Singles Chartifacts: 17 year old America actress and singer Olivia Rodrigo sees her debut single "Drivers License" debut at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart this week, becoming the first new No.1 song of the new year.
"Drivers License" by Olivia Rodrigo becomes the 1099th No.1 Single in Australia (1940 to 2021), the 534th for ARIA (1983 to 2021), the 126th song to debut in the No.1 spot (there were three in 2020, two for Taylor and one for Ariana), while for her record label Geffen (via Interscope/Universal) it becomes their sixth overall No.1 single in Australia, in fact on the 19th of January, 1981 (40 years ago) the record company scored their first chart-topper locally with John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" for 4 weeks, while the last Geffen track at No.1 here was May 2005's "Signs" by Snoop Dogg with Justin Timberlake (2 weeks).
The new entry also lands first week at No.1 in England, Ireland, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Norway (so far), and for the former Disney actress (in 'Bizaardvark' and 'High School Musical: The Series') it's her first solo release outside of any Disney singles she had from 'High School Musical'. So Olivia becomes the first act to debut at No.1 with their first solo release since the 17th of April, 2017 when Harry Styles debuted at the top with his first solo single "Sign of the Times" (1 week).
It's the first new No.1 single of 2021 in Australia, and it's also the first appearance at No.1 for both the words 'Drivers' and 'Licence', although we've had three previous 'Drive' songs in "Devil Gate Drive" (1974), "You Drive Me Crazy" (1981) and "She Drives Me Crazy" (1989). Olivia Rodrigo also becomes the 101st Female American Solo artist at No.1 in Australia, while she's also the 420th American performer (solo, duo, group, male or female) to hit the top locally, while overall "Drivers License" is the 709th song by an American act to hit the chart summit here.
Local artist The Kid Laroi remains at No.2 for a third week with his track "Without You", while the song is also at No.2 in Norway (down from #1 LW), No.4 in Ireland, No.6 in both England (new peak) and Belgium, while it debuts at No.8 in Finland and climbs to No.10 in Austria, plus further new chart heights in Sweden (#11), New Zealand (#12), Canada (#17) and it debuts at No.20 in The Netherlands. He also climbs back up one spot to No.8 with his first Top 10 entry "So Done" (HP-6x2), which is newly certified as ▲Platinum in sales this week.
After eleven broken weeks at No.1 the 24KGOLDN track "Mood" drops two spots this week to land at No.3, while also logging it's 21st week within the Top 10 (equal 12th longest of all time), and the track is now the equal longest running chart-topper for this decade (so far), matching the eleven weeks of "Blinding Lights" for The Weeknd from 2020 (TW-13). "Mood" also remains at the top in both America (7th week) and Canada (11th week). This is followed by a stable No.4 peaking Dua Lipa track "Levitating", spending a second week at that peak, while "Head & Heart" for Joel Corry with MNEK is down two places to No.5 and spending its 22nd week within the Top 10 (equal 11th longest of all time), with the last track to spend (only) 22 weeks in the ten being the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper duet "Shallow" in 2018/19.
Last week's highest new entry for Justin Bieber and "Anyone" is down one spot this week to No.6, while rising one place to a new peak of No.7 is the Tones and I track "Fly Away", which matches the chart height of her last Top 10 entry "Never Seen the Rain" (HP-7, 1 week in mid-Dec 2019). Last weeks other Top 50 debut was the SZA track "Good Days", which this week leaps up twenty-nine places to land at a new peak of No.9, becoming her third Top 10 entry and first as a solo artist, having previously been within the ten on the Kendrick Lamar track "All the Stars" (HP-2, late Feb. 2018) and the Maroon 5 single "What Lovers Do" (HP-7, mid-Nov 2017).
The last Top 10 entry this week is the former Ariana Grande No.1 single "Positions", which is down four spots this week to No.10, but if it falls out next week she could replace herself within the Top 10 thanks to her other Top 20 entry at the moment "34 + 35" (TW-14, HP-9), which was re-issued on Friday as a new remix with guest artists Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion, and it could return to the ten next week.
UP: TOP 20: Other than the rising "34 + 35" for Ariana Grande at No.14, the two other climbing Top 20 entries are "Heat Waves" for Glass Animals, up five places to a new peak of No.17, becoming the groups first Top 20 entry in Australia, while Jason DeRulo's rebounds three spots to No.20 with "Take You Dancing", while spending a second week at its peak of No.19 is the Sigala and James Arthur entry "Lasting Lover". TOP 30: Tiesto blasts up fifteen places to land a new peak of No.25 with his dance track "The Business", while Miley Cyrus is back-to-back with herself and up three spots to No.27 with her Dua Lipa duet "Prisoner", while the third and final Top 30 rise occurs for Meduza with Demot Kennedy and "Paradise" (lost the Irish #1 spot this week to our new No.1), which is up four places to a new chart height of No.29. TOP 40: Only one song rises in this chart region, and it's only a two place move to No.34 for the Keith Urban and Pink duet "One Too Many". TOP 50: The two rising songs down in the fifty are both scoring new peaks in the process, with another former Irish No.1 single for Paul Woodford with Diplo and Kareen Lomax called "Looking for Me", which leaps up twenty places this week to land at No.44, while the third Top 50 entry for Jason DeRulo this week is "Love Not War (The Tampa Beat)", which is up one spot to a new peak of No.49 after entering the Top 50 for the first time last week.
DOWN: TOP 20: Two songs leave the Top 10 this week, the recent Ed Sheeran entry "Afterglow" (HP-7x2, WI10-2) dips four places to No.11 and The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" (HP-1x11, WI10-40a) is down three spots to No.13 after amassing forty weeks within the Top 10, making it (again) the second longest running Top 10 of all time in Australia. Slipping down within the Top 20 are Taylor Swift with "Willow" (12 to No.16) and "Whoopty" by rapper CJ (13 to No.18). TOP 30: Dropping down into the Top 30 are "What You Know About Love" for Pop Smoke (18 to No.22) and "Watermelon Sugar" for Harry Styles (17 to No.23), followed by an eight place slide to No.24 for the Fleetwood Mac classic "Dreams". JB's "Holy" declines five places to No.26, with Miley's "Midnight Sky" dipping four to No.28 and the BTS "Dynamite" entry sliding five to No.30. TOP 40: Five former No.1 singles are dropping into the Top 40 this week, "WAP" (26 to No.31), "Roses" (27 to No.33) which is spending it's 52nd week (1 year) within the Top 100, "Dance Monkey" (28 to No.35), "Savage Love" (31 to No.36) and "Rockstar" (32 to No.38), plus former No.2 (for 10 weeks) "Don't Start Now" by Dua Lipa falls four to No.39. TOP 50: Four songs hold their positions this week within the Top 50 (41>50 section) at No.41 (Send it by Hooligan Hefs), No.43 (Some Say by Nea), No.45 (Wonder by Shawn Mendes) and No.46 (Dancing in the Moonlight for Jubel), while the three dropping tracks are "Put Your Records on" (39 to No.42), "Holiday" for Lil' Nas X (42 to No.47) and "For the Night" by Pop Smoke (47 to No.48).
FURTHER NEW ENTRY: * #1 - Drivers License by Olivia Rodrigo (Geffen/Interscope)
* #50 - Save Your Tears by The Weeknd (Republic) is the fourth single to chart from the fourth studio album by the Canadian artist called "After Hours" (TW-17), with this song first being issued in August of 2020 and it is now charting thanks to it's just released music video issued last week. This new entry for him becomes his 34th Top 100 entry locally (29 as lead, 5 as guest).
Albums Chartifacts: Barry Gibb scores his first ever solo No.1 Album in Australia this week with a collection of re-recorded Bee Gees tracks alongside multiple artists on "Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook 1'.
"Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook 1" becomes the 902nd No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2021), the 752nd for ARIA (1983 to 2021), the 539th to debut at No.1 (1976-2021), the first chart topping album for 2021, and the 25th No.1 album for the record label Capitol, who scored two #1's in 2020 for 5SOS (April 6th) and Keith Urban (Sept 28th), and Keith is one of the many artists on this album performing duets alongside Barry Gibb (the fourth and final Bee Gees member staying alive), plus the album also comes in at the top of the English Albums chart this week too.
Further artists singing alongside Barry are Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town, and more Aussie artists like Tommy Emmanuel and Olivia Newton-John. Most of the songs have a country tinge to them, with a second volume due later on, maybe with a dance feel to them.
As Barry Gibb is the only surviving member of The Bee Gees, and the bands founding member alongside his twin brother Maurice and Robin (with Andy later joining them in the 1970's) I have bunched together both The Bee Gees and Barry's No.1 tally, which means all together they have spent 15 weeks at No.1 in Australia, with "Spirit Having Flown" (5 weeks from March 1979), "Greatest Hits" (3 weeks from mid-Dec 1979) and their last was "One Night Only" (6 weeks from late March 1999), meaning the group (and Barry) move up to No.43 on the list for 'Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums' (from #47) equal with Matchbox 20 (15 weeks from 4 #1s).
Three of the four words with the title of this week's No.1 Album are first time venturers to the top spot, with 'Greenfields' (or even as separate words 'Green' or 'Fields') 'Gibb' and 'Songbook', but there has been one previous 'Brothers' at No.1, the longest running chart-topper of the 1980's, Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms" (34 weeks from 27-May, 1985). As Barry Gibb is both Australian and English, he becomes the 251st Aussie act to hit No.1 locally, and the album is the 257th by a Solo Male Performer (local or overseas) to make it to the top here, of which there were eleven such artists in 2020.
The second album for American country singer Morgan Wallen called "Dangerous: The Double Album" debuts at No.2 this week, becoming his first Top 10 entry in Australia and his second overall entry, as his debut set "If I Know Me" made it to No.53 in May of 2018. This is followed by two place drops for last weeks top three albums in "evermore" by Taylor Swift (still No.1 in both America and Canada for a third week), "Fine Line" by Harry Styles and "F**k Love/Savage (EP)" for The Kid Laroi to No.3, No.4 and No.5 respectively.
The third and final Top 10 debut this week is the twelfth studio album for English singer/songwriter Passenger called "Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted", which enters at No.6 and becomes his seventh Top 100 entry and now his sixth Top 10 placing in Australia, and it also becomes his first chart entry since 2018 ninth album "Runaway" (HP-7, Sept 2018).
Also dropping down this week are Pop Smoke with "Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon" (5 to No.7), "Plastic Hearts" by Miley Cyrus (6 to No.9) and "Future Nostalgia" by Dua Lipa (8 to No.10), with a returning-to-the-ten entry at No.8 (up three places) for Luke Combs' second album "What You See is What You Get", logging a sixteenth week within the Top 10.
UP: TOP 20: One album rises within the Top 20 this week, The Weeknd's "After Hours" is up four to No.17 thanks to a fourth single from the album in "Save Your Tears" entering at No.50 over on the singles chart this week. TOP 30: Once again only one climber here too, but it's a massive jump of twenty-five places to land at No.29 for The Arctic Monkeys last studio album "AM", thanks to the album landing at No.2 on the vinyl sales chart this week. TOP 40: Spacey Jane rebounds six spots to No.32 with "Sunlight", while Halsey logs her 52nd week on the charts (1 year) with "Manic", which is back up one spot to No.38. SZA scores her third overall Top 10 single this week, and that has helped her debut album "CTRL" (of which the new single is NOT on) to rebound eighteen places to land at a new peak of No.39, one place higher than the albums entry position from late June of 2017. After which is a second new peaking album of the week, Jack Harlow and his debut set "That's What They All Say", which is up four places to No.40. TOP 50: Megan Thee Stallion is up one spot to No.42 with her latest set "Good News", one place lower than it's former peak of No.41 (Nov 30th, 2020), while climbing back up eight places to land at No.50 is the Green Day best of "God's Favourite Band".
DOWN: TOP 20: Four albums leave the Top 10 this week, none as dramatic as last weeks Xmas fallouts, AC/DC's "Power Up" (HP-1x4, WI10-8) falls seven to No.11, "folklore" for Taylor Swift (HP-1x4, WI10-20) dips five to No.12, Billie Eilish and her set "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" (HP-1x8, WI10-77a) falls four to No.13, and also down four to No.14 is Ariana Grande with "Positions" (HP-2x2, WI10-6). Further four droppers are "÷ (Divide)" for Ed Sheeran, "Love Goes" by Sam Smith and "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac to No.18, No.19 and No.20 respectively. TOP 30: Best of sets to fall in this region are for Elton John (18 to No.22), Maroon 5 (23 to No.24) and Eminem (26 to No.27), while the American rapper is back-to-back with himself this week, as his latest studio album "Music to Be Murdered by" falls nine spots to land at No.26. TOP 40: Both falling six places apiece are the Queen biopic soundtrack 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and XXXTentacion set "?" to No.31 and No.35 respectively, while Taylor Swift has two albums within this chart region, "Lover" is stable at No.34 and "1989" dips five to No.36. TOP 50: The INXS "Very Best of" tumbles eleven spots to No.43, the self-titled debut Harry Styles album dips eight places to No.44, while plummeting twenty-one chart rungs to No.49 is the latest Avalanches release "We Will Always Love You".
NO FURTHER NEW ENTRIES: * #1 (LP#3) - Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook 1 by Barry Gibb (Capitol)
* #2 (LP#2) - Dangerous: The Double Album by Morgan Wallen (Big Loud/Republic)
* #6 (LP#12) - Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted by Passenger (Black Crow/Cooking Vinyl)
*ARIA Chart info is based on sales for the week from the 8th to the 14th of January, 2021.