American teenager Olivia Rodrigo scores a second week at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart with her debut entry here "Driver's License", which also came in at the top in both American and Canada this past week.
"Driver's License" also holds for a second week at No.1 in England, Ireland, New Zealand, Austria and Norway, plus it's at the top in Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, Singapore and Sweden, and it jumps to No.2 in Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. It's also been a few years where a new or unknown artist has taken out the top spot locally in January with their first release (whether it's a debut or a first time at #1), as this week in 2015 (Jan 26th), OMI was starting a three week reign with his first entry "Cheerleader", plus there was Macklemore in 2013 ("Thrift Shop" followed by "Same Love" in mid January), Foster the People (16-Jan-2012), Wynter Gordon (17-Jan-2011) and Owl City (4-Jan-2010) followed right after by Iyaz and "Replay" (8-Feb-2010).
The top four songs are stable this week, with The Kid Laroi spending a fourth week at No.2 with his track "Without You", while he is also down one spot to No.9 with "So Done", scoring it's tenth week within the Top 10. Former No.1 "Mood" for 24KGOLDN holds at No.3 (22nd week within T10) and "Levitating" at No.4 for a third week is the Dua Lipa track, either the Madonna and Missy Elliott remix, or the DaBaby featured edition.
This week Doja Cat makes her presence known within the Top 50 with three placings, firstly she is now a guest artist, alongside Megan Thee Stallion, on the remixed version of Ariana Grande's "34 + 35" track, which this week leaps up nine places to score a new peak of No.5, and a second week within the Top 10, as it debuted and peaked at No.9 originally twelve weeks ago, and the song takes over from her former No.1 single "Positions" which departs the ten this week. The two other Doja Cat entries are new at the lower end of the fifty this week.
The fifth and final stable song holding its position this week is the No.6 entry for Justin Bieber and "Anyone", followed by new certified and dropping tracks "Head and Heart" for Joel Corry and MNEK, down two to No.7 and now 3x▲Platinum (and a 23rd week within the Top 10), followed by Tones and I with "Fly Away", dropping one spot to No.8 and landing it's first cert of Gold (●) in sales, and lastly the high flyer from last week in the SZA track "Good Days" is down one spot to No.10 this week.
UP: TOP 20: Glass Animals take their highest charting hit in Australia up six notches this week to a new peak of No.11, plus the track is newly certified ▲Platinum, and this past weekend the track got the Triple J Hottest 100 #1 pole position, so expect the song to leap again next week. Another track scoring a new chart height is the Tiesto track "The Business", which jumps up nine places to No.16, with the track receiving a new remix featuring Ty Dolla $ign last week, helping it's jump this week. The third and final Top 20 climber is the Sigala and James Arthur entry "Lasting Lover", which after two weeks of sitting at No.19 is up two spots to a new peak of No.17. TOP 30: The third entry for Meduza called "Paradise" featuring Demot Kennedy jumps up nine places to a new peak of No.21, plus the track scores a Gold (●) sales certification to, after which the Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa entry of "Prisoner" (HP-13) rebounds five spots to No.22 and Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" rises one place to No.23. Jumping up twenty-five places to land at a new peak of No.29 (and it's first week within the T50) is Spanish producer and remixer HVME (Hume) with his remix of the Travis Scott song "Goosebumps". TOP 40: Last week's second Top 50 debut was from The Weeknd with "Save Your Tears", which this week leaps eighteen spots to land at a new peak of No.32, with the second and final climbing entry in this chart region being the Paul Woodford & Diplo track "Looking for Me", which rises five chart rungs to a new height of No.39, and is the fifth and final new T50 cert this week, now Gold (●) in sales. TOP 50: There is only one climber within the 41>50 chart area, and it's a single which debuted within the Top 100 at No.88 last week, by American rapper and songwriter Saweetie (Diamonte Harper) from California with her single "Best Friend", which features the aforementioned Doja Cat as guest vocalist. This becomes her second Top 50 entry locally, having previously peaked at No.37 in mid-September of 2020 with "Tap in".
