This Week In Pop – 12 October 2021

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This week, Drake's album returns to #1 while The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber hit their 13th week atop the Singles Chart.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: Drake ‘Certified Lover Boy’ – After two weeks away from the #1 position, Drake’s 'Certified Lover Boy' returns to the top of the ARIA Albums Chart for a third week. It now sits alongside Scorpion (#1 Jul. ’18) as the Canadian rapper’s longest stay at the top of the chart.
#5: Taylor Swift ‘Fearless (Taylor's Version)’ – Following its release on vinyl 'Fearless (Taylor's Version)', the re-recording of Taylor Swift’s second album, returns to the chart at #5. When it was released in April of this year, it became the American singer-songwriter’s eighth #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. 'Fearless (Taylor's Version)' tops this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.
#6: Pond ‘9’ – Perth band Pond score their first ARIA Albums Chart Top Ten as they debut at #6 with '9'. The group’s aptly titled ninth studio album comes two years after 'Tasmania' (#15 March ’19), which held their previous peak, along with 'Man It Feels Like Space Again' (#15 February ’15). It’s their first self-produced album in over a decade.
#7: Client Liaison ‘Divine Intervention’ – Melbourne’s Client Liaison claim their first ARIA Albums Chart Top Ten at #7 as they return with 'Divine Intervention'. The second album from the duo comes five years on from their debut, 'Diplomatic Immunity' (#15 November ’16). It features collaborations with producers Nick Littlemore (Pnau) and Dann Hume, plus Eskimo Joe’s Joel Quartermain.

This week's single chartifacts

#1: The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber ‘Stay’ – Hitting 13 weeks at #1, The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber’s ‘Stay’ becomes equal third on the list of longest runs at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart. It joins Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ (#1 October ’95), Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ (#1 May ’17) and Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ (#1 April ’19). Only Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’ (15 weeks) and Tones and I’s ‘Dance Monkey’ (25 weeks) have spent more time at #1.
#8: CKay ‘Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)’ – Nigerian singer/songwriter CKay continues his rapid ascent of the Singles Chart, climbing a further five spots this week to hit #8. The track currently sits at #4 in both New Zealand and the UK.

Top 10 Albums

1. 'Certified Lover Boy' – Drake
2. 'SOUR' – Olivia Rodrigo
3. 'Planet Her' – Doja Cat
4. 'MONTERO' – Lil Nas X
5. 'Fearless (Taylor's Version)' – Taylor Swift
6. '9' – Pond
7. 'Divine Intervention' – Client Liaison
8. 'Future Nostalgia' – Dua Lipa
9. 'F*ck Love (Over You)' – The Kid Laroi
10. 'Happier Than Ever' – Billie Eilish

Top 10 Singles

1. 'Stay' – The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber
2. 'Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)' – Elton John & Dua Lipa
3. 'Bad Habits' – Ed Sheeran
4. 'Heat Waves' – Glass Animals
5. 'Shivers' – Ed Sheeran
6. 'Industry Baby' – Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow
7. 'That's What I Want' – Lil Nas X
8. 'Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)' – CKay
9. 'Happier Than Ever' – Billie Eilish
10. 'Good 4 U' – Olivia Rodrigo

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