks ago Bruce scored his first No.1 album in Australia when his seventh studio set "Born in the U.S.A.", which initially spent one week at the top (October 22nd, 1984), before returning to the top two more times in 1985, two weeks from February 18th and then five further weeks from April 1st, 1985 around the time he toured here in support of the album. It was almost ten years later before his next No.1 in Australia as his first "Greatest Hits" set spent one week at the top (12-March, 1995). Since then his next two No.1 sets were also one week stayers in "High Hopes" (27th of Jan, 2014) and "Western Stars" (24th of June, 2019).
Bruce's total weeks at No.1 in Australia is now up to twelve, moving him up on the list of "Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965-2020) from 58th to 54th (12 weeks in total and five #1's) just ahead of Billy Joel and Pink Floyd (12 weeks from 4 #1's). Bruce is also now one of twelve acts to have landed five No.1 albums in Australia, the last added to this list was Cold Chisel in December of 2019.
This is now the second album with the word 'Letter' in its title to hit No.1 here, the other was Taylor Henderson's "Burnt Letters" (1 week on 21st of July, 2014), plus the 14th with a 'You', and the second for this year as Lime Cordiale were the last at No.1 with a 'You' in its title back on July 20th, 2020. Bruce's new No.1 album becomes the 318th by an American performer (solo, duo, group, male or female) and the 256th by a Solo Male Artist (local or overseas) and the eleventh such artist (solo Male) for 2020.
**SPECIAL NOTE** Australia is getting close to seeing its 900th No.1 Album in the next few weeks. Below is a list of potential No.1 albums and artists in the next few weeks (based on past track records) and the rest of the year. 9-Nov (#898) - Ariana Grande, Midnight Oil or Sam Smith 16-Nov (#899) - Kylie Minogue 23-Nov (#900) - AC/DC 30-Nov (#901) - BTS or Something for Kate 6-Dec (#902) - Miley Cyrus, Powderfinger or The Smashing Pumpkins 13-Dec (#903) - Shawn Mendes 20-Dec (#904) - Paul McCartney or The Avalanches ...unless Adele releases her fourth album before the EOY, then the above could all be scrapped.
There are four new entries to the Top 10 this week, with the sixth and self-titled album for Brisbane group Ball Park Music coming in at No.2, and in doing so it becomes their fifth Top 10 album and second to peak at No.2, as their third set "Puddinghead" reached the same peak in April of 2014. The band also returned with their first and third albums this week to the Top 50.
Last week's No.1 album for Guy Sebastian and "T.R.U.T.H." is down two spots to No.3, followed by a thirteen place resurgence for the second Luke Combs album "What You See is What You Get" which next week celebrates a year on the charts, and was re-issued last week with a bonus six extra tracks and the expanded edition is named "What You See Ain't Always What You Get". The track "Forever After All" is a new Top 20 entry on the singles chart this week (#14), becoming his highest charted single in Australia, while the album is now spending its 13th overall week within the Top 10.
The third new entry to the Top 10 is the seventh studio album for the Gorillaz called "Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez", which lands first week at No.5, and becomes the animated acts fifth Top 10 and eighth Top 100 entry (7 studios and 1 best of) in Australia. This new set features guest vocals from Robert Smith (The Cure), Beck, ScHoolboy Q, Elton John, 6lack, Ocatvian, Goldlink and Skepta, with a second volume of the album due possibly next year.
Harry Styles' "Fine Line" is the only stable album within the Top 10 this week, staying put at No.6 and spending a 46th week within our Top 10 Albums chart. Pop Smoke's "Shoot for the Moon, Aim for the Stars" falls down four places to No.7 (10th week at No.1 in Canada this week) and last week's No.2 set for Keith Urban and "The Speed of Now Part 1" falls seven places this week to No.9. The returning U.S. No.1 album this past week was "folklore" for Taylor Swift, which here is back up one spot to No.10 and spending a 13th week within the Australian Top 10. In between those four albums is a debut at No.8 for the group Nothing But Thieves and their third studio album "Moral Panic", becoming the English bands first Top 10 entry here and third overall after their self-titled set (HP-27, October 2015) and "Broken Machine" (HP-12, September 2017).
