This Week In Pop – 17 May, 2018

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This week, Parkway Drive hit the top of the Albums Chart and Drake is back at #1 with his single 'Nice For What'. Childish Gambino, Leon Bridges and Middle Kids all debut new work.

This week's album chartifacts:

#1: Parkway Drive ‘Reverence’ (Debut) – With their sixth studio album, Byron Bay metalcore band Parkway Drive have snared their second #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. 'Reverence' comes three years on from 'Ire' (#1 October ’15) and becomes their fifth entry in the ARIA Top Ten.
#8: Leon Bridges ‘Good Thing’ (Debut) – Leon Bridges grabs a second Top Ten album with 'Good Thing'. The American soul artist’s second studio album is the follow-up to 'Coming Home' (#8 June ’15). Bridges recently played a run of dates in Australia, including a performance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay.
#10: Middle Kids ‘Lost Friends’ (Debut) – Sydney indie rock trio Middle Kids crack the Top Ten on the ARIA Albums Chart for the first time with 'Lost Friends'. The group’s debut album hits just over a year since they made their first chart appearance with their self-titled EP (#26 February ’17).

This week's single chartifacts:

#1: Drake ‘Nice For What’ – After two weeks at #2, Drake’s ‘Nice For What’ returns to the top of the ARIA Singles Chart for a second week. So far in 2018, the Canadian rapper has topped 13 out of 20 ARIA Singles Charts.
#2: Post Malone ‘Better Now’ – Following his record-equalling efforts last week, American rapper Post Malone still has eleven tracks in the Top 50 this week. While most entries have moved down, ‘Better Now’ has moved up two to a new peak at #2.
#7: Childish Gambino ‘This Is America’ (Debut) – American actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, singer, songwriter and rapper Donald Glover picks up his first Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart under the Childish Gambino moniker with ‘This Is America’. It’s his second entry in the Top 50; ‘Redbone’ spent 21 weeks in the chart, peaking at #27 in August 2017.
#9: 5 Seconds Of Summer ‘Youngblood’ – Climbing up 15 spots, 5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Youngblood’ cracks the Top Ten for the first time. It’s the Sydney group’s fifth Top Ten single and first since ‘She’s Kinda Hot’ (#6 July ’15).

Top 10 Albums

1. 'Reverence' – Parkway Drive
2. 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' – Post Malone
3. 'The Greatest Showman' Soundtrack
4. 'Graffiti U' – Keith Urban
5. '÷' – Ed Sheeran
6. 'Solastalgia' – Missy Higgins
7. 'Kod' – J. Cole
8. 'Good Thing' – Leon Bridges
9. ‘Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow)’ – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
10. 'Lost Friends' – Middle Kids

Top 10 Singles

1. 'Nice For What' – Drake
2. 'Better Now' – Post Malone
3. 'No Tears Left To Cry' – Ariana Grande
4. 'One Kiss' – Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
5. 'Psycho' – Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign
6. 'Love Lies' – Khalid & Normani
7. 'This Is America'
8. 'Freaky Friday' – Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown
9. 'Youngblood' – 5 Seconds Of Summer
10. 'Call Out My Name' – The Weeknd

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