This Week In Pop – 17 February 2021

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This week, The Foo Fighters score their eighth #1 album, The Weeknd sees a Superbowl chart bump and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Kate Ceberano lead the week's debuts.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: Foo Fighters ‘Medicine At Midnight’ – Returning with 'Medicine At Midnight', Foo Fighters take out their eighth Australian #1. The tenth studio album from the American rock veterans becomes their seventh straight to reach #1, joining U2, Taylor Swift and The 12th Man, who have achieved the same feat; only Eminem has had a longer run of #1 studio albums, wracking up nine in a row.
#2: The Weeknd ‘The Highlights’ – The Weeknd debuts at #2 with the career retrospective 'The Highlights'. The compilation’s release coincides with the Canadian star’s SuperBowl half time performance, which took place earlier in the week. 'The Highlights' includes tracks from the #1 albums 'Beauty Behind The Madness' (September ’15), 'Starboy' (December ’16) and 'After Hours' (March ’20), as well as material from various EPs and soundtracks.
#4: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets ‘Shyga! The Sunlight Mound’ – Perth’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets score their first ARIA Top Ten appearance as they hit the chart at #4 with 'Shyga! The Sunlight Mound'. The fourth album from the five-piece is their second to chart following 'And Now For The Whatchamacallit' (#31 June ’19).
#5: Kate Ceberano ‘Sweet Inspiration’ – Kate Ceberano returns to the ARIA Top Five for the first time since 'Nine Lime Avenue' (#4 May ’07) as she debuts at #5 with 'Sweet Inspiration'. The Australian music icon’s 28th career album is her first solo album since 'Kensal Road' (#23 August ’13), having collaborated with Steve Kilbey, Paul Grabowsky and more in the intervening years. It becomes Ceberano’s first Top Ten studio album since 'So Much Beauty' (#9 May ’08) and her seventh Top Ten overall. Kate Ceberano last charted with the compilation 'Anthology' (#9 May ’16).

This week's single chartifacts

#1: Olivia Rodrigo ‘Drivers License’ – For the fifth consecutive week, American singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo holds the #1 spot on the ARIA Singles Chart with ‘Drivers License’. The song remains on top of the charts in several countries like the UK and US.
#4: Tiësto ‘The Business’ – In its sixth week in the Top 50, Tiësto’s ‘The Business’ moves up four spots to hit a new peak at #4. It becomes the Dutch DJ/producer’s highest-charting single in Australia.
#7: The Weeknd ‘Save Your Tears’ – Climbing eleven spots to #7, ‘Save Your Tears’ becomes the third single from The Weeknd’s album After Hours (#1 Mar. ’20) to hit the Top Ten after ‘Heartless’ (#10 Dec. ’19) and ‘Blinding Lights’ (#1 Jan. ’20). ‘Blinding Lights’ remains in the ARIA Singles Chart at #13 and it topped the 2020 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart.

Top 10 Albums

1. 'Medicine At Midnight' – Foo Fighters
2. 'The Highlights' – The Weeknd
3. 'F*ck Love (Savage)' – The Kid Laroi
4. 'Shyga! The Sunlight Mound' – Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
5. 'Sweet Inspiration' – Kate Ceberano
6. 'Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon' – Pop Smoke
7. 'Fine Line' – Harry Styles
8. 'Evermore' – Taylor Swift
9. 'Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook' – Barry Gibb
10. 'Dangerous: The Double Album' – Morgan Wallen

Top 10 Singles

1. 'Drivers License' – Olivia Rodrigo
2. 'Heat Waves' – Glass Animals
3. 'Without You' – The Kid Laroi
4. 'The Business' – Tiesto
5. 'Mood' – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior
6. 'Levitating' – Dua Lipa
7. 'Save Your Tears' – The Weeknd
8. 'Fly Away' – Tones And I
9. 'Head & Heart' – Joel Corry & MNEK
10. 'Good Days' – SZA

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