UP: The first album to climb outside of the Top 10 is The Kid Laroi with "F*ck Love", back up two places to No.25, thanks to his new Top 20 singles chart entry "So Done", which is NOT from this album but his new EP out next week called "Savage" (Nov. 6th). After which the self-titled Harry Styles album is back up four places to No.27 and then we see The Weeknd's "After Hours" set rising five spots to No.33. INXS's "Very Best of" yo-yo's again this week, rising back up ten places to No.35, the long-running "1989" set for Taylor Swift (314 weeks) is up three to No.37 and after plummeting to No.46 last week after being No.1 the week prior, this week the Linkin Park 20th Ann. Ed. of "Hybrid Theory" is back up three spots to No.43. This past week the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper version of "A Star is Born" was screened on free-to-air TV in Australia, thus the soundtrack to the film returns to the Top 100 this week at No.47. The set was first at No.1 this past week in 2018 (29th of October 2018), becoming the last No.1 album of that year, as the album spent ten weeks at the top initially, with one more week on February 11th, 2019 (11 in total).
DOWN: Six albums leave the Top 10 this week, starting with Juice WRLD's "Legends Never Die" (HP-1, WI10-14, 8 to No.11), then "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac (HP-1x8, WI10.ARIA-4a, 9 to No.12), "THE ALBUM" for BLACKpink (HP-2, WI10-3, 5 to No.14), "Live Around the World" for Queen + Adam Lambert (HP-1x1, WI10-3, 7 to No.16) and falling into the lower fifty are "50 Push Ups for a Dollar" (EP) by Skegss (HP-4, WI10-1) and "Odyssey No.5 (20th Ann.Ed.)" by Powderfinger (HP-1x3, WI10-29a) leaving from No.10. Machine Gun Kelly's "Tickets to My Downfall" drops down three spots to No.15, after which Post Malone's two entries both slide in "Hollywood's Bleeding" (19 to No.23) and "Beerbong's & Bentley's" (42 to No.46). Joji's "Nectar" is down four to No.24, while falling five places each are Dua Lipa with "Future Nostalgia" and "Manic" for Halsey to No.29 and No.30 respectively. Unlike their new live album falling, the Queen biopic soundtrack 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is down only one spot to No.40, while other falling cast recordings declining are for 'The Greatest Showman' (35 to No.42) and 'Julie & The Phantoms: Season 1' (44 to No.49).
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES: * #1 (LP#20) - Letter to You by Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)
* #2 (LP#6) - Ball Park Music by Ball Park Music (Prawn Records) * #26 (LP#1+6) - Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs + Ball Park Music (StopStart) * #34 (LP#3+6) - Puddinghead + Ball Park Music (StopStart) are the Brisbane bands first and third albums which were reissued on vinyl last week for the first time along with their new self-titled album as a digital bonus upon purchase. 'Happiness' originally peaked at No.36 upon release in September of 2011, so this re-entry for the album is at a new peak, while "Puddinghead" debuted and peaked at No.2 in April of 2014.
* #5 (LP#7) - Song Machine, Season One: Strange Times by Gorillaz (Parlophone)
* #8 (LP#3) - Moral Panic by Nothing But Thieves (RCA)
* #20 (Live#19) - MTV Unplugged (1992) by Pearl Jam (Epic) was first recorded in March of 1992, but not released until November of 2019 as a special release for Record Store Day that year. So now the album has been widely released, becoming the bands 19th live album, with the seven tracks on the album recorded just after their first U.S. tour.
* #21 (LP#6.3) - Drinking from the Sun (Instrumental Edition) by Hilltop Hoods (Hilltop Hoods Pty Ltd) follows on from the recent "State of the Art" instrumental edition on October 12th, which made it to No.31. The original edition of this album went to No.1 in March of 2012 for two weeks, later being the basis for their second restrung album "Drinking from the Sun-Walking Under Stars-Restrung" (HP-1, late February of 2016), which is still charting in the lower fifty of the ARIA chart (198 weeks so far).
* #45 (EP#1) - Evolution (EP) by Joyner Lucas (Twenty Nine Music/Tully) is the first EP and now second entry in Australia for the America rapper, singer and producer, as back in early April of 2020 he debuted and peaked at No.9 with his debut album "ADHD". Last edited: