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This week, Tones And I's 'Dance Monkey' breaks yet another record, while The Beatles return to the Albums Chart. Busby Marou and Boy & Bear debut new music.
This week's album chartifacts
#2: The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ – Following a reissue to mark its 50th anniversary, The Beatles’ legendary 1969 album, 'Abbey Road', returns to the ARIA Albums Chart at #2. The final studio album recorded by the Fab Four (though not the last to be released) previously returned to the chart in 2009 when their entire catalogue was reissued, peaking at #12. More recently, The Beatles have charted with 50th anniversary reissues of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (#5 June ’17) and their self-titled 1968 album - aka 'The White Album' – (#10 November ’18).
#5: Busby Marou ‘The Great Divide’ – Busby Marou follow #1 album 'Postcards From The Shell House' with 'The Great Divide'. The Rockhampton duo’s fourth album becomes their third release to hit the ARIA Top Five, having first appeared that high with 'Farewell Fitzroy' (#5 October '13). 'The Great Divide' is #1 on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.
#7: Boy & Bear ‘Suck On Light’ – Sydney’s Boy & Bear return with their first album in four years, 'Suck On Light'. It’s the fourth studio album from the quintet and follows on from the #1 'Limit Of Love' (#1 October ’15) and 'Harlequin Dream' (#1 August ‘13). Boy & Bear’s debut album 'Moonfire' (#2 August ’11) won Album Of The Year at the 2011 ARIA Awards.
#9: Dean Lewis ‘A Place We Knew’ – The former #1 by Sydney singer-songwriter Dean Lewis moves up eight spots to #9. 'A Place We Knew' returns to the Top Ten for an eleventh week following Lewis’ performance at the AFL Grand Final last weekend.
This week's single chartifacts
#1: Tones And I ‘Dance Monkey’ – Tones And I has broken the record for most weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart by an Australian artist as she takes out her tenth consecutive week in the top spot with ‘Dance Monkey’. The second single by singer-songwriter Toni Watson breaks the record previously held by Sydney group Justice Crew, who spent nine weeks at #1 in 2014 with ‘Que Sera’. As well as breaking the Australian record for most weeks at #1, Tones And I this week equals the record for most weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart by a female solo act. The record is also currently held by Sandi Thom’s ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)’ (2010) and Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ (1992/93).
#10: Sam Smith ‘How Do You Sleep?’ – Moving up one spot in its eleventh week on the chart, Sam Smith’s ‘How Do You Sleep?’ cracks the Top Ten for the first time. The track becomes the British singer-songwriter’s sixth Top Ten single. Smith’s first Top Ten was with ‘Stay With Me’ (#5 June ’14).
Top 10 Albums
1. 'Hollywood's Bleeding' – Post Malone
2. 'Abbey Road' – The Beatles
3. 'No.6 Collaborations Project' – Ed Sheeran
4. 'Lover' – Taylor Swift
5. 'The Great Divide' – Busby Marou
6. 'The Kids Are Coming – EP' – Tones And I
7. 'Suck On Light' – Boy & Bear
8. 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' – Billie Eilish
9. 'A Place We Knew' – Dean Lewis
10. 'Nine' – Blink-182
Top 10 Singles
1. 'Dance Monkey' – Tones And I
2. 'Circles' – Post Malone
3. 'Señorita' – Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello
4. 'One Thing Right' – Marshmello featuring Kane Brown
5. 'The Git Up' – Blanco Brown
6. 'Beautiful People' – Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid
7. 'Old Town Road' – Lil Nas X
8. 'Piece Of Your Heart' – MeduZa featuring Goodboys
9. 'Someone You Loved' – Lewis Capaldi
10. 'How Do You Sleep?' – Sam Smith