Chart Beat

Taylor Swift Blasts to No. 1 on Australia's Albums Chart With 'Lover'

Taylor Swift reigns supreme in Australia, where her new release Lover (Universal) bows at No. 1 with the biggest week for any LP in 2019.

Lover is Swift’s fifth leader on the ARIA Albums Chart, after Speak Now (November 2010), Red (October 2012), 1989 (November 2014) and Reputation (November 2017), and its hot start has her placed to be the artist with the most chart toppers this decade.

The U.S. pop superstar’s domination extends to the ARIA Singles Chart, which she swamps with 13 entries in the top 50, led by the title track, up 15-3. Nine of those tracks debut on the current frame.

With Lover starting at the summit, Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project (Atlantic/Warner) slips 1-2, while Brockhampton enjoy a No. 3 bow with the hip-hop collective’s latest LP, Ginger (RCA/Sony). It’s their second top 10 entry, eclipsing the No. 6 peak of their 2018 set Iridescence

Australia's top 5 is completed by Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope/Universal), up 5-4 and Slipknot’s We Are Not Your Kind (RoadRunner/Warner), down 3-5.

Melbourne quartet Tropical F**k Storm snare a second appearance on the national albums tally and a first top 10 with their sophomore set Braindrops (Flightless Records/Inertia), new at No. 10. Featuring Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin from The Drones, Braindrops also rules this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

Just one place behind is punk outfit Waax, with their debut album Big Grief (Dew Process/Universal). Co-produced by Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning and U.S. rock specialist Nick DiDia, Big Grief also starts at No. 2 on the Vinyl Albums Chart. Waax are among dozens of acts featured in a new Brisbane exhibition, High Rotation, which casts the spotlight on the local music scene of the past 30 years. 

On the ARIA Singles Chart, Tones And I lock up a fifth week at No. 1 with “Monkey Dance” (Bad Batch/Sony), which is now double-platinum certified.

The last time an Australian female solo artist ruled the national singles survey for five weeks was when Gabriella Cilmi’s “Sweet About Me” which did so in May and June 2008. The record for weeks spent at No. 1 by an Australian female solo artist was Kylie Minogue with "Locomotion," which powered its way to seven weeks at the zenith in 1987.. 

Tones And I’s “Monkey Dance” impacts the U.K. top 40 for the first time this week, rising 48-40. The single is the second lifted from the Byron Bay artist’s debut EP, The Kids Are Coming, which dropped last Friday.