This Week In Pop – 29 September 2021

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This week, Lil Nas X hits #1 with his album 'MONTERO', while it's week 11 for The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber's 'Stay'.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: Lil Nas X ‘MONTERO’ – American star Lil Nas X debuts at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with 'MONTERO'. It’s the first album from the pop-rap artist, who first rose to prominence when ‘Old Town Road’ spent 13 weeks at #1 on the Singles Chart in 2019. It becomes his second entry on the Albums Chart, having made his debut with '7 - EP' (#5 July ’19). 'MONTERO' includes three Top Ten singles: ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ (#1 April ’21), ‘Industry Baby’ (#5 August ’21) and ‘Thats What I Want’ (#7 this week). The album features appearances from Elton John, Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, Megan Thee Stallion and Miley Cyrus.
#2: Vika and Linda ‘The Wait’ – Melbourne duo Vika and Linda score their third Top Two debut in two years as they release 'The Wait'. The seventh studio album from the Bull sisters is their first album of originals since 2002’s 'Love Is Mighty Close'. It includes tracks written by Bernard Fanning, Don Walker, Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers, Augie March’s Glenn Richards, The Living End’s Chris Cheney and more. The pair have also charted in the last 18 months 'Akilotoa (Anthology 1994-2006)' (#1 June ’20) and 'Sunday (The Gospel According To Iso)' (#2 September ’20).
#8: Spiritbox ‘Eternal Blue’ – Spiritbox makes their first appearance in the ARIA Top Ten as they debut at #8 with 'Eternal Blue'. Formed in 2016, the Canadian metalcore band released two EPs prior to their debut album. 'Eternal Blue' has debuted at #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

This week's single chartifacts

#1: The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber ‘Stay’ – ‘Stay’ by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber holds #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for an eleventh straight week. Other singles to have spent the same amount of time at #1 include Bryan Adams’ ‘Everything I Do (I Do It For You)’ (1991), Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ (1996/97), Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’ (2018), The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ (2020) and 24kGoldn’s ‘Mood’ (2020).
#4: Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow ‘Industry Baby’ – As Lil Nas X’s debut album 'MONTERO' hits #1 this week, the American pop-rap hits a new peak at #4 with ‘Industry Baby’, one spot above its previous high. There are three tracks from 'MONTERO' in this week’s Top Ten: ‘Thats What I Want’ debuts at #7, and the album’s title track has jumped back up ten spots to sit at #9.

Top 10 Albums

1. 'MONTERO' – Lil Nas X
2. 'The Wait' – Vika & Linda
3. 'Certified Lover Boy' – Drake
4. 'SOUR' – Olivia Rodrigo
5. 'Planet Her' – Doja Cat
6. 'Donda' – Kanye West
7. 'F*ck Love (Over You)' – The Kid Laroi
8. 'Eternal Blue' – Spiritbox
9. 'Happier Than Ever' – Billie Eilish
10. 'Future Nostalgia' – Dua Lipa

Top 10 Singles

1. 'Stay' – The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber
2. 'Bad Habits' – Ed Sheeran
3. 'Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)' – Elton John & Dua Lipa
4. 'Industry Baby' – Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow
5. 'Heat Waves' – Glass Animals
6. 'Shivers' – Ed Sheeran
7. 'That's What I Want' – Lil Nas X
8. 'Good 4 U' – Olivia Rodrigo
9. 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)' – Lil Nas X
10. 'Beggin' – Maneskin



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