* New LP's coming this week from Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue, Dave Gahan, Elvis Presley, Little Mix, Idles, Jon Hopkins, Eric Clapton, The Wanted (GH), Ronan Keating, Flight Facilities, Silk Sonic, Dope Lemon, Rod Stewart, Jason Aldean, Dicklord, Courtney Barnett, Damon Albarn and They Might Be Giants. Last edited:
Elton John lands his second longest run at No.1 in Australia this week as "Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)" alongside Dua Lipa spends a second week at the the summit of the ARIA Singles Chart.
Of Elton's five No.1 appearances in Australia, "Cold Heart" now surpasses the previous three other single week stays (1976, 1986 and 2005, see last week's chartifacts for all of his #1 singles) and becomes his second longest running Australian No.1 single behind the six weeks achieved in 1997 by "Candle in the Wind '97"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight". Plus Elton also increases his overall tally of weeks at No.1 to eleven, moving him up the list of 'Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles (1940 to 2021)' from 86th to now equal 75th alongside U2 (11 weeks from 5 #1's). "Cold Heart" also returns for a third overall week at No.1 in New Zealand this week, having previously topped their charts on October 8th and 15th.
Five of the top six songs are all current or former No.1 singles, with Adele's current UK, Irish (4th week), US & Canadian (3rd week) No.1 song "Easy on Me" rebounding here one place to No.2, followed by this year's longest running No.1 single (14 weeks) for Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber and "Stay", which is back up two places to No.3, and still sitting at No.2 on the U.S. Billboard chart this week.
Last week's No.2 single "Shivers" for Ed Sheeran is back down two places to No.4, followed by his "=" albums first issued track "Bad Habits", which dips one spot to No.5. Both tracks are receiving their first sales certifications this week, with "Shivers" newly ▲Platinum and after 20 weeks within the Top 5 "Bad Habits" goes straight to 3x▲Platinum in sales, plus BH's is now Ed's third longest running Top 10 single in Australia at 20 weeks, ahead of it are "Shape of You" (24 weeks, 2017, TW-93) and "Perfect" (25 weeks 2017/18, TW-59 and newly 16x▲Platinum), both of which are still charting within the Top 100 this week.
In early 2020 Tones and I broke the record for not only the longest No.1 single of all time in Australia with "Dance Monkey", but the song would also go on to log 41 weeks within the Top 10, something unheard of in the past, and while 2019-2020's "Blinding Lights" for The Weeknd would get close to it at 40 weeks, it hasn't been until this week that another song has now tied the record for 'Longest Top 10 Chart Run' at 41 weeks, "Heat Waves" by Glass Animals, which remains at No.6 for a fourth consecutive week, and it looks like the song could be here for a few more weeks/months, so it should/could take over the crown for the longest ever run next week. The song peaked at No.1 for six weeks here from March 1st, and has so far made it to No.5 in England and this week it landed it's first berth within the U.S. Top 10 at No.10 after 42 weeks of charting there.
The second act with two songs within the Top 10 this week is Lil' Nas X who remains stable at No.7 with "Industry Baby", while his track "That's What I Want" is down one place to No.10. The duo The Anxiety climb two chart rungs to land at a new peak of No.8 this week with their first chart entry "Meet Me at Our Spot", followed by the highest new entry for the week at No.9, "One Right Now" by Post Malone and The Weeknd, becoming the first Top 10 single for Post Malone this decade, as his last was with "Circles" (HP-2x8, peaked Sept to Nov of 2019), while his last Top 20 entry was "Motley Crew" which made it to No.19 in late July of this year, both Motley and "One Right Now" are taken from his fourth studio album (no date or title known as yet), while for Top 10 entries this is Post's tenth and for The Weeknd his thirteenth, having scored his twelfth only three weeks ago when he came in at No.8 as a guest on the Swedish House Mafia single "Moth to a Flame" (HP-8), which is sitting at No.20 this week, while he also has five entries within the Top 40 this week.
UP: TOP 20: Justin Bieber's "Ghost" track lifts itself two chart rungs to a new peak of No.12, followed by the second and final T20 peaking track this week, last week's new entry for NEIKED and Mae Muller with Polo G on "Better Days", which rises four places to No.16. TOP 30: Other than a stable No.25 for Vance Joy's "Missing Piece", the only climbing track within the Top 30 is the latest Jason DeRulo song "Acapulco", which moves up five to land at a new chart height of No.30. TOP 40: Three small rising singles within the Top 40, "Dreams" for Fleetwood Mac (36 to No.35), "2055" for Sleepy Hallow (37 to No.36) and "Without You" for Kid Laroi and Miley Cyrus (40 to No.38). TOP 50: Walker Hayes' track "Fancy Like" rebounds three places this week back to it's former peak of No.42, while also back up three is Clinton Kane with "I Guess I'm in Love" to land at No.44, and The Killers announced a 2022 tour last week and that has helped their 2004 single "Mr. Brightside" to move up five spots this week to land at No.45.
