Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Rules Australia's Singles Chart For Fifth Week

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Ariana Grande performs onstage at Billboard Women In Music 2018 on Dec. 6, 2018 in New York City. 

Ariana Grande enters week five at the summit of Australia’s singles chart with “Thank U, Next” (Universal) while Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born (Interscope/Universal) soundtrack slots into top spot on the national albums chart for an eighth week. 

Grande’s single is now gold certified and is easily her biggest hit Down Under, eclipsing the week-long stint at No. 1 for her April release, “No Tears Left To Cry.” The U.S. pop singer has also cracked the top ten this year with “God Is A Woman” (No. 5 in July) and “Breathin’” (No. 8 in August) and she should make another trip to the upper tier with “Imagine,” her new track which dropped last Friday

“Thank U, Next” leads an unchanged top four as Ava Max’s “Sweet But Psycho” (Atlantic/Warner) improves 8-5, a new peak. 

In a slow week for new releases where no singles debut inside the top 50, there are several notable climbs.  Mark Ronson’s “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” (Columbia/Sony) featuring Miley Cyrus, improves 17-8 in its second week. It’s Ronson’s first appearance on the survey under his own name since “Uptown Funk,” his chart-topping collaboration with Bruno Mars from January 2015.

Also, Lukas Graham, the Danish outfit whose 2016 hit “7 Years” led the ARIA Singles Chart for eight consecutive weeks and finished the year as the No. 3 best-seller Down Under, has another top 20 under its belt. “Love Someone” (Warner) improves 26-20, a new peak in its 10th week on the tally.

As Troye Sivan’s sophomore album Bloom earns a nomination for the Australian Music Prize, the pop singer’s collaboration with Charli XCX, “1999” (EastWest/Warner), improves 25-23, its peak position, in its eighth week on the chart. 

With A Star Is Born collecting an eighth chart title, it draws level with the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman (currently up 8-6, via Atlantic/Warner) as the album with the longest run at the top this year.

Michael Bublé's sales juggernaut Christmas (Reprise/Warner) climbs 5-3 in its 50th week inside the top 10 as XXXTentacion’s posthumous release Skins (Empire/Inertia) starts at No. 8. Skins is the follow-up to the late rapper’s sophomore album ?,  which reached No. 2 in July 2018. 


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