This Week In Pop – 29 August, 2017

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This week, the Albums Chart is filled with debuts with Gang Of Youths on top. P!nk holds #1 on the Singles Chart with 'What About Us'.

This week's album chartifacts:

#1: Gang Of Youths ‘Go Farther In Lightness’ (debut) – Sydney’s Gang Of Youths score their debut #1 on the ARIA Charts with 'Go Farther In Lightness'. The band’s second album comes just over two years on from 'The Positions' (#5 April ’15). In between albums, the five-piece released the EP 'Let Me Be Clear' (#2 August ’16). 'Go Farther In Lightness' is the seventh Australian #1 album on the ARIA Charts in 2017.
#4: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard ‘Sketches Of Brunswick East’ (debut) – Melbourne’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard release their third studio album of 2017, 'Sketches Of Brunswick East'. A collaboration with Californian artist Alex Brettin (aka Mild High Club), it’s the follow-up to 'Murder Of The Universe' (#3 July ’17) and 'Flying Microtonal Banana' (#2 March ’17). King Gizzard & The Lizard plan on releasing two more albums before the end of the year.
#5: Thy Art Is Murder ‘Dear Desolation’ (debut) – With their fourth studio album, deathcore band Thy Art Is Murder hit the top ten on the ARIA Albums Chart for a second time. Dear Desolation is the Sydney band’s follow-up to Holy War (#7 July ’15) and is their new chart peak. In 2016, they also charted with the split EP with American bands The Acacia Strain and Fit For An Autopsy, The Depressions Sessions (#38 August ’16).
#6: Brand New ‘Science Fiction’ (debut) – The fifth studio album for Brand New gives the New Jersey band their first top ten on the ARIA Albums Chart. 'Science Fiction' is the band’s first album since 'Daisy' (#40 October ’09) eight years ago.
#8: Neck Deep ‘The Peace And The Panic’ (debut) – Welsh pop-punk band Neck Deep crack the top ten for the first time with third album 'The Peace And The Panic'. It’s the group’s second album to chart in the top 50, following on from second album 'Life's Not Out To Get You' (#28 August ’15).

This week's single chartifacts:

#1: P!nk ‘What About Us’ – P!nk holds the top spot on the ARIA Singles Chart for a second week with her ninth #1 single ‘What About Us’.
#2: Justin Bieber & BloodPop® ‘Friends’ (debut) – Justin Bieber returns to the top entry as a lead artist for the first time since 2015 with ‘Friends’. Bieber’s eighth top ten single as a lead artist is a collaboration with American producer/songwriter BloodPop®. BloodPop® previously collaborated with Bieber on several songs on the album 'Purpose' (#1 November ’15), including ‘Sorry’ (#2 November ’15).
#10: Dua Lipa ‘New Rules’ – After jumping five spots last week, ‘New Rules’ has moved up a further five spots this week to become Dua Lipa’s second top ten on the ARIA Singles Chart. She first hit the top ten with ‘Be The One’ (#6 May ’16).

Top 10 Albums

1. 'Go Farther In Lightness' – Gang Of Youths
2. 'Life Is Fine' – Paul Kelly
3. '÷' – Ed Sheeran
4. 'Sketches Of Brunswick East' – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
5. 'Dear Desolation' – Thy Art Is Murder
6. 'Science Fiction' – Brand New
7. 'Rainbow' – Kesha
8. 'The Peace And The Panic' – Neck Deep
9. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2' Soundtrack
10. 'Moana' Soundtrack

Top 10 Singles

1. 'What About Us' – P!nk
2. 'Friends' – Justin Bieber & BloodPop®
3. 'Glorious' – Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey
4. 'Thunder' – Imagine Dragons
5. 'Despacito' – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
6. 'Feels' – Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean
7. 'Unforgettable' – French Montana featuring Swae Lee
8. 'Strip That Down' – Liam Payne
9. 'Praying' – Kesha
10. 'New Rules' – Dua Lipa

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