5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

Andy Deluca

5 Seconds of Summer bag a rare chart double Down Under where their third set Youngblood (Capitol/EMI) opens at No. 1 on the national albums survey and its title track enters a fifth week atop the national singles survey.  

Youngblood is the Sydney band’s third consecutive chart-topping debut in Australia, a streak which started with their 2014 self-titled set and continued with their sophomore album from 2015, Sounds Good Feels Good. It’s a similar story in the United States, where Youngblood opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, extending their record as the only band (not vocal group) to open at the summit with their first three full-length studio albums. Also, 5SOS become the first Australian act with three No. 1 albums on the U.S. albums tally. 

Back in Australia, it’s been nearly seven years since a homegrown artist simultaneously clinched No. 1 on both charts. Gotye was the last to do it when, in August 2011, his multiple Grammy-winning hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” and its parent Making Mirrors ruled the respective surveys. According to charts compiler ARIA, this is the 33rd week in chart history that the same Australian artist has held No. 1 on both surveys. 

Following his untimely death on June 18 at the age of 20, XXXTentacion’s second set ? (Caroline/Universal) spikes 26-5, just two places below its peak position, and two of the late rapper’s tracks re-enter the top 50, “Sad!” (a new peak of No. 8)  and “Changes” (No. 34, also its peak position).

Meanwhile, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s joint album Everything Is Love (Sony/Universal) just misses out on a top 5 bow, starting at No. 6, while Christina Aguilera marks her return to the top 10 for the first time in eight years with Liberation (RCA/Sony), new at No. 9. Aguilera’s eighth studio album easily eclipses the No. 19 peak of its predecessor, Lotus, which reached No. 19 in November 2012.

With 5SOS banking the ARIA chart double, Maroon 5 takes the runners-up slot with "Girls Like You," featuring Cardi B (it’s up 3-2 via Interscope/Universal), while tracks by Post Malone (“Better Now” down 2-3 via Republic/Universal), Anne-Marie (“2002” up 8-4 via EastWest/Warner) and Ariana Grande (“No Tears Left To Cry” up 7-5 via Universal) complete the top 5.

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