DOWN: TOP 20: There is one song leaving the Top 10 this week, and it's by Ariana Grande, who replaces herself within the ten this week with "34 + 35", while "Positions" (HP-1x2, WI10-12) is down three spots to No.13. Also falling three chart-rungs are "Afterglow" for Ed Sheeran (11 to No.14) and "Willow" by Taylor Swift (16 to No.19), while there's a five place slide to No.20 for the Billie Eilish track "Therefore I Am". TOP 30: There's further five place drops from Jason DeRulo with "Take You Dancing" (20 to No.25), "Watermelon Sugar" by Harry Styles (23 to No.28), while Pop Smoke's "What You Know About Love" dips four spots to No.26. TOP 40: With one Miley track rising, her older entry "Midnight Sky" falls seven places to No.35, while the Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber "Monster" is down four to No.36, with two place dips for former No.1's "Dance Monkey" by Tones and I along with the Jawsh 685 x Jason DeRulo track "Savage Love (Laxed-Siren Beat)" to No.37 and No.38 respectively. TOP 50: Eight falling tracks land within the T50 section, with four place dips for "Breaking Me" by Topic (37 to No.41), "Rockstar" by DaBaby (38 to No.42), "Don't Start Now" by Dua Lipa (39 to No.43) and "Some Say" by Nea (43 to No.47), while the final Jason DeRulo Top 50 entry in his newest called "Love Not War (The Tampa Beat)" is back down one spot to No.50 after peaking at No.49 last week.
NEW ENTRIES: * #46 - Streets by Doja Cat (Kemosabe/RCA) is the third and final Top 50 entry this week for the American rapper and singer, with this track originally being issued with her album "Hot Pink" (TW-48) in November of 2019, but it's recent remix has helped it to chart now, with the song entering at No.22 in Ireland this past week. It joins her other new entries this week at No.48 (with Saweetie) and No.5 (on the remixed new Ariana Grande track).
Just like last week, it's a one-two entry to the ARIA Albums Chart this week, with the sixth studio album for local rapper Illy called "The Space Between" entering at No.1, becoming his second successive chart-topper locally.
"The Space Between" by Illy becomes the 903rd No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2021), plus the 753rd for ARIA (1983 to 2021), and the 540th to debut in the top spot (since 1976), while it's now the second (new) No.1 album of 2021 and the second for Illy, whose last album "Two Degrees" spent a single week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart on November 21st, 2016.
This is the second No.1 appearance for both of the words 'Space' and 'Between', with the other 'space' belonging to Pearl Jam with "Backspacer" (1 week on 28-Sept-2009) and the previous 'between' for Jack Johnson with "In Between Dreams" (4 weeks from 7-March-2005). The new No.1 album also becomes the 252nd by an Australian Act (solo, duo, group, male or female) and the 258th by a Solo Male Artist (local or overseas). Illy is also the only solo Male Australian rapper to land two No.1 albums too, surpassing his tie with Drapht, while for local rap groups the winners are The Hilltop Hoods with six chart-toppers.
American five-piece boy-band Why Don't We see their second studio album called "The Good Times and The Bad Ones" enter at No.2 this week, becoming their second chart entry and second Top 10 placing, as their debut set "8 Letters" debuted and peaked at No.10 in September of 2018, while no singles from this new album have managed to chart here (yet).
Rebounding two places to regain its former No.3 peak for a fourth time is the Kid Laroi mixtape "F**k Love" along with his EP "Savage", giving us two local rappers within the Top 3 this week and four (local and o'seas) within the entire Top 10 too. This is followed by a one place drop to No.4 for the EOY/NY No.1 album "evermore" by Taylor Swift, and then a rebounding Eminem set "Music to Be Murdered by", up twenty-one places this week to No.5 thanks to it's deluxe 2CD edition being released last week, with it last rebounding into the Top 10 to No.7 in the last week of 2020 thanks to it's digital release.
Dropping down four places from it's entry position of No.2 to No.6 this week is the new American and Canadian No.1 album for this week, Morgan Wallen with "Dangerous: The Double Album", followed by a three place dip to No.7 for "Fine Line" by Harry Styles". Last week's No.1 entry for Barry Gibb and other artists with "Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook 1" falls seven places to No.8, while Pop Smoke's "Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon" is down two to No.9. The third and final Top 10 debut this week is the third solo album for former 1D member Zayn called "Nobody is Listening", which becomes his second Top 10 album in Australia after his debut set "Mind of Mine" (HP-1x1, early April, 2016), while his album in-between then and now was called "Icarus Falls", which made it to No.60 in late December of 2018.
