* New Albums coming this week from Madonna (GH3), Stan Walker, Steps (GH), McAlister Kemp, The Chats, Demi Lovato, Hot Chip, Aitch, I Prevail, Cass McCombs, Panic! At the Disco, Ben Lee, Silversun Pickups, Five Finger Death Punch, Walter Trout, Royksopp, TISM (GH). Last edited:
Harry Styles returns to the No.1 singles slot this week with "As it Was", it's third run at the top in Australia.
"As it Was" is now logging it's eighth overall week at No.1 in Australia, while the song remains at the singles-summit in Canada for a 16th week, plus Harry's latest album "Harry's House" also regains the top of the Albums Chart this week, it too scoring an eighth week at No.1, and Harry's track also logs it's 20th week within the Top 10 (and Top 3), the equal 17th longest.
Harry's long-running No.1 first spent a single week at the top on April 11th, before regaining the top spot on May 2nd for a further six weeks, and now eleven weeks later "As it Was" is again at No.1, and of the 34 weeks of the year that have been so far, this is now the 27th week where an English act has held the No.1 slot for this year, which is the most since 2017, with a list below showing the previous years and weeks where an English act held the top spot... 19 weeks in 2021 NO weeks in 2020 1 week in 2019 10 weeks in 2018 21 weeks in 2017 (thanks to Ed Sheeran)
Harry's return also becomes the fourth longest gap between No.1 returns for this decade, as Mariah's annual end-of-year seasonal song is the leader with 53 weeks, followed by "Heat Waves" for Glass Animals at 48 weeks, "Stay" for The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber with 14 weeks and now Harry's "As it Was" with a gap between previous and current No.1 spots being 11 weeks. Harry Styles also moves up the listing for 'Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Singles (1940 to 2022)' to now equal 72nd alongside The Bee Gees, George Harrison, John Lennon, Richard Marx, Queen, Helen Reddy and Savage Garden who've all previously racked up nine weeks from two No.1's in the past.
Swapping places with Harry is the song which has kept "As it Was" in the No.2 or No.3 spot for the past eleven weeks, Kate Bush and "Running Up That Hill ( A Deal with God)", which drops back down to No.2 are nine broken weeks as the No.1 song in Australia, after which is a non-moving peak at No.3 for Steve Lacy and his "Bad Habit" track, a second week at that peak and it matches it's position in New Zealand this week (after peaking at No.2 last week).
The highest new entry for the week comes in at No.4, "Super Freaky Girl" for Nicki Minaj, the first track from a forthcoming fifth studio album (no date or title known as yet), which would be her first album in over four years (Aug 10, 2018 was her last issued album). The song heavily samples the Rick James classic "Super Freak" (HP-26, peaked late April 1982), which would later be used in MC Hammer's first hit "U Can't Touch This" (No.1 for 5 weeks from July 22nd, 1990). Australia is (so far) the country which has placed this track the highest, with the song also entering at No.5 in New Zealand and it's next highest entry spots are in Ireland (No.14) and England (No.15), plus this new entry for Nicki becomes her twelfth Top 10 in Australia, as she was last within the ten on the 6ix9ine track "Fefe" (HP-8, August 6th, 2018).
With Harry's track cracking 20 weeks within the Top 10 this week, it's now a quarter of the lead tracks 'Longest Running Top 10 Entry' for the Glass Animals song "Heat Waves", as that single holds at No.5 for a third week, logging it's 80th overall week within the Top 10. Dropping two places to No.6 is the OneRepublic single "I Ain't Worried", which holds for a second week at No.1 in New Zealand (still it's only worldwide No.1 slot).
Swapping places are "About Damn Time" for Lizzo and "Doja" for Central Cee, with Lizzo rising one spot to No.7 and C'Cee's song dips a place to No.8, after which are the third and fourth non-movers within the Top 10, as Joji holds at No.9 with "Glimpse of Us" (same spot in NZ this week) and "I Like You (A Happier Song)" for Post Malone and Doja Cat at No.10, a third week in that position.
UP: Nicky Youre and dazy have so far landed within the Top 10 in their home country of The U.S.A (No.8) and Canada (No.3), while Australia could be it's third Top 10 location next week, as their track "Sunroof" jumps up four places to score a new peak at No.11 in it's eleventh week within the Top 100 (10th within the T50), while the two other Top 20 tracks which score new chart heights this week are "Under the Influence" for Chris Brown (newly Gold (●) in sales), and "SNAP'' for Rosa Linn, which both climb a single place each to new peaks of No.19 and No.20 respectively.
Kid LAROI's "Thousand Miles" rises back up two spots to No.25, followed by another Aussie act in Amy Shark whose teaming with R3HAB on "Sway My Way" moves up to a new peak of No.26 this week. Another overseas/local teaming which moves up this week is the Mac Miller and The Temper Trap song "Love Lost", moving up five spots to a new peak of No.34. Two of the four Top 50 entries for The Weeknd rise up this week, both of them from the last decade, with his recent new entry for the 2017 song "Die for You" moving up to a new peak of No.38, while his 2016 album-titled track "Starboy" with Daft Punk jumps back up seven places this week to sit at No.50.
After leaping into the Top 50 last week to No.49, this week the second Marshmello and Khalid collaboration "Numb" jumps into the Top 40, rising nine places to land at No.40, while further Top 50 returned tracks are "Someone You Loved" for Lewis Capaldi (53 to No.42) and "Left and Right" for Charlie Puth and Jung Kook (51 to No.45). J. Cole's long-running low-charting entry "No Role Modelz '' regains it's former No.43 peak for a third time, moving back up a couple of places this week, having previously peaked here on July 25th and August 1st, 2022.
The current No.1 song in England for the past seven weeks has been the dance track for Scottish production duo LF System (Conor Larkman and Sean Finnigan) called "Afraid to Feel", which this week has jumped forty-three spots to land at No.49 locally, with this their second ever issued single and first chart entry, which samples the 1979 Silk song "I Can't Stop (Turning You On)", with the new remix using the original Silk lead singer Debra Henry's vocals.
FURTHER NON-MOVERS: Apart from the four stable tracks within the Top 10 this week, there are a further seven non-moving songs this week too. At a fourth consecutive week of not-moving is "Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)" for Elton John and Dua Lipa at No.14, while for a third straight week Ed Sheeran has not moved from No.17 with "Bad Habits" and "Shivers" at No.18, while a third-three-week-holder is another Dua Lipa track in "Levitating" at No.32. "Wait for U" for Future and Drake remains at No.33, Olivia Rodrigo's "Good 4 U" is stable at No.46 and Ed's third rooted-in-place track is his duet with Camila Cabello at No.48 with "Bam Bam".
DOWN: After two further weeks within the Top 10 at a peak of No.6, the current U.S. No.1 single for Beyoncé (2nd week) with "Break My Soul" (HP-6x2, WI10-4a) drops down seven places to No.13, but the song does pick up it's first sales certification of Gold (●) in sales this week. The other Top 20 dropping track is Jack Harlow's "First Class", which moves down four places to land at No.16.
Drake has two songs within the Top 30 this week, as he dips two places to No.21 with "Jimmy Cooks", which after eight weeks within the Top 20 is now leaving the twenty-region for the first time, while his new entry from last week as a guest on the DJ Khaled track "Staying Alive" is down eight places this week to No.24.
Latto's "Big Energy" falls five places to No.31, with the next major decline being the Imagine Dragons track "Enemy", down four places to No.41, while Lil' Nas X's "Industry Baby" also has a five place slump to No.47, while last week's No.31 entry for Benny Blanco with BTS and Snoop Dogg with "Bad Decisions" has left the Top 50 this week.
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After two weeks away from the top spot, "Harry's House" for Harry Styles returns for an eighth week at No.1 in Australia.
"Harry's House" (No.5 vinyl) also matches a return to the No.1 Singles spot for the album's lead release "As it Was", also for an eighth week at the singles-summit, while Harry's two place climb back to No.1 becomes his third overall run at the top after three initial weeks from May 30th, then a further four weeks from July 11th, giving the album this week it's eighth stay at the top of the ARIA Album Charts, the first album since Dua Lipa's "Future Nostalgia" took a third run at the top on April 25th of this year.
This is now the seventh week in a row that a 'Columbia/Sony' artist has held the No.1 spot in Australia, shared between five Harry week's and two for Beyoncé (August 8th and 15th). Harry also racks up his twelfth overall week at No.1 from his three solo releases, making him now outright 51st on the listing for 'Accumulated Weeks at No.1: Albums (1965 to 2022)' just behind Billy Joel and Pink Floyd (12 weeks from 4 No.1 LPs). Plus Harry has now racked up ten weeks at No.1 during this decade, placing him just behind Taylor Swift's 10 weeks from four No.1 Albums.
The new No.1 Album in New Zealand this week for the first time in it's 80 week chart history (both here and there) is The Weeknd collection "The Highlights", which in Australia has risen back to it's former peak of No.2 (from No.4 LW), having previously debuted there on February 15th, 2021 and then re-peaked for a second time at the start of August (1st), after which is the second of three best-of set's within the Top 10 this week, dipping one spot after two weeks at No.2 is the Eminem set "Curtain Call 2" to No.3, while his first collection "Curtain Call: The Hits" is back up three places to land at No.10, scoring it's tenth overall week within the Top 10, plus it's first appearance within the Top 10 since it's initial nine weeks upon entry from December 2005 to early February of 2006.
