• Singles: Dean Lewis #1 again, Ariana Grande gets 2 in top 10
• Albums: Superstar top 3 – Ariana, Human Nature & Barnesy
Dean Lewis has held onto #1 for a second week with Be Alright charting for eight weeks. Lewis celebrated with his dad this week, whom he credited with teaching him guitar and everything he knows about music. Tickets for a December tour sold out quickly this past week and before that Lewis is playing dates in Europe and then the US.
With a number one album this week, Ariana Grande is also a force on the singles chart with five in the top 50 and another at #52. Breathin is new in the top 10 at #8 (and her 10th top 10 single) while God Is A Woman jumps from #17 to #7 on its sixth week after previously peaking at #5.
New in the top 10 is George Ezra with Shotgun, up from #11 after six weeks, for Ezra’s third top 10 single.
Calvin Harris and Sam Smith have Promises at #30 and they are the only other artists to debut inside the top 50.
Ariana Grande’s fourth album sees her land her third ARIA #1. It is four years since her first album chart-topper (My Everything in September 2014) and just over two years since her most recent (Dangerous Woman in May 2016).
Human Nature have been working their new album hard on a busy promo tour with visits to radio that included Alan Jones at one end of the spectrum to Kyle and Jackie O at the other. They were all over the TV, including Sunrise, the Morning Show and Paul Murray Live, and they travelled to shopping centres including Castle Towers. After all that hard yakka they came oh-so-close to landing a #1 debut with Romance Of The Jukebox. The album, which is the group’s 11th top 10 ARIA album, features great cover versions – our favourites: Love Is All Around (a Troggs tune best known for its versions in Four Weddings And A Funeral and then Billy Mack’s Christmas version in Love Actually), Love Train, Love Is All Your Need and Love Hurts. I Say A Little Prayer is also a treat with guest vocals from the great Dami Im.
It’s good to see Jimmy Barnes back in the chart too… and it’s not even Christmas. This time he’s charting with the soundtrack to Working Class Boy, which opened in cinemas with a limited release over the weekend. Remarkably this is Barnesy’s 19th entry into the top 10 on the album chart as a solo artist. Eleven of those times Barnes saw the album make it to the top.
With the passing of Aretha Franklin there was much interest in her catalogue this week with The Very Best Of Aretha Volume 1 – The 60s new at #13. Also charting for her this week were 30 Greatest Hits (#16), The Queen Of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings (#17), Together – The Very Best Of Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding (#19), Original Album Series (#22), A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin (With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) (#23) and Best Of Aretha Franklin (#25), and the re-entering the chart Respect – The Very Best Of (#20).
Respect is also #50 on this week’s singles chart.
Also new to the chart this week is Aussie country artist Travis Collins with Brave And The Broken entering the chart at #15.
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