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Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ Rules Australia’s Singles Chart

Ariana Grande continues her winning ways in Australia, where her latest hit “7 Rings” (Universal) clocks up three weeks at No. 1

“7 Rings” is Ari’s third Aussie chart topper and, according to charts compiler ARIA, its newly-released parent album Thank U, Next should make an impact on next week’s survey.

Grande is on a roll in these parts. Her fourth studio album Sweetener opened at the summit of the ARIA Albums Chart last August, becoming her third No. 1 Down Under. And In the week after its release, five tracks from Sweetener crashed the ARIA Top 50.

Also flying high this week is Billie Eilish, whose “Bury A Friend” (Interscope/Universal) bows at No. 3, her biggest hit yet on the ARIA Singles Chart while her EP Dont Smile At Me hits the top 10 for the first time. “Friend” eclipses the No. 5 best for her 2018 “Lovely” collab with KhalidThe new track is the third single from Eilish’s recently-announced forthcoming debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which is set to drop in March. In support of the forthcoming LP, the 17-year-old last week announced dates for her third and biggest Australian headline tour.

After two weeks at No. 10, Sam Smith and Normani’s “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol/EMI) vaults three places to No. 7, a new peak, while Kian, the Sydney teen who won Triple J’s Unearthed High competition last year, has a new chart best of No. 15 with “Waiting” (EMI), which climbs four places in its 22nd week on the tally. "Waiting" came in at No. 20 on the 2018 Triple J Hottest 100 countdown.

On the ARIA Albums Chart, A Star Is Born (Interscope) bags a tenth non-consecutive week at the top. The Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper-helmed soundtrack rises 2-1 and has now spent 18 weeks in the top 3.  

In its 20th week in the top 50, Billie Eilish’s debut EP Dont Smile At Me spikes 14-6, racing past its previous best of No. 13.

Also this week, there are top 20 debuts for Dutch band Within Temptation, whose seventh album Resist (Caroline/Universal) starts at No. 13, while New Zealand sibling electronic-pop outfit Broods debut at No. 17 with their fourth album, Don't Feed The Pop Monster (Island/Universal).