DOWN: TOP 20: The only song to leave the Top 10 this week is the Ed Sheeran entry "Overpass Graffiti" (HP-8, WI10-1), which drops down five spots to No.13. Last week Ed had all 14 tracks from his new album "= (Equals)" within the Top 100, this week that figure drops back down to seven in total, five from his new album and two from 2017, with "Visiting Hours" falling to No.54 (from #25), and newly Gold (●) in sales. Down two spots from last weeks No.13, to land at No.15 this week, is "Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)" for CKay, which is now Gold (●), while Dua Lipa's "Levitating" is a non-mover at No.17 and is now certified 5x▲Platinum, with another five place drop occurring for Swedish House Mafia with The Weeknd on "Moth to a Flame", down to No.20. TOP 30: The Weeknd also drops down with "Save Your Tears" (two places to No.23), with the second and third dropping Doja Cat singles being "Woman" (23 to No.24, newly ▲Platinum) and "Need to Know" (24 to No.27). Lil' Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" is the biggest declining track within the Top 30, down four spots to No.26. TOP 40: The third and fourth dropping songs for The Weeknd top-and-tail the Top 40 this week, with his (almost) two year old entry "Blinding Lights" (102 weeks) down three to No.31 and then "Take My Breath" falls two spots to No.40. Two five place falls occur for "Leave Before You Love Me" by Marshmello and Jonas Brothers and "Out Out" for Joel Corry to No.37 and No.39 respectively. TOP 50: Two garden-themed entries fall five places apiece in "Peaches" for Justin Bieber to No.46 and Oliver Tree with his first entry "Life Goes On" to No.49, while "The Business" for Tiësto is down one spot to No.50 and now 3x▲Platinum in sales.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES: * #9 - One Right Now by Post Malone & The Weeknd (Republic)
* #22 - ESCAPE PLAN by Travis Scott (Cactus Jack/Epic) * #47 - MAFIA by Travis Scott (Cactus Jack/Epic) are both taken from the forthcoming fourth studio album for the American rapper and singer called "Utopia", which is scheduled for a 2021 release, but with only a few weeks left of the year, it'll need to be soon. These two entries become the 24th and 25th Top 100 entries in Australia and the 17th and 18th Top 50 placements (10 as lead, 8 as guest).
* #34 - Smokin' Out the Window by Silk Sonic (Aftermath/Atlantic) is now the third single to chart for the group consisting of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, who have also just issued their debut album "An Evening with Silk Sonic" (out Friday Nov. 12th), which will also feature their previous two chart entries in "Leave the Door Open" (HP-10, March 2021) and "Skate" (HP-32, August 2021).
ABBA returns to the No.1 spot in Australia with their ninth studio album "Voyage", their first new material in forty years, and now their fifth chart-topping album locally.
"Voyage" (Polar Music) by ABBA becomes the 931st No.1 Album in Australia (1965 to 2021), the 781st for ARIA (1983 to 2021), the 31st No.1 for 2021, the 567 to debut at No.1 (since ABBA became the first in 1976 with "Arrival"), and the first for their record label Polar, while it's also the groups fifth No.1 Album locally, having first topped the chart with their third self-titled album "ABBA" from December 8th, 1975 for eleven consecutive weeks, then their first compilation of singles in "The Best of ABBA" began a sixteen week continual reign from March 29th, 1976, while next week in 1976 (Nov 22nd, 1976. almost 45 years ago) their fourth studio album "Arrival" started an eight week stay at the top in Australia. The new album has also landed first week in England, Ireland, New Zealand, and their home country of Sweden, plus Belgium, The Netherlands, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Czech Republic, Norway, Scotland and Switzerland; while it placed at No.2 in America and Canada, their highest charted set ever in America and equal highest in Canada.
ABBA's fourth and last No.1 set was their "ABBA Gold" collection, which spent four weeks at No.1 from December 13th, 1992, also becoming their first ARIA No.1 Album, while the expanded "ABBA Gold & More" album is back within the Top 100 at No.85 this week, having recently rebound as high as No.18 on September 13th, 2021 when the new albums first two singles were issued. So ABBA have now racked up 40 overall weeks at No.1 in Australia from those five albums, placing them at now equal seventh on the list for 'Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2021)' alongside Adele (40 weeks from 2 #1's), which will most likely rise for her in the next few weeks. And like Ed Sheeran last week and Delta Goodrem earlier in the year, this new No.1 for ABBA makes them the third act this decade to land their fifth No.1 Album in Australia.