UP: TOP 20: There are no rising albums within the Top 20 this week, only AC/DC's "Power Up" set is stable at No.11. TOP 30: Machine Gun Kelly's "Tickets to My Downfall" jumps back up nine spots to No.24 this week, while a vinyl release of the debut self-titled Harry Styles album (#5 TW on the vinyl chart) sees it rise sixteen spots to No.28. TOP 40: Two rising albums in this chart region, the XXXTentacion set "?" (35 to No.32) and the INXS "Very Best of" (43 to No.39). TOP 50: After debuting at No.6 in the last week of 2020, then falling out of the Top 100 in the second week of 2021, the Paul McCartney set "McCartney III" returns to the entire chart this week at No.42 thanks to a vinyl release, and it is the top selling vinyl set of the week, while the other climber into the Top 50 this week is up four spots to No.48, Doja Cat with her second set "Hot Pink", which also has a No.46 debut from the album in "Streets" this week.
DOWN: TOP 20: Three of the four Top 10 dropouts fall into the Top 20 this week, "What You See is What You Get" by Luke Combs (8 to No.12, HP-1x1, WI10-16), "Future Nostalgia" by Dua Lipa (10 to No.13, HP-1x1, WI10-17) and "Plastic Hearts" for Miley Cyrus (9 to No.15, HP-3, WI10-6). Falling four places each are "folklore" by Taylor Swift and "Positions" by Ariana Grande to No.16 and No.18 respectively, while Guy Sebastian drops five places to No.20 with his "T.R.U.T.H." set. TOP 30: After leaping back up to No.17 last week The Weeknd set "After Hours" drops back down five to No.22, with six place drops for both the Luke Combs debut album "This One's for You" (21 to No.27) and the Maroon 5 "Singles Collection" (24 to No.30). TOP 40: Eminem's "Curtain Call: The Hits" is down four places to No.31, and as the album came out sixteen years ago (Dec 2005), it this week notches up it's 260th week within the Top 100, that's equal to five years worth of charting. Falling five places each are Ed Sheeran's "No.6 Collaboration Project" and "AM" for The Arctic Monkeys (#4 vinyl TW) to No.34 and No.35 respectively, while Lime Cordiale had a heap of entries in this years Triple J Hottest 100, so I expect their set "14 Steps to a Better You" to rebound next week, but this week it is down six to No.36, as too is the Queen biopic soundtrack for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (31 to No.37). TOP 50: Spacey Jane scored the #2 position in the JJJ100 2020 poll, and their set could also rise next week in "Sunlight", which this week falls twelve places to No.44, which is followed by the fourth and final Top 10 departing set, Passenger with "Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted" (HP-6, WI10-1), which plummets thirty-nine places to land at No.45. Two female U.S. rappers who also drop are SZA with "Ctrl", down ten to No.49, followed by Megan Thee Stallion with "Good News", slipping eight to No.50.
NEW ENTRIES * #1 (LP#6) - The Space Between by Illy (Sony Australia)
* #2 (LP#2) - The Good Times and The Bad Ones by Why Don't We (Signature/Atlantic)
* #10 (LP#3) - Nobody is Listening by Zayn (RCA)
* #46 (mix#1) - DemiDevil (mixtape) by Ashnikko (Parlophone) is the first mixtape for the U.S. singer songwriter, and it features her singles chart entry from last year called "Daisy" (HP-53) along with guest vocals from Kelis and Avril Lavigne (thanks to samples from their songs) and a guest appearance by Grimes and Princess Nokia.
* #47 (LP#11) - Spare Ribs by Sleaford Mods (Rough Trade) is this first album chart entry in Australia for the English electro-punk duo from Nottingham, with this being their eleventh studio album, which features guest Billy and Amy from the band Amyl & the Sniffers, and the album has become their highest charting in their homeland of England, coming in at No.4 this past week.
* ARIA Chart info is based on sales for the week from the 15th to the 21st of January, 2021. Last edited:
New Certifications: Singles; Head & Heart by Joel Corry & MNEK ▲3 Fly Away by Tones and I ● Heat Waves by Glass Animals ▲ Paradise by Meduza feat. Dermot Kennedy ● Looking for Me by Paul Woodford & Diplo feat. Kareen Lomax ●