No change to the top of either singles or albums countdowns as part of this week’s ARIA Chart Watch.
Billie Eilish has seemingly settled in for a stay. But that doesn’t mean she wasn’t under threat from outside forces on both charts!
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As mentioned in the opener, it’s all steady atop the ARIA singles chart; Billie Eilish maintaining her lead over all others with her latest single ‘Bad Guy’.
But as also mentioned, she came under a very decent challenge this week from Lil Nas X with his track ‘Old Town Road’, which rockets from No.18 to No.2 in only its third week on the Aussie countdown.
Khalid’s ‘Talk’ lost its top ten berth last week (No.7 to No.11) with the power performance of so many Billie Eilish tracks. One week on, however, he’s back from No.11 to No.5.
Billie’s ‘Bury A Friend’ and ‘Wish You Were Gay’ drop from No.3 to No.8 and from No.5 to No.9 respectively.
Also on the up (in a big way) this week is the new Marshmello track ‘Here With Me’ (featuring Chvrches). Its previous chart peak was No.21, but it’s now bounded up a further eleven positions to snare a No.10 spot.
Sam Smith and Normani score the first certification of the week. Their collaboration ‘Dancing With A Stranger’ is now double platinum (sales in excess of 140,000 units) down under and is up two to No.12.
Khalid’s ‘My Bad’ bullets from No.30 to No.14; his ‘Better’ also soaring (No.40 to No.17).
Korean girl group Blackpink scores the down under love, debuting at No.18 with their single ‘Kill This Love’.
And Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’ continues to edge higher, improving another seven positions to a new peak of No.19.
There’s a No.20 debut for the Khalid and John Mayer track ‘Outta My Head’.
Ariana Grande’s ‘Monopoly’, meanwhile, rockets 68 places from last week’s No.89 debut to No.21.
Naturally, after last week’s inundation of Billie Eilish tracks in the wake of her new album’s release, some songs had to fall. One of them is ‘All The Good Girls Go To Hell’, which tumbles 17 places to No.25.
Mabel’s ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ is up (No.38 to No.28), Halsey scores a fifth platinum accreditation for her single ‘Without Me’ (yep, that’s 350,000 unit sales down under), while Billie Eilish’s ‘My Strange Addiction’ is down 21 places to No.33.
Good news for the boys from Hilltop Hoods, whose single ‘Exit Sign’ makes a move into positive territory, gaining nine places to No.34 (a new peak).
But more Billie Eilish drops for ‘You Should See Me In A Crown’ (down 20 to No.36) and ‘Xanny’ (down 28 to No.38).
With his new album out and about, the Khalid track ‘Saturday Nights’ gets a second breath; up 24 to No.41. His collaboration with Billie Eilish, ‘Lovely’, also up (No.56 to No.45).
It might not have packed the ‘Sucker’ punch of its predecessor, but the new Jonas Brothers track ‘Cool’ still makes its presence felt in the ARIA countdown; a debut at No.54.
Billie Eilish’s ‘I Love You’ tumbles 35 to No.55, while her ‘Ilomilo’ slumps 33 to No.56.
Alec Benjamin’s ‘Let Me Down Slowly’ has been hovering in the lower half of the countdown for the past 14 weeks, but this week climbs to a new peak of No.57. Though that’s only two places higher than its previous chart peak.
Also hitting a new peak this week is Amy Shark’s ‘Mess Her Up’ (No.70 to No.60). She’s ahead of a No.61 debut for Khalid’s ‘Don’t Pretend’.
The big Billie drops continue, with ‘Listen Before I Go’ losing 37 places to No.66. Her ‘8’ slides even further, down 41 spots to No.76.
New entries for Khalid’s ‘Bad Luck’ (No.80) and The Chainsmokers’ ‘Kills You Slowly’ (No.85). Khalid also scores a debut at No.90 for ‘Right Back’.
And the top 100 wraps this week with debuts in positions 96 and 97 for Why Don’t We & Macklemore’s ‘I Don’t Belong In This Club’ and Tom Walker’s ‘Just You And I’ respectively.
The Billie Eilish debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ continues to shine at No.1 on the ARIA albums chart this week, despite a challenge from a fellow US heavyweight.
Tracks from Khalid’s latest album ‘Free Spirit’ peppered the ARIA singles chart this week, but it wasn’t quite enough to get the album over the line on the albums chart; ‘Free Spirit’ making its debut at No.2.
The rest of the top ten is a mixture of familiar faces; from Dean Lewis to Queen to Ariana Grande (the other top five placegetters this week) to more Queen, some soundtracks and Hilltop Hoods.
Just beyond the top ten, Russell Morris scores a No.12 debut for his latest long player ‘Black And Blue Heart’.
There’s also some top 20 chart love for Brooks & Dunn’s new album ‘Reboot’ (new at No.15), while the Periphery album ‘Periphery IV : Hail Stan’ just misses the top 20 on debut, coming in at No.21.
Love too for the new Sara Bareilles album ‘Amidst The Chaos’, which premieres at No.25 (her highest charting Aussie album so far – by a long shot).
There’s also a No.29 debut for Pup’s ‘Morbid Stuff’.
Not great news for second week sales of I Prevail’s ‘Trauma’. Though it was shining brightly last week at No.6 on debut, it loses 30 places in week two.
Local pop purveyors I Know Leopard premiere at No.39 with their long player ‘Love Is A Landmine’.
No doubt thanks in part to the movie screening on TV last week, the ‘Moana’ soundtrack is back in the top 50, leaping 21 spots to No.46.
Matt Corby’s ‘Rainbow Valley’ is up 23 to No.66, but The Black Sorrows’ new album ‘Citizen John’ tanks in its second week, dropping 56 places to No.67.
There’s also a bit drop for the Motley Crue ‘Greatest Hits’ package (down 34 to No.82).
But show some empathy for Devin Townsend. His newbie ‘Empath’ premiered at No.10 just seven days ago, but finds itself a staggering 86 places lower in week two.
The 34 place drop for Florida Georgia Line’s album ‘Can’t Say I Ain’t Country’ from No.63 to No.97 pales in comparison.
Latest albums from Ben Platt, Yelawolf and Luke Dickens, which all debuted in the top 50 last week (at Nos.32, 34 and 49 respectively) have all gone from the top 100.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 5:00pm AEST.