This week’s ARIA Chart Watch is really all about one woman. One woman who’s still very much at the top of her game.
That woman, of course, is Taylor Swift, who not only claims the No.1 album on debut, but peppers the ARIA singles chart with the tracks featured on it.
Want to know more? Read on below.
Welcome to edition #540 of ARIA Chart Watch!
She may not have claimed the No.1 spot on the ARIA singles chart this week (that honour still belongs to Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’, but Taylor Swift has exerted her dominance over the top 100 countdown.
No less than 13 of the tracks from her new album ‘Lover’ debut within this week’s ARIA top 50. But which ones? And where? More of that below.
But Australia’s own Tones And I continues to rule the roost on the ARIA singles chart with her smash hit ‘Dance Monkey’.
It still leads Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s ‘Señorita’, which is steady at No.2.
But this is where Taylor Swift’s singles chart journey kicks off this week. The title track from her new long player ‘Lover’ leaps from last week’s No.15 debut to a very impressive No.3.
Marshmello and Kane Brown are also up to a new peak this week; ‘One Thing Right’ edging two places higher to No.7.
After bulleting from No.15 to No.8 last week, Lil Tecca’s ‘Ransom’ slips back a couple of spots to No.10. But it’s made enough of a splash in its three weeks of ARIA top 100 action that it picks up a fresh gold sales certification (that would be 35,000 copies sold).
More Taylor action follows, with a ten place jump for her previous single ‘You Need To Calm Down’ (No.24 to No.14).
It didn’t quite go to the top, but the Ariana Grande/Social House single ‘Boyfriend’ scores a fresh new gold certification in position 15 (down four).
Debut number one for Taylor Swift this week; ‘The Man’ scores a No.17 debut.
After her touching VMAs performance of the track during the week, Miley Cyrus’ ‘Slide Away’ improves from its No.22 debut to No.18.
More Taylor Swift follows; debuts for ‘Cruel Summer’ (No.22), ‘I Forgot That You Existed’ (No.24) and ‘Paper Rings’ (No.29).
The boys from 5 Seconds Of Summer join the debut party, with a No.30 premiere for their latest single ‘Teeth’.
Another new entry for Taylor at No.32. This time it’s ‘Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince’ spending some time in the chart sun. A debut for ‘I Think He Knows’ (No.34) follows closely.
Normani’s ‘Motivation’ bullets 12 places from last week’s No.47 debut and even Taylor Swift’s ‘The Archer’, which dropped from No.66 to No.88 seven days ago, gets another breath of wind, bulleting 52 places to No.36.
There’s a Taylor Trio to kick off the 40s; ‘Cornelia Street’ at No.40 (new entry), ‘Me!’ at No.41 (up from No.70) and ‘London Boy’ at No.42 (new entry).
With all the attention on Taylor, former chart favourites take a tumble.
Like Illy’s ‘Then What’ (down nine to No.44), Katy Perry’s ‘Never Really Over’ (down 12 to No.45), 5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Easier’ (down 16 to No.46) and Shawn Mendes’ ‘If I Can’t Have You’ (down 13 to No.47).
Tay Tay’s back with her final top 50 debut of the week at No.48 (‘Death By A Thousand Cuts’).
Ed Sheeran’s ‘South Of The Border’ will soon be south of the top 50 line (down 14 to No.50).
Outside the top 50 this week, The Chainsmokers’ track ‘Takeaway’ tumbles 15 to No.52. Lil Nas X’s ‘Panini’ suffers the same drop, down from No.38 to No.53.
More Taylor Swift follows, with debuts for ‘Soon You’ll Get Better’ with the Dixie Chicks (No.54), ‘Afterglow’ (No.57) and ‘False God’ (No.59). In between them are a No.40 to No.56 drop for OneRepublic’s ‘Rescue Me’ and a No.42 to No.58 drop for Benny Blanco’s ‘Eastside’.
Jonas Brothers’ ‘Sucker’ is down 16, Dominic Fike’s ‘3 Nights’ drops 15 and Khalid’s ‘Talk’ also tumbles 16.
In amongst it all, Brockhampton premiere at No.65 with ‘No Halo’.
Ruel’s ‘Painkiller’ drops 16 (No.50 to No.66), but Katy Perry’s ‘Small Talk’ doesn’t seem to be very effective. It’s down 22 places to No.67.
Young Thug’s ‘The London’ is down 20, Taylor Swift’s ‘Daylight’ illuminates the No.70 position on debut and she’s back again at No.72 with a premiere for ‘It’s Nice To Have A Friend’.
As a result of so many new Taylor Swift entries, there are more large tumbles.
Andy Grammer’s ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’ down 19 to No.74. Dean Lewis’s ‘Be Alright’ down 18 to No.76. The Chainsmokers’ ‘Call You Mine’ down a huge 26 places to No.79.
But Jorja Smith and Buma Boy debut in the middle of them all at No.77.
Marshmello and Bastille’s ‘Happier’ is down 20 to No.81. Amy Shark’s ‘Mess Her Up’ is down 21 to No.83. Ed Sheeran and Travis Scott’s ‘Antisocial’ is down a massive 32 to No.84. Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ tumbles 23 to No.95.
And Avicii and Aloe Blacc’s ‘SOS’ plunges 28 places to No.96.
BUT Brockhampton score just one more debut in the top 100. They give a little bit of ‘Sugar’ to the No.98 position.
Two tracks disappearing from this week’s ARIA top 100 have scored new certifications on their exit.
They are The Chainsmokers’ single ‘Who Do You Love’ with 5 Seconds Of Summer (now double platinum – 140,000 copies) and Tyler The Creator’s ‘Earfquake’ (now gold accredited).
So many chart positions over on singles side of the draw. 13 positions in the ARIA top 50, 18 in total in the ARIA top 100.
So it goes without saying that Taylor Swift debuts at No.1 on the ARIA albums chart with her seventh studio album ‘Lover’.
It’s Taylor’s fifth successive album to claim the No.1 spot down under; a stretch dating back to her 2010 album ‘Speak Now’.
In debuting in top spot, she knocks another superstar from the throne. That superstar, Ed Sheeran, will take some consolation, however, because his album ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ scores a fresh new gold certification, meaning it’s sold more than 35,000 copies in its seven weeks on the ARIA countdown.
US outfit Brockhampton score a very decent No.3 debut with their fifth album ‘Ginger’, ahead of Billie Eilish and Slipknot (Nos.4 and 5).
New entries straddle the top ten this week; Tropical Fuck Storm’s ‘Braindrops’ is new at No.10 and Waax’s ‘Big Grief’ enters the ARIA countdown at No.11.
The soundtrack to ‘The Lion King’ slips eight to No.17, but otherwise the top 20 is relatively steady.
Winterbourne score the ARIA chart love with their latest ‘Echo Of Youth’ (new at No.24). But King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s ‘Infest The Rats’ Nest’, which debuted at No.2 last week, is already gone from the top 20, slipping to No.25 in week two.
Also gone from the top ten (and how) is the Killswitch Engage album ‘Atonement’. New at No.4 last weekend, it’s down a huge 25 places to No.29.
The release of the new Taylor Swift album has had a halo effect on its predecessor ‘Reputation’, which leaps 11 places to No.30.
Debuts follow for Dan Mullins’ ‘Duende’ (No.35) and Young Thug’s ‘So Much Fun’ (No.36).
And there’s another at No.49 for Knocked Loose’s ‘A Different Shade Of Blue’.
A good lift for the soundtrack to ‘Rocketman’, which blasts 27 places higher to No.53.
But a decent drop for Bazzi’s ‘Soul Searching’, which is down from No.36 to No.61.
City Calm Down’s ‘Television’ switches on its chart journey in the No.63 position.
The Cold Chisel best-of is back into the countdown at No.64 and, thanks to her VMAs performance, Lizzo’s ‘Cuz I Love You’ climbs 32 places to No.65.
But ‘Life’ is over for Conrad Sewell. The album was shining brightly just outside last week’s top ten. Seven days on, it’s a massive 55 places lower at No.66.
The ‘Descendants 3’ soundtrack descends 32 places to No.69. But Midland’s ‘Let It Roll’ is new at No.72.
‘Aenima’ from Tool plunges 38 to No.82 and Seeker Lover Keeper’s ‘Wild Seeds’ have seemingly been sewn inside the top 100 for the last time, slumping another 38 places to No.96.
Sleater-Kinney’s album ‘The Center Won’t Hold’, which debuted at No.34 last week, has gone altogether 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.