Welcome to This Week In Pop.
This week, Kanye West hits #1 on the Albums Chart, Tones And I stays at #1 on the Singles Chart, and Selena Gomez, Rex Orange County and James Blunt release new music.
This week's album chartifacts
#1: Kanye West ‘Jesus Is King’ – American hip hop star Kanye West takes out his third #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with 'Jesus Is King'. After several intended releases dates came and went, West’s ninth solo studio album saw the light of day on 25 October. It features a host of collaborators including Ty Dolla Sign, Kenny G, Clipse, Benny Blanco and Timbaland. West previously hit #1 with 'ye' (#1 June ’18) and 'Yeezus' (#1 June ’13).
#4: Rex Orange County ‘Pony’ – Releasing Pony, his third studio album, Rex Orange County makes his ARIA Top 50 debut. The first two albums by the British singer-songwriter also known as Alexander O’Connor were self-released: 'bcos u will never b free' (2016) and 'Apricot Princess' (2017).
#5: James Blunt ‘Once Upon A Mind’ – James Blunt scores his seventh Top Ten album on the ARIA Charts with 'Once Upon A Mind'. The sixth album from the English singer-songwriter is the follow-up to 'The Afterlove' (#7 April ’17). James Bunt has topped the chart with 'Back To Bedlam' (#1 August ’05) and 'All The Lost Souls' (#1 September ’07).
This week's single chartifacts
#1: Tones And I ‘Dance Monkey’ – Hitting its 14th week at #1, ‘Dance Monkey’ by Tones And I breaks the ARIA Charts record for most consecutive weeks at #1 on the Singles Chart. Current record holder for most weeks at #1, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’, only managed to hold the top spot for 13 straight weeks, dropping to #2 for a week, before returning to #1 for two more weeks.
#2: Selena Gomez ‘Lose You To Love Me’ – Selena Gomez picks up two debuts on this week’s ARIA Singles Chart. Hitting #2, ‘Lose You To Love Me’ is the first single released from Gomez’s forthcoming third solo album. ‘Look At Her Now’, which has debuted at #29, has been released as a standalone single.
#6: Lizzo ‘Good As Hell’ – Jumping up seven spots to #6, ‘Truth Hurts’ by American singer/rapper/flautist Lizzo hits the ARIA Top Ten for the first time. The rise of ‘Truth Hurts’ comes after a new version was released featuring Ariana Grande. The single is currently #1 in the US.
#7: Kanye West ‘Follow God’ – Topping the Albums Chart with 'Jesus Is King', Kanye West snags ten entries on this week’s Singles Chart. Debuting at #7, ‘Follow God’ is the highest-placed track from the album.
Top 10 Albums
1. 'Jesus Is King' – Kanye West
2. 'Hollywood's Bleeding' – Post Malone
3. 'No.6 Collaborations Project' – Ed Sheeran
4. 'Pony' – Rex Orange County
5. 'Once Upon A Mind' – James Blunt
6. 'Lover' – Taylor Swift
7. 'HILDA' – Jessica Mauboy
8. 'The Kids Are Coming – EP' – Tones And I
9. 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' – Billie Eilish
10. 'Triple J Like A Version 15' – Various
Top 10 Singles
1. 'Dance Monkey' – Tones And I
2. 'Lose You To Love Me' – Selena Gomez
3. 'Circles' – Post Malone
4. 'Ride It' – Regard
5. 'Memories' – Maroon 5
6. 'Good As Hell' – Lizzo
7. 'Follow God' – Kanye West
8. '10,000 Hours' – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
9. 'Highest In The Room' – Travis Scott
10. 'Hot Girl Bummer' – blackbear