The last studio album for ABBA was "The Visitors" (LP#8) which first debuted on the AMR/Kent charts on December 28th, 1981, making it to No.22 by mid-January of 1982, while their last Top 10 studio album was with "Super Trouper" (LP#7) which started charting on December 1st, 1980, eventually peaking at No.5 for four weeks from the last week of 1980 through most of January 1981.
This is the first time that the word 'Voyage' has been in a No.1 Album title, the previous highest was the No.4 peak of George Ezra's "Wanted on Voyage" (peaked Jan 2015) and for Swedish acts, only those starting with 'A' have ever been to No.1 on the Australian Albums Charts. The last Swede to top our charts (and the only other act apart from ABBA) was Avicii with his "True" album for a single week on February 13th, 2013, while overall this is the sixth No.1 Album by a Swedish act (5 for ABBA, 1 for Avicii), while for groups (local or overseas), this is the 409th No.1 Album by a group and the tenth for 2021.
Last week's No.1 entry for Ed Sheeran's "= (Equals)" is down one place this week to No.2, while it debuted at the top last week in both America and Canada, after which is a repackaged fourth and fifth studio albums for Radiohead in "Kid A" and "Amnesia" as "Kid A Mnesia", which features a third disc containing out takes and new edits of songs, with both of those album debuting and peaking at No.2 in October of 2000 for "Kid A" and June of 2001 for "Amnesia".
After peaking at No.2 last week the Doja Cat set "Planet Her" is back down two spots to No.4, while it's 20th week within the Top 5 has now granted it a Gold (●) sales certification, after which are two place drops for "SOUR" by Olivia Rodrigo to No.5, "Certified Lover Boy" for Drake to No.6 and "Surrender" by Rufus du Sol to No.7. Dua Lipa's "Future Nostalgia" is logging it's 55th week within the Top 10 and dips down one place to No.8, followed by a three place declining "Justice" for Justin Bieber to No.9, while the current No.1 single for Elton John and Dua Lipa in "Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)" is spending a second week at the top, it's parent album "The Lockdown Sessions" is back up four spots to land a second week within the Top 10 at No.10.
UP: TOP 20: With five songs within the Top 40 this week, including a No.9 duet debut with Post Malone, "The Highlights" for The Weeknd is back up two spots to No.11, with the two other single place climbers being "F**k Love" for Kid Laroi and "Fine Line" for Harry Styles (almost two years old) to No.14 and No.16 respectively. TOP 30: Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album rebounds nine places this week to land at No.21, with three place rises for both Maroon 5's "Singles Collection" to No.23 and "folklore" by Taylor Swift to No.25. TOP 40: Two more Taylor albums move back up, with a single place step to No.38 for "evermore", while her 'Taylor's version' of "Red" was issued on Friday (Nov. 12th), the original 2012 album flies back up forty-eight places this week to land at No.40, the albums highest chart placement since November 2015. TOP 50: The two albums that climb back into the Top 50 this week are "Astroworld" for Travis Scott, back up thirteen places to No.47 after he landed two new singles chart entries this week, while another rapper in XXXTentation is back up three spots to No.49 with his "?" set.
DOWN: TOP 20: Two of the three Top 10 departing albums land within the Top 20, "Happier Than Ever" for Billie Eilish (HP-1x2, WI10-13) down four to No.12 and "Montero" for Lil' Nas X (HP-1x1, WI10-5) dropping five to No.15, with the only other declining Top 20 entry being Adele's "25" down two to No.13. TOP 30: After plummeting from 3 to No.24 last week, the Lana Del Rey set "Blue Banister" is only down two spots this week to No.26, with the biggest drop within the Top 30 being "Donda" for Kanye West, down five to No.27, while Adele's "21" album is down three to No.28. TOP 40: With seven albums within the Top 50 this week, Taylor Swift sees declines for "1989" (29 to No.31) and "Lover" (34 to No.36) within the Top 40, while the third and final Top 10 dropout has the latest Coldplay album "Music of the Spheres" (HP-1x1, WI10-3) plummeting twenty-four spots to No.33. TOP 50: Taylor's two dropping albums within this chart region are "Fearless (T's.V.)" and "Reputation" both down four places to No.42 and No.48 respectively. The Queen biopic soundtrack for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' falls six to No.43, with Top 20 entries from last week for Dami Im (#12), Mastodon (#16) and Even (#18) all leaving the Top 100 this week.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES: * #1 - (LP#9) - Voyage by ABBA (Polar)
* #3 - (LP4+5) - Kid A Mnesia by Radiohead (XL/Inertia)
* #17 - (LP#7) - self titled by Bullet for My Valentine (Spinefarm) is the seventh studio album for the Welsh heavy metal act and their first new material in over three years, while the set becomes their sixth Top 20 album, with their second to sixth sets all debuting and peaking within the Top 10 here, with their fifth release "Venom" hitting No.1 in late August of 2015.
* #18 - (LP#2) - Still Over it by Summer Walker (LVRN/Interscope) is the second album for the female American singer and rapper, and it comes just over two years and one place lower than her first album "Over it" achieved on October 14th, 2019 when it debuted and peaked at No.17, while this new album has also seen a No.94 singles chart entry this week for the track "No Love" with SZA.
* #22 - (Live#1) - Live at the Drive in by Hockey Dad (Farmer & The Owl/BMG) is the first live set for the Australian duo from NSW, becoming their fourth albums chart entry in the process, having previously charted with "Boronia" (LP#1, HP-55, August 2016), "Blend Inn" (LP#2, HP-6,, Feb 2018) and their third 'B' set "Brain Candy" (HP-2, August 2020).
* #30 - (LP#2) - Day/Night by Parcels (Because Music) becomes the Bryon Bay five-piece electro-pop groups first Top 50 placement and second albums chart entry, as their self-titled debut set made it to No.94 in October of 2018, while this new album has also charted in Belgium (#43), Switzerland (#31) and Germany (#19).
* #34 - (LP#1) - self titled by Springtime (TFS Records/Joyful Noise) is a trio of Australian musicians made up of Gareth Liddiard (The Drones, Tropical F**k Storm), Jim White (Xylouris White, Dirty Three, Cat Power) and Chris Abrahams (The Necks), with some of the songs using Gareth's uncle Ian Duhig's poetry in it's lyrics, twice winner of 'The National Poetry Competition' in England.
* #35 - (LP#2) - Valentine by Snail Mail (Matador) is the second album for the American indie artist born Lindsey Jordan, while it's also her first ever ARIA Albums Chart entry with her June 2018 debut set "Lush" failing to chart here, plus she had previously issued two EP's in 2015 and 2016. Last edited:
New Certifications: Singles; Shivers by Ed Sheeran ▲ (1st cert) Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran ▲3 (1st cert) Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) by CKay ● Levitating by Dua Lipa (feat. Madonna & Missy Elliott) (feat. DaBaby) ▲5 Woman by Doja Cat ▲ The Business by Tiësto ▲3 Visiting Hours by Ed Sheeran ● Astronaut in the Ocean by Masked Wolf ▲3 Perfect by Ed Sheeran ▲16 Fly Away by Tones and I ▲3 Body by Russ Millions & Tion Wayne ▲2
Albums; Planet Her by Doja Cat ● No.6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran ▲2 (was Gold)
*ARIA Chart info is based on sales for the week from the 5th to the 11th of November, 2021. Last edited:
I'm not sure if anyone is following it too closely (I haven't particularly), but does this Ed Sheeran album seem to be underperforming, or is it too early to make that call?
Compared to Divide and other pop artists, it seems like "=" didn't really album bomb the charts, in the key markets anyway. In Australia, only 3 songs in the charts right now (not including the three that dropped out this week), in the USA, he only managed to get one new song in the Hot 100 the week after the album was released (alongside to the two previous singles which were already there), even in the UK, on its second week in the charts, he only has 3 songs from the album in the singles chart (which are all in the top 4, which is still impressive), when I was expecting a lot more.
There could be many other reasons (stronger competition, marketing focused on specific songs etc.), but is the consensus among the industry that it has performed below expected standards so far?
I preface this by saying that I am 100% course correcting from bad predictions (at least someone has to admit it!) but I suppose a way to look at it is that "÷" was really the perfect storm in terms of being the follow up to a monster album, and having the one-two punch of literally the biggest hit of the decade accompanied by another still monster hit in its own right that did more than its fair share to promise greatness for a lot of people. That's also to say nothing of "Perfect" that was immediately identified as a clear monster that may well overtake "Shape Of You" some day (and "Galway Girl" was a huge hit as well).
But that's two albums removed now, since then Ed released a more divisive (hurr hurr) album which I imagine to a lot of people went against Ed's whole marketing gimmick of the down to earth guy with a guitar who's instead rubbing shoulders with 50 Cent & Cardi B. Lewis Capaldi probably siphoned a lot of his fanbase at the same time too for being more of what they wanted from him.
So he's on diminishing returns this cycle. "Bad Habits" is huge but in many respects has even less of his personality on display than the last album, where it could easily be a Mike Posner or Liam Payne song, and how many people were lining up to hear their latest albums? "Shivers" isn't much different but it's merely a top 5 resident rather than a dominator, and while I think "Visiting Hours" is a really lovely song, it also plummeted out of the chart so compared to "Castle On The Hill", hardly anyone actually heard it on a daily basis.
I guess the end result is that there just aren't as many people now who are champing at the bit to hear a new Ed Sheeran album. In a way it makes sense to me because if you compare him to the other artists who dominate the charts when their new projects arrive (Drake, Taylor Swift, Kanye West etc), these are releases that are highly scrutinised, discussed, acknowledged for better or for worse. The 'everyone's talking about it' FOMO can drive a lot of listeners, but Ed Sheeran is such a silent majority act that he's fighting uphill against that privilege and I guess this time he didn't have it.
In saying that, we could just as easily see it scoring belated viral hits akin to Pop Smoke or Doja Cat and have the album end up a big drawn out success in the long run.
ftr too in the UK, they have a rule that limits artists to only having 3 songs on the chart at any given point (which may well have been invented *because* of Ed in 2017), and I suspect if they didn't, he'd have his entire album in the UK top 50 that week. His lowest track on Spotify was only #52 there.
Ugh… Hijinx here’s a sock. So, so tired of reading every single thing on this site has your personal trail of thought in a long post that is to be taken as gospel.
I reframe from commenting years ago but stayed where as the chart lovers who consume and adore the official chart moved on.
Your posse has mostly disbanded but I’m sure a couple of them are on the sidelines… Waiting to defend you as my words about giving you a sock are really not required but I just wanted to type about it because it’s been on my mind for years.
Hopefully some media outlet will report on the first week sales of 'Voyage' (though i doubt it) I doubt it sold as much as it did in the UK where it sold over 200,000 copies (90% was reportedly physical sales) I don't know how good or not good it is as while i am a fan of their music i haven't listened to any of the songs released thus far deliberately. Quite surprised no Diana Ross debut in the top 50 albums
I mean, I'm a pretty shy person. I mostly only post if I feel like I have a take that isn't going to come from anyone else. I'd love it if more people could do the same but I suppose there really are people in this world who are shyer than me.
I'm sorry if my posts tend to run a little long. I'm autistic and a common trait of that is intense passion about the few things in the world I'm interested in, which can often mean rambling on & on completely oblivious to the fact that everyone else has lost interest. I don't try to ramble on but often times one thing leads to another and I feel like my post isn't complete without all of them, but I'd never intentionally pad out for filler, nor do I feel a sense of superiority if I have the longest post.
I'm used to people wishing I didn't exist, I just want to spread good vibes.
Off topic but funny you say you are autistic jinx. I saw your posts as quite analytical. Have slight autism myself which explains the obsession with chart positions. The music is a less interesting thing for me. It's like the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle just got put into place now =P ' Artists fade with longevity i tend to find and that just may be the case with sheeran.This is his..what? 4th? 5th album? Maybe for some the gloss is wearing off. Those who bought the album in it's first week did so and if it wasn't for the case of a 70's swedish band releasing a new album for the first time in nearly 40 years he'd probably have stayed at $1. Adele's album isn't out yet and i can't think of anything that could prevent sheeran returning to #1 EDIT : looking at the above list it'll probably be taylor swift
There are so many songs missing lately. From the latest Spotify weekly top 110, as far as I know (happy to be proven wrong on any), I don't think ARIA are tracking any of these:
Lost Frequencies & Calum Scott - Where Are You Now Wiz Khalifa & Empire Of The Sun - The Thrill bbno$ feat. Rich Brian - edamame Amaarae feat. Kali Uchis & Moliy - SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY [Remix] BoyWithUke - Toxic Russ feat. Capella Grey - Seduce Adele - When We Were Young Vance Joy - Riptide Gesaffelstein feat. The Weeknd - Lost In The Fire MKTO - Classic The Neighbourhood - Sweater Weather Julia Michaels feat. Niall Horan - What A Time Blxst feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga - Chosen Adele - Love In The Dark
I asked for a reason why Ed's album may be performing below his other albums, since I don't follow the charts as closely as I used to, and Hijinx gave me the answer with all the details I wanted to know. I don't really see what the problem is here.
Obviously, no-one is going to know everything, but since Hijinx knows more than me about this topic, I tend to enjoy this analytical approach. Honestly, I think a short answer on this occasion would have just left me with more questions.
Anyway, each to their own I suppose. Love ya jinxy