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The Weeknd Enters Week Nine Atop Australia’s Singles Chart With ‘Blinding Lights’

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The Weeknd attends the premiere of A24's "Uncut Gems" at The Dome at ArcLight Hollywood on Dec. 11, 2019 in Hollywood, Calif.

The companion album to the historic Fire Fight Australia concert last month in Sydney has lit up the Australian chart, while The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” (Republic/Universal) enters a ninth week atop the national singles chart.

Artists Unite For Fire Fight: Concert For National Bushfire Relief, the new No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, features live cuts from the Fire Fight concert at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Feb. 16.

Released on March 13, the double-album features recordings from all 23 artists who performed on the day, including k.d lang, John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John, Queen + Adam Lambert, 5 Seconds of Summer and more.

To increase the profit for donations, Sony Music Australia has only made the album available in CD and download formats, but not on streaming platforms.

The Fire Fight spectacular was a sell-out with more than 75,000 attending the show in Olympic Park, generating upwards of $9.5 million for good causes.

All proceeds from Fire Fight album sales go to Sony Foundation Australia to support young Australians in bushfire affected communities.

With the all-star album bagging top spot this week, Niall Horan opens at No. 2 with Heartbreak Weather (Capitol/EMI), his second solo album. Heartbreak Weather starts at No. 1 in the U.K.

It’s the followup to 2017’s Flicker, which also hit No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart and is now certified gold. The former One Direction singer is booked for a three-date arena tour of Australia this September and October, produced by TEG Live.

The Irishman’s fellow former 1D star Harry Styles occupies the No. 3 position with Fine Line (up 4-3 via Columbia/Sony) while Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (down 3-4, Interscope/Universal) and Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake (down 1-5 via Atlantic/Warner) complete the top 5.

Australian country star Adam Brand bags his sixth top 10 with Speed Of Life (ABC/Universal), his first studio album in more than three years. It’s new at No. 6.

Just days after announcing one of its members had contracted the novel coronavirus, Ocean Grove receive some good news. The Melbourne metalcore band’s sophomore album Flip Phone Fantasy (UNFD/Sony) opens at No. 8 on the national albums chart, and rules the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

Award winning country singer-songwriter Fanny Lumsden makes her first appearance in the top 10 with Fallow (Cooking Vinyl/Sony). Lumsden’s third album bows at No. 10, eclipsing the No. 23 peak of her 2017 set Real Class Act, which was nominated for an ARIA Award and won best independent country album award at the 2018 AIR Awards.

Over on the ARIA Singles Chart, The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” continues its winning streak with the Canadian R&B singer’s fourth and latest album After Hours expected to bow debut high this weekend.

After vaulting 18 places last week, SAINt JHN’s “Roses” (Sony) leaps 12-7, for its first stint in the top 10.

After taking out triple j’s Hottest 100 of the Decade on March 14, Tame Impala’s modern classic “The Less I Know The Better” (Modular/Universal) bursts back onto the chart. The track hits No. 17 on the ARIA Singles Chart, easily beating its previous peak of No. 66 back in February 2016. Tame Impala’s newest album The Slow Rush opened at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart last month, and is at No. 15 this week.

And finally, Tones And I returns to Australian singles chart with “Bad Child” (Bad Batch/Sony), her first new release in 2020. “Bad Child,” released as a double A-side along with “Can't Be Happy All the Time,” starts at No. 18.

The former busker (real name Toni Watson) ruled the national chart for a record-setting 24 weeks #1 with “Dance Monkey” and scooped four trophies at the 2019 ARIA Awards, including best female artist.