This Week In Pop – 11 May 2021

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This week, Amy Shark scores her second #1 on the Albums Chart, while The Kid Laroi hits #1 on the Singles Chart. It's the first Australian double #1 in more than a year.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: Amy Shark ‘Cry Forever’ – Amy Shark scores her second #1 album on the ARIA Charts as she debuts in the top spot with 'Cry Forever'. The follow-up to 'Love Monster' (#1 July ’18) is the eight-time ARIA Award winner’s second album and includes collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban and Blink-182’s Travis Barker. 'Cry Forever' features the singles ‘Everybody Rise’ (#31 September ’20) and ‘Love Songs Ain’t For Us’ (#22 March ’21). It’s also #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.
#3: Gojira ‘Fortitude’ – French metal band Gojira crack the ARIA Top Ten for the first time with 'Fortitude'. Their seventh album comes five years on from 'Magma' (#11 June ’16) and marks the longest period between Gojira studio albums.
#5: Royal Blood ‘Typhoons’ – British rock duo Royal Blood return with their first album in four years, 'Typhoons'. The pair’s third album follows 'How Did We Get So Dark?' (#4 June ’17) and sees Queens Of The Stone Age front man Josh Homme take on production duties for three tracks. #7: DJ Khaled ‘Khaled Khaled’ – DJ Khaled assembles an all-star line-up for twelfth album, Khaled Khaled. Guests on the follow-up to Father Of Asahd (#7 May ’19) included Lil Wayne, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Post Malone, Cardi B, Nas, Jay-Z, Drake, Migos and Puff Daddy. It becomes the American producer’s fourth Top Ten album in Australia.
#10: Girl In Red ‘If I Could Make It Go Quiet’ – Norwegian artist Girl In Red makes her ARIA Charts debut on the back of her debut album, 'If I Could Make It Go Quiet'. Prior to the album, the singer-songwriter also known as Marie Ulven released two EPs: 2018’s 'Chapter 1' and 2019’s 'Chapter 2'.

This week's single chartifacts

#1: The Kid Laroi ‘Without You’ – In its 22nd week in the Top 50, ‘Without You’ by The Kid Laroi jumps up from #10 to hit #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for the first time. It becomes the Sydney rapper’s debut #1 single, having topped the Albums Chart for a week in February with 'F*ck Love (Savage)'. Previously peaking at #2 for five weeks, the ascent to the top of the chart by ‘Without You’ comes on the back of a remix which features American star Miley Cyrus. The Kid Laroi becomes the first Australian artist to hit #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart since January 2020, when Tones And I ended her 24-week-run in the top spot with ‘Dance Monkey’. The Kid Laroi was nominated for three ARIA Awards in 2020.
#2: Doja Cat Feat. SZA ‘Kiss Me More’ – Climbing from #5 in its fourth week in the chart, Doja Cat’s ‘Kiss Me More’ hits #2. It overtakes ‘Say So’ (#4 March ’20) as the American R&B star’s highest peak in Australia.
#3: Russ Millions & Tion Wayne ‘Body’ – British rappers Russ Millions and Tion Wayne jump 18 spots to hit #3 with their single ‘Body’ in its fifth week in the Top 50. In recent weeks, a remix of the track was released featuring Bugzy Malone, Fivio Foreign, Darkoo, Buni, ArrDee, E1 and ZT. To date it’s peaked at #4 in the UK.
#9: Billie Eilish ‘Your Power’ – Following the announcement and the title of her second album, Billie Eilish hits the Top Ten with ‘Your Power’. It’s the third single from the 'Happier Than Ever' album (due 30 July) following ‘My Future’ (#3 August ’20) and ‘Therefore I Am’ (#3 November ’20). It becomes the American singer-songwriter’s twelfth Top Ten single on the ARIA Charts.

Top 10 Albums

1. 'Cry Forever' – Amy Shark
2. 'Justice' – Justin Bieber
3. 'Fortitude' – Gojira
4. 'Future Nostalgia' – Dua Lipa
5. 'Typhoons' – Royal Blood
6. 'Fearless (Taylor's Version') – Taylor Swift
7. 'Khaled Khaled' – DJ Khaled
8. 'Fine Line' – Harry Styles
9. 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' – Billie Eilish
10. 'If I Could Make It Go Quiet' – Girl In Red

Top 10 Singles

1. 'Without You' – The Kid Laroi
2. 'Kiss Me More' – Doja Cat featuring SZA
3. 'Body' – Russ Millions & Tion Wayne
4. 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)' – Lil Nas X
5. 'Heat Waves' – Glass Animals
6. 'Peaches' – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar, Giveon
7. 'Save Your Tears' – The Weeknd
8. 'Astronaut In The Ocean' – Masked Wolf
9. 'Your Power' – Billie Eilish
10. 'Rapstar' – Polo G



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