This Week In Pop – 30 November, 2020

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This week, AC/DC remain atop the Albums Chart. 24KGoldn makes it to seven weeks at #1 on the Singles Chart, and BTS, Tim Minchin, Something For Kate and Nick Cave lead the week's debuts.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: AC/DC ‘PWR/UP’ – A week on from becoming the 16th Australian #1 album on the ARIA Charts in 2020, 'PWR/UP' by Aussie rock icons AC/DC hold #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart for a second straight week. The band’s album 'Live (#1 Nov. ’92)' also spent two weeks at #1 on release.
#2: BTS ‘BE’ – Korean pop superstars BTS take out their fourth Top 50 entry on the ARIA Albums Chart in 2020 as they debut at #2 with 'BE'. It’s the group’s fifth Korean-language album, following on from 'Map Of The Soul: 7' (#1 March ’20) and ninth studio album overall, coming as the follow-up to the Japanese language album 'Map Of The Soul: 7 ~The Journey~' (#9 July ’20). 'BE' features the single ‘Dynamite’ (#2 August ’20).
#3: Tim Minchin ‘Apart Together’ – Tim Minchin releases his debut solo album 'Apart Together'. The musician, comedian, actor and writer who wrote the musicals 'Matilda' and 'Groundhog Day' has previously released a number of live albums and appeared on the Singles Chart with ‘Come Home (Cardinal Pell)’ (#11 February ’16).
#4: Something For Kate ‘The Modern Medieval’ – Melbourne trio Something For Kate return with their first album in eight years, 'The Modern Medieval'. The follow-up to 'Leave Your Soul To Science' (#5 October ’12) is the group’s seventh studio album and becomes their sixth Top Ten on the ARIA Albums Chart. Something For Kate hit #1 with both 'The Official Fiction' (#1 August ’03) and 'Desert Lights' (#1 July ’06).
#5: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‘Idiot Prayer - Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace’ – ARIA Hall Of Fame member Nick Cave returns to the chart at #5 with the live album 'Idiot Prayer - Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace'. Recorded in London in June 2020, the video of the performance was originally made available to stream online. The double album includes all 22 songs that appeared in the film, covering a wide breadth of Cave’s catalogue. With his band The Bad Seeds, Cave most recently charted with 'Ghosteen' (#2 November ’19).
#6: Taylor Swift ‘folklore’ – Taylor Swift’s former #1 album folklore jumps from #21 to #6 in its 18th week in the Top 50. The jump comes following the release of the vinyl edition of the album. folklore spent four straight weeks at #1 in August this year and is the album that has spent the most weeks at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in 2020.

This week's single chartifacts

#1: 24kGoldn Feat. Iann Dior ‘Mood’ – ‘Mood’ by American rapper 24kGoldn’s holds #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for a seventh week. The track, which has hit #1 in the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand and a host of other countries, has spawned more than 300,000 videos on TikTok.
#5: Dua Lipa ‘Levitating’ – Climbing from #8 to #5 this week, ‘Levitating’ becomes Dua Lipa’s second Top Five hit from 'Future Nostalgia' (#1 April ’20) after ‘Don’t Start Now’ (#2 December ’19).
#7: Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber ‘Monster’ – Ahead of the release of his fourth album, 'Wonder', Shawn Mendes hits the chart with his collaboration with Justin Bieber, ‘Monster’. It’s the second single to be released from the album after ‘Wonder’ (#13 October ’20). This week, Bieber is also at #6 with ‘Holy’.

Top 10 Albums

1. 'PWR/UP' – AC/DC
2. 'BE' – BTS
3. 'Apart Together' – Tim Minchin
4. 'The Modern Medieval' – Something For Kate
5. 'Idiot Prayer - Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace' – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
6. 'Folklore' – Taylor Swift
7. 'Positions' – Ariana Grande
8. 'F*ck Love (Savage)' – The Kid Laroi
9. 'T.R.U.T.H.' – Guy Sebastian
10. 'Fine Line' – Harry Styles

Top 10 Singles

1. 'Mood' – 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior
2. 'Positions' – Ariana Grande
3. 'Therefore I Am' – Billie Eilish
4. 'Head & Heart' – Joel Corry, MNEK
5. 'Levitating' – Dua Lipa
6. 'Holy' – Justin Bieber featuring Chance The Rapper
7. 'Monster' – Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber
8. 'So Done' – The Kid Laroi
9. 'You Broke Me First' – Tate McRae
10. 'What You Know Bout Love' – Pop Smoke

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