This Week In Pop – 9 November 2021

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This week, Ed Sheeran hits #1 for the fifth time on the Album Chart, while Elton John claims a record-breaking #1 single.

This week's album chartifacts

#1: Ed Sheeran ‘=’ – English pop superstar Ed Sheeran scores his fifth #1 album on the ARIA Charts as he debuts in the top spot with '='. Pronounced “equals”, the follow-up to the collaborative album 'No.6 Collaborations Project' (#1 July ‘19) is the singer-songwriter’s fifth studio album and the fourth in his symbol series after '+' (#1 August ‘12), 'x' (#1 June ‘14) and '÷' (#1 March ‘17). = features the Top Ten tracks ‘Bad Habits’ (#1 July ’21), ‘Visiting Hours’ (#3 August ’21), ‘Shivers’ (#2 November ’21) and ‘Overpass Graffiti’ (#8 November ’21).

This week's single chartifacts

#1: Elton John & Dua Lipa ‘Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)’ – ‘Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)’ by Elton John & Dua Lipa hits #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Debuting at #7 in late August, the track has spent all of its twelve weeks on the chart in the Top Ten, including five straight weeks at #2. It becomes Elton John’s first #1 single in Australia since ‘Something About the Way You Look Tonight’ / ‘Candle in the Wind 1997’ (#1 September ’97). At 74 years, 7 months and 14 days, the legendary singer-songwriter becomes the oldest artist to hit the top of the ARIA Singles Chart, overtaking Paul McCartney. It’s Dua Lipa’s first ARIA Singles Chart #1, after having eight previous Top Ten entries. Last week, Elton John debuted at #2 with 'The Lockdown Sessions’.
#2: Ed Sheeran ‘Shivers’ – As well as topping the Albums Chart this week with '=', Ed Sheeran has also made significant moves on the Singles Chart. The album’s second single ‘Shivers’ has jumped up three spots to hit a new peak at #2. The English singer-songwriter has also grabbed debuts this week with ‘Overpass Graffiti’ (#8), ‘First Times’ (#31) and ‘Tides’ (#43).
#10: The Anxiety ‘Meet Me At Our Spot’ – American duo The Anxiety move up one spot to hit #10 with ‘Meet Me At Our Spot’. Its move comes eight weeks into its run in ARIA Top 50. The track comes from the self-titled debut album by the pair – Willow Smith and Tyler Cole – which was released in March 2020. In recent times, it’s become a popular song on TikTok, where it’s known as the 'caught a vibe' song.

Top 10 Albums

1. '=' – Ed Sheeran
2. 'Planet Her' – Doja Cat
3. 'SOUR' – Olivia Rodrigo
4. 'Certified Lover Boy' – Drake
5. 'Surrender' – Rüfüs Du Sol
6. 'Justice' – Justin Bieber
7. 'Future Nostalgia' – Dua Lipa
8. 'Happier Than Ever' – Billie Eilish
9. 'Music Of The Spheres' – Coldplay
10. 'Montero' – Lil Nas X

Top 10 Singles

1. 'Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)' – Elton John & Dua Lipa
2. 'Shivers' – Ed Sheeran
3. 'Easy On Me' – Adele
4. 'Bad Habits' – Ed Sheeran
5. 'Stay' – The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber
6. 'Heat Waves' – Glass Animals
7. 'Industry Baby' – Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow
8. 'Overpass Graffiti' – Ed Sheeran
9. 'That's What I Want' – Lil Nas X
10. 'Meet Me At Our Spot' – The Anxiety

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