This Week In Pop – 2 November 2021

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This week, Rüfüs Du Sol's new album heads straight to #1. Meanwhile, Adele holds the top single for another week and Elton John takes out his highest ARIA Album debut in almost 30 years.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: Rüfüs Du Sol ‘Surrender’ – Sydney dance trio Rüfüs Du Sol snare their third #1 album on the ARIA Charts as they debut in the top spot with 'Surrender'. The group’s fourth studio album comes three years on from 'Solace' (#2 October ’18). It features the single ‘Alive’, which has been nominated for Best Dance Release and Best Group at the 2021 ARIA Awards in partnership with YouTube Music. Rüfüs Du Sol previously hit #1 with the albums 'Atlas' (#1 August ’13) and 'Bloom' (#1 February ’16). Surrender becomes the 14th Australian #1 album on the ARIA Charts in 2021.
#2: Elton John ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ – Elton John takes out his highest ARIA Albums Charts debut in almost 30 years as he hits #2 with the collaborations project 'The Lockdown Sessions'. The legendary singer-songwriter’s first studio album 'Wonderful Crazy Night' (#11 February ’16) becomes his first Top Ten studio release since 'Songs From The West Coast' (#7 May ’02) and the highest debut by a studio album since 'The One' (#2 June ’92). 'The Lockdown Sessions' includes the single ‘Cold Heart’ (#2 October ’21), teaming him with Dua Lipa and Sydney trio Pnau. The album also features work with Gorillaz, Miley Cyrus, Years & Years, Brandi Carlile, Lil Nas X, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks, and many more.
#3: Lana Del Rey ‘Blue Bannisters’ – American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey takes out her seventh ARIA Top Ten album as she debuts at #3 with 'Blue Banisters'. It’s her second album for 2021, coming seven months on from 'Chemtrails Over The Country Club' (#2 March ’21). Announced the month after her previous album was released, 'Blue Bannisters' was originally slated for a 4 July release. Lana Del Rey first hit the Top Ten with 'Born To Die' (#1 February ’12).
#4: The Screaming Jets ‘All For One’ – 'All For One', the debut album from Newcastle rockers The Screaming Jets, re-enters the chart at #4 on the back of a reissue to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Released in April 1991, the album debuted at #3 before peaking at #2 the following week. It was later accredited 'Gold'. 'All For One' included the singles ‘Better’ (#4 April ’91), ‘Stop The World’ (#33 July ’91), and ‘Shine On’ (#36 September '91). It gives the band the #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

This week's single chartifacts

#1: Adele ‘Easy On Me’ – Adele holds the #1 spot on the ARIA Singles Chart for a second week with ‘Easy On Me’. Since topping last week’s chart, the comeback single has gone on to hit #1 around the world, including on charts in the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and across Europe. Of the British singer-songwriter’s previous two #1s, ‘Someone Like You’ (#1 June ’11) spent seven weeks at #1, ‘Hello’ (#1 November ’15) held the top spot for six weeks.
#8: Swedish House Mafia & The Weeknd ‘Moth To A Flame’ – The reunited Swedish House Mafia make their first ARIA Singles Chart entry in almost a decade as they team up with The Weeknd for ‘Moth To A Flame’. Splitting in 2013, the trio regrouped in 2018. The new track becomes their first chart entry since ‘Don't You Worry Child’ (#1 November ’12). It’s The Weeknd’s second Top Ten entry for 2021 after ‘Take My Breath’ (#9 August ’21).

Top 10 Albums

1. 'Surrender' – Rüfüs Du Sol
2. 'The Lockdown Sessions' – Elton John
3. 'Blue Banisters' – Lana Del
4. 'All For One' – The Screaming Jets
5. 'Planet Her' – Doja Cat
6. 'SOUR' – Olivia Rodrigo
7. 'Certified Lover Boy' – Drake
8. 'Music Of The Spheres' – Coldplay
9. '25' – Adele
10. 'Future Nostalgia' – Dua Lipa

Top 10 Singles

1. 'Easy On Me' – Adele
2. 'Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)' – Elton John & Dua Lipa
3. 'Stay' – The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber
4. 'Bad Habits' – Ed Sheeran
5. 'Shivers' – Ed Sheeran
6. 'Heat Waves' – Glass Animals
7. 'Industry Baby' – Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow
8. 'Moth To A Flame' – Swedish House Mafia & The Weeknd
9. 'Happier Than Ever' – Billie Eilish
10. 'That's What I Want' – Lil Nas X



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