This Week In Pop – 26 June, 2019

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This week, Bruce Springsteen heads to top spot of the Albums Chart, and there are debuts from Madonna, Hayden James, and Taylor Swift.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: Bruce Springsteen ‘Western Stars’ (Debut) – Bruce Springsteen scores his fourth #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with 'Western Stars'. The legendary American singer-songwriter’s 19th studio album is his first release since 'Springsteen On Broadway' (#6 December ’18) and first studio album since 'High Hopes' (#1 January ’14). Springsteen has also hit #1 with 'Born In The U.S.A.'(#1 October ’84) and 'Greatest Hits' (#1 March ’95).
#2: Madonna ‘Madame X’ (Debut) – Pop icon Madonna takes out her 20th Top Ten on the ARIA Albums Chart with 'Madame X'. The 14th studio album by the American artist comes four years on from 'Rebel Heart' (#1 March ’15) and includes guest appearances by Quavo and Swae Lee, among others. Madonna has had eleven #1s on the ARIA Albums Chart during her career.
#9: Hayden James ‘Between Us’ (Debut) – Sydney producer Hayden James makes his first Albums Chart appearance with debut LP, 'Between Us'. The release comes six years on from James’ debut self-titled EP and features the singles ‘Numb’ (#48 February ’18) and ‘Just Friends’ (#26 June ’18).

This week's single chartifacts

#1: Lil Nas X ‘Old Town Road’ – Lil Nas X sits at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for a ninth week with ‘Old Town Road’. This week, the American rapper has released his debut EP, 7.
#3: Taylor Swift ‘You Need To Calm Down’ (Debut) – Taylor Swift picks up a 17th Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart with ‘You Need To Calm Down’. The track is the second released from 'Lover', Swift’s forthcoming seventh album, following on from ‘Me!’ (#2 May ’19).
#7: Chris Brown Feat. Drake ‘No Guidance’ – In its second week on the chart, ‘No Guidance’ by Chris Brown has jumped ten spots to crack the Top Ten at #7. It becomes Brown’s twelfth Top Ten on the ARIA Singles Chart.

Top 10 Albums

 1.    'Western Stars' – Bruce Springsteen
 2.    'Madame X' – Madonna
 3.    'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' – Billie Eilish
 4.    'Diamonds' – Elton John
 5.    'Hurts 2B Human' – P!nk
 6.    'My Criminal Record' – Jimmy Barnes
 7.    'Free Spirit' – Khalid
 8.    'Aladdin' Soundtrack
 9.    'Between Us' – Hayden James
 10.  'Rocketman' Soundtrack

Top 10 Singles

 1.    'Old Town Road' – Lil Nas X
 2.    'I Don't Care' – Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
 3.    'You Need To Calm Down' – Taylor Swift
 4.    'Bad Guy' – Billie Eilish
 5.    'Someone You Loved' – Lewis Capaldi
 6.    'Cross Me' – Ed Sheeran featuring Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock
 7.    'No Guidance' – Chris Brown featuring Drake
 8.    'If I Can't Have You' – Shawn Mendes
 9.    'Never Really Over' – Katy Perry
 10.  'Sucker' – Jonas Brothers

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