The Weeknd, Dune Rats Snag Chart Crowns In Australia

Duncan Loudon
The Weeknd

The Weeknd lights it up for a third week Down Under with “Blinding Lights” (Republic/Universal) while Dune Rats scurry away with the national albums chart title

Dune Rats, the alternative rock trio from Brisbane, score the first homegrown No. 1 for the decade with Hurry Up And Wait, their third studio set. Hurry Up And Wait also bows at No. 1 on the ARIA Vinyl Chart. 

Released by BMG, the Dune Rats record coincides with a new hire (Fuchsia Davidson becomes marketing manager - content and partnerships) and a promotion (Bridie McGuire becomes director of streaming Australia, New Zealand and SE Asia) at independent music company BMG, which boasts “another year of impressive growth in 2019.”

Hurry Up is also the triple j feature album this week and follows The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit LP, which bowed at the summit in 2017.

There’s a career best debut for Chillinit, the Sydney rapper whose The Octagon (Caroline/Universal) starts at No. 2. Chillinit (real name Blake James Turnell) previously impacted the chart with his 2018 debut Women Weed & Wordplay, which reached No. 18. According to ARIA, Chillinit has the honor of being the first Australian artist to appear on the U.K. hip-hop radio show Fire In The Booth.

The ARIA top five is completed by former chart-leaders by Eminem (Music To Be Murdered By, down 2-3 via Interscope/Universal), Billie Eilish (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, down 1-4 via Interscope/Universal) and Harry Styles (Fine Line, down 3-5 via Columbia/Sony), respectively. 

Just one place below Styles is his former One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson, whose debut LP Walls (Syco/Sony) starts at No. 6. 

New to the top 20 this week is Meghan Trainor’s Treat Myself (Epic/Sony) at No. 13, her third effort after albums Title (No. 1 in January 2015) and Thank You (No. 3 in May 2016).

And British singer James Blunt snags No. 20 with Once Upon A Mind (Atlantic/Warner), his sixth and latest studio effort. The “You’re Beautiful” singer will support the album in these parts with a national tour this November.

Over on the ARIA Singles Chart, The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” beats Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” (Warner UK/Warner) and Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony) to the chart title.

A little further down the chart, New Zealand artist Benee (real name Stella Bennett) is making a climb with “Glitter,” a song that got turned into a dance on TikTok. “Glitter” (Universal) rises 25-23, a new peak, in its sixth week on the survey. The track hit No. 19 on the triple j Hottest 100 countdown.


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