• Singles: Shallow stuck in the deep end again – Gaga & Brad #1 again
• Albums: Gang Of Youths highest new entry with MTV Unplugged
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were an unlikely star pop duo when we reported on their chart success last week with the single Shallow from the A Star Is Born soundtrack landing at #1 on the chart in just its third week of release. Now they have posted a second week on top in their fourth week of chart activity. As more people see the hit movie other tracks from the soundtrack are also working their way up the chart:
#18 to #12 Lady Gaga with Always Remember Us This Way
#32 to #15 Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper with I’ll Never Love Again
There was only one new top 10 entry this week with Post Malone and Swae Lee pushing Sunflower from #13 to #7 in its second week.
New arrivals into the top 50 – just three – and two of them were chart debuts:
#14 XXXTentacion and Lil Pump with Arms Around You featuring Swae Lee & Maluma
#26 P!nk with A Million Dreams. P!nk and her daughter Willow perform a cover of a tune from The Greatest Showman – Reimagined album due soon. Worth noting the original soundtrack album remains top 10 after 47 weeks.
#45 Ava Max with Sweet By Psycho in its second week charting after a debut at #61 a week ago.
A Star Is Born towers over the album chart again this week too with a repeat performance at #1. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper got some stiff competition this week though from another soundtrack release – Bohemian Rhapsody which has climbed from #5 to #2 in its second week on the charts as what will be remembered as one of the greatest rock biopics ever opens in cinemas around Australia.
Freddie Mercury fever has gripped the charts elsewhere too with Queen’s Greatest Hits narrowly missing a top 10 spot as it climbed from #25 to #11 on its – wait for it – 310th week charting.
Chart action too for Queen’s The Platinum Collection, up from #29 to #18, a lazy 81 weeks on the chart.
Seven albums debuted inside the top 50:
#5 MTV Unplugged (Live In Melbourne) Gang Of Youths. This was a colossal live performance and subsequent TV special that seems to have been captured well in the recording process.
#7 Andrea Bocelli with Si. Fresh from his performance at the Royal Wedding 2, Bocelli cracks the top 10 on debut.
#13 Pierce Brothers with Atlas Shoulders. New from the Melbourne folk duo.
#17 Joji with Ballads 1 is the first full length project from the producer, rapper and singer.
#20 Robyn with Honey is the eighth album from the Swedish pop star.
#34 David Campbell with Baby It’s Christmas is the first appearance of a Christmas album on the ARIA chart. (Appearances from Bublé and Human Nature can only be days away!) Campbell’s promo push got a massive boost on the weekend when he made the cover of both The Sunday Telegraph and Stellar magazine.
#41 Chillinit with Women Weed & Wordplay
Worth noting that Taylor Swift has returned to the top 10 at #4 with Reputation as she tours Australia. The album has been on the chart for 51 weeks, notching up 12 months of sales next week.