Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Stars' Beats Madonna's 'Madame X' to Australian Chart Summit

Bruce Springsteen
Danny Clinch

Bruce Springsteen

The Boss is back at the zenith of Australia’s albums chart

With Western Stars (Columbia/Sony), Bruce Springsteen notches his fourth No. 1 album Down Under, as the new set outguns Madonna’s latest effort to debut atop the ARIA Albums Chart. 

Western Stars, Springsteen’s 19th studio album, follows his chart-topping efforts High Hopes (January 2014), Born In The U.S.A. (October 1984) and Greatest Hits (March 1995).

Mirroring the chart race in the U.K., Western Stars holds off Madonna’s latest set Madame X (Interscope/Universal), which starts at No. 2. The American pop legend has banked eleven No. 1s on the ARIA chart over her decades-long career, including her most recent LP Rebel Heart, which topped out in March 2015.

The top five on the current frame is completed by Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (down 1-3, via Interscope/Universal), Elton John’s Diamonds (unchanged at No. 4 via Universal) and P!nk’s Hurts 2B Human (unmoved at No. 5 via RCA/Sony).

Also bowing in the top 10 this week is Sydney producer Hayden James’ debut full-length album Between Us (Future Classic), new at No. 9, while homegrown country artist Amber Lawrence scores a career best with her sixth studio album Spark (ABC/Universal), new at No. 13. Spark blows away her previous best, a No. 41 for her 2012 set 3

British electronic outfit Bastille open at No. 21 with Doom Days (Virgin/EMI), their followup to Wild World which peaked at No.  7 in September 2016.

Meanwhile, Lil Nas X extends his streak atop the national singles chart with "Old Town Road" (Columbia/Sony) while Taylor Swift enjoys the week’s highest debuting single.

"Old Town Road" enters week nine atop the ARIA Singles Chart, and it should stay at or near the top for a while longer, thanks to the release last Friday of the American rapper’s debut EP, 7.

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's hit collaboration “I Don’t Care” (Universal/Warner) holds at No. 2 while Taylor Swift arrives at No. 3 with "You Need To Calm Down" (Universal), lifted from her forthcoming seventh album release Lover. It’s Swift’s 17th top ten Down Under.

And finally, Drake makes his first appearance on the chart as a lead artist this year with "Money In The Grave" (Universal) featuring Rick Ross.

The reigning IFPI Recording Artist of the Year dropped the track along with "Omertà" after his hometown Toronto Raptors won the NBA championship for the first time


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