After two weeks at No.1 the Beyoncé album "Renaissance (Act 1)" falls three spots to No.4, while it retains a second week at the top in Canada this week, after which are only climbing albums, as "SOUR" for Olivia Rodrigo is back up two spots to No.5, Ed Sheeran's "= (equals)" is up three to No.6, just-finished-tourists Spacey Jane see their eight week old former No.1 Album "Here Comes Everybody" (No.4 vinyl) fly back up eight places to land at No.7, while their previous set "Sunlight" is the No.6 selling vinyl album this week, and lastly Doja Cat's "Planet Her" climbs back up one spot to No.9.
The highest new entry this week is the third live album for local country artist Troy Cassar-Daley called "50 Songs 50 Towns", which comes in at No.8 this week, becoming his seventh Top 10 Album in Australia, made up of five studio albums, one compilation and now one live set. Troy has now had a Top 10 Album peak at No.2, No.3, No.4, No.5, No.7, No.8 and No.9, yet to have a No.1 or No.6; and this album follows on from 2021's No.3 set "The World Today".
UP: Regaining their former peaks within the Top 20 are the Maroon 5 "Singles Collection", back up three to No.14 for a fifth time, while the XXXTentacion doco soundtrack "Look at Me: The Album" rebounds three spots to it's four-time No.15 peak, after which is a four place rise to No.16 for Dua Lipa's "Future Nostalgia" and Elton's "Diamonds" set is back up two to No.17 after further local shows were added to his farewell tour.
Ed Sheeran's second (and final) Top 50 entry also rises back up this week, as "÷ (divide)" jumps six places to No.21, followed by the late-December '22 to mid-January '23 touring act The Arctic Monkeys who leap ten places to land at No.22 with their "AM" set (No.17 vinyl), after which Pop Smoke's "Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon" has a six place rise to No.29.
After falling to it's lowest spot last week, the Justin Bieber "Justice" album rebounds nine places this week to No.32, while Luke Combs' first two sets rise and sit back-to-back again this week with 'What' up two to No.34 and 'One' moving back up three to No.35. Local act Gang of Youths have the No.2 selling vinyl album this week with their recent release "angel in realtime", which helps the album to leap back up thirty-three places to No.41, with two further albums rising back into the Top 50 being "The Very Best" for INXS (64 to No.45, last week it achieved a record 10 accumulated years within the Top 100, 520 weeks) and "Live in Buenos Aires" by Coldplay (52 to No.46, last week it racked up 3 accumulated years within the Top 100).
DOWN: The first of three albums leaving the Top 10 this week are Olivia Newton-John's "Hopelessly Devoted: The Hits" (HP-5, WI10-1), down eight to No.13, possibly helped by further Olivia tributes last week on TV and in media, while she also scored two Top 100 Singles chart returns last week in "Hopelessly Devoted to You" (No.54) and "You're the One That I Want" (No.76), plus two further album returns for the 'Xanadu' soundtrack (No.79) and her 1981 album "Physical" (No.89). The 'Grease' soundtrack which returned to the Top 10 at No.8 last week is down nineteen places this week to No.27, while the self-titled King Stingray album has fallen forty-four places to land at No.50.
The soundtrack for 'ELVIS' falls a further ten places this week to No.24 (4-14-24), after which Taylor Swift's "1989" drops five places to No.26. Tyler's "Igor" dips one spot to No.30 thanks it's No.3 vinyl chart spot, while Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" (No.17 vinyl) set falls out of the Top 30 for the first time in 2022, down five places to No.31 (Dec 13, 2021 it was sitting at No.35).
Drake is down six places to No.37 with his latest album "Honestly, Nevermind", while his "Scorpion" set is racking up it's fourth (accumulated) year within the Top 100 this week (208 weeks). The 'Stranger Things Season 4' soundtrack is the last declining album for the week, down two places to No.44, while last week's "Purple Hearts' soundtrack departs from No.28 and the new Calvin Harris set leaves the Top 50 from last week's entry at No.30.
FURTHER NEW ENTRIES: * #8 (Live#3) - 50 Songs 50 Towns by Troy Cassar-Daley (ABC Music)
* #20 (LP#2) - At Least I'm Free by Waax (Dew Process) is the second album for the Australia band from Brisbane, whose first release "Big Grief" debuted and peaked at No.11 on September 2nd, 2019.
* #28 (EP#3) - Meanjin (EP) by Thelma Plum (Warner Australia) is the third EP and now second entry for the fellow-Brisbane artist who saw her debut album "Better in Blak" debut and peak at No.4 on July 22nd, 2019, logging 38 weeks within the Top 100, it's last chart appearance being in the last week of 2020 (Dec. 28th).
* #49 (LP#) - Deceivers by Arch Enemy (Savage Messiah/Century Media) is the eleventh studio album for the Swedish death-metal act, and now their second Top 50 entry locally, as their last album from just-under five years ago "Will to Power" (HP-26, Sept. 18th, 2017) was their first. Last edited: