Welcome to This Week In Pop.
This week, Dune Rats become the first Australian #1 on the Albums Chart in 2020. ChillinIt debuts at #2 while The Weeknd is at #1 on the Singles Chart for a third week. Louis Tomlinson reaches the top ten with album 'Walls'.
This week's album chartifacts
#1: Dune Rats ‘Hurry Up And Wait’ – Brisbane’s Dune Rats become the first Australian act to hit #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in 2020 as they notch up their second #1 album with 'Hurry Up And Wait'. The garage punk trio’s third LP comes three years on from their first #1, 'The Kids Know It’s Bullsh.t' (#1 February ’17). The single ‘No Plans’ snuck into the Triple J Hottest 100 at #100. The live circuit favourites will be touring nationally in February/March in support of the album.
#2: Chillinit ‘The Octagon’ – Chillinit picks up his first appearance in the ARIA Top Ten with 'The Octagon'. The Sydney rapper’s second album follows on from his 2018 debut 'Women Weed & Wordplay' (#18 November ’19).
#6: Louis Tomlinson ‘Walls’ – Former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson releases his debut solo album 'Walls'. The album comes four years on from Tomlinson’s former group entering a hiatus. He becomes the last One Direction member to release a solo album. Tomlinson previously made his Singles Chart debut with ‘Back To You’ (#11 August ’17).
This week's single chartifacts
#1: The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’ – ‘Blinding Lights’ by Canadian artist The Weeknd holds the top spot on the ARIA Singles Chart for a third straight week. The track has also gone to #1 in multiple European markets including Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.
#2: Dua Lipa ‘Don’t Start Now’ – Following the announcement of her second album, 'Future Nostalgia' (set for release in April), Dua Lipa jumps back up to #2 with ‘Don’t Start Now’. It previously hit #2 for two weeks in December 2019, shortly after her appearance at the 2019 ARIA Awards, and again for another two weeks in January of this year. A new Dua Lipa single, ‘Physical’, debuts this week at #30.
#8: Halsey ‘You Should Be Sad’ – Jumping seven spots to #8, Halsey’s ‘You Should Be Sad’ becomes the American singer-songwriter’s second solo appearance in the Top Ten. She first hit the Top Ten with ‘Without Me’ (#2 December ’18).
#9: Lewis Capaldi ‘Before You Go’ – Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi claims his second Top Ten entry with ‘Before You Go’. The single moves up five spots to claim the new peak in its eleventh week in the chart. Capaldi first hit the Top Ten with ‘Someone You Loved’ which spent 20 weeks in the Top Ten, peaking at #4 for three straight weeks in June 2019.
Top 10 Albums
1. 'Hurry Up And Wait' – Dune Rats
2. 'The Octagon' – ChillinIt
3. 'Music To Be Murdered By' – Eminem
4. 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' – Billie Eilish
5. 'Fine Line' – Harry Styles
6. 'Walls' – Louis Tomlinson
7. 'Lover' – Taylor Swift
8. 'Hollywood's Bleeding' – Post Malone
9. 'Manic' – Halsey
10. 'No.6 Collaborations Project' – Ed Sheeran
Top 10 Singles
1. 'Blinding Lights' – The Weeknd
2. 'Don't Start Now' – Dua Lipa
3. 'Dance Monkey' – Tones And I
4. 'The Box' – Roddy Ricch
5. 'Godzilla' – Eminem featuring Juice WRLD
6. 'Bad Guy' – Billie Eilish
7. 'Circles' – Post Malone
8. 'You Should Be Sad' – Halsey
9. 'Before You Go' – Lewis Capaldi
10. 'Everything I Wanted' – Billie Eilish