ARIA Chart Report: Ariana Grande still #1, Rita Ora moves up, and Missy Higgins debuts #7

• Gridlock in top 10 – 3x Queen, 2x Bublé, 2x Greatest Showman

• Singles: Rita Ora into top 10, four artists top 10 after 20 weeks
• Albums: Missy Higgins debuts #7 with The Special Ones

Singles

Ariana Grande holds on at #1 on the chart for another week with Thank U, Next.

The ARIA impact on the singles chart was most noticeable with Rita Ora’s continued rise up the chart with Let You Love Me up from #12 to #8 in its 10th week. Her new album also charted this week.

Slow and steady up the chart has worked for many this year.

This week alone there are four tunes in the top 10 some 20 weeks or more since they arrived on the chart:

#3 George Ezra with Shotgun (20 weeks) – another ARIA performer
#7 Benny Blanco with Eastside (20 weeks)
#9 Dean Lewis with Be Alright (22 weeks) – ARIA performer
#10 Loud Luxury with Body (20 weeks)

Two new releases made the top 50 this week:
#23 Billie Eilish with Come Out And Play
#42 Hilltop Hoods with Leave Me Lonely

Albums

Missy Higgins had the highest debut this week with The Special Ones new at #7. It was one of the few weeks of the year one or more albums haven’t landed in the top five and the first time it hasn’t happened since August.

One of the reasons is the number of artists blocking the top of the chart. It’s becoming a pretty exclusive club to crack – just look at the stats for three significant top 10 chart champs this week:

Queen how has three albums in the top 5 – Bohemian Rhapsody, Greatest Hits and The Platinum Collection.

Michael Bublé has two albums top 10 – Love remains top five for a second week while Christmas has returned to the top 10 at #9.

Two albums from The Greatest Showman remain top 10 – the original soundtrack is at #8 after 51 weeks while The Greatest Showman Reimagined moves from #4 to #6 in its second week.

The only other albums busting up this cosy club are the soundtrack to A Star Is Born which spends another week at #1, Missy Higgins and Mumford & Sons, who spend a second week in the top 10, moving from #5 to #10, with Delta.

Three other releases were new to the top 50:

#15 Rita Ora with Phoenix
#23 Samantha Jade with The Magic Of Christmas
#37 Karise Eden with Born To Fight

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