This Week In Pop – 11 March, 2020


Welcome to This Week In Pop.

This week, BTS hold the #1 album for a second week, closely followed by Five Finger Death Punch. Meanwhile The Weeknd is atop the Singles Chart again, Lady Gaga returns to the top ten, and Slowly Slowly make their top 50 debut.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: BTS ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ – BTS back up their debut at #1 with a second week in the top spot for 'Map Of The Soul: 7'. Since topping the ARIA Albums Chart last week, the album has hit #1 in over a dozen countries including the US, UK and New Zealand. That’s one week more than the Korean superstars’ first Australian #1 'Map Of The Soul: Persona', which spent one week at #1.
#2: Five Finger Death Punch ‘F8’ – American metal band Five Finger Death Punch score their highest peak on the ARIA Albums Chart with 'F8'. The eighth album from the five-piece comes two years on from 'And Justice For None' (#4 May ’18). Five Finger Death Punch’s previous highest peak was with 'Got Your Six' (#3 September ’15). 'F8' is the band’s first album to feature new drummer Charlie Engen.
#7: Slowly Slowly ‘Race Car Blues’ – Slowly Slowly make their ARIA Top 50 debut with 'Race Car Blues'. It’s the Melbourne pop punk band’s third studio album, coming two years on from 'St. Leonards', which peaked at #77 in May 2018. The 'Race Car Blues' track ‘Jellyfish’ was #57 in this year’s Triple J Hottest 100. The album is #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

This week's single chartifacts

#1: The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’ – The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ sits at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for a seventh straight week. He also appears in the chart with ‘After Hours’, the title track to the Canadian’s forthcoming fourth album, which is at #37 in its second week in the Top 50.
#7: Lady Gaga ‘Stupid Love’ – American star Lady Gaga takes out her first new entry on the Singles Chart in over a year with ‘Stupid Love’. It’s the first track to be released from her upcoming sixth studio album, 'Chromatica', which is set for release on 10 April. ‘Stupid Love’ becomes Lady Gaga’s 13th top ten single in Australia and the first since the multi-award-winning ‘Shallow’ (#1 October ’18). She first hit the top ten with ‘Just Dance’ (#1 September ’08).
#8: Doja Cat ‘Say So’ – In its sixth week in the Top 50, Doja Cat’s ‘Say So’ is the week’s biggest mover, climbing 13 spots to #8. It comes on the back of the release of the single’s music video. As well as being the first Top Ten entry in Australia for the American rapper, it’s also hit the Top Ten in Canada and New Zealand.

Top 10 Albums

1. 'Map Of The Soul: 7' – BTS
2. 'F8' – Five Finger Death Punch
3. 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' – Billie Eilish
4. 'Fine Line' – Harry Styles
5. 'The Slow Rush' – Tame Impala
6. 'Changes' – Justin Bieber
7. 'Race Car Blues' – Slowly Slowly
8. 'Music To Be Murdered By' – Eminem
9. 'Diamonds' – Elton John
10. 'Lover' – Taylor Swift

Top 10 Singles

1. 'Blinding Lights' – The Weeknd
2. 'Don't Start Now' – Dua Lipa
3. 'Intentions' – Justin Bieber featuring Quavo
4. 'Dance Monkey' – Tones And I
5. 'You Should Be Sad' – Halsey
6. 'The Box' – Roddy Ricch
7. 'Stupid Love' – Lady Gaga
8. 'Say So' – Doja Cat
9. 'Circles' – Post Malone
10. 'Adore You' – Harry Styles



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