This Week In Pop – 14 December, 2020

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Welcome to This Week In Pop.

This week, AC/DC make it four weeks at #1 on the Albums Chart. Christmas returns to the charts and there are debuts from Shawn Mendes, Arctic Monkeys and Yungblud.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: AC/DC ‘PWR/UP’ - AC/DC’s PWR/UP continues to win the ARIA Albums chart, holding the top spot for a fourth week. It is one of only two albums this year to spend more than three weeks at #1 (Taylor Swift’s 'folklore' has also made four weeks). This week the band announced a new single from this album – ‘Demon Fire’.
#2: Shawn Mendes ‘Wonder’ - Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes releases his fourth album 'Wonder'. It follows his self titled third album which hit #1 on the ARIA Charts in May 2018, and his first after topping the singles chart with 'Senorita', his smash hit with Camilla Cabello. Wonder includes a collaboration with fellow Canadian Justin Bieber.
#3: Taylor Swift ‘folklore’ - Taylor Swift returns to the top 3 on the back of the vinyl release of folklore (it tops this week's ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart) and a Disney Plus special. This week, Swift surprise-dropped the follow up album 'Evermore'. Swift’s 2019 album 'Lover' is at #47 this week.
#4: Arctic Monkeys ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ - The second live album from the British rock group captures a 2018 performance when the band was promoting their most recent album 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' (#1, May ‘18). This is their seventh top five ARIA album – with all six of their studio albums achieving the same feat.
#6: Yungblud ‘Weird!’ - English rocker Yungblud releases his second album, and the first to make the ARIA Albums Chart. 'Weird!' features many collaborators including Travis Barker and Machine Gun Kelly.
#7: Michael Buble ‘Christmas’ - It’s December, which means the return of Michael Bublé to the charts. This year sees a new edition of this holiday classic on vinyl. Christmas first hit #1 in 2011 and was last at the top in 2019.

This week's single chartifacts

#1: 24kGoldn Feat. Iann Dior ‘Mood’ - It’s a ninth week at #1 for ‘Mood’ in Australia, in a week where it also maintains its top spot on the US Billboard chart. This week saw the release of 24kGoldn’s follow up single ‘Coco’.
#4: Mariah Carey ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ - It’s the time of year for this festive classic to climb the charts, with a jump into the top five, up from last week’s #16. This year sees the song supported by the release of 'Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas', a special on Apple TV. There’s a slew of other Christmas classics climbing the charts this week, including Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ (#24), Michael Bublé’s ‘It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas’ (#28) and Ariana Grande’s ‘Santa Tell Me’ (#32).
#9 The Kid Laroi ‘Without You’ - Australian rapper The Kid Laroi scores his second top ten single with ‘Without You’. It’s taken from the newly released deluxe edition of his ARIA nominated debut 'F*ck Love (Savage)'. His last single, ‘So Done’, also remains in the top ten this week, sitting at #6.

Top 10 Albums

1. 'PWR/UP' – AC/DC
2. 'Wonder' – Shawn Mendes
3. 'Folklore' – Taylor Swift
4. 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall' – Arctic Monkeys
5. 'Plastic Hearts' – Miley Cyrus
6. 'Weird!' – Yungblud
7. 'Christmas' – Michael Buble
8. 'T.R.U.T.H.' – Guy Sebastian
9. 'F*ck Love (Savage)' – The Kid Laroi
10. 'Fine Line' – Harry Styles

Top 10 Singles

1. 'Mood' – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior
2. 'Positions' – Ariana Grande
3. 'Head & Heart' – Joel Corry, MNEK
4. 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' – Mariah Carey
5. 'Blinding Lights' – The Weeknd
6. 'Levitating' – Dua Lipa
7. 'So Done' – The Kid Laroi
8. 'Therefore I Am' – Billie Eilish
9. 'Without You' – The Kid Laroi
10. 'You Broke Me First' – Tate